Consultant Profile

Dr David Cottrell

Dr David Cottrell MBChB, BSc (Hons), MRCP, PhD
Practicing at:
Spire Bristol Hospital
  • Neurology
    • Epilepsy
    • Headache
    • Multiple sclerosis
Special clinical interests:

General Neurology, Multiple Sclerosis, Headaches, Epilepsy and Medico-Legal.

Medico-Legal Secretary: Patricia Crabtree
Tel:  07977 633938

Research interests:

Dr Cottrell is the local principal investigator for several international multi-centre clinical trials in Multiple Sclerosis.  He also runs his own neurophysiological study in Primary Progressive MS based at Southmead Hospital.

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Southmead Hospital
Bristol University

Year of first medical qualification:
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

Member of the Royal College of Physicians
Association of British Neurologists
South West Multiple Sclerosis Group

Financial interests/shares:

Holds less than 0.1% of the shares in Spire Healthcare Group plc. 

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
0117 980 4070
Private secretary telephone number:
0117 974 6454
Private secretary email address:
Friday am and alternate Tuesdays pm
Background Information 
Professional profile:

My private interest is in general neurology and in particular headaches. I attend the American Academy Neurology meeting on an annual basis to keep updated. I also provide a medical legal service in neurology.

At Southmead hospital I run both general neurology and multiple sclerosis clinics. I have established the new rapid access MS relapse clinic for patients with MS and secured funding for an additional MS nurse and secretary and have received both ethical approval and financial backing to commence a neurophysiological study in primary progressive MS.
I have regular teaching commitments to both the 3rd and 5th year medical students.

I have also been instrumental in starting a MS charity, BrAMS (Bristol and Avon Multiple Scelrosis) to provide a specialist MS centre at Southmead to improve patient care and increase clinical trial activity in MS at Southmead.

Personal profile:

I qualified with an MB ChB and BSc (Hons) first class from Edinburgh University. I later received a PhD in mitochondrial cytopathies, ageing and Alzheimers disease from Newcastle University. I have published work, which was carried out at the Universities of Yale and Western Ontario and published widely in the fields of Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimers disease, Ageing and Mitochondrial disorders.

I moved with my family to Bristol in 2005 to take up a Consultant and Senior Lecturer post with a lead role in the delivery of care for patients with multiple sclerosis. I run general neurology and multiple sclerosis clinics including the new relapse clinic at Southmead Hospital.

I continue to be active in clinical research and is part of the Stem Cell research team based at Southmead.

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Dr David Cottrell

Dr David Cottrell Neurology Consultant, Bristol, private hospital specialist.

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