Dr Hughes specialises in shoulder and elbow reconstruction, arthroscopy and joint arthroplasty. His practice functions as a tertiary referral base for difficult elbow and shoulder problems from New South Wales and beyond.
Dr Hughes is a regularly invited speaker at shoulder and elbow conferences. He is an annual tutor at the Mayo Clinic Elbow Course in the USA and the Australian/Asian/New Zealand tutor for the Coonrad Morrey Elbow Arthroplasty, of which there are only 3 in the world.
Dr Hughes has published articles with Prof Sonnabend, Dr Allan Young and others on management of displaced proximal humerus fractures; internal fixation of symptomatic os acromiale; antibiotic prophylaxis in elbow surgery; distal clavicular excision; the clinical role of shoulder ultrasound and the interosseous membrane in radio-ulnar dissociation.
As part of the SSRI faculty, Dr Hughes helps develop the surgical and research skills of new orthopaedic surgeons through his role as mentoring surgeon on Dr Young’s Sydney Shoulder Research Institute Fellowship and Dr Cass’ Sydney Shoulder Research Institute Clinical Fellowship programs. As well as teaching while operating with Fellows, Dr Hughes also participates in the SSRI tutorial program. Dr Hughes also undertakes a small case study or imaging project with our Fellows each year.