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MICHAEL THOMAS - AUSTRALIA

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Dr Michael Thomas is a fellowship-trained Orthopaedic Surgeon experienced in general orthopaedic and trauma surgery, including joint replacement and arthroscopic surgery, of shoulder, elbow and wrist. He has special interests in complex hand and upper limb trauma and elective surgical management of all upper limb disorders including rheumatological conditions. He has an extensive practice in the management of Dupuytren’s disease, and arthritis of all joints of the upper limb.

Dr Thomas currently serves as Senior Staff Specialist and Deputy Director of the Gold Coast University Hospital and Robina Hospital where he has had the opportunity to provide an upper limb as well as a general Orthopaedic trauma service for the Gold Coast, since 2007. He is also a Visiting Medical Officer at Gold Coast Private and John Flynn Private Hospitals.

Previously, Dr Thomas trained and worked in the UK with several renowned British Orthopaedic and Upper Limb Surgeons at leading public and private hospitals.  He also undertook a Hand/ Upper Limb Fellowship at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, in 2005.  Additionally, from 2012-14, Dr Thomas sat on the Independent Medical Examinations panel for WorkCover Qld.

Dr Thomas has also consistently been involved in both undergraduate and junior doctor education, teaching and lecturing registrars in both the UK and Australia.  He has been a faculty member at national and regional training courses, and is a current member of the Training in Professional Skills faculty for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. In 2019 he is honoured to be the invited local guest speaker for the Queensland Hand Surgery Society’s annual scientific meeting.

His work has been published in peer reviewed journals, and his Upper Limb research has been regularly presented and quoted at national and international meetings.