ABOUT Associate Professor KURMIS
Associate Professor Andrew Kurmis is an Australian-trained Orthopaedic Surgeon, based in Adelaide, with subspecialty training expertise in hip and knee replacement surgery. He completed his under graduate (pre-med) training in Medical Imaging at the University of South Australia in the mid- 1990’s, before completing an Honours year in musculoskeletal MRI of the knee. Associate Professor Kurmis went on to study graduate entry medicine at Flinders University, finishing as the Dux of his graduating class and also being awarded the prestigous University Medal. He subsequently worked in Victoria and the Northern Territory before returning to South Australia to complete his advanced specialty training in Orthopaedic Surgery. Outside of Australia, Associate Professor Kurmis’ professional journey has been heavily influenced by a number of international roles – in varying capacities – including time in Sweden, Germany, New Zealand, the United States, and Canada – the latter where he successfully completed fellowship training in primary and revision hip and knee replacement surgery under world renown Professors Clive Duncan, Bas Masri and Don Garbuz. Associate Professor Kurmis has also completed a highly successful PhD in Orthopaedic Surgery and subsequently also worked for 3 years as an Orthopaedic Post-doctoral fellow. 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. The quality and significance of Associate Professor Kurmis’ work is exemplified by his receipt of the 2017 Frank Stinchfield Prize, awarded by the International Hip Society at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons meeting in San Diego for outstanding contribution to the field of hip replacement related research. This prize is widely acknowledged as the most prestigious international award in the field of hip replacement research.
Associate Professor Kurmis remains heavily committed to medical & surgical education and has received a series of formal teaching awards, including The University of Adelaide annual Clinical Teaching Award in 2015, as nominated by the graduating MBBS class itself. Academically, Associate Professor Kurmis holds the honorary appointment of Clinical Associate Professor at The University of Adelaide, having previously held a Clinical Lecturer role within the Flinders University School of Medicine. Associate Professor Kurmis was recently accepted as a Fellow of the Faculty of Surgical Trainers, The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (UK), becoming only the 8th surgeon in Australia and New Zealand to receive this honour.
Associate Professor Kurmis is also actively involved within the College of Surgeons as an Emergency Management of Severe Trauma International Course Director and Senior Faculty member and has sat on the National Committee for this important skills training division since 2015. He is also the current Statewide Director for South Australia and the Northern Territory.