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Associate Professor Atul Malhotra is a Senior Consultant Neonatologist at Monash Newborn, Monash Children's Hospital and Associate Professor (Research) in the Department of Paediatrics, Monash University. He is the current recipient of an NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellowship. He has published over 120 peer-reviewed journal articles, 4 book chapters and his research has attracted over $7.5 million of funding to date.

His clinical research interests focus on improving respiratory and neurological outcomes of high-risk infants. He has a keen interest in neonatal evidence based medicine, having being involved in a number of large randomised clinical trials and cohort studies. He is passionate about neurodevelopment following high-risk birth and is the head of the Early Neurodevelopment Clinic (for early detection of cerebral palsy/ developmental delay in high risk infants) at Monash Children's Hospital.

His basic science interests include understanding and treating brain injury related to high risk perinatal conditions. He has a special interest in fetal growth restriction and has conducted a number of preclinical and clinical studies on FGR. His basic science PhD was on "Novel strategies for early detection and treatment of fetal growth restriction related brain injury" completed at the Ritchie Centre, Hudson Institute of Medical Research. 

He has been instrumental in the translation of preclinical therapies from the laboratory to the clinic, including regenerative cell therapies. He led a world-first trial of placental stem cells for chronic lung disease of prematurity, and is the Principal Investigator of a umbilical cord blood derived cell therapy trial in extremely premature infants (CORD-SaFe), currently recruiting. 

One of his other research interests includes device innovation/ artificial intelligence. Together with colleagues in the Faculty of Engineering at Monash University, he leads a large program of research focusing on improving cardio-respiratory monitoring in newborn infants.

He is also passionate about education and served as the inaugural Co-Chair of Monash Children's Hospital Simulation Centre. He has been running simulation based education programs in Australia and around the world, and is the co-founder of the global health interprofessional education program, ONE-Sim Education.

Education/Academic qualification



Paediatrics- Neonatal- Perinatal Medicine, FRACP, Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP)


Paediatrics, DNB, National Board of Examinations


Paediatrics, MD, University of Delhi


Medicine, MBBS, University of Delhi


External positions

Member, National Examining Panel, Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP)

2020 → …

Associate Professor, Hind Institute of Medical Sciences

2018 → …

Member, Paediatric Research Committee, Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP)

2018 → …

Member, Written Examination Committee, Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP)


Research area keywords

  • Neonatology
  • Neurodevelopment
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Neuroprotection
  • Neonatal respiratory physiology and therapy
  • Simulation based education


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