Gordon Mackay qualified from Glasgow University in 1987.
As a newly qualified doctor, Gordon took the unusual route of pursuing a career in professional football and enjoyed a brief spell as a reserve player for Rangers Football Club It was during his playing career that he experienced at first hand the insecurity of injury and the casual attitude to sports medicine at that time.
Gordon returned to medicine a year later and spent the next decade undertaking extensive training and research in orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine. He completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine at London University followed by international training and Sports Surgery fellowships at some of the world's leading sports surgery clinics, including Sydney, Adelaide and Sweden. It was during his international surgical fellowships that Gordon embraced the potential of sports medicine with emphasis on early detection of injuries and fast track rehabilitation, not only for professional sports people but for the active population too.
On his return to Scotland, Gordon was appointed Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Stirling Royal Infirmary. His research interests allowed him to complete a MD in the Mechanism and Prevention of Injuries in Sports at Glasgow University, strengthening his resolve to work full time on sports injuries.
He has experience in treating a variety of athletes from the Institute of Sport in Australia and Scotland, as well as international rugby players and professional footballers.