About Munjed Al Muderis - Orthopaedic Surgeon.

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Professor Munjed Al Muderis Biography

Professor Munjed Al Muderis is a leading Hip Surgeon, Knee Surgeon, and Osseointegration and Limb Lengthening Specialist based in Australia.

He is the discipline lead of the Limb Reconstruction Centre at MQ Health in Sydney. He is a clinical lecturer at Macquarie University and The Australian School Of Advanced Medicine. He is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Professor Munjed Al Muderis has made significant contributions to the medical world through his pioneering work in osseointegration surgery, particularly in the development of titanium prosthetic implants.

Born in 1972, in Iraq, his journey from a tumultuous upbringing to becoming an esteemed clinical professor in Australia showcases his unwavering dedication to medicine.

Muderis’s early life was marked by privilege and adversity. Raised in Iraq under Saddam Hussein’s regime, his family had both influence and integrity, with his father being a former judge and his uncle a descendant of the royal family. Despite this, his mother’s refusal to join the Ba’ath Party led to her demotion as a school principal. Munjed Al Muderis pursued a medical career, graduating from Baghdad University in 1997.

The Gulf War erupted during his second year of medical school, forcing him to witness the horrors of war and the aftermath of the Basra uprising. In 1999, Muderis faced a harrowing decision while working as a junior surgeon at Saddam Hussein Medical Centre. Ordered to amputate the ears of army draft evaders, he chose to flee, escaping to Jordan, then Kuala Lumpur, and eventually reaching Australia.

His arrival in Australia wasn’t without hardships; he spent 10 months in an immigration detention centre in Western Australia. Despite the adversity, Muderis persevered, eventually securing a position at Mildura Base Hospital. He continued to advance his career, travelling to various countries for specialised fellowships and courses.

Muderis’s most notable achievement is in the field of osseointegration surgery. He developed a revolutionary titanium prosthetic implant that addresses previous limitations faced by amputees. This innovative approach allows for direct anchoring to the bone, enabling sensory feedback and improved mobility. Patients from around the world seek his expertise in this groundbreaking procedure.

He’s not only a skilled surgeon but also a dedicated educator, supervising trainee registrars and orthopaedic surgeons in hip and knee pathology.

Beyond his surgical prowess, Muderis is a humanitarian and author. 

Professor Munjed Al Muderis’s extraordinary contributions to the field of orthopaedic surgery, particularly in osseointegration, have transformed the lives of countless individuals. His commitment to advancing medical technology and his tireless advocacy for amputees have earned him recognition, including a royal audience with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Harry.

As a testament to his dedication, he was nominated for the 2020 NSW Australian of the Year award, celebrating his profound impact on both medicine and humanity.

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Research & Scientific Publications

Professor Al Muderis has led research and contributed to over 40 scientific papers in the past 15 years.

Books by Munjed Al Muderis

Walking Free is Munjed’s extraordinary account of his journey from the brutality of Saddam Hussein’s Iraq to a new life in Australia and a remarkable career at the forefront of medicine.

Walking Free - Book by Munjed Al Muderis
These stories are both heartbreaking and full of hope, and are told from the unique perspective of a refugee returning to the place of his birth as a celebrated international surgeon.
Going Back - Book by Munjed Al Muderis

Humanitarian Work

Munjed is a committed humanitarian and this is borne out in the work he does to help those who are the victims of war and human rights abuse.

Munjed Al Muderis andd team in Ukraine

Awards & Recognition

NSW Australian of the Year 2020

Australian of the Year 2020

"Munjed exemplifies the valuable and positive contribution that refugees can make – leading by example what it means to be Australian."

Munjed AL Muderis - GQ Man of the Year 2019.

GQ Men of the Year 2019

Winner of the Social Force award, "his story is a reminder, that a person can always start, and restart, again."

Asia Game Changer 2018

Asia Game Changer 2018

"For courage that led to his freedom — and then groundbreaking work to give patients new hope."