"I count myself lucky to be an orthopaedic surgeon. Using the practicalities of engineering and biological science to help patients with joint pain, fractures and joint injuries is incredibly satisfying. Modern science has a lot to offer, but the best orthopaedic treatment considers people as a whole rather than just a sore joint. I moved to Warrnambool with my family in 2010, and I am totally committed to developing and maintaining really good orthopaedic services here in the South West."
High quality, personalised specialist care, delivered locally.
Training and previous experience
Alasdair had an extensive training in orthopaedics in Scotland, including a research doctorate, before passing the Intercollegiate specialist examination in trauma and orthopaedics (FRCSEdTr&Orth, affiliated to the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh). He received his Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training in 2002.
Between 2002 and 2003 he completed successive specialist fellowship training in Melbourne:
1. Trauma, supervised by Prof John Hart, Alfred Hospital (as well as at Sandringham Hospital, The Avenue Hospital)
2. Joint Replacement, supervised by Mr Neil Bergman, Austin & Repatriation Hospital and Warringal Private
3. Sports Orthopaedics, supervised by Mr Julian Feller, Austin & Repatriation Hospital and LaTrobe Health Centre.
Alasdair then returned to Scotland and worked as an Orthopaedic Specialist, Senior Lecturer and Director of Orthopaedic Training in Aberdeen over seven years. He was an ABC Travelling Fellow in 2008. He has been an examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) since 2004 and is a Fellow of the Faculty of Surgical Trainers of the RCSEd and an International Surgical Advisor for the RCSEd for Australia.
Alasdair is Associate Professor at the Deakin University Medical School and Director of Orthopaedic Services at South West Healthcare. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Surgical Educators and a member of the Court of Examiners of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), and an instructor in Emergency Management of Severe Trauma (EMST/ATLS) courses. He is Director of Training in Warrnambool for the Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA), and an ePanel member of the AOA 21 Education and Training redesign project.
Alasdair has been doing research since his early surgical training, and has published over 60 peer reviewed scientific articles, with further work in progress. He completed a research doctorate with Honours, MD(Hons), on the relationship between psychological and physical recovery after trauma, in 2001 (a copy of his thesis is included at the bottom of this page).
The following papers are indexed on PubMed
Successful management of pelvic arteriovenous malformation by repeated particulate embolisation.
AG Sutherland, P Halliday, IG Conn, J Hussey. Br J Urol 1995; 75: 805-806.
Gastric lymphoma in Grampian region: Presentation, treatment and outcome.
AG Sutherland, DN Anderson, RA Keenan, K Park, AI Davidson. J Roy Coll Surg Edinb 1996; 41: 143-147.
Differing injury patterns in snowboarding and alpine skiing.
AG Sutherland, JD Holmes, S Myers. Injury 1996; 27: 423-425.
Infection associated with use of allograft bone from the Grampian Bone Bank.
AG Sutherland, A Raafat, JD Hutchison. J Hosp Inf 1997; 35: 215-222.
Screening times with Image Intensifier in orthopaedic trauma surgery.
AG Sutherland, DF Finlayson. J Roy Coll Surg Edinb 1998; 43: 265-266.
International orthopaedic journals: a 15-year review.
JS Moir, AG Sutherland, N Maffulli. J Bone Joint Surg 1998: 80-B; 6-8
Open repair of Achilles tendon ruptures.
AG Sutherland, N Maffulli. Orthop Traumatol 1998; 10: 50-8.
Who actually does orthopaedic operating?
AG Sutherland, A Brooksbank, T Parwez, D Finlayson. J Roy Coll Surg Edinb 1999; 44: 91-3.
Abductor weakness and stresses around acetabular components of total hip arthroplasty: a finite element analysis.
AG Sutherland, D Smart, S D’Arcy, GP Ashcroft. Int Orthop 1999; 23: 275-278.
Accuracy of references in the orthopaedic literature.
AG Sutherland, N Craig, N Maffulli, A Brooksbank, JS Moir. J Bone Joint Surg [Br] 2000; 82-B; 9-10.
Removal of the subchondral plate in acetabular preparation for total hip arthoplasty: a finite element analysis.
