6 Figtree Drive Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127

Dr Donald Kuah


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. He has been the Chief Medical Officer to the Wests Tigers NRL team (2003-2013) and is the current Chairman of the NRL Medical Advisory Panel. He is also currently on the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia medical panel. He was the NSW Institute of Sport Medical Director from 2000-2012, being responsible for the state’s top 700 elite athletes and remains involved with treating NSWIS athletes. He has previously been Consultant Sports Physician to AFL team GWS (2011-2012) and has previously been team doctor to the Sydney Kings basketball team (2000-2002).

Dr Kuah was Deputy Medical Director for AOC London Olympics and part of the Medical Headquarters with previous Australian Team appointments in Athens and Beijing and Clinical Director of the Village Polyclinic working for SOCOG in Sydney. He has also previously been National Dr to the Australian weightlifting team as well as the Australian Men’s hockey team (1997-2008).

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

Dr Kuah is involved in teaching at many levels and also heavily involved in clinical research. He has previously been the State Training Coordinator for the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Medicine and continues to be a Clinical Training Supervisor and an Examiner for the College. His interest areas lie in treatment of tendon pathologies, osteoarthritis, hamstring origin pathologies and also in the area of regenerative medicine. He is currently on the medical Advisory Panel for the Australian Ski Patrol Association. Please note that Dr Kuah has focused on his interest areas and subspecialties and will no longer be taking new patients with spinal problems.

Dr Donald Kuah - Sport & Exercise Physician

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Research Publications

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  1. Filbay SR, Dowsett M, Chaker Jomaa M, Rooney J, Sabharwal R, Lucas P, Van Den Heever A, Kazaglis J, Merlino J, Moran M, Allwright M, Kuah DEK, Durie R, Roger G, Cross M, Cross T. Healing of acute anterior cruciate ligament rupture on MRI and outcomes following non-surgical management with the Cross Bracing Protocol. Br J Sports Med. 2023 Jun 14:bjsports-2023-106931. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2023-106931. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37316199.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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.

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

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

  14. 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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