Mako Surgical Observations

The Mako Surgical Observation program is suited to surgeons who are looking to broaden their surgical knowledge and skills in the use of Stryker implants and instrumentation by observing leading orthopaedic surgeons perform surgery.

The Mako Surgical Observation program is suited to surgeons who are looking to broaden their surgical knowledge and skills in the use of Stryker implants and instrumentation by observing leading orthopaedic surgeons perform surgery. The exchange of information between host and visiting surgeon in the operating theatre facilitates learning and provides real-time experience and problem solving.

There are a number of Stryker observation sites across South Pacific. Stryker has selected sites with leading orthopaedic surgeons who have a keen interest in education and training, extensive experience and expertise and in depth knowledge of Stryker products. Visiting surgeons are allocated to observation sites according to their preference to observe particular surgical procedures, products and host surgeon availability. There are limited spots available at each site per year.

St John of God Subiaco Hospital

St John of God Subiaco Hospital, located in Subiaco, Perth, Western Australia, is a world class private hospital.  Hospital services include maternity, oncology, intensive and coronary care, day surgery, medical, palliative care, and others.  St John of God Subiaco Hospital is a private hospital and a division of St John of God Health Care, one of Australia's largest health care providers.


Mr Dermot Collopy

Mr Collopy is a busy Perth-based surgeon specialising in hip and knee replacement, revision arthroplasty, and pelvic and acetabular trauma.  He is well-respected nationally and internationally, and is a regular speaker on the national and international circuit. His research interests are in hip and knee implant design and fixation, and was one of the design surgeons on the Triathlon knee system and the Accolade II hip system. He, together with one of his partners, Mr Gavin Clark, is involved in developing robotics in knee and hip replacement.  Mr Collopy is the immediate Past-President of the Arthroplasty Society of Australia, and is currently the Chairman of the WA State branch of the AOA.  He sits on numerous committees, including the AOA Scientific Committee, the COE Committee, and the NJRR Committee. He has been operating with Mako since April 2015.

Mr Gavin Clark

Mr Clark is an experienced Knee and Hip Surgeon. He has sub specialist training in joint replacement surgery and arthroscopic sports surgery of the lower limb. He has a long term interest in computer assisted joint replacement and was involved in the introduction of Robotic technology in Arthroplasty to Australia.  He has been operating with Mako since April 2015.

Holy Spirit Northside Private Hospital

Holy Spirit Northside Private Hospital (HSNPH). Established in 2001, is a leading Catholic, not-for-profit hospital, jointly owned by the Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters and St Vincent’s Health Australia Ltd. Hospital services include comprehensive critical care, as well as inpatient and day patient services across a diverse range of medical and surgical disciplines.

627 Rode Road
Chermside, QLD 4032


Prof Ross Crawford

Professor Crawford is the Professor of Orthopaedic Research at Queensland University of Technology.  As well as being involved in clinical and basic science research he undertakes private clinical practice at Holy Spirit Northside Hospital where he has been Operating with Mako since June 2015.  Much of his practice is dedicated to primary hip and knee replacement and knee arthroscopy surgery, but also has a special interest in revision hip and knee surgery, unicompartmental knee replacement, complex hip reconstruction including congenital hip dysplasia, and computer assisted knee replacement. His fellowship training, in primary and revision hip and knee replacement surgery, was at both Oxford and Exeter, UK and also completed a D. Phil (Oxon.), Oxford University, UK.

Dr Bill Donnelly

Dr Donnelly is an experienced surgeon with a strong focus on arthroplasty, reconstructive surgery of the hip and knee and arthritis.  He has undertaken extensive training both locally and overseas and is also involved in a number of ongoing studies on orthopaedic conditions of the hip and knee.  Dr Donnelly has a special interest in primary and revision arthroplasty and arthroscopy of the knee and hip with a focus on computer navigated surgery.  He has been Operating with Mako since June 2015.

Burnside War Memorial Hospital

Burnside War Memorial Hospital was established as a living memorial to the men and women of the District who gave their lives in the two World Wars, and all others who served, made possible through the foresight of the City of Burnside and the generous gift of Attunga by Otto Georg von Rieben in 1944. Today, Burnside Hospital remains a private not-for-profit community hospital, offering a range of services and clinics to care for and support the thousands of patients who choose to have their healthcare needs met here each year.

120 Kensington Road,
Toorak Gardens, SA 5065


Dr Fassina

Dr Fassina is an experience Adelaide-based Orthopaedic Surgeon. He has a special interest in the management of arthritis and sports related injuries of the hip and knee. He has undertaken sub-speciality training, both locally and internationally, in complex arthroplasty and reconstructive surgical techniques. 

Dr Fassina has been operating with Mako since December 2016. 

Dr Baird

Dr Baird is currently a Visiting Medical Specialist at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and a Senior Clinical Lecturer with the University of Adelaide. His main areas of practice are the management of orthopaedic trauma, arthroplasty and revision surgery. After completing his training in orthopaedic surgery in 2008, he completed further sub-speciality fellowship training in complex joint replacement and revision surgery at St Michaels Hospital, Toronto, Canada and orthopaedic trauma surgery at Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver Canada. He is a member of the Australian Defence Force and served as a trauma surgeon in Afghanistan in 2009. His research interests are in the management of complex trauma and revision arthroplasty.

Epworth Richmond Hospital

Epworth Richmond is Victoria’s largest not-for-profit private hospital, renowned for excellence in diagnosis, treatment and care of medical conditions, and rehabilitation. They specialise in cardiac care, neurosciences, orthopaedics, cancer, ear-nose-throat, general medicine and surgery. They also offer specialist paediatrics emergency and dedicated paediatrics ward, caring for kids and adolescents.

89 Bridge Road
Richmond VIC 3121


Mr Andrew Tang

Mr Andrew Tang is the Director of the Epworth Musculoskeletal Clinical Institute. Andrew is an experienced Orthopaedic Surgeon who operates at Epworth Richmond having commenced as a specialist orthopaedic surgeon in 1994. He has undertaken international post-graduate postings in London at Kings College Hospital, as well as Singapore General Hospital where he specialised in adult reconstructive knee surgery. Locally his career has included appointment as Director of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Alfred Hospital (2004-2006), overseeing a team of ten surgeons including the professional development of the unit's Orthopaedic Registrars, in addition to his continued surgical practice. Andrew has also served on the executive of the Victoria Branch of the Australian Orthopaedic Association. Andrew’s career interests are in knee surgery including replacement and reconstruction. His current focusses are knee replacement, computer aided navigation in joint replacement and robotic surgery. Andrew takes on with enthusiasm the role of Director of the Musculoskeletal Clinical Institute which includes the specialties of Orthopaedic Surgery, Rheumatology and Sport and Exercise Medicine. He sees this as a unique opportunity to build on a first class clinical unit with strengths in research, education and clinical care.

Mr Dirk van Bavel

Mr van Bavel completed his medical degree through the University of Melbourne in 1995, winning the ‘Neil Bromberger prize in Orthopaedics’. His Orthopaedic training was in Victoria, winning the ‘Registrar in Training Prize’ in 2003.  

After completing his training, he undertook further fellowship training in Hip and Knee surgery in Belgium, England and Canada.  These fellowships included further training in hip and knee replacement and revision surgery, the use of allografts in surgery, sports knee injuries and patellofemoral problems.

Mr van Bavel works at several private hospitals in Central and Eastern Melbourne. He has particular interest in Hip replacements (primary, complex and revision), Robotic Hip Replacement, Knee Replacements (primary, revision and partial), Robotic knee replacements (full and partial), Knee sports injuries

He is a faculty member for national Hip replacement workshops and he is involved in research which he has presented both nationally and internationally.

Mr James Canty

James Canty is an orthopaedic surgeon with national and international experience.

He has a broad range of orthopaedic practice, including the management of hip and knee arthritis, soft tissue and reconstructive surgery of the knee as well as general orthopaedic trauma.

James graduated from the University of Melbourne with a medical degree in 2001. After a number of years of surgical experience, he completed specialist training in orthopaedics through the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Victoria.  James subsequently undertook two internationally regarded orthopaedic fellowships.  The first was in Melbourne, working under the guidance of Mr. John Bartlett, where he focused on all aspects of knee surgery.  He then spent twelve months working in Oxford (UK) in the Hip and Knee Unit of the renowned Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre.

In addition to his practice at OrthoSport Victoria, James holds a public appointment at Dandenong Hospital that allows him to be involved actively in orthopaedic research and training future orthopaedic surgeons.

James is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, and has memberships with the Australian Orthopaedic Association, Girdlestone Orthopaedic Society, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery, and Orthopaedic Sports Management.

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