AG Sutherland, D Smart, S D’Arcy, GP Ashcroft. Int Orthop 2000; 24: 9-22.
The orthopaedic surgeon and posttraumatic psychopathology.
AG Sutherland, DA Alexander, JD Hutchison. J Bone Joint Surg [Br] 2000; 82-B; 486-488.
Bilateral fractured clavicles: A pair of cases.
AG Sutherland, D Knight. Acta Orth Belg 2000; 66: 306-7.
Urinary soluble IL-6 receptor levels after cardiopulmonary bypass.
AG Sutherland, DJ Deehan. Cytokine 2000; 12: 1441-3.
C-Reactive Protein and Interleukin-6 receptor in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
RJ Miller, AG Sutherland, JD Hutchison, DA Alexander. Cytokine 2001; 13: 253-5.
Disturbance of pro-inflammatory cytokines in post-traumatic psychopathology.
AG Sutherland, DA Alexander, JD Hutchison. Cytokine 2003; 24: 219-225.
Recovery after musculoskeletal trauma in men and women.
AG Sutherland, DA Alexander, JD Hutchison. J Trauma 2005; 59: 213-6
The new injury severity score: better prediction of functional recovery after musculoskeletal injury.
AG Sutherland, A Johnstone, JD Hutchison. Value Health 2006; 9: 24-7
Proximal femoral geometry and hip fractures.
S Patton, AG Sutherland, RA Duthie. Acta Orth Belg 2006; 72: 51-4
Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction in females: A comparison of hamstring tendon and patellar tendon autografts.
R Siebold, K Webster, AG Sutherland, J Elliot, JA Feller Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy 2006 ; 14:1070-6.
The mind does matter: Psychological and physical recovery after trauma.
AG Sutherland, DA Alexander, JD Hutchison. J Trauma 2006; 61:1408-14.
Opportunistic screening for Chlamydia trachomatis in men attending three different secondary healthcare settings.
S Sripada, S Logan, A Templeton, H Mckenzie, AG Sutherland, S Bhattacharya. SexTransm Infect 2007; 83:282-5.
Pro-inflammatory markers in prediction of post-traumatic psychological symptoms: a prospective cohort study.
AG Sutherland, G Cameron, JD Hutchison, DA Alexander Mediators Infl 2008; 2008: 640659.
Personal View: What’s the point of the ABC Fellowship?
AG Sutherland, A Barrow, RMD Meek, K Mulhall, R Pollock, P Poon, R Williams. J Bone Joint Surg 2009;91-B:138-40
The use of intra-articular morphine in addition to local anaesthetic for post-operative analgesia in anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: A prospective randomised controlled trial.
S Senthilkumaran, R Tate, J Read, AG Sutherland Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthroscopy 2010;18:731-5.
Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness of Arthroscopic Lavage in the Treatment of Osteoarthritis of the Knee (the KORAL study)
MK Campbell MK, ZC Skea ZC, AG Sutherland, BH Cuthbertson, VA Entwistle, AM McDonald, JD Norrie, R Carlson, S Bridgman for the KORAL study group.
HTA Journal. 2010;15:1-180.
Long term radiological and functional results of open anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. AG Sutherland, K Cooper, LA Alexander, M Nicol, FW Smith, TR Scotland. J Bone Joint Surg Br 2010; 92-Br: 1096-9.
Injury prevention strategies in skiers and snowboarders.
JD Hansom, AG Sutherland Current Sports Medicine Reports 2010; 9: 169-175.
The mind continues to matter: psychological and physical recovery 5 years after trauma.
AG Sutherland, S Suttie, DA Alexander, JD Hutchison. J Orth Trauma 2011;25:228-32
Anterior cruciate ligament integrity in osteoarthritis of the knee
M Douglas, AG Sutherland J Orth Traumatol 2010;11(3): 149- 54
Does knee replacement lead to chronic limb ischaemia?
AG Dawson, P Bachoo, AG Sutherland. J Knee Surg 2010;23:223-8
Upright MRI in kinematic assessment of the ACL deficient knee
JA Nicholson, T Kawasaki, FW Smith, AG Sutherland. The Knee 2012;19:41-8
Developing a placebo-controlled trial in surgery: issues of design, acceptability and feasibility.
