Mr O’Donnell has been performing hip arthroscopy since 1990 and was one of the earliest developers of arthroscopic FAI surgery in 2002. He is one of the early pioneers in the field and is one of a handful of high volume hip arthroscopists in the world having performed over 5000 hip arthroscopies.
Mr O’Donnell graduated from The University of Melbourne in 1977 and completed his Orthopaedic training at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. After traveling overseas working in The UK, France and Austria, he returned to Melbourne to take appointments at the Royal Childrens Hospital and the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He developed an interest in shoulder surgery and gained experience and skill with arthroscopic techniques and equipment in this area. He utilized these attributes to successfully develop hip arthroscopy techniques and instruments.
Widely respected, he has presented nationally and internationally on this subject, as well as publishing many papers in peer reviewed journals, and is frequently visited by national and international colleagues seeking tips and techniques. He maintains the only fellowship program in hip arthroscopy in Australia. He is an inaugural member of the International Society for Hip Arthroscopy (ISHA). He is also the Founding President of the Australian Hip Arthroscopy Society (AHAS).
Mr O’Donnell is a keen sportsman, having taken up road cycling to supplement his passion for snow skiing.