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A/Prof. Peter Cundy


Adult & Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon

A/Prof. Peter Cundy
A/Prof. Peter Cundy

Associate Professor Peter Cundy is an Orthopaedic Surgeon with over 25 years’ experience treating all forms of paediatric and adult orthopaedic conditions and injuries. He practises both privately, at Orthopaedics SA (North Adelaide), and publicly, at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital (also in North Adelaide), where he has headed the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery since 2005.

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.

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.

Specialising in

  • Paediatric & adult
  • General orthopaedics
  • TelTel: (08) 8267 8200
  • EmailEmail: [javascript protected email address]

Curriculum Vitae


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

Education/Medical Training

  • 1974-79

Medical School, University of Adelaide, South Australia

  • 1980

    Intern, Royal Adelaide Hospital, South Australia

  • 1981-82

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

  • 1983

    Surgical Resident, Royal Adelaide Hospital, South Australia

  • 1984-88

    Orthopaedic Registrar, Adelaide, South Australia

  • 1988-89

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

  • 1990-93

    Visiting Orthopaedic Surgeon, Royal Adelaide Hospital, South Australia

  • 1990-Present

    Senior Visiting Orthopaedic Surgeon,

    Orthopaedic Surgery, Women’s and Children’s Hospital, South Australia

  • 2005

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

Clinical Specialties

  • Paediatric orthopaedic surgery
  • Adult joint replacement surgery
  • Arthroscopic surgery of the knee, shoulder and ankle

Current Research

  • 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

Official Positions

  • Head, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

    Appointed 2005

    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


    • “Zebra Lines of Pamidronate Therapy in Children”


      M.Al Muderis, T. Azzopardi, Cundy,P.

      JBJS Am. 2007;89: 1511-1516

    • “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.

    • “Skeletal Age Estimation in Leg Length Discrepancy”

      Cundy, P.J., Paterson, D.C., Morris, L.L., Foster, B.K.

      J.B.J.S., 1987, 69B, 163-164

    • “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

    • “Evaluation of Treatment Modalities for Septic Arthritis with Histological Grading and Analysis of Levels of Uronic Acid, Neutral Protease and Interleukin-1”

      Nord, K.D., Dore, D.D., Deeney, V.F., Armstrong, A.L., Cundy, P.J., Cole, B.F., Ehrlich, M.G.

      J. Bone & Joint Surgery, 1995, 77A, 258-265

    • “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.

    • “Bilateral synovitis in symptomatic unilateral transient synovitis of the hip”

      Ehrendorfer, S., LeQuesne, G., Penta, M., Smith, P., Cundy, P.

      Acta Orthop Scand, 1996, 67(2), 149-152

    • “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.



    • Examining the orthopaedic examiners: reliability of the Part 2 Orthopaedic Clinical Fellowship Examination in Australia.

      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

Book Chapters

  • “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

Consulting/Operating Locations

Consulting Locations

North Adelaide Murray Bridge

Orthopaedics SA

First floor

1 Kermode St.

North Adelaide SA 5006

Bridge Clinic

8 Standen St.

Murray Bridge SA 5253


257 Fullarton Rd
Parkside SA 5063

Operating Locations

Murray Bridge North Adelaide

Murray Bridge Soldiers Memorial Hospital Inc.

Swanport Rd.

Murray Bridge SA 5253

The Memorial Hospital

Sir Edwin Smith Ave.

North Adelaide SA 5006

Women’s and Children’s Hospital

72 King William Rd.

North Adelaide SA 5006