Andrew Kurmis

Andrew Kurmis

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


Associate Professor Andrew Kurmis is an Australian-trained Orthopaedic Surgeon, based in Adelaide, with subspecialty training expertise in hip and knee replacement surgery.

He is an active researcher working towards improving patient outcomes having published nearly 50 peer reviewed journal articles. He has also presented work extensively within Australia and internationally, often as an invited speaker.

Special Interests include primary & revision hip and knee replacement surgery, Computer-navigated and Robot-assisted surgery, ‘Patient-specific’ implant systems, and General Orthopaedics.

  • the genetics underpinning pseudotumour and ALVAL development around orthopaedic implants
  • the role of gabapentoids in peri-operative analgesia in arthroplasty
  • 3D pre-operative templating for TKRs
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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2018 Clinical Associate Professor University of Adelaide
    2017 Visiting Medical Office (VMO) – Orthopaedic Surgeon St. Andrews Hospital, Calvary North Adelaide Hospital, Calvary Wakefield Hospital, Memorial Hospital
    2017 Visiting Orthopaedic Surgeon (private practice) Kurmis Orthopaedics
    2017 Staff Specialist & Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Lyell McEwin Hospital (NALHN)
    2010 - 2016 Private Practice Orthopaedic Surgical Assistant Ashford Hospital / Flinders Private Hospital / Memorial Hospital / Wakefield Hospital / SportsMed SA
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2020 Scholarship Herbert & Gloria Kees Scholarship Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Australia
    2019 Scholarship Pickard Robotic Training Scholarship Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Australia
    2018 Fellowship 2018 AOA Trans-Tasman Fellow Australian Orthopaedic Association Australia
    2018 Award RACS nominee - Educator of Merit Award (Instructor of the year) Academy of Surgical Educators Australia
    2017 Award Justin Miller Medal Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Australia
    2017 Award Frank Stinchfield Award The Hip Society Australia
    2016 Scholarship Current Concepts Foundation Scholarship Current Concepts in Joints Replacement (CCJR) Australia
    2016 Fellowship Arthritis Australia / Zimmer Orthopaedic Fellowship Program Arthritis Foundation of Australia Australia
    2015 Award MBBS graduating class Clinical Teaching Award University of Adelaide Australia
    2014 Award Medical Teaching Award (Undergraduate MBBS Program) Women’s & Children’s Hospital Australia
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2009 University of Melbourne / RACS Australia Post-graduate Diploma in Surgical Anatomy
    2005 - 2008 Flinders University Australia Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery with Honours
    1999 - 2003 Flinders University Australia Doctor of Philosophy
    1998 University of South Australia Australia Bachelor of Medical Radiations (Honours)
    1995 - 1997 University of South Australia Australia Bachelor of Applied Science in Medical Radiations
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    2019 Fellowship Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh United Kingdom
    2017 Certified Independent Medical Examination American Board of Independent Medical Examiners United States
    2016 Fellowship Australian Orthopaedic Association Australia
    2016 Fellowship Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Australia
    2016 - 2017 International Sub-specialty Fellowship training - International Orthopaedic Clinical Fellow University of British Columbia Canada
    2011 - 2015 AOA Orthopaedic SET Advanced Surgical Trainee (Registrar) SA Health Australia
    2003 - 2005 Orthopaedic Post-Doctoral Fellow SA Health Australia
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2019 Primary Hip & Knee Masterclass Zimmer Australia
    2018 Hip Navigation: Innovative Developments and Techno Zimmer Australia
    2018 Process Communication Model: seminar 1 Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Australia
    2018 Mako Bioskills Training – Robot Arm Assisted THR ( University of Technology Sydney Australia
    2018 Leadership in Healthcare - Faculty Development Pro Johnson & Johnson (Australia) Australia
    2018 ICJR East ISK Hip & Knee Course International Congress for Joint Reconstruction United States
    2018 Revision Arthroplasty Masterclass Zimmer Australia
    2018 DSA Instructional Course Stryker Australia
    2018 Surgeons as Leaders in Everyday Practice Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Australia
    2018 Beyond the Implant: Audience with an Engineer OPS / Corin Australia
    2018 Hip & Knee Masterclass: Personalised Solutions Zimmer Australia
    2017 Operating with Respect Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Australia
    2017 Keeping Trainees on Track Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
    2017 Supervisors & Trainers for SET Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
    2017 Foundation Skills for Surgical Educators Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Australia
    2017 Writing Medico Legal Reports Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Australia
    2017 Workplace Based Assessment Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
    2017 EMST 10th Edition National Faculty Update Workshop Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Australia
    2017 Mako Bioskills Training – Robot Arm Assisted THR Queensland University of Technology Australia
    2017 Effective Feedback Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Australia
    2016 AOA National Fellowship Trial Examination Australian Orthopaedic Association Australia
    2016 Revision Hip & Knee Masterclass Zimmer Biomet United States
    2016 Orthopaedic Fellowship Examination Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Australia
    2015 AOA COE series – Hip & knee arthroplasty Australian Orthopaedic Association Australia
    2002 Certificate II (Small Business Management) Flinders University / YAA Australia
    2000 Certificate IV (Community Studies) Flinders University / SAAS Australia
    0 Clinical Assessors for IMGs Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Research Interests

