Trisha Peel


  • Alfred Health, Level 2 Burnet Institute

    3004 Melbourne


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Antimicrobial Stewardship
Health Services Research
Surgical site infection prevention and treatment


Research activity per year

Personal profile


Professor Trisha Peel (MBBShons, FRACP, GradCertClinRes, PhD) is an Infectious Diseases Clinician-Researcher and Deputy Director of Research in the Department of Infectious Diseases, Monash University and Alfred Health. She leads the Antimicrobial Stewardship Services at Epworth and Alfred Healthcare.  She was awarded her PhD in September 2013 and completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, USA.

A key component of Prof Peel’s research program is prevention and management of surgical site infections through large-scale, adaptive randomised controlled trials and the implementation of multi-level, national and international surgical site infection prevention programs to improve patient outcomes.  She is ranked in the top 1.0% of experts in Surgical Infections (expertscape). The calibre of her research is evidenced by her funding track record: she has been awarded over $51.3 M in the last five years. This includes six NHMRC/MRFF Clinical Trials, two health services NHMRC CREs and NHMRC fellowships. Prof Peel was awarded the NHMRC Research Excellence Award as the top CDF-1 clinical applicant in the country.

Research interests

The Surgical Infection Research Group, led by Dr Trisha Peel, conducts large-scale clinical trials and implementation science research investigating strategies to prevent surgical site infections. The overarching aims of this group are to: a) prevent the development of SSIs, integrating cutting-edge microbiology and genomics with large-scale clinical trials and; b) prevent harm and the emergence of antimicrobial resistance in patients undergoing surgery. This research traversed the translation pathway from Bench to Bedside through to Practice-Based Research and Policy. The ultimate goals of this research program are to improve understanding about how surgical site infections develop, how to best prevent these infections and how to ensure responsible, evidence-based use of antimicrobials.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

External positions

Antimicrobial Stewardship Physician, Epworth Foundation (trading as Epworth HealthCare)

28 Apr 2014 → …

Research Collaborator, Mayo Clinic

1 Feb 2014 → …

Research area keywords

  • Infectious Disease
  • Surgical Site Infections
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • antimicrobial stewardship
  • Hospital Associated Infections

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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