Mr Richard Adamson

Mr Richard Adamson

Consultant Otolaryngologist, Head and Neck surgeon


Specialises in

  • Ear, nose and throat
  • Head and neck surgery
  • Swallowing and voice problems
  • Ear wax removal
  • Thyroid disease

I trained in medicine at Newcastle University and spent my basic surgical training time in the North East of England. I then moved to Edinburgh to undertake my ENT specialist training. This advanced training was augmented by time spent in Dundee, Iowa (USA) and Christchurch (New Zealand).

I was then appointed as a Consultant Head and Neck surgeon in Fife for two years prior to taking up my current appointment as a Head and Neck Cancer Surgeon in the Department of Otolaryngology in Edinburgh in 2009.

I am fully trained in all aspects of ear, nose and throat surgery. My main practice and expertise is in thyroid surgery and laryngology. I am part of the NHS Lothian Endocrine Multidisciplinary Group and provide a full range of surgical interventions for thyroid problems benign and malignant. I run a regular multidisciplinary voice clinic in the NHS and bring this expertise to my private patients. I helped set up a neck-lump assessment clinic in Edinburgh and continue to fully contribute to this.

I have a strong research background in problems of voice and swallowing and I completed a masters degree in advanced speech and swallowing research at Newcastle University. My clinical research interest is in pre-cancerous disease in the larynx (voice box).


General Medical Council Number: C4100409

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Additional information

Ear, nose and throat
Head and neck surgery
Voice disorders

Special clinical interests: Disorders of voice and swallowing/laryngology, head and neck surgery (benign and malignant), thyroid disease and salivary gland disorders.

Professional memberships

British Association of Otolaryngologist, Head and Neck Surgeons

Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Scottish Otolaryngologist Society

University Department of Otolaryngology, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

  • Connective tissue diseases of salivary glands
  • Medical informatics
  • Rehabilitation following treatment for head and neck cancer
  • Voice and swallowing disorders


Consultant Otolaryngologist, Head and Neck Surgeon, University Department of ENT Surgery, Lauriston Buildings, Edinburgh.

Holds less than 0.1% of the shares in Spire Healthcare Group plc.
Telephone 0131 334 0363
Private secretary fax 0131 667 4205