About Professor David Hunter

Osteoarthritis is an increasingly common problem in our community and becoming more so with increasing obesity, ageing and joint injury. At present effective and safe therapeutic options are limited, providing a rich and fertile ground for further research. . Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. - Marie Curie

David Hunter, is Professor of Medicine at University of Sydney and Staff Specialist Rheumatologist at Royal North Shore Hospital and North Sydney Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Centre. He completed his medical degree at the University of New South Wales, a fellowship in Rheumatology at the Royal Australian College of Physicians, earned a Masters of Medical Science (Clinical Epidemiology) from the University of Newcastle, a Masters of Sports Medicine from UNSW and a PhD from the University of Sydney. He is ranked as the leading expert in the world on osteoarthritis on expertscape.com and is the section editor for UpToDate osteoarthritis. He holds a medical degree and Master of Sports Medicine from the University of New South Wales. He completed a fellowship in Rheumatology at the Royal Australian College of Physicians and earned a Masters of Medical Science (Clinical Epidemiology) from the University of Newcastle and received his PhD from the University of Sydney in 2001. His research is focused on a number of key elements in OA including (but not limited to) the epidemiology of osteoarthritis, the application of imaging to better understand structure and function with application to both epidemiologic research and clinical trials, novel therapies in disease management and heath service system delivery of chronic disease management. He is an editor for leading international journals in his field, has authored books on osteoarthritis and has over 400 publications in peer reviewed journals.

Professor Hunter has pioneered advances in our understanding of disease measurement methods and responsiveness of structural changes in osteoarthritis (OA). We now conceptualize OA as a disease of the whole synovial joint organ. Professor Hunter's research provided new information on novel risk factors associated with the loss of cartilage and the evolution of symptoms in patients with knee OA in which meniscal damage and bone marrow lesions are the features most closely associated with cartilage loss. He has highlighted the importance of patellofemoral (PF) OA in OA symptom genesis and elucidated a novel risk factor for PF OA disease genesis. He has investigated and promoted the importance of mechanical factors in disease genesis. He has been the lead investigator in bracing trials, disease modifying trials and other non-pharmacologic interventions including weight loss. His clinical research expertise has prompted his involvement in developing and implementing evidence based guidelines. This includes the guidelines for international organizations including Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. More recently in an increasing effort to influence healthcare policy and practice he has developed and implementing coordinated care programs for persons with OA in NSW.

He has mentored over 10 Masters/ PhD students to successful completion.


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Selected publications

For a comprehensive list of Professor Hunter's publications, please visit his Sydney Medical School academic profile.