Research

Dr Vertullo currently undertakes research in improving outcomes of both knee replacement and knee reconstructions, as an Associate Professor at both Griffith University and at Bond University.  He is also a Director of Knee Research Australia, a not for profit foundation. 

Dr Vertullo’s current research focuses on four main areas:

1. Improving patient outcomes in Knee Preservation including:

  • Biologic Knee Replacement & Adult Stem Cell Based Chondral Resurfacing
  • Improving Osteotomy Outcomes via New Techniques
  • Prevention of Infection in Anterior Cruciate Reconstruction
  • Improving Meniscal Repair outcomes

2. Improving TKR & UKR outcomes through better prosthesis including:

  • Influence of Surgeon Preference on Outcomes
  • Optimum Prosthesis Combinations
  • Improving knee replacement prosthesis design
  • Better total knee cementation techniques

3. Prevention of ACL Injuries in Youth

4. ACL Reconstruction  & Meniscal Repair Techniques

Innovative Collaborative Musculoskeletal Investigation

Innovative Collaborative Musculoskeletal Investigation

Because prevention is  always better than a cure.

Because prevention is  always better than a cure.


Selected Publications

1.
The Effect on Long-Term Survivorship of Surgeon Preference for Posterior-Stabilized or Minimally Stabilized Total Knee Replacement: An Analysis of 63,416 Prostheses from the Australian Orthopaedic Association National Joint Replacement Registry.
Vertullo CJ, Lewis PL, Lorimer M, Graves SE.
J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2017 Jul 5;99(13):1129-1139. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.16.01083.
PMID: 28678126
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Surgeon's Preference in Total Knee Replacement: A Quantitative Examination of Attributes, Reasons for Alteration, and Barriers to Change.
Vertullo CJ, Grimbeek PM, Graves SE, Lewis PL.
J Arthroplasty. 2017 Apr 27. pii: S0883-5403(17)30376-5. doi: 10.1016/j.arth.2017.04.035. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 28552448
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3.
Is Home-Based, High-Intensity Interval Training Cycling Feasible and Safe for Patients With Knee Osteoarthritis?: Study Protocol for a Randomized Pilot Study.
Keogh JWL, Grigg J, Vertullo CJ.
Orthop J Sports Med. 2017 Mar 13;5(3):2325967117694334. doi: 10.1177/2325967117694334. eCollection 2017 Mar.
PMID: 28451599 Free PMC Article
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4.
Muscle contributions to medial tibiofemoral compartment contact loading following ACL reconstruction using semitendinosus and gracilis tendon grafts.
Konrath JM, Saxby DJ, Killen BA, Pizzolato C, Vertullo CJ, Barrett RS, Lloyd DG.
PLoS One. 2017 Apr 19;12(4):e0176016. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0176016. eCollection 2017.
PMID: 28423061 Free PMC Article
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Twelve-Year Outcomes of an Oxinium Total Knee Replacement Compared with the Same Cobalt-Chromium Design: An Analysis of 17,577 Prostheses from the Australian Orthopaedic Association National Joint Replacement Registry.
Vertullo CJ, Lewis PL, Graves S, Kelly L, Lorimer M, Myers P.
J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2017 Feb 15;99(4):275-283. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.16.00092.
PMID: 28196029
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Is cement penetration in TKR reduced by not using a tourniquet during cementation? A single blinded, randomized trial.
Vertullo CJ, Nagarajan M.
J Orthop Surg (Hong Kong). 2017 Jan;25(1):2309499016684323. doi: 10.1177/2309499016684323.
PMID: 28139192 Free Article
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Comparison of four alternative national universal anterior cruciate ligament injury prevention programme implementation strategies to reduce secondary future medical costs.
Lewis DA, Kirkbride B, Vertullo CJ, Gordon L, Comans TA.
Br J Sports Med. 2016 Dec 19. pii: bjsports-2016-096667. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2016-096667. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 27993844
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Tibiofemoral Contact Forces in the Anterior Cruciate Ligament-Reconstructed Knee.
Saxby DJ, Bryant AL, Modenese L, Gerus P, Killen BA, Konrath J, Fortin K, Wrigley TV, Bennell KL, Cicuttini FM, Vertullo C, Feller JA, Whitehead T, Gallie P, Lloyd DG.
Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2016 Nov;48(11):2195-2206.
PMID: 27337173
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Morphologic Characteristics and Strength of the Hamstring Muscles Remain Altered at 2 Years After Use of a Hamstring Tendon Graft in Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction.
Konrath JM, Vertullo CJ, Kennedy BA, Bush HS, Barrett RS, Lloyd DG.
