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Dr. Michelle Leech

Associate Professor (Radiation Therapy)

Dr. Michelle Leech is Associate Professor and Head of the Discipline of Radiation Therapy. Michelle is past chair of the European Society of Radiotherapy and Oncology Radiation Therapist Committee, current chair of blended learning at ESTRO and is Editor-in chief of the journal Technical Innovations and Patient Support in Radiation Oncology(tipsRO). Michelle collaborates with the International Atomic Energy Agency in raising the standard of radiation therapy practice globally and has completed many expert missions on their behalf throughout eastern Europe, Bangladesh and Israel. Michelle's research interests are in quantitative analysis of routine imaging for radiation therapy practice and in advocating for radiation oncology as a cancer therapy. She sits on the editorial board of Radiotherapy and Oncology and is reviewer for more than ten leading radiation oncology and imaging journals.
  HUMAN CANCER   RADIOTHERAPY   Treatment Planning
 EPRO_Empowering European Patients in Radiation Oncology
 From diagnosis to survival: An introduction to Radiation Oncology
 Oncovideos: Developing Vocational skills in Oncology through e-learning
 Impact of dose to pharyngeal constrictor muscles and salivary glands on late effects in head and neck radiotherapy
 'Evaluation of Factors influencing the Set-up error in Head and Neck Radiotherapy: A Prospective Analysis'.

Details Date
RTT representative on the Education Council of ESTRO Current
Chair of the RTT Committee of ESTRO 2014-2019
National RT Education representative for Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy 2008-2013
Expert advisor to CORU on the Framework Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics for Radiographers and Radiation Therapists April 2012
Representative of IIRRT on the Health Service Executive's Health and Social Care Professions Advisory Group 2011-2013
Secretary of the IIRRT 2009-2011
Editor of Radiography Ireland 2012-2013
Member of the International Advisory Panel of the Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences Current
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
French Basic Basic Basic
German Basic Basic Basic
Irish Medium Medium Medium
Details Date From Date To
Member of teaching faculty on ESTRO teaching course on Best practice in radiation oncology: A course to train RTT trainers. August 2009 Present
ESTRO member January 2007 Present
IIRRT member October 1996 Present
Course Director: ESTRO Teaching course on basic treatment planning March 2010 September 2014
Leech M, Osman S, Jain S and Marignol L. , Personalization of the radiation therapy management of prostate cancer using MRI-based radiomics. , Cancer Letters, 498, 2021, p210 - 216, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Leech M, Katz M, Kazmierska J, McCrossin J, turner S. , Empowering patients in decision-making in radiation oncology-can we do better?, Molecular Oncology, DOI:10:1002/1878-026, 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Sarah Barrett , Andrew J Simpkin , Gerard M Walls , Michelle Leech , Laure Marignol , Geometric and dosimetric evaluation of a commercially available auto-segmentation tool for gross tumour volume delineation in locally advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: a feasibility study, Journal of Clinical Oncology, 2020, Journal Article, ACCEPTED  DOI
O'Donovan, A., Gillham, C., Cunningham, C., Murphy, M., Leech, M., Cunningham, M., Beltagi, N., Thirion, P. , The Impact of Geriatric Assessment on Patient Outcomes in Radiation Oncology: A Pilot Study. , Gerontology and Geriatric Research. , 2020, p1 - 14, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
O'Donovan A and Leech M. , Personalised treatment for older adults with cancer: The role of frailty. , Technical Innovations and Patient Support in Radiation Oncology, 16, 2020, p30 - 38, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Wen YL and Leech M. , Review of the Role of Radiomics in Tumour Risk Classification and Prognosis of Cancer. , Anticancer Research, 40, (7), 2020, p3605-3618 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Tsang Y, Duffton A, Rossi M, Leech M, Scherer P. , Meeting the challenges imposed by COVID-19: Guidance document by the ESTRO Radiation TherapisT Committee (RTTC). , Technical Innovations and Patient Support in Radiation Oncology, 15, 2020, p6-10 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Zhang B and Leech M. , A Review of Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy in the Management of Oligometastatic Prostate Cancer. , Anticancer Research, 40, (5), 2020, p2419-2428 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Sophie Mangan, Michelle Leech, Proton therapy- the modality of choice for future radiation therapy management of Prostate Cancer?, Technical Innovations and Patient Support in Radiation Oncology, 11, 2019, p1 - 13, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Barrett S, Thirion P, Harper D, Simpkin A, Leech M, Hickey K, Ryan L, Marignol L, Dosimetric impact of uncorrected systematic yaw rotation in VMAT for peripheral lung SABR, . Reports of Practical Oncology & Radiotherapy, 24, (6), 2019, p520 - 527, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL

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Leech M, Radiation Therapists: Vision for the Future, South East Europe Technology in Radiation Oncology biannual conference, Zagreb, Croatia, November 6-8, 2015, SEETRO, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Leech, M, Raising the professionalism of Radiation Therapists: The role of ESTRO, South East Europe Technology in Radiation Oncology biannual conference, Zagreb, Croatia, November 6-8, 2015, SEETRO, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Leech M, Working smarter to create my dream career: An RTT perspective, 3rd ESTRO Forum, Barcelona, Spain, 24-28 April , 2015, ESTRO, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Leech M, Vision 2020: Challenges facing the RTT in Western Europe, 3rd ESTRO Forum, Barcelona, Spain, 24-28 April , 2015, ESTRO, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
A Blended Learning Approach to an Undergraduate Evidence-based Practice Module for Healthcare Students in, editor(s)Brown, S. , Learning, teaching and assessment in higher education: global perspectives, Macmillan International Higher Education, , 2014, [O'Donovan, A. and Leech, M.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Leech, M, Can we raise our professionalism? The ESTRO RTT Committee, AITRO Annual Conference, Trento, Italy, 5-7 December, 2014, AITRO, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Leech M, Offline correction protocols, Bulgarian National Society meeting on Patient Positioning and Verification in Radiation Therapy. , Sofia, Bulgaria, August 30th-31st , 2013, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Healy K, Coffey M and Leech M, Soft tissue sarcomas of the trunk: A literature review, Radiography Ireland, 15, (2), 2012, p55 - 59, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Ryan J and Leech M, Lung delineation and its impact on dose volume constraints in non-small cell lung cancer, Annual Conference of the Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy, Dublin, November 2011, 2011, Poster, PUBLISHED
Leech, Michelle, Coffey, Mary, Hendy, Viola, Attitudes to Patient Sexual Health, Cancer Professional, (Summer 2010), 2010, p10 - 13, Journal Article, PUBLISHED


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Award Date
Emmanuel van der Schueren award November 2020
Certificate of Commendation Provost's Teaching Awards 2011, 2012 and 2013
St. Luke's Prize 2000
Civic Engagement Award nominee May 2020
Quantitative analysis of routine imaging for radiation therapy Patient advocacy in radiation oncology Optimisation of RTT education