Doctor Suman Majumdar

Deputy Program Director, Health Security and Know-C19


An infectious diseases physician, Dr Suman Majumdar is Deputy Program Director, Health Security at Burnet Institute, and a member of the Tuberculosis Working Group. He has focused skills in the clinical and programmatic management of TB/drug-resistant TB, HIV medicine, training healthcare workers, and health system strengthening.

Suman has worked in a variety of contexts, implementing TB/HIV and global health programs in Timor-Leste, China, India, Mexico, Swaziland and regions of the former Soviet Union.

He has a passion for working in global health through sustainable partnerships and building local capacity. His work aims to redress health inequalities resulting from infectious diseases and enhance health service delivery in low and middle-income countries by providing technical support, training and conducting operational/implementation research.

Additional publications:


  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians
  • Member of the Royal College of Physicians, London
  • Member of the Australasian Society of Infectious Diseases
  • Member of the Australasian Society for HIV medicine
  • Member of Médecins Sans Frontières Australia Association
  • Member of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease


  • 2017: Deputy Program Director, Health Security, Burnet Institute
  • 2013: Infectious Diseases Specialist, Centre for International Health, Burnet Institute
  • 2013-present: Consultant Infectious Diseases Physician, International Travel Health, The Alfred, Melbourne
  • 2013: TB/HIV Program Implementer – Médecins Sans Frontières, Manson Unit, MSF UK
  • 2011-2013: Clinical advisor and associate, 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
  • 2008-2009: Physician trainee; The Alfred Melbourne, Alice Springs Hospital, John Hunter Hospital Newcastle
  • 2007: Project doctor, Timor-Leste, Australian Aid International
  • 2004-2006: Intern, RMO; St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney, Monash Medical Centre Melbourne


  • 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


  • 2019: Burnet Institute Gust-McKenzie Medal
  • 2013: ASID International travel award, Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases
  • 2004: UMAP Scholarship, University mobility in Asia and the Pacific
  • 1998: Deans Commendation for High Achievement, University of Queensland

Projects (13)

Current (11)

  • 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

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

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

Publications (37)

2021 (1)

2020 (7)

2019 (10)

2018 (3)

2017 (1)

2016 (5)

2015 (3)

2014 (2)

2013 (2)

2012 (1)

2011 (2)

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2018 (7)

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2016 (5)

2015 (4)

2014 (2)

2013 (1)