Professor Donald Howie

Professor Donald Howie
 Position Head of Discipline
 Org Unit Surgical Specialties
 Telephone +61 8 8222 5563
 Location Floor/Room 5G 581 ,  RAH - Orthopaedics & Trauma ,   Royal Adelaide Hospital
  • Biography/ Background

    Professor Howie is Clinical Director of the Royal Adelaide Hospital Orthopaedic and Trauma Service, Head of the University of Adelaide Discipline of Orthopaedics and Trauma and Co-Clinical Director of the Centre for Orthopaedic and Trauma Research, University of Adelaide, established 2012. As a senior orthopaedic surgeon, he has an international reputation specialising in joint replacement, focussing on complex revisions and hip reconstruction in young patients.

    Professor Howie has an international reputation as both a practicing surgeon and scientist, with regular invitations as a guest lecturer at international meetings. He has been a previous Chairman, Hip Section, Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association, and is an invited member of the 60-member International Hip Society (the first of only two Australians). He is also a recently invited member of the American Hip Society. Professor Howie is a reviewer for JBJS(Br) and CORR, highly ranked journals in the discipline, and is on the editorial board of/or reviewer for 5 other orthopaedic journals. He has had continuous funding by the NHMRC over 20 years. He has to date 105 publications (periprosthetic bone loss, implant wear, clinical management, RCTs). His work has been cited 2521 times and his H-index is 28 (Thomson ISI).

  • Publications


    Solomon LB, Hofstaetter JG, Bolt MJ, Howie DW. An extended posterior approach to the hip and pelvis for complex acetabular reconstruction that preserves the gluteal muscles and their neurovascular supply. Bone Joint J. 2014 Jan;96(1):48-53.

    Solomon LB, Howie DW, Henneberg M. The Variability of the Volume of Os Coxae and Linear Pelvic Morphometry. Considerations for Total Hip Arthroplasty. J Arthroplasty. 2014 Apr;29(4):769-76. Epub 2013 Sep 21.

    Stamenkov R, Neale SD, Kane T, Findlay DM, Taylor DJ, Howie DW. Cemented Liner Exchange With Bone Grafting Halts the Progression of Periacetabular Osteolysis. J Arthroplasty. 2014 Apr;29(4):822-6. Epub 2013 Sep 25.


    Howie DW, Neale SD, Haynes DR, Holubowycz OT, McGee MA, Solomon LB, Callary SA, Atkins GJ, Findlay DM. Periprosthetic osteolysis after total hip replacement: molecular pathology and clinical management. Inflammopharmacology. 2013 Dec;21(6):389-96. Epub 2013 Oct 15.

    Solomon LB, Stevenson AW, Lee YC, Baird RP, Howie DW. Posterolateral and anterolateral approaches to unicondylar posterolateral tibial plateau fractures: a comparative study. Injury. 2013 Nov;44(11):1561-8. Epub 2013 Jun 15.

    Costi JJ, Edmonds-Wilson RH, Howie DW, Stamenkov R, Field JR, Stanley RM, Hearn TC, Callary SA, McGee MA. Stem micromotion after femoral impaction grafting using irradiated allograft bone: a time zero in vitro study. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 2013 Aug;28(7):770-6. Epub 2013 Jul 26.

    Solomon LB, Callary SA, Boopalan PR, Chakrabarty A, Costi JJ, Howie DW. Impaction bone grafting of segmental bone defects in femoral non-unions. Acta Orthop Belg. 2013 Feb;79(1):64-70.

    Yu R, Hofstaetter JG, Sullivan T, Costi K, Howie DW, Solomon LB. Validity and reliability of the Paprosky acetabular defect classification. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2013 Jul;471(7):2259-65. Epub 2013 Feb 15.

    Solomon LB, Naal FD, Howie DW. Piriformis Muscle Rupture During Total Hip Arthroplasty Using A Muscle-Preserving Posterior Approach Acta Orthop Belg. 2013 Dec;79(6):616-9.


    Howie DW, Costi K, McGee MA, Standen A, Solomon BS. Femoral bone is preserved using cemented polished stems in young patients. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2012 Nov;470(11):3024-31.

