Our specialist knee doctor and orthopaedic surgeon Dr John Gallagher and his experienced team work in close collaboration to ensure patients receive the highest level of care. A multidisciplinary philosophy is employed by our doctors, physiotherapists and nurses in order to optimise the function and longevity of every patient’s knee. With a professional and personal approach, Queensland Knee Surgery Clinic is committed to ensuring your knees are getting you where you’d rather be.
Dr John Gallagher
Dr John Gallagher has more than 25 years experience performing orthopaedic surgery and has worked exclusively as a dedicated knee surgeon for the last 20 years.
He has substantial experience in all surgeries of the adult and adolescent knee, having undertaken three years advanced sub-specialist training overseas with leading knee surgeons in North America and the UK including the Presidents of the American and British Knee Societies and the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine. This training included performing reconstructive and arthroscopic surgery on many high demand athletes as well as cartilage transplant and minimally invasive techniques for partial and total knee replacement including revision knee replacement.
During his training in the UK, Dr Gallagher worked with the co-designers of the Oxford Unicompartmental (Partial) Knee Replacement and has a well deserved reputation for successful results with this particular procedure.
Accreditations and Research Projects
Dr Gallagher has an ongoing interest in answering some of the remaining questions about difficult to treat knee conditions and is involved in research projects on cartilage injury and focal arthritis. He has written, published and presented multiple papers on knee surgery and has been a podium speaker at the Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA), Australian Knee Society (AKS), American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). He is an accredited member of many professional societies both nationally and internationally as follows:
Dr Tobias Brucksch-Domanski
SPORTS MEDICINE REGISTRAR
Dr Tobias Brucksch-Domanski is a registrar in specialist training with the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians. Tobias has a keen interest in sport and exercise medicine and sees both new and follow up patients with a variety of knee issues ranging from the acutely injured athlete to those who are hoping to manage their problem in a non operative capacity.
Tobias studied undergraduate medicine at Monash University in Victoria and worked in Melbourne gaining experience in emergency medicine, orthopaedics, general practice clinics and sports & events coverage. This includes medical coverage for the Northern Knights Football Club, Racing Victoria, Motocross Victoria, and, volunteering for Team Medical Australia at motor racing events.
He currently holds the position as team doctor for the Eastern Suburbs Rugby Union Club in the Premier Rugby competition. Other previous Queensland posts include team doctor with the Wynnum-Manly Seagulls Rugby League Club and team doctor with the Queensland Firebirds Netball Team. Tobias is also experienced in sideline coverage of elite soccer.
Tobias also acts as surgical assistant to Dr Gallagher and therefore is able provide patients with a first hand account of what their future procedure will entail and similarly can walk post operative patients through the details of the surgery they have had and provide them with expert advice regarding medication and rehabilitation.
Mr Robert Godbolt graduated from the University of Queensland in 1991 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and has over 30 years experience in physiotherapy. He has an extensive understanding of the knee and provides patients with expert pre and post operative physiotherapy treatment. Working closely with Dr John Gallagher, Rob has a detailed knowledge of both acute knee injuries and chronic degenerative conditions and is able to accurately assess and diagnose knee problems and determine the most appropriate treatment pathway.
Should an injury be significant, Rob is able to assist maintaining function and movement of the knee until medical management or surgery takes place. Rob has a particular interest in sports injuries and was full time physiotherapist to the Brisbane Broncos for nearly 10 years. He has also worked with the Reds Rugby College, the Zimbabwe and Queensland Cricket Teams, the Queensland Academy of Sport as well as individual athletes from national netball, athletics and rugby union teams. He is a member of Sports Medicine Australia, the Australian Physiotherapy Association and is a non titled member of the Sports Physiotherapist Association. Robert is also the current physiotherapist for the Queensland State of Origin Rugby League Team.
Ms Jessica Houlcroft
Jessica Houlcroft joined the QKSC team in 2015 in a part time capacity whilst undertaking a double degree in Nursing and Paramedicine at the Australian Catholic University. Jessica successfully completed her degrees in 2018 and now works alongside our orthopaedic surgeon Dr John Gallagher both in our clinic rooms and in the operating theatre.
Patients will meet Jessica for the first time on a clinic day whereupon she will take a comprehensive history, conduct a thorough assessment from a physical and radiological perspective and provide an overview of the likely pathway prior to them seeing Dr Gallagher. For patients who proceed to surgery, Jessica then provides a reassuring presence in the operating theatre environment.
In the days between being discharged from surgery and the inital post operative appointment, Jessica is available to speak with patients with respect to medications, pain management, how to avoid post operative complications and any concerns patients may have. When patients return to the clinic rooms for their post operative appointment, Jessica will then take down any dressings, remove sutures, skin clips, assess mobility, swelling and range of motion and invites patients to discuss any queries they may have following their surgery.
Jessica has an earnest enthusiasm to assist patients to recovery from their knee surgery safely and swiftly and patients are encouraged to contact Jessica should there be anything they are not sure about – particularly in the initial post operative recovery phase.
Ms Susan Edis
Practice Manager Susan Edis graduated from Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Business (Comm) in 2002. Susan commenced her role in 2006 and oversees the management of the practice and is on hand every day to ensure efficient and effective communication with patients on all aspects of their care. She is available either in person, via email or telephone to respond to any patient queries or concerns.
The Queensland Knee Surgery Clinic team understand that undergoing a surgical procedure can be stressful and take pride in providing patients with everything they need for their upcoming surgery. Susan can also provide information on post operative rehabilitation services and hotel accommodation for out of town patients and their relatives.
Ms Leanne Lister
Leanne has been a valued member of our team since late 2019 and her role is critical in keeping our busy clinic on track. Her warm and friendly personality puts patients at ease over the phone and all queries are either dealt with immediately by Leanne or delegated to the appropriate person for more detailed follow up. Leanne is an integral liaison point for Dr Gallagher, our physiotherapist Robert Godbolt, nurse Jessica Houlcroft and our patients.
Leanne’s role makes the process of booking appointments simple as she co-ordinates times for not only our own doctor and physiotherapist but also arranges consultations with other specialists as well as imaging appointments with radiology clinics