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The you, the old, the brave and the bold!

Inaugural professional lecture by Prof Brian Devitt - The young, the old, the brave and the bold! : Redefining the management of lower limb sporting injuries

We are pleased to announce the inaugural professorial lecture by Prof Brian Devitt,

being organised by the School of Health and Human Performance, DCU.

Prof. Devitt is the Chair of Orthopaedics and Surgical Biomechanics at Dublin

City University, a position created in partnership with the Sport Surgery Clinic,

Santry. He is based within the School of Health and Human Performance, School of

Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering, and Insight SFI Research Centre for Data



Please register for the event via EventBrite 

Date: Thursday 23rd February (6 - 8pm)

Venue: HG22, Nursing Building, Glasnevin Campus, Dublin City University, Collins Avenue (DCU)

Below is an abstract and a brief biography of Prof Devitt. 


If you have any questions, please contact:

Professor Kieran Moran, PhD    01 700 8011




The landscape of sports medicine has changed indistinguishably over the past half-century. As sports

science and medicine have advanced, our athletes, of all ages, are demanding more from themselves

in their goal to be fitter, faster and stronger. The consequence of this is not only an increased rate of

acute injuries but also an alarming upsurge in cases of premature osteoarthritis, mainly affecting the

lower limb. Nowadays, our patient population has more information than ever before but are also

under greater influence from marketing. As such, their expectations in terms of performance and

recovery from surgical intervention often exceed what is clinically possible. As surgeons, managing

these patients and their injuries can be challenging. In this talk, I discuss what I have learned by

combining historical surgical techniques with modern research principles to treat an ever-changing

athletic population.


Professor Brian Devitt is an internationally trained orthopaedic surgeon with subspecialty expertise

in knee surgery. He has a particular interest in sporting injuries including anterior cruciate ligament

(ACL) reconstruction, meniscal repair, cartilage restoration procedures, multi-ligamentous knee

reconstruction and hamstring repair. In addition, he cares for patients with degenerative conditions,

such as knee arthritis.

Brian completed his medical school training at University College Dublin, Ireland, and carried out his

specialist training in Trauma & Orthopaedics at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He also

achieved a Masters in Sports and Exercise Medicine. Brian chose to pursue a career in academic

orthopaedic sports surgery, and carried out three years of fellowship training. The first year was a

research fellowship at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. He then carried out a clinical

fellowship at the University of Toronto in sports surgery. Finally, he completed two clinical

fellowships in Melbourne; the first was a knee reconstruction fellowship at OrthoSport Victoria

(OSV) and the second a fellowship at Hip Arthroscopy Australia. Following his fellowship, Brian

worked as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at OSV and Epworth Healthcare. He now works in

clinical practice at the Sports Surgery Clinic, Dublin.

Brian has a keen interest in research and is Full Professor and Chair of

Orthopaedics and Surgical Biomechanics at Dublin City University, within the School

of Health and Human Performance, School of Mechanical Manufacturing

Engineering, and Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics. He has previously

held the position of Director of Research & Education at OrthoSport Victoria in

Melbourne. Brian has extensive research experience with a specific focus on clinical

outcomes studies and biomechanical studies. His areas of interest are: ACL

reconstruction, lateral extra-articular reconstruction, multi-ligament knee

reconstruction, and hamstring repair. He has published extensively in all of these

areas and speaks frequently at national and international meetings.