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Dr Brett McClelland

Dr Brett McClelland

Brief Profile

Dr Brett McClelland is an Australian-trained Orthopaedic Surgeon who specialises in hand, wrist, peripheral nerve, and microsurgery. He manages all conditions of the hand and wrist in both adult and paediatric patients.

After studying Medical Science at Sydney University, Dr McClelland undertook his medical schooling at The University of Newcastle. He also completed his Orthopaedic Surgical Specialty Training in Newcastle.

He has worked in many Hospitals throughout New South Wales and South Australia. After completing his training, Dr McClelland undertook two sub-specialised Hand and Microsurgical Fellowships; firstly in Tampere, Finland, then in Toronto, Canada.

Dr McClelland received The Transplantation Society’s Young Investigator Grant for his work on Hand Transplantation in 2013. He has presented this and other research at local, national and international meetings in Australia, North America and Europe.


Research Interests

  • Trauma and Reconstructive surgery of the hand and wrist
  • Congenital Hand Differences
  • Dupuytren’s Disease
  • Osteoarthritis of the hand and wrist
  • Peripheral nerve surgery


Why did you get into research?

My drive to conduct research stems from a desire to improve the evidence for our decisions in managing hand injuries and conditions. I feel that there is huge room for improvement in the development and implementation of care to the community, for both children and adults.

My first foray into international research related to hand transplantation in children, which opened up numerous avenues of interest with regard to the technical, as well as the psychosocial aspects of what we do as surgeons.


What would be the ultimate goal for your research?

Ultimately, I would like to be involved in studies or trials that lead to a change in practice across the globe. To demonstrate a better way of doing something: more efficient, lower costs or marked improvement in patient outcomes.


Future Focus

  • Improving the evidence-based management of bone and soft tissue injuries of the hand and wrist.
  • Utilising the local area's comprehensive trauma exposure to produce valid and meaningful data and embark on collaborative trauma research with Hand Surgeons in other centers across Australia and Internationally.


Specialised/Technical Skills

  • Orthopaedic Hand, Wrist and Microsurgeon
  • Paediatric Hand Surgeon
  • International collaborations



  • Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD)
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)
  • Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA)
  • Australian Hand Surgical Society (AHSS)
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH)
  • NSW Hand Surgery Association (NSWHSA)
  • The Transplantation Society (TTS)
  • International Society of Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation (ISVCA)