Dr. Christopher Pullen Orthopaedic Surgeon
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Dr.Christopher Pullen
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Dr. Christopher Pullen
Orthopaedic Surgeon

I established my practice at the Mercy Private Hospital 10 years ago. Prior to this I trained as an orthopaedic surgeon in Australia and spent 18 months working and training as an upper limb surgeon in Italy, Germany and England. Since then, I have been specialising in helping patients overcome orthopaedic problems with their shoulders and elbows. These problems include rotator cuff injuries, fractures, instability and arthritis. The majority of surgeries can be performed with the arthroscope (key-hole).

I aim to ensure that I use the best techniques, most modern equipment, and stay up with the latest international surgical practices.

You can visit me at my Mercy Private Hospital or Bellbird Private Hospital Consulting Rooms.


  • Fellow Royal Australasian College Of Surgeons
  • Fellow Australian Orthopaedic Association
  • Full Member Shoulder And Elbow Society Of Australia
  • Early management of severe trauma
    (Royal Australasian College of Surgeons 1993)
  • M.B. B.S.
    (Monash University 1988)
  • B.Sc. (Hons.)
    (Monash University 1984)


  • Orthopaedic Surgeon – Private
    Mercy Private Hospital 2003- current
    Bellbird Private Hospital 2001- current
    Epworth Eastern Private Hospital 2004

  • Orthopaedic Surgeon – Public
    Royal Melbourne Hospital 2000-current
    Box Hill Hospital 2000-2005
    Northern Hospital 2000

  • Clinical Tutor
    University of Melbourne 2003-2007

  • Prostheses And Device Committee
    Member of the Panel of Experts 2007 - current
    Department of Health and Ageing

Orthopaedic Registrar

Royal Melbourne Hospital 1999
Royal Children’s Hospital August 1998
Box Hill Hospital February 1998
Alfred Hospital August 1997
Ballarat Base Hospital February 1997
Dandenong Hospital 1996
St. Vincent’s Hospital 1995

Publications & Presentations

Manzotti A, Cerveri P, De Momi E, Pullen C, Confalonieri N. Does computer-assisted surgery benefit leg length restoration in total hip replacement? Navigation versus conventional freehand.Int Orthop. 2009 Nov 11

Manzotti A, Cerveri P, De Momi E, Pullen C, Confalonieri N, Relationship between cutting errors and learning curve in computer assisted total knee replacement. Intl. Ortho. 2009 Jun 10

Evidence Based Medicine and the Rotator Cuff
Pullen C
Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Royal Australasian College of Physicians 2009

Rotator Cuff Disease
Pullen C
The Skeleton Exposed RACGP CPD
Bellbird Private Hospital 2009

Confalonieri N, Manzotti A, Montironi F, Pullen C Leg length discrepancy, dislocation rate, and offset in total hip replacement using a short modular stem: navigation vs. conventional freehand. Orthopedics. 2008 Oct; 31(10 Suppl 1).

Confalonieri N, Manzotti A, Montironi F, Pullen C. Tissue sparing surgery in knee reconstruction: unicompartmental (UKA), patellofemoral (PFA), UKA + PFA, bi-unicompartmental (Bi-UKA) arthroplasties. J Orthop Traumatol. 2008 Sep; 9(3):171-7.

Current Surgical Management of Rotator Cuff Disease
Pullen C
Australian Osteopath Association
Victoria University Melbourne 2008

Manzotti A, Confalonieri N., Pullen C. Intra-operative tibial fracture during computer-assisted total knee replacement: a case report. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2008; 22

Manzotti A, Pullen C, Confalonieri N. Computer-assisted alignment system for tibial component placement in total knee replacement: a radiological study. Chir Organi Mov. 2008; 91: 7-11.

Confalonieri N, Manzotti A, Pullen C, Ragone V. Mini-incision versus mini-incision and computer-assisted surgery in total knee replacement: A radiological prospective randomized study. Knee. 2007; 14: 443-7

Confalonieri N, Manzotti A, Pullen C. Navigated Shorter Incision or Smaller Implant in Knee Arthritis? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2007; 463: 63-7

Manzotti A, Confalonieri N., Pullen C. Unicompartmental versus computer-assisted total knee replacement for medial compartment knee arthritis: a matched paired study. Int Orthop. 2007; 31: 315-9

Manzotti A, Confalonieri N., Pullen C. Intertrochanteric fracture of an arthrodesed hip. J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2007; 89: 390-2.

