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Dr Melissa Lee

Dr Melissa Lee

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Role Research Officer
Research area Clinical sciences
Group Heart
Dr Melissa Lee is an early career clinician-researcher working full-time clinically in her final year of Cardiology registrar training. She holds honorary appointments as an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Medicine (RMH) and Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne; and as an Honorary Fellow at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI). Melissa has a strong interest in adult congenital heart disease in both clinical and academic respects.

Dr Melissa Lee's research is centred on the long-term outcomes of patients with congenital heart disease. She is experienced in retrospective and prospective cohort studies. Her recent PhD examined the long-term outcomes after surgical repair of coarctation with a particular emphasis on hypertension. Her research has directly led to change in the clinical management of this patient population. She has also led the establishment of the Aortic Arch Biobank at MCRI to further evaluate the genetics of aortic arch conditions. She has over 35 articles peer-review publications and textbook chapters and presented extensively at international and national conferences.

Melissa has been awarded multiple awards and scholarships for her research including a Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Investigator grant (2021-2025); National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Medical Research Postgraduate Scholarship; Heart Foundation Health Professional Scholarship, Collaboration and Exchange Award, and the Noel and Imelda Foster Research Award; University of Melbourne scholarships; and Avant research scholarship. Her research has also attracted grant funding from HeartKids and MCRI. Melissa was also awarded the 2020 Premier's Award for Health and Medical Research (Clinical Researcher).
Dr Melissa Lee is an early career clinician-researcher working full-time clinically in her final year of Cardiology registrar training. She holds honorary appointments as an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Medicine (RMH) and...
Dr Melissa Lee is an early career clinician-researcher working full-time clinically in her final year of Cardiology registrar training. She holds honorary appointments as an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Medicine (RMH) and Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne; and as an Honorary Fellow at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI). Melissa has a strong interest in adult congenital heart disease in both clinical and academic respects.

Dr Melissa Lee's research is centred on the long-term outcomes of patients with congenital heart disease. She is experienced in retrospective and prospective cohort studies. Her recent PhD examined the long-term outcomes after surgical repair of coarctation with a particular emphasis on hypertension. Her research has directly led to change in the clinical management of this patient population. She has also led the establishment of the Aortic Arch Biobank at MCRI to further evaluate the genetics of aortic arch conditions. She has over 35 articles peer-review publications and textbook chapters and presented extensively at international and national conferences.

Melissa has been awarded multiple awards and scholarships for her research including a Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Investigator grant (2021-2025); National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Medical Research Postgraduate Scholarship; Heart Foundation Health Professional Scholarship, Collaboration and Exchange Award, and the Noel and Imelda Foster Research Award; University of Melbourne scholarships; and Avant research scholarship. Her research has also attracted grant funding from HeartKids and MCRI. Melissa was also awarded the 2020 Premier's Award for Health and Medical Research (Clinical Researcher).

Top Publications

  • Lee, MGY, Yao, JV, Binny, S, Larobina, M, Skillington, P, Grigg, LE, Zentner, D. Long-term outcome of adult survivors of tetralogy of Fallot. International Journal of Cardiology Congenital Heart Disease 4: 100147 2021
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  • Burchill, LJ, Lee, MGY, Nguyen, VP, Stout, KK. Heart Failure in Adult Congenital Heart Disease. Cardiology Clinics 38(3) : 457 -469 2020
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  • Lee, MGY, Babu-Narayan, SV, Kempny, A, Uebing, A, Montanaro, C, Shore, DF, d'Udekem, Y, Gatzoulis, MA. Long-term mortality and cardiovascular burden for adult survivors of coarctation of the aorta. Heart 105(15) : 1190 -1196 2019
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  • Lee, MGY, Hemmes, RA, Mynard, J, Lambert, E, Head, GA, Cheung, MMH, Konstantinov, IE, Brizard, CP, Lambert, G, d'Udekem, Y. Elevated sympathetic activity, endothelial dysfunction, and late hypertension after repair of coarctation of the aorta. International Journal of Cardiology 243: 185 -190 2017
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  • Lee, MGY, Kowalski, R, Galati, JC, Cheung, MMH, Jones, B, Koleff, J, d’Udekem, Y. Twenty-four-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring detects a high prevalence of hypertension late after coarctation repair in patients with hypoplastic arches. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 144(5) : 1110 -1118 2012
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