Mr James Tunggal

Knee & Shoulder Arthroscopy, Lower Limb Arthroplasty, Sports Orthopaedics

James Tunggal

Mr James Tunggal

BSc(Med), MBBS, FRACS, FAOrthA


Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS)
Fellow of the Australian Orthopaedic Association (FAOrthA)
Member of ISAKOS


Mr Tunggal studied medicine at the University of New South Wales and completed his advanced training in orthopaedic surgery on the Sydney Northside Orthopaedic Training Programme in 2008.

After undertaking a locum on the Sunshine Coast, he went on to complete an advanced clinical fellowship in knee and shoulder arthroscopy at Ullevål University Hospital and the Oslo Sports Trauma Research Centre in Norway. He furthered his training with another fellowship in Hip and Knee Arthroplasty, and Major Pelvic and Lower Limb Trauma at St Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Canada.

On his return in 2009, he made the permanent move from Sydney to call the Sunshine Coast home and was appointed as a staff specialist at Nambour General Hospital and now the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service. He also continues to remain actively involved in teaching at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels being the Director of Training at Nambour General Hospital and now the Sunshine Coast University Hospital for the advanced orthopaedic trainees of the Australian Orthopaedic Association.

Mr Tunggal’s major interest and expertise lie with sports orthopaedics, particularly arthroscopic knee and shoulder surgery. He has also maintained a keen interest in hip and knee arthroplasty (joint replacement) as well as trauma surgery. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the Australian Orthopaedic Association. He has been providing the Sunshine Coast with private care since 2010, commencing initially at Noosa Hospital and also since 2013, at Buderim Private Hospital. As well as consulting from the main rooms at Birtinya he also consults at Noosa.


Sports orthopaedics procedures include:

  • Shoulder arthroscopy
  • Shoulder dislocations / instability
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • SLAP (labral cartilage) lesions, proximal biceps injuries
  • Subacromial impingement
  • Loose bodies
  • Clavicle injuries
  • Acromioclavicular (AC) joint injuries and chronic disorders
  • Knee arthroscopy
  • Meniscal tears, including repairs
  • ACL / PCL (cruciate ligament) reconstructions
  • Multi-ligament knee reconstructions
  • Osteochondral (cartilage) lesions
  • Patella (knee-cap) disorders

Hip and knee procedures include:

  • Hip and knee arthroplasty (joint replacement)
  • Management of fractures