Ma F.Y., Pullen C. A Symptomatic Coracoclavicular Joint Successfully Treated by Surgical Excision. J. Should Elbow Surg. 2006; 15: 1-4

Manzotti A, Confalonieri N, Pullen C. Grafting of tibial bone defects in knee replacement using Norian skeletal repair system. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 2006 Mar 7.

Confalonieri N, Manzotti A, Pullen C, Ragone V. Computer-assisted technique versus intramedullary and extramedullary alignment systems in total knee replacement: a radiological comparison. Acta Orthop Belg. 2005 Dec; 71(6): 703-9.

A Symptomatic Coracoclavicular Joint Successfully Treated by Surgical Excision
Pullen C., Ma F.
SESA Yarra Valley, 2004

Confalonieri N., Manzotti A., Pullen C. Is Closed Drain Necessary in Unicompartmental Knee Replacement? Knee. 2004; 11: 399-402

Confalonieri N., Manzotti A., Pullen C. Comparison of a Mobile with a fixed Tibial Bearing Unicompartmental Knee Prosthesis. Knee. 2004; 11: 357-62

Pullen C., Manzotti A., Catagni M.A., Guerreschi F. Treatment of Post-Traumatic Humeral Diaphyseal Nonunion with Bone Loss. J. Should. Elbow. Surg. 2003; 12: 436-441

Manzotti A., Rovetta L., Pullen C., Catagni M.A. Treatment of the Late Sequelae of Septic Arthritis of the Hip. Clin. Orthop. 2003; 410: 203-212

Manzotti A., Pullen C., Guerreschi F., Catagni M.A. Knee Arthrodesis and Limb Lengthening in the Treatment of Infected Total Knee. J. Trauma. 2001; 52: 359-363

Silastic Replacement of the Trapezium Stabilised by Extensor Indicis Transfer Reconstruction
Takwale V, Nicholson R, Pullen C, Stilwell JH
BSSH London, 2001

Manzotti A., Pullen C., Deromedis B., Catagni M.A. Knee Arthrodesis After Infected Total Knee Arthroplasty Using The Ilizarov Method. Clin Orthop. 2001; 389: 143-149

Manzotti A., Pullen C., Guerreschi F., Catagni M.A. The Ilizarov Method for failed knee arthrodesis following septic TKR. Knee. 2001; 8(2): 135-138

Post-traumatic humeral diaphyseal nonunion with bone loss: Treatment Using The Ilizarov Method
Pullen C, Manzotti A, Catagni M.A and Guerreschi F
A.S.A.M.I. Rome, 2001

The Boomerang Buttress Plate for Tibial Plateau Fractures.
S. Doig, C. Pullen, V. Pliatsios and S. Holland
A.O.R.A. Annual Scientific Meeting 1998 & A.O.A. Annual Scientific Meeting. 1999

Pullen C., Cass A.J., Bilateral Primary Lymphoma of the Breast. Aust. N.Z.J. Surg. 1996; 66: 845 - 847

Pullen C., Richardson M., McCullough K., Jarvis R. Injuries to the Ulnar Carpometacarpal Region Aust N.Z.J. Surg. 1995; 65: 257 – 262


  • Upper Limb Fellow
    Wrightington Hospital, Wigan, United Kingdom - 2001
    Prof. J. K. Stanley, Messrs. I. Trail, J. Stilwell, J. Haines

  • Shoulder Fellow
    Instituto Clinico Humanitas, Milan, Italy -2001
    Prof. M. Randelli, Drs. R. Minola & A. Castagna

  • Trauma Fellow
    St. Vinzenz Krankenhaus, Koeln, Germany - 2000
    Prof. D. Penign

  • Hand Surgery Fellow 2001
    Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham, United Kingdom
    Messrs. M. Craigen, G. Tittley, P. Mulligan

  • Ilizarov Fellow 2000
    Ospedale ‘Alessandro Manzoni’, Lecco, Italy
    Prof. M. A. Catagni

Courses, Conferences & Meetings

  • SESA Biennial Meeting – Australia 2004, 2006
  • AOA Annual Scientific Meeting – Australia 1995, 2002 & 2004
  • Wrightington Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair Workshop – UK 2001
  • Fourth Wrightington International Wrist Meeting – UK 2001
  • The Elbow: An Unforgiving Joint – USA 2001
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand Specialty Day – USA 2001
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Meeting – USA 2001
  • Complex Trauma Symposium – Italy 2000
  • AORA Annual Scientific Meeting– Australia 1997 & 98
  • AO Basic Trauma Course – Australia 1996
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