A/Prof Leo Donnan


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  • Orthopaedics
  • Paediatrics

Areas of Interest

  • Paediatric orthopaedics
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Limb reconstruction
  • Oncology
  • Foot and ankle arthroplasty

St Vincent’s Private Hospital East Melbourne, VIC

64 Chapman Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051

T: (03) 9322 3330

F: (03) 9329 4969

E: donnan.office@vicortho.com.au


Leo Donnan is an Orthopaedic Surgeon who specialises in Paediatric Orthopaedics, Limb Reconstruction and the management of Musculoskeletal Tumours.

He graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1986 and trained in Orthopaedic Surgery obtaining the Fellowship from 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 United Kingdom.

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.

Research and Education has always been an important part of his surgical practice. Through the not for profit Enlighten Health group developed innovative animated teaching programs for the community and health practitioners. In 2017 he 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.

Leo is a passionate clinician who undertakes some of the most challenging clinical cases whilst striving to make paediatric care for conditions, such as hip dysplasia, accessible and of the highest quality. His experience is broad meaning that the patient and family receives the best possible orthopaedic care with clear explanation and considered surgical care designed to ensure the best outcome for now and the future.