Dr O’Donnell has been performing hip arthroscopy since 1990 and is one of the most experienced hip arthroscopy Surgeons in the world.
Dr O’Donnell graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1977 and completed orthopaedic training in 1985.
He undertook further training and study overseas in the UK, France and Austria and then returned to Melbourne to take up appointments at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Royal Children’s Hospital.
He initially developed an interest in shoulder surgery and particularly arthroscopic shoulder surgery. The experience gained in this area was invaluable in developing techniques and instrumentation to use in the new field of hip arthroscopy.
He has a commitment to providing the best possible care to patients with hip problems, and also to providing education to other Surgeons and health workers both in Australia and overseas. He maintains the only Fellowship program in hip arthroscopy in Australia and runs hip arthroscopy training courses for Surgeons four times per year.
He is a Founding Member of the International Society for Hip Arthroscopy and is the current Editorial Secretary. He is the first and founding President of the Hip Arthroscopy section of the Australian Arthrosplasty Society. He is also an adjunct Research Associate with Monash University in the department of Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine, School of Public Health & Preventive Medicine.
In order to extend his interest in minimally invasive surgery of the hip joint, he undertook further training in Paris, France with Dr Frederic Laude to learn the AMIS technique of minimally invasive surgery for hip joint replacement and was one of the first small group of Surgeons in Australia offering this operation.
He is frequently asked to present both nationally and internationally on these subjects.