MBChB (UCT), DA(SA), FC Orth(SA) 

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Mark is an Orthopaedic Surgeon who has been practicing in Timaru, South Canterbury, New Zealand since 2006. He practices at Aorangi Surgical Group and operates at Bidwill Trust Hospital. He is also employed by the South Canterbury District Health Board at Timaru Hospital.

Mark initially trained and specialized in Orthopaedic Surgery in South Africa. He then worked as a fellow under expert hip and knee surgeons in the UK's leading joint replacement units in Norwich and Bristol.  Here he super-specialized in Hip and Knee replacements and complex Knee ligament surgery before coming to New Zealand.

Mark is continually striving to improve patient care and surgical techniques for his patients. He is actively involved in research and has published papers in medical journals. He covers most aspects of Orthopaedic practice including Hip, knee, shoulder, elbow, hand, foot and ankle surgery.

He has attended The Arthroscopy Assocation of North Americas Master Shoulder course as well as their Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery course. These courses included learning about the the latest arthroscopic shoulder surgical techniques with combination of lecture and hands-on lab experience, one-on-one with some of the USA’s top arthroscopic surgeons. The focus of both courses was on keyhole surgery of the shoulder including Rotator Cuff and Instability Repairs. The arthroscopic approach is now recognized as the gold standard and he is happy to offer this to his patients.  

He also attended the Pan Pacific Hip and Knee Arthroplasty meeting, which has a focus on new developments in Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery. Most of his current Knee Replacements are done using an MRI-based custom cutting blocks system that allows extremely accurate positioning of the implants. 

Another course of interest was The Arthroscopy Assocation of North Americas Arthroscopic Ankle course where he learnt many new cutting edge techniques in this rapidly changing and developing field amongst others Arthoscopic Ankle Fusion and cartilage reconstructive surgery. 

The ICJR Shoulder Replacement course was another cadaver based learning centre course that he attended on Total and Reverse Shoulder Replacements. He is always eager to improve his skills to help groups of patients previously not offered surgical treatment. For those patients who are over 70 years of age with painful full thickness retracted rotator cuff tears who were previously not offered cuff repairs due to poor tendon tissue quality, evidence now shows that they can achieve good function and pain relief with a Reverse Shoulder Replacement which he now offers to patients as an option.

He has a special interest in Sports Orthopaedics and competes himself in numerous multisports events like the Coast to Coast, Charity Bike ride and Round Taupo cycle race. 

He is actively involved in the South Canterbury community, coaching rugby and hockey at local and representative level.  Mark is married to Cathy and has a son Brad and a daughter Tayla.

Areas of interest

  • Hip and Knee Joint Replacement Surgery (Primary and Revisions)
  • Knee Surgery including ACL/PCL/Meniscal surgery
  • Shoulder Replacements
  • Shoulder Surgery -Arthroscopic and open, including Cuff repairs/Stabilisation procedures/Decompressions
  • Ankle Surgery - Arthroscopic including Cartilage debridement/Cartilage grafts/Ankle ligament reconstruction
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Knee.
  • Orthopaedics Sports Injuries
  • Hand and Foot injuries
  • Carpal Tunnel Decompressions

Southern Cross Affiliated Provider for

  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Primary Total Hip Joint Replacement
  • Primary Total Knee Joint Replacement

Professional memberships:

  • NZOA – New Zealand Orthopaedic Association
  • NZOA Specialty Society Memberships
    • Hip
    • Knee & Sports Surgery
    • Shoulder & Elbow
    • Foot & Ankle
  • Medical Council of New Zealand


  • MBChB (UCT) -1994 DA(SA) -1996
  • FC Orth(SA)-2004
  • 2005 - Fellowship in Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery, Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, UK
  • 2005 - Adult Joint Reconstruction Fellowship, Bristol Orthopaedic Division, UK
  • Fellow of the New Zealand Orthopaedic Association


Orthopaedics / Orthopaedic Surgery / Orthopaedic Surgeons

Orthopaedic surgery is concerned with treating conditions involving the musculoskeletal system, which is made up of bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles. Orthopaedic surgeons use both surgical and non-surgical methods to treat a wide range of problems, including trauma (injury), sports injuries, degenerative diseases (e.g. arthritis), infections, tumours and congenital disorders (those present at birth). Various procedures to treat the knee, shoulder and hip are among the most commonly performed surgery. 


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Aorangi Surgical Group (ASG)
03 688 4447
43 York Street, Timaru
New Zealand


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