Professor Kate Leslie AO studied medicine at the University of Melbourne and undertook anaesthesia training in Melbourne and San Francisco, achieving Fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists in March 1993. After another year in San Francisco, she returned to Melbourne to a full-time specialist staff role at the Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH). 

Professor Leslie is now Head of Research in the Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Management at the RMH. Her clinical interests include anaesthesia for neurosurgery, colorectal and trauma surgery, and sedation for gastrointestinal endoscopy. She is an Honorary Professorial Fellow in the Anaesthesia Perioperative and Pain Medicine Unit, Melbourne Medical School, and Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, University of Melbourne, and Honorary Adjunct Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University.

Kate Leslie has received many accolades and honours during her career, including the Robert Orton Medal, the Melbourne Health Chairman’s Award, and fellowship of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Research. She was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2016 and was the first anaesthetist to be honoured with a Doctor of Medical Science (Honoris Causa) by the University of Melbourne.