FRACS MBBS (Hons) LLB FAOrthoA
Dr Slattery is an internationally fellowship trained and recognised specialist in complex pelvic, hip and knee surgery. He specialises in anterior minimally invasive hip replacement, periacetabular osteotomy, and hip arthroscopy, as well as the latest in hip and knee replacement surgical techniques.
Dr Slattery was born and has grown up in Melbourne. He initially went to Melbourne University to study Law with a focus upon health and medical law prior to embarking on his medical career. He completed his undergraduate medical degree in 2008 at the University of Queensland where he graduated with first class honours.
He then returned to Melbourne and completed his internship and residency at The Alfred hospital, with time spent at Sandringham Hospital and Shepparton Base Hospital. David was accepted into the Orthopaedic Specialist training program in 2010 with the Royal Australian College of Surgeons, and spent time in Western Australia before returning to Victoria to complete his specialist training. During this time he did numerous Outreach Trips to remote indigenous communities of Western Australia.
He spent time at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Royal Childrens Hospital, The Austin Hospital, Sandringham Hospital, Shepparton Hospital, Western Health and Monash Health. Upon being awarded fellowships of both the Royal Australian College of Surgeons, and the Australian Orthopaedic Association he worked as a Visiting Specialist at Royal Melbourne Hospital, Royal Children’s Hospital and Sandringham Hospitals.
David then went on to sub-specialise by undertaking fellowships in Pelvic and Acetabular Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery in the United Kingdom, under the direct supervision of some of the leading Pelvic surgeons in the UK. He then travelled to Switzerland where he undertook further fellowship training in Hip Preservation and Reconstruction Surgery, Arthroscopic Hip Surgery, and Direct Anterior Hip Replacement Surgery with Prof Martin Beck and Prof Michael Leunig. David returned to Melbourne and further training with Mr David Young and Mr Jitendra Balakumar in Hip Preservation Surgery, Anterior Hip Replacement, Knee Replacemen, and lower limb sports surgery. During this time he treated many elite athletes, AFL players, and international cricketers
David has published numerous papers in various journals on a wide variety of Orthopaedic topics, and is actively engaged in ongoing research projects to further our knowledge of Hip and Knee disorders. He regularly teaches junior doctors, medical students and registrars. He greatly appreciates patient engagement with research as it is a key instrument in assisting the community to better understand and treat orthopaedic conditions.
Key to David’s practice is having a patient centred focus, and tailoring treatments to suit the individual. He has a wide variety of open and arthroscopic surgical skills and is able to individualise treatment to match every patient’s unique problems. He is able to offer Surgical Hip Dislocation and Pelvic Osteotomies to treat Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI) and Hip Problems as well as more limited Arthroscopic options. Likewise, he has experience in multiple different types of joint replacement, from 3D printing, robotic surgery, 3D computer navigation, to using both anterior and posterior approaches to the hip. Feel free to discuss any of these options with him at the time of your consultation.
Communication is central to David’s practice and he endeavours to ensure that patients’ are actively engaged in the decision making process at all stages of their treatment journey. He prides himself on being open and honest with patients’ and will do his utmost to ensure that they are engaged and that their expectations are met.
David lives locally in Melbourne and has two small children, and if he is not chasing after them, he is likely out fishing!