About Professor Mackay
A world-leading sports surgeon and the inventor of the revolutionary Internal Brace, Scottish orthopaedic surgeon Professor Gordon Mackay is based at the Kings Park Hospital in Stirling but also operates at The Space Clinic in Edinburgh and Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow. He has worked extensively with the Scottish Rugby Union, Rangers and Celtic football clubs, Scotland’s Olympians via his tie-up with Scottish Institute of Sport. He was also the official doctor for the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles and for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
With a father who was a professional footballer with top Scottish team Kilmarnock and a mother who was a doctor in Glasgow, he was destined to mix medicine and sport. The fusion occurred in 1988/9 when he was on the playing staff at Rangers FC in Glasgow and witnessed the impact of ligament and tendon injuries, not least on his own career.
Returning to medicine, he decided to specialise in sports surgery and went to Australia to witness the phenomenal levels of expertise of the specialists treating Australian Rules Football players. Since returning, he has established himself as Scotland’s foremost sports surgeon and has operated on many of the country’s most prominent sportsmen and women.
In particular, in addition to mastering and developing conventional operating techniques, his invention of the Internal Brace has revolutionised the treatment of damaged ligaments and tendons. Athletes can now return to competitive sport within six to eight weeks of their injury, as opposed to six to nine months, as per conventional surgery. The technique was voted the most innovative and relevant development at a recent seminar attended by 1,400 surgeons from around the world. Professor Mackay developed the Internal Brace with the support of Arthrex, the world’s leading sports surgery company.
Professor Mackay said “Their support and expertise along with the vision of CEO and President Reinhold Schmeiding has undoubtedly helped me as a surgeon to treat my patients better.”
Professor Mackay is also the doctor for the 2014 Commonwealth Games competition and at the 2014 Ryder Cup which takes place at Gleneagles.