Strathfield Private Hospital
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Strathfield Private Hospital specialist Jonathan Herald

Dr Jonathan Herald


Shoulder, Knee and Elbow Surgery

Dr Jonathan Herald is a Strathfield Private-based orthopaedic surgeon who is at the forefront of orthopaedic innovation in Australia and specialises in shoulder, knee and elbow conditions as well as all-limb Work Cover orthopaedic injuries. He provides No Gap surgeon’s fees for all privately covered seniors card holders.

Dr Herald has 20 years’ surgical experience and has treated and worked with some of Australia’s highest-profile athletes in the fields of swimming, soccer, NRL, Rugby and cricket.

A passionate advocate of physiotherapy, (both his parents were physiotherapists), Dr Herald uses the Neer Protocol, an expedited return-to-sport after surgery program.

Dr Herald is a key opinion leader in orthopaedics, and the author of The Exercise Prescription, with foreword by Olympic Swimmer. The book was featured on ABC radio and TV in 2020.   

Dr Herald has also been a medical commentator in the Australian Financial Review, discussing the new age of patient-centric medicine and he is widely published in medical journals around the world.

Dr Herald welcomes patients to his rooms at Strathfield Private and offers Urgent Appointments with a call from your GP or physio.

Conditions and Treatments

  • ACL Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopy
  • Arthritis of the elbow, shoulder and knee
  • Cartilage Resurfacing
  • Elbow dislocation
  • Elbow surgery UCL transposition
  • Fractures (emergency appointments)
  • Knee replacement
  • Meniscal Repair
  • Nerve Entrapment
  • Patellar Tears and Instability
  • Rotator Cuff Injury
  • Runner’s Knee
  • Shin Splints
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder tears, instability
  • Sports Injuries
  • Swimmer’s Shoulder
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Throwing Injuries
  • Work Cover injuries (All limbs)

Background, Qualifications & Education

Born: November 14, 1971 


1989 Graduated Sydney Technical High School

1996 University of Sydney, Bachelor of Medicine (Surgery)

2000 University of NSW, Masters of Sports Medicine

2006 Sports Medicine and Knee Surgery Fellowships, Sydney  

2006 Further trained in shoulder surgery at Mt Sinai School of Medicine New York

2007 Further Trained in elbow surgery with Professor Shawn O’Driscoll at The Mayo Clinic

2008 Examiner Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

2014 Guest reviewer (orthopaedic) for the British Medical Journal

2017 Guest editor for The Asian Journal of Arthroscopy in 2017

Media Articles

May 2018,  The Land  -  New surgical treatment for previously irreparable rotator cuff tears with a rotator shoulder cuff patch.

February 2018, The Australian Financial Review – Digital Savvy Consumers Driving Changes in Treatment Methods

September 2017, Fairfax Essential Kids - Why This Surgeon is Teaching Kids to Catch a Ball (with Olympic Gold-Medal winning Rugby Sevens Player Emma Tonegato.

April 2015, Television show Damage Control, narrated by Actor Russell Crowe– Dr Herald discusses the repair of collarbone on cricket all-rounder Corinne Hall.

February 21, 2014, Daily Telegraph Sydney, Smartphones are everywhere…but adverse health effects are growing

March 13, 2013  YouTube, (146,000 views) Dr Jonathan Herald demonstrating the accelerated ACL reconstruction rehabilitation program with Rugby Union Centre Adam Ashley-Cooper.

Notable Athletes

  • Dr Herald performed knee surgery on Flyhalf Tayler Adams who returned to season within four weeks of injury in 2016.  In 2017, Adams went on to win one of Rugby’s most prestigious accolades, the Ken Catchpole Medal
  • In July 2018, one of Dr Herald’s patients Johnny Campos appeared on the Channel 7 television series Dance Boss as a competitor – following ACL surgery.
  • Dr Herald has surgically treated a number of elite athletes, swimmers and Olympians and demonstrated the post-op NEER technique with former Australian Rugby Union Centre Adam Ashley Cooper.
  • Dr Herald also appeared with Olympic Rugby Sevens Gold Medallist Emma Tonegato in a series of videos educating children about avoiding orthopaedic injuries in sport.
  • In April 2015, Dr Herald appeared in a television show Damage Control, narrated by Actor Russell Crowe, where he discussed the successful surgical repair of collarbone on cricket all-rounder Corinne Hall. He has also treated Olympic Kayaker Dianne Chellew.