OSV Research Unit was established in 2012, and is now an NHMRC recognised Research Institute. The aim of the partnership was to further develop and improve our research capabilities. We have always recognised the importance of collaboration, which is one of the fundamental principles of our research ethos. As such, we have developed strong links not only with Deakin University but also La Trobe University, the University of Melbourne, and the University of the Sunshine Coast. In doing so, we have created a synergistic relationship, whereby along with our research partners we can study the outcome of surgical treatment using sophisticated technology and translate this information to improve surgical care and rehabilitation for our patients.
Whilst all our surgeons each make a substantial annual financial contribution towards our research endeavours, procuring adequate funding is always a challenge. In addition to applying for competitive national grants, OSV works closely with the Epworth Medical Foundation in fundraising initiatives directed towards the general public. Philanthropy from patients, grateful families, and others who have benefited from our care also goes a long way to allowing us to continue our research work.
We are most grateful for this support.
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Professor Julian Feller
Professor Julian Feller is a knee surgeon and practices as part of OrthoSport Victoria, based at Epworth Richmond in Melbourne, Australia. His practice involves the management of all conditions of the knee, including sports injuries and degenerative conditions. Julian has a long involvement in clinical research and has been involved in many trials and studies, including four randomized controlled trials. His research interests are anterior cruciate ligament injuries and patellar instability, as well as knee replacement and osteotomies.
Julian is currently a Clinical Professor in the School of Medicine at Deakin University and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Allied Health at La Trobe University as well as having an appointment as a Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Medicine at Monash University.
He has published extensively has more than 150 publications in scientific journals and has written many book chapters. He is a regular speaker at local and international meetings and serves on the editorial boards of AJSM, KSSTA, OJSM and is a regular reviewer for a number of other journals. He has previously been on the editorial board of Arthroscopy.
Julian is the past president of the international ACL Study Group and of the Australian Knee Society, and a past chairman of the Knee Committee of ISAKOS. He is the current Program Chair for ISAKOS.
Mr Brian Devitt – Director of Research
Brian is an Irish orthopaedic surgeon. He completed his medical school training at University College Dublin, Ireland, and decided to embark on a career in surgery. Brian carried out his specialist training in Trauma & Orthopaedics at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
With a view to enhance his understanding of sports medicine beyond orthopaedics, he carried out a Masters in Sports and Exercise Medicine. In addition to his focused orthopaedic training, he undertook two years of laboratory based translational research, and was awarded a professional doctorate through University College Dublin.
Brian chose to pursue a career in academic orthopaedic sports surgery, and carried out three years of fellowship training. The first year was a research fellowship at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute, where he performed clinical and biomechanics research in knee reconstruction and hip arthroscopy. He then carried out a clinical fellowship at the University of Toronto from 2013 – 2014 also in sports surgery. Finally, he completed two clinical fellowships in Melbourne, Australia; the first was a knee reconstruction fellowship at OSV and the second a fellowship in hip arthroscopy at Hip Arthroscopy Australia.
Brian is currently undertaking a PhD in association with LaTrobe University and OSV Research Unit. He is responsible for overseeing the research activities at OSV.
Professor Kate Webster – Research Collaborator
Dr Kate Webster is a research collaborator with OrthoSport Victoria. She is a Professor in the College of Science, Health and Engineering and Director of the Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Research Focus Area at La Trobe University. Her personal research interests cover a range of topics pertaining to knee orthopaedics, including surgical techniques and outcomes, biomechanical changes after knee surgery and return to sport issues, with a focus on the psychological impact of returning to sport participation. She was the lead developer of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament Return to Sport after Injury (ACL-RSI) scale.
Kate has received several awards for her research including 3 best paper of the year awards from the American Journal of Sports Medicine, Orthopeadic Journal of Sports Medicine and Journal of Orthopaedic Research as well as ten best paper awards from national and international organizations and has over 200 scientific publications. She is a current member of the ACL Study Group and past recipient of their Traveling Scientist Fellowship. She is a member of the Electronic Media Board for the American Journal of Sports Medicine and has appointments for many other advisory boards and international research working groups.
Kate also teaches evidence-based practice to undergraduate Allied Health students. She is committed to providing high quality supervision for research students at all levels and is one of the research mentors for the OSV orthopaedic fellowship program.