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2019 Kurmis, A., Herman, A., McIntyre, A., Masri, B., & Garbuz, D. (2019). Pseudotumors and High-Grade Aseptic Lymphocyte-Dominated Vasculitis-Associated Lesions Around Total Knee Replacements Identified at Aseptic Revision Surgery: Findings of a Large-Scale Histologic Review. Journal of Arthroplasty, 34(10), 2434-2438.
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    2019 Axelby, E., & Kurmis, A. (2019). Gabapentoids in knee replacement surgery: contemporary, multi-modal, peri-operative analgesia.. Journal of Orthopaedics.
    2019 Kurmis, A. (2019). Understanding the role of computer-navigation in primary total knee arthroplasty …. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, American Volume.
    2019 Kurmis, A. (2019). Understanding the Role of Computer Navigation in Primary Total Knee Arthroplasty: Commentary on an article by Seung Joon Rhee, MD, et al.: "A Comparison of Long-Term Outcomes of Computer-Navigated and Conventional Total Knee Arthroplasty. A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials". The Journal of bone and joint surgery. American volume, 101(20), e111.
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    2018 Kilb, B., Kurmis, A., Parry, M., Sherwood, K., Keown, P., Masri, B., . . . Garbuz, D. (2018). Frank Stinchfield Award: Identification of the At-risk Genotype for Development of Pseudotumors Around Metal-on-metal THAs. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, 476(2), 230-241.
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    2018 Kurmis, A. (2018). CORR Insights®: Statistical methods dictate the estimated impact of body mass index on major and minor complications after total joint arthroplasty. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, 476(12), 2430-2431.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1
    2016 Kurmis, A., & Kurmis, T. (2016). Simplifying the upper limb peripheral motor screen: Proposing the k sign. Journal of Postgraduate Medicine, 62(1), 44-47.
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    2012 Kurmis, A., Kurmis, T., O'Brien, J., & Daleán, T. (2012). The effect of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug administration on acute phase fracture-healing: A review. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery - Series A, 94(9), 815-823.
    DOI Scopus57 Europe PMC32
    2011 Smith, L., Kurmis, A., Slavotinek, J., & Fazzalari, N. (2011). In vitro evaluation of a manganese chloride phantom-based MRI technique for quantitative determination of lumbar intervertebral disc composition and condition. European Spine Journal, 20(3), 434-439.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS3 Europe PMC3
    2010 Kurmis, T., & Kurmis, A. (2010). Self-citation rates among medical imaging journals and a possible association with impact factor. Radiography, 16(1), 21-25.
    DOI Scopus9
    2010 Kurmis, A. (2010). Review article: thromboprophylaxis after total hip replacement.. Journal of orthopaedic surgery (Hong Kong), 18(1), 92-97.
    DOI Scopus5 Europe PMC1
    2009 Kurmis, A., Kurmis, T., Slavotinek, J., Barber, C., & Fazzalari, N. (2009). A MnCl<inf>2</inf>-based phantom for IVD hydration status determination using MRI: Pre-clinical reliability analyses. European Journal of Radiography, 1(4), 173-179.
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    2009 Kurmis, A., Slavotinek, J., Barber, C., Smith, L., & Fazzalari, N. (2009). An unusual MR signal reduction artefact in an incompletely thawed cadaver spine specimen. Radiography, 15(1), 86-90.
    DOI Scopus4
    2009 Field, J., Mc Gee, M., Wildenauer, C., Kurmis, A., & Margerrison, E. (2009). The utilization of a synthetic bone void filler (JAX) in the repair of a femoral segmental defect. Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology, 2(2), 87-95.
    DOI Scopus15 WoS14 Europe PMC3
    2008 Kurmis, A., Slavotinek, J., Barber, C., & Fazzalari, N. (2008). Determining disk hydration status with a MnC1₂-based MR model. Radiologic Technology, 79(6), 507-513.
