Leo T. Donnan, M.B.B.S. (Melb), F.R.A.C.S., FAOrthA.

Leo Donnan graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1986 subsequently training in Orthopedic Surgery obtaining his Fellowship of the College of Surgeons in 1994. During the following two years he undertook basic research into the regulation of bone formation at the St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research before accepting a Senior Lecturer position at the Sheffield Children’s Hospital in the UK. In this post he lead the Limb Reconstruction Service and developed an interest in medical education producing a complete syllabus of video based teaching material for education of medical students and surgical trainees in paediatric orthopaedics.

He continued advanced training in paediatrics and limb reconstruction at the Russian Scientific Institute in Kurgan Siberia and a various European Institutes. During this time published on techniques in reconstructive surgery and in particular that related to fully implantable intramedullary lengthening devices and deformity correction. On return to Melbourne he was appointed to a consultant position at the Royal Children’s, St Vincent’s and Royal Melbourne Hospitals and became Director of Orthopaedics at The Royal Children’s Hospital in 2004.

At The Royal Children’s Hospital he established the Limb Reconstruction Service and currently hosts an International Fellowship in that field. He has sub-specialist interests in correction of congenital deformities, hip dysplasia, joint replacement, neuromuscular disorders and foot and ankle surgery.

In 2006 he was appointed Chief of Surgery (Executive Director Surgical Services) at the Royal Children’s Hospital and was made Clinical Associate Professor University of Melbourne.


The Orthopaedic Lever: A Simple Method to reduce Unstable Posteriorly Displaced or Angulated Proximal Femoral Fractures.
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery, (1996) 66, 397-399

Idiopathic Chondrolysis of the Hip
L.T.Donnan and B Einoder
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery, (1996) 66, 569-571

The Paediatric Musculoskeletal Examination Part 1
Patient Skills: Teaching Video (1998)
University of Sheffield Television Production Unit

The Paediatric Musculoskeletal Examination Part 2
Examination: Teaching Video (1998)
University of Sheffield Television Production Unit

The Paediatric Musculoskeletal Examination Part 3
Observational Gait Analysis: Teaching Video (1999)
University of Sheffield Television Production Unit

Posterior Dislocation of the Humeral Head in Association with Obstetrical Palsy
I Torode and L.T.Donnan
Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, (1998), 18:611-615

Monolateral Fixators in Paediatric Limb Reconstruction
L.T.Donnan and M Saleh
Current Orthopaedics, (1998), 12:159-166

Assessment of Ilizarov Correction of Clubfoot Deformity Using Pedobarography
R Hutchinson, R.P.Betts, L.T.Donnan. M.Saleh
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, B (2001), 83:1041-1045

Radiographic assessment of bone formation in tibia during distraction osteogenesis
L.T. Donnan, M. Saleh, A.S.Rigby, A.McAndrew
Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, B (2002), 22:645-651

Acute Deformity Correction And Simultaneous Lengthening With A Monolateral Fixator
L.T. Donnan, M. Saleh, A.S.Rigby
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, B (2003)

Gradual femoral lengthening with the Albizzia intramedullary nail
J M Guichet, B Deromedis, L T Donnan,  G Peretti, P Lascombes, F Bado
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, A (2003);

Medial temporal lobe dysgenesis in hypochondroplasia
P Kannu, I M Hayes, S Mandelstam, L Donnan, R  Savarirayan.
Am J Med Genet A. (2005) Nov 1; 138(4): 389-91

High Recurrence after calf lengthening with the Ilizarov apparatus for the treatment of spastic equinus foot deformity
R Biedermann, J Lair, C Bach, S Frischhut, G Kaufmann, L T Donnan
Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics(B) 2007, Vol 16(2):125-128

Complications and patient satisfaction after periacetabular pelvic osteotomy
Biedermann R, Donnan L, Gabriel A, Wachter R, Krismer M, Behensky H
Int Orthop. 2007 Jun 20

The radiographic classification of the bone-screw interface in paediatric tibial lengthening
McAndrew AR, Saleh M, Rigby AS, Donnan LT.
J Pediatr Orthop B. 2007 Sep;16(5):305-11

Metatropic dysplasia: clinical and radiographic findings in 11 patients demonstrating long-term natural history
Kannu P, Aftimos S, Mayne V, Donnan L, Savarirayan R.
Am J Med Genet A. 2007 Nov 1;143(21):2512-22

Peri-acetabular external fixation for hip disease: an anatomical study
S Brown, I Lasrado, L T Donnan
Strategies in Trauma and Limb Reconstruction

Ligamentum teres tenodesis in medial approach open reduction for developmental dysplasia of the hip
Bache E, Graham K, Dickens D, Donnan L, Johnson M, Nattrass G, O’Sullivan M, Torode I
J Pediatr Orthop B. 2008 Sep;28(6):

Technology Mediated Learning in Healthcare: When a Picture Paints a Thousand Words
Donnan L, Beischer A, Cornoiu A, De Steiger R, Graves S, Richardson M.
Health Infomatics Society of Australia. 2008 Aug: 1-5

The Practical use of Multimedia Technology to Facilitate the Education of Patients with Plantar Fasciitis
Beischer AD, Clarke A, De Steiger RN. Donnan L, Ibuki A, Unglik R,
FAS, Feb, 2008

Limb Reconstruction using circular frames in children and adolescents with Spina Bifida
S.P Kelly, C.E Bache, H. Kerr Graham, L.T Donnan
J Bone Joint Surg Br (2010) vol. 92 (7) pp. 1017.22

Indication of immune tolerance using rituximab in a child with severe haemophilia B with inhibitors and anaphylaxis to factor IX
C. Barnes, A. Davies, J. Furmedge, B. Egan, L. Donnan, P. Monagle
World Federation of Hemophilia (2010) pp


Published Abstracts

Radiographic Validation Of New Tibial Bone Formed By Callotasis
A.R. McAndrew, L.T. Donnan, A.S. Rigby, M. Saleh
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (B) 81 Supplement I

Acute Correction Of Bony Deformity And Simultaneous Lengthening By Callotasis
L.T. Donnan, A.S. Rigby, M.S. Saleh
Sheffield, UK
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (B) 81 Supplement II

Gradual Distal Fibular Transport Using External Fixators For Ankle Deformities In Children
R Natarajan, L T Donnan, M Saleh,
Sheffield, UK
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (B) 82 Supplement I

Published Letters

The effect of pelvic rotation and inclination on the cross-over sign
Rainer G. Biedermann, M.D., Leo T. Donnan, M.D., FRACS
Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA   (20 April 2006)

Book Chapters

Bone Biology
K W Ng , E Romas, L.Donnan, D. Findlay
Bailliere’s Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism  Vol 11 No1  pp1-22 1997

The Acute Correction of Deformity by Means of Monolateral External Fixation
L T Donnan & M Saleh
Orthofix: External Fixation in Trauma and Orthopaedics
Edited by G. De Bastiani, A.G. Apley, and A.A.J. Goldberg
Springer-Verlag London, UK



Victorian Health Care Award 2007
Advanced Practice Physiotherapy Model of Care
Department of Health, Victoria
Innovation in Workforce Design

Victorian Health Care Award 2007
Royal Children’s Hospital Team Award
Department of Health, Victoria
Craniophagus Twins Separation

Victorian Health Care Award 2012
Developmental Dysplasia Education Program
Department of Health, Victoria
Technology Innovation