Mr Adam Barlow

Mr Adam Barlow

Consultant general and sarcoma surgeon

Practising at

Spire Leeds Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Adam Barlow at Spire include:

General surgery

Other treatments

Other treatments include:

  • Abdominal and retroperitoneal sarcoma surgery
  • Desmoid tumour surgery
  • Polycystic kidney surgery
  • Retroperitoneal tumour surgery

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Professional profile

I offer a service encompassing general surgery and surgery for abdominal and retroperitoneal sarcoma (soft tissue tumours). In addition to this, My NHS practice also includes kidney transplantation.

After qualifying with honours from the University of Leicester in 2002 I undertook surgical training in the East Midlands and latterly at the world-renowned Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. I then worked for a year at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle as a consultant general surgeon specialising in hepatobiliary and transplant surgery. I took up my current post in Leeds in 2016.

My particular areas of interest are laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery and surgery for soft tissue tumours arising in the abdomen or retroperitoneum.

I am an experienced and advanced laparoscopic surgeon, having performed over 600 keyhole operations. These range from removal of kidneys for transplant (live donor nephrectomy), through to removal of the gallbladder (cholecystectomy) and repair or abdominal wall hernias.

My abdominal and retroperitoneal sarcoma practice is one of the largest in the North of England, performing in excess of 30 procedures per year for this rare condition. These often require removal of adjacent organs including kidney and bowel. I also specialise in the treatment of desmoid tumours of the abdominal wall, usually performing surgery in conjunction with a plastic surgeon.

In my NHS role I am the clinical governance lead for hepatobiliary and transplant surgery. Within this remit I have the responsibility for ensuring that the appropriate systems are in place to ensure patient safety and maintain quality of care.

I have a strong research interest. During my training I spent two years undertaking research towards my doctorate, which I was awarded with distinction in 2011. I have also won a number of prestigious national research prizes and have published articles in a number of areas including laparoscopic surgery, pain relief following surgery, gallstone disease and kidney transplantation. One of my current research projects is working to improve the involvement of patients in making decisions regarding their treatment.

Clinical Interests

Gallstone surgery
General surgery
Hernia repair surgery
Laparoscopic surgery

Special Clinical Interests: Abdominal and retroperitoneal sarcoma, Desmoid tumours and Polycystic kidneys.

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Qualification and professional memberships

MB ChB / University of Leicester / 2002
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

MD / University of Leicester / 2011
Doctor of Medicine

FRCS / Royal College of Surgeons of England / 2013
Fellowship, Royal Colleges of Surgeons

Professional memberships

Royal College of Surgeons of England
British Hernia Society
British Transplantation Society
European Society for Organ Transplantation

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Current NHS posts

Consultant general, transplant and sarcoma surgeon, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Honorary senior lecturer, University of Leeds.

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Research and Publication



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Personal Profile

I live locally in Roundhay with my wife, who is a paediatrician, and our two sons. My main interests outside work are spending time with my family and rugby. I combine these interests as a coach of a junior team at West Park rugby club. I remain an avid Leicester Tigers fan from my university days and although my playing days are long over I am also a qualified referee.

In any spare time left I also enjoy entertaining and exploring the wonderful Yorkshire countryside.

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Private contact details

Telephone Insured patients 0113 218 5908/9, self-pay patients 0113 218 5967
Private secretary Debbie Turner
Private secretary telephone 01937 541035
Private secretary fax 01937 541031
Private secretary email