Doctors performing surgery in theatre

Alumni profile: Surgery

Dr Rob Pearlman
Rob graduated with undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in commerce, science, medicine and surgery. He practices as a doctor and runs his own technology app company designed to support health professionals in the workplace.
Headshot of Rob Pearlman

Dr Rob Pearlman – Graduate Diploma Surgical Anatomy, 2016

In 2014, while working as a junior doctor, Rob started MedApps, an app designed to help support health professionals in the workplace to feel more capable, confident and efficient in their work. Today, MedApps is being used in one third of New South Wales local health districts by more than 1000 junior doctors. Rob currently balances surgical assisting shifts and running his company full time. 

In his own words

“When I started university, I had no idea where I wanted to end up, only that I wanted to explore my interests. I believe the one thing that remains essential is a good framework of knowledge in a variety of fields.

"From my first week as a medical student, it was clear that I wanted to become a surgeon. I was drawn to surgery because I loved working with his hands and engineering, probably from growing up on a farm taking machinery apart with my dad. So surgery is the medical translation of that.

“Being a doctor is certainly the thing that defines me at the moment. I love the work - applying the knowledge I gained over my years of study to practical problems and working with fantastic, highly motivated and intelligent people.

“A day in theatre goes by so quickly and I am so involved in what I am doing that I can’t imagine doing anything else. And if you enjoy what you’re doing, you’re not really working.”