Dr David Duckworth and his Team


I am passionate about ensuring patients receive the

Dr Duckworth is an Orthopaedic surgeon who specialises in shoulder and elbow surgery.


He performs arthroscopic, reconstructive, replacement and trauma surgery to the shoulder and elbow. Dr Duckworth’s key surgical interest is shoulder replacement surgery and management of complex fracture cases such as clavicle fractures.

Dr Duckworth is best known for his relaxed and professional manner and he is passionate about ensuring his patients receive the best possible outcome. Born in Sydney, and educated at Kings, he then studied medicine at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. After graduating in 1986 he undertook Orthopaedic training on the Sydney Orthopaedic training programme and obtained his surgical fellowship, FRACS (Orth), in 1996.

Following this, he completed a fellowship in Shoulder and Elbow surgery with Professor F. A. Matsen III at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA in 1996-97. Professor Matsen is a leading pioneer in shoulder replacement surgery. Dr Duckworth returned to Sydney and commenced his practice in 1998.

Dr Duckworth now runs a busy practice at Norwest Private Hospital and Sydney Adventist Hospital in Wahroonga. He is also a visiting surgeon and head of the Orthopaedic Department at Hornsby Public Hospital. He does shoulder and elbow trauma call at both hospitals and has a particular interest in reconstructing difficult shoulder fractures.

Today, research is a large part of Dr Duckworth’s focus. This is a result of years of experience in Orthopaedics and the drive for better patient outcomes. He is currently researching clavicle fractures, radial heads fractures and advances in shoulder replacement surgery.

Please call (02) 9806 3333 to make an appointment with Dr David Duckworth.


 Vanessa Reilly 

Vanessa Reilly has been working as Practice Manager for Dr David Duckworth since 2010.

She attended Williams Business College in 1990 where she completed a Diploma as Executive Assistant. Over the next 8 years, Vanessa used her new skills combined with focus and drive in executive assistant roles.

In 1998, Vanessa took some time out of the workforce to have her first baby and then had two other children in 2000 and 2002.

Today, she is the backbone of Dr Duckworth’s practice. She manages the day to day administration and clerical activities. She thrives in a busy patient environment with calm and efficient customer service.

Patients will see Vanessa at the front desk or speak to her on the phone when making an appointment. All patient interactions with Vanessa are seamless and pleasant.

Rebecca Moogan

 Rebecca Moogan 

“My aim is to ensure the patient’s experience is as comfortable and efficient as possible”

Rebecca joined Dr Duckworth’s team in 2021, as his Practice Nurse.

Rebecca graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Nursing in 2016. She trained at Royal North Shore Hospital specialising in Spinal Cord Injuries and surgical nursing. Her passion for optimal surgical outcomes lead her to pursue a career as a Practice Nurse for an excellent Orthopaedic Surgeon.

With a young family at home, Rebecca prides herself on giving excellent patient and family centred care. She encourages patients to contact her with any concerns they may have.

For appointments and enquiries, please phone (02) 9806 3333

8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday

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