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Mr Simon Young

Orthopaedic Surgeon | Director | Associate Professor


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Simon is an award winning orthopaedic surgeon specialising in the knee. He has worked and trained in NZ, the UK and the USA. He completed a Sports Medicine Fellowship at Stanford University (where he provided orthopaedic care for the San Francisco 49ers NFL Team and Stanford College Football Team). His research on knee surgery is internationally recognised.


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Simon is an orthopaedic surgeon specialising in the knee. He brings leading edge, advanced techniques to patients seeking treatment for their arthritic and sports related conditions. 

Simon, graduated from the University of Otago Medical School in 2001 being awarded the Mary Shaw Prize for Surgery for his Graduating Class. After two years of postgraduate experience at Royal National Orthopaedic and Chelsea & Westminster Hospitals in London, he returned to New Zealand to undertake his orthopaedic surgical training for which he was awarded the two major graduating recognitions from the New Zealand Orthopaedic Association - Best Overall Graduating Trainee and Best Research Award. 

Simon furthered his orthopaedic specialisation in the USA, completing a Sports Medicine Fellowship at Stanford University, and an Arthroplasty Fellowship at Mayo Clinic.

While at Stanford, he served as Team Physician at Stanford Sports Medicine Clinic, and provided orthopaedic care to elite athletes, including the San Francisco 49ers NFL team and the Stanford College Football team, and was an attending physician at the Rose Bowl Final.

His continued research and improving outcomes for his patients is a crucial focus of his work. His doctoral thesis is based on a surgical technique he developed here in Auckland to prevent infection in knee replacement surgery, which knee surgeons around the world now utilise. His research has been recognised internationally.

Simon was recently appointed as a John Insall Knee Fellow and is the only New Zealand surgeon to receive this award, an accolade granted to just four knee surgeons worldwide each year.

Outside of Axis Simon is an Associate Professor at Auckland University and a Consultant Surgeon at North Shore Hospital, where he serves as Director of Research.  He is regularly invited to speak nationally and internationally on knee and shoulder topics, and has more than 90 research publications in the orthopaedic literature.  He is heavily involved in researching new technologies in knee replacement, currently leading the first trial of robotic-assisted knee replacement in Australasia.  

Simon is married to Maria, a human rights lawyer, and together they enjoy a full and vibrant life with their two young daughters. Simon is fluent in Spanish and holds a keen interest in squash, golf and skiing, which takes him regularly back to Southland and Otago where he grew up.

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Team Involvement and Achievements

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  1. Best of AAOS paper – AAOS Las Vegas 2019
  2. Best Poster Award  – British Association for Surgery of the Knee meeting, Leicester, UK 2018
  3. AAHKS Clinical Award – Most Outstanding paper in Arthroplasty, American Association of Hip and Knee Annual meeting, Dallas, Tx, 2017
  4. John Insall Award 2017 – North American Knee Society, San Diego, CA 2017
  5. Chitranjan Ranawat Award 2016 North American Knee Society, Orlando, FL 2016
  6. ANZAC Award, Combined NZOA/AOA Annual Meeting, Cairns 2016
  7. John Insall Travelling Fellowship Award, Oct 2015
  8. Knee Society' Young Investigator' Award, Mar 2015, AAOS, Las Vegas
  9. Best Poster Award - EFORT Congress, Prague, May 2015
  10. Mark Coventry Award - North American Knee Society, Chicago 2013
  11. Top 3 Knee Paper - American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, New Orleans 2014
  12. International Congress of Joint Reconstruction Award Recipient, ICJR east, New York 2013
  13. Louis Barnett Prize - Royal Australasian College of Surgeons 2011
  14. President's Award, Best overall Graduating Trainee, New Zealand Orthopaedic Association, 2011
  15. Research Award, Best overall research, New Zealand Orthopaedic Association 2011
  16. Australian SICOT award, Buenos Aires, 2006