Dr Julia Kirby

Orthopaedic Surgeon - Knee Surgeon


Dr Julia Kirby, Orthopaedic Surgeon in Melbourne. paediatric and adult knee surgeon in melbourne

Dr Julia Kirby

Orthopaedic Surgeon - Knee Surgeon


Knee Surgeon (Paediatric & Adult)

Dr Julia Kirby is an Australian orthopaedic knee surgeon specialising in sports injuries, joint preservation, and complex surgery of the knee. She cares for patients of all ages from childhood, adolescence, and into adulthood. She has a particular interest in both operative and non-operative treatment of youth athletes and has sub-speciality training in surgical techniques for managing patients with open growth plates.

After growing up in Melbourne, Julia moved to South Australia to complete her medical degree at the University of Adelaide before returning to Melbourne to undertake an internship and surgical residency at the Alfred Hospital. She has completed a Master of Sports Medicine from the University of Queensland, where she received the Dean’s commendation for Academic Excellence. Julia was selected into the Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA) training program in Victoria and was subsequently admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the AOA.

Julia has completed highly renowned Fellowships in both Australia and the United States. She completed a sub-specialist knee surgery Fellowship at the Epworth Hospital in Melbourne, followed by a Fellowship in Paediatric Orthopaedic Sports Medicine at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas, Texas. These experiences provided her with expertise in child and adolescent sporting injuries, with a particular emphasis on surgical management of knee ligament, cartilage, and patellofemoral pathology in skeletally immature patients. In addition to her paediatric training, she is an experienced trauma surgeon who completed an Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship at Austin Health.

Julia has a keen interest in research and has published multiple articles in internationally recognised peer-reviewed journals. She is a member of the Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine Society, USA (PRiSM) through which she is an active participant in international collaborative research focusing on tibial spine fractures and meniscal pathology. In addition to her individual research, she has been a peer reviewer for both the American Journal of Sports Medicine (AJSM) and the Orthopedic Journal of Sports Medicine (OJSM).

Julia is passionate about medical education and contributes to the development of junior staff through teaching and mentoring. She holds a public appointment at Austin Health and the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Outside of Orthopaedics Julia enjoys getting out in nature, hiking, and travelling with her partner.


Specialty Interests:

  • Paediatric knee arthroscopy
  • ACL reconstruction
  • Physeal (growth plate) sparing techniques
  • Patellofemoral surgery
  • Guided growth and osteotomy
  • Meniscus repair
  • Cartilage preservation
  • Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) management

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