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A/Prof. Peter Cundy

MBBS, FRACS (Orth) Orthopaedic Surgeon

Associate Professor Peter Cundy is an Orthopaedic Surgeon with over 25 years’ experience treating all forms of paediatric and adult orthopaedic conditions and injuries.

Specialising in
  • Foot
  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Paediatrics
  • Spine
Associate Professor Peter Cundy practises both privately, at Orthopaedics SA (North Adelaide), and publicly, at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital (also in North Adelaide), where he headed the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery from 2005 to 2019.

After completing his original medical and surgical training in Adelaide in 1980, Associate Professor Cundy undertook a Paediatric Orthopaedic Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard Medical School, USA). He returned to Adelaide, in 1989, and joined the Women’s and Children’s Hospital as a Senior Visiting Medical Officer in Orthopaedic Surgery and has since held many senior positions including President of the Australian Paediatric Orthopaedic Society and Chairman of Orthopaedics SA.

Specialising in

  • Foot Hip Knee
  • Paediatrics Spine

Consulting / Operating Locations

  • Bridge Clinic

    Orthopaedics SA

  • Memorial Medical Centre

    Orthopaedics SA

    (08) 8267 8267

Additional Information

In addition to his practice, Associate Professor Cundy has developed broad experience supporting surgery, developing standards of excellence, and sharing and promoting research in his field of speciality. He was an Examiner in Orthopaedic Surgery for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (2003-2012) and is on the editorial boards of several, major peer-reviewed paediatric orthopaedic journals in Europe and the United States. He is also a board member of MIGA, a leading medical defence insurer in Australia.

  • MBBS, University of Adelaide 1979
  • FRACS in Orthopaedic Surgery, February 1988
  • FAICD, Fellow Australian Institute of Company Directors 2015

Medical School,
University of Adelaide,
South Australia

Royal Adelaide Hospital,
South Australia

Orthopaedic SHO,
Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital,
Plymouth (1981), London, U.K. (1982)

Surgical Resident,
Royal Adelaide Hospital,
South Australia

Orthopaedic Registrar,
South Australia

Peabody Fellow, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital,
United States of America

Visiting Orthopaedic Surgeon,
Royal Adelaide Hospital,
South Australia

Senior Visiting Orthopaedic Surgeon, Orthopaedic Surgery,
Women’s and Children’s Hospital,
South Australia

Appointed Head, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Women’s and Children’s Hospital,
South Australia

