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Dr Macgroarty was invited to be on faculty with Dr Joseph D Zuckerman at the 2019 Advances in Shoulder Arthroplasty meeting in Sydney

2 March 2019

Exactech hosted the 2019 Advances in Shoulder Arthroplasty meeting in Sydney, Australia. Dr Joseph D Zuckerman, a past president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, was the course chairman. Dr Macgroarty was invited by Dr Zuckerman to be on faculty, delivering a presentation and contributing to panel discussions on complex shoulder arthroplasty decision making processes.






















Dr Macgroarty and Dr Zuckerman answering questions during a panel discussion during the 2019 Advances in Shoulder Arthroplasty meeting.


Faculty L-R: Dr Doo Sup Kim; Dr Hiroyasu Ikegami; Dr Kelly Macgroarty; Dr Lynn Crosby; Dr Mark Haber; Dr Sven Goebel; Dr Joseph P Zuckerman; Dr Robert Fullick


Queensland Shoulder Society hosts Professor Allan Wang from Perth

2 March 2019

Dr Macgroarty, as President of the Queensland Shoulder Society, hosted Professor Allan Wang, Perth Orthopaedic Shoulder Surgeon, as the keynote speaker for the February 2019 Summer meeting.

Professor Wang spoke about his learning curve using the Exactech GPS navigated TSA system. He also delivered his paper titled: “The SESA Rotator Cuff Survey : Developing a Rational Approach to Surgery”. A number of difficult case studies were also presented for a panel discussion with Dr Phillip Duke, Dr Steve Andrews and Dr Ezekial Tan.

QSS President Dr Kelly Macgroarty, along with QSS Secretary, Dr Ken Cutbush welcomes Dr Allan Wang from Perth as their guest speaker at the QSS Summer meeting.

Calgary International Shoulder Symposium

17 February 2019

Dr Macgroarty was very pleased to be the only Australian surgeon invited to participate on faculty at the Rocky Mountain International Shoulder Symposium, Calgary, Canada 8-9 February 2019.

Dr Macgroarty gave three lectures:

  1. Open Bankart: Don’t Forget about the Standard of Care
  2. Trans-tendon repair: Keep the Anatomy
  3. Biceps tenodesis: Give me my Strength and my Looks

He was also asked to perform a live surgical demonstration of his technique of Superior Capsular Reconstruction for irreparable massive cuff tears.

Following the meeting, Dr Macgroarty spent time with his colleague and friend, Dr Ian Lo from Calgary. Dr Macgroarty observed Dr Lo perform a revision cuff repair with patch augmentation and also a Laterjet procedure. Dr Lo trained under world renowned US surgeon Dr Stephen Burkart who championed this technique with Dr Joe DeBeer from South Africa.

International faculty at Rocky Mountain ISS

From L-R: Dr Kelly Macgroarty, Dr Bob Litchfield, Dr Scott Trenhaile, Dr Rick Ryu, Dr Brendan Sheehan, Dr Ian Lo, Dr Ivan Wong, Dr Tim Leroux, Dr Martin Bouliane

Dr Macgroarty following his successful live surgical demonstration of the SCR technique

Dr Macgroarty with Dr Ian Lo preparing to facilitate the cadaveric shoulder labs for participants at the Rocky Mountain ISS

Dr Macgroarty with Dr Rick Ryu who is a past president of AANA. Dr Ryu was also on faculty for the Rocky Mountain ISS

Dr Macgroarty visited with Dr Ian Lo following the meeting and observed his Sports Medicine Clinic in Calgary.

Dr Macgroarty spent time with Dr Ian Lo in surgery after the Rocky Mountain ISS

Dr Macgroarty on Faculty again at New Orleans International Advanced Shoulder Symposium

1 October 2018

In September 2018, Dr Macgroarty was invited back as the only Australian surgeon, to be on faculty at this International Shoulder Meeting. Alongside world renowned shoulder surgeon, Professor Felix “Buddy” Savoie, Dr Macgroarty gave a series of lectures and facilitated cadaveric labs demonstrating his latest techniques in shoulder surgery. The meeting was attended by many North American and International surgeons, which allowed for the sharing of ideas and new concepts in shoulder surgery.

