Who am I?

I am a Specialist Paediatric Surgeon and I live in Hamilton, New Zealand with my wife and 4 children. When not busy with work I enjoy growing veggies, cycling, music, tramping and spending time with my family.


I studied Medicine at Aberdeen University, Scotland and graduated MB ChB in 2003. My Basic Surgical training was also based in Scotland between Aberdeen and Dumfries. I further trained in The Royal Sick Kids in Edinburgh for a year and commenced Higher Surgical Training in South-East England in 2009.

This period of training rotated through; St Georges Hospital (London), The Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital (Brighton), Starship Children's Health (Auckland), Southampton Children's Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (London).

I was initially awarded Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2007 and subsequently a Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (Paediatric) in 2014.

I completed my training and was awarded a Certificate of Completion of Training in Specialist Paediatric Surgery by the General Medical Council of the United Kingdom in 2016. I am currently vocationally registered with the Medical Council of New Zealand as a Specialist Paediatric Surgeon.

Whilst I am experienced in the breadth of Paediatric Surgery and Urology, my areas of special interest are Minimally Invasive Surgery (Laparoscopy/Thoracoscopy), Endoscopy (Gastroscopy and Colonoscopy in children) and Gastrointestinal surgery.

I am a member of the New Zealand Society of Paediatric Surgeons and the British Society of Paediatric Surgeons. I engage with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons programme for Continuing Professional Development.


Book Chapters

Advances in Gastrostomy Placement and Care in Children. Adams SD and Mahomed AA in "Gastrostomy" edited by P Kohout. 2012
ISBN 978-953-307-365-1

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Active observation versus interval appendicectomy after successful non-operative treatment of an appendix mass in children (CHINA study): an open-label, randomised controlled trial. Hall NJ, Eaton, S, Stanton MP, Pierro A and Burge DM on behalf of the CHINA study collaborators and the Paediatric Surgery Trainees Research Network (Adams S - member as per appendix). The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology. Volume 2, Issue 4, April 2017, Pages 253-260
PMID: 28404154

Statistical methodology for estimating the mean difference in a meta-analysis without study-specific variance information. Sangnawakij P, Bohning D, Adams S, Stanton M and Holling H. Statistics in Medicine. 2017, doi: 10.1002/sim.7232. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 28168731

Does thoracoscopy have advantages over open surgery for asymptomatic congenital lung malformations? An analysis of 1626 resections. Adams SD, Jobson M, Sangnawakijb P, Heetun A, Thaventhiran A, Johal N, Bohning D, Stanton MP. Journal of Pediatric Surgery.2017 Feb;52(2):247-251
PMID: 27889066

Antenatally diagnosed right-sided stomach (dextrogastria): A rare rotational anomaly. Versteegh HP, Adams SD, Boxall S, Burge DM, Stanton MP. Journal of pediatric surgery. 2016. 51(2), 236-239
PMID: 26655213

Best Practise Guideline: Malrotation and intestinal atresias. Adams SD, Stanton MP. Early human development 90 (12), 921-925, 2014
PMID: 25448782

Complication of percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy. Adams SD, Baker D, Takhar A, Beattie RM & Stanton MP Archives of disease in childhood 2014, 99(8):788
PMID: 24737787

Balanitis xerotica obliterans in children and adolescents: A literature review and clinical series. Celis S, Reed F, Murphy F, Adams S, Gillick J, Abdelhafeez AH, & Lopez PJ Journal of Pediatric Urology 2014, 10(1), 34-39.
PMID: 24295833

Chronically Symptomatic Patients with Undetectable Gall Bladder on Ultrasonography Could Benefit from Early Cholecystectomy. Adams SD, Blackburn SC, Adewole VA, Mahomed AA. Minimally Invasive Surgery. January 2013.
PMID: 23401761

A Semicircular Incision in the Superior Umbilical Fold for SILS Preserves the Umbilical Profile. Blackburn SC, Adams SD, Mahomed AA. Minimally Invasive Surgery. November 2012.
PMID: 23304486

Risk of Hernia Occurrence Where Division of an Indirect Inguinal Sac Without Ligation Is Undertaken. Blackburn SC, Adams SD, Mahomed AA Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. September 2012, 22(7) :713-714.
DOI: 10.1089/lap.2012.0011

An Inexpensive and Effective Method for Laparoscopic Intraoperative Cholangiography (Video). Adams SD, Blackburn SC, Mahomed AA. Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques and Part B: Videoscopy. September 2012, 22(5).

SILS: Is It Cost- and Time-Effective Compared to Standard Pediatric Laparoscopic Surgery? Islam S, Adams SD, Mahomed AA. Minimally Invasive Surgery. July 2012.
PMID: 22900165

Laparoscopic Lower-Pole Hemi-Nephroureterectomy (Video). Adams SD, Lewis J, Kalidasan V, Mahomed AA. Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques and Part B: Videoscopy. July 2012, 22(4).

Initial Success with Gubernacular Sparing Laparoscopic Assisted Fowler-Stephens Orchidopexy for Intra-abdominal Testes. Mahomed AA, Adams SD, Islam S. Journal of Laparoendoscopic Surgery and Advanced Surgical Techniques. March 2012, 22(2): 192-194.
PMID: 21942359

Use of laparoscope as rigid enteroscope in blue rubber bleb naevus syndrome. Adams SD, Lisle R, Coelho T, Chouhan A, Butt A, Mahomed AA. Surgical Techniques Development. September 2011.
DOI: 10.4081/std.2011.e12

A Simple Technique for Laparoscopic Drain Placement (VIDEO). Mahomed A, Adams S. Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques and Part B: Videoscopy. April 2011, 21.
url: http://www.liebertonline.com/doi/abs/10.1089/vor.2011.0015

Experience with the exclusive use of 5 mm instruments for Paediatric Laparoscopy. Mahomed A, Adams, S. Journal of Pediatric Surgical Specialties, 2009;3(3):178.
eISSN 2066-2009

Paediatric surgery: trends in UK surgical trainees operative experience. Youngson GG, Adams S, Winton E. Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 2006;41(2):372-376
PMID: 16481254