Mr John Terrace

Mr John Terrace

Consultant General Surgeon

BSc (Hons.) MB ChB FRCSEd PhD

Specialises in

  • General surgery
  • Laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery
  • Hernia surgery
  • Gallbladder surgery
  • Adrenal surgery

Having graduated from the University of Edinburgh Medical School in 2001, I undertook all of my early and higher training in general surgery in Edinburgh, including time spent completing a PhD.

My surgical training was extensive and incorporated the full range of general and specialist surgical practice, including a final period of specialty fellowship in Guy’s Hospital, London.

I spent several years of my Edinburgh training under nationally and internationally-renowned surgeons in more advanced laparoscopic (keyhole) hernia and gallbladder surgery and also developed a specialist interest in laparoscopic adrenal surgery.

I was appointed as a Consultant Surgeon in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh in 2015 and I have an extensive specialist laparoscopic (keyhole) surgical portfolio encompassing significant experience of hernia surgery of all types and gallbladder/gallstone surgery.

My specialist laparoscopic practice also extends to adrenal surgery and as the dedicated adrenal surgeon for the South East of Scotland, I lead this service.

In addition, I am one of only three surgeons in the East of Scotland undertaking laparoscopic living donor kidney surgery as part of my work in kidney transplantation.

I am a member of the British Hernia Society which aims to ensure national and international quality in hernia surgery and I am a member of the national representative body for adrenal surgery, the British Association of Endocrine and Thyroid Surgeons.

I have great interest in supporting the careers of those interested in surgery and providing structured surgical training and mentorship. I have several roles in providing clinical supervision and training for registrars in surgery in addition to supervising and teaching medical undergraduates.

My focus in looking after my patients has always been in providing safe, effective and comprehensive treatment where patients feel at the centre of their care. I offer a personalised, open and friendly approach where communication and diligence are paramount.


General Medical Council Number: C6025251

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr John Terrace at Spire include:

Other treatments

  • Adrenal surgery
  • Investigation and diagnosis of abdominal pain
  • Laparoscopic (keyhole) hernia 
  • Skin lumps/toenail surgery

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Additional information

Gallstone surgery
Hernia repair surgery
Laparoscopic surgery

Laparoscopic (keyhole surgery) encompassing hernia surgery (of all types), gallbladder/gallstone surgery and adrenal surgery. Investigation and diagnosis of abdominal pain.

Professional memberships

British Hernia Society

British Association of Endocrine and Thyroid Surgeons

Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

British Medical Association

Consultant surgeon, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

When not working, much of my time is devoted to my family including two young children. I play golf, watch rugby and enjoy spending time outdoors with Bronte, my beloved Hungarian Vizsla.