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Dr Malhotra is a consultant neonatologist at Monash Newborn and research scientist at The Ritchie Centre, Hudson Institute of Medical Research. He holds a senior lecturer appointment in the Department of Paediatrics, Monash University and is the current recipient of a RACP Foundation Research Fellowship.

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. He is keen on early neurodevelopment and recently established the Early Neurodevelopment Clinic (for early detection of cerebral palsy) for high risk neonates 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 clinicial studies in this area.

He has been instrumental in the translation of a number of preclinical therapies from the laboratory to the clinic. He recently 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.

Dr Malhotra is passionate about education and is 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.

Education/Academic qualification

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

… → 2009

Paediatrics, DNB


Paediatrics, MD, University of Delhi


Medicine, MBBS, University of Delhi


External positions

Member, Paediatric Research Committee, The Royal Australasian College of Physicians

2018 → …

Member, Written Examination Committee, The Royal Australasian College of Physicians



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

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Research Output 2006 2019

Fetal growth restriction is associated with an altered cardiopulmonary and cerebral hemodynamic response to surfactant therapy in preterm lambs

Malhotra, A., Miller, S., Jenkin, G., Hooper, S., Allison, B., Sozo, F., Zahra, V., Sehgal, A. & Polglase, G., 14 Apr 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Pediatric Research. 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Human amnion cells for the prevention of bronchopulmonary dysplasia: a protocol for a phase I dose escalation study

Baker, E. K., Malhotra, A., Lim, R., Jacobs, S. E., Hooper, S. B., Davis, P. G. & Wallace, E. M., 1 Mar 2019, In : BMJ Open. 9, 2, 7 p., e026265.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review

Open Access

Neonatal morbidities of fetal growth restriction: Pathophysiology and impact

Malhotra, A., Allison, B. J., Castillo-Melendez, M., Jenkin, G., Polglase, G. R. & Miller, S. L., 7 Feb 2019, In : Frontiers in Endocrinology. 10, FEB, 18 p., 55.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

First-In-Human Administration of Allogeneic Amnion Cells in Premature Infants With Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia: A Safety Study

Lim, R., Malhotra, A., Tan, J., Chan, S. T., Lau, S., Zhu, D., Mockler, J. C. & Wallace, E. M., 1 Sep 2018, In : Stem Cells Translational Medicine. 7, 9, p. 628-635 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Inpatient outcomes of preterm infants receiving ω-3 enriched lipid emulsion (SMOFlipid): an observational study

Choudhary, N., Tan, K. & Malhotra, A., 1 May 2018, In : European Journal of Pediatrics. 177, 5, p. 723-731 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


ANZNN Neonatal Research Award

Atul Malhotra (Recipient), 2019

Prize: National/international honour

Eric Burnard Fellowship

Atul Malhotra (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Competitive Fellowships

Eric Burnard Fellowship

Atul Malhotra (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Competitive Fellowships

Eric Burnard Fellowship

Atul Malhotra (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Competitive Fellowships

Excellence in Supervision

Atul Malhotra (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Press / Media

Melbourne couple provide training key to save lifes

Atul Malhotra & Arunaz Kumar


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Article/Feature