  • Paediatric orthopaedic surgery
  • Adult joint replacement surgery
  • Arthroscopic surgery of the knee, shoulder and ankle
  • Developmental dysplasia of the hip
  • Osteomyelitis in children
  • Paediatric trauma
  • Training Committee, Australian Orthopaedic Association (S.A.) 1992-2003
  • Board Member, Bone Growth Foundation 1991-2000
  • Trauma Committee, Women’s & Children’s Hospital 1993-2014
  • Chair, Heads Of Orthopaedic Departments, South Australia, 2007 – present
  • Executive, SA Branch of Australian Orthopaedic Association
  • Orthopaedic Outreach, Australian Orthopaedic Association, 2010 – present
  • Head, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
    2005 – 2019
  • Examiner in Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons 2003-2012
  • President
    Australian Paediatric Orthopaedic Society, 2007-Present
  • Continuing Education Committee
  • Australian Orthopaedic Association 2003-2006
  • Specialist Advisor
    South Australian Birth Defects Registrar, 1995-Present
  • Chairman
    Training Committee
  • S.A. Branch, A.O.A., 2001-2003
  • Secretary
    Australian Paediatric Orthopaedic Society, 1997-2001
  • Secretary
    Board of Studies
  • S.A. Branch, A.O.A., 1992-95
  • Australian Medical Association
  • Australian Orthopaedic Association
  • Australian Paediatric Orthopaedic Society
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • “Waterproof cast liners in paediatric forearm fractures: a randomized trial. Journal of Children’s Orthopaedics”
    Stevenson AW, Gahukamble AD, Antoniou G, Pool B, Sutherland LM, Cundy PJ (2013).
    J Child Orthop. 2013 Mar;7(2):123-30.
  • “Three-Dimensional Imaging of a Juvenile Tillaux Fracture”
    Leitch, J.M., Cundy, P.J., Paterson, D.C.
    J. Paediatric Orthopaedics, 1989, 9, 602-603
  • “The effect of posterior spinal fusion on respiratory function in Duchenne muscular dystrophy”
    Alexander WM, Smith M, Freeman BJ, Sutherland LM, Kennedy JD, Cundy PJ (2013).
    Eur Spine J 22(2):411-6.
  • “Syringomyelia in Children with Primary Scoliosis”
    Hanieh, A. Sutherland, B. Foster, P. Cundy.
    Childs Nerv Syst., 2000, Apr; 16(4), 200-202
  • “Synovial Haemangioma of the Knee in Children”
    Price, N.J., Cundy, P.J.
    J. Paediatric Orthopaedics, 1995
  • “Synthetic versus plaster of Paris casts in the treatment of fractures of the forearm in children: A randomised trial of clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction”
    Inglis M, McClelland B, Sutherland LM, Cundy PJ.
    Bone Joint J. 2013 Sep;95-B(9):1285-9.
  • “SP8: Hooks or screws – which is best for AIS? A study of fixation techniques for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis”
    Wong E, Nguyen AR, Sutherland LM, Cundy PJ.
    J Bone Joint Surg Br, 92-B SUPP I 210.
  • “Slipped capital femoral epiphysis. Rising rates with obesity and Aboriginality in South Australia”
    Nguyen AR, Ling J, Gomes B, Antoniou G, Sutherland LM, Cundy PJ (2011).
    J Bone Joint Surg 93-B:1416-23.
  • “Serum titanium, niobium and aluminium levels after instrumented spinal arthrodesis in children”
    Cundy TP, Antoniou G, Sutherland LM, Freeman BJ, Cundy PJ (2013).
    Spine 38(7):564-70.
  • “Screening for congenital dislocation of the hip”
    A.Chan, P.J. Cundy, B.K. Foster, R.J. Keane, R. Byron-Scott.
    Lancet, Vol 355, Jan 15 2000, p232-233
  • “Proximal Humeral Fractures – Management Techniques and Expected Results”
    Szyszkowitz R., Seggl, W., Schleifer, P., Cundy, P.J.
    Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, 1993, 292, 13-25
  • “Problems in the diagnosis of neonatal hip instability”
    Chan, A., Foster, B.K., Cundy, P.J.
    Acta Paediatrica, 90: 836-839, August 2001
  • “Predictors of serum chromium levels after stainless steel posterior spinal instrumentation for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis”
    Rackham MD, Cundy TP, Antoniou G, Freeman BJ, Sutherland LM, Cundy PJ (2010).
    Spine 35(9):975-82.
  • “Physeal Reconstruction using tissue donated from Early Postnatal Limbs in a Murine Model”
    Cundy, P.J., Jofe, M., Zaleske, D.J., Ehrlich, M.G., Mankin, H.J.
    J. Orthopaedic Research, 1991, 9, 360-366
  • “Perinatal risk factors for developmental dysplasia of the hip”
    Chan, A., McCaul, K.A., Cundy, P.J., Haan, E.A., Byron-Scott, R.
    Archives of Diseases in Childhood, 1997, 76(2), F94-F100
  • “Metachondromatosis: more than just multiple osteochondromas”
    Fisher T, Williams N, Morris L, Cundy PJ.
    Journal of Children’s Orthopaedics,published online September 2013.
  • Marked initial displacement predicts complications in physeal fractures of the distal radius: an analysis of fracture characteristics, primary treatment and complications in 109 patients.
