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Munjed Al Muderis


Munjed Al Muderis is an Australian trained orthopaedic surgeon, and a Squadron Leader in the Australian Air Force Reserve. He is also an ambassador for the Australian Red Cross, a human rights activist and a refugee. Munjed came to Australia by boat.

Apart from his academic and clinical roles, Munjed is heavily involved in humanitarian work volunteering his time as a surgeon and as a human rights advocate. He has affiliations with Amnesty International, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and represents the Australian Red Cross.

Born in Baghdad, at the age of 27, Munjed had to flee Iraq as a young doctor, having refused the orders of Saddam Hussein to mutilate army deserters’ ears.

Munjed endured a life-threatening journey to Australia. After spending 10 months in Curtin Detention Centre, upon his release, he embarked
on a mission to become an orthopaedic surgeon.

He is now one of three surgeons world wide pioneering a revolutionary technology known as ‘osseointegration’. As a leading surgeon in this complex reconstructive and robotic surgery, Munjed has helped more than 270 amputees from around the world to improve mobility, reduce pain and overall enhance their quality of life.

Munjed’s day-to-day work as an orthopaedic surgeon involves hip and knee arthroplasty and major reconstructive surgery. He teaches at Notre Dame and Macquarie Universities, trains local and international surgeons, registrars and medical students.

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