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Professor Spencer Beasley

Spencer Beasley

Clinical Professor of Paediatric Surgery

ONZM MB ChB(Otago) MS(Melb) FRACS (Paediatric Surgery) FAICD

Email spencer.beasley@cdhb.health.nz

Spencer is a Professor of Paediatric Surgery and the Clinical Director of the Department of Paediatric Surgery, Christchurch Hospital. Until 1996, he was a consultant paediatric surgeon and paediatric urologist at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and Senior lecturer at Melbourne University.

He was a founding member of the Child Cancer and the Developmental Genetics Research Group, and was a board member of the Rainbow Children’s Trust. He is a current trustee of the Children’s Cancer Research Trust (Canterbury). He has developed a regional service for paediatric surgery throughout the South Island, providing outreach regular clinics and operating sessions in every South Island public hospital.

His clinical research has involved development of measures of outcome in paediatric surgery, gender equity, and the effect of configuration of surgical services on clinical outcomes.

He is the former Vice-President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Chairman of the Governance and Advocacy Committee, Chairman of the Board of Surgical Education and Training, Deputy Censor-in-Chief and Chair of the Court of Examiners of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, and has been responsible for the governance of the surgical training programmes in all specialties in Australia and New Zealand. Also, he is a former New Zealand Censor, Chair of the Board of Paediatric Surgery and Senior Examiner in Paediatric Surgery RACS.

He is a previous president of the Australasian Association of Paediatric Surgeons (now known as the Australia and New Zealand Association of Paediatric Surgeons) and is the current President of the New Zealand Society of Paediatric Surgeons. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons. He is on the Male Champions of Change STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) group, working towards removing the impediments to gender equity.

He recently retired as the specialty editor for Paediatric Surgery of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery, but remains a Senior Editor of the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. He has written or edited nine textbooks on paediatric surgery and related subjects. He is currently editing the Oxford University Press textbook on Paediatric Surgery.

Research interests

Spencer’s research interests have included:

  • Oesophageal atresia and its embryogenesis
  • Control of the development of the foregut and hindgut
  • iPS differentiation into contracting smooth muscle
  • Surgical education and assessment
  • Neonatal thoracoscopic simulation model for training in technical skills
  • Unconscious bias in surgical selection
  • Impediments to gender equity in surgery

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Publications

Crebbin, W., Guest, G., Beasley, S., Tobin, S., Duvivier, R., & Watters, D. (2021). The influence of experience and expertise on how surgeons prepare to perform a procedure. ANZ Journal of Surgery. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/ans.17019

Roberts, E., & Beasley, S. (2021). Trans-anastomotic tubes in oesophageal atresia repair. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/jpc.15567

Roberts, E. R., Hider, P. N., Wells, J. M., & Beasley, S. W. (2021). The frequency and effects of distractions in operating theatres. ANZ Journal of Surgery. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/ans.16799

Nair, D., Wells, J. M., Cook, N., Yi, M., Scott, V., & Beasley, S. W. (2021). Construct validation of a 3D printed neonatal thoracoscopic simulator: Can it measure expertise? Journal of Pediatric Surgery. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2021.03.054

Beasley, S. W. (2021). Necrotizing enterocolitis in unusual cases: Term Infants, congenital anomalies, and comorbidities. In D. J. Hackam (Ed.), Necrotizing enterocolitis: Pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment. (pp. 92-95). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. doi: 10.1201/9780429288302

Hutson, J. M., Thorup, J. M., & Beasley, S. W. (2016). Descent of the testis (2nd ed.). Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 178p. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-25910-9

Authored Book - Research

Hutson, J. M., & Beasley, S. W. (2013). The surgical examination of children. Berlin, Germany: Springer, 376p. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-29814-1

Authored Book - Research

Najmaldin, A., Rothenberg, S., Crabbe, D. C. G., & Beasley, S. (Eds.). (2005). Operative endoscopy and endoscopic surgery in infants and children. London: Hodder Arnold, 496p.

Edited Book - Research

Hutson, J. M., Wooward, A. W., & Beasley, S. W. (Eds.). (1999). Jones' Clinical Paediatric Surgery: Diagnosis & Management, 5th Edition. Asia: Blackwell Science.

