A/Prof Leo Donnan

Associate Professor Leo Donnan is the lead Principal Investigator of the Victorian hip dysplasia registry (VicHip) and an Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in limb reconstruction, orthopaedic oncology and joint replacement. He has a variety of sub-specialist interests, in particular, hip dysplasia. 

Leo was the driving force behind the creation of Melbourne's first hip dysplasia registry, now known as VicHip. Its mission is to help deliver the best care and treatment outcomes for people with hip dysplasia.   


"VicHip provides a platform to address the current gaps in knowledge of hip dysplasia, and we are working towards growing rich data and high-quality evidence for rapid translation into clinical practice in a range of clinical settings,” said A/Prof Leo Donnan. 


Research and medical education have always been an important part of Leo’s surgical practice. He is interested in the big questions about health and healthcare and how large registry data can help answer them. Leo has published about the use of health registries and their enormous value to epidemiology and clinical practice, providing an opportunity to enhance patient care globally.   

Leo was also instrumental in developing innovative 3D animated teaching programs for clinicians involved in hip dysplasia screening to aid early diagnosis and referral, as well as patient education videos such as safe swaddling methods. Leo received Victorian Health Care Awards for these excellent resources.  



Leo graduated from The University of Melbourne in 1986 and trained in Orthopaedic Surgery in Melbourne, obtaining his Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1994. He gained international experience at the Sheffield Children’s Hospital in the United Kingdom, key European centres and the Russian Scientific Institute in Kurgan, Siberia, Russia. He was the Chief of Surgery at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, between 2006 and 2013 and the Director of Orthopaedics until 2014. In 2017 he completed a Masters of Surgical Education, which he used to develop instructional and assessment programs for trainee physicians and surgeons. Leo is also a Clinical Associate Professor at the Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne and an Honorary Fellow of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.    

A/Prof Leo Donnan is a passionate clinician who undertakes some of the most challenging clinical cases while striving to make paediatric care for conditions like hip dysplasia more accessible and of the highest quality. 


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

Principal, Victorian Orthopaedic Centre (VicOrtho)


Orthopaedic Surgeon and VicHip site lead at The Royal Children’s Hospital


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VicHip is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care under the Medical Research Future Fund grant 2015989.

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