Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia

Staff Profile

Dr Michaela Goodson

Dean of Research


Dean of Research

My current role is as Dean of Research, Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia. I was appointed to this post earlier in 2015 to lead the Research agenda for Newcastle University’s satellite campus in Malaysia. My research interests include clinical research in relation to head and neck cancer, public health epidemiology and medical education research.

From January to April 2016, I was also asked to  Act as Dean of Clinical Affairs with responsibility for Stage 3-5 teaching, examinations, hospital placements until the current Dean could commence working in this post.

I graduated from Dental School at Newcastle University in 1999 having completed a year of intercalated study during my BDS in 1996.  I completed Vocational Dental Practitioner training in Norfolk, Senior House Officer posts Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery  at South Manchester University Hospitals Trust and then returned to Newcastle to complete the accelerated MBBS programme. On completing MBBS in 2004, I returned to South Manchester Hospitals to undertake house officer training in cardiology, coronary carem endocrinology and urology. On completion of this year, I went to Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Trust to complete Senior House Officer training in ENT, Plastic Surgery and Neurosurgery at the Freeman, RVI and General Hospital. I then undertook a locum registrar post in oral and maxillofacial surgery at  James Cook University Hospital and subsequently on completion of MRCS joined the Northern Region Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Specialty training rotation rotating through Newcastle Hospitals, James Cook Hospital, Sunderland Royal Hospital and Cumberland Infirmary.

In 2008-9, I was awarded a reserach fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons (Eng) for my PhD on oral potentially malignant disorders. I completed my Specialty Training, FRCS and PhD then moved to Newcastle University Malaysia in 2014.

I have roles as Honorary Professor and Associate Professor at University of Malaya and University of Queensland where I undertake research and teaching in oral and maxillofacial surgery


March 2014-PhD Newcastle University, UK
Sept 2013 - CCT OMFS (RCS Eng)
Nov 2012 - FRCS Eng (OMFS)
July 2009 - Royal College of Surgeons (Eng) Research Fellowship
Nov 2006 - MRCS (Eng) Intercollegiate Examination
July 2004 - MBBS, Newcastle
April 2001 - MFDS, RCS (Eng)
July 1999 - BDS with Merit, Newcastle
July 1996 - B.Med.Sci Hons First Class, Newcastle


2017 CMO Asia Excellence in Education Leadership award, Singapore 2017

2015: 1ST  Prize Poster competition, Asia Pacific Dental Congress, Singapore April 2015

2014   Thomas Edison award for Inspiration and Knowledge Distribution among young research investigators. Photon Journals 2014


2011 : RCS (Eng) Margaret Witt Scholarship for excellence in clinical training

2009: Highly commended Poster at BAOMS 2009 Eastbourne.                           

2008-9 Research Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons of England sponsored by Shears Foundation

2004  Pathological Society of Great Britain Research Bursary

2004  Royal College of Radiologists clinical oncology research Bursary

2004  Institute of Medical Ethics Research Prize

1999  Bowman Prize for Research Presentation at an international meeting

1998  Medical Protection Elective Prize

1998  Medical Sickness Society Elective Prize

1998  Regent Biogel® Dental Student Research Award

1998  Dean’s Award for Elective Studies

1997  Marjorie Lamb and Jackson Long Prize for Dental Public Health

1997  Merit for Pathology and Microbiology

1996  George Smart Prize for highest result in the examination for BMedSci

1995  General Dental Council/Medical Insurance Agency scholarship for a year of intercalated study

1995  Medal and Distinction for Second Year BDS

1994  Medal and Distinction for First Year BDS


Research Grants since 2015

Funding source



NUMed investigator / UK PI

Total Grant Value (GBP)

UKRI Water security Hub


Michaela Goodson/ Richard Dawson

20 M

NIHR Financial Assurance Fund


Michaela Goodson/Louise Robinson


NIHR Dementia Prevention and Enhanced Care


Michaela Goodson/Louise Robinson


Newton Tungku Omar Fund- Antimicrobial resistance and waste water treatment


Michaela Goodson/ David Graham


EPSRC (Antimicrobial Resistance and waste water treatment)


Michaela Goodson/ David Graham




Michaela Goodson


IPF Newcastle University


Michaela Goodson/David Graham (AMR)/ Andrew Hall (Oral Cancer)/ Tony Young (Dementia Commuication)



Current research Interests

  • Dementia Prevention and Enhanced Care
  • Water security and public health
  • Oral potentially malignant disorders
  • Undergraduate medical education

The NUMed Research Web page with details of my research can be found at 


Roles and responsibilities

Teaching roles:


  • Head and neck anatomy Year 2 MBBS

  • Thought Senses Movement Module Year 2 MBBS

  • Clinical skills and investigative medicine, Year 4 MBBS
  • Preparation for Practice, Year 5 MBBS
  • Hospital Based Practice (Surgery) Year 5 MBBS (Module lead)
  • Early clinical exposure Year 1 MBBS
  • Foundations of Clinical practice, Year 3 MBBS (Module lead)
  • Student Research coordinator for Student Selected Components (Stage 4)


Examiner Roles


  • Examiner for Stage 3 and 5 OSCE
  • Stage 4 SSC examiner for oral and poster presentationds
  • Examiner for Stage 5 MOSLER
  • Surgery question Selector for Stage 5 SBA paper
  • Standard Setting Stage 3 and Stage 5 SBA papers



  • Executive Board Newcastle University Malaysia 2014-
  • Newcastle University Malaysia Ethics Committee- Chair
  • Research Management Group, Newcastle University UK 2014-
  • Research Management Group, Newcastle University Malaysia 2016
  • MBBS Board of Medical Studies 2016
  • MBBS Sub Deans 2016
  • Hospital Based Practice Quality Management 2015
  • Foundations of Clinical Practice Quality Management 2015-
  • Member of Phase 1 and 2 Staff Student Committees for MBBS
  • SSC management Committee Newcastle University Malaysia