Thomas Cundy

Thomas Cundy

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


Tom is a John Monash Scholar completing his advanced training in Paediatric Surgery with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He holds a Clinical Lecturer appointment in the Discipline of Surgery, University of Adelaide.

He was awarded his PhD in surgical robotics by Imperial College London in 2014. His doctoral studies were supervised by Lord Ara Darzi and Professor Guang-Zhong Yang at The Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery. With engineer colleagues, Tom was involved with the early development of a robotic platform for endoscopic surgery named the CYCLOPS. This platform was successfully filed for patent and remains in prototype phase testing with motivation for clinical translation in the near future.

Tom's current clinical research interests are in applying modern computer science to quality improvement projects in healthcare through Learning Healthcare Systems. He is a co-founder of the health tech start-up company, Data Dissect Inc, that is applying artificial intelligence technologies to surgical healthcare. In 2018, he received the John Millar Prize for Clinical Research and Pickard Robotic Training Scholarship from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Tom has published more than 50 original peer reviewed papers. He has a track record of successful collaboration with national and international colleagues. Email contact is warmly welcomed to initiate discussion regarding possible collaborative projects.

A summary of research activity can be viewed via Google Scholar https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=COqs_dsAAAAJ&hl=en

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2019 Rogerson, T., Do-Wyeld, M., Cundy, T., Gent, R., & Goh, D. (2019). Letter to the Editor concerning: “the non-visualized appendix and secondary signs on ultrasound for pediatric appendicitis in the community hospital setting”. Pediatric Surgery International, 35(8), 919.
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    2019 Do-Wyeld, M., Rogerson, T., Court-Kowalski, S., Cundy, T., & Khurana, S. (2019). Fast-track surgery for acute appendicitis in children: a systematic review of protocol-based care. ANZ Journal of Surgery.
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    2019 Cundy, T., & Najmaldin, A. (2019). Anterior approach retroperitoneal laparoscopic renal surgery in children. Journal of Pediatric Urology, 15(4), 412-414.
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    2019 Koh, Y., Granger, J., Cundy, T., Boucaut, H., & Goh, D. (2019). Sutured point-fixation versus Jaboulay fixation for salvaged testicular torsion in children. Journal of Pediatric Surgery.
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    2019 Granger, J., Do-Wyeld, M., Cundy, T., Galek, A., Stark, M., & Cord-Udy, C. (2019). Regional cluster of vanishing gastroschisis: A comparative study of antenatal and post-natal outcomes. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 6 pages.
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    2018 Cundy, T., Harley, S., Marcus, H., Hughes-Hallett, A., & Khurana, S. (2018). Global trends in paediatric robot-assisted urological surgery: a bibliometric and Progressive Scholarly Acceptance analysis. Journal of Robotic Surgery, 12(1), 109-115.
    DOI Scopus4 Europe PMC3
    2018 Punj, P., Chong, H., Cundy, T., Lodge, M., & Woods, R. (2018). Otoplasty techniques in children: a comparative study of outcomes. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 88(10), 1071-1075.
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    2018 Cundy, T., Kirby, C., & Kirby, M. (2018). Synoptic operative reports for quality improvement in pediatric cancer care. Pediatric Blood and Cancer, 65(10), 2 pages.
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    2018 Li, M., Stallwood-Hall, C., Cundy, T., & Jay, A. (2018). Inguinal node metastases in testicular cancer following previous childhood orchidopexy. ANZ Journal of Surgery.
