Associate Professor David A. Parker


Associate Professor David A. Parker

MBBS (Hons) BMedSci FRACS FAOrthA, Australia

Associate Professor David A. Parker MBBS (Hons) BMedSci FRACS FAOrthA, Australia

Associate Professor Parker is an internationally recognized Specialist in disorders and surgery of the knee joint. He has particular interests in sports injuries, ligament reconstruction, realignment surgery and cartilage pathology, and knee replacement surgery. He works at Royal North Shore, North Shore Private and the Mater Private Hospitals in Sydney. He is actively involved in a number of international orthopaedic and sports medicine organisations, including being the current Vice-President of ISAKOS (International Society for Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery, and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine), and a board member of the International ACL Study Group.

Associate Professor Parker is an active member of many other organisations, including the Australian Knee Society, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine. He is also a Past President of APKASS (Asia Pacific Knee & Arthroscopic Surgery Society).

Associate Professor Parker is a co-founder of the Sydney Orthopaedic Research Institute, established in 2002, and has built up an extensive research portfolio with major strengths in knee surgery which is recognized nationally and internationally. He has a strong publication record, with more than 100 peer reviewed publications, and is a regular invited speaker at national and international Orthopaedic Conferences and symposia, having given over 100 invited presentations around the world. He is currently involved in a range of projects concerned with improving the understanding of knee pathology, assessing and improving the outcomes of knee surgery, and studying the development and evaluations of new surgical procedures and technologies.

Examples of specific areas of research include computer navigated and robotic surgery designed to enhance longevity of the prosthesis and optimize patient outcomes, realignment surgery as a treatment for younger patients with arthritis, anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, patellofemoral pathology, cartilage regeneration procedures, and complex multiligament injuries of the knee joint. He also is director of the Sydney Orthopaedic Research Institute Fellowship program, which has trained many surgeons from around the world. (Further information on research can be found at )


Associate Professor Parker is a consulting knee surgeon for multiple professional sporting clubs in the last 10 years, including Rugby League (West Tigers, Canterbury Bulldogs) Australian Rules Football (Greater Western Sydney Giants, Sydney Swans), Rugby Union (Manly Marlins).

Associate Professor Parker states

“I am very excited about joining this prestigious group whose mission aligns directly with what I am trying to achieve in clinical practice, and clinically relevant research, every day: improving the way we manage patients with injuries and their consequences, in order to improve their outcomes and keep people active. I look forward to meeting and working with this highly accomplished and diverse group of people from around the world.”