Professor Munjed Al Muderis
2020 NSW Australian of the Year
Professor Al Muderis is an Australian trained Orthopaedic Surgeon. His day-to-day work involves hip and knee arthroplasty and reconstructive surgery. Munjed had the privilege of completing his Australian orthopaedic training in 2008 on the NSW Northside Scheme. He subsequently embarked on international fellowships in Germany and Switzerland. Early on in his career, Munjed commenced his academic pursuits and now holds several academic titles including Clinical Professor at Macquarie University, Adjunct Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University Of Notre Dame Australia School Of Medicine Sydney and Honorary Associate of the School of AMME/Faculty of Engineering and IT at the University of Sydney. In 2022 Munjed completed a Higher Research Degree in the field of Osseointegration and was awarded a Doctorate of Medical Science from the University of Notre Dame Australia for his contribution to research and development in this technology.
Munjed and his team perform between 500-1000 primary joint replacements and complex revision arthroplasties. It has been well reported in orthopaedic literature that high volume surgeons generally have fewer revision procedures compared to low volume surgeons when using tried and tested implants. Munjed performs hip arthroplasty using direct anterior approach and knee arthroplasty using computer assisted robotic technology. He is also a world leader in osseointegration surgery, providing solutions to people with significant limitations to mobility and suffering from debilitating conditions.
Munjed’s life mission is to enable the disabled, restore mobility and give hope to the weak and vulnerable around the world, regardless of one’s creed or ethnicity. Apart from his academic and clinical roles, Munjed is involved in humanitarian work around the world. He has taken multiple teams to his former homeland of Iraq eight times, to help the victims of the conflict that he fled, as well numerous visits to India, Cambodia, Fiji, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan and Ukraine, and has educated other orthopaedic surgeons in the osseointegration technique and in complex limb reconstruction. Munjed is an Ambassador of the Australian Red Cross, Amnesty International Australia, Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association and World Wellness Group, and Patron of the Asylum Seekers Centre, Sanctuary Australia Foundation and the New South Wales Amputee Association, as well as hold affiliation with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Since 2010, Munjed has been an Australian Air Force Reservist and an advocate of the Australian Armed Forces, and also involved in treating injured personnel from the Australian, British and American Defence Forces, for which he was recognised by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In 2018 Munjed was recipient of the Asian Game Changer Award in New York and in 2019 he was rewarded with the Social Force Award at the GQ Men of the Year in Abu Dhabi, recognising the contributions he has made caring for others. In 2020, Munjed received the greatest symbol of Australia’s acceptance by being awarded the NSW Australian of the Year.