Practitioner Fellowship

Congratulations to Professor Peter Choong on receiving a Practitioner Fellowship from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

Professor Peter Choong receiving his award from Professor Steve Wesselingh Chair Research Committee and Professor Anne Kelso.  Courtesy photo from: Irene Dowdy

Each year, NHMRC recognises excellence in the health and medical research sector by celebrating individual achievements, leadership and the exceptional contributions of Australian researchers to their fields of research.

The Practitioner Fellowships scheme aims to support research which results in the translation of new evidence into improved clinical practice and health policy and which delivers improvements in health and healthcare to Australians. The award is given to the highest ranked applicant in NHMRC’s Practitioner Fellowship scheme.

Professor Choong is the Sir Hugh Devine Chair of Surgery and Precinct Lead at St Vincent’s Hospital. He is also the Director of Orthopaedics, Chair of the Bone and Soft Tissue Sarcoma Service at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, and the recent past President of the Australian Orthopaedic Association. Professor Choong’s research focuses on optimising care of end staged osteoarthritis, a condition that is the largest contributor to musculoskeletal disorders and leading cause of disability in Australia. The main targets of his research are to optimise patient selection, understand and improve patient and surgeon decision making, establish evidence-based alternative to surgery and improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of surgery.