Dr Vera Maria Sallen is an experienced European and Australian trained specialist orthopaedic surgeon.
Dr Sallen has worked in Victoria’s public health system for the last 10 years and is providing orthopaedic services in Melbourne and Regional Victoria.
She has a broad training and surgical background and is skilled in contemporary orthopaedic surgical techniques, including expertise in anterior minimally invasive total hip replacement.
QUALIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
■ Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
■ Fellow of the Australian Orthopaedic Association
■ Fellow of the European Board of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
■ Member: Swiss Orthopaedic Association
■ Member: European Wrist Arthroscopy Society
■ Member: Australian Federation of Medical Women
■ Member: Medical Woman’s International Association
BACKGROUND & SURGICAL EXPERIENCE
Dr Vera Sallen has extensive specialist medical and surgical training having completed a number of additional orthopaedic training programs and fellowships in Europe (including Switzerland, France and Germany) as well as more recently in Australia.
❖ Swiss orthopaedic training - mentored by renowned shoulder surgeon Professor Christian Gerber (2002-2006)
❖ Upper Limb and Reconstructive Fellowships, Institut de la Main and APHP, Paris - Diplomas in Upper Limb and Hand Surgery and Microsurgical Techniques (2006-2007)
❖ PhD based on inflammatory arthritis of the shoulder joint, University of Hamburg, Germany (2008)
Our philosophy is to strive for optimal patient care by providing a warm, friendly and informative environment in our rooms and follow this with a team based approach in the operating theatre, as well as ensuring we communicate clearly with referring doctors and physical therapists that are also involved in the patient’s care.
As many patients present with multiple joint arthritis or dual pathologies, often resulting in a combination of problem areas such as hip and knee pain; hip and lower back pain; neck and shoulder pain, our understanding and expertise across multiple surgery areas assists us to assess and treat patients holistically.