Professor Bill Walter employs a variety of precision techniques to optimise patient outcomes including computer navigation, minimally invasive surgery, locally targeted pain control, early mobilization and rapid recovery. City and country patients are welcome. Country Patients, find out more.
Professor Bill Walter’s research is published in peer reviewed international arthroplasty journals; he is often invited to present his findings international scientific orthopaedic conferences as a member of faculty and as a member of the expert panel.
Bill Walter, Orthopaedic Surgeon, is appointed as Associate Professor at the University of NSW and University of Notre Dame and currently supervises 2 PhD students, a Masters student and medical students. In 2012 Professor Walter was the President International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty and hosted the annual meeting in Sydney where over 500 scientific papers were presented, on topics such as robotics and technology in Orthopaedic Surgery. He served as Chairman of the department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Mater Hospital from 2011 to 2014. Professor Walter has been elected to become Presidentof the International Society of Orthopaedic Centers in 2016. He will host this prestigious international meeting in Sydney in 2017. Professor Walter is a member of the Australian Orthopaedic Association and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.
Associate Professor Bill Walter performs hip arthroscopy, hip replacement surgery, knee arthroscopy and knee replacement surgery.
- Hip arthroscopy surgery (diagnostic, chondroplasty and labral repair)
- Hip replacement surgery (THR) using anterior or posterior surgical approach, resurfacing hip replacement and revision hip replacement surgery
- Knee arthroscopy surgery (diagnostic, chondroplasty and meniscectomy)
- Knee replacement, including uni-compartmental knee replacement (uni-knee, partial), or total knee replacement surgery.
- Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery – Sydney University (1992)
- PhD (Surgery) – University of NSW (2006)
- Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS)
- Fellow of Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA)
- Adult Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York (2003)
- Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Mater Hospital (2011 – 2014)
- Associate Professor, University of NSW (supervising PhD students)
- Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame: Clinical Discipline Leader responsible for supervising final year medical students in surgery rotation.
- Past President and Board Member of International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty – ISTA. (2012 President and host of ISTA’s international meeting held in Sydney in 2012).
- Board Member – Australian Institute of Musculo-Skeletal Research (AIMS Research).
- Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA)
- Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS)
- Arthroplasty Society of Australia
- American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
- International Hip Society
- International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty (ISTA)
- Registered medical practitioner with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
Professor Walter chooses to operate at the Mater Private Hospital.
Research and publications
- Professor Walter has published widely in the peer reviewed international orthopaedic journals.
A word from Professor Bill Walter about commercial business arrangements:
I am often approached by companies who request my services to assist with product development, as are other leading orthopaedic surgeons from other countries. I have been involved with many product development projects over the last 10 years. I have also written and been granted several patents in the field of orthopaedic surgery and I will continue to innovate and improve my field. Surgeons are critical to the development process for orthopaedic implants, instruments and techniques.
It is not possible for the engineers working for the orthopaedic manufacturers to design them well without knowledgeable, meticulous, ethical, practising surgeons involved. No-one is better placed to innovate in orthopaedics than a surgeon with intimate knowledge and experience of the surgery and the effect it has on patients. I am a surgeon, a meticulous researcher and I have a PhD (with a particular focus in the biomechanics of joint replacement). Thus I am a vital contributor to the development process. I thoroughly enjoy being involved in design development, as it is challenging, interesting and professionally rewarding and ultimately provides benefits to patients in many countries around the world.
I am paid for the work I do with these multinational companies, and I consider my time and knowledge to be of value and I expect to be remunerated for my contribution. In some cases where I have contributed intellectual property, I receive royalties on products. These days, in order to protect the interests of patients, companies are governed by very strict rules about how they engage with surgeons in business. My patients should be aware that I do not receive payments or royalties or incentives of any kind to use a particular implant for their surgery. My highest priority is always my duty of care to my patients.
My decision to use any given implant in a patient is governed completely by the clinical decision making process. I use the implant which, in my professional medical opinion, is going to deliver the best possible result for the patient. My second highest priority is research and science. The third highest priority for me is any commercial arrangement that I may have to do with product development. My professional integrity is of utmost importance and is something that I have thought about deeply and I take very seriously.