The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Meet the team

Meet the Team

Catherine Hernon, Consultant Plastic Surgeon.

Catherine Hernon has been a consultant plastic, hand and reconstructive surgeon at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust since 2010.

She completed her specialist training in plastic and reconstructive surgery in the Yorkshire region and then gained further experience in hand surgery by undertaking hand fellowship posts in Leeds and the St Andrews centre for plastic surgery in Chelmsford.

She also spent a year as a microsurgical fellow in Taiwan gaining further experience in microsurgical and nerve reconstruction at the E-Da hospital in Kaohsiung and at the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taipei.

Prior to starting her consultant post she spent a sabbatical in Norrland’s University Hospital in Umea, Sweden furthering her experience in the surgical treatment of upper limb spasticity.

Her specialist interests are adult hand surgery, peripheral nerve and brachial plexus injury, upper limb spasticity and microsurgery.

Joanna Burdon, Occupational Therapist.

Joanna Burdon qualified as an Occupational Therapist from Brunel University in 1998 and has been working in a variety of clinical settings before specialising in hands and plastics. She has been working in hand therapy since 2001 at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and has over 13 years experience of assessing and rehabilitating patients with upper limb spasticity. Her current work involves treating patients with complex needs following trauma or elective surgery including splinting, casting, hand therapy and scar assessment and treatment. Joanna’s specialist interests are upper limb spasticity and paediatric upper limb conditions.

Michelle Shortland, Physiotherapist.

Michelle qualified as a physiotherapist from Keele University in 1997 and worked in a variety of clinical settings before specialising in hands and plastics. Michelle has been working in hand therapy since 1999 at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Her work involves the treatment of patients with complex needs following trauma or elective surgery and has a specialist interest in treating paediatric patients with upper limb conditions. Michelle has been the lead physiotherapist in the upper limb spasticity service for the past 13 years and during this time has presented at national and international professional conferences.