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Specialist Surgeons

Dr Shane Prodger

MBBS FRACS (Orth) B.Phty

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Dr Shane Prodger is an Orthopaedic Surgeon who grew up in the Northern Rivers.  After completing his schooling in Lismore he moved to Brisbane where he commenced his University studies.  After completing a degree in Physiotherapy and working both in Australia and overseas as a Physiotherapist for a number of years, he returned to the University of Queensland and completed his Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery in 2002.   After Advanced Orthopaedic Training in Queensland he obtained Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in 2012.  He was Director of Orthopaedics at Ipswich Hospital, Queensland in 2012 and in 2013 he returned to Lismore and established Northern Rivers Orthopaedics. 

Dr Prodger provides specialist orthopaedic care in areas of sports and acute injuries, upper limb and lower limb orthopaedic conditions.  He has a special interest in sports injuries to the knee and shoulder, joint replacement surgery and reconstructive surgery.

Dr Prodger specialises in the following surgical procedures:

  • Joint replacement of the Knee, Hip and Shoulder
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Ligament Reconstruction of the Knee
  • Shoulder surgery
  • Hand surgery
  • Sports Injuries

Dr Prodger works in both the public and private sectors.  He holds a visiting medical officer (VMO) appointment with the Local Northern NSW Health District and operates at the Lismore Base Hospital and the Casino and District Memorial Hospital.  He also operates privately at St Vincent’s Hospital Lismore. 

Dr Prodger is currently the Deputy Chair of The Medical Staff Council for Lismore Base Hospital, and sits on the Medical Appointments Advisory Committee at St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Lismore.   He is an active Member of the Australian Medical Association, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, and the Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA).

Dr Prodger has an active and ongoing role in teaching and education.  He teaches medical students from The University of Wollongong and The University of Western Sydney, as well as registrars on the AOA training program in Lismore.   

Outside of medicine, Dr Prodger enjoys spending time with his family, and is the proud father of three daughters.  He is a keen golfer and has an avid interest in cricket and rugby league.



Practice Manager

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Rebecca trained as an Occupational Therapist at the University of Queensland and her skills and expertise in the area of occupation and activities of daily living allow her to understand the needs of Dr Prodger’s patients.  She has been Dr Prodger’s Practice Manager since he established Northern Rivers Orthopaedics in 2013 and is always available to discuss any questions or concerns that you may have.


Office Manager / Reception

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Eleanor joined Dr Prodger’s practice in 2014 and is a highly valued member of his team.  She has an in-depth and extensive knowledge of the administration aspects of an orthopaedic practice and is always at hand to assist you in any way she can.


Dr Bryan Cook


Dr Bryan Cook is a Specialist Anaesthetist that lives and works in the Northern Rivers.  Growing up, Dr Cook has fond memories of visiting his extended family in Lismore.  Educated in Brisbane, he continued his studies at the University of Queensland. He obtained a Bachelor of Science, then a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, completing this in 2004.  Dr Cook worked at Brisbane's tertiary hospitals - Princess Alexandra Hospital and Mater Hospitals.  His five years of specialty training included two years in Lismore.  Dr Cook obtained a Fellowship in the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists in early 2013 and has been working in the Northern Rivers since.

Dr Cook works both in public and private practice and is a member of 'Northern Rivers Anaesthesia’ (Clover House).  He has Visiting Medical Officer appointments at St Vincent's Private Hospital and the Northern NSW Local Health District.  He provides anaesthetic services to a range of surgical specialties including Orthopaedics, General Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Vascular, Endoscopy and Eyes.  Dr Cook's special interests include optimising regional anaesthesia to improve acute post operative pain and the use of ultrasound in clinical anaesthesia.  Dr Cook has been working closely with Dr Prodger to provide a technique for improved post operative pain relief after joint replacement surgery.

Dr Cook enjoys spending time with his wife who grew up locally, and his two young children.