Am J Sports Med. 2016 Oct;44(10):2589-2598. Epub 2016 Jul 18.
PMID: 27432052
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A Technique of Improved Medial Meniscus Visualization by Anterior Cruciate Ligament Graft Placement in Chronic Anterior Cruciate Deficient Knees.
Vertullo CJ, Wijenayake L, Grayson JE.
Arthrosc Tech. 2016 Mar 28;5(2):e297-302. doi: 10.1016/j.eats.2016.01.001. eCollection 2016 Apr.
PMID: 27354950 Free PMC Article
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Thermal Analysis of the Tibial Cement Interface with Modern Cementing Technique.
Vertullo CJ, Zbrojkiewicz D, Vizesi F, Walsh WR.
Open Orthop J. 2016 Mar 22;10:19-25. doi: 10.2174/1874325001610010019. eCollection 2016.
PMID: 27073585 Free PMC Article
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Cartilage morphology at 2-3 years following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction with or without concomitant meniscal pathology.
Wang X, Wang Y, Bennell KL, Wrigley TV, Cicuttini FM, Fortin K, Saxby DJ, Van Ginckel A, Dempsey AR, Grigg N, Vertullo C, Feller JA, Whitehead T, Lloyd DG, Bryant AL.
Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2017 Feb;25(2):426-436. doi: 10.1007/s00167-015-3831-1. Epub 2015 Oct 27.
PMID: 26506844
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No infections in 1300 anterior cruciate ligament reconstructions with vancomycin pre-soaking of hamstring grafts.
Phegan M, Grayson JE, Vertullo CJ.
Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2016 Sep;24(9):2729-35. doi: 10.1007/s00167-015-3558-z. Epub 2015 Mar 14.
PMID: 25771788
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A surgical technique using presoaked vancomycin hamstring grafts to decrease the risk of infection after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.
Vertullo CJ, Quick M, Jones A, Grayson JE.
Arthroscopy. 2012 Mar;28(3):337-42. doi: 10.1016/j.arthro.2011.08.301. Epub 2011 Nov 23.
PMID: 22112612
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The in vitro elution characteristics of vancomycin from tendons.
Grayson JE, Grant GD, Dukie S, Vertullo CJ.
Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2011 Oct;469(10):2948-52. doi: 10.1007/s11999-011-1768-3. Epub 2011 Jan 19.
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Torsional strains in the proximal fifth metatarsal: implications for Jones and stress fracture management.
Vertullo CJ, Glisson RR, Nunley JA.
Foot Ankle Int. 2004 Sep;25(9):650-6.
PMID: 15563388
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Classification, investigation, and management of midfoot sprains: Lisfranc injuries in the athlete.
Nunley JA, Vertullo CJ.
Am J Sports Med. 2002 Nov-Dec;30(6):871-8.
PMID: 12435655
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Participation in sports after arthrodesis of the foot or ankle.
Vertullo CJ, Nunley JA.
Foot Ankle Int. 2002 Jul;23(7):625-8.
PMID: 12146773
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Acquired flatfoot deformity following posterior tibial tendon transfer for peroneal nerve injury : a case report.
Vertullo CJ, Nunley JA.
J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2002 Jul;84-A(7):1214-7. No abstract available.
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The transverse dorsal approach to the Lisfranc joint.
Vertullo CJ, Easley ME, Nunley JA.
Foot Ankle Int. 2002 May;23(5):420-6.
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Total ankle arthroplasty.
Easley ME, Vertullo CJ, Urban WC, Nunley JA.
J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2002 May-Jun;10(3):157-67. Review.
PMID: 12041937
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Unresolved lateral ankle pain. It's not always 'just a sprain'.
Vertullo C.
Aust Fam Physician. 2002 Mar;31(3):247-53. Review.
PMID: 11926156
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Mobile bearings in primary knee arthroplasty.
Vertullo CJ, Easley ME, Scott WN, Insall JN.
J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2001 Nov-Dec;9(6):355-64. Review.
PMID: 11730328
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Management of the osteoarthritic knee. New advances in nonoperative therapy.
Vertullo C.
Aust Fam Physician. 2001 Sep;30(9):853-7. Review.
PMID: 11676313
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The effect of a tibial baseplate undersurface peripheral lip on cement penetration in total knee arthroplasty.
Vertullo CJ, Davey JR.
J Arthroplasty. 2001 Jun;16(4):487-92.
PMID: 11402413
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Pin-site complications of the halo thoracic brace with routine pin re-tightening.
Vertullo CJ, Duke PF, Askin GN.
Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1997 Nov 1;22(21):2514-6.
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Selected Meeting Abstracts

