Dr James McLean


An orthopaedic surgeon who will give
the best care possible.

Internationally trained orthopaedic surgeon

Dr James McLean is a locally and internationally trained orthopaedic surgeon specialising in shoulder and upper limb surgery, with a special interest in arthroscopic (key-hole) surgery and reconstructive and joint-replacement surgery. He is an active member of the Shoulder & Elbow Society of Australia and The Australian Hand Surgery Society. His primary goal is to obtain the best possible outcome for his patients and their family.

Dr James McLean graduated from the University of Adelaide Medical School in 2004. Prior to commencing practice, he completed 9 years of post-graduate surgical training. During this time, he travelled extensively, obtaining additional experience from centres of orthopaedic excellence in Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the USA.

Sub-speciality training

Following the completion of general basic surgical training and advanced orthopaedic surgical training, Dr James McLean sought additional training abroad, including two competitive, sub-specialty clinical fellowships.

Up-to-date in the latest orthopaedic advancements

Keeping up-to-date with new developments and technical advancements is integral to his practice and Dr McLean regularly participates in continued education activities. His ongoing contributions to orthopaedic literature have seen him co-author several book chapters on upper limb conditions, publish numerous research papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Orthopaedic research and teaching

Dr James McLean has a keen interest in research and was awarded the higher degree of Doctor of Philosophy in 2019; and Master of Surgery in 2010. He has accepted several scholarships, grants and prizes for his published work, including several “Best Paper” awards, and completed a PhD in 2019 which helped establish an interactive electronic database aimed at improving outcomes for patients undergoing surgery. Dr McLean’s practice has evolved to include the development of new methods of diagnosis and treatment. He continues to contribute to research and teaching through his clinical appointment at the University of Adelaide.

A Message from Dr James McLean

The decision to have surgery can be a difficult one. Sometimes, the decision can be easier, especially if the reason for surgery is a traumatic injury or a need to restore lost function.

Find the best orthopaedic surgeon for you

An important part of this decision is choosing a surgeon with whom you can trust your health and well-being. To me, this means that you should be comfortable with your surgeon’s credentials, training, experience and character.

Different surgeons have different styles, experience and training, and you should choose a surgeon whose reasoning and recommendations make sense to you.

My approach is evidence-based, using state-of-the-art surgical techniques and equipment. I developed this approach naturally from my experiences in Australia, Europe and North America, working alongside many internationally-renown orthopaedic surgeons. I take special care to fully understand all aspects of a patient’s life, before making any recommendations. Besides understanding your anatomy and clinical problem, this includes an appreciation of your individual concerns, personality and lifestyle. My primary goal is to obtain the best possible outcome for you and your family.


My practice is also committed to the development of new methods of diagnosis and treatment. I achieve this through an ongoing commitment to self-education, research and teaching, which keeps me up-to-date with new developments and technical advancements.

Team approach for optimal outcomes

To achieve optimal outcomes, I work closely with a team of highly-skilled professionals who are dedicated to delivering the highest level of care possible. Our team includes your GP, a physician, a physiotherapist (and/or hand therapist), nurses, my assistant surgeon and our admin staff.

Much like planning for a weekend away, surgery involves pre-operative assessment and planning, the surgery itself and then post-operative recovery and rehabilitation. When possible, arthroscopic (key-hole) surgery can help patients to have a shorter hospital stay and return to their chosen lifestyle sooner. Each member of my team is dedicated to making your surgical experience as smooth as possible.

Dr James McLean

Contact Dr James McLean

If you would like to speak with me about your bone or joint problem, please feel free to contact Courtney, my personal assistant, to make an appointment, or book an appointment online.

James McLean, Orthopaedic Surgeon
Phone: 08 7077 0101
Fax: 08 7077 0109
Email: mcleanadmin@asulc.com.au

Common areas of patient care

  • All arthroscopic, minimally-invasive rotator cuff repairs, stabilisations, labral tears, impingement and biceps surgery
  • Muscle-preserving approaches for total shoulder replacements and reverse total shoulder replacements
  • Revision shoulder replacement surgery
  • Bone transfer and structural bone grafting surgery for major instability
  • Tendon transfers and reconstructive surgery for “irreparable” shoulder disorders
  • All fractures (broken bones) around the humerus, scapula, glenoid and clavicle
  • Arthroscopic, minimally-invasive surgery
  • Total elbow replacements
  • Ligament reconstructions
  • Chronic elbow stiffness surgery
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Endoscopic, minimally-invasive carpal tunnel release
  • Distal radius fractures (broken radius bone)
  • Thumb joint reconstructions
  • Trigger finger releases
  • Dupuytren's disease surgery
  • Finger & hand injuries including fractures (broken bones)
  • All fractures (broken bones; with the exception of spine / pelvis)
  • Acute hip, knee and ankle injuries
  • Acute hand & wrist injuries
  • Work-related injuries (including WorkCover)
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