Consultant Physician, Internal Medicine
MBBS, MRCP, FRACP, PGDipClinEd.
Dr Leighton is a Specialist Physician. This means she is an expert in diagnosing conditions and managing chronic and complex medical problems.
Her practice involves making a diagnosis, and advising on treatments.
Dr Leighton graduated from medical school in Newcastle-on-Tyne in the UK in 1998 and gained her MRCP (Edinburgh) before moving to New Zealand. She completed her advanced training here and became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). She completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Clinical Education at Auckland University. She was an Intern Supervisor for the Medical Council of New Zealand and her teaching with medical students and colleagues is highly regarded.
Dr Leighton has practiced as a Consultant Physician at Wellington Hospital since 2007. She has taken leadership roles in clinical governance, laboratory testing and the development of clinical IT systems. She has worked in a variety of New Zealand and Australian Hospitals and as a result she has great breadth of knowledge and experience of the health systems across Australasia.
Dr Leighton was the Director of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for the RACP in 2010/11 and is now the Chair of the RACP NZCPD Committee. She is also an educational supervisor for physician trainees within Wellington Hospital.
Dr Leighton continues to work in Acute and General Hospital Medicine in New Zealand and Australian hospitals. She holds an additional post in palliative care at Mary Potter Hospice, Wellington and has done since 2011. She is a clinical lecturer with the University of Otago Medical School teaching undergraduate medical students.
Dr Leighton has been on the Council of the Internal Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand (IMSANZ), which supports and advances the practice of General Internal Medicine. She continues to be an active member of IMSANZ.
As a dedicated physician, Dr Leighton pursues her continuing professional development with the RACP to maintain the highest standards of patient care. Dr Leighton also engages her colleagues in peer review of cases and professional supervision to ensure her patients in the community gain the best care available.