Dr Venkata Murali Krishna Bhavaraju obtained his MBBS from the Rangaraya Medical College in India after undergoing a 4 ½ years course conducted under the guidance of the Andhra University. He then joined the service of the Government General Hospital in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, India, as a House Surgeon. Thereafter, Dr Murali served as a tutor to medical students for 3 years at the Rangaraya Medical College.
He then continued to do his MD in Radiotherapy at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, India. Dr Murali later worked as a lecturer at the Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences, Jalandhar, Punjab, India.
In 1996, Dr Murali was appointed as the Chief Radiation Oncologist at the Lions Cancer Hospital, Andhra Pradesh, India. Apart from his routine work, he also organised regular cancer detection camps in four districts of North Coast Andhra Pradesh. While servicing the hospital, he was awarded the Nucletron Fellowship by the Association of Radiation Oncologists of India (AROI), and was given the opportunity to worked as a Visiting Fellow at the Christie Hospital in Manchester, UK. During his stint as a Visiting Fellow, he had the opportunity to train in brachytherapy under Mr R.I. Rothwell at Cook Ridge Hospital in Leeds. He also had the privilege to undergo a short-term fellowship at St. Ann's Hospice, Herald Green, Manchester.
Dr Murali joined Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kubang Kerian, Kelantan in 2002 as a Lecturer and Consultant Oncologist. In 2005, he was appointed as a Senior Lecturer and Consultant Oncologist where he worked until May 2016, before joining Penang Adventist Hospital.
With vast clinical and teaching experiences in oncology, Dr Murali is competent in various areas of that field. His special interest lies in gynaecological oncology, SRS neurosurgery, head & neck, and musculoskeletal oncology. Dr Murali's areas of specialisation as a Clinical Oncologist lies in chemotherapy, radiotherapy and chemo-radiotherapy. In addition, he is also skilled in providing oncology palliative care, psycho-oncology and, nutrition-oncology.
Dr Murali has also actively contributed towards various research trials both at the national and international levels, and supervised postgraduate students in their research. He has also authored several publications for international and local medical journals, and presented numerous papers and posters on oncology. Dr Murali is also an avid participant in continuous professional development programmes and has received numerous awards for his dedication and service.
Presently, Dr Murali is a member of several professional bodies, which include General Medical Council (UK), Malaysian Oncology Society, and Association of Radiation Oncologists of India (AROI). In addition to attending to his patients, Dr Murali also actively participates in volunteer work. He helps organise cancer detection camps in Kota Bharu since 2008 and medical camps in rural Kelantan. He also actively organises blood donation drives and is a regular blood donor himself. Apart from that, he also constantly offer his service at old folks homes and down syndrome centres.