Leo Donnan • Principal

I graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1986 and trained in Orthopaedic Surgery obtaining my Fellowship from the College of Surgeons in 1994. During the following two years I 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 I led 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.

I continued advanced training in paediatrics and limb reconstruction at the Russian Scientific Institute in Kurgan Siberia and a various European Institutes. During this time I published on techniques in reconstructive surgery and in particular that related to fully implantable intramedullary lengthening devices and deformity correction. On return to Melbourne I 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, I established the Limb Reconstruction Service and currently hosts an International Fellowship in that field. I have sub-specialist interests in the correction of congenital deformities, bone dysplasias, bone and soft tissue tumours, hip dysplasia, joint replacement, fractures and sports injuries and foot and ankle surgery.

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

Research and Education has always been an important part of my surgical practice. Through the not for profit Enlighten Health group we developed innovative animated teaching programs for the community and health practitioners. In 2017 I completed a Masters of Surgical Education which has been used in developing instructional and assessment programs for trainee physicians and surgeons. Research interested have been varied and are now focused on the use of larger registry data to answer the big questions and health technology innovation to enhance patient care and facilitate clinician decision making.

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