Dr Macgroarty co chairs the 2018 Shoulder Arthroscopy Advanced Instructional Course in Singapore

1 July 2018

In June 2018, Dr Macgroarty was invited to co-chair an International Shoulder Course in Singapore. Alongside his good friend and colleague, Professor Ian Lo from Calgary, Canada, he gave a series of lectures and facilitated in cadaver labs for surgeons from all over South East Asia.

Dr Macgroarty runs a Sports Knee Cadaver Course with Dr Merv Cross

26 March 2018

In March 2018, Dr Macgroarty chaired a Sports Knee Cadaver Course in Sydney with world renowned knee surgeon, Dr Merv Cross. ACL reconstruction was the primary focus of the labs, with time spent looking at new short graft hamstring sparing techniques as well as BTB ACL reconstruction techniques.

Dr Macgroarty elected as President of the Queensland Shoulder Society in 2015

1 August 2015

Dr Macgroarty was recently elected as the President of the Queensland Shoulder Society at the Winter meeting in 2015. He takes over from outgoing President Dr Mark Ross.

Previously, Dr Macgroarty has served as the Secretary and Treasurer of the Society.

The new Secretary and Treasurer is Dr Ken Cutbush.

Dr Macgroarty organises patellar tendon ACL reconstruction workshop at MERF with Dr Merv Cross

25 May 2015

Dr Macgroarty has recently organised a patellar tendon ACL reconstruction workshop at MERF with world renowned Sydney surgeon, Dr Merv Cross.

Dr Macgroarty had been talking with Dr Cross at last year’s Australian Knee Society when he mentioned that there were a number of local surgeons who had expressed interest in learning patellar tendon reconstruction from the “master”.

Patellar tendon ACL reconstruction is an essential technique to be able to perform for any knee surgeon wanting to manage the entire spectrum of ACL injuries.

The surgical “pearls” that Dr Cross was able to impart to all the participants will ensure that the results obtained by the patients are amongst the very best available when using this technique.


Dr Merv Cross with Dr Macgroarty immediately on his left and the other participants at the patellar tendon ACL reconstruction workshop in Brisbane

Professor Michael Wirth assists Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery with Dr Macgroarty

30 April 2015

It was with great pleasure that Dr Macgroarty recently hosted Professor Michael Wirth from San Antonio Texas.

Professor Wirth is one of the design surgeons of a new Total Shoulder Replacement system that allows greater flexibility for the surgeon as a result of its increased modularity. It is expected that this new system will help to improve patients outcomes after this type of surgery. Dr Wirth has worked closely over the years with his mentor, Dr Charles Rockwood, who is considered by most to be the father of modern shoulder surgery

Dr Wirth was visiting Australia to give several lectures about osteoarthritis in the shoulder. He took time out from his schedule to assist Dr Macgroarty in 3 shoulder replacements using the new system. Dr Macgroarty was the first surgeon in Australia to use the new shoulder replacement system and has been very impressed with the early results.

Dr Macgroarty on faculty at recent national shoulder symposium.

30 April 2015

Dr Macgroarty was recently invited to be on faculty at the Smith and Nephew A3 Shoulder Symposium. Other members on faculty included several renowned shoulder surgeons from around Australia as well as Dr Jeff Abrams, the current president of the American Shoulder and Elbow Society.

Dr Des Bokor who was chairman for the conference invited Dr Macgroarty to speak about his experience with adolescent athletes with shoulder instability. In addition Dr Macgroarty spoke about his techniques for arthroscopic rotator cuff repair and surgical options available when massive cuff tears are not repairable.

The meeting was well attended by well over 60 delegates with great discussion about all recent and controversial shoulder topics.

