Dr John Rooney is the head of Orthopaedics at St Vincent’s General Hospital, Sydney, Australia. He also has a V.M.O appointment at St Vincent’s Private Hospital, where he is a specialist hip, knee and ankle surgeon. Dr John Rooney performs hip, knee and ankle replacement surgery and arthroscopy surgery.
Dr Rooney is long considered by his peers as an Australian pioneer in the Minimally Invasive Computer Navigated Anterior Total Hip Replacement surgery, also known as Direct Anterior Approach Hip Replacement Surgery (DAA) or to put more simply, anterior approach hip replacement. He has trained extensively in Germany, France and Belgium; Dr Rooney is one of the growing numbers of surgeons in Australia to offer this new and innovative approach in total hip replacement surgery. He has established a wealth of experience in this procedure with excellent outcomes.
Dr Rooney graduated with Honours from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, in 1994. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Australian College of Surgeons (F.R.A.C.S) and the Australian Orthopaedic Association (F.A.Orth.A).
After completing his orthopaedic training in Australia, Dr Rooney travelled to North America, where he was selected for two clinical fellowships through the prestigious University of Toronto at St Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Canada. His first fellowship involved primary and revision hip and knee replacement surgery, arthroscopy and ligament reconstruction of the knee. His second fellowship was in advanced foot and ankle surgery, ankle arthroscopy, ankle ligament reconstruction, cartilage transplantation and total ankle replacement surgery.
Dr Rooney has a passion for education and training and has an active supervisory and instructive role with both undergraduate and postgraduate medical students through the University of New South Wales and Notre Dame University. He is also involved in specialist orthopaedic surgical training and is very active in the recruitment and training of national and international orthopaedic surgical fellows.
Dr Rooney’s approach to patient care is methodical. He provides his patients with the most up to date orthopaedic knowledge and surgical techniques available. He offers his patients the highest quality of care possible to ensure the best outcome.
Dr Rooney’s philosophy towards patient management and care is global and he firmly believes that; “When you gain function, you gain life”.