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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

Valpacos, M., Arni, D., Keir, A., Aspirot, A., Wilde, J. C. H., Beasley, S., … Karam, O. (2018). Diagnosis and management of necrotizing enterocolitis: An international survey of neonatologists and pediatric surgeons. Neonatology, 113(2), 170-176. doi: 10.1159/000484197

Beasley, S. W., Khor, S.-L., Boakes, C., & Jenkins, D. (2018). Paradox of meritocracy in surgical selection, and of variation in the attractiveness of individual specialties: To what extent are women still disadvantaged? ANZ Journal of Surgery. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/ans.14862

Taghavi, K., Goddard, L., Evans, S. M., Hobson, A., Beasley, S. W., Sankaran, S., … Stringer, M. D. (2018). Ethnic variations in the childhood prevalence of Hirschsprung disease in New Zealand. ANZ Journal of Surgery. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/ans.14857

Beasley, S., & Maoate, K. (2018, August). Traps diagnosing appendicitis in children. Verbal presentation at the 9th South General Practice Conference & Medical Exhibition (GP CME), Christchurch, New Zealand.

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

Authored Book - Research

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

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

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Edited 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.

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

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Edited Book - Other

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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Journal - Research Article

Valpacos, M., Arni, D., Keir, A., Aspirot, A., Wilde, J. C. H., Beasley, S., … Karam, O. (2018). Diagnosis and management of necrotizing enterocolitis: An international survey of neonatologists and pediatric surgeons. Neonatology, 113(2), 170-176. doi: 10.1159/000484197

Taghavi, K., Goddard, L., Evans, S. M., Hobson, A., Beasley, S. W., Sankaran, S., … Stringer, M. D. (2018). Ethnic variations in the childhood prevalence of Hirschsprung disease in New Zealand. ANZ Journal of Surgery. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/ans.14857

Beasley, S. W., Khor, S.-L., Boakes, C., & Jenkins, D. (2018). Paradox of meritocracy in surgical selection, and of variation in the attractiveness of individual specialties: To what extent are women still disadvantaged? ANZ Journal of Surgery. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/ans.14862

Campbell, S., Richardson, B., Mishra, P., Wong, M., Samarakkody, U., Beasley, S., Pringle, K., & Morreau, P. (2016). Childhood cholecystectomy in New Zealand: A multicenter national 10 year perspective. Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 51(2), 264-267. doi: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2015.10.071

Burton, C., Walls, T., Price, N., Glasgow, T., Walker, C., Beasley, S., & Best, E. (2015). Paediatric empyema in New Zealand: A tale of two cities. New Zealand Medical Journal, 128(1415). Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Beasley, S. W. (2015). Understanding the responsibilities and obligations of the modern paediatric surgeon. Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 50(2), 223-231. doi: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2014.11.003

Leodoro, B. M., Beasley, S. W., & Maoate, K. (2015). Establishing pediatric surgical services in emerging countries: What the first world can learn from Vanuatu. Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 50(5), 829-832. doi: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2015.02.003

Yoshida, A., Chitcholtan, K., Evans, J. J., Uemura, S., & Beasley, S. W. (2014). Provision of optimal conditions for in vitro differentiation into peristaltic smooth muscle from a murine induced pluripotent stem cell line. JSM Regenerative Medicine & Bioengineering, 2(1), 1011.

Beasley, S. W. (2013). The challenges facing training in pediatric surgery worlwide. Frontiers in Pediatrics, 1, 24. doi: 10.3389/fped.2013.00024

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