    Solomon LB, Stamenkov RB, Macdonald AJ, Yaikwavong N, Neale SD, Moss MJ, Howie DW. Imaging periprosthetic osteolysis around total knee arthroplasties using a human cadaver model. J Arthroplasty. 2012;27:1069-74.

    Lee YC, Callary SA, Howie DW, Thewlis D, Solomon LB. The effect of hip position on the length of trochanteric muscles: Potential implications for early postoperative management of hip arthroplasty. J Arthroplasty. 2012;27:953-960.e2.

    Howie DW, Beck M, Costi K, Pannach SM, Ganz R. Mentoring in complex surgery: minimising the learning curve complications from peri-acetabular osteotomy. Int Orthop. 2012;36:921-5.

    Alias E, Dharmapatni AS, Holding AC, Atkins GJ, Findlay DM, Howie DW, Crotti TN, Haynes DR. Polyethylene particles stimulate expression of ITAM-related molecules in peri-implant tissues and when stimulating osteoclastogenesis in vitro.Acta Biomater. Acta Biomater. 2012 Aug;8(8):3104-12. Epub 2012 Apr 30.

    Howie D, Solomon L, Shaw D, Pannach S. Two stage exchange hip arthroplasty for infection. experience with the prostalac hip system. J Bone Joint Surg Br 2012;94-B Supp XXIII:87.

    Howie D, Callary SA, Stamenkov R, McGee MA, Solomon LB, Pannach SM, Russell N, Kane T. Prospective EBRA and RSA evaluation of developments in femoral impaction grafting at revision hip replacement. J Bone Joint Surg Br 2012;94-B Supp XXIII:218.

    Holubowycz O, Howie DW. The effect of large articulations on the incidence of dislocation one year after total hip replacement: An international multi-centre randomised controlled trial.J Bone Joint Surg Br 2012;94-B no. Supp XXIII:81.

    Howie DW, Holubowycz OT, Middleton R. Large femoral heads decrease the incidence of dislocation after total hip arthroplasty in a randomized controlled trial. J Bone Joint Surgery Am. 2012;94:1095-102.

    Solomon LB, Guevara C, Büchler L, Howie DW, Byard RW, Beck M. Does bone wax induce a chronic inflammatory articular reaction? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2012 Nov;470(11):3207-12. doi: 10.1007/s11999-012-2457-6. Epub 2012 Jul 4.

    Howie DW, Neale SD, Martin W, Costi K, Kane T, Stamenkov R, Findlay DM. Progression of periacetabular osteolytic lesions. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2012;94:e1171-6.

    Howie DW, McGee MA, Solomon LB. Impaction Grafting at Femoral Component Revision. In: The Adult Hip. 3rd Edition. Lippicoott, Williams and Wilkins. Ch. 129. 2012.

    Solomon LB, McGee MA, Howie DW. Cemented Femoral Component Revision In: Callaghan J. (Ed). The Adult Hip. 3rd Edition. Lippicoott, Williams and Wilkins. Ch. 131. 2012.


    Howie DW, McGee MA, Callary SA, Carbone A, Stamenkov RB, Bruce WJ, Findlay DM. A preclinical study of stem subsidence and graft incorporation after femoral impaction grafting using porous hydroxyapatite as a bone graft extender. J Arthroplasty. 2011;26:1050-6.

    Solomon LB, Callary SA, Stevenson AW, McGee MA, Chehade MJ, Howie DW. Weight-bearing-induced displacement and migration over time of fracture fragments following split depression fractures of the lateral tibial plateau: a case series with radiostereometric analysis. J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2011;93:817-23.

    Solomon LB, Hussenbocus SM, Hoffmann J, Howie DW, Rühli FJ. Unusual appearances following intracapsular neck of femur fractures. Injury. 2011;42:1336-41.

    Atkins GJ, Haynes DR, Howie DW, Findlay DM. Role of polyethylene particles in peri-prosthetic osteolysis: A review. World J Orthop. 2011;2:93-101.

    Holubowycz O, Howie DW, Middleton R. Large articulations reduce early dislocation after hip replacement: a randomized controlled trial. J Bone Joint Surg Br 2011;93-B no. Supp III:304.


  • Media Expertise

    CategoriesMedicine & Medical Research
    ExpertiseOrthopaedics, ie hip & knee joint replacement and revision surgery; young adult hip disorders and early arthritis.
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