Professor Russell Gruen

Professor Russell Gruen


Executive Director, NTU Institute for Health Technologies

Professor of Surgery, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine

Professor Gruen graduated from the University of Melbourne (1992) and completed a PhD on delivery of surgical services to remote communities in Australia as a Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Surgeon Scientist and trainee in general surgery. In 2002-2003 he was a Harkness Fellow in Health Policy and a Fellow in Medical Ethics at Harvard University, during which he focused on medical professionalism and the contributions surgeons have made to quality improvement and public health. He is Head of the Evidence and Research Working Group of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Alliance for Care of the Injured; a Lancet Commissioner in Global Surgery; established the Asia-Pacific Trauma Quality Network (APTQIN) and is an editor in the Cochrane Collaboration Effective Practice and Organisation of Care (EPOC) Group.

Professor Gruen has over 20 years’ experience as a clinical researcher, leading successful national and international research and development projects totaling over AUD $27 million. His research has led to over 120 peer-reviewed publications in some of the world’s top journals including The Lancet, JAMA, New England Journal of Medicine, and Annals of Surgery.

Professor Gruen is a specialist trauma surgeon, having had long standing clinical and research positions at both the Royal Melbourne and Alfred Hospitals. He has also held the position of Professor of Surgery and Public Health at Monash University and was the previous Director of the National Trauma Research Institute. Professor Gruen has recently relocated to Nanyang Technological University and Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore.

Professor Gruen wrote the grant and received the funding for the AITSC, leading the program from the outset. Since his relocation to Singapore he remains a Co-Prinicipal Investigator and advisor across all the interventions.