Vertullo CJ Konrath, C Vertullo, B Kennedy, H Bush, R S Barrett, D Lloyd Hamstring Morphology and Strength Remain Altered  2 Years Following a Hamstring Graft in ACL Reconstruction, Asia Pacific Knee Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine Society, Hong Kong 2016
Vertullo CJ, Joseph Cadman; Danè Dabirrahmani; Richard Appleyard,  Biomechanical Comparison of Two ACL Reconstruction Methods: Semitendinosus and Gracilis Construct versus Quadrupled Semitendinosus and Tape Construct. Asia Pacific Knee Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine Society, Hong Kong 2016
Chair, Plenary - The Surgeon and New Technology: Combined Royal College of Surgeons and Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Annual Science Meeting, Brisbane 2016. 
Vertullo CJ, A National Youth Sports Injury Prevention Program: Cost Benefit Analysis, Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association, Melbourne April 2016
Vertullo CJ Feasibility of an Australian Knee Osteotomy Registry, Australian Knee Society ASM 2015
Vertullo CJ, Lewis P, Graves S, Myers P, Twelve Year Outcomes of Oxinium Total Knee Arthroplasty Compared to the Same Cobalt Chrome Prosthesis: A Matched Cohort of 17 577 Cases from the AOANJRR.  Australian Knee Society ASM 2015
Vertullo CJ, When & How to Preform Chondroplasty, ISAKOS Lyon 2015
Vertullo CJ, Vince K, Chair, Instructional Course Lecture. The Painful Knee Replacement, A Comprehensive Approach, ISAKOS Lyon 2015
Stem Cells & PRP for Knee Osteoarthritis: Where’s the Evidence ?, Gold Coast Medical Association,  March 2015.
Vertullo CJ, Medial Compartment and Medial Meniscus Visualization is Improved by Anterior Cruciate Ligament Graft Placement in Chronic Anterior Cruciate Deficient Knees. Vertullo CJ, Australian Knee Society Annual Science Meeting Melbourne, 2014 & ISAKOS Lyon 2015
Vertullo CJ, All Inside Lateral Meniscus Repair During ACL, Australian Knee Society Annual Science Meeting Melbourne, 2014
Vertullo CJ, Safety & Efficacy of a Novel Focal Posteromedial HTO Autograft from the Distal Femoral Metaphysis. Australian Orthopaedic Association  ASM Melbourne, 2015 & ISAKOS Lyon 2015
Vertullo CJ, Meniscal Repair and Chondral Lesions, KLEOS, ACLR Course, Sydney, August 2014 & 2015
Vertullo CJ, Collateral Ligament Reconstruction, KLEOS, Multi-ligament Knee Reconstruction Course, Sydney, 2014 & 2015 and KneeEvolution 2015
HTO Debate, Zimmer Knee Masterclass, Sydney 2014, 2015
Vertullo CJ, Component Mal-rotation is a Common Cause of TKR Stiffness & Pain.  Zimmer Knee Masterclass, Sydney 2014 & 2015
Vertullo CJ. Revision TKR with Trabecular Metal. Zimmer Masterclass Sydney 2014.
Vertullo CJ, Haemovigilance: Is a Drain Still Needed in the Era of Transexamic Acid. QLD AOA ASM 2014.
Vertullo CJ, Safety & Efficacy of a Novel Focal Posteromedial HTO Autograft from the Distal Femoral Metaphysis. Australian Knee Society Annual Science Meeting, Hamilton Island, Oct 2013
Vertullo CJ, Validation of a Method for Intra-operative Assessment of Tibial Slope Alteration during HTO, Australian Knee Society Annual Science Meeting, Hamilton Island, Oct 2013
