Dr. Dinesh Palipana joins Navin to talk about how he persevered despite his life being turned upside down in an instant when he was left paralyzed from the chest down while in medical school.

Guest Bio

When medical student Dinesh Palipana suffered a severe spinal injury in a car crash resulting in quadriplegia, he was told his dream of becoming a doctor was over. Now he’s Queensland’s first quadriplegic doctor, working at one of the state’s busiest hospitals.

As a result of his experiences as a person with an acquired disability, Dr. Palipana co-founded Doctors with Disabilities Australia to advocate for inclusivity in medicine. The organization provides peer support and resources for doctors and medical students with disabilities.

Dr. Palipana earned a Bachelor of Laws before completing his Doctor of Medicine at Griffith University and an Advanced Clerkship in Radiology at Harvard University. He is a current resident at Gold Coast University Hospital, lecturer at Griffith University, and research fellow at the Menzies Health Institute of Queensland, where he conducts studies revolving around spinal cord injuries.

He also serves as Gold Coast Health’s representative in the Australian Medical Association Queensland’s Council of Doctors in Training, and a scientific committee member of the Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation and Ambassador Council at the Hopkins Centre.

Dr. Palipana was named Gold Coast Health’s Junior Doctor of the Year in 2018. He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2019.

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