A/Prof Matthew Lawson-Smith

I was born in London and raised in Perth. I have a specialist interest in hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder surgery. I undertook advanced fellowship training in Perth followed by subspecialty training in Australia and overseas.

Experience, Training and Awards


My training included an upper limb and sports surgery fellowship with the Canberra Orthopaedic Group; a one year hand and wrist fellowship at the Birmingham Hand Centre, which is one of the largest hand centers in Europe; and a one year Shoulder and Upper Limb Fellowship at The James Cook University Hospital Middlesbrough under Professor Rangan.

As well as hand fellowships, I have obtained the European Diploma in Hand Surgery. One of the only few surgeons in Australia to have done so.

I work privately in Murdoch, Subiaco, Nedlands, Mandurah, Rockingham and Claremont. I also have public clinics in Mandurah and at Fremantle Hospital.

Teaching and Research

I teach and examine at the University of Notre Dame where I am an adjunct Associate Professor lecturer, as well as teaching the Western Australian Orthopaedic trainees. I have previously taught at Oxford University and I also currently examine for the Australian Medical Council.

I have presented papers on hand and upper limb surgery at Australian and overseas conferences and have published many surgical papers.

I have been heavily involved in teaching medical students since 1995. I run a mock hand exam programme for orthopaedic and plastic trainees. I also run a junior doctor hand surgeon program at Fremantle Hospital, Western Australia.

Current Research Projects

  • Carpal tunnel surgery and pillar pain
  • Wrist fusion
  • Mini invasive interphalangeal joint fusion of the hand
  • Hamate fractures


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Our Practice

Our main office is are located at SJOG Murdoch at the Murdoch Orthopaedic Clinic. We have highly facilitated rooms with ample on-site parking.

Our office is open Monday to Friday from 8.30am – 5.00pm (closed on public holidays). Our experienced staff members are here to assist and guide you.

Meet our Team

Our highly skilled staff have extensive knowledge of medical procedures and policies.

Our experienced and dedicated team provides outstanding patient care and outcomes, both administratively and medically.

A/Prof Matthew Lawson-Smith

A/Prof Lawson-Smith is an experienced orthopaedic surgeon and consultant who specialises in upper limb hand surgery. He has a keen interest in all aspects of upper limb surgery.

Sharren McInnes || Practice Manager and Personal Assistant

Sharren has been working within the medical administration field for over 19 years, in different fields and roles. She has extensive knowledge and in-depth understanding of medical administration and theatres. Sharren has recently completed studies in nursing in 2023. She is passionate about delivering the best patient care experience with A/Prof Matthew Lawson-Smith.

Ashleigh Walpole || Full Time Medical Secretary

Ashleigh has been working in the medical administration industry for about 10 years and in this duration, she has been working with A/Prof Lawson-Smith for over a year. Ashleigh started her administrative journey working for GP’s, then moved onto the specialty of neurology and spinal and has now progressed onto the field of hand and upper limb orthopaedics. Ashleigh enjoys her role immensely and strives for great administrative outcomes for all patients. Ashleigh has an extensive expertise of the private sector and understands the importance of a patient journey and great patient outcomes.

Leanne Naylor || Part-Time Secretary

Leanne has a background in private hospital executive administration management and has transitioned across to medical specialist administration field. Leanne has been working in administrative medicine for over 15 years .

Raechelle Cherry || Practice Nurse

Raechelle has been nursing for over 24 years and within the last 18 years, she has been working on an orthopaedic ward in the private healthcare sector as a Clinical Nurse. Raechelle is a member of the Orthopaedic Nurses Association (ONAWA) and regularly attends seminars and conferences to further her already expansive orthopaedic knowledge.

Monique Lawson || Full Time Secretary

Monique has worked in physiotherapy, general practice and has now transitioned across to our practice in early 2021. Monique will be on maternity leave from December 2023.

Make an appointment

Call 08 6332 6325 or contact us to book an appointment.
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