Fellowship ​

The Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences elects the best and brightest minds in the field of medical and health sciences as Fellows.

Fellows are elected in recognition of their outstanding achievements and exceptional contributions to the sector. The Fellowship are acknowledged for their clinical, non-clinical, leadership, industry and research contributions.

Find Fellows of the AAHMS

To find Fellows of our Academy either use the search form below or download the full list of current Fellows here.






Director, AW Morrow Gastroenterology and Liver Centre / Head of the Liver Injury & Cancer Program
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital / Centenary Institute

Professor G.W. McCaughan is a national / international leader in Liver pathobiology and Clinical Liver transplantation/Hepatology. He has Hirsch Index of 60 / 68 (Scopus / Google) and has over 420 peer-reviewed published manuscripts. Achievements include the cloning of several human genes, understanding the cellular / molecular basis of liver transplant tolerance and liver diseases together with developing therapeutic strategies to effect clinical outcomes.
He has served as President of the International Liver Transplant Society (ILTS) and was recently awarded the ILTS 2013 Distinguished Service award. National leadership is reflected as Chair of Australian Liver Association (2009-2013) and President TSANZ 2013-2015

Executive Director, Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Professor Grant McArthur is one of Australia’s leading clinician researchers in oncology. He has made seminal contributions to the field of therapeutic targeting on oncogenic protein kinases leading successful translation of research to target 4 different protein kinases that have established new standards of care for cancer patients globally. His work on targeting the BRAF protein kinase extends from the biology of BRAF mutations through phase I clinical trials and practice-changing randomized clinical studies. He has also made significant contributions to approaches to target the MYC oncogene. Collectively his work has been cited over 18,000 times.

Director, Institute for Musculoskeletal Health; Co-Director, Sydney Musculoskeletal Health
The University of Sydney

Professor Maher is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and founding director of the George Institute’s Musculoskeletal Division. He is an international leader in the back pain field and in the physiotherapy profession. He has 419 publications, ~$17.5M in funding and 28 PhD completions. His back pain research has shaped contemporary practice (137 citations across 43 practice guidelines). In 2014 Expertscape ranked him the #2 back pain researcher globally. He is recognised internationally for developing PEDro, the most comprehensive database of physiotherapy research http://www.pedro.org.au (29,000 records, >2million searches in 2014, sponsorship from 46 national physiotherapy associations, translated into 8 languages).


R.P. Jepson Professor of Surgery Director, Division of Surgery
University of Adelaide / The Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Guy has experienced a successful career as a Surgeon and Academic both nationally and internationally, publishing over 400 papers in refereed journals (H index of 38). His commitment to advance academic medical and health science is evident through his involvement with Council of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons as member of the Executive of Council and Chair of the Professional Development and Standards Board. Guy created and developed the Australian Safety and Efficacy Register of New Interventional Procedures (ASERNIP-S) which he still directs and leads. The resulting publications have received international acclaim and advanced the profession of surgery.

Principal Director
The George Institute for Global Health

Stephen MacMahon is Principal Director and founder of The George Institute for Global Health a Sydney-based research centre now ranked among the top ten research institutions worldwide for impact (Scimago 2011-2014) For his research on the management of  cardiovascular diseases, MacMahon has received many awards from learned societies worldwide. He holds professorial appointments at the University of Sydney and the University of Oxford, and in 2012 was appointed as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA) and the British Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci). In 2013 he was named EY Social Entrepreneur of the Year.


Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health; Deputy Dean Research, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Adelaide

John Lynch is an internationally recognized scholar in epidemiology and public health. He has received numerous awards including a Canada Research Chair in Population Health (2005), an honorary Doctorate in Medical Science from University of Copenhagen (2007), and a NHMRC Australia Fellowship (2009). He has more than 250 publications, a Researcher ID H-index of 57, and in 2014 he received Thomson Reuters’ “Highly Cited Researcher” status that places him in the top 1% of cited scientists in his field. He has made major innovative contributions to the field of health inequalities, child health and development that are widely internationally recognised.

NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Royal Children’s Hospital

Professor Melissa Little is an internationally acclaimed biomedical research scientist whose work on kidney development and regenerative medicine has led to the development of protocols for growing mini-kidneys from patient-derived cell lines. This research is likely to change the way we diagnose and treat kidney disease. She has also played a major leadership role in Health and Medical Research across her career. She was a member of the Wills Review (1998-99), HMRSR Implementation committee (1999-2000), National Research Priority Setting Consultative Panel (2002) and the McKeon review (2011-13), all of which have shaped the Health and Medical Research Landscape in Australia.

Director, John Hunter Health and Innovation Precinct

Over the past 15 years, Prof Chris Levi has established one of Australia’s leading stroke research groups. His overarching research vision has been the translation of experimental stroke therapies into the clinical domain. This builds on a career objective to provide health care professionals with greater knowledge, better tools and more effective strategies to treat and prevent stroke. A key attribute has been his focus on developing research ideas and directions that are ‘grounded’ in clinical relevance. This focus and determination has led to his appointment as Director, Clinical Research and Translation for the Hunter New England Local Health District.

Specialist Anaesthetist and Head of Research
Royal Melbourne Hospital

Professor Kate Leslie has demonstrated distinguished professional achievement in research, education and governance in anaesthesia and the wider specialist medical community. She is recognised by her peers for her research in the areas of awareness during anaesthesia and large perioperative trials. She is also recognised for her leadership as a former president of the Australian and New College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) and chair of the Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges. Her contribution has recently been recognised with the Australian Medical Association Woman in Medicine Award 2014 and the ANZCA Orton Medal – the highest honour bestowed by the college.

Chief Scientist of Western Australia
Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation

Professor Klinken’s interest in cancer has led to the discovery a number of oncogenes and tumour- suppressor genes. His work on leukemias has been internationally-recognised, especially the concept of lineage-switching. As a passionate advocate for medical research, he established the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research, and was Director of the Institute (now known as the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical research) for 15 years. After stepping down from the Director’s role he was appointed as the Chief Scientist of Western Australia. Professor Klinken has been recognised for these activities with awards that include the Western Australian Citizen of the Year.

About Fellowship with AAHMS

Our Fellows sit at the heart of everything we do. They represent Australia’s leading minds in health and medical sciences, having been recognised for their clinical, non-clinical, leadership, industry and research contributions.

To be considered for election to the Academy’s Fellowship, a candidate must show exceptional professional achievement in a field related to health and/or medicine.

Fellows contribute to the projects and activities of the Academy and must be willing to be active participants.

Successful Fellowship candidates will have shown:

  • Outstanding leadership in their field.
  • Significant and ongoing involvement with issues of health care, prevention of disease, education, research, and health services policy and delivery.

Candidates for Fellowship should meet the following criteria:

  • National and International recognition for excellence in health and medical science
  • Significant, sustained and ongoing contributions to advance health and medical science in Australia (relative to opportunity)
  • Contribution to the profession through leadership and mentorship
  • Raised public understanding and promoting health and medical science in the broader community

Download criteria for Fellowship

Each year, current Fellows of the Academy are invited to nominate up to four new candidates who meet the criteria and fulfil the required expectations.

To ensure the Academy has a representative and diverse membership, Fellows nominating two new candidates are asked to include only a maximum of one man, and Fellows nominating four new candidates are asked to include only a maximum of two men.

How to make a nomination

Fellows wishing to nominate a candidate for Fellowship should contact the secretariat to confirm candidate eligibility and receive and instructions on how to submit the completed nomination documentation online. 

Fellows wishing to nominate a candidate for a Corresponding Fellowship should contact the secretariat for more information.

Secretariat contact details
Email: [email protected]

Phone: 07 3102 7220

Nomination guidelines for ordinary Fellowship

October 2023
Newly elected Fellows of 2023 are inducted at the Annual Meeting.

18 September 2023- 30 November 2023
Nominations are invited from existing Fellows until the closing date of 30 November.

December 2023
Nominations allocated to Selection Committees.

January – April 2024
Referees’ reports sought.

Early May 2024
Selection Committees meet to consider nominations and provide final recommendations to the Council.

Early-to-mid-July 2024
Council meets to finalise recommendations.

Late July 2024
Full Fellowship invited to comment on recommended new fellows.

August 2024
Election results are shared with proposers and candidates (under embargo).

October 2024
Newly elected Fellows of 2024 inducted at the Annual Meeting.

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