MK Campbell, VA Entwistle, BH Cuthbertson, Z Skea, AG Sutherland, AM McDonald, JD Norrie, RV Carlson and S Bridgman. Trials 2011;12:50.
Analysis of sequential cytokine release after ACL reconstruction
A Hayward, RM Aspden, DJ Deehan, AG Sutherland. KSSTA 2011;19:1709-15
Single bundle anterior cruciate reconstruction does not restore normal knee kinematics at six months: an upright MRI study
JA Nicholson, AG Sutherland, FW Smith. J Bone Joint Surg Br 2011; 93-B:1334-40.
If a trauma patient is tachycardic, should we call a counsellor?
AG Sutherland, S Senthilkumaran, DA Alexander, JD Hutchison. In print Scottish Medical Journal
Anterior knee symptoms after S-ROM hinge implantation
DJ Deehan, G Daran, Malvita, AG Sutherland, Holland Bull Hosp Jt Dis 2014: 72; 167-72
Is anterior cruciate reconstruction superior to conservative treatment?
A Dawson, JD Hutchison, AG Sutherland. J Knee Surg 2014; epub ahead of print
The prevalence and severity of joint problems and disability in patients
with poliomyelitis in urban India.
S Baliga, T Mcmillan, A Sutherland, D Sharan. Open Orthop J, 2015; 9: 198-203.
Patients presenting with fractures are likely to be Vitamin D deficient.
T Mow, C Stokes, AG Sutherland ANZ J Surg, 2015: 85; 766-9.
Older patients are immunocompromised by cytokine depletion and sustained loss of innate immune function after hip fracture surgery.
AG Sutherland, A Cook, C Millar, L Duncan, R Yuecel, SD Heys, JD Hutchison, J Liversidge. Ger Orth Surg Rehab, 2015: 6; 295-302.
If a trauma patient is tachycardic, should we call a counsellor?
AG Sutherland, S Senthilkumaran, DA Alexander, JD Hutchison. Scot Med J 2016: 61(1):26-31.
Reducing the time to surgery after anterior cruciate rupture
H Sapsford, AG Sutherland. Scot Med J 2016: 61(2); 84-7
Ageing, Chronic Disease and Injury (ACDI): profile of an ecological study in western Victoria. M Sajjad, K Holloway, M Kotowicz, P Livingston, M Khasraw, S Hakkennes, T Dunning, S Brumby, R Page, D Pedler, AG Sutherland S Venkatesh, S Brennan, L Williams, J Pasco. J Pub Health 2016; 5:678-683.
The benefits of streamlined hip fracture management: healthcare costs and patient outcome.
AG Sutherland, TC Mow, J Lukeis. Ger Orth Surg Rehab 2017; 8(2): 99-103
Geographic region, socioeconomic position and the utilisation of primary total joint replacement for hip or knee osteoarthritis across western Victoria: A cross-sectional multilevel study of the Australian Orthopaedic Association National Joint Replacement Registry. M Sajjad, K Holloway, M Kotowicz, P Livingston, M Khasraw, S Hakkennes, T Dunning, S Brumby, R Page, D Pedler, AG Sutherland S Venkatesh, S Brennan, L Williams, J Pasco. Arch Osteoporosis 2017 Nov 6; 12(1): 97
The epidemiology of hip fractures across Western Victoria, Australia. Holloway KL, Sajjad MA, Mohebbi M, Kotowicz MA, Livingston PM, Khasraw M, Hakkennes S, Dunning TL, Brumby S, Page RS, Pedler D, Sutherland A, Venkatesh S, Brennan-Olsen SL, Williams LJ, Pasco JA. 2018; 108: 1-9
Assessment of acetabular version in total hip arthroplasty: an application of Widmer’s technique in a regional setting. J Trieu, A Haddon, AG Sutherland. ANZJ Surg 2018; 88: 573-576
Patient resilience is a strong predictor of satisfaction after orthopaedic treatment.
