Perth Knee and Shoulder Surgeon

MBBS, FRACS (Ortho), FAOrthA

Dr Holt has been in sub-specialist practice since he opened the Perth Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Centre in 1988.

A fellowship trained Orthopaedic Surgeon, he has had a long career in Sports Related Injury and Surgery, pioneering many of the arthroscopic techniques now in common use in Western Australia. In recent years, the focus of his practice has moved towards replacement surgery, including the developing field of Robotically assisted surgery.

Perth Knee Surgery

Knee Surgery

Perth Shoulder Surgery

Shoulder Surgery

Perth Knee and Shoulder Surgeon - Dr Keith Holt

A graduate of the University of Western Australia, Dr Holt completed his orthopaedic training in 1986. This was followed by a fellowship in Sports Medicine in Sydney (North Sydney Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Centre), where he worked with Dr Mervyn Cross OAM and Associate Professor Leo Pinczewski, the former being a pioneer of sports surgery and ACL reconstruction, the latter now being the most experienced ACL surgeon in the world today.

Following this was time spent in Britain and then in Edinburgh, where a fellowship in arthritis surgery was undertaken. This included replacement surgery for both upper and lower limb joints, and surgery for rheumatoid arthritis. After this, and before returning home to commence practice, Dr Holt spent 6 months in the USA visiting many of the then world leaders in knee and shoulder surgery. It was here that he witnessed first hand the new fields of arthroscopic surgery of the knee and shoulder, which were just being developed. This advancement in Orthopaedic Surgery was in its first years but it was this inspiration that led him to bring back and develop that sort of surgery in Western Australia. In June 1988, Dr Holt returned to Perth and founded the Perth Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Centre. Dr Holt is recognised for introducing arthroscopically aided reconstructive surgery to Western Australia, including ACL reconstruction, PCL reconstruction, sub-acromial decompression, rotator cuff repair and shoulder stabilisation. To this day, this sort of surgery, particularly sports related surgery, occupies a good deal of his time. As well as primary reconstructive surgery however, his experience lends itself to revision surgery for failed ligament reconstruction, and this represents a good number of the ACL reconstructions that he how performs.

Perth Robotic Joint Surgery - NAVIO

Robotically assisted surgery on the NAVIO Surgical System

Perth Robotic Joint Surgery - ROSA

Robotically assisted surgery on the ROSA Knee System

In the last 15 years, Dr Holt has also been focusing on replacement surgery of the knee and shoulder: and replacement surgery now constitutes a large volume of his practice. Again, this is both primary replacement surgery and revision surgery of these joints.

Dr Holt has presented numerous papers at scientific meetings, both in this country and overseas. He has won the best paper award at the Australian Orthopaedic Association conference. He has run an international fellowship training program, for overseas Orthopaedic Surgeons wanting to sub-specialise in knee and / or shoulder surgery, for over 20 years, and has been involved in running courses for the New Zealand Orthopaedic Surgical Trainees. He has lectured overseas and has been the invited speaker at several overseas meetings. He has been both the past president and secretary of the Australian Knee Society (AKS), and has been both the president and secretary of the Shoulder and Elbow Society of Australia (SESA). He has been a member of the Knee Committee for the International Society of Arthroscopic Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS). He has been a reviewer for the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. He was the Orthopaedic consultant to the Fremantle Dockers from 1995 to 2012, has looked after athletes from nearly all the elite teams in this Western Australia and, as part of his involvement with the West Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS), has helped looked after the Australian Hockey teams, the gymnasts and track and field athletes.

Years in practice: 31

Specialist Education

  • Fellowship in Sports Medicine with Merv Cross and Leo Pinczewski, North Sydney Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Centre
  • Fellowship in Hand Surgery with Frank Burke, Derbyshire Royal Infirmary
  • Fellowship in Joint Replacement and Rheumatoid Surgery with Willie Soutar and Peter Abernethy, Princess Margaret Rose Hospital, Edinburgh
  • Travelling fellowship of North America - visiting a dozen 'Centres of Excellence' of Reconstructive Arthroscopic Surgery and Sports Surgery

Specialist Positions

  • Past President AKS - Australian Knee Society
  • Past President ASES - Australian Shoulder and Elbow Society
  • Past Member of the Knee Committee ISAKOS - International Society of Arthroscopic Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

Perth Robotic Joint Surgery - ROSA

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