Associate Professor Suman Majumdar

Deputy Program Director, Health Security and Pandemic Preparedness; Co-head, Tuberculosis Elimination & Implementation Science; Principal Research Fellow


Associate Professor Suman Majumdar is a Deputy Program Director (Health Security and Know-C19), Co-head of the Tuberculosis Elimination and Implementation Science Working Group and a Principal Research Fellow at Burnet Institute. An infectious diseases physician, public health practitioner and researcher, he has extensive experience in global health and in clinical care and public health in Australia. He has appointments at the Alfred Hospital, Epworth HealthCare and Monash University and is a currently a Deputy Chief Health Officer in the Victorian Department of Health.

Suman aims to contribute to health equity by working in partnership with people, communities, organisations and Governments, integrating care delivery, public health and research.

Suman has expertise in infectious diseases and global health security and a focus in the technical areas of tuberculosis and drug-resistance, COVID-19, anti-microbial resistance, and health systems strengthening. He has skills in research (operational and implementation), program design and evaluation, program management and technical direction, training and capacity building and leadership, policy and advocacy. He has experience in in multiple health system contexts, including in Australian urban, rural, tropical medicine and Indigenous health and internationally in Asia, the Pacific, Africa, Central America and Central Asia.

Suman co-leads a multidisciplinary and highly collaborative group that aims to generate knowledge and develop solutions to respond to multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) and ultimately, towards ending TB with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region. Through strong collaboration with Australian and global partners, in particular in PNG, the group has supported the implementation of effective models of care for TB whilst strengthening health systems and building capacity to conduct operational research.


  • 2022 – ongoing: Adjunct Associate Professor (Research), Planetary Health, School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine, Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University
  • 2021 – ongoing: Principal Research Fellow, Burnet Institute
  • 2021 – ongoing: Editorial Board, PLOS Global Public Health (Academic Editor)
  • 2020 – ongoing: Senior Advisor & Executive officer, Know-C19 Strategic Flagship Program, Burnet Institute
  • 2020: Member, Local Public Health Unit Expert Advisory Committee, Department of Health and Human Services, Victorian Government
  • 2020 – ongoing: Steering Committee, Australasian Clinical Tuberculosis Network, ACT-Net
  • 2019 – ongoing: Associate Editor, Public Health Action
  • 2017- ongoing: Deputy Program Director (Health Security), Burnet Institute
  • 2017- ongoing: Working group Head, Burnet Institute
  • 2014-2018: Member of National Emergency Response Taskforce for M/XDR-TB, Papua New Guinea National Department of Health
  • 2014-2018: Member, TB Technical Working Group, National Department of Health. Papua New Guinea
  • 2014-2018, Honorary Consultant, Department of Infectious Diseases, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2014-2021 Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Department of Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine, School of Public Health & Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Australia
  • 2014-2020, Senior Fellow, Burnet Institute


  • 2021 (current): Deputy Chief Health Officer, Victorian Department of Health
  • 2020 (current): Medical Advisory Lead, COVID-19 and Infection Prevention and Control, Epworth HealthCare, Melbourne
  • 2020: Principal Medical Advisor, Australian Government Department of Health. Lead, Strategic Intelligence & Planning, Victorian Aged Care Response Centre for COVID-19 (VACRC)
  • 2017 (current): Deputy Program Director, Health Security, Burnet Institute
  • 2017 (current): Working group head, tuberculosis elimination and implementation science, Burnet Institute
  • 2013(current): Consultant Infectious Diseases Physician, Alfred Health, Melbourne
  • 2013 (current): Consultant Infectious Diseases Physician, Epworth HealthCare, Melbourne
  • 2014 – 2018: Infectious Diseases Physician, First Step Program, Melbourne
  • 2013-2017: Infectious Diseases Specialist, Centre for International Health, Burnet Institute
  • 2013 – 2015: Consultant infectious diseases physician, International Travel Health Clinic, Alfred Hospital Melbourne & Fairfield Travel Health, Royal Melbourne Hospital
  • 2013: TB/HIV Program Implementer – Médecins Sans Frontières, Manson Unit, MSF UK
  • 2011-2013: Clinical advisor and associate, Centre for International Health, Burnet Institute
  • 2011-2013: Infectious diseases registrar, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Royal Darwin Hospital and The Alfred
  • 2010: Drug-resistant TB doctor, Abkhazia/Georgia, Médecins Sans Frontières
  • 2007-2009: Physician trainee; The Alfred Melbourne, Alice Springs Hospital, John Hunter Hospital Newcastle
  • 2007: Project doctor, Timor-Leste, Australian Aid International
  • 2006: Resident Medical Officer; Monash Medical Centre Melbourne
  • 2005-2006: Intern, St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney
  • 2000-2004: Laboratory assistant, Queensland Medical Laboratory, Brisbane


  • 2013: FRACP, Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (Infectious Diseases)
  • 2010: MRCP (UK), Member of the Royal College of Physicians, London
  • 2007: MPH&TM, Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, James Cook University, Australia
  • 2004: Bachelor of Medicine, University of Newcastle, Australia


  • 2020: National Health and Medical Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship
  • 2020: Royal Australian College of Physicians NHMRC Awards for Excellence, Woolcock Scholarship
  • 2019: Gust-McKenzie Medal for an outstanding mid-career staff member in recognition of excellence in research and/or public health, Burnet Institute
  • 2015: Outstanding Early Career Alumni, College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Science, James Cook University
  • 2014: Young Physician Leaders Programme, Interacademy Medical Panel
  • 2013: ASID International travel award, Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases
  • 2004: UMAP Scholarship, University mobility in Asia and the Pacific
  • 1998: Dean’s Commendation for High Achievement, University of Queensland

Projects (16)

Current (14)

  • ANCP – Kickstarting antimicrobial resistance responses in PNG (KICK AMR)

  • Australia Awards Fellowship: KICK-AMR to Address Antimicrobial Resistance

  • Building a Centre of Excellence for Research and Training for DR-TB in Daru, Papua New Guinea

  • Demonstrating the impact of next generation Cepheid tools in TB

  • ESCAPE-TB: Enhanced screening and preventive therapy for TB in Daru, PNG

  • Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies

  • PRIME-TB: Papua New Guinea & Republic of Indonesia for the Micro Elimination of TB

  • Rapid and accurate diagnosis of TB: New trial in PNG

  • RID-TB Patient Education and Counselling

  • RID-TB: Reducing the Impact of Drug-Resistant TB in Western Province, PNG

  • Tackling TB and HIV Together in Papua New Guinea

  • The EZARET Study: Exploring Zoonotic Association and Risks for Extrapulmonary Tuberculosis in PNG

  • The Optimise Study: Optimising Isolation, Quarantine and Distancing for COVID-19

  • The Social and Cultural Determinants of TB in Daru [SCuD-TB Daru – Study 1]

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