Professor David Bowrey
Consultant Upper Gastrointestinal and General Surgeon
MB, BCh, MD, FRCS (Gen Surg), MMed Ed, SFHEA
"The moment I walk through the door of Spire Leicester Hospital, I am struck by how clean it is, and by how warm and friendly all the staff are."
My particular interests are the management of dyspepsia (indigestion) and endoscopy; acid reflux disease and its surgical management; all types of hernia surgery (open and laparoscopic); laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gallbladder surgery for gallstones); weight loss surgery (gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass surgery); surgery for oesophageal and stomach cancer; nutrition and feeding.
I have been a consultant for just over 10 years and have spent the last 15 years working in full time specialist surgical practice. I specialise in the management of conditions affecting the stomach and oesophagus, endoscopy and laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery. In recognition of my past and ongoing contribution to research in this area, I have been appointed as Professor within the University of Leicester.
To date, I have performed in excess of 2,000 endoscopies (100-120 each year); 2,000 laparoscopic (keyhole) operations (120-140 each year); 1,000 hernia operations (60-70 each year); 500 stomach operations (50 each year) in both my NHS and private practice.
I am one of the two General Surgery representatives on the Spire Leicester Medical Advisory Committee. I am the Core Surgery Training Programme Director for the East Midlands (South). This involves overseeing the training of young surgeons in the formative years shortly after medical school. I run and convene the patient support group for patients who have undergone stomach and oesophageal surgery for cancer. The group meets every three months at "Coping with Cancer", Helen Webb House, Leicester, LE3 0HH.
I have recently been promoted to Honorary Professor within the University of Leicester (2015), in recognition of past and future contributions to research and teaching. In recognition of my sustained commitment to teaching, I have been made a Senior Fellow with the Higher Education Academy (2014).
I am actively involved in the assessment and quality assurance of medical training. I examine medical students at the University of Leicester, was an Examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons MRCS exam between 2009-2015, and currently examine for the Royal College of Surgeons Consultant qualification exam (Part III).
Some of the principal treatments carried out by Professor David Bowrey at Spire include:
Professor Bowrey performs gastrointestinal surgery, laparoscopic surgery, obesity/weight loss surgery, endoscopy, hernia repair surgery and minimal access surgery.
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MB BCh / Cardiff / 1992
MD / Cardiff / 2002
Research dissertation degree
FRCS (Gen Surg) / London / 2004
Qualification in General Surgery
M Med Ed / Warwick / 2012
Masters in Medical Education
SFHEA / York / 2014
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland
Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland
British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society
Society For Surgery of The Alimentary Tract
My research interests lie in stomach and oesophageal surgery, in particular how nutrition improves recovery after cancer surgery, the benefit of omega-3 fish oils on patients having cancer treatment, the effect of weight loss surgery on taste and smell, the effects of weight loss surgery on blood sugar changes straight after surgery.
Potential applications of fish oils rich in omega-3 fatty acids in the management of gastrointestinal cancer: Clinical Nutrition
Changes in physical behaviour and physical function after bariatric surgery: a systematic review and meta-analysis: Obesity Reviews
A randomised controlled trial of six weeks of home enteral nutrition versus standard care after oesophagectomy or total gastrectomy for cancer: report on a pilot and feasibility study. Trials
Consultant Upper Gastrointestinal and General Surgeon, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.
Honorary Professor of Cancer Studies, University of Leicester.
I enjoy relaxing and spending time with my wife and two daughters. I enjoy being outdoors and keep fit through a combination of badminton, cycling, running and (in the winter) skiing. I also enjoy watching a good game of rugby and am a Leicester Tigers season ticket holder.
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