RPAH - Institute of Academic Surgery RPAH - Institute of Academic Surgery
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Institute of Academic Surgery

Orthopaedic Surgery


Dr Jeffrey Petchell
Dr Jeffrey Petchell
Head of Department

Dr Brett Fritsch
Dr Brett Fritsch
Robotic Lead

Prof Ian Harris
Prof Ian Harris
Research Lead

Dr Sanjeev Gupta
Education Lead

Dr Richard Boyle

Dr Christopher Smithers

A/Prof Paul Stalley

Dr Daniel Franks

Dr Maurice Guzman

A/Prof Mark Horsley

About the Department

The orthopaedic department at RPA is one of the busiest units in the State providing surgical care to more than 1,600 inpatients and 14,000 outpatients annually with injuries, conditions and diseases of their musculoskeletal system in the trauma, emergency and planned setting. The innovative team of nine surgeons continually demonstrate positive outcomes for their patients and achieve outstanding low infection rates.


  • One of the largest join replacement units in Australia
  • Leaders in sarcoma with 90% of advanced sarcoma surgery in NSW undertaken at RPA
  • Extracorporeal irradiation and re-implantation of bone for primary bone sarcoma
  • Robotic-assisted surgery in knee arthroplasty

Key Research Themes

  • Bone and soft tissue sarcoma including extracorporeal irradiation and re-implantation of bone
  • Robotic-assisted knee arthroplasty including patient reported outcomes
  • 3D titanium printed implants
  • Limb preservation surgery

Key Education & Training Activities

  • Graduate Medical Program - University of Sydney
  • Dedicated training sessions 'Bone School' for surgical trainees
  • Training fellowships in orthopaedic oncology and joint replacement
  • Course convenors and examiners to the Australian Orthopaedics Association (AOA).

Areas of Expertise

  • Bone and soft tissue sarcoma
  • Sacral resection within pelvic exenteration
  • Reconstruction and replacement of major joints
  • Trauma surgery

Useful Links

  • Affiliated Organisations
  • Institute of Rheumatology and Orthopaedics (IRO)
  • Chris O'Brien Lifehouse
  • Institute for Musculoskeletal Health
  • University of Sydney

(same as the website)

Rebecca Bakous (Orthopaedic Executive Assistant)
(02) 9515 7508

Kate Alexander (Research Contact)
(02) 9515 3210

RPA Orthopaedic Department
Queen Elizabeth II Building - Level 5
59 Missenden Road
Camperdown NSW 2050
(02) 9515-9812

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