    Scopus3 Europe PMC2
    2008 Kurmis, A. (2008). Diagnosing acute lower-limb compartment syndrome in the older population: A clinical conundrum. Clinical Geriatrics, 16(10), 29-36.
    2008 Kurmis, T., Kurmis, A., Campbell, D., & Slavotinek, J. (2008). Pre-surgical radiologic identification of peri-prosthetic osteolytic lesions around TKRs: a pre-clinical investigation of diagnostic accuracy. Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research, 2008(1), 3-47.
    DOI Scopus9
    2007 Apps, S., Rankin, W., & Kurmis, A. (2007). Connexin 26 mutations in autosomal recessive deafness disorders: A review. International Journal of Audiology, 46(2), 75-81.
    DOI Scopus38 WoS34 Europe PMC25
    2007 Kurmis, A., & Apps, S. (2007). Occupationally-acquired noise-induced hearing loss: A senseless workplace hazard. International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health, 20(2), 127-136.
    DOI Scopus52 Europe PMC22
    2007 Kurmis, A., Barber, C., Slavotinek, J., & Fazzalari, N. (2007). A MnCl2-based MR signal intensity linear response phantom.. Radiologic technology, 79(2), 119-125.
    Scopus9 Europe PMC6
    2006 Kurmis, A., & Kurmis, T. (2006). Exploring the relationship between impact factor and manuscript rejection rates in radiologic journals. Academic Radiology, 13(1), 77-83.
    DOI Scopus21 Europe PMC11
    2004 Kurmis, A., & Slavotinek, J. (2004). MR pulse sequence selection for optimal display of acrylic polymer phantoms. Radiography, 10(3), 177-182.
    DOI Scopus1
    2004 Kurmis, A., Hearn, T., Grimmer, K., & Reynolds, K. (2004). Dimensional measurement of structural features of the ovine knee using three-dimensional reconstructed imaging: Intra- and inter-observer repeatability. Radiography, 10(4), 269-276.
    DOI Scopus1
    2004 Kurmis, A., & Slavotinek, J. (2004). Erratum: Reconstructed three-dimensional MR images: Application to simulated tibial plateau depression fractures (Radiography (2004) 10:2 (95-101)DOI: 10.1016/j.radi.2004.01.019). Radiography, 10(4), 311-312.
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    2004 Kurmis, A., Slavotinek, J., & Reynolds, K. (2004). The influence of slice thickness on the volume measurement accuracy of 3-D MR reconstructions of acrylic phantoms: A precursor to knee imaging. Radiography, 10(4), 277-285.
    DOI Scopus6
    2004 Brinkworth, G., Buckley, J., Slavotinek, J., & Kurmis, A. (2004). Effect of bovine colostrum supplementation on the composition of resistance trained and untrained limbs in healthy young men. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 91(1), 53-60.
    DOI Scopus14 Europe PMC6
    2004 Kurmis, A., Slavotinek, J., & Hearn, T. (2004). The effect of scan acquisition plane on the perceived quality of T1 weighted three-dimensional MR reconstructions of bony knee anatomy. Radiography, 10(1), 53-59.
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    2004 Kurmis, A., & Slavotinek, J. (2004). Reconstructed three-dimensional MR images: Application to simulated tibial plateau depression fractures. Radiography, 10(2), 95-101.
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    2003 Kurmis, A. (2003). Contributing to research: The basic elements of a scientific manuscript. Radiography, 9(4), 277-282.
    DOI Scopus8
    2003 Kurmis, A., Hearn, T., & Reynolds, K. (2003). The effect of base image window level selection on the dimensional measurement accuracy of resultant three-dimensional image displays. Radiography, 9(3), 211-218.
    DOI Scopus2
    2003 Kurmis, A. (2003). Current Concepts Review: Understanding the Limitations of the Journal Impact Factor. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery - Series A, 85(12), 2449-2454.
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    2002 Kurmis, A., Hearn, T., Field, J., Grimmer, K., & Reynolds, K. (2002). The accuracy of three-dimensional reconstructions of the ovine knee: Dissectional validation. Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics, 26(3), 171-175.
    DOI Scopus12 WoS8 Europe PMC6