Dr Macgroarty travels to France to learn revolutionary new rapid recovery ACL technique

26 January 2015

Dr Macgroarty travelled to France in January 2015 with Dr Price Gallie from the Gold Coast to learn more about a new ACL reconstruction technique that has athletes walking unassisted by three hours post-op. Physiotherapy rehabilitation can be commenced much earlier than traditional techniques allowing athletes a quicker head start on their rehabilitation programme post ACL reconstruction. The accelerated rehabilitation programme makes it possible for the athletes to maintain better muscle bulk and feel stronger sooner which greatly assists the treating physiotherapist.

The new technique still utilises hamstring graft techniques which means that overall return to sport is still expected to be about 7-9 months post surgery.

Dr Macgroarty assisted Dr Thierry De Polignac with several cases at the Clinique Generale Annecy using this new technique. He then spent time following up these patients with Dr De Polignac and the physiotherapists in order to learn more about this new rehabilitation method.

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Dr Macgroarty standing outside the Orthopaedic Hospital in Annecy, France


Dr Macgroarty with Dr De Polignac in Annecy, France

Level 2 Sports Physiotherapy Meeting – November 2015

24 November 2014

Dr Macgroarty was invited to speak to the level 2 sports physiotherapists at their recent course at the University of Queensland held in November 2015.

Dr Macgroarty discussed the new short graft hamstring sparing technique in ACL reconstruction as well as commenting on the role for ALL reconstruction techniques to augment ACL reconstruction in certain athletes.

Dr Macgroarty presents latest ACL techniques at 2014 Australian Knee Society Meeting

22 October 2014

Dr Macgroarty presented his case series of hamstring sparing ACL Reconstruction at the 2014 Australian Knee Society Meeting held in Melbourne.

Dr Macgroarty discussed the surgical technique used for the “all inside” short graft technique sparing one of the hamstring tendons normally used in ACL Reconstruction.

In Dr Macgroarty’s series, 22 cases have been undertaken to date with promising early results. Dr Macgroarty outlined that further research is required to confirm the potential long term benefits of this technique.

Dr Macgroarty is currently enrolling patients in a comparative trial looking at early post operative pain relief using the short graft technique with respect to conventional hamstring harvest techniques. He hopes to present his findings at next year’s AKS meeting.

SAWMH Sports Meeting 2014

23 August 2014

Dr Macgroarty was asked to attend as faculty at the SAWMH Sports Meeting held at the Brisbane Hilton Hotel on 23 August 2014.

Dr Macgroarty shared his current experience with a new hamstring sparing technique for ACL Reconstruction. The new short graft technique has been shown in the literature to be comparable to current hamstring techniques for ACL reconstruction whilst showing several key advantages.

The advantages include:

hamstring sparing: – less risk of post-operative hamstring strain / better hamstring strength post op / possibly better proprioception for early rehab / maintenance of secondary postero-medial stabilisers / increased options for revision surgery if necessary

thicker graft size:- far fewer grafts less than 8mm which has been proven to reduce re-rupture rate and improve pt perceived outcomes

less post-operative pain:- hand reaming tunnels decreases bone oedema which can contribute to early post-op pain


Dr Macgroarty also discussed the current indications in his practice for antero-lateral ligament reconstruction to augment ACL reconstruction.

The session was rounded off with a discussion of the Congruent arc Laterjet procedure and it’s role in contact athletes following shoulder dislocations and instability.


Hamstring Sparing ACL Reconstruction

16 July 2014

Dr Macgroarty has started performing hamstring sparing ACL Reconstructions using a “short graft technique”. The advantages have been proposed with less donor site morbidity and easier rehabilitation. Sparing one of the hamstring tendons during ACL reconstruction is thought to increase postero-medial stability and offer better proprioceptive feedback during early rehabilitation.

New ACL Reconstruction Technique

23 May 2014

Dr Macgroarty is only the second surgeon in Australia to have performed a new technique in ACL reconstruction surgery. The technique which was developed in France still uses native hamstring tendons as a graft but achieves significantly thicker graft sizes compared to standard techniques. These thicker grafts are expected to improve rehabilitation after surgery without increasing morbidity. It is hoped that bigger grafts will reduce failure rates when patients eventually return to sport.

