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Mr Timothy Whitehead

Orthopaedic Surgeon



Tim Whitehead is a Melbourne orthopaedic surgeon, recognised internationally, particularly for his research into anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. His focus is on knee surgery, with a special interest in sporting injuries, as well as complex knee procedures such as re-alignment osteotomy and the management of the dislocated knee. His dynamic practice caters for a wide variety of people, from elite athletes to weekend warriors and the elderly.

Tim became a fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons in 2003, and went on to complete two highly regarded orthopaedic knee and sports medicine fellowships in Canada, before returning to Melbourne to commence private practice in 2006. In 2008 he was awarded the APOA/ESSKA travelling fellowship where he visited and lectured at orthopaedic centres around Europe, and as a result is now a member of the prestigious Magellan Society.

Tim is heavily involved in research, and is a member of the OrthoSport Victoria Research Unit. He has won several awards for research and speaks regularly at local and international meetings. His current research projects include a study into the long-term outcomes of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.

Tim is extremely active at a local regional and international level and holds positions within several groups and societies. He has held a position on the Executive Committee of the Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association since 2014. He is a member of the Knee Committee of ISAKOS, and recently coordinated the ACL/ligament component for the upcoming ISAKOS meeting in 2019. Tim is also a member of the prestigious ACL Study Group, and is currently on the program committee for the meeting in 2018. He is also an active member of the Australian Orthopaedic Association, the Australian Knee Society, the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine, and the Arthroscopy Association of North America.

Specialty Interests

  • Sporting Injuries
  • Complex Knee Procedures
  • Realignment Osteotomy
  • Management of Knee Dislocations