Gavin Bowyer CV

Curriculum Vitae – Gavin Bowyer MChir FRCS(Orth)
Consultant Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon

BA (Camb) 1982
BM BCh (Oxon) 1985
FRCS (Eng) 1989
FRCS(Orth) 1995
Diploma in the Medical Care of Catastrophes 1994
Advanced Trauma Life Support Instructor 1994
Master of Surgery, MChir (Camb) 1998
Consultant in Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery since 1997

Current Post
Consultant in Trauma & Orthopaedics – Southampton General Hospital
Honrary Senior Lecturer in Orthopaedics – University of Southampton

Major Surgical Interest
My major interest lies in foot and ankle surgery. I have developed a close working relationship with podiatrists and physiotherapists, as well as specialists in anaesthesia and musculo-skeletal imaging; I believe that this approach offers the best outcome for patients with foot and ankle problems. I have researched and investigated foot and ankle problems, in particular ankle injuries and instability, presenting that work at many meetings in Europe as well as an invited speaker in China, America and Russia.

I believe there are still interesting areas of development in foot and ankle surgery. These include non-invasive therapies such as Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy, and the new surgical techniques such as Minimally Invasive Surgery. I am keen to introduce such techniques in to practice where there is a clear need and potential benefit, but always with fully informed discussion with the patient, so that we can choose the technique which will best fit the particular problem.

Undergraduate Medical Education
1979 – 1982 Downing College, Cambridge.
1982 -1985 St Johns College, Oxford

Surgical Training Posts
SHO Posts in Orthopaedics, Burns, Plastic Surgery, General Surgery, Surgical Oncology in London
Trauma & Orthopaedic Registrar Posts in London
Senior Registrar posts in Southampton General Hospital

Fellowship Training
I spent a one year Fellowship training in Orthopaedic Traumatology at the Shock Trauma Center, Baltimore, Maryland, USA 1993/4

Hunterian Professorship
Hunterian Professor at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, 1996/7. Oration “The management of small fragment wounds in modern warfare – a return to Hunterian principles?”

Publications & Research

More than 40 papers on a variety of orthopaedic and trauma subjects, including the Instructional Course Lecture in Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery on the management of gunshot wounds to the limbs.

I have recently written a major review article for GPs in training, on Adult Foot and Ankle Problems, published in the InnovAIT journal (2010).

Gavin Bowyer ApleysBooks:

‘Conflict & Catastrophe Medicine’, published by Springer, 2002
‘Limb Injuries’ Chapter in “Surgery”, the major text by Mosby, 2000
‘Falls’ Chapter in “Scientific Foundations of Trauma”. Butterworth Heinemann 1997
‘General principles of wound management’ and ‘Wound Ballistics – Historical overview and epidemiology’ Chapters in “Ballistic Trauma”. Edward Arnold, 1997
‘General Classifications’ Chapter in “Classifications in Musculo-skeletal Trauma”. Heinemann Butterworth, 1999
‘The Management of Mine Wounds’. Chapter in “Trauma” Edward Arnold, 1997

I have written two chapters, on the regional orthopaedics of the foot and ankle, and injuries of the foot and ankle, in the major orthopaedic textbook, Apley’s System of Orthopaedics and Fractures (Hodder Arnold publishers, 2009).