Dr Karen Adamson




Consultant Physician

Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh


  • General Endocrinology
  • General Diabetes
  • Adolescent Diabetes
  • Renal Diabetes
  • Diabetic Foot
  • Antenatal Diabetes


  • St John's Hospital


Karen Adamson graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1994. Her PhD in the molecular genetics of autoimmune disease was awarded from the University of Edinburgh in January 2005. In February 2007, she took up post as Consultant  Physician in St John’s Hospital, Livingston, she is also an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh

Since September 2011, she has been the Lead Clinician for the Diabetes Managed Clinical Network in NHS Lothian. In this role she has contributed to national guidance re prescribing, and sits on the Scottish Diabetes Survey Monitoring Group.

She is a member of the steering group for the ABCD nationwide audits and was a member of the Lifestyle subgroup in the most recent update of the SIGN guidelines.

She is involved in teaching both locally and on national courses.

Although interested in all aspects of diabetes, her main areas of interest are the development of new treatments for diabetes and an on-going interest in autoimmune disease, in particular thyroid autoimmunity.

She has a strong interest in medical education. She is currently Associate Director of Medical Education locally and is developing her teaching and training skills through undertaking an MSc in Medical Education. She is elected to represent Recently Appointed Consultants on the council of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, represent RCPE on the Advisory board of FMLM and is involved in the postgraduate examinations of the college.