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Dr Donald Kuah


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Dr Donald Kuah is an experienced Sports and Exercise Physician specialist and one of the founding practitioners at Sydney Sports Medicine Centre in Olympic Park and Sydney Sportsmed Specialists in the CBD. Dr Kuah was the NSW Institute of Sport Medical Director from 2000 to 2012, being responsible for the state’s top 700 elite athletes and has now taken on the role of Medical Consultant to NSWIS since stepping down. He was the Chief Medical Officer to the Wests Tigers NRL team (2003-2013), and Consultant Sports Physician to AFL team GWS (2010-12). He has previously been team doctor to the Sydney Kings basketball team (2000-2002). He is the current Chairman of the NRL Medical Advisory Panel.

Dr Kuah has had extensive experience with elite national teams. He has been involved with the Australian and NSW weightlifting teams, and has been the Medical Officer to the Australian men’s hockey team (1997-2008). He was part of the Australian medical team at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, and the Olympic Games in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008. He was also the Deputy Medical Director for the Australian Olympic team for the 2012 London Olympics. At the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, he was appointed the Clinical Director to the Village Polyclinic and worked full-time for SOCOG for a period of four months. He was also the Deputy Medical Director for the Australian Olympic team for the 2012 London Olympics.

For his services to sports medicine, the Commonwealth awarded the year 2000 Sports Medal to Dr Kuah.

Dr Kuah has a keen interest in biomechanics and its relation to injuries, rehabilitation and return to sport and/or work. He has particular expertise in shoulder, knee as well as foot and ankle injuries. He also has interest and expertise in tendon pathology and osteoarthritis, particularly with regards to research in biological and regenerative medicine. He has current ethics approved research projects in these areas. He has extensive experience with appropriate use of Platelet Rich Plasma for musculoskeletal conditions. He has previously worked for 10 years at the Perisher Blue Medical Centre and is on the Medical Advisory Panel for the Australian Ski Patrol Association. He continues to play golf, competitive soccer and snow ski and has a particular interest in treating these sports.

Dr Kuah has been a chapter author for two internationally published sports medicine textbooks as well as being published in various research and educational articles on sports medicine. He is heavily involved in teaching at all levels including sports trainers, physiotherapists, GPs and other sports physician registrars. He has been the State Training Coordinator in NSW for the Australasian College of Sports Physicians (2004-2009) and continues to be involved as a Clinical Training Supervisor and Examiner.

Dr Kuah’s involvement at Sydney Sportsmed Specialists gives a great opportunity for the general public to avail themselves of his expertise in injury management and general sports medicine. Please note that Dr Kuah has focused on his interest areas and points of expertise and will no longer be taking new patients with spinal problems.

Research Publications

View all of Dr Donald Kuah's publications at ResearchGate  

  1. Du Preez EJ, Graham KS, Gan TY, Moses B, Ball C, Kuah DE. Depression, Anxiety, and Alcohol Use in Elite Rugby League Players Over a Competitive Season. Clin J Sport Med. 2017 Nov;27(6):530-535.

  2. Kuah D, Sivell S, Longworth T, James K, Guermazi A, Cicuttini F, Wang Y, Craig S, Comin G, Robinson D, Wilson J. Safety, tolerability and efficacy of intra-articular Progenza in knee osteoarthritis: a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled single ascending dose study. J Transl Med. 2018 Mar 6;16(1):49.

  3. Succar P, Breen EJ, Kuah D, Herbert BR. Alterations in the Secretome of Clinically Relevant Preparations of Adipose-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells Cocultured with Hyaluronan. Stem cell International 2015(2):16.

  4. Gan TY, Kuah DE, Graham KS, Markson G. Low-intensity pulsed ultrasound in lower limb bone stress injuries: a randomized controlled trial. Clin J Sport Med. 2014 Nov;24(6):457-60.

  5. Blaber SP, Webster RA, Hill CJ, Breen EJ, Kuah D, Vesey G, Herbert BR. Analysis of in vitro secretion profiles from adipose-derived cell populations. J Transl Med. 2012 Aug 22;10:172

  6. Kuah D. Platelet rich plasma—Current evidence and use in musculoskeletal medicine. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. Dec 2011.

  7. O'Neill BC, Graham K, Moresi M, Perry P, Kuah D.. Custom formed orthoses in cycling. J Sci Med Sport. 2011 Nov;14(6):529-34.

  8. Sein ML, Walton J, Linklater J, Appleyard R, Kirkbride B, Kuah D, Murrell GA. Shoulder pain in elite swimmers: primarily due to swim-volume-induced supraspinatus tendinopathy. Br J Sports Med. 2010 Feb;44(2):105-13.

  9. Kuah D. Lye P. How to treat - Snow-sports injuries. Sep 2007

  10. Sein ML, Walton J, Linklater J, Harris C, Dugal T, Appleyard R, Kirkbride B, Kuah D, Murrell GA. Reliability of MRI assessment of supraspinatus tendinopathy. Br J Sports Med. 2007 Aug;41(8):e9.

  11. Kuah D. Burne S. Downhill skiing and snowboarding injuries: a guide for GPs. Medicine Today. 2005; 6(8): 61-66.

  12. Merkur A, Whalan KM, Kuah D, Choo P. The Effect of Ski Shape on Injury Occurrence in Downhill Skiing. Jan 2003.

  13. Kuah DE. An alternative slump reduction technique of anterior shoulder dislocations: a 3-year prospective study. Clin J Sport Med. 2000 Jul;10(3):158-61.
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