Monday, 31 October 2016

SCS graduate and Monash Health physician receives 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award

Dr Rupa Kanapathipillai
Former Monash medical student and Monash Health trainee Dr Rupa Kanapathipillai has been awarded the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award for the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University.

The University acknowledged extraordinary contributions and achievements with awards to 12 Distinguished Alumni, ten Fellowships to outstanding Monash alumni and two Honorary Fellowships to non-Monash graduates at a Graduate ceremony at Clayton last week.

Dr Kanapathipillai graduated MBBS from Monash in 2002, followed by internship and basic physician training at Southern (now Monash) Health, and then completed a Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

She worked for 2 years as Field Doctor/Clinical Research Coordinator for M├ędecins Sans Frontiers HIV program in Malawi, publishing on HIV testing and antiretroviral therapy.

Dr Kanapathipillai returned to complete advanced training in Infectious Diseases at Southern (now Monash) Health and the Alfred Hospital.  She was first author on publications investigating the significance of low level viremia in Asian and Australian HIV cohorts.

After completing a Masters in Public Heath (Epidemiology) at Columbia University, New York, Dr Kanapathipillai was appointed as Editorial Fellow, New England Journal of Medicine, where she made a significant contribution to our understanding of the 2014 Ebola outbreak.

Dr Kanapathipillai is now Infectious Diseases advisor, M├ędecins Sans Frontiers based in New York City and continues working as a visiting Infectious Diseases physician, Monash Infectious Diseases at Monash Health.


Presenting the awards last week, Chancellor Simon McKeon AO said the Alumni had made exceptional contributions in their fields and the stories and successes could only inspire others to make their own impact.

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