Doctor Adam Wells

MBBS BMedSc (Hons) PhD (Adel) FRACS (Neurosurgery)

Dr Adam Wells is a South Australian Neurosurgeon with interests in traumatic brain injury, concussion, stroke and degenerative spine disease. He graduated from the University of Adelaide Medical School in 2003 with a concurrent First Class Honours research degree, supervised by Professor Nigel Jones. In 2008 Dr Wells commenced his advanced Neurosurgical training with posts in the Royal Hobart Hospital in Tasmania, the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Flinders Medical Centre, and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Western Australia. During this period he gained his PhD from the University of Adelaide for his original research into ischaemic stroke, and was awarded the prestigious Peter Leech Memorial Prize and the Nimmo Prize for full-time research. In 2017 Dr Wells undertook a clinical fellowship in Neurotrauma at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge University Health Trust, United Kingdom, under the supervision of Olivecrona award winner Professor Peter Hutchinson. Upon returning to South Australia in 2018, Dr Wells was appointed as a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Adelaide and Clinical Academic Consultant Neurosurgeon at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Further information can be found on Dr Adam Wells’ own web site.

General Information

Areas of Interest

Adult Lumbar Spine
Adult Cervical Spine
Adult Thoracic Spine
Traumatic Brain Injury
Reconstructive Cranioplasty
Concussion and Sports Injuries
Brain Tumours
Spine Tumours
Peripheral Nerve Disorders
Hydrocephalus and Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt
Chiari Malformation


Current Appointments

University Appointment
Senior Clinical Lecturer
Dept Surgery (Neurosurgery)
University of Adelaide
Adelaide, SA

Public Hospital Appointment
Consultant Neurosurgeon
Dept Neurosurgery
Royal Adelaide Hospital
Adelaide, SA

Private Hospital Appointment
Consultant Neurosurgeon
St Andrew’s Hospital
Adelaide, SA



Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
Neurocritical Care Society
Australian Society for Medical Research

Royal Australian College of Surgeons



2017 – 2018 – Neurotrauma Senior Clinical Fellowship
Dept Neurosurgery
Addenbrooke’s Hospital
Cambridge, UK

2016 – 2017 – Neurosurgical Fellow
Dept Neurosurgery
Royal Adelaide Hospital
Adelaide, SA


Academic Interests

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“Ischaemic stroke”
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Teaching Award
University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, 2017

Peter Leech Memorial Prize
Neurosurgical Society of Australasia Annual Scientific Meeting, 2014

Neurosurgical Research Foundation Fellowship
Neurosurgical Research Foundation, 2012

Dora Lush Biomedical Postgraduate Scholarship
National Health and Medical Research Council 2011

NIMMO Prize for Full Time Research
Royal Adelaide Hospital 2011

Neurosurgical Research Foundation Fellowship
Neurosurgical Research Foundation 2010

Education Prize (Neurotrauma)
Neurosurgical Trainee Seminar 2009

Research Scholarship
Australian Medical Students Association/Medical Defence Association of Australia 2002

A. R. Riddle Scholarship


Private Rooms

Adelaide Spine and Brain
208 Melbourne Street
North Adelaide, SA, 5006

Phone: 08 7127 2359
Fax: 08 8361 7701


Public Hospital

Royal Adelaide Hospital
Port Road
Adelaide, SA, 5000

Phone: 08 70742573
Fax: 08 7074 6216


Fee Structure

Please contact us for an up to date fee schedule.
We participate in HIC online, a Medicare Australia electronic claiming service.


Please bring with you to your Appointment

Referral from your General Practitioner or Specialist (if not already forwarded to us)
Private Health insurance card
Medicare card
Most X-rays, CT scans and MRI scans are available electronically, and hard copies do not necessarily need to be provided. If you are unsure if your images are accessible electronically, please either bring them or check with us before your appointment


Get in contact

To get in contact with Dr Wells at Adelaide Spine and Brain:
Phone: 08 7127 2359
Fax: 08 8361 7701
208 Melbourne Street
North Adelaide, SA 5006