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Dr Matthew Liptak

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr Matthew Liptak
Dr Matthew Liptak

Dr Matthew Liptak is an Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in sports injuries and joint replacement, particularly involving the knee and hip. He is involved in a number of research projects, looking at surgical ACL techniques, and rehabilitation following total knee replacement.

Practising privately with Orthopaedics SA, Dr Liptak consults at Flinders Private Hospital and Blackwood. He is a Visiting Orthopaedic Specialist at Flinders Medical Centre and Repatriation General Hospital.

Dr Liptak graduated from Flinders University, Adelaide, in 1996 and became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (Orthopaedic Surgery) in 2007. Following this, he completed a Clinical Knee Fellowship (Sports & Arthroplasty) with the Australian Orthopaedic Association, and visited with several centres of orthopaedic excellence in the UK, US and France.

Specialising in

  • Joint replacement surgery
  • Knee & hip
  • Sports injury

Dr Liptak consults at the following metropolitan sites:

  • Flinders Private Hospital, 1Flinders Drive, Bedford Park
  • TelTel: (08) 8267 8237
  • EmailEmail: [javascript protected email address]


Curriculum Vitae


  • BMBS, Flinders University 1996
  • FRACS in Orthopaedic Surgery, 2006

Education/Medical Training

  • 1996
    Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS)
    Flinders University, South Australia


  • 2000
    Basic Surgical Skills Course (March)
    Completed primary FRACS MCQ (June)


  • 2001
    AO/ASIF Principles of Operative Fracture Treatment (March)
    Smith & Nephew ACL Reconstruction Course (May)
    Completed primary FRACS OSCE (June)


  • 2002
    Emergency Management of Severe Trauma (EMST) course
  • 2003
    AOA SA Bone School
    AOA COE Hips for Ages Sydney
    AOA SA Bone School
    Orthopaedic Principles and Basic Science Examination (OPBS)


  • 2004
    AOA COE Orthopaedic Update Launceston, Tasmania
    AOA SA Bone School


  • 2005
    COE Orthopaedic Sport Trauma, Melbourne
    AOA SA Bone School
    Orthopaedic Radiation and Safety Course


  • 2006
    Australian Hand Surgery Society Registrars Course
    FRACS (Ortho) Fellowship Examination
    AO Course – Advances in Operative Fracture Management, Davos, Switzerland


  • 2007
    Use of Hydroxyapatite in Primary and Revision Surgery Hip Course, Lyon, France
    Exeter Hip Symposium, Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Centre, Exeter, UK
    ISAKOS, Florence, Italy
    AOA Clinical Knee Fellowship Sports Arthroplasty – J Bartlett, H Morris, Melbourne
    4th International Advanced Course on Surgical Knee Arthroscopy, Tours, France

Centre of Excellence Visitations and Courses

  • 2007 Feb – April
    Mr W Lee, Knee Specialist, Adelaide SA
  • 2007 May
    Pittsburgh Orthopaedic Centre – Dr F Fu, Dr C Harner
    Specialising in Knee Arthroscopic Ligament Reconstruction Procedures


  • 2007
    July – Dec
    The Park Clinic – Mr H Morris, Knee Specialist
    July – Dec
    Melbourne Orthopaedic Group – Mr G Hoy (Upper Limb/ shoulder Specialist)
    and Mr S Barwood (shoulder Specialist)
    July – Dec
    Mr J Feller, Melbourne
    Knee and Sports Injury Specialist
    July – Dec
    Mr J O’Donnell, Melbourne
    Hip Arthroscopy/ Knee and shoulder
    Lyon Orthopaedic Department, Lyon, France
    Dr P Neyret and Dr E Servien
    Knee Specialists in Arthroplasty/ HTO/ Arthroscopy and Reconstructive Ligament Surgery


  • 2007
    Locum Orthopaedic Surgeon Mt Gambier


  • 2006
    Fourth Year Orthopaedic Trainee Registrar
    The Royal Adelaide Hospital/ Modbury Hospital


  • 2005
    Third Year Orthopaedic Trainee Registrar
    Women’s and Children’s Hospital/ The Royal Adelaide Hospital


  • 2004
    Second Year Orthopaedic Trainee Registrar
    Flinders Medical Centre/ The RAH


  • 2003
    First Year Orthopaedic Trainee Registrar
    The Queen Elizabeth Hospital/ The Royal Adelaide Hospital


