Mr Matthew Lawson-Smith

Research & Training

Read about peer reviewed publications and research papers, awards and conference abstracts.

Peer reviewed publications and research papers titles


Rogers, R., Luk, L., Ross, R., Cowling, L., Wall, B., & Lawson-Smith, MJ.
(2024, April 15). Study of Hamate Fractures in a Single Tertiary Hands Unit: A Retrospective Cohort Study and Literature Review. American Society for Surgery of the Hand; Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhsg.2024.02.002

Annora Ai-Wei Kumar, Lawson-Smith M,
Pillar Pain After Minimally Invasive and Standard Open Carpal Tunnel Release: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
Journal of Hand Surgery Global Online, Elsevier Published: January 03, 2024

Piers Truter, Lawson-Smith M, Dale Edgar,
Response to “Point-of-Care Ultrasound for Guidance of Closed Reduction of Fifth Metacarpal Neck (Boxer’s) Fracture“, The Journal of Emergency Medicine, Volume 65, Issue 5,2023, Pages e473-e474, ISSN 0736-4679,


Goddard Nash AS, Valene BJ, Faveere AJL, Lawson-Smith MJ
Collagenase for Dupuytren’s Contractures: A Prospective Case Series
Acta Scientific Orthopaedica 2023; 6: 49-53

Walmsley A, Wylde C, Lawson-Smith M
FDP Avulsion-A Simple reliable technique for fixation
Acta Scientific Orthopaedics 2023; 6: 8-10.

Briotti J, Wilson S, Goh G, Lawson-Smith M,
Wrist arthrodesis using the Medartis Carpometacarpal Joint Sparing plate
Hand 2022: 1-7.

Computer-assisted 3D-Planned Corrective Osteotomy for Symptomatic Fracture-Malunion: An Ulna-Only Case Study.
Wazir M, Bhogesha S, Lawson-Smith M.
Journal of Hand Surgery Global Online 2022; 4: 360-366.

Promising Outcomes following Pyrocarbon Lunate Replacement for Kienbock Disease. Wilson H, Jarret P, Wilson S, Lawson-Smith M
Internet Journal of Hand Surgery 2022; 11: 1-4.2

Atraumatic rupture of the distal median nerve
Bibo L, O’Beirne A, Lawson-Smith M
Acta Scientific Orthopaedics 2021; 4: 06-08

Leech therapy for the treatment of venous congestion in flaps, digital re-plants and revascularisations- a two-year review from a regional centre.  Butt A, Ismail A, Lawson-Smith M, Shahid M, Webb J, Chester DL. Journal of Ayub Med Coll Abbottabad 2016; 28: 219-23.

Haunch B, Mataram N, Utrillas-Compaired A, Lawson-Smith M, Rangan A.  Biceps sheath fluid on shoulder ultrasound as a predictor of rotator cuff tear: Analysis of a consecutive cohort. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow 2016; 25: 1661-7.

Weusten AJ, Khan SJ, Lawson-Smith MJ, McBirnie J, Siebert W.  Implant survivorship and clinical outcomes of the Bigliani-Flatlow shoulder prosthesis at a mean of five years: A post-marketing surveillance study from three centres.Journal of Arthroscopy and Joint Surgery 2015; 2: 16-22.

Lawson-Smith M, Al Maitah M, Goodchild L, Finn P, Fourie B, Rangan A. Do partial thickness, bursal aide cuff tears affect outcome following arthroscopic decompression? A prospective comparative cohort study.  Shoulder and Elbow Journal 2015; 7: 24-28. 

Lawson-Smith M, Policinski I, Smith J and Roberts C.  Results of surface replacement proximal interphalangeal joint arthroplasty. Journal of Arthroscopy and Joint Surgery 2014; 1: 82-86. 

Liow R,Jeavons R, Lawson-Smith M, Tindall E and Utrillas-Compaired A.
Rotator cuff repair in older patients. Journal of Arthroscopy and Joint Surgery 2014; 1: 11-18.

Gueorguiev B, Ockert B, Schweiger K, Wahnert D, Lawson-Smith M, Windolf M and Stoffel K.  Angular stability potentially permits fewer locking screws compared with conventional locking in intramedullary nailed distal tibia fractures: a biomechanical study.  J Orthop Trauma 2011; 25: 340-346.

Sinha I, Lawson-Smith MJ, Booth MB, Dehn TD. Laparoscopic subtotal cholecystectomy. British Journal of Surgery2007; 94: 1527-9.

Lawson-Smith MJ and Galland RB. Combined fascia and mesh repair of incisional hernias. Hernia 2006; 10: 262-5.

Lawson-Smith MJ, Smith SJ, Leach JCD and Cadoux-Hudson T. Lateral Medullary Syndrome Caused by Penetrating Head Injury: A Short Report. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience2006; 13: 792-4.

Lawson-Smith MJ, Green A and Teddy PJ. Cord compression secondary to intradural calcification. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience 2006; 13: 272-275.

Lawson-Smith MJ, Samandouras G, Hinks T, Tan PL, Quaghebeur G, Matthews P, Anosgore O and Aziz TZ. Neurosurgical Image: spinal cord infarction caused by malignant intramedullary glioma; the traps of epidemiology and travel history. British Journal of Neurosurgery 2004; 18: 199-200.

