DR Vijayaragavan Muralidharan

DR Vijayaragavan Muralidharan


  • Clinical Research in Disease of the Liver, Pancreas & Biliary System (Personalizing Treatment Options)
  • Educational Research in General Surgical Training (Assessment, Evaluation,)
  • Experimental Research in Therapies for Liver Tumours (CRC Liver Metastases, Thermal Ablation, Targeted Therapies)
  • Liver Regeneration and Tumour Growth (Liver Metastases, Liver Regeneration)
  • Liver Transplantation (Translational) (Circulating biomarkers for individualizing Immunosuppression)
  • Renin Angiotensin System in the Liver (Liver Tumours, ACE, ATR)



  • A/Prof Vijayaragavan Muralidharan
    PhD, FRACS, M Surgical Ed, MBBS(Hons), B Med Sci.

    A/Prof Muralidharan (Murali) is a clinical and academic HPB surgeon at The University of Melbourne Department of Surgery, Austin Health.
    He commenced medical education at the North Colombo Medical School, Sri Lanka and completed it in Australia, graduating with Honours from Monash University in 1991. He completed General Surgery training at the Alfred Hospital (FRACS) in 2000 and was awarded a PhD by thesis in 2003 supported by the RACS surgeon scientist scholarship. He received the Paul McMaster fellowship for two consecutive years in (2002-2004) to undertake specialist training in HPB and Liver Transplantation surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, UK. 

    Murali is a consultant surgeon in the HPB & Transplant unit at the Austin Hospital and holds an academic position as Associate Professor in The University of Melbourne Department of Surgery, Austin health. 

    He leads the Clinical & Translational HPB Research Group at the department. The overarching theme of clinical and research interest in HPB surgery and Liver Transplantation is in individualizing treatments of liver and pancreas cancers in particular the pre-operative assessment of the biology of tumour and biomarkers, novel targeted therapies and the role of liver regeneration and tumour growth. His collaborative research extends to translational aspects of liquid biopsies in liver transplantation and HPB cancers. His basic science and clinical research portfolio is supported by national and regional research grants, successful supervision of research higher degree students and excellent publication record. 

    Murali is extensively involved in surgical education having completed a Masters in Surgical Education in 2015. He is the supervisor of General Surgical training at the Austin Hospital, currently the larg



Member of

  • Section of Academic Surgery, RACS. Academic section of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons 2016 -
  • Academy of Surgical Educators. Inducted member by application 2019 - 2030
  • Clinical Trials Network Australia and New Zealand (CTNANZ). CLinical lead for HPB 2017 - 2030
  • Asian Pacific Heptato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (AP-HPBA). Member of scientific committee (2015-2018) 2009 - 2030
  • Australia & New Zealand Heptato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (ANZHPBA). Member 2005 - 2030
  • Gastro Enterological Society of Australia. Member 2004 - 2030
  • International Heptato-Pancreato-Biliary Association. Member 2004 - 2030
  • International Liver Transplantation Society. Member 2004 - 2030
  • Transplantation Society of Australia & New Zealand. Member 2004 - 2030
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeon. Fellow of the Royal Australasion College of Surgeons 2000 - 2030
  • Australian Medical Association. Member 1993 - 2030


Selected publications


Investigator on


Education and training

  • MSurgicalEd, University of Melbourne 2015
  • PhD, Monash University 2003
  • MBBS (Hons), Monash University 1991
  • BMedSc, University of Colombo 1986

Awards and honors

  • Paul McMaster Fellowship in HPB Surgery & Liver Transplantation in Birmingham, UK, Australia & New Zealand HPB Association, 2002
  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, 2000



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • My research supervision includes undergraduate research projects for students in both the science and medicine streams. I also supervise research higher degree students with a science background, surgical trainees undertaking scientific research as well as educational research.