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Vijayaragavan Muralidharan

Associate Professor
Surgery - Austin Health
CRC Liver Metastases
Liver Tumours
Circulating biomarkers for individualizing Immunosuppression
Personalizing Treatment Options
Liver Metastases
Liver Regeneration
Thermal Ablation
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Vijayaragavan Muralidharan

Medicine, Dentistry And Health Sciences
Primary Interest
Educational Research in General Surgical Training
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Vijayaragavan Muralidharan


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 largest training hub in Victoria with more than 50 accredited and unaccredited trainees. He has forged them in to a community of trainees to support education and training by establishing a trainees committee (ASTEC) to foster surgical leadership amongst trainees.
He is past Chairman of the VIC/TAS Training Committee of the Board in General Surgery (BiGS). He remains a member of BiGS actively involved in curriculum redesign in training requirements especially the role of research for surgical trainees. His research interests expand in to educational research leading to the development of a research point scheme for surgical trainees and data driven advances in surgical education and training. He has established the first trainee led research consortium in Victoria (VERITAS) and is the clinical HPB lead for Clinical Trials Network Australia & New Zealand (CTNANZ) designed to support trainee led research consortiums.

A/Prof Muralidharan has a national and international profile as member of the Australian & New Zealand HPB Association (ANZHPBA), scientific committee member of the Asian-Pacific HPB Association (AP-HPBA) and an active member of the conference organizing committee of AP-HPBA (Melbourne, 2011) and IHPBA (Melbourne, 2020).

Scholarly Works

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Honours, Awards and Fellowships


Paul McMaster Fellowship in HPB Surgery & Liver Transplantation in Birmingham, UK

Australia & New Zealand HPB Association


Paul McMaster Fellowship in HPB Surgery & Liver Transplantation in Birmingham, UK

Australia & New Zealand HPB Association


FRACS - Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons





Associate Professor

Surgery - Austin Health

Inducted Member By Application

Academy of Surgical Educators

Clinical Lead For Hpb

Clinical Trials Network Australia and New Zealand (CTNANZ)

Academic Section Of The Royal Australasian College Of Surgeons

Section of Academic Surgery, RACS

Member Of Scientific Committee (2015-2018)

Asian Pacific Heptato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (AP-HPBA)


Australia & New Zealand Heptato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (ANZHPBA)


Transplantation Society of Australia & New Zealand


International Liver Transplantation Society


Gastro Enterological Society of Australia


International Heptato-Pancreato-Biliary Association

Fellow Of The Royal Australasion College Of Surgeons

Royal Australasian College of Surgeon


Australian Medical Association


Masters of Surgical Education

University of Melbourne

Doctorate of Philosophy by Thesis

Monash University

Bachelor of Medicne & Bachelor of Surgery

Monash University

Bachelor of Medical Science

University of Colombo