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Dr Adam Wells, MBBS, PhD

Clinical Fellow, Department of Neurosurgery, Royal Adelaide Hospital, NRF Chair of Neurosurgical Research 2015 Student

Current position:

  • Clinical Fellow, Department of Neurosurgery, Royal Adelaide Hospital


  • Neurosurgical Research Foundation Research Fellowship
  • National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Dora Lush Biomedical Postgraduate Research Scholarship
  • Nimmo Prize for Full Time Research, Royal Adelaide Hospital
  • Peter Leech Memorial Prize
  • Neurosurgical Society of Australasia Annual Scientific Meeting

Why neurosurgery and neurosurgical research?

"Neurosurgery has always fascinated me. When I was in primary school I knew I wanted to be a doctor, and as I was always good with my hands the idea of surgery appealed to me. But it wasn’t until my third year of medical school during which we were introduced to neuroanatomy that I finally knew what I wanted to do. A good friend, who is now a respected General Surgeon, told me that there was an opportunity to do some research work in Professor Nigel Jones’s Neurosurgical laboratory at the University of Adelaide based in the Royal Adelaide Hospital, and from that point I grabbed every opportunity to undertake and be involved in Neurosurgical Research. I ultimately did a short research project with Professor Jones in my fourth year of medical school, then deferred my last year of medical school to undertake my Bachelor of Medical Science in the laboratory, working closely with Dr Amal Abou Hamden. Professor Jones was instrumental in helping me pursue a career in Neurosurgery, and I credit my love of Neurosurgical Research to him. It was a great honour to be accepted on the Neurosurgical training program and to finally complete a PhD in Neurosciences at Adelaide University. Now that my training is complete, my greatest honour will be to work as a consultant Neurosurgeon at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, to continue the great tradition of Neurosurgical Research within South Australia, and to help train the next generation of young Neurosurgeons that pass through the halls of the Royal Adelaide Hospital."

Wells continues, "there is a great and unique opportunity within South Australia to further our Neurosurgical knowledge, in no small part due to the extremely talented Neuroscience researchers and Neurosurgeons, and the wonderful support we receive from the Neurosurgical Research Foundation. Every action, big or small, adds to the collective Neurosurgical knowledge and experience, right here in South Australia. With a new hospital and research facility we really are right at the forefront of the future of Neurosurgery, it’s an exciting time to be involved in Neurosurgical Research!"

Research area:

Wells was awarded his PhD in 2015. His PhD Thesis was titled 'A Surgical Model of Occlusive Middle Cerebral Artery Stroke in the Sheep.'


Wells A, McDonald M, Sandler, Vrodos N (2014). Lumbosacral epidural lipomatosis causing rapid onset cauda equina syndrome. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, 21(7).1262-1263

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