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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 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.

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.

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.


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.

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…

SESA 2012

5 March 2013

Dr Macgroarty presented his case series of patients undertaking arthroscopic reconstruction of the AC joint using the LARS ligament. Early follow up has been promising with no failures to date. Further assessment is required to confirm long term results of the technique.




American Academy of Orthpaedic Surgeons Australian Orthopaedic Association   Royal Australian College of Surgeons    International Society of Arthoscopy, Knee Surgery & Orthpaedic Sports Medicine     Queensland Shoulder Society

 Australian Knee Society  Shoulder & elbow society of Australia  Australian_Medical_Association    SPORTS MEDICINE AUSTRALIA    american board of independent medical examiners