W.R. Walsh, Ph.D. is a professor of medicine at at University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and Director of Surgical & Orthopaedic Research Laboratories, University of New South Wales, Prince of Wales Hospital. His research lies at the interface between implanted materials and the connective tissues of the body as it relates to orthopaedic, plastic and reconstructive and vascular surgery. This includes both autograft, allograft and synthetic biomaterials and understanding and improving these materials in areas of clinical need. The foundation of his research interests center on understanding the biology and biomechanics of connective tissues during healing, age and disease; this involves research techniques from the macro to molecular level.
Bill holds a B.A. in Biology and Chemistry from Bucknell University, and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering - Biomechanics & Biomaterials from Rutgers University and University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Bill is a member of the: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; North American Spine Society; Australian and New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society, where he served as President from 2003 to 2006; Australian Arthroplasty Association; Australasian Biomaterials Society; Australian Orthopaedic Association; Biomedical Engineering Society; Orthopaedic Research Society; Standards Australia; Society for Biomaterials. He has served on many university, government and professional committees in both the U.S. and Australia, and has acted as a journal reviewer for many scientific and medical publications. Bill has over 385 peer reviewed journal publications, book chapters and patents. He is on a number of editorial boards including Biomaterials, CORR, Muscle Tendon Ligament Journal, Journal of Biomechanics, The Spine Journal and Frontiers in Surgery and Bone and Joint Research.