27 January 2016
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Congratulations to four of our senior staff: Prof Kate Leslie, Prof Finlay Macrae, A/Prof Peter Greenberg and Mr John Cunningham, who were recognised in the 2016 Australia Day Honours.

Prof Kate Leslie AO

Prof Kate Leslie AO

Prof Kate Leslie has been awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to medicine in the field of anaesthesia and pain management as a clinician and researcher, to higher education, and to professional medical groups.

Kate has been a Specialist Anaesthetist at RMH for over 30 years and, for the past 13 years she has been the Head of Research in the Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Management. She has successfully completed over 150 peer review publications and has received numerous national and international awards and honours.

Kate was the President of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) 2010-12, and Chair of the Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges 2011-13. In 2014 she was awarded the Australian Medical Association (AMA) Woman of the Year Award and the Robert Orton Medal, which is the highest accolade bestowed to an Australian or New Zealand anaesthetist. Most recently, Kate has been admitted as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

Kate's current research interest is large multi-centre trials in anaesthesia and perioperative medicine. She is a member of the NHMRC Translational Faculty and an invited reviewer on the editorial boards of Anesthesia and Analgesia, British Journal of Anaesthesia and Anesthesiology.

Prof Fin Macrae AO

Professor Finlay Macrae

Prof Fin Macrae has been awarded an AO for distinguished service to medicine in the field of gastroenterology and genomic disorders as a clinician and academic, and to human health through the Human Variome Project.

Fin is Head of Colorectal Medicine and Genetics at RMH, Head of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Service, Lead clinician in the Familial Cancer Clinic and Secretary for the International Society for Gastrointestinal Hereditary Tumours.

Fin has had a lifelong career in clinical research relating to risk identification and prevention of bowel cancer including studies pivotal to establishing the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program, and understanding the role of diet in prevention of bowel cancer.

Fin is currently the Regional Scientific Director of the Human Variome Project, Councillor for the Gastroenterological Society of Australia, Co-Director of the World Gastroenterology Organisation Training Centre in Suva Fiji, and has established a second centre in Yangon, Myanmar. He is also Chair of Australian and New Zealand Gastroenterology International Training Association.

A/Prof Peter Greenberg OAM

Assoc Prof Peter Greenberg OAM

​A/Prof Peter Greenberg has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to medicine, and to population health.

Peter is a consultant general physician and Head of one of the General Medical Units at the RMH and Principal Fellow in the University of Melbourne Department of Medicine. He teaches evidence based clinical practice to undergraduates, trainees and postgraduates. In 1998, he helped establish the Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Evaluation Unit at RMH, which became the Melbourne EpiCentre in October 2010.

Peter was the inaugural President of the Australian Society of Consultant Physicians in General Medicine (1993-1995) and in 2003, he became an Honorary Life Member of the IMSANZ. In 2010, he was awarded the prestigious John Sands Medal from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

Peter is also sought both nationally and internationally for his expertise in the specialist field of Internal Medicine.

Mr John Cunningham OAM

Mr John Cunningham

Mr John Cunningham was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to medicine, and to the promotion of immunisation.

John is an Orthopaedic Surgeon at The Royal Melbourne Hospital where he treats elective spine patients as well as traumatic spinal injuries and general orthopaedic trauma. John is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and a Member of the Academy of Surgical Educators.

John began his Orthopaedic training with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2005, completing it in 2008.

Since first published in 1993, John has maintained a steady pace of conducting and publishing research for more than two decades. He presents at Australian and international meetings, and his work has appeared in international journals.

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