I have been in Orthopaedic practice for over 30 years, and obtained my FRACS
fellowship after training in Melbourne on the AOA program in 1977-80. I received
my F.A. Ortho. A. Fellowship in 1986 and continue to be a member of the AOA, the
AAOS, ASOS, and the AMA. Following Orthopaedic Fellowship training I gained
further experience overseas in Bristol and Cambridge UK, and Graz, Austria,
before returning to take up consultant positions at the Moorabbin Hospital
(1985-91) and the Austin Hospital,(1983-current). I am currently Head of Orthopaedic Unit II at the Austin Hospital since 2001, a unit which has as its
main interests hip and knee arthroplasty, joint reconstruction and sports
injuries (especially those of the knee).
My own interests consist mainly of hip, knee and shoulder surgery,
particularly arthroscopic surgery of the knee and shoulder, sports injuries of
all types, and joint replacement surgery of the hip and knee.
My recent interests include alternative treatment of hip arthritis for
younger, more active patients (under 70 years), particularly with hip
Resurfacing and the use of the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) prosthesis in
particular for this group (which I was one of the first to introduce in
Victoria), and have been doing this operation now since 1999, with over 250
successfully treated cases to date (2008).
The BHR is a renewed and modernized concept (earlier hip resurfacing was
initially introduced in the 1970ís) which now successfully offers significant
advantages to younger patients (mobility, stability, near-physiological
function, and, most importantly, bone conservation) in addition to the markedly
reduced pain and stiffness expected from a conventional hip replacement (THR),
as well as advantages to surgeons (relative ease of revision, negligible
dislocation risk, and rapid rehabilitation) and many of these features can also
be offered to older patients (in a BHR/THR-stem hybrid procedure).
For more information on these hip surgical options refer to the following