Simon Harper MA MB BChir FRACS

Specialist Endocrine & General Surgeon, consulting and operating at Southern Cross Hospital & Specialist Centre, Wellington


  • Endocrine Surgery Specialist Fellowship - Sheffield, UK
  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Higher Surgical Training - NZ
  • Basic Surgical Training - UK
  • Medical Degree – University of Cambridge, UK


  • Specialist training in Endocrine Surgery at a world-renowned centre.
  • Basic and higher surgical training at major hospitals in the UK and NewZealand.
  • Ongoing engagement with the latest research developments.
  • Regular reviewer for an international surgical journal.

Focused Specialist

I am an Endocrine and General surgeon at Southern Cross Hospital & Specialist Centre where I provide care to general surgery patients alongside sub-specialty surgical care for thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal disorders.

Understand your condition: understand the treatment.

Would you like to know more about some of the conditions I treat? See below for information about two of the operations I often perform

Thyroid Surgery

The thyroid gland is a small organ that sits in the front of the neck wrapped around the windpipe, generating hormones that affect the body’s metabolism. There are a range of conditions that might require Thyroid Surgery, for example:

  • Goitre (enlarged thyroid gland)
  • A concerning thyroid nodule
  • Confirmed thyroid cancer.
  • Overactive thyroid problem (hyperthyroidism)

Parathyroid Surgery

Parathyroid glands are normally found between the trachea (windpipe) and the thyroid gland, controlling the level of calcium in your body. The most common reason for surgery is due to high levels of calcium in your blood. Some symptoms are:

  • Problems with your kidneys
  • Muscle weakness and fatigue
  • Stomach ulcers and heart rate changes
  • Weak bones or organs due to high calcium levels