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    2017 Marcus, H., Hughes-Hallett, A., Payne, C., Cundy, T., Nandi, D., Yang, G., & Darzi, A. (2017). Trends in the diffusion of robotic surgery: A retrospective observational study. International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery, 13(4), e1870.
    DOI Scopus9 Europe PMC2
    2017 Cundy, T., Sierakowski, K., Manna, A., Cooper, C. M., Burgoyne, L. L., & Khurana, S. (2017). Fast-track surgery for uncomplicated appendicitis in children: a matched case–control study. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 87(4), 271-276.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS4 Europe PMC2
    2017 Cundy, T., & Goh, D. (2017). Beware the looping vas deferens in orchidopexy. Urology, 104, 194-195.
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    2016 Granger, J., Brownlee, E., Cundy, T., & Goh, D. (2016). Bilateral perinatal testicular torsion: Successful salvage supports emergency surgery. BMJ Case Reports, 2016, bcr2016216020.
    DOI Scopus2 Europe PMC2
    2016 Cundy, T., Gent, R., Frauenfelder, C., Lukic, L., Linke, R., & Goh, D. (2016). Benchmarking the value of ultrasound for acute appendicitis in children. Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 51(12), 1939-1943.
    DOI Scopus12 WoS10 Europe PMC5
    2016 Marcus, H., Seneci, C., Hughes-Hallett, A., Cundy, T., Nandi, D., Yang, G., & Darzi, A. (2016). Comparative Performance in Single-Port Versus Multiport Minimally Invasive Surgery, and Small Versus Large Operative Working Spaces. Surgical Innovation, 23(2), 148-155.
    DOI Scopus1 Europe PMC1
    2016 Cundy, T., Burns, E., Cohen, P., Teare, J., & Darzi, A. (2016). Duplication cyst of the appendix: a proposal for modification of the Cave-Wallbridge classification. ANZ journal of surgery, 86(9), 731-732.
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    2015 Herbert, G., Cundy, T., Singh, P., Retrosi, G., Sodergren, M., Azzie, G., & Darzi, A. (2015). Validation of a pediatric single-port laparoscopic surgery simulator. Journal of pediatric surgery, 50(10), 1762-1766.
    DOI Scopus7 Europe PMC1
    2015 Marcus, H., Pratt, P., Hughes-Hallett, A., Cundy, T., Marcus, A., Yang, G., . . . Nandi, D. (2015). Comparative effectiveness and safety of image guidance systems in neurosurgery: A preclinical randomized study. Journal of Neurosurgery, 123(2), 307-313.
    DOI Scopus9 Europe PMC2
    2015 Cundy, T., Brownlee, E., Goh, D., & Khurana, S. (2015). Simplified technique for retrieval of large trichobezoars in children. BMJ Case Reports, 2015(May 24), bcr2015210472-1-bcr2015210472=3.
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    2015 Cundy, T., Marcus, H., Hughes-Hallett, A., Khurana, S., & Darzi, A. (2015). Robotic surgery in children: adopt now, await, or dismiss?. Pediatric Surgery International, 31(12), 1119-1125.
    DOI Scopus10 WoS5 Europe PMC4
    2015 Retrosi, G., Cundy, T., Haddad, M., & Clarke, S. (2015). Motion Analysis-Based Skills Training and Assessment in Pediatric Laparoscopy: Construct, Concurrent, and Content Validity for the eoSim Simulator. Journal of Laparoendoscopic and Advanced Surgical Techniques, 25(11), 944-950.
    DOI Scopus18 WoS15 Europe PMC9
    2015 Cundy, T., Mayer, E., Camps, J., Olsen, L., Pelizzo, G., Yang, G., . . . Najmaldin, A. (2015). Education and training in pediatric robotic surgery: lessons learned from an inaugural multinational workshop. Journal of Robotic Surgery, 9(1), 57-63.
    DOI Scopus4 Europe PMC2
    2015 Marcus, H., Hughes-Hallett, A., Cundy, T., Yang, G., Darzi, A., & Nandi, D. (2015). da Vinci robot-assisted keyhole neurosurgery: a cadaver study on feasibility and safety. Neurosurgical Review, 38(2), 367-371.
    DOI Scopus18 Europe PMC10
    2015 Cundy, T., Gattas, N., White, A., & Najmaldin, A. (2015). Learning curve evaluation using cumulative summation analysis - A clinical example of pediatric robot-assisted laparoscopic pyeloplasty. Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 50(8), 1368-1373.
    DOI Scopus15 Europe PMC13
    2015 Cantillon-Murphy, P., Cundy, T., Patel, N., Yang, G., Darzi, A., & Teare, J. (2015). Magnets for therapy in the GI tract: A systematic review. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, 82(2), 237-245.
    DOI Scopus5 Europe PMC2
    2015 Clark, J., Noonan, D., Vitiello, V., Sodergren, M., Shang, J., Payne, C., . . . Darzi, A. (2015). A novel flexible hyper-redundant surgical robot: Prototype evaluation using a single incision flexible access pelvic application as a clinical exemplar. Surgical Endoscopy, 29(3), 658-667.
    DOI Scopus11 Europe PMC2
    2015 Cundy, T., Thangaraj, E., Rafii-Tari, H., Payne, C., Azzie, G., Sodergren, M., . . . Darzi, A. (2015). Force-Sensing Enhanced Simulation Environment (ForSense) for laparoscopic surgery training and assessment. Surgery (United States), 157(4), 723-731.
    DOI Scopus16 Europe PMC7
    2015 Cundy, T., Marcus, H., Hughes-Hallett, A., MacKinnon, T., Najmaldin, A., Yang, G., & Darzi, A. (2015). Robotic versus non-robotic instruments in spatially constrained operating workspaces: A pre-clinical randomized crossover study. BJU International, 116(3), 415-422.
    DOI Scopus3 Europe PMC1
    2015 Cundy, T., Rowland, S., Gattas, N., White, A., & Najmaldin, A. (2015). The learning curve of robot-assisted laparoscopic fundoplication in children: A prospective evaluation and CUSUM analysis. International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery, 11(2), 141-149.
    DOI Scopus7 Europe PMC4
    2014 Cundy, T., Harling, L., Marcus, H., Athanasiou, T., & Darzi, A. (2014). Meta analysis of robot-assisted versus conventional laparoscopic fundoplication in children. Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 49(4), 646-652.
    DOI Scopus11 Europe PMC7
    2014 Cundy, T., Harling, L., Hughes-Hallett, A., Mayer, E., Najmaldin, A., Athanasiou, T., . . . Darzi, A. (2014). Meta-analysis of robot-assisted vs conventional laparoscopic and open pyeloplasty in children. BJU International, 114(4), 582-594.
    DOI Scopus43 Europe PMC31
    2014 Cundy, T., Marcus, H., Hughes-Hallett, A., Najmaldin, A., Yang, G., & Darzi, A. (2014). International attitudes of early adopters to current and future robotic technologies in pediatric surgery. Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 49(10), 1522-1526.
    DOI Scopus19 Europe PMC9
    2014 Cundy, T., Di Marco, A., Hamady, M., & Darzi, A. (2014). Giant left paraduodenal hernia. BMJ Case Reports, 2014(apr30 3), bcr2013202465.
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    2014 Cundy, T., Marcus, H., Clark, J., Hughes-Hallett, A., Mayer, E., Najmaldin, A., . . . Darzi, A. (2014). Robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery for pediatric solid tumors: A systematic review of feasibility and current status. European Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 24(2), 127-135.
    DOI Scopus8 Europe PMC5
    2014 Marcus, H., Cundy, T., Hughes-Hallett, A., Yang, G., Darzi, A., & Nandi, D. (2014). Endoscopic and keyhole endoscope-assisted neurosurgical approaches: A qualitative survey on technical challenges and technological solutions. British Journal of Neurosurgery, 28(5), 606-610.
    DOI Scopus17 Europe PMC7
    2014 Hughes-Hallett, A., Mayer, E., Marcus, H., Cundy, T., Pratt, P., Parston, G., . . . Darzi, A. (2014). Quantifying innovation in surgery. Annals of Surgery, 260(2), 205-211.
    DOI Scopus24 Europe PMC17
    2014 Cundy, T., Gattas, N., Yang, G., Darzi, A., & Najmaldin, A. (2014). Experience related factors compensate for haptic loss in robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery. Journal of Endourology, 28(5), 532-538.
    DOI Scopus7 Europe PMC5