Edited Book - Research

Hutson, J. M., O'Brien, M., Woodward, A. A., & Beasley, S. W. (Eds.). (2008). Jones' clinical paediatric surgery: Diagnosis and management (6th ed.). Malden, MA: Blackwell, 336p. doi: 10.1097/sla.0b013e31818b7595

Edited Book - Other

Beasley, S. W. (2021). Necrotizing enterocolitis in unusual cases: Term Infants, congenital anomalies, and comorbidities. In D. J. Hackam (Ed.), Necrotizing enterocolitis: Pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment. (pp. 92-95). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. doi: 10.1201/9780429288302

Chapter in Book - Research

Beasley, S., Crebbin, W., & Watters, D. (2014). Surgical decision making. In R. Davies (Ed.), Fundamental skills for surgery. (3rd ed.) (pp. 9-18). Sydney, Australia: McGraw-Hill Education.

Chapter in Book - Research

Beasley, S. W. (2013). Ensuring that an "exit" summative assessment achieves its objectives. In M. Berg (Ed.), Cutting edges in surgical training. (pp. 77-84). Gdansk, Poland: Via Medica.

Chapter in Book - Research

Crebbin, W., Beasley, S. W., & Watters, D. A. K. (2013). Teaching and assessing clinical decision making in surgical trainees. In M. Berg (Ed.), Cutting edges in surgical training. (pp. 59-65). Gdansk, Poland: Via Medica.

Chapter in Book - Research

Watters, D. A. K., Beasley, S. W., & Crebbin, W. (2013). Developmental standards for formative assessment across all surgical competencies. In M. Berg (Ed.), Cutting edges in surgical training. (pp. 67-75). Gdansk, Poland: Via Medica.

Chapter in Book - Research

Beasley, S. W. (2012). Torticollis. In A. G. Goran, N. S. Adzick, T. M. Krummel, J.-M. Laberge, R. C. Shamberger & A. A. Caldamone (Eds.), Pediatric surgery (Vol. 1). (7th ed.) (pp. 763-767). Elsevier Saunders.

Chapter in Book - Research

Beasley, S., & Day, A. (2012). Abdominal pain and vomiting. In M. South & D. Isaacs (Eds.), Practical paediatrics. (7th ed.) (pp. 706-714). Edinburgh, UK: Churchill Livingstone.

Chapter in Book - Research

King, S. K., & Beasley, S. W. (2012). Surgical conditions in older children. In M. South & D. Isaacs (Eds.), Practical paediatrics. (7th ed.) (pp. 266-274). Edinburgh, UK: Churchill Livingstone.

Chapter in Book - Research

King, S. K., & Beasley, S. W. (2012). Surgical conditions in the newborn. In M. South & D. Isaacs (Eds.), Practical paediatrics. (7th ed.) (pp. 375-379). Edinburgh, UK: Churchill Livingstone.

Chapter in Book - Research

Beasley, S. (2009). Congenital malformations. In D. H. Parikh, D. C. G. Crabbe, A. W. Auldist & S. S. Rothenberg (Eds.), Pediatric thoracic surgery. (pp. 281-312). London: Springer. doi: 10.1007/b136543

Chapter in Book - Research

Beasley, S. (2005). ACE procedure. In A. Najmaldin, S. Rothenberg, D. C. G. Crabbe & S. Beasley (Eds.), Operative endoscopy and endoscopic surgery in infants and children. London: Hodder Arnold.

Chapter in Book - Research

Beasley, S. (2005). Anti-reflux surgery - Nissen fundoplication. In A. Najmaldin, S. Rothenberg, D. C. G. Crabbe & S. Beasley (Eds.), Operative endoscopy and endoscopic surgery in infants and children. London: Hodder Arnold.

Chapter in Book - Research

Beasley, S. (2005). Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy. In A. Najmaldin, S. Rothenberg, D. C. G. Crabbe & S. Beasley (Eds.), Operative endoscopy and endoscopic surgery in infants and children. London: Hodder Arnold.

