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A/Professor Ram Nataraja received his bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, which later merged with University College London in the UK. During this time, he also obtained an intercalated bachelor’s degree in Molecular Medicine with Basic Clinical Sciences. After obtaining a postgraduate certificate of completion of training in Paediatric Surgery he worked for a couple of years in London as a Consultant at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital in London and an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Imperial College London before emigrating to Australia. He is an academic surgeon currently working as a General Paediatric and Neonatal Surgical Consultant, the Director of Paediatric Surgical Simulation & Innovation at Monash Children’s Hospital, and Co-Chair of the MCH Simulation Service in Melbourne.  He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatric at Monash University.

He has been a pioneer in both minimally invasive surgery in children and surgical simulation for many years having designed the first validated paediatric surgical bench trainer model in 2002 at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. He has co-authored a Paediatric Textbook “Rapid Paediatrics & Child Health” published by Wiley-Blackwell Publishing now in its second edition, as well as, 8 book chapters. The Paediatric Surgical Simulation Center in the new Monash Children’s Hospital is the largest paediatric center of its kind in Australasia and will also have a significant role in the international development and integration of simulation into surgical training.  He has an educational and clinical research background with 65 peer reviewed publications, 69 international conference presentations. Recent publications include various randomised controlled trials for the treatment of appendicitis in children, and the validation of simulation-based medical education simulators. Some of these have changed practice on a national and international level.

He is a Member of the Academy of Surgical Educators at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and also a Fellow of the Faculty of Surgical Trainers at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He has won various educational and clinical awards.

He is also passionate about the use of simulation in transition countries and improving patient outcomes through educational reforms. He is the country lead for Myanmar in Monash Children’s Hospital International and has conducted 11 courses in country over the last 4 years. This programme in now in transition to being primarily led by local Myanmar Paediatric Surgeons and Educators. This work involves the Royal Australian College of Surgeons and also the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. All of this work is conducted with sustainability and therefore transition to local faculty conducting the courses themselves. He has also acted as a temporary advisor to the World Health Organisation for the use of simulation in educational reforms in Low- and Middle-income countries.

External positions

Temporary Advisor to the W.H.O on Simulation, WHO - World Health Organization Cambodia

23 Apr 201826 Apr 2018

Co-Chair of the MCH Simulation Service, Monash Children's Hospital

1 Mar 2016 → …

Director of Surgical Simulation, Monash Children's Hospital

30 Mar 2015 → …

Paediatric Surgeon, Monash Children's Hospital

1 Mar 2015 → …

Research area keywords

  • Simulation based education
  • Paediatric Surgery
  • Paediatric Robotics
  • Surgical Education


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