dr. Gary Nattrass

Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr Gary Nattrass Melbourne Orthopaedic Surgeon

About Gary Nattrass,
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Gary Nattrass is a Fellowship-trained, Melbourne based Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon. He has a special interest and expertise in Scoliosis (curvature of the spine) as well as Paediatric Hip Conditions (Hip Dysplasia, Perthes disease, SUFE).

This is alongside his general upper and lower limb practice and also the management of neuromuscular disorders (cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy etc). He also offers pre-natal counselling for parents when an orthopaedic condition has been identified in-utero.

Gary is originally from Canada. He received his Medical Degree from the University of Alberta before working in General Practice for six years in Los Angeles. He completed his Orthopaedic Surgery training at the University of Calgary, becoming a Fellow of the College of Surgeons of Canada (FRCSC), and then undertook Sub-Specialty Fellowship training at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital and also the Shriners Hospital for Children (UCLA) in Los Angeles.

After joining the staff at the Shriners Hospital, Gary then returned to Melbourne taking up a staff position at The Royal Children’s Hospital, where he was part of the teaching program from 1995 to 2020. Gary continues with an honorary appointment to The Royal Children’s Hospital.

Privately Gary operates at Cabrini Hospital in Malvern. With state of the art facilities and a dedicated Children’s unit with specialised paediatric staff, all procedures including Scoliosis and major Hip Dysplasia surgeries can be performed there.

As one of Australia‘s most experienced Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeons, Gary was elected by his peers to serve as President of the Australian Paediatric Orthopaedic Society (APOS) from 2009 – 2011.

He has a keen interest in Orthopaedic education and is a past-Chairman of the Victorian and Tasmanian Regional Training Committee of the Australian Orthopaedic Association. He has undertaken voluntary work overseas with Cabrini Outreach treating children in Papua New Guinea and China.

In terms of Research, Gary has undertaken numerous research projects at The Royal Children’s Hospital and has published extensively. This has resulted in him being invited to speak internationally on Scoliosis and Hip Dysplasia.

In addition to his dedication to medicine, Gary has enjoyed a lifetime passion for sport. A former Canadian trapshooting champion and coach and an Intercollegiate ice hockey player in North America, he currently enjoys golfing, skiing and a challenging gym program! His dedicated support of his family’s sporting activities has led to his enthusiasm for Aussie Rules, Football, Cricket, Aerobics, Athletics, Distance Running, Netball and Dance. 

In summary, Gary prides himself on following the ‘Three E’s’ of Paediatric Orthopaedics: Experience, Empathy and Excellence.

Articles on Research Gate

Gary Nattrass’s research while affiliated with The Royal Children’s Hospital and other places (40+ articles)

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Not all conditions and symptoms are alike. If you have a concern about your child’s wellbeing or would like to direct questions to Gary you may contact our friendly team on 03 9322 3360.

We will gladly take your call and assist you with your enquiry.