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Dr Alexander Burns


Dr Alexander Burns is an Australian trained orthopaedic surgeon who also completed a Canadian Fellowship in revision hip and knee surgery, and has worked in Canberra since 2005.  He is the current President of the Hip Joint Preservation Society, and is on the Board of the National Joint Replacement Registry.  He specialises in hip and knee replacement surgery and hip preservation surgery.



  • Hip replacement and knee replacement 

  • Hip arthroscopy and 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,                 90 Corinna St Woden


Dr Alexander Burns is trained in complex primary and revision surgery of the hip and knee. His overseas Fellowship was at the London Health Sciences Centre in Ontario Canada, an internationally respected centre in joint replacement surgery and he is a member of the Arthroplasty Society of Australia, the peak body in joint replacement surgery. 

He is a subspecialist in hip arthroscopy, and is the current President of the Australian Hip Joint Preservation Society. 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.

 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.

Dr Burns' Personal Assistant is Sue Hughes, with 15 years’ experience in the medical field, including hospital administration.  She will guide patients through the various administrative issues that are needed for surgery. Sue is ably assisted by Gaye Piper.  Together we aim to provide a timely and polite service to our patients from our office in Woden.


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About Dr Alexander Burns

Dr Burns has 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, 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.

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