Prof Ponky Firer is a world-renowned knee surgeon who has been specializing in knee surgery for 34 years.
After completing a BSc Engineering, he then studied Medicine and ultimately specialized in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Witwatersrand. In 1982 he was awarded his MMed (Ortho Surg) Cum Laude for his work on the Anterior Cruciate Ligament. During his undergraduate years, he represented South Africa in Field hockey.
His interest in Sports medicine resulted in him travelling the world to find new techniques to treat his patients at the Johannesburg General Hospital, where he and Dr Clive Noble started the first sports injury clinic in Johannesburg in 1976. Ponky then moved into Private Practice with Clive Noble at Rosebank Clinic specializing in sports injuries.
In 1996 he established the Linksfield Orthopaedic Sports and Rehabilitation center. He focused his practice on knee surgery and helped many younger surgeons establish their niche in Orthopaedics and Sports medicine.
He is widely published in international and local journals and currently edits and reviews for local and international publications.
He remains as a senior lecturer in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Witwatersrand and is a senior consultant in the Soft tissue knee clinic at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital.
He continues to practice as an Orthopaedic knee surgeon with a special interest in knee replacements and degenerative conditions of the knee. He pioneered the use of biological management of osteoarthritis of the knee and continues to remain at the cutting edge of knee ligament and reconstructive surgery.
He also enjoys playing golf occasionally.