An Otago University Medical School graduate, John Matheson completed a research MSc. degree at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship in 1979. After finishing Orthopaedic Fellowship surgical training, from 1983 he worked as a consultant Orthopaedic surgeon at Dunedin and Mercy hospitals and Senior clinical lecturer at Otago University Medical School. Having retired from clinical practice in 2020 he continues to teach senior medical students and post graduate surgical trainees.
John has been a General Orthopaedic surgeon with particular interest in hand conditions, knee and sports surgery as well as hip and knee arthroplasty.
He has been President of the NZ Knee society, Chairman of the NZ Orthopaedic Association Continuing Education Committee, Examiner for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Surgeons and President of the NZ Orthopaedic Association.
His research interests include elbow, patellar and Achilles tendinopathies, knee replacement, metabolic effects of lower limb arthroplasty and medical ethics.