"I believe in tolerance. Acceptance. Resilience. Helping others. Human rights. Never giving up."

Munjed 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.

I'm driven by...

My goal is to provide robotic technology to all disabled people, regardless of their wealth.

“Medical innovation and cutting edge technology

My own persistence

Endurance

My desire to improve all lives”

Born in Baghdad, Munjed had to flee Iraq at the age of 27, 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 worldwide pioneering a revolutionary technology known as Osseointegration — a cutting edge technique where surgical implants are directly integrated in to the bone.

Professor Munjed Al Muderis

My goal is to...

“Work until the day I leave this earth.

Leave something behind the world can benefit from.

Provide robotic technology to all disabled people, regardless of their wealth.

Contribute to building a world class reputation in innovation for my team, University and Australia.

To help.”

As a leading surgeon in this complex reconstructive and robotic surgery, Munjed has helped around 300 amputees from around the world to improve mobility, reduce pain and to enhance their quality of life overall.

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, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and he is an ambassador for the Australian Red Cross.

What is next for you?

“Now that I’ve established that robotic technology works, we need to popularise it and make it available to the rest of the world regardless of peoples wealth.”

Professor Munjed Al Muderis

How do you plan to continue driving change in your community?

“My plan to continue driving change in the community is multi-faceted. The first part of which is to popularise the technology that I have developed. Secondly to continue fighting for human rights. And thirdly, to teach people about the knowledge and technology that I have and pass it on to future generations.”

What is your proudest moment?

“One of the proudest moments in my life is seeing the faces of my patients family members after they walk again.”

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