Consultant Hand & Peripheral Nerve Surgeons




Dr Beard is a very experienced Hand surgeon with an extensive practice in the many conditions of the Hand and Wrist. He has a particular interest in the painful wrist and enjoys unravelling the challenging disorders of the many bones, tendons, nerves and ligaments which make up the wrist. He has expertise in dealing with trauma to the hand, which so significantly affects work and sporting ability and requires expert attention to ensure the optimal outcome required to get you back to peak form.



FRACS, FMH General Surgeon, FMH Hand Surgeon

Dr Gschwind completed her Medical Degree in Switzerland, followed by a Doctorate in Medicine at the University of Basel, where she also completed Fellowship in General Surgery.  She then specialised in Hand Surgery, where she also obtained a specialist recognition in Switzerland.  After moving to Sydney, she joined the Department of Hand Surgery at Royal North Shore Hospital and also spent years as a specialist working for hand trauma at The Children’s Hospital, Westmead.  Dr Gschwind has a keen interest in neuromuscular disorders and runs the state-wide Hand Clinic for patients with spinal cord injuries.  She was a cofounder of the Multidisciplinary Spasticity Clinic, which also takes place once a month at Royal North Shore Hospital.  Dr Gschwind is involved in the acute trauma cover at Royal North Shore Hospital and also runs a weekly outpatient clinic treating all aspects of hand surgery.

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BE(Mech Eng) MBBS FRACS(Orth) FAOrthA

Dr Hile completed a degree in Mechanical Engineering before Medicine and Surgery. He then trained as an Orthopaedic Surgeon in Sydney. He completed a fellowship in Hand and Peripheral Nerve Surgery at Royal North Shore Hospital, along with research on bone healing. Dr Hile treats all conditions of the hand and wrist, with a special interest in conditions and trauma of the wrist.



MBBS (Hons I) FRACS (Orth) FAOrthA

Dr Lawson trained in orthopaedic surgery before completing a fellowship in hand and reconstructive microsurgery at Duke University, North Carolina. He is now Head of Department and director of the Fellowship program at Royal North Shore Hospital. He also has public hospital appointments at the New Children’s Hospital, Westmead and Dubbo Base Hospital. He has a particular interest in children’s hand surgery, brachial plexus and peripheral nerve surgery and Dupuytren’s disease.


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Dr Ledgard completed his Plastic Surgery training in Sydney before a further 2 years completing the Post Fellowship Education and Training programme of the Australian Hand Surgery Society with plastic and orthopaedic surgeons both internationally and locally. He looks after all conditions of the hand and wrist but has a special interest in tetraplegic hand reconstruction and the treatment of spasticity after a fellowship in Gothenburg, Sweden. Traumatic reconstruction was the focus during his fellowship in Cape Town, South Africa and his final fellowship in the hand department of Sydney Hospital concentrated on elective hand surgery.



MBChB MRCS(Glas) FRACS(Plast) 

Dr Stewart graduated in medicine from the University of Edinburgh and completed his basic surgical training in the UK. He moved to Sydney for a research fellowship in plastic surgery, and then completed his specialty training in plastic & reconstructive surgery with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Sydney and Auckland.  He underwent post-fellowship specialty training in paediatric hand & microsurgery in Melbourne before returning to Sydney in 2013. Dr Stewart has a special interest in brachial plexus injuries, congenital hand surgery and reconstructive microsurgery.