Mal-Rotation of Total Knee Replacement is a Significant Cause of Pain, Zimmer Interactions Meeting, August 2013, Gold Coast
HTO vs Unicompartmental Arthroplasty: The Great Debate. Zimmer Interactions, August 2013, Gold Coast
Vertullo CJ, Meniscal Repair and Chondral Lesions, KLEOS, ACLR Course, Sydney, August 2013
Chairman, Knee Section, QLD Branch, Australian Orthopaedic Association Annual Science Meeting, June 2013, Gold Coast
Vertullo CJ, Collateral Ligament Reconstruction, KLEOS, Multi-ligament Knee Reconstruction Course, Sydney, May 2013
Vertullo CJ, Component Rotation is the Key in TKR. AOA COE Brisbane, May 2012
Vertullo CJ, Oops - I Just Cut the MCL During a TKR: AOA COE Brisbane, May 2012
Vertullo CJ, Mobile Bearing Knees: Have They Lived Up to The Hype ?, Zimmer Interactions Meeting, Cairns, 2011
Vertullo CJ, Why Cement is Best. KLEOS, Sydney 2011,
Vertullo CJ, Preventing Osteoarthritis After ACLR and Meniscal Repair. KLEOS, Sydney 2011,
Vertullo CJ, Grayson J and Jones A. Prevention of Infection in ACL Reconstruction.  ISAKOS Meeting Rio, Brazil 2011.
Vertullo CJ, Grayson J and Jones A. Prevention of Infection in ACL Reconstruction. Australian Orthopaedic Association Annual Science Meeting, Adelaide 2010
Vertullo CJ, Preventing Infection after Knee Surgery, Indian Orthopaedic Association Annual Science Meeting, Jaipur, 2011
Vertullo CJ, Medial Meniscal Repair During ACL Reconstruction: A Technique of Avoiding Intra-operative Pivot Shift. Australian Orthopaedic Association Annual Science Meeting, Adelaide 2010.
 Vertullo CJ, Is Cement Penetration in TKR Reduced by Not Using a Tourniquet ? A Prospective Randomized Trial. Australian Orthopaedic Association Annual Science Meeting, Adelaide 2010. 
 Vertullo CJ, Grayson J and Jones A . Elution of Vancomycin from Tendon Grafts,.. The Australian Knee Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Adelaide, Oct 2010
 Vertullo CJ, Grayson J and Jones A. Prevention of Infection in ACL Reconstruction. The Australian Knee Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Palm Cove, Oct 2009
 Vertullo CJ, Medial Meniscal Repair During ACL Reconstruction: A Technique of Avoiding Intra-operative Pivot Shift. The Australian Knee Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Palm Cove, Oct 2009
Vertullo CJ, Is Cement Penetration in TKR Reduced by Not Using a Tourniquet ? A Prospective Randomized Trial. The Australian Knee Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Palm Cove, Oct 2009
Vertullo CJ, Current Concepts in Meniscal Repair, Surgery Chapter Conference, Australian College of Veterinary Scientists, July 2008
Vertullo CJ, Current Concepts in Anterior Cruciate Reconstruction, Surgery Chapter Conference, Australian College of Veterinary Scientists, July 2008
Vertullo CJ, Why Doesn’t Thermonecrosis Occur in Total Knee Arthroplasty? AOA Knee and Shoulder COE, Sydney, April 2006
Vertullo CJ, The Case for a All Polyethylene Tibia, AOA Knee and Shoulder COE, Sydney, April 2006
Vertullo CJ, Walsh WR, Napper R. Effect of Tibial Component Morphology on Cement Penetration and Micromotion.  AOA Knee and Shoulder COE, Sydney, April 2006
Vertullo CJ, The Case for Cement, AOA Knee and Shoulder COE, Sydney, April 2006
