Dr. Simon W. Young, MBChB FRACS MD, is an orthopedic surgeon specialising in the knee. He brings leading edge, advanced techniques to patients seeking treatment for their arthritic and sports related conditions. Simon sees patients of all ages and athletes at every level of sport, both amateur and professional.
Simon, a best in class orthopedic surgeon, 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 post-graduate 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 orthopedic specialization in the USA, completing a Sports Medicine Fellowship at Stanford University, and an Arthroplasty Fellowship at Mayo Clinic – ranked the #1 hospital overall by the U.S. News & World Report rankings of top hospitals.
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. Mr. Young was an attending physician at the Rose Bowl Final.
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. This research has been recognized worldwide with the Mark Coventry Award at the Knee Society Open Meeting in Chicago and the ICJR Award in New York for best paper.
His recent appointment as a John Insall Knee Fellow has been a true highlight in his career. Simon is the first New Zealand surgeon to receive this award, an accolade granted to just four knee surgeons worldwide each year.
Simon is a Consultant Surgeon at North Shore Hospital and a Senior Lecturer at Auckland University. He is regularly invited to speak nationally and internationally on knee and shoulder topics, and has more than 30 research publications in the orthopedic literature. Simon regularly peer reviews articles and book chapters on orthopaedic surgery.
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.