Chapter in Book - Research

Beasley, S. W. (2005). Acquired conditions of the anorectum and perineum. In D. M. Burge, D. M. Griffiths, H. A. Steinbrecher & R. A. Wheeler (Eds.), Paediatric surgery. (2nd ed.) London: Hodder Arnold.

Chapter in Book - Research

Beasley, S. W. (2005). Oesophageal atresia and tracheo-oesophageal fistual. In D. M. Burge, D. M. Griffiths, H. A. Steinbrecher & R. A. Wheeler (Eds.), Paediatric surgery. (2nd ed.) London: Hodder Arnold.

Chapter in Book - Research

Beasley, S. W. (2001). Surgical problems. In K. Oates, K. Currow & W. Hu (Eds.), Child health: A practical manual for general practice. (pp. 280-304). Sydney: MacLennan and Petty.

Chapter in Book - Research

Beasley, S. W. (1998). Abdominal Pain and Vomiting in Children. In M. J. Robinson & D. M. Roberton (Eds.), Practical Paediatrics, 4th Edition. (pp. 650-659). Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.

Chapter in Book - Research

Beasley, S. W. (1998). Abdominal pain and vomiting in children. In M. J. Robinson & D. M. Roberton (Eds.), Practical paediatrics. (5th ed.) (pp. 650-659). Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.

Chapter in Book - Research

Beasley, S. W. (1998). Acquired conditions of the Anorectum and perineum. In J. Atwell (Ed.), Royal College of Surgeons Paediatric Surgery. (pp. 376-379). London: Edward Arnold.

Chapter in Book - Research

Beasley, S. W. (1998). Acute Neonatal Surgical Conditions. In M. J. Robinson & D. M. Roberton (Eds.), Practical paediatrics. (4th ed.) (pp. 320-325). Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.

Chapter in Book - Research

Beasley, S. W. (1998). Common Surgical Conditions in Children. In M. J. Robinson & D. M. Roberton (Eds.), Practical Paediatrics, 4th Edition. (pp. 762-771). Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.

Chapter in Book - Research

Beasley, S. W. (1998). Common surgical conditions in children. In M. J. Robinson & D. M. Roberton (Eds.), Practical paediatrics. (5th ed.) (pp. 762-771). Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.

Chapter in Book - Research

Beasley, S. W. (1998). Esophageal Atresia - Surgical Aspects. In M. J. Stringer & K. T. Oldham (Eds.), Long term outcomes in Pediatric Surgery and Urology. (pp. 166-180). London: W B Saunders.

Chapter in Book - Research

Beasley, S. W. (1998). Oesophageal Atresia and Tracheo-Oesophageal Fistula. In J. Atwell (Ed.), Royal College of Surgeons Paediatric Surgery. (pp. 187-196). London: Edward Arnold.

Chapter in Book - Research

Beasley, S. W. (1998). Thoracic Injuries. In J. Atwell (Ed.), Royal College of Surgeons Paediatric Surgery. (pp. 692-695). London: Edward Arnold.

Chapter in Book - Research

Beasley, S. W. (1998). Torticollis. In J. A. O'Neill, M. Rowe, J. L. Grosfeld, E. Fonksalsrud & A. G. Coran (Eds.), Pediatric Surgery, 5th Edition. (pp. 773-778). Chicago: Year Book Medical Publishers.

Chapter in Book - Research

Beasley, S. W. (1997). Esophageal atresia and tracheo-esophageal fistula. In K. T. Oldham, P. M. Colombani & R. P. Foglia (Eds.), Surgery of Infants and Children: Scientific Principles and Practice. (pp. 1021-1034). Philadelphia: Lippincott Raven Publishers.

Chapter in Book - Research

Beasley, S. W. (1997). Vitellointestinal (omphalomesenteric) duct anomalies. In L. Spitz & A. G. Coran (Eds.), Concise Paediatric Surgery. (pp. 211-222). London: Chapman and Hall Medical.