Vertullo CJ, Walsh WR, Napper R. Effect of Tibial Component Morphology on Cement Penetration and Micromotion.  Combined Australasian Knee Society and Arthroplasty Annual Scientific Meeting, Margaret River, WA Oct 2005
Vertullo CJ, Walsh, WR, Napper R. Why Doesn’t Thermonecrosis Occur in Total Knee Arthroplasty? Combined Australasian Knee Society and Arthroplasty Annual Scientific Meeting, Margaret River, WA Oct 2005
Vertullo CJ, Walsh WR, Napper R. Effect of Tibial Component Morphology on Cement Penetration and Micromotion.  S & N Winter Meeting, Palm Cove 2005
Vertullo CJ, Walsh, WR, Napper R. Why Doesn’t Thermonecrosis Occur in Total Knee Arthroplasty? Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association Annual Scientific Meeting, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2004
Vertullo CJ, Management of the Acute Knee Injury. Gold Coast Division of General Practice Annual Meeting, 2004
Sawney R, Vertullo CJ and Ivers R. Stability of Deep Dish Total Knee Replacements. Australian Orthopaedic Association, Annual Queensland Scientific Meeting June 2004.
Vertullo,CJ . Mobile Bearing Total Knee Arthroplasty. Smith and Nephew Arthroplasty Meeting, Sanctuary Cove, March 2002
Vertullo,CJ. The effect of a tibial baseplate undersurface peripheral lip on cement penetration in total knee arthroplasty. Smith and Nephew Arthroplasty Meeting, Sanctuary Cove, March 2002
Nunley JA and Vertullo CJ, Sports Participation after Foot or Ankle Arthrodesis. Lower Extremity Sports Medicine Meeting, Palm Springs, California March 2001
Nunley JA and Vertullo CJ, High Ankle Sprain in the Athlete, Lower Extremity Sports Medicine Meeting, Palm Springs, California March 2001
Nunley JA and Vertullo CJ, Thermal Arthroscopic Lateral Ankle Stabilization, 4th Annual Surgical Skills Course of the Swiss Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society, Basel, Switzerland, November 2000.
Vertullo CJ, Management of the Infected Total Knee, Concorde Orthopaedic Conference, August 2000
Vertullo CJ, High Tibial Osteotomy: Current Concepts, Concorde Orthopaedic Meeting, August 2000
Vertullo CJ, Personal Digital Assistants in Clinical Use, Toronto Hospital Grand Rounds, April 2000
Vertullo CJ, Management of the Infected Total Knee, Canadian Resident Arthroplasty Conference, May 2000
Vertullo CJ, Management of Open Pelvic Fractures, Princes Alexandra Hospital Grand Rounds, Feb 1998
Vertullo CJ, Duke P, Askin G, Complications of the Halo Thoracic Brace with Routine Pin Re-Tightening. Princess Alexandra Hospital Society Meeting, July 1997.
Vertullo CJ, The Internet and Orthopaedics, Princess Alexandra Hospital Society Meeting, July 1997.
Vertullo CJ, Duke P, Askin G, Complications of the Halo Thoracic Brace with Routine Pin Re-Tightening. Australian Spine Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Sanctuary Cove, June 1997
Vertullo CJ, Duke P, Askin G, Complications of the Halo Thoracic Brace with Routine Pin Re-Tightening. Queensland AOA Scientific Meeting, Coolum, April 1997
Vertullo CJ, Ivers R, Whittle A, Metal Backed Patella- Causes & Management of Failure.  Richards Winter Meeting, Daydream Island, Qld June 1996