Dr Wade Harper

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Specialising in surgery of the shoulder and elbow.

Dr Wade Harper Dr Wade Harper

Dr Wade Harper has been in practice as a specialist orthopaedic surgeon for more than 15 years.

He has practiced exclusively in the area of

  • Shoulder,
  • Elbow surgery,
  • Sports injuries,
  • Rotator cuff tears,
  • Shoulder joint replacement.

Hospital Admission Rights

Visiting Medical Officer, Department of Orthopaedics, Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, Sydney.



  • University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Medicine
  • Bachelor of Surgery


  • Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons
  • Fellow of the Australian Orthopaedic Association

Postgraduate Fellowships:

  • Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship (6 months): Sydney, Australia, 2001
  • Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship (12 months): Calgary, Alberta, Canada 2002.
    • Visiting The Mayo Clinic Rochester,
    • Southern California Institute of Orthopaedics and
    • New York Shoulder Arthroplasty Centres


  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Australian Orthopaedic Association
  • The Shoulder and Elbow Society of Australia
  • Australian Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Australian Medical Association

Current Hospital Appointments

  • The Prince of Wales Private Hospital
  • The Prince of Wales Public Hospital

Special Interests

My particular areas of interest in orthopaedic surgery include:

  • Arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder
  • Arthroscopic shoulder instability surgery
  • Arthroscopic rotator cuff surgery
  • Shoulder anatomical and reverse shoulder replacements
  • Latarjet stabilization procedure
  • Sports surgery
  • Arthroscopic elbow surgery
  • Clavicle and proximal humeral fractures

Sports Surgery

I enjoy restoring function to athletes and sports enthusiasts at all levels of participation. I work at the South Sydney Sports Medicine Practice with Dr Nathan Gibbs. In this capacity I have assisted players of Australian Rules Football (AFL), National Rugby League, Australian Rugby Union and professional surfers return to elite level competition.

Medical Education, Research and Volunteering

I am a Conjoint Lecturer for the University of NSW, teaching medical students, physiotherapists, resident doctors, orthopaedic registrars and shoulder and elbow surgeons (fellows). I have lectured and presented at local, regional, national and international conferences. I have co-authored research articles in peer reviewed journals. I continue to be involved with multicentre trials at the Prince of Wales Hospital.

I travelled to Vietnam in late 2016 with a group of Australian and International Surgeons to promote the development of Upper Limb surgery in Hue. Orthopaedic Outreach and The Mosman Rotary Club supported the project.

Implant design and development

Medacta Shoulder Arthroplasty Platform. 2014-present
I am part of a design team that consists of 6 European and 2 American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, engineers and scientists creating a new implant system for shoulder arthritis surgery. The team has met regularly since 2014 and had initial human trials in late 2016.

Public Service

I have been a member of the Maroubra Surf Life Saving Club since 1981.


Outside of work, I enjoy spending time and travelling with my wife and 3 children. I am a keen surfer and cherish being in the ocean at every opportunity.

Dr. Wade Harper - Shoulder Surgeon

Prince of Wales Private Hospital

Suite 11
Level 7, Barker St
Randwick, NSW 2031

South Sydney Sports Medicine

111 Anzac Parade
Kensington, NSW 2033


Tel: +61 2 9650 4834

Fax: (02) 9650 4179


Useful Links

  • Royal Australian College Of Surgeon
  • Australian Orthopaedic Association
  • Prince Of Wales Private Hospital
  • South Sydney Sports Medicine
  • Sydney Orthopaedic Specialists