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A/Prof. Nicole Williams - Orthopaedics SA

A/Prof. Nicole Williams


A/Prof. Nicole Williams


Associate Professor Nicole Williams is an Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in the management of congenital and acquired bone and joint conditions in infants, children and adolescents.

Specialising in
  • Paediatrics
A/Prof Williams specialises in developmental dysplasia of the hip, paediatric fractures, neuromuscular conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system (including cerebral palsy), skeletal dysplasia, bone and joint infections, Ponseti management of congenital talipes equinovarus (clubfeet) and vascular anomalies involving the limbs.

After graduating from Newcastle University, NSW in January 2003, A/Prof Williams obtained Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in January 2011. Following this, she undertook a further 18 months of specialist training in Paediatric Orthopaedics at Shriners Hospital for Children (Portland, Oregon, USA) and at the Adelaide Women’s and Children’s Hospital. She was awarded the 2016 Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Lumley Surgical Exchange Scholarship, enabling her to undertake 12 months of paediatric orthopaedic research at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (London, UK). She is now settled in Adelaide with her husband and two young daughters.

Specialising in

  • Paediatrics

Consulting / Operating Locations

  • Memorial Medical Centre

    Orthopaedics SA

    (08) 8267 8267

  • Port Augusta Hospital

    Orthopaedics SA

Additional Information

Consulting and operating privately with Orthopaedics SA at Memorial Hospital, A/Prof. Williams has public appointments at Women’s and Children’s Hospital and Port Augusta Hospital.

Complementing her clinical practice, A/Prof Williams holds the following positions:

  • President, Australian Paediatric Orthopaedic Society
  • Director (Research and Education), Paediatric Major Trauma Service, Women’s and Children’s Health Network
  • Deputy Chair, Australian Orthopaedic Association Federal Training Committee
  • Chair, South Australian and Northern Territory Regional Orthopaedic Training Committee
  • Medical Advisory Board Member, International Hip Dysplasia Institute
  • Board Member, Healthy Hips Australia
  • Clinical Research Manager, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Women’s and Children’s Hospital
  • Associate Professor (Clinical) and Senior Research Associate, Centre for Orthopaedic and Trauma Research, University of Adelaide

A/Prof Williams was awarded the Australian Orthopaedic Association’s 2017 Leadership Award and is a past recipient of the Malcolm Menelaus Medal for best scientific paper at the Australian Paediatric Orthopaedic Society’s Annual Scientific Meeting. She regularly presents educational sessions in paediatric orthopaedics for a range of audiences locally, nationally and internationally.


  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Australian Orthopaedic Association
  • Australian Paediatric Orthopaedic Society
  • Australian Orthopaedic Trauma Society
  • Orthopaedic Outreach
  • Pacific Islands Orthopaedic Association
  • International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies
  • Australian Paediatric Orthopaedic Society (President)
  • International Hip Dysplasia Institute (Medical Advisory Board Member)
  • Healthy Hips Australia (Board Member)
  • Paediatric Trauma Committee (Co-Chair), Women’s and Children’s Hospital
  • Australian Orthopaedic Association: Federal Training Committee (Deputy Chair), Ethics Committee, SA/NT Regional Training Committee (Chair), Continuing Professional Development Committee and Orthopaedic Women’s Link
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Lumley Surgical Exchange Scholarship
  • Malcolm Menelaus Medal for Best Scientific Paper, Australian Paediatric Orthopaedic Society
  • Centenary Medal for Contribution to Australian Society
  • NSW Young Australian of the Year for Science and Technology
  • Prize for Best Registrar Paper, Australian Orthopaedic Association, NSW Branch Annual Scientific Meeting and Australian Orthopaedic Registrars’ Association Annual Scientific Meeting
  • Gordon Kerridge Award for Best Training Registrar, Newcastle Orthopaedic Training Scheme
  • Saxon White Prize for Physiology in Medicine, University of Newcastle
  • Williams, N. (2018). “Improving early detection of developmental dysplasia of the hip through general practitioner surveillance and assessment”. Aust J Gen Practice. 47(9): 619-623
  • Chen, M.; P.J Cundy; G.A Antoniou and N. Williams (2018). “Children bouncing into the emergency department: changes in trampoline injury patterns”. J Paed Child Health Aug 9. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Williams, N.; A. Narducci; D.M. Eastwood; M. Cleary and D. Thompson (2018). “An evidence-based approach to the management of children with Morquio A syndrome presenting with craniocervical pathology”. Spine Jun 12. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000002743. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Wood, M.; N. Williams; J.E. Davidson; M.A. Cleary and D.M. Eastwood (2018). “Guided growth surgery for genu valgum in mucopolysaccharidosis type VI: timing is everything.” Mol Gen Metab 123(2):S149
  • Walton, S.; E. Schaeffer; K. Mulpuri; P.J. Cundy and N. Williams (2018). “Evaluating the role of pre-reduction hip traction in the management of infants and children with developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH): protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis”. BMJ Open 8(1)
  • Williams, N., D. Chaloumas, D. Ketteridge, P.J. Cundy and D. Eastwood (2017) “The Mucopolysaccharidoses: advances in medical care lead to challenges in orthopaedic surgical care”. Bone Joint J. 99(9):1132-1139
  • Williams, N., D. Chaloumas and D. Eastwood (2017). “Does orthopaedic surgery improve quality of life for children with mucopolysaccharidosis”. J Child Orthop.11(4):289-297
  • Williams, N., P. J. Cundy and D. Eastwood (2017). “Surgical management of thoracolumbar kyphosis in patients with mucopolysaccharidosis: a systematic review.” Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 42(23):1817-1825
  • Studer, K., N. Williams, P. Studer, M. Baker, A. Glynn, B.K. Foster, and P. J. Cundy (2017). “Obstacles to reduction in infantile developmental dysplasia of the hip”. J Child Orthop. 11(5):358-366
  • Faurie, C., N. Williams and P. Cundy (2017). “A Stitch in Time: Stitching Errors in Digital Radiology”. Med J Aust. 207(5):224
  • Tolley, M.; A. Morris and N. Williams (2017). “Pelvic osteomyelitis: three unusual cases with predominantly abdominal symptoms” J Paediatr Child Health 53(6):614
  • Sankar, W. N., A. L. Gornitzky, N. M. Clarke, J. A. Herrera-Soto, S. P. Kelley, T. Matheney, K. Mulpuri, E. K. Schaeffer, V. V. Upasani, N. Williams, C. T. Price and International Hip Dysplasia Institute (2017). “Closed Reduction for Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip: Early-term Results From a Prospective, Multicenter Cohort.” J Pediatr Orthop. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Abson, S., N. Williams, M. Inglis, G. Antoniou and P. Cundy (2016). “Resident Versus Attending Surgeons in Achieving and Maintaining Fracture Reduction in Pediatric Distal Radius Fractures.” J Pediatr Orthop 36(5): 478-482.
  • Williams, N., P. Cundy (2016). Rib Fractures. BMJ Best Practice, BMJ Publishing Group Limited.
  • Cain, M., M. Stephenson, K. Umapathysivam, N. Williams, J. Ianunzio (2016). “Effectiveness of different minimally invasive epiphysiodesis techniques in the management of pediatric leg length discrepancies: a systematic review protocol.” JBI Database System Rev Implement Rep 14(12): 14-24.
  • Yoon, W. W., A. Awais, N. Williams and M. D. Selby (2016) “Improvement in unfused adjacent segment disc condition following posterior spine fusion for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.” The Spine Journal 16(4): S67-S68.
  • Mulpuri, K., E. K. Schaeffer, J. Andrade, W. N. Sankar, N. Williams, T. H. Matheney, S. J. Mubarak, P. J. Cundy, C. T. Price and I. S. Group (2016). “What Risk Factors and Characteristics Are Associated With Late-presenting Dislocations of the Hip in Infants?” Clin Orthop Relat Res 474(5): 1131-1137.
  • Studer, K., N. Williams, G. Antoniou, C. Gibson, H. Scott, W. K. Scheil, B. K. Foster and P. J. Cundy (2016). “Increase in late diagnosed developmental dysplasia of the hip in South Australia: risk factors, proposed solutions.” Med J Aust 204(6): 240.
  • Upasani, V. V., J. D. Bomar, T. H. Matheney, W. N. Sankar, K. Mulpuri, C. T. Price, C. F.Moseley, S. P. Kelley, U. Narayanan, N. M. Clarke, J. H. Wedge, P. Castaneda, J. R. Kasser, B. K. Foster, J. A. Herrera-Soto, P. J. Cundy, N. Williams, S. J. Mubarak (2016). “Evaluation of Brace Treatment for Infant Hip Dislocation in a Prospective Cohort: Defining the Success Rate and Variables Associated with Failure.” J Bone Joint Surg Am 98(14): 1215-1221.
  • Gieroba, T. J., N. Williams, G. Antoniou and P. J. Cundy (2016). “Mini C-arm: faster, cheaper, safer?” ANZ J Surg 87: 282-286
  • Smith, N. W. and N. Williams (2016). “Post-traumatic nonunion of a clavicle fracture in a 9-year-old child.” J Pediatr Orthop B 25(1): 74-77.
  • Studer, D., A. Awais, N. Williams, G. Antoniou, N. Eardley-Harris and P. Cundy (2015). “Selective fusion in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: a radiographic evaluation of risk factors for imbalance.” J Child Orthop 9(2): 153-160.
  • Francis, S. L., N. Williams, P. J. Cundy (2015). “General practitioner-referred magnetic resonance imaging for musculoskeletal conditions: not a substitute for plain x-ray.” Med J Aust 202(10): 526-527.
  • Williams, N., C. Cooper and P. Cundy (2014). “Kingella kingae septic arthritis in children: recognising an elusive pathogen.” J Child Orthop 8(1): 91-95.
  • Chug, M., N. Williams, D. Benn and S. Brindley (2014). “Outcome of uncemented trapeziometacarpal prosthesis for treatment of thumb carpometacarpal joint arthritis.” Indian J Orthop 48(4): 394-398.
  • Williams, N., B. M. Hardy, S. Tarrant, N. Enninghorst, J. Attia, C. Oldmeadow and Z. J. Balogh (2013). “Changes in hip fracture incidence, mortality and length of stay over the last decade in an Australian major trauma centre.” Arch Osteoporos 8: 150.
  • Fisher, T. J., N. Williams, L. Morris and P. J. Cundy (2013). “Metachondromatosis: more than just multiple osteochondromas.” J Child Orthop 7(6): 455-464.
  • Williams, N., B. K. Foster and P. J. Cundy (2012). “Is swaddling damaging our babies’ hips?” Med J Aust 197(5): 272.
  • Sanson-Fisher, R. W., N. Williams and S. Outram (2008). “Health inequities: the need for action by schools of medicine.” Med Teach 30(4): 389-394.
  • Sanson-Fisher, R. W., I. E. Rolfe and N. Williams (2005). “Competency based teaching: the need for a new approach to teaching clinical skills in the undergraduate medical education course.” Med Teach 27(1): 29-36.
  • Reid, V. L., M. Gleeson, N. Williams and R. L. Clancy (2004). “Clinical investigation of athletes with persistent fatigue and/or recurrent infections.” Br J Sports Med 38(1): 42-45.