Dr. Max Mongelli

Physician, Researcher, and Award Winning Writer MB BS (Syd), Dip Obs, DM (Notts), FRANZCOG, FRCOG

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Specialist OBGYN Based in Sydney Penrith , NSW 2750 +61 410004728 Email: max.mongelli@yandex.com


Dr Max Mongelli is a physician, researcher, and an award-winning writer. He is a specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist based in Sydney, Australia. He is an expert in the field of obstetrics, ultrasound and fetal growth. He also has an interest in evidence-based medicine and biostatistics. A book on fetalgrowth - “The Low Birth Weight Baby” - was published by him along with Professor Tambyraja at the National University of Singapore. The Nepean Medical Foundation awarded him as a Best Established Researcher. He contributed significantly to undergraduate medical education by introducing a new curriculum for undergraduate students in Singapore. He has written more than 85 original articles and presented award-winning papers at many conferences on topics related to obstetric ultrasound and fetal growth disturbances. He has volunteered his medical services for the poor in developing countries including Malaysia and Fiji.

Early Life

Max Mongelli was born in Italy where he attended primary school and junior high school. His second language was French. During his teenage life he migrated to Sydney, Australia with his family. Max was a keen learner since childhood. He obtained his secondary education from Drummoyne Boys’ High school where he achieved the highest marks and was awarded the Dante Alighieri prize.

Medical Training

Due to his great interest in medicine he decided to pursue his studies in the same field. So, Max started his medical education in 1975 at the University of Sydney and it took him 6 years to complete it. In 1987, he decided to get the Diploma of Obstetrics so he moved from Sydney to Auckland, New Zealand. This was followed by specialist and clinical research training in the NHS, United Kingdom. In 1990 he passed the MRCOG exam. The University of Nottingham granted him the degree of DM (Doctor of Medicine) in 1996.This was followed by the FRANZCOG in 1998. Finally in 2003 he was granted the FRCOG.

Fund-raising for Medical Research

Dr Mongelliwas successful in obtaining many research grants :

Dec 1995 Oriental Press Foundation, HK HK$ 500 000
Oct 1998 Singapore Cancer Society S$ 20 000
Jan 1998 ARF RP3972390 S$ 10 000
Jan 1999 NMRCRP3690030 S$ 10 000
Aug 1999 ARF R148-000-020-112 S$ 30 000
Jan 2002 NHG-RPR/01111 S$ 108 570
Jan 2002 NHG-RPR/01136 S$ 73 500
Jun 2002 NMRC 0637/1999 S$ 36 000
March 2004 OZWAC/2002 A$ 15 000

Teaching Experience

Dr Max started teaching medical students even before he completed his medical degree,as a Tutor in Histopathology at Sydney University in 1980. While working in the UK in 1992-1995, he was busy with organising lectures and tutorials for the MRCOG (Part I, Part II) courses held in Nottingham. After this he supervised research projects for Master of Philosophy students at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and undergraduate research projects in Singapore.

In 2000, he helped develop the curriculum for undergraduate medical courses. He implemented problem-based learning in the undergraduate Obstetrics and Gynecology medical curriculum at the National University of Singapore. In 2002-2003, he contributed to the development of an undergraduate module in Evidence-Based Medicine (GEM 1503M). This module was aimed at non-medical undergraduate students with an interest in Evidence-based Medicine. It consisted of 6 lectures covering the following topics:

  • “What is Evidence in Medicine?
  • “Case reports. Case-control studies and observational studies”
  • “Decision analysis”
  • “Randomised Controlled Trials”
  • “Summarising results: CATS & Meta-Analysis”
  • “Assessment of Clinical Diagnostic Tests”

He also contributed to web-based undergraduate medical courses in which he included the topics “Drugs in Pregnancy” and “Assessment of Gestational Age”. He supervised undergraduate medical studentsat the National University of Singapore undertaking the Special Study (Research) Modules. He has served as an examiner at Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for about 8 years. In 2007, Dr Max was appointed as a convener for a journal club, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Nepean Hospital. He has been a Training Supervisor for junior medical officers and mentoring the research activities of registrars and resident medical officers.


In 2002, Dr Max was appointed Chairman of the Organizing Committee for Biennial Scientific Meeting of the Perinatal Society of Singapore, 2002. He was a member of the Organizing Committee for 5th & 6th Refresher Course of Obstetric & Gynecological Society of Singapore. He served as a convener at National University Hospital Perinatal Postgraduate meetings and appointed as treasurer for Perinatal Society of Singapore.

Dr Max worked for many societies and obtained membership of the following -

  • The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (1990)
  • The Royal Society of Medicine (1997)
  • The Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (1998)
  • The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (2003)


Dr Max is a keen researcher. He wrote his first thesis on the topic "Immunology of spontaneous and induced tumors in the DA Rat" B Sc (Med.) at University of Sydney in 1980. His second thesis in 1996 was "An investigation of fetal growth in relation to pregnancy characteristics". It was a D.M. Thesis at University of Nottingham.

He made a significant contribution to medical learning by writing a book on Obstetrics and Gynecology titled “The Low Birth Weight Baby” co-authored with Prof Tambyraja, published by Orient Longman, Hyderabad 2002. ISBN 81 250 2318 6.

Dr Max presented various papers on perinatal medicine and early pregnancy disorders at many international conferences. He submitted his last papers in 2015 at the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology in Montreal, Canada.