Dr Julie Lee

ATH - Senior Lecturer

Royal Brisbane Clinical Unit
Faculty of Medicine


Dr Julie Lee is a staff specialist anaesthetist at The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) and senior lecturer at The University of Queensland. Her special research interests include perioperative blood management, regional anaesthesia and airway management. She was awarded her PhD on Rotational Thromboelastometry (ROTEM®) in obstetrics in 2021. She has facilitated workshops and published and presented widely on this topic, including at the Gilbert Brown and Gilbert Troup prize sessions at the international ANZCA conferences and was the winner of the Best Open Poster Prize at the 2018 ANZCA ASM. She is a working party member of the Queensland Clinical Guidelines for Primary Postpartum Haemorrhage, RBWH Transfusion for Major Haemorrhage Protocol and Guidelines, the Queensland Health Intrapartum Pain Management Guidelines and the ASA COVID-19 Working Group. She is a reviewer for peer-reviewed journals, the Blood Safe eLearning Australia Courses and Ausmed Education Courses. In 2020, she was awarded the Best Paper award in The International Journal of Obstetric Anaesthesia and the Jeanette Thirlwell Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Best Paper Award. Her paper on the influence of obesity on coagulation in pregnancy as assessed by ROTEM® became Wiley’s top cited article for 2020-2021. In the recent past, she has been awarded the ANZCA Robin Smallwood Bequest for the highest ranking research project, National Blood Authority Early Career Researcher Award, CSL Behring Research Award, HOW Collaborative HSANZ Clinical Fellowship Award, ASA Kevin McCaul Prize, ASA PhD Support Grant and other research grants for her work on perioperative patient blood management.

Research Interests

  • Rotational Thromboelastometry (ROTEM)
  • Perioperative Patient Blood Management
  • Airway Management
  • Regional Anaesthesia

Research Impacts

Dr Lee has been awarded over $700,000 in competitive funding as chief investigator for her research work in perioperative blood management and critical care medicine. She has led multidisciplinary teams in her collaborative clinical projects within The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

Clinical translation of her research work is evidenced by her involvement in revising local and state-wide guidelines as well as reviewing national educational courses, including the Queensland Clinical Guidelines for Primary Postpartum Haemorrhage, RBWH Transfusion for Major Haemorrhage Protocol and Guidelines. She reviews educational courses and materials for Blood Safe eLearning Australia and Ausmed Education, as well as lecturing and facilitating national and international workshops on massive transfusion, haemorrhage control, postpartum haemorrhage management and using rotational thromboelastometry (ROTEM®).

The significant value and impact of her research findings are also evidenced by citations in major international journals and being awarded Best Paper prizes.


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