Along with Dr Jim Fardoulys, Dr Macgroarty is using the new technique on selective patients and has so far seen pleasing early results. Further assessment of the technique is required and will hopefully be discussed at next year’s ISAKOS meeting in Lyon, France.

UFC – Brisbane

8 December 2013

Dr Macgroarty was ringside at the inaugural UFC event held in Brisbane in December 2013 which was telecast to a global audience.

The UFC is the fastest growing sport on the planet and Dr Macgroarty was selected to attend as the local representative Orthopaedic Surgeon. read more…

Global Insights – The Future of Knee Surgery

8 December 2013

Dr Macgroarty travelled to Copenhagen, Denmark to attend the recent Smith and Nephew Global Insights Knee meeting.

Dr Bellemans from Belgium debated the merit of the antero-lateral ligament in ACL reconstruction surgery. There appears to be growing evidence that this is an important structure to consider in the setting of failed ACL reconstruction. In addition to intra-articular ligament reconstruction, there appears to be a place for extra-articular reconstruction of the ALL when undertaking revision ACL reconstruction.

Of the many discussion points during the meeting, it was re-inforced that there is up to a 30% failure of ACL reconstruction (within 2 years) in patient’s under the age of 20.

Royal North Shore Shoulder Symposium 3013

8 December 2013

Dr Macgroarty recently attended the Royal North Shore Shoulder Symposium 2013 in Sydney.

International guest speakers Dr Felix “Buddy” Savoie and Dr Hiro Sugaya discussed the latest techniques for managing glenoid bone loss in instability surgery and rotator cuff repair in the setting of massive tears.

Discussion about safe use of the beachchair position in shoulder surgery also featured prominently.

October 2013 BKSS Physiotherapy Evening

23 October 2013

Dr Macgroarty presented the latest updates on ACL reconstruction at the BKSS physiotherapy educational evening in October 2013.

Dr Macgroarty discussed the relevance of the Antero-Lateral Ligament and how it significantly influences the pivot shift both before and after ACL reconstruction.

Arthrex Mega Shoulder Conference Melbourne 2013

18 September 2013

Dr Macgroarty recently attended the 2 day Arthrex Mega Shoulder Conference in Melbourne held on 30-31 August 2013.

Dr Stephen Burkhart from San Antonio Texas USA and Dr Bradford Parsons from New York City were guest speakers. Latest techniques and controversies in arthroscopic shoulder surgery were discussed over the two days with an excellent local faculty.

Following the course, Dr Macgroarty, Dr John McGuire of Townsville and Dr Brad Parsons continued to discuss all aspects of shoulder surgery while visiting some of Melbourne’s fantastic tourist locations.

Instability Severity Index Score – ISIS

18 September 2013

As discussed at the recent Brisbane Knee and Sports Surgery Physiotherapy Education evening, below is the instability severity index score (ISIS score) that Dr Macgroarty uses to help determine the best treatment for his athletes with antero-inferior shoulder instability after sport injuries. read more…

BKSS Physio Education Night

18 September 2013

Dr Macgroarty was delighted to participate in the recent Physiotherapy Education evening hosted by Brisbane Knee and Sports Surgery at St Andrew’s hospital.

Dr Macgroarty spoke on shoulder instability in the contact athlete. Discussion included selected surgical treatment (Laterjet Procedure) for antero-inferior shoulder instability and new techniques of performing arthroscopic AC joint reconstruction. read more…

Latest update on ACL rupture: differences between males and females

25 March 2013

Key findings of a recent study from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) highlight the following differences between males and females: read more…

What is a pivot shift test and how significant is it?

25 March 2013

The pivot shift test is the most specific clinical test as it is able to accurately indicate an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture. The results can be divided into a low-grade tear, which indicates an ACL rupture in isolation, and a high-grade tear which indicates an ACL rupture with disruption of secondary stabilisers of lateral compartment, e.g. anterolateral ligament (see vumedi reference)/ lateral meniscus) ITB. read more…

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction: mechanism, diagnosis and treatment

25 March 2013


One of the most common and serious knee injuries, affecting one in 3,500 people is a tear or rupture of the ACL. read more…




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