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