A/Prof Munjed Al Muderis
Assoc Prof Munjed Al Muderis is an orthopaedic surgeon and an adjunct associate professor at Notre Dame University School of Medicine in Sydney. In addition, he is a clinical lecturer at Macquarie University, and the Australian School of Advanced Medicine. He specialises in hip, knee, trauma, and complex limb reconstruction surgery. This has led him to become esteemed for his pioneering expertise in osseointegration prosthetic limb surgery, in which his passion has inspired him to develop and expand this technology for amputees, to enable mobility, to enhance comfort, to reduce pain, and to facilitate for them a better way of life. When he was a first year resident in 1999, he chose to flee Iraq rather than comply with the brutal orders of Saddam’s regime to remove surgically the ears of army soldier deserters. He became a boat refugee and sought asylum in Australia, where he later settled and, after his release from a detention centre in 2000, he completed his training in orthopaedic surgery. He continues to devote much of his time to humanitarian causes as a human rights and equality advocate. Along these lines, he is a Red Cross Ambassador, speaking for Amnesty International and the UNHCR. He wrote his memoir in 2014.