Lawson-Smith M and McGeachie JK. The identification of myogenic cells, with emphasis on the use of tritiated thymidine autoradiography and desmin antibodies. Journal of Anatomy1998; 192: 161-171.

Lawson-Smith MJ and McGeachie JK. Experimental skeletal muscle grafts as a model of regeneration. The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery 1997; 67:35-39.

Lawson-Smith M and McGeachie JK. An overview of the regeneration of skeletal muscle. Biomedical Reviews 1996; 6: 75-81.

Conference Abstracts


Collins J. Lawson-Smith M. A comparison study of wrist fusion using a carpometacarpal joint spanning vs sparing plate.
Western Australian Branch Scientific Meeting, Australian Orthopaedic Association February 2023

Wazir M. Lawson-Smith M. Comparing pre-operative carpal tunnel investigations.
Western Australian Branch Scientific Meeting, Australian Orthopaedic Association February 2023

Liddall D. Lawson-Smith M. Small gets smaller: minimally invasive technique for small joint arthrodesis of the finger.
Western Australian Branch Scientific Meeting, Australian Orthopaedic Association February 2023

Kumar A. Lawson-Smith M. Pillar pain following carpal tunnel release: A systematic review and meta-analysis of surgical techniques.
Western Australian Branch Scientific Meeting, Australian Orthopaedic Association February 2023

Lawson-Smith M. Thumb carpometacarpal joint – surgical perspective
Australasian Musculoskeletal Imaging Group (AMSIG) Annual Scientific Meeting May 2023

Lawson-Smith MJ, Rebecca Morrell. Ultrasound findings in patients with pain following Carpal Tunnel Decompression. Australian Orthopaedic Association Scientific Conference 2022

Kritiotis C, Lawson-Smith M, Simpson C, Jose R, Tan S, Power D. Use of a forearm adipofascial perforator flap in the treatment of radio-ulnar synostosis. EFORT Istanbul Turkey 2013; IFSSH New Delhi India 2013.

Lawson-Smith M, Simpson C, Shahid M, Wu F, Tan S, Power D.
Evaluation of bridge plate osteosynthesis for complex periartricular fractures in the hand and wrist. British Society for Surgery of the Hand (BSSH) Autumn Scientific Meeting York UK 2012; EFORT Istanbul Turkey 2013; IFSSH New Delhi India 2013.

Simpson C, Lawson-Smith M, Screen R, Shahid M, Waldram M, Power D. Use of a multidirectional angular stable locking plate for 4 corner fusion of the degenerative wrist: early results. BSSH Autumn Scientific Meeting York UK 2012; IFSSH New Delhi India 2013.

Knight R, Simpson C, Lawson-Smith M, Gupta M, Pinder R, Power D. Distal interphalangeal joint fusion using the Headless Compression Screw. BSSH Spring Scientific Meeting Harrogate UK 2013.

Simpson C, Lawson-Smith M, Crawford L, Tan S, Power D. Management of the complex scaphoid non-union with the medial femoral condyle vascularized graft. BSSH Spring Scientific Meeting Harrogate UK, 2013.

Lawson-Smith M, Simpson C, Anwar M, Tan S, Power D. Use of a sheep’s forelimb as a model for digital nerve and vessel repair. British Association of Clinical Anatomists Swansea UK July 2012.

Lawson-Smith M, Simpson C, Anwar M, Tan S, Jose R, Power D. Comparative anatomy of the sheep forelimb and digital flexor sheath: a model for training in flexor tendon surgery. British Association of Clinical Anatomists Swansea UK July 2012.

Simpson C, Lawson-Smith M, Anwar M, Craigen M, Tan S, Power D. Anatomical and technical aspects of the medial condylar free vascularized graft. British Association of Clinical Anatomists Swansea UK July 2012.

Wu F, Shahid M, Lawson-Smith M, Hayward S, Leonard M, Rees G. Audiovisual distraction as an adjunct to anxiety relief in hand surgery with regional anaesthesia. British Orthopaedic Association Meeting Birmingham UK October 2013. BSSH Autumn Scientific Meeting York UK 2012.

Shahid M, Bourne K, Mahroof S, Wu F, Lawson-Smith M, Simpson C, Jose R, Titley G. The flexible Asian hand. British Orthopaedic Association Meeting Birmingham UK October 2013; BSSH Autumn Scientific Meeting York UK 2012.

Power P, Tan S, Lawson-Smith M, Anwar M, Simpson C, Miller C. Nerve Transfer surgery part 1: The current management of partial upper brachial plexus injuries. British Association of Clinical Anatomists Swansea UK July 2012.

Power P, Lawson-Smith M, Tan S, Anwar M, Simpson C, Miller C. Nerve Transfer surgery part 2: The current management of partial upper brachial plexus injuries. British Association of Clinical Anatomists Swansea UK July 2012.

