Patrick McNeil


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1980 …2019

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Patrick McNeil is Macquarie University’s inaugural Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences where he leads the Faculty’s tripartite and integrated missions of academic clinical practice, education and research. He is also the Managing Director of Macquarie University Clinical Associates, which provides professional clinical services to Macquarie University Hospital, which together with the Faculty forms MQ Health (Macquarie University Health Sciences Centre), Australia’s first fully integrated academic health sciences enterprise under a university’s leadership. Patrick’s vision for MQ Health is the provision of cutting edge clinical care, placing the patient at its focus of its operations with a strong emphasis on safety and quality. MQ Health will value its staff, create a learning workplace, and foster a culture of collaboration and inter-disciplinary care. Over time, Patrick sees MQ Health as being the institution of choice for clinicians and researchers at the top of their fields.

Patrick grew up in Hobart and studied Medicine at the University of Tasmania. After hospital residency, he moved to Sydney to specialise in rheumatology after which he undertook a PhD in immunology at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Then followed a post- doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School in Boston where he discovered new genes expressed by an immune cell called the ‘mast cell’. Patrick then returned from Boston to a clinical academic role at UNSW where his research since has focused on understanding the role of mast cells in arthritic and autoimmune diseases.

As a clinical academic for over 25 years, Patrick combined research with teaching medical and science students, and treating patients with arthritis. He spent 12 years at Prince of Wales Hospital and in 2005 took up a chair in Rheumatology at Liverpool Hospital. His interest in teaching and learning led him to complete a Graduate Diploma in Higher Education, and to a leadership role as Associate Dean, Education where he led the transformation of UNSW's medical curriculum to a highly innovative outcomes-based program that many regard as one of Australia’s pre-eminent Medicine programs.

From 2012-2014 Patrick joined the leadership team at Liverpool Hospital as the Executive Clinical Director. In this role, he worked to transform the ways that doctors, nurses and health professionals interact with each other and do their work to ensure patients receive timely, safe and effective care when they require hospital treatment.

Arthritis is a common problem and seriously under-funded and under-recognised for its contribution to overall health burden. Patrick served as Chair of Arthritis Australia from 2010-2014 to assist in its mission of advocating for and improving the lives of the 3 million Australian people living with arthritis. 

Education/Academic qualification

Education, Graduate Diploma of Higher Education, The University of New South Wales

Immunology, PhD, The University of New South Wales

Medicine, MB BS, University of Tasmania

Medical Science, B Med Sc, University of Tasmania

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Differential expression and regulation of the non-integrin 37/67-kDa laminin receptor on peripheral blood leukocytes of healthy individuals and patients with rheumatoid arthritis

Kane, B. A., An, H., Rajasekariah, P., McNeil, H. P., Bryant, K. & Tedla, N., 4 Feb 2019, In : Scientific Reports. 9, 1, p. 1-14 14 p., 1149.

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    Predicting adherence to therapy in rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis: a large cross-sectional study

    Smolen, J. S., Gladman, D., McNeil, H. P., Mease, P. J., Sieper, J., Hojnik, M., Nurwakagari, P. & Weinman, J., Feb 2019, In : RMD Open. 5, 1, p. 1-13 13 p., e000585.

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  • 6 Citations (Scopus)
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    The experience of patients admitted to hospital with acute low back pain: a qualitative study

    El-Haddad, C., Damodaran, A., McNeil, H. P. & Hu, W., Apr 2018, In : International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases. 21, 4, p. 796-803 8 p.

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  • A patient-centered approach to developing entrustable professional activities

    El-Haddad, C., Damodaran, A., McNeil, H. P. & Hu, W., Jun 2017, In : Academic Medicine. 92, 6, p. 800-808 9 p.

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  • 5 Citations (Scopus)

    Effectiveness of an electronic patient-centred self-management tool for gout sufferers: a cluster randomised controlled trial protocol

    Day, R. O., Frensham, L. J., Nguyen, A. D., Baysari, M. T., Aung, E., Lau, A. Y. S., Zwar, N., Reath, J., Laba, T., Li, L., McLachlan, A., Runciman, W. B., Buchbinder, R., Clay-Williams, R., Coiera, E., Braithwaite, J., McNeil, H. P., Hunter, D. J., Pile, K. J., Portek, I. & 2 others, Williams, K. M. & Westbrook, J. I., 1 Oct 2017, In : BMJ Open. 7, 10, p. 1-12 12 p., e017281.

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  • 7 Citations (Scopus)
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