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About Rowan Valentine


Blackwood High School

University of Adelaide – MBBS

University of Adelaide – PhD

Fellowship of the Australasian College of Surgeons

Sub-Specialty Fellowship Training Experience

Head and Neck Surgery, Auckland Hospital

Reconstructive Surgery, Auckland Hospital

Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Skull Base Anatomy, University of Florida

Training Experience

SA: Royal Adelaide Hospital, Flinders Medical Centre, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Women’s and Children’s Hospital

NT: Royal Darwin Hospital

Current work locations

Royal Adelaide Hospital, Flinders Medical Centre, Broken Hill, Wallaroo, and Port Pirie Hospitals,

Memorial Hospital and the private practice located at 40 King William Road, Goodwood.

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Rowan is a paediatric and adult Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon. He entered medical school following his time at Blackwood High School at because his love of interacting and getting to know people. Rowan was part of the first cohort of medical students the University of Adelaide who volunteered to undertake training in rural areas, including Port Pirie, Port Augusta, Whyalla, Port Lincoln, Boolaroo Centre and Broken Hill. This time inspired his passion for serving rural South Australia and far west NSW. Rowan met his wife during medical school and they married one week after their final exams.


Rowan completed his internship at the Royal Adelaide Hospital before entering surgical training. As part of his surgical training, Rowan completed a PhD and spent a year at the University of  Florida undertaking an anatomy fellowship. After returning from the USA, Rowan trained in many of the tertiary hospitals in Adelaide, as well as the Royal Darwin Hospital. As part of this work he travelled to many remote villages throughout the Northern Territory.


After completing his exams he was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He and his family moved to beautiful Auckland to undertake further subspecialty training. Following this Rowan moved back to Adelaide where he works at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Flinders Medical Centre. He also works privately in Goodwood, operating at Memorial Hospital. Twice a month he drives to Port Pirie (with a coffee at Port Wakefield on the way) to consult and operate. He also flies to Broken Hill on a regular basis. Rowan supervises trainees and medical students in both the city and country, helping them learn the incredibly rewarding craft that is medicine and surgery.


Rowan has three young children and is a part-time stay at home dad. He also loves old cars and you might see a 1965 Kombi or a 1939 Packard parked outside his rooms or in the hospital carpark. His wife has also continued in the medical field, undertaking her PhD in medical education and completed her general practice specialty training.

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