The 60th Annual
Errol Solomon Meyers
Memorial Lecture
From Iraq to Osseointegration
Orthopaedic Surgeon
30 September 2017 6:00pm


A/Prof Munjed Al Muderis

A/Prof Munjed Al Muderis is an orthopaedic surgeon and a clinical lecturer at Macquarie University and The Australian School Of Advanced Medicine. He specialises in hip, knee, trauma and osseointegration surgery and is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and Chairman of the Osseointegration Group of Australia.

A/Prof Al Muderis graduated from Baghdad College High School (The American Jesuit) in 1991. He studied medicine at Baghdad University from 1991 to 1997.

As a first year resident A/Prof Al Muderis was forced to flee Iraq as he refused Saddam’s regime brutal orders to surgically remove the ears of soldiers who had escaped from the army. He ended up on a flimsy wooden boat heading to his new home, Australia, before spending 10 months at the Curtin Detention Centre.

A/Prof Al Muderis’ first job in Australia was at Mildura Base Hospital as an Emergency Unit and Orthopaedic Resident. Four months later he moved to Melbourne as a Surgical Registrar at the Austin Repatriation Hospital. His career next took him to Wollongong Hospital where he spent a year as an unaccredited Orthopaedic Registrar followed by a year at Canberra Hospital.

A/Prof Al Muderis joined the Australian Orthopaedic Training Program in 2004 as part of the Sydney NSW Orthopaedic Training Scheme and obtained his surgical fellowship, FRACS (Orth), in 2008.

A/Prof Al Muderis went on to complete three post specialisation fellowships and commenced his private practice in 2010 and is currently appointed as a Clinical Lecturer at Macquarie University Hospital and The Australian School of Advanced Medicine. He also has appointments at The Sydney Adventist Hospital and Northwest Private Hospital.

He specialises in hip, knee and trauma surgery with particular interest in hip arthroscopy, resurfacing, minimally invasive hip arthroplasty, knee arthroplasty and reconstruction of recurrent patellar dislocations. He is also a world leading surgeon in the field of osseointegration surgery.

In 2014 his memoir Walking Free was published by Allen and Unwin.

He lives in Sydney with his wife Irina, a GP, and their two daughters and black poodle Mozart.

Attend 2017 ES Meyers Lecture

Time: Arrive 5:30pm for 6:00pm start
Date: Saturday, September 30th, 2017
Location: GHD Auditorium, Advanced Engineering Building
The University of Queensland, St. Lucia Campus (map below)
Dress: Smart Casual
Parking: Conifer Knoll Carpark (see map below)

To be followed by refreshments

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Professor Errol Solomon Meyers

A Founder of the Faculty of Medicine, The University of Queensland

by Professor John Pearn AO RFD
Patron, The University of Queensland Medical Society

The Faculty of Medicine was established in 1936 after five decades of advocacy for a medical school in what was to become the state of Queensland. Many laboured to achieve the opportunity for careers in medicine for young Queensland men and women. One of the acknowledged founding fathers was Dr Errol Solomon Meyers. A pioneer in professional health education in Queensland, he was a leader in postgraduate medical education and undergraduate and postgraduate dental education prior to the establishment of the Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Queensland in 1936. From 1925 he was a leader in postgraduate medical education courses conducted at the British Medical Association (Queensland Branch), and was the doyen of surgical anatomy. A general surgeon and teacher of singular ability, E.S. Meyers taught anatomy and surgical dissection to dental students in Brisbane from 1922, establishing an Anatomy School within the dental hospital in George Street in 1927. From that time Dr Meyers brought the strength of his considerable personality to bear on the need to establish a School of Medicine in Queensland, a triumph achieved finally on 13 March 1936. In July 1957, the year after the death of this founding father, the UQMS established the E.S. Meyers Memorial Lecture to honour his contributions to medicine in general, and to his role as one of the most significant founders of the Medical School in Queensland in particular. As a reflection of the ethos of “Joe” Meyers’ life this Memorial Lecture, which this year celebrates its anniversary, comprises a forum for a person of distinction to present a perspective of endeavour and achievement.

The E.S. Meyers Memorial Lecture

The Errol Solomon Meyers Memorial Lecture is the premier academic event on the UQMS calendar. The lecture is a special tribute to the life of Professor Meyers, and a wonderful opportunity to bring together members of the medical, university and general community. The UQMS is grateful for the support and contribution of the Meyers family and our past orators, who have assisted the E.S. Meyers Memorial Lecture to become one of the largest public lectures of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

The E.S. Meyers Memorial Lecture is held as a free public event for all to attend and enjoy. It is tradition that at the conclusion of the lecture, guests are invited to make a donation, the funds of which will be donated to a charity of the speaker’s choosing.

Past Speakers

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About UQMS

The University of Queensland Medical Society (UQMS) is the peak representative body for students at the University of Queensland Faculty of Medicine. As a not-for-profit association that is run by students, for students, the Society's goal is to advocate, advance and promote the interests of all UQ medical students, enrich the academic and social spheres of medical study, develop and maintain professional links with local, state and national stakeholders, and contribute to the community through its charity initiative, The Ashintosh Foundation.

From its inception in 1936, the UQMS has maintained a significant and respected voice in medicine at a university, state and national level. The Society is led by an executive of 10 medical students and supported by a team of representatives and convenors in excess of 80 medical students. While many traditions such as the annual May Ball, Sports Day and Trephine magazine have continued to the present day, the activities of the UQMS have expanded in recent years in response to student interest and diversity. Such additions include the establishment of the student health and wellbeing society UQ Mind and the University of Queensland Surgical Interest Group. With over 60 events per year to support medical students, the UQMS is here to provide a life outside of medicine! Visit the UQMS Website