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Dr Alexander Burns


Dr Alexander Burns is an Australian trained orthopaedic surgeon who completed a Canadian Fellowship in Revision Hip and Knee Surgery. He has worked in private practice in Canberra since 2005, specialising in hip and knee replacement surgery and hip preservation surgery. He supports continuing education and research leading to improvements in outcomes for orthopaedic treatments. He is the current President of the Hip Joint Preservation Society, and sits on the Board of the National Joint Replacement Registry.  



  • Hip replacement and knee replacement 

  • Hip arthroscopy

  • Young persons’ hip disease

  • Labral tearing and hip bursitis treatment

  • Knee reconstruction and arthroscopy

  • Trauma and fracture treatment


  • MBBS - Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (Sydney University)

  • FRACS - Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

  • FAOrthA - Fellow the the Australian Orthopaedic Association

Consulting Locations

  • Woden Specialist Medical Centre,  Level 2,                90 Corinna Street, Woden


Dr Alexander Burns is trained in complex primary and revision surgery of the hip and knee. He completed an overseas Fellowship at the London Health Sciences Centre in Ontario Canada, an institution internationally respected for joint replacement surgery.

He is the President of the Hip Joint Preservation Society, sits on the Board of the National Joint Replacement Registry and is a member of the Arthroplasty Society of Australia, the peak body in joint replacement surgery. 

He is a subspecialist in hip arthroscopy.

Hip arthroscopy aims to treat problems with hip formation which lead to labral tearing and joint degeneration in young patients.

Dr Burns also contributes to the public hospital system in the ACT, with both elective surgery and as part of the on call trauma roster.

Dr Burns operates privately at the Calvary John James Hospital and the Canberra Private Hospital, both in Deakin.  He sees patients in his public clinic at the Canberra Hospital, and operates at both Canberra Hospital and Calvary Public Hospital. 

He is involved in education and training of registrars and also is a regular presenter at various peer conferences such as the Continuing Orthopaedic Education meetings of the Australian Orthopaedic Association.

His Team

Dr Burns' Personal Assistant, Sue brings extensive experience to the role, including a background in hospital administration.  Enabling her to effectively guide patients through the various administrative steps required, is her Medical Admin Assistant, Gaye.  

Together they aim to provide a timely and supportive service to our patients.


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About Dr Alexander Burns

Dr Burns travelled overseas to gain particular experience in hip arthroscopy surgery, visiting Dr Chris Larson in Minnesota, one of the worlds most respected hip arthroscopy surgeons. Arthroscopic hip surgery is technically difficult, and requires a significant degree of training to be effective and safe, but it is now understood as an important part of managing the hip from adolescence onwards.

Joint replacement surgery is very common now as the Australian population is aging, and has the potential to allow people back to activity and reduce pain.

Revision joint surgery, which removes and replaces a worn out replacement is newer and more specialised and, requires understanding of different approaches, uses different prostheses, and uses techniques such as bone grafting. Generally this surgery needs subspecialist training due to the increased complexity involved.