Lawson-Smith M, Simpson C, Anwar M, Tan S, Jose R, Power D. The forearm adipofascial perforator flap for reconstruction in the upper limb. British Association of Clinical Anatomists Swansea UK 2012; BSSH Scientific meeting York UK 2012.

Webb JA, Lawson-Smith M and Beaver RJ. The Modular Neck – Stem Taper- A Corrosive problem?
Australian Orthopaedic Association Meeting WA Branch Annual Scientific Meeting 2010; Australian Orthopaedic Association National Meeting (Adelaide) 2010.

Lawson-Smith M, Beaver R, Harvie P, Sloan K. Radiostereophotometric analysis of the ESKA short stem. Australian Orthopaedic Association Meeting WA Branch Annual Scientific Meeting 2008 and 2009.

Schweiger K, Gueorguiev B, Lawson-Smith M, Windolf M and Stoffel K. Biomechanical potential of angular stable locking for intramedullary nailing of distal tibia fractures. German Congress of Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery, Berlin October 2008.

Lawson-Smith MJ, Schweiger K and Stoffel K. Biomechanical investigation of the locked expert tibial nail. Australian Orthopaedic Association Meeting WA Branch Annual Scientific Meeting, 2007.

Lawson-Smith MJ, Lim TS and Harper J. Audit of fractured neck of femur patients. Royal Australasian College of Surgeons/ Western Australian Orthopaedic Service Registrars Meeting 2006; Australian Orthopaedic Nurses Association (WA) Meeting 2006.

Lawson-Smith MJ and McGeachie JK. An investigation of the regeneration of skeletal muscle. Royal Australasian College of Surgeons/ Western Australian Orthopaedic Service Registrars Meeting 2006.

Sinha I, Lawson-Smith MJ, Booth MB, Dehn TD. Laparoscopic subtotal cholecystectomy. Association of Surgeons in Training, London UK May 2006; Royal Society of Medicine Meeting Bristol UK October 2005.

McLoughlin R, Qazim A, Sebastian SS, Seery J, Lawson-Smith M, O-Morain CA, Buckley M. Colorectal screening clinic: results of early experience. Irish Society of Gastroenterology Conference 2002.

Lawson-Smith M, McGeachie JK, Maley MAL, Davies MV and Grounds MD. Desmin as a marker of myogenic cells in regenerating whole muscle grafts. 16th Western Australian Neuroscience Colloquium, Perth, Western Australian Neuroscience Society 1995.

Lawson-Smith MJ, Maley MAL, Davies MJ, Bolitho EM, Robertson TA and Grounds MD. Techniques for increasing the sensitivity of detection of antigens present at low levels in muscle tissue: tissue section and cell cultures. Combined Biological Sciences Meeting, Perth 1995.

Lawson-Smith MJ, Rebecca Beradelli. Study of Hamate Fractures in a Single Tertiary Hands Unit.

A study on the use of collagenase to treat Dupuytren’s Disease at the Department of Hand Surgery, Fremantle Hospital – Matthew Lawson-Smith

Vascularised bone grafting for scaphoid non-union. Technique and outcomes of cases performed at Fremantle Hospital Hand Surgery Department – Taro Okamoto, Matthew Lawson-Smith

Can 5th metacarpal neck (Boxers) fractures be managed in the virtual clinic – Zacharia Joseph, Matthew Lawson-Smith

Anatomical and technical aspects of the medial femoral condylar free vascularised graft.

  • The forearm adipofascial perforator flap for reconstruction in the upper limb
  • Comparative anatomy of the sheep forelimb and digital flexor sheath: a model for training in flexor tendon surgery
  • Comparative anatomy of the sheep forelimb and digital flexor sheath: a model for training in flexor tendon surgery
  • Use of a sheep’s forelimb as a model for digital nerve and vessel repair
  • Nerve Transfer Surgery Part 1: The current management of partial upper brachial plexus injuries.
  • Nerve Transfer Surgery Part 2: Future applications
  • Atraumatic Rupture of the Distal Median Nerve flexor tendon surgery

Teaching Contributions


  • 2022
    Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine Notre Dame University
  • 2015
    Lead Clinician for teaching Fremantle Department of Hand Surgery
  • 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019
    Faculty Member Hand Trauma + Approaches Course, CTEC, Perth Western Australia
  • 2015
    Fellowship Supervisor Department of Hand Surgery Fremantle Hospital
  • 2014
    Fellowship tutor for Senior Orthopaedic registrars
  • 2011
    Australian Medical Council Examiner
  • 2012 – 2013
    Guest lecturer Sports Medicine Course Trinity College Dublin
  • 2011
    University of Notre Dame Medical School, Surgical tutor and acting lecturer
  • 2011
    University of Western Australia Medical School, Surgical tutor
  • 2010-2011
    Tutor for Senior Orthopaedic registrars FRACS exam
  • 2006
    University of Western Australia, Department of Anatomy and Human Biology, Anatomy demonstrator
  • 2005
    Oxford University, Department of Medicine, Anatomy prosector and tutor
  • 1996
    University of Western Australia, Department of Anatomy and Human Biology, Anatomy Demonstrator
  • 1995 – 1996
    University of Western Australia, Department of Anatomy and Human Biology, Histology demonstrator

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