Professor Leon Piterman AM MBBS, MD MMed, MEdSt, FRCP (Edin) FRACGP
Leon is Professor of General Practice at Monash University, Director of Monash China GP Training. He is the Foundation Head of the School of Primary Health Care, and past Pro-Vice Chancellor of Monash’s Berwick and Frankston campuses (2010-2016). He is also a past member of the Board of Examiners of the Australian Medical Council, the RACGP, and has sat on various university, professional and government expert committees. He was a Board Member of the Royal District Nursing Service, and Board member of Berwick Health Care and the Insight School for Visually Handicapped Children, Council member of Nossal High School. He maintains part time clinical general practice in Moorabbin.
Leon has extensive expertise in medical education, medical research and clinical audit.
He has published widely on clinical and educational issues related to general practice with particular interest in mental health and chronic disease.
He was awarded the F.H. Faulding Prize for research in General Practice in 1987, the Silver Jubilee Teaching Prize in 1992 and the Hong Kong College of General Practitioners Award for best research project in 1994. He has over 160 publications in refereed journals and co-authored the text General Practice Psychiatry which has been translated into Italian and Chinese.
He is responsible for establishing and conducting Monash’s most successful Diploma/Masters in Family Medicine which, conducted by distance and on campus learning over a 20 year period has produced over 1400 graduates in Australia and overseas. Graduates reside in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, China, Philippines, Fiji, UAE, UK and Canada. He has delivered numerous short courses to GPs and GP trainees in Australia and overseas.
In June 2006, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to family medicine through distance education for doctors in remote areas, to research and student training, and to international education. In 2016 he was awarded the David De Kretser Medal for distinguished services to the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash. In 2017 he was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the Fiji College of General Practitioners and in 2018 was appointed a Visiting Professor at Wenzhou Medical University in China.