Professor Munjed Al Muderis is an Australian trained Orthopaedic Surgeon and Chairman of The Osseointegration Group of Australia. Born in Baghdad, 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 by boat. After spending 10 months in Curtin Detention Centre, upon his release, he embarked on a mission to become an Orthopaedic Surgeon.
Today he is an Orthopaedic Surgeon, specialising in hip, knee and reconstructive surgery, and now advocates for the human rights of others.
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.
Apart from his academic and clinical roles, Munjed is heavily involved in humanitarian work. Munjed is a Patron of the Asylum Seekers Centre, Sanctuary Australia Foundation and the New South Wales Amputee Association and an Ambassador of the Australian Red Cross, Amnesty International Australia and Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association of NSW.
In 2020, Munjed was awarded the NSW Australian Of the Year. Today 20th June 2020 is #WorldRefugeeDay and we recognise Professor Munjed Al Muderis’s achievements.