Mark MacleanBMed, PhD
Mark graduated Bachelor of Medicine from the University of Newcastle in 1985 and subsequently trained as a specialist endocrinologist in Australia and the UK. He completed a Ph.D. in the endocrinology of pregnancy in 1998 and has had a research and clinical interest in hormonal function in pregnancy ever since. Mark has worked as a clinical endocrinologist in Western Sydney since 1996, as a Staff Specialist at Westmead and Blacktown-Mt Druitt Hospitals, and now as the Head of Department of Medicine at Blacktown-Mt Druitt Hospital. He has been involved in clinical teaching for more than 20 years, was Director of Physician Training at Westmead Hospital 2005-2009, and is a member of the National Examining Panel for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.
Mark is extensively involved in clinical and basic science research and his main research interest is the effect of events in pregnancy on the metabolic health of the mother and baby, with a particular emphasis on Gestational Diabetes. Additional research is being done on the "metabolic stress" that occurs during hormonal manipulation for cancer treatment, or under treatment with some psychiatric medications, and exploration of new mechanisms that might be responsible for causing type 2 diabetes. Mark also works with a team of clinicians and researchers at Blacktown who are trying to optimize the health system for management and prevention of diabetes in Western Sydney. He also has a significant clinical interest in pituitary disorders and heads the Pituitary Clinic at Westmead Hospital.
Mark is a Past-President of the Endocrine Society of Australia. In 2009 he was appointed UWS Foundation Professor of Medicine at Blacktown / Mt Druitt Clinical School and has been a significant contributor to the growth of the new Medical School, and development of Blacktown-Mt Druitt Hospital as a teaching hospital and research center. He has been awarded 1 current, and 2 past, NH&MRC Project Grants. He has supervised 5 completed PhDs and 3 current Ph.D. students.