Mr Dugal James MBBS FRACS (Orth) is an Orthopaedic Surgeon in Bendigo, Central Victoria.
Mr Dugal James graduated from Melbourne University (MBBS) and did his early surgical training at the Repatriation Hospital, Melbourne. He completed his Orthopaedic Specialist Training (FRACS) with the Australian Orthopaedic Association in 1990.
He has completed several subspecialty Fellowships in lower limb surgery. The first was in knee and sports surgery with Mr Neil Thompson in Sydney, one of Australia’s pioneers of knee arthroscopy. This was followed by a lower limb joint replacement Fellowship at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard University Boston, USA, with Dick Scott, Tom Thornhill and Fred Ewald. His third placement was a Hip Replacement Fellowship with Mr Robin Ling and the Exeter Group in Exeter, England.
Ongoing Research and Design
Mr Dugal James continues to maintain a close association with his US and British colleagues, collaborating on research and design projects. His principal area of interest has been the design of total knee joint prostheses and the surgical instruments used to implant them. This interest has seen his practice focus on knee joint arthroscopy and reconstruction and joint replacement surgery of the knee and hip.
Another area of specific interest has been the introduction and development of computer navigation for total knee surgery and the performance of knee arthroscopy under local rather than General Anaesthesia. He has also developed and refined a method of hamstring ACL reconstruction that obviates the need for metallic fixation devices. This not only makes the surgery less expensive but allows further MRI scan in the future without image distortion in the presence of metal.
He is actively involved with supervision of advanced Orthopaedic trainees and travels regularly to present at educational forums in South East Asia.