Dr Shashidhar Venkatesh Murthy

Dr Shashidhar Venkatesh Murthy

Associate Professor & Head of Pathology

Adjunct Professor of Pathology, Manipal University, Manipal India

Research Fellow, JCU Cairns Institute.

B.Sc, MBBS, MD (Pathology), GCTT, PG Cert in HSM, MBA (Educational Leadership).


Medical 1 (Building 39), Room 136, Townsville


07 4781 4566


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Current Projects

  • Digital Pathology Laboratory – For teaching pathology in distributed rural medical school.

  • “Winners Club” – concept for supporting and motivating weak students.

  • “Authors Club” – Motivating students to excel.

  • Dynamic, student centred remote teaching of pathology using flash based interactive online lectures with assessment.

  • In-Class instant assessments using Electronic Student Response System.

  • One-Man Army – “Teaching Pathology using Technology Enhanced Cognitive Scaffolding” in rural medical school.

  • Adaptive eLearning – BEST Project – A multiuniversity Australian govt. funded project to develop adaptive elearning in Health Education. https://www.best.edu.au/

  • Online Pathology education through MOOCs & SPOCs.

Fields of Interest

Medical Education, Pathology, Distance & Flexible Online Education, Tele-Pathology


  1. Young Pathologist of the year Award (Gordon Signey Foreign Fellowship) by World Pathology Foundation(1991). Supported training at Department of Pathology, University College Hospital London, UK & Loma Linda University, California, USA. 1991

  2. Faculty Citations for Outstanding contributions to student learning. James Cook University. 2011

  3. National ALTC (Australian Learning & Teaching Council) award – citation for outstanding contribution to students learning. For Innovative Pathology Teaching in a Rural Med School. 2011.

  4. UniQuest Trailblazer Australian University Innovations Award for innovations in teaching technologies. James Cook University. 2010 (Finalist) & 2011(Award).

Professional body affiliations

  1. Foreign Fellow Member, College of American Pathologists. (FFCAP) 2009

  2. Associate Fellow Member, Royal Australasian College of Pathologists (RCPA) 2014

  3. Member, Royal Australasian College of Medical Educators (RACMA) 2005

  4. Member, Group for Research in Pathology Education (GRIPE) 2009

Personal social media links

Wordpress : https://vmshashi.wordpress.com/

Facebook : www.facebook.com/vmshashi

Linkedin : http://www.linkedin.com/in/vmshashi

Slideshare : http://www.slideshare.net/vmshashi

Academia.edu : https://jamescook.academia.edu/vmshashi

More information

Research Profile JCU University

JCU Media coverage on Teaching Innovations: Video clip1 , Video clip2

ALTC National Award – on OLT website