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Dr Atul Malhotra is a consultant neonatologist at Monash Newborn, Monash Children's Hospital and senior research fellow at The Ritchie Centre, Department of Paediatrics, Monash University. He is the current recipient of a Cerebral Palsy Alliance Fellowship. He has published close to 100 peer-reviewed articles and 4 book chapters.

His clinical research interests focus on improving respiratory and neurological outcomes of high risk infants. He has been involved in a number of randomised clinical trials in neonatal conditions, which have published in high impact journals like New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Pediatrics, Archives Diseases of Childhood, etc. He is keen on early neurodevelopment following high risk birth and is the head of the Early Neurodevelopment Clinic (for early detection of cerebral palsy in high risk infants) at Monash Children's Hospital. He is also a lead investigator of an NHMRC funded study on preterm neurodevelopment.

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 in the field. He completed a basic science PhD on "Novel strategies for early detection and treatment of fetal growth restriction related brain injury" at the Ritchie Centre, Hudson Institute of Medical Research. 

He has been instrumental in the translation of a number of preclinical therapies from the laboratory to the clinic. He led a world-first trial of placental stem cells for chronic lung disease of prematurity. He has a special interest in regenerative cell therapies for neonatal diseases, and is currently involved in a number of early phase trials of stem cell therapy.

Dr Malhotra is passionate about education and is also the Co-Chair of Monash Children's Hospital Simulation. He has also been running maternal and neonatal simulation based education programs in low and middle countries, and is the co-founder of the global health education program, ONE-Sim Education.

Education/Academic qualification



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


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

2020 → …

Associate Professor, Hind Institute of Medical Sciences

2018 → …

Member, Paediatric Research Committee, Royal Australasian College of Physicians

2018 → …

Member, Written Examination Committee, Royal Australasian College of Physicians


Research area keywords

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


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