U Balasubramanian, C Krehula, S Bowe, AG Sutherland. ANZJ Surg 2019; 89: 11-12.
Does knee position during wound closure alter patella height following total knee arthroplasty? S Clark, L Tee, AG Sutherland. ANZJ Surg 2019; 89: 191-195.
Are orthopaedic surgeons reading radiology reports? A Trans-Tasman Survey. P Kruger, S Lynskey, AG Sutherland. J Med Imaging Rad Oncol 2019;
Association between area-level socioeconomic status, accessibility and diabetes-related hospitalisations: A cross-sectional analysis of data from western Victoria, Australia. MA Sajjad, KL Holloway-Kew, M Mohebbi, MA Kotowicz, LLF de Abreu, PM Livingston, M Khasraw, S Hakkennes, TLDunning, S Brumby, RS Page, AG Sutherland, S Venkatesh, LJ Williams, SL Brennan-Olsen, JA Pasco. http://bmjopen.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/bmjopen-2018-026880
Revision joint replacement surgeries of the hip and knee across geographic region and socioeconomic status in the western region of Victoria: a cross-sectional multilevel analysis of registry data. Brennan-Olsen SL, Vogrin S, Graves S, Holloway-Kew KL, Page RS, Sajjad MA, Kotowicz MA, Livingston PM, Khasraw M, Hakkennes S, Dunning TL, Brumby S, Sutherland AG, Talevski J, Green D, Kelly T-L, Williams LJ, Pasco JA. BMC Musculoskelet Disord 2019; 20(1):300-
The epidemiology of emergency presentations for falls across Western Victoria, Australia. K Holloway-Kew, T Baker, M Sajjad, M Kotowicz, P Livingston, M Khasraw, S Hakkennes, T Dunning, S Brumby, RS Page, AG Sutherland, S Venkatesh, S Brennan-Olsen, L Williams, J Pasco.
Aust Med Care 2019: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.auec.2019.08.003
Mapping cancer incidence across Western Victoria: the association with age, accessibility, and socioeconomic status among men and women. Cowdery SP, Lang D, Sajjad MA, Holloway-Kew KL, MohebbiM, Williams LJ, Kotowicz MA, Livingston PM, Khasraw M, Hakkennes S, Dunning TL, Brumby S, Page RS, Sutherland AG, Brennan-Olsen SL, Berk M, Campbell D, Pasco JA. BMC Cancer 2019; 18:892.https://rdcu.be/bQuKT
The epidemiology of emergency presentations for falls from height across Western Victoria, Australia. K Holloway-Kew, T Baker, M Sajjad, M Kotowicz, P Livingston, M Khasraw, S Hakkennes, T Dunning, S Brumby, RS Page, AG Sutherland, S Brennan-Olsen, L Williams, J Pasco. Aust Med Care 2019 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.auec.2019.09.002
Is It Safe to Use a Lead Screen During Hip Arthroscopy?
A Rahil, L Biffin, C Fary, AG Sutherland, P Tran. Arthrosc Sport Med Rehab 2021; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.asmr.2020.09.022
Other Research in Progress
Development of a bio-active wrap to improve ACL graft incorporation
R Williams, AG Sutherland Basic science research, work in progress
COCHRANE DATABASE REVIEWS
Surgical versus conservative interventions for displaced intra-articular calcaneal fractures J Bruce, AG Sutherland
Review: Cochrane Library 2013; 1: 10.1002/14651858.CD008628.pub2
Other Published Papers
A modified percutaneous repair of ruptured Achilles tendon.
AG Sutherland, N Maffulli. Orthop Traumatol 1999; 11: 307-16.
The biology of bone grafting.
AG Sutherland, JD Hutchison. CME Orthopaedics 2000; 1: 58-60.
Management of degenerative and inflammatory arthritides of the hip: I. background and conservative management.
AG Sutherland, N Maffulli, WM Ledingham. CME Orthopaedics 2001; 2:
Management of degenerative and inflammatory arthritides of the hip: II. Surgical management and its complications.
AG Sutherland, N Maffulli, WM Ledingham. CME Orthopaedics 2002; 3: