About Prof Gary Hooper
Gary Hooper graduated MBChB (Otago) 1978 and became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1985. In 1990 he was an ABC Travelling fellow.
His clinical practice is largely confined to adult elective surgery with the majority being joint replacement surgery. He leads a research group that focuses on outcomes following joint replacement with several RCTs currently in progress. Other research interests include bioengineering with the manufacture of articular cartilage scaffolds, the effect of joint replacement on bone density, and the investigation of disposable orthopaedic implants.
His department is responsible for managing the New Zealand Joint Registry which has produced several published articles on the outcome of joint replacement surgery within New Zealand and is the first registry to generate long term patient reported outcome measures.
The recent earthquakes that have disrupted life in Christchurch have stalled several laboratory based activities but have opened up other areas of activity and current projects investigating the socioeconomic effect of disaster based injuries are being undertaken.
His teaching activities include undergraduate (5th and 6th year medical students), advanced orthopaedic training and postgraduate (Musculoskeletal Diploma and PhD supervision) teaching.
He is the immediate past president of the New Zealand Orthopaedic Association, past chairman of the national training committee, past president of the knee society, current director of the Research Foundation and examiner for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
Currently he is a reviewer for The Bone & Joint Journal, the New Zealand Medical Journal and the World Journal of Science and is the first author of a knee paper in the March issue:
Areas of Specialisation
Hip & Knee Replacement, Knee & Shoulder Injuries
Carpal tunnel release , Hemi-knee replacement, Knee arthroscopy, Knee arthroscopy & menisectomy, Lumbar discectomy (1 level only), Primary total hip joint replacement, Primary total knee joint replacement, Spinal decompression (1 level only)
MBChB (Otago) 1978, MD (Otago) 2013, FRACS 1985, FNZOA 1990
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery