Adam C. Alder, MD graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA in 2002. He trained in General Surgery at UT Southwestern and Parkland Hospital. After a year in practice with a private practice acute surgery and trauma group, he began and then completed the fellowship in pediatric surgery at Children's Medical Center and UT Southwestern. In 2012, Dr. Alder accepted an assistant professor position with the Department of Surgery in the Division of Pediatric Surgery.

Dr. Alder has been active in research and is currently a student in the NIH funded CTSA Clinical Scholars Program. He is actively developing the Center for Advanced Research in Surgery which will focus on clinical research related to Pediatric Thoracic and General Surgery. His current focus is to identify the underlying cause and best available treatment of acute appendicitis in kids.

Dr. Alder has interests in pediatric and neonatal surgery including Surgical Oncology, Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery, Pediatric Endocrine Surgery, Surgical Care of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Pediatric Trauma Care and Surgical Care of Congenital Anomalies.


Medical School Tulane University School of Medicine (2002)
Residency UT Southwestern Medical Center (2009), General Surgery
Graduate School UT Southwestern Medical Center (2012)
Fellowship UT Southwestern / Children's Medical Center (2012), Pediatric Surgery

Research Interest

  • Appendicitis
  • Center for Advanced Research in Surgery
  • Clinical Trials and Patient Oriented Research
  • National Surgical Quality Improvement Program - Ped
  • Pediatric Endocrine and Thyroid Conditions
  • Pediatric Solid Tumors
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Trauma


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Blunt cerebrovascular injury in children: Underreported or underrecognized?: A multicenter ATOMAC study.
Azarakhsh N, Grimes S, Notrica DM, Raines A, Garcia NM, Tuggle DW, Maxson RT, Alder AC, Recicar J, Garcia-Filion P, Greenwell C, Lawson KA, Wan JY, Eubanks JW J Trauma Acute Care Surg 2013 Dec 75 6 1006-12
Improving perioperative performance: the use of operations management and the electronic health record.
Foglia RP, Alder AC, Ruiz G J. Pediatr. Surg. 2013 Jan 48 1 95-8
A comparison of traditional incision and drainage versus catheter drainage of soft tissue abscesses in children.
Alder AC, Thornton J, McHard K, Buckins L, Barber R, Skinner MA J. Pediatr. Surg. 2011 Oct 46 10 1942-7
Colonoscopy: an unusual complication.
Alder AC, Scott DL, Browning JD Gastroenterology 2010 Feb 138 2 434, 794
Association of viral infection and appendicitis.
Alder AC, Fomby TB, Woodward WA, Haley RW, Sarosi G, Livingston EH Arch Surg 2010 Jan 145 1 63-71
Postsplenectomy vascular complications: Feasibility of studying patients with splenectomy following trauma.
Purcell PL, Crary SE, Adix LM, Alder AC, Buchanan GR Am. J. Hematol. 2009 May 84 5 316-7
Abdominal compartment syndrome associated with tension pneumoperitoneum in an elderly trauma patient.
Alder AC, Hunt JL, Thal ER J Trauma 2008 Jan 64 1 211-2
Current opinions about laparoscopic incisional hernia repair: a survey of practicing surgeons.
Alder AC, Alder SC, Livingston EH, Bellows CF Am. J. Surg. 2007 Nov 194 5 659-62
Cancer risk in endoscopically unresectable colon polyps.
Alder AC, Hamilton EC, Anthony T, Sarosi GA Am. J. Surg. 2006 Nov 192 5 644-8
Abdominal wall reconstruction using biological tissue grafts: present status and future opportunities
Bellows CF, Alder A, Helton WS Expert Rev Med Devices 2006 3 5 657-75

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Academy of Pediatrics - Surgical Section (2014)
  • Association of Academic Surgery (2013)
  • American Pediatric Surgery Society (2012)
  • International Pediatric Endosurgery Group (2012)
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (2012)
  • Texas Medical Associatioin (2012)
  • American College of Surgeons (2009)