    2014 Marcus, H., Hughes-Hallett, A., Cundy, T., Di Marco, A., Pratt, P., Nandi, D., . . . Yang, G. (2014). Comparative effectiveness of 3-dimensional vs 2-dimensional and high-definition vs standard-definition neuroendoscopy: A preclinical randomized crossover study. Neurosurgery, 74(4), 375-380.
    DOI Scopus20 Europe PMC13
    2014 Hughes-Hallett, A., Mayer, E., Marcus, H., Cundy, T., Pratt, P., Darzi, A., & Vale, J. (2014). Augmented reality partial nephrectomy: Examining the current status and future perspectives. Urology, 83(2), 266-273.
    DOI Scopus59 Europe PMC34
    2014 Marcus, H., Cundy, T., Nandi, D., Yang, G., & Darzi, A. (2014). Robot-assisted and fluoroscopy-guided pedicle screw placement: A systematic review. European Spine Journal, 23(2), 291-297.
    DOI Scopus31 Europe PMC15
    2014 Cundy, T., Cundy, W., Antoniou, G., Sutherland, L., Freeman, B., & Cundy, P. (2014). Serum titanium, niobium and aluminium levels two years following instrumented spinal fusion in children: does implant surface area predict serum metal ion levels?. European Spine Journal, 23(11), 2393-2400.
    DOI Scopus12 WoS14 Europe PMC8
    2014 Cundy, T., Gardener, G., Andersen, C., Kirby, C., McBride, C., & Teague, W. (2014). Fetoscopic endoluminal tracheal occlusion (FETO) for congenital diaphragmatic hernia in Australia and New Zealand: are we willing, able, both or neither?. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 50(3), 226-233.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS4 Europe PMC2
    2013 Cundy, T., Antoniou, G., Sutherland, L., Freeman, B., & Cundy, P. (2013). Serum titanium, niobium, and aluminum levels after instrumented spinal arthrodesis in children. Spine, 38(7), 564-570.
    DOI Scopus23 WoS23 Europe PMC15
    2013 Marcus, H., Hughes-Hallett, A., Cundy, T., Nandi, D., Yang, G., & Darzi, A. (2013). Not everything that counts can be easily counted. BMJ (Online), 346(7905), f2461.
    DOI Scopus6 Europe PMC6
    2013 Cundy, T., Shetty, K., Clark, J., Chang, T., Sriskandarajah, K., Gattas, N., . . . Darzi, A. (2013). The first decade of robotic surgery in children. Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 48(4), 858-865.
    DOI Scopus60 Europe PMC36
    2013 Vitiello, V., Lee, S., Cundy, T., & Yang, G. (2013). Emerging robotic platforms for minimally invasive surgery. IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering, 6, 111-126.
    DOI Scopus142 Europe PMC32
    2012 Cundy, T., & Kirby, C. (2012). Serum metal levels after minimally invasive repair of pectus excavatum. Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 47(8), 1506-1511.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS4 Europe PMC3
    2012 Cundy, T., Boucaut, H., & Kirby, C. (2012). Fournier's gangrene in a child with congenital genitourinary anomalies. Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 47(4), 808-811.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS2 Europe PMC1
    2010 Cundy, T., Systermans, B., Cundy, W., Cundy, P., Briggs, N., & Robinson, J. (2010). Helmets for snow sports: Prevalence, trends, predictors and attitudes to use. Journal of Trauma: injury, infection and critical carw, 69(6), 1486-1490.
    DOI Scopus28 WoS28 Europe PMC17
    2010 Rackham, M., Cundy, T., Antoniou, G., Freeman, B., Sutherland, L., & Cundy, P. (2010). Predictors of serum chromium levels after stainless steel posterior spinal instrumentation for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Spine, 35(9), 975-982.
    DOI Scopus13 WoS13 Europe PMC10
    2010 Cundy, T., Delaney, C., Rackham, M., Antoniou, G., Oakley, A., Freeman, B., . . . Cundy, P. (2010). Chromium ion release from stainless steel pediatric scoliosis instrumentation. Spine, 35(9), 967-974.
    DOI Scopus17 WoS14 Europe PMC14
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2014 Mylonas, G., Vitiello, V., Cundy, T., Darzi, A., & Yang, G. (2014). CYCLOPS: A versatile robotic tool for bimanual single-access and natural-orifice endoscopic surgery. In Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (pp. 2436-2442).
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