TORU staff

See the listing below of TORU staff and their activities.


Unit directors

Associate Professor Paul Smith

Prof. Paul Smith BMBS FRACS (Ortho)

Professor Paul Smith is an Orthopaedic Surgeon at The Canberra Hospital and at Calvary John James Hospital in Canberra. He is also Co-Director of the Trauma and Orthopaedic Research Unit at Canberra Hospital.

Prof Smith received his medical and surgical training in Adelaide before specialising in hip and knee joint reconstructive and replacement surgery. He was a Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Travelling Fellow in 1996 and 1997 with Fellowships in joint replacement surgery at the University of Western Ontario in Canada and at The Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Hospital in England.

He has recently been honoured by The Knee Society, receiving the inaugural John N Insall Travelling Fellowship in knee surgery and has been appointed as Associate Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery at the ANU Medical School. Dr Smith's particular clinical interests are in reconstruction and replacement surgery of the hip and knee, complex revision joint replacement surgery and management of pelvic and acetabular injuries.


Damian McMahon

Dr Damian McMahon MBBS FRACS

Dr Damian McMahon was the Director of the Shock Trauma Service, Senior Staff Specialist in surgery and Co-Director of TORU at The Canberra Hospital. Tragically, Damian passed away in 2012 and is very much missed by us and his clinical colleagues. His name remains here as a tribute to his determination to make this unit the success it has become.

Dr McMahon was also Director of the Clinical Skills Centre and Senior Lecturer at the Australian National University Medical School. Dr McMahon received his medical and surgical training in Melbourne where he specialised in trauma surgery. He then became trauma service coordinator at Preston and Northcote Community Hospital, in Preston Victoria in 1993. From 1994 to 1997 he worked as a Trauma and Critical Care Fellow and Attending Traumatology surgeon at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. In 1997 Dr McMahon took up his position as senior staff specialist and academic at the Canberra Hospital.

Laboratory Research Co-ordinator

Dr Rachel Li

Dr Rachel W. Li MD. PhD

Dr Li obtained a Bachelor of Medicine from China Medical University in 1982 and worked as a surgeon and senior infectious diseases specialist at China Medical University. She led a number of clinical trials in anti-viral and anti-inflammatory drugs and successfully transferred an intellectual property to pharmaceutical industry.

Dr Li completed her PhD in pharmacology at Southern Cross University and gained her postdoctoral experiences in molecular pharmacology in the University of Hawaii. Dr Li returned to Australia in 2006 joining the Trauma and Orthopaedic Research Unit (TORU) and has established TORU laboratory with a focus on osteoimmunology.

She has developed a range of laboratory capabilities to determine the effects of therapeutic, surgical and physio-therapeutic treatments on biomedical markers using human primary cell culture and large animal models.

In addition to her research work in the TORU, Dr Li is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Faculty of Health in the University of Canberra teaching and supervising the students in Master of Pharmacy Program.


Clinical Research Co-ordinator

Dr Diana Perriman

Dr Diana Perriman. BAppSc (Physio), MSc., PhD

Dr Perriman is currently the Clinical Research Coordinator at TORU. She attained her undergraduate degree from Sydney University in 1982 and her master's degree at the University of East London (UK) in 1995. Her Masters research investigated the effect of orthotics on the hemiplegic ankle using electrogoniometry.

Dr Perriman was awarded a PhD from ANU in December 2011. Her PhD researchinvestigated the thoracic spine and kyphotic thoracic posture in aging. Her findings include the discovery that the thoracic erector spinae cannot be successfully measured using surface EMG and that after the age of 70 the thoracic spine is resistant to postural change. Dr Perriman has also been the recipient of an NHMRC Dora Lush scholarship for this research. As clinical research coordinator Dr Perriman's research interests lie in arthroplasty and fracture outcomes in accordance with the main focus of the Trauma & Orthopaedic Research Unit.


Office Manager

Ms Belinda Payne

Belinda is TORU's Office Manager, Belinda has been with TORU since 2013 and can be contacted at any time for queries regarding the unit. Belinda comes from a clinical background in nursing which gives her great insight into the many different aspects of orthopaedic research. Her role is diverse and comprehensive including conference and meeting organisation, financial management and administrative duties.

Phone: 6244 3858

Research Staff

Mr Joe Lynch, Research Officer

Joe joined the team in mid 2014. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, and a Master of Science in Biomechanics at the University of Ottawa.

At present Joe is involved in the running of various trials within the unit with his main interest being in functional and imaging analysis following injury and surgery

Ms Ruidang Wang, Database Architect

Rui is a database architect who is currently designing the Fracture Surveillance Database. Rui has extensive IT experience specialising in applying database design, analytic informatics, business intelligence and online platform technologies to clinical context. Rui is currently completing her PhD at ANU.

Dr Mona Singhal, Research Officer

Dr Singhal studied medicine at Bangalore University, India. Dr Singhal is currently studying for the Australian Medical Council Registration Examination. She joined TORU in 2013 to work as a Research Officer on the Whiplash study.

Ms Christine Hanrahan, Database Manager

Christine Hanrahan is a qualified nurse and has worked with both the Red Cross and the Therapeutic Goods Administration. Christine helped to develop the Arthroplasty surveillance database and continues to manage the database which is based at Orthopaedics ACT.

Ms Rebekah Ogilvie

Shock Trauma Service Coordinator

Dr Mitchell Kingston

Orthopaedic Registrar and Research Fellow