  • 2002
    Orthopaedic Service Registrar the Royal Adelaide Hospital


  • 2001
    Orthopaedic Service Registrar Flinders Medical Centre


  • 2000
    Basic Surgical Training Rotations:
    Orthopaedic Surgery – TQEH (3 months)
    Intensive Care Unit – TQEH (2 months)
    Upper GI Surgery – TQEH (3 months)
    General Surgery – LMHS (1 month)
    General Surgical Nights (4 months)


  • 2000
    Pre-Olympic Games Medical Officer for International Athletes training in Adelaide
    Sports Medicine Australia – SA Branch


  • 1998 – 99
    Surgical Assistant to Mr W. Lee – Orthopaedic Surgeon


  • 1998 – 99
    Part-Time Emergency Medical Officer – Emergency Department, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (SA)


  • 1997
    Registrar – Nuclear Medicine, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (SA). Duties: To perform and report the studies which were performed within the department including bone scans, sestamibi scans, renal scans, white cell scans and ventilation perfusion scans.


  • 1996
    Internship – The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (SA)
    Rotations: Orthopaedic Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Urology, Upper GI Surgery, Cardiology, Medical Nights

Current Research

Functional Outcome of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries in an Elite Sporting Population.
Submitted to JBJS (Am) December 2007
Supervisor: Mr K. Angel

Direct Arthroscopic Meniscal Sizing (DAMS) – A Technical Note
Submitted to Journal of Arthroscopy December 2007
Supervisor: Mr. H. Morris

Injury pattern and management of ACL injuries in a young active population. Single, Double or “Selective” – Bundle Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction?
A case series of our Management of ACL injuries in 100 consecutive patients.
Submitted to Journal of Arthroscopy December 2007
Supervisor: Mr. H. Morris

Colour Duplex Doppler Ultrasound Scanning for Detection of Deep Venous Thrombosis in Knee Arthroplasty Patients. Incidence location, diagnostic accuracy and clinical value.
Supervisor: Mr. J. Bartlett


Arthroscopic Chondral Debridement Using Radiofrequency Ablation for Patellofemoral Compartment Pathology, Matthew G. Liptak, and Annika Theodoulou (in press)

Return to Play and Player Performance After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury in Elite Australian Rules Football Players, Matthew G. Liptak and Kevin R. Angel (in press)

Extra Curriculum Activities

  • 1991 – 1999 Playing Member of the Adelaide Football Club
    • 1996 Club Champion
    • 1999 Awarded Life Membership
    • 2000 Named as member of the Team of the Decade
  • 1998 – 99,01 Playing member of The Glenelg Football Club
    • 1989 Reserves Best and Fairest
  • 2000 AFL Special Comments “Expert” ABC Radio 891
  • 2002 Committee Member of the Adelaide Football Clubs Mark Bickley Testimonial Committee
  • 2002 Adelaide Football Clubs Past Player Association Committee Member
  • 2004 Inaugural “Make A Wish Charity Ride “ Adelaide To Geelong
  • 2005 – Current Board Member of the Crows Foundation


  • Functional Outcome of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries in an Elite Sporting PopulationFlorence 5/07ISAKOS Presented at National Knee Society Meeting WA 10/05
  • Australian Registrars Orthopaedic Association Meeting 10/06. Registrars Vote Prize Winner,Supervisor Mr K. Angel
  • Evaluation of the Inferior Capsular Shift Procedure for the Treatment of Recurrent shoulder Dislocations. Presented at the Australian Orthopaedic Association Meeting – 27/8/93
    Supervisors: Mr W. Lee, Mr J. Krishnan
  • Early Radiological Assessment of Subsidence Observed in revision THR using the ZMR Prosthesis, Supervisor: Professor D. Howie
  • Staple verses K-wire Pullout Strength in Cancellous Bone Presented at AOA 2/07/04, Supervisor: Mr M Sandow
  • Knee dislocation- A Literature Review Presented at AOA 2/07/04
  • Hip Fractures – An overview of Diagnosis and Management, Presented at the Smith and Nephew Instructional Course Adelaide 08/04

Consulting/Operating Locations

Consulting Locations

Bedford Park Belair

Orthopaedics SA
Flinders Private Hospital
1 Flinders Drive
Bedford Park SA 5042

Blackwood Hospital
13 laffers road
Belair SA 5052

Operating Locations

Bedford Park

Flinders Private Hospital
1 Flinders Drive
Bedford Park SA 5042