Mr Timothy Whitehead
Mr Tim Whitehead is an Australian and internationally trained orthopaedic surgeon who specialises in all aspects of knee surgery and lower limb alignment, with a specific interest in ligament reconstruction and realignment osteotomies. Since returning from Canada in 2006 following the completion of two highly regarded orthopaedic knee and sports medicine fellowships, Tim’s practice has had a strong focus on research activities. He has published articles in numerous journals, and is a reviewer for the American Journal of Sports Medicine, The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery, and Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy. He frequently speaks at national and international conferences, and at the 2011 ISAKOS conference won the Albert Trillat Young Investigator Award for his paper “Double bundle versus single bundle anterior cruciate reconstruction – is the double bundle technique really better?”
Tim is a member of a variety of national and international Orthopaedic associations including the Australian Orthopaedic Association, Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association, the international ACL study group, the Magellan Society and the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. He is an Australian Ambassador for the Australian chapter of the Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association. In early 2016 Tim, in conjunction with the Epworth Medical Foundation, led a fundraising trip – Vietnam: Hike & Hill-tribes – which successfully raised much-need funds for orthopaedic research at the Epworth Hospital.
Mr Taylor Hartwig
Taylor Hartwig is a research assistant at OrthoSport Victoria, working in the area of physical testing and data collection for post-operative patients. Taylor collects information for research from patients who have undergone knee surgeries, typically anterior cruciate ligament reconstructions (ACLR), total knee replacements (TKR), high tibial osteotomies (HTO), and medial patella femoral ligament reconstructions (MPFLR). He has recently taken on the role of coordinator of the ‘Prospective ACL Study’, in which he leads patient recruitment, physical testing and follow-up of an extensive and expanding cohort of patients.
Taylor obtained his Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Ballarat in 2014, during which he completed studies in clinical exercise rehabilitation as well as injury prevention and management. He also has prior experience in the testing of athletes for research, as well as the creation and implementation of training programs for junior elite sport. In addition to the testing and training environment, Taylor has extensive experience working with individual clients and groups in both skill acquisition and sports coaching.
Taylor has a passion for physical development through testing and training methodologies, built through his experience and active participation in high-level junior sport. He has a keen interest in the area of rehabilitation and research, spanning multiple areas, from elite athletes, to the elderly population.
Mr Haydn Klemm
Hadyn graduated with a Bachelor of Food Science and Nutrition from Deakin University in 2012. He went to work in the food industry with Mondelez International (formerly Kraft Foods) in their Dairy division. Haydn worked on a wide variety of projects including new product launches and product maintenance.
In 2014 he returned to studies and completed his Honours year. His Honours year included a research project, based at Austin Health, studying early nutrition intervention for hip fracture patients. The project required the creation of a database of over 200 patients who had undergone hip fracture surgery during the time periods being studied, as well as statistical analysis of the patient groups and sub-groups. This research has since been published and Haydn presented the findings at the Dietetics Association of Australia conference in 2016.
Haydn started working at OSV in 2015, and commenced his role in the research unit in 2016. He is an integral part of the research team and performs clinical testing of all patients, in addition to managing the TKR patient database. In his spare time Haydn plays rugby, and organises a monthly comic book club.
Ms Tabitha Porter
Tabitha graduate with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) (Honours) degree from RMIT University in 2014. Her honours thesis explored the area of injury in sport and how injury severity impacts an individual psychologically. She then went on to work in the research industry with Cancer Council Victoria, actively conducting field observations and data collection. The project she was involved in focused on examining the SunSmart behaviours of individuals utilizing council park facilities. Following this Tabitha worked as a research assistant for Federation University and assisted with a project focusing on eHealth and wellness. This project assessed the effectiveness of the Mindfulness and Physical Activity eHealth program.
Tabitha started working in the research department at OrthoSport Victoria in 2016. She performs data collections for patients who have undergone ACLR and TKR. Tabitha also assists with statistical analysis.
Areas of interest include research and psychology; cross-cultural and sports psychology in particular are areas she hopes to explore in the future. In her down time Tabitha enjoys playing basketball and continuing her training as a black belt in Taekwondo.