    Nietosvaara Y, Hasler C, Helenius I, Cundy P.
    Acta Orthop. 2005 Dec;76(6):873-7.
  • “Longitudinal Study of Normal Hip Development by Ultrasound”
    Riad, J., Gent, R., Piotto, L., Cundy, P.
    J Pediatr Orthop. 2005 Jan-Feb;25(1):5-9
  • “Late diagnosis of developmental dysplasia of the hip: an analysis of risk factors”
    Azzopardi T, Van Essen P, Cundy PJ, Tucker G, Chan A (2011).
    J PediatrOrthop B 20(1):1-7.
  • “Late diagnosis of congenital dislocation of the hip and presence of a screening programme: South Australian population-based study”
    Chan, A., Cundy, P.J., Foster, B.K., Keane, R.J., Byron-Scott, R.
    The Lancet, 1999, Vol 354, 1514-1517
  • “Kingella kingae septic arthritis in children: recognising an elusive pathogen”
    Williams N, Cooper C, Cundy P.
    J Child Orthop. 2014 Feb;8(1):91-5.
  • “Is swaddling damaging our babies’ hips?”
    Williams N, Foster BK, Cundy PJ (2012).
    Med J Aust 197(5):272.
  • “Helmets for snow sports: prevalence, trends, predictors and attitudes to use”
    Cundy TP, Systermans BJ, Cundy WJ, Cundy PJ, Briggs NE, Robinson JB.
    J Trauma. 2010 Dec;69(6):1486-90.
  • “Healing of a Simple Bone Cyst as a Result of Infection”
    Ehrendorfer, S., Cundy, P.J., Wurnig, C., Middleton, J.
    Orthopaedics International Edition, 1996, 4, 375-376
  • “Developmental dysplasia of the hip in South Australia in 1991: Prevalence and risk factors”
    Yiv, B.C., Saidin, R., Cundy, P.J., Tgetgel, J.D., Aguilar, J., McCaul, K.A., Keane, R.J., Chan, A., Scott, H.
    J. Paediatrics and Child Health, 1997, 33, 151-156
  • “Cotrel-Duboussett Instrumentation and Vertebral Rotation in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis”
    Cundy, P.J., Paterson, D.C., Hillier, T.M., Sutherland, A.D., Stephen, J.P., Foster, B.K.
    J. Bone & Joint Surgery, 1990, 670-674
  • “Consequences of diagnostic delays in slipped capital femoral epiphysis”
    Rahme, D., Comley, A., Foster, B., Cundy,P.
    J Paediatr Orthop. 2006, Vol 15, No.2, 93-97
  • “Chromium ion release from stainless steel pediatric scoliosis instrumentation”
    Cundy TP, Delaney CL, Rackham MD, Antoniou G, Oakley AP, Freeman BJ, Sutherland LM, Cundy PJ (2010).
    Spine 20;35(9):967-74.
  • “A Ten Year Review of Treatment of Delayed Union and Nonunion with an Implanted Bone Growth Stimulator”
    Cundy, P.J., Paterson, D.C.
    Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, 1990, 259, 216-222
  • “A South Australian population-based study of congenital talipes equinovarus”
    Byron-Scott R, Sharpe P, Cundy P, Hirte C, Hasler C, Chan A, Scott H, Baghurst P, Haan E.
    Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2005 May;19(3):227-37
  • Serum titanium, niobium and aluminium levels two years following instrumented spinal fusion in children: does implant surface area predict serum metal ion levels?
    Cundy TP, Cundy WJ, Antoniou G, Sutherland LM, Freeman BJ, Cundy PJ.
    Eur Spine J. 2014 Nov;23(11):2393-2400.
  • “Local and systemic metal ion release occurs intraoperatively during correction and instrumented spinal fusion for scoliosis.”
    Cundy P.
    ANZ J Surg. 2012 Sep;82(9):607-11.
  • “Resident Versus Attending Surgeons in Achieving and Maintaining Fracture Reduction in Pediatric Distal Radius Fractures”
    Abson S, Williams, N, Inglis, M, Antoniou G, Cundy, PJ
    J Pediatric Ortho, 2015, in press
  • “Practical Paediatrics”, 5 th Edition 2003, M.J. Robinson & D.M. Roberton
    Part 8, Common Orthopaedic Problems pp236-245, Churchill Livingstone, ISBN 0 443 07138X
  • “Practical Paediatrics”, 6 th Edition 2003, D.M. Roberton & M South
    Part 8, Common Orthopaedic Problems pp249-262, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, ISBN 978 0-443-10280-6
  • BMJ Best Practice/Point of Care ‘Rib fractures’ 2012, on-line resource
  • A Ten Year Review of Treatment of Delayed Union and Non-union with an Implanted Bone Growth Stimulator
    Cundy, P.J ., Electrical Growth and Repair Society, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A., 1988
  • Does Selective Use of Pelvic Radiology in Children with Blunt Trauma result in Missed Injuries
    Semmens, J., Cundy, P., Raftos, J., Slater, A
    Trauma Conference, Sydney, 2000
  • Metal Ion Release in Children with Scoliosis Surgery
    National Medical Student Conference
    T. Cundy, C Delaney, A Oakley, L Sutherland, P Cundy
    Runner-up, NH&MRC Prize, 2007
  • TENS Nails for Forearm Fractures, EPOS, Athens, 2013
  • Predicting the Need for Percutaneous Achilles Tenotomy in Clubfoot, EPOS,
    Marseille, 2015