Chapter in Book - Research

Beasley, S. W. (2020). Torticollis. In P. Puri (Ed.), Pediatric surgery. (Online ed.) Berlin, Germany: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-38482-0_94-1

Chapter in Book - Other

Beasley, S. W. (2018). Intussusception. In P. Puri (Ed.), Newborn surgery. (4th ed.) (pp. 714-718). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Chapter in Book - Other

Beasley, S., & Taghavi, K. (2017). Surgical embryology. In S. A. Mirjalili (Ed.), Anatomy for the Generic Surgical Sciences Examination (GSSE). (pp. 139-157). Singapore: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-10-3883-9_7

Chapter in Book - Other

Beasley, S. W. (2013). Vitellointestinal (omphalomesenteric) duct anomalies. In L. Spitz & A. G. Coran (Eds.), Operative pediatric surgery. (7th ed.) (pp. 445-457). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Chapter in Book - Other

Beasley, S. W. (2010). Chylothorax. In D. K. Gupta, S. Sharma & R. G. Azizkhan (Eds.), Pediatric surgery: Diagnosis and management (Vol. 1). (pp. 491-494). New Delhi, India: Jaypee Brothers, Medical Publishers.

Chapter in Book - Other

Beasley, S. W. (2010). New Zealand and the South Pacific. In R. Carachi, D. G. Young & C. Buyukunal (Eds.), A history of surgical paediatrics. (pp. 355-380). Singapore: World Scientific.

Chapter in Book - Other

Beasley, S. W. (2007). Abdominal pain and vomiting in children. In D. M. Roberton & M. South (Eds.), Practical paediatrics. (6th ed.) (pp. 713-721). Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.

Chapter in Book - Other

Beasley, S. W. (2007). Acute neonatal surgical conditions. In D. M. Roberton & M. South (Eds.), Practical paediatrics. (6th ed.) (pp. 378-382). Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.

Chapter in Book - Other

Beasley, S. W. (2007). Common surgical conditions in children. In D. M. Roberton & M. South (Eds.), Practical paediatrics. (6th ed.) (pp. 263-272). Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.

Chapter in Book - Other

Beasley, S. W. (2006). Esophageal atresia: Surgical aspects. In M. D. Stringer, K. T. Oldham & P. D. E. Mouriquand (Eds.), Pediatric surgery and urology: Long-term outcomes. (2nd ed.) (pp. 192-207). Cambridge University Press.

Chapter in Book - Other

Beasley, S. W. (2003). Intussusception. In P. Puri (Ed.), Newborn surgery. (2nd ed.) (pp. 557-560). London: Arnold.

Chapter in Book - Other

Crebbin, W., Guest, G., Beasley, S., Tobin, S., Duvivier, R., & Watters, D. (2021). The influence of experience and expertise on how surgeons prepare to perform a procedure. ANZ Journal of Surgery. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/ans.17019

Journal - Research Article

Nair, D., Wells, J. M., Cook, N., Yi, M., Scott, V., & Beasley, S. W. (2021). Construct validation of a 3D printed neonatal thoracoscopic simulator: Can it measure expertise? Journal of Pediatric Surgery. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2021.03.054

Journal - Research Article

Roberts, E. R., Hider, P. N., Wells, J. M., & Beasley, S. W. (2021). The frequency and effects of distractions in operating theatres. ANZ Journal of Surgery. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/ans.16799

Journal - Research Article

MacArthur-Beadle, I., Nair, D. V. K., Cook, N. J., Yi, M., Jones, R., Beasley, S. W., & Wells, J. M. (2020). Master and apprentice or a slave to technology? A randomized controlled trial of minimal access surgery simulation-based training techniques. Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1089/lap.2020.0637

Journal - Research Article

McGregor, A. D., Beasley, S., & Williman, J. A. (2020). Why women might choose a career in pediatric surgery and ensuring there are no impediments to selecting the best. European Journal of Pediatric Surgery. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1055/s-0039-3402711

Journal - Research Article

Moorhead, A. A., Nair, D., Morison, C., Cook, N. J., Beasley, S. W., & Wells, J. M. (2020). Development of an instrumented thoracoscopic surgical trainer for objective evaluation of esophageal atresia/tracheoesophageal fistula repair. Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing, 58, 601-609. doi: 10.1007/s11517-019-02107-6

Journal - Research Article

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