2019    Establishing the Australian incidence and population frequency of the recognised ‘at risk’ HLA-DQB1 allele variant genotype for pseudotumour and high grade ALVAL development around metallic orthopaedic total hip and knee replacement prostheses. Kurmis AP. The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) – 2020 Herbert & Gloria Kees Scholarhsip. [Chief Investigator]. $66,000.

2018    Establishing the Australian incidence and population frequency of the recognised ‘at risk’ HLA-DQB1 allele variant genotype for pseudotumour and high grade ALVAL development around metallic orthopaedic total hip and knee replacement prostheses. Kurmis AP. The Hospital Research Foundation (THRF) Strategic Development Grant. [Chief Investigator]. $100,000.

2005    In vivo assessment of relative hydration state of the human intervertebral disc: preliminary clinical evaluation of a novel non-invasive imaging model. Royal Adelaide Hospital Clinical Project Grant / Industry Grant. Fagan A, Fazzalari NL, Kurmis AP & Slavotinek JP. [Chief Investigator]. $32,000.

2003    The effect of MRI acquisition slice thickness on volumetric analysis accuracy in the assessment of an acrylic meniscal cartilage phantom. Australian Institute of Radiography. Kurmis AP & Reynolds KJ. [Chief Investigator]. $3,000.

Academic / Teaching status:
  • Clinical Associate Professor – Discipline of Medical Specialties, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Adelaide. (2018 - current)
  • 2019 Asia Pacific Hip & Knee Symposium – Invited International Speaker / Faculty. (2018 – current)
  • University of Adelaide MBBS Medical & Scientific Attachment (MSA) Co-ordinator – Orthopaedic Surgery (MS29) [Northern Adelaide Local Health Network]. (2018 - current)
  • AOA Trainee Supervisor – Northern Adelaide Local Health Network. (2018 - current)
  • Senior Clinical Lecturer – Discipline of Medical Specialties, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Adelaide. (2016 - 2018)
  • Lecturer – School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Flinders University. (2004 – 2005)
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2018 - ongoing Co-Chair Emergency Management of Severe Trauma (EMST) - Course Development Portfolio Medical Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Australia
    2018 - ongoing Member Conference Organising Committee 2019 Asia Pacific Hip & Knee Symposium Australia
    2018 - 2018 Member AOA SET Selection Committee Australian Orthopaedic Association Australia
    2017 - ongoing Representative SA Regional Committee co-opted member - AOA Orthopaedic representative Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Australia
    2015 - ongoing Representative Emergency Management of Severe Trauma (EMST) - Younger Fellow, SET trainee & IMG Representative Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2019 - ongoing Member Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh), Faculty of Surgical Trainers Australia
    2017 - ongoing Member American Board of Independent Medical Examiners (ABIME) Australia
    2017 - ongoing Member American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) Australia
    2017 - ongoing Member Canadian Arthroplasty Society (CAS) Australia
    2017 - ongoing Member Canadian Orthopaedic Association (COA) Australia
    2016 - ongoing Member Australasian Orthopaedic Trauma Society (AOTS) Australia
    2016 - 2017 Member UBC Faculty & Staff Society Canada
    2016 - ongoing Member Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Australia
    2016 - ongoing Member Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA) Australia
    2013 - ongoing Member Academy of Surgical Educators (RACS) Australia
    2013 - ongoing Member AO Trauma Australia
    2011 - ongoing Member Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association (APOA) Australia
    2011 - 2016 Member Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Australia
    2011 - 2016 Member South Australian Orthopaedic Registrar Association (SAORA) Australia
    2011 - ongoing Member Medico-legal Society (RACS) Australia
    2010 - 2016 Member Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA) Australia
    2009 - 2016 Member Argo (Orthopaedic Registrar Educational Program) Australia
    2004 - ongoing Member Australian and New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society (ANZORS) Australia
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2008 - 2014 Board Member International Editorial Board Member The Open Spine Journal Australia
    2007 - ongoing Board Member International Editorial Board Member The Open Orthopaedic Journal Australia

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