Best Surgeons in Adelaide

Below is a list of the top and leading Surgeons in Adelaide. To help you find the best surgeon located near you in Adelaide, we put together our own list based on this rating points list.

This article is updated every 3-4 months.

Adelaide’s Best Surgeons:

The top rated surgeons in Adelaide are:

  • Dr Michael McCleave – Wakefield Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Dr Elizabeth Murphy– Colorectal Surgery
  • Dr Timothy Edwards – Adelaide Plastic Surgery

If you are a surgeon or you know other surgeons or professionals in Adelaide that should be on this list, please submit your details here and we will review your submission.

Wakefield Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Dr Michael McCleave - Wakefield Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Dr Michael McCleave – Wakefield Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Dr Michael McCleave is an Adelaide trained Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon.
He has completed fellowship training in hand and microsurgery at the Kleinert Institute in the USA, a paediatric plastic surgery Fellowship at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children in London and the Mentor International Aesthetic/Cosmetic Fellowship in London.

Michael is currently a Senior Consultant at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Flinders Medical Centre and Repatriation General Hospital. He is a Clinical Senior Lecturer within the School of Medicine at the University of Adelaide. He is actively involved in the teaching of surgical registrars and has an ongoing research interest. He is currently the President of the South Australian Hand Surgery Society.

He has an interest in all plastic and reconstructive surgery with a particular interest in skin cancers, hand surgery, cosmetic surgery, paediatric plastic surgery, microsurgery, nerve surgery, abdominal wall surgery and post-weight loss surgery. His personal approach is to give patients honest and clear advice on the treatment options so they can make an informed decision about the option best suited to them. Cosmetic procedures use the latest short scar minimally invasive techniques and he only uses FDA approved implants.

Michael consults at 309 Wakefield Street, Adelaide and at the Victor Medical Centre in Victor Harbor. He operates at the Wakefield Surgicentre, Calvary Wakefield Hospital, Burnside Hospital and the South Coast District Hospital in Victor Harbor.

Michael is a member of the following organizations: Royal Australasian College of Surgeons,
Australian Plastic Surgery Society, South Australian Hand Society, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Society For Reconstructive Transplantation, The Australian Hand Surgery Society


Skin, Breast, Body, Face, Trauma, Hands, Children plastic and reconstructive surgery


Address: 309 Wakefield St, Adelaide SA 5000
Phone: (08) 7325 6700


Saw Dr Proudman. Almost instant resolution. One visit and one Melanoma removed–neat–painless—OK it cost but that’s expected. Nice people” – Frank Holland

Colarectal Surgery

Dr Elizabeth Murphy- Colorectal Surgery
Dr Elizabeth Murphy- Colorectal Surgery

Dr Elizabeth Murphy is a colorectal surgeon, who operates in private practice in the Centre and the North of Adelaide. Liz has been Head of the Colorectal Unit at the Lyell McEwin Hospital since 2012, and has an active interest in both teaching and research, having completed a PhD in colonic motility at Flinders Medical Centre. Liz is involved in many roles for SA Health, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the Lyell McEwin Hospital. She is currently a member of the South Australian Clinical Senate.

Liz’s clinical interests include optimising outcomes in surgical management of rectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease, and management of complex pelvic floor disorders including faecal incontinence and obstructed defecation. Liz’s current research projects include studies examining differences in cancer in men and women, studies examining the role on intravenous iron preoperatively in colorectal cancer patients and a project examining media utilisation in colorectal cancer patients.

Liz consults at the North Adelaide office most Wednesdays, and Calvary Central Districts monthly. She operates at Calvary North Adelaide Hospital, Calvary Central Districts Hospital and Ashford Hospital. She provides a consultative service to the Yorke Peninsula, performing colonoscopies and minor surgery and consulting at Yorketown hospital.


Stomal Therapy, Colorectal Surgical Procedures, Telehealth


Address: 142 Ward St, North Adelaide SA 5006
Phone: (08) 8267 3355


Highly experienced specialists. Never feel rushed. My mother has seen several of the staff and I can’t thank them enough for their quality care. Able to schedule last-minute/emergency appointments for her.” – Sunny Mashei

Outstanding care! Goes above and beyond, cannot recommend high enough!” – Jessica Lee

Adelaide Plastic Surgery

Dr Timothy Edwards - Adelaide Plastic Surgery
Dr Timothy Edwards – Adelaide Plastic Surgery

Dr Timothy Edwards has been a specialist plastic and reconstructive surgeon since 1998, honing the craft he learned over ten years of postgraduate surgical training. Initially, this training started in South Australia’s major adult and paediatric hospitals, following on to the world-famous Canniesburn Plastic Surgery Unit in the United Kingdom.

Tim credits his background in elite sport, where he competed in swimming, water polo, sailing and basketball at local, state and national representative level, for endowing him with a strong focus and belief in the importance of the team rather than the individual. This led him to become one of the founding surgeons of Adelaide Plastic Surgery, developing an experienced team of plastic surgeons, anaesthetists, medical and nursing professionals, and administrative staff, who all play their role in ensuring the highest level of patient care and safety.

Outside of the operating theatre, Tim is active in the philanthropic community, having spent many years initially with the South Australian State Library Foundation and, more recently, with the James and Diana Ramsay Foundation. At a local level, he is also a life member of the Walkerville Junior Football Club.

In partnership with his colleagues at Adelaide Plastic Surgery, he provides a comprehensive, 24/7 emergency plastic-surgical service.


Face, Breast, Body & Limbs, Rejuvenation & Laser, Oncology, General Surgery


Address: 4/18 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
Phone: (08) 8213 1800


I had laser treatment with the nurses for a brown spot that has bothered me for a long long time. I should have gone earlier! The nurses were fantastic and everyone seems so happy! I could not recommend this place enough!” – Frank Wigs

Very friendly and helpful reception staff. Very professional, clean & all imaging staff are lovely.Thanks to Amanda. Nice a cool inside.. Carpark for customers only, coin needed from reception staff to get out 2 X handicap parks ,stairs & a ramp to enterance. Highly Recommend.” – Lisa Hooper

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