A/Prof Peter D’Alessandro
MBBS Hons. (UWA) FRACS FAOrthA
To introduce myself I am happily married to Natasha and love being a Dad to two great children, Sienna and Josh. I can be found at CrossFit most mornings and enjoy all football codes, snowboarding in winter and the occasional game of Golf. I am an Orthopaedic Surgeon with Coastal Orthopaedics based at Bethesda Hospital in Claremont and St John of God, Murdoch. I also consult in Dunsborough and Northam, and am part of the team at West Coast Health & High Performance, based at the Eagles’ new headquarters in Lathlain.
I currently provide Orthopaedic care to a number of professional sporting clubs including the Fremantle Dockers (AFL), Western Force (Rugby) and Perth Glory (Soccer). I am a consultant to Hockey Australia and the Pakistan Cricket Board, and assist the English Rugby Football Union when touring Australia.
I was educated at John XXIII College, and graduated from the UWA Medial School in 2004, where I received the Alan Charters Prize and was given the honour of being my graduating class valedictorian. After completing my surgical training and receiving my FRACS in Western Australia, I spent almost 3 years working in North America, Europe and the UK. I was the first surgeon from Perth to undertake the Complex Knee Fellowship in London at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital and Fortius Clinic, which is the clinic of choice for professional athletes in the UK and a FIFA Centre of Excellence. I then joined the Shoulder Surgery and Trauma Unit at the Royal Free London and finally the Hip Arthroscopy and Sports Surgery team at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. I am one of the few fellowship trained Hip Arthroscopy Surgeons in Western Australia.
I understand athletes. I played Australian Rules Football for more than 10 years winning one memorable premiership, and coached for another 5 years. I have experience across all levels of sport, working with elite athletes from the AFL, AFLW, Super Rugby, English Premier League Soccer, English Cricket and Rugby Union sides and the National Hockey League in North America. I currently consult to a number of professional sporting clubs based in Perth.
I specialise in arthroscopic reconstructive surgery:
- ACL & Multi-Ligament Knee Reconstruction
- Arthroscopic Shoulder Instability and Rotator Cuff Surgery
- Hip Arthroscopy
- Workers Compensation
- Surgery for Athletes
Teaching and Research
I provide the public tertiary referral service for multi-ligament knee injuries in the South Metropolitan Health Service of Perth, based at Fiona Stanley and Fremantle Hospitals. I believe that seamless, objective monitoring of surgical results is critical, and all my patients are offered the opportunity to participate in a global Surgical Outcomes Registry in which I am an invited surgeon. I have a number of ongoing research studies through my position as director of the Orthopaedic Research Foundation of WA. I am a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia and have published widely in peer-reviewed medical journals. I regularly speak at international and national Orthopaedic conferences, enjoy teaching advanced arthroscopic surgical skills in the Asia-Pacific region, and am proud to be founder and chief supervisor of the Perth Sports Surgery Fellowship that brings international surgeons to train in WA.
Collaboration and Communication
I am passionate about achieving excellent results. A caring, professional approach to patient management combined with advanced, world-class, minimally-invasive surgical techniques is paramount. I strongly believe this must be combined with a focused, multi-disciplinary approach to patient care. Close and regular communication with the entire treating team is critical, and I work closely with my physiotherapist, exercise physiologist, rehab specialist, S&C and high performance colleagues to help athletes and workers achieve their goals and get them back in the game.