A/Prof 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, human rights activist and a refugee. Munjed came to Australia by boat.
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 450 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.
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.
• Overview of Munjed’s journey as a Refugee to Australia
• The challenges he faced on this journey - being resilient/glass half full
• Three key things he wants to achieve in life
• History of Osseointgration
• What it means for Amputees
• Where the future is headed
The journey of Junior medical staff to medical specialists
• Overview of Munjed’s story and current life
Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune
• Link the “Wheel of fortune” of being on top of the wheel and bottom and how things can change so quickly but how we cope
From Refugee to Medical Revolutionary | Munjed Al Muderis | TEDxSydneyMounted Al Muderis is a world leader in "osseointegration" which is life-changing for all of Munjed’s patients, enabling the amputee to focus on the destination rather than the journey. In this talk, Munjed explains how he is now on the top of his "Wheel of Fortune" and can now assist people who are on the bottom. Munjed is an Australian-trained Orthopaedic Surgeon and Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor with Notre Dame University School of Medicine, Sydney. Born in Baghdad, he fled to Australia as a refugee and embarked on his journey to become an Orthopaedic Surgeon on his release from a detention centre on 26 August 2000.
The wheel of fortune | Munjed Al-Muderis | TEDxBaghdadAl Muderis was born in Iraq and became a surgeon under the regime of Saddam Hussein. He was a medical student in Basra at the start of the Gulf War. As a junior surgeon, he fled from Iraq following an incident in which he refused to mutilate the ears of army deserters. He traveled through Indonesia and Malaysia and reached Australia where he was kept in at the Curtin Detention Center. He was released after 10 months and carried on his career in medicine, eventually specializing in osseointegration surgery. From a travel of life and death as an escaping refugee, to a life-saver as one of the most brilliant orthopedic surgeons in the world, Dr. Munjed Al Muderis (born 1972) is an Australian Associate Professor in orthopaedic surgery, author and human rights activist. His pioneering work on prosthetics and patents on titanium devices that he designed places Australia at the forefront of osseointegration technology.
NSW Australian of the Year: Prof. Munjed Al Muderis, orthopaedic surgeon #AOTY2020? #ausoftheyearAfter fleeing the tyranny of Saddam Hussein’s regime in a leaking boat, Professor Munjed Al Muderis was detained on Christmas Island, then in Curtin Detention Centre in Western Australia. He overcame these extraordinary obstacles to become an orthopaedic surgeon, specialising in hip, knee and reconstructive surgery, and now advocates for the human rights of others. A compassionate ambassador for multiple organisations, including the Red Cross, Munjed is a powerful advocate for humanitarian work supporting people seeking asylum and refugees. Funded out of his own pocket, Munjed has taken a team to his former homeland of Iraq seven times, to help the victims of the conflict he fled and has educated other orthopaedic surgeons in the osseointegration technique and in complex limb reconstruction. His surgical innovations and breakthroughs are helping Australians and people throughout the world. Munjed exemplifies the valuable and positive contribution that refugees can make - leading by example what it means to be Australian.