Consultant Orthopaedic & Specialist Hip Surgeon
Mr Sebastian Dawson-Bowling is a leading orthopaedic consultant with specialist expertise in treating hip conditions in adults and young adults. Vastly experienced, he is widely renowned for his work in the revision of failed joint replacements and complex hip joint replacement surgery. A highly respected teacher, author and speaker, empathy and excellent communication with his patients are the hallmarks of his approach. Committed to research and innovation, he is one of the few surgeons to use the MAKOplasty robotic arm which delivers greater precision when placing implants for hip replacements, and he is currently working with an international team to develop a new type of hip implant for hip replacements.
Mr Dawson-Bowling is Head of Orthopaedic Services at Barts Health NHS Trust, where he is responsible for orthopaedic services at The Royal London Hospital, Whipps Cross University Hospital and Newham University Hospital. As part of this role, he is currently engaged in developing a specialist centre of excellence for orthopaedics and in researching the development of accelerated recovery pathways for patients undergoing joint replacement surgery.
His own NHS practice is at The Royal London Hospital, where he treats major trauma patients and those with complex hip and knee problems.
He has particular expertise in hip revision surgery, which involves correcting hip replacements which have failed due to injury, infection or wear and tear, and he regularly treats oversees patients who travel to the UK to benefit from his specialist experience. He is in the process of developing a referral centre aimed specifically at treating patients with these and other complex hip problems.
In his private practice, Mr Dawson-Bowling uses the latest regenerative treatments to reduce pain in patients with arthritic hips or to delay the need for a hip replacement. He is a strong advocate of effective and empathetic communication with patients prior to surgery as being essential to providing the best possible outcome.
Teaching and academia remain an important part of Mr Dawson-Bowling’s working life, and he still teaches medical students on a day-to-day basis. He is Honorary Senior Lecturer for MSc students at Queen Mary University, London and he recently supported a group of medical students to set up the London Undergraduate Orthopaedic Society, for which he is Inaugural Honorary President. He was also awarded the title of Orthopaedic Trainer of the year 2018/19 for the ‘Percivall Pott Rotation’, part of the orthopaedic training for doctors based around the Royal London Hospital and neighbouring NHS Trusts.
After studying at the universities of Cambridge University (where he was also part of the crew which won the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race) and London and Guy’s and St Thomas’s hospital, he qualified in 2000. Mr Dawson-Bowling obtained his basic and specialist surgical training on the South Thames Orthopaedic Training programme. His extensive experience in orthopaedic surgery includes sub-specialist fellowship training at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore. In 2010 he worked with the eminent knee and hip specialist, Paul Pellicci, MD, at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Following a year at St. George’s Hospital, London in a consultant orthopaedic surgeon role, he moved into his current position with Barts Health NHS Trust, the UK’s largest teaching hospital trust.
Co-author of 19 peer-reviewed publications and an author/editor of three orthopaedic textbooks as well as having written chapters in professional titles on orthopaedics, trauma and medical law, Mr Dawson-Bowling’s ongoing commitment to learning was evidenced by the Master’s degrees in medical law (Cardiff University) and Orthopaedic Science (Brighton and Sussex Medical School), which he achieved in 2009. His medical law qualification means he can offer medicolegal services and frequently acts as an expert witness in litigation cases for hip surgery patients.
His academic work also includes working on the editorial board for the journal Bone and Joint 360, one of the world’s lead orthopaedic journals, and representing them as a speaker at the British Orthopaedic Association annual international conference. He is also on the editorial board of the National Joint Registry, the organisation which logs all UK hip and knee replacements and monitors the performance of implants, surgeons and hospitals.
- British Orthopaedic Association
- British Hip Society
- British Association for Surgery of the Knee
- Royal Society of Medicine
- Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons
- British Medical Association
Mr Dawson-Bowling is Honorary Senior Lecturer for MSc students at Queen Mary University, London and teaches medical students on a day-to-day basis.
He is Inaugural Honorary President of the London Undergraduate Orthopaedic Society – he supported a group of medical students who were interested in orthopaedics to establish this society. They held their first conference in Feb 2019, attended by delegates from across the UK and Europe.
He was awarded the title of Orthopaedic Trainer of the year 2018/19 for the ‘Percivall Pott Rotation’– this is an orthopaedic rotation for doctors based around the Royal London Hospital and neighbouring NHS Trusts.
He is on the editorial board of Bone and Joint 360 – one of the world’s lead orthopaedic journals, which is read internationally by the orthopaedic community. He speaks for this body on hips at the British Orthopaedic Association’s annual international conference.
He is on the editorial board of the National Joint Registry, which logs all UK hip and knee replacements and monitors performance of implants, surgeons and hospitals.
Mr Sebastian Dawson-Bowling MA, MSc, LLM, FRCS (Tr&Orth) is an expert orthopaedic consultant specialising in all aspects of lower limb surgery, predominantly complex hip and knee surgery. Mr Dawson-Bowling is one of only a few surgeons to use the MAKOplasty robotic arm for partial knee replacements and total hip and knee replacements, allowing the more accurate placement of implants.
His NHS practice is at the Royal London Hospital, where he treats major trauma patients and those with complex hip and knee problems in a tertiary environment.
In 2017 he was appointed Orthopaedic Clinical Network Director for Barts Health NHS Trust. He is currently leading on the development of the North East London Specialist Orthopaedic Network (NELSON), to help the transfer of complex elective cases from other hospitals to Barts so that patients receive the highest level of specialist care in the most appropriate clinical environment.
In 2016 Mr Dawson-Bowling was appointed Honorary Senior Lecturer, Queen Mary University of London, supervising postgraduate students.
Since qualifying in 2000 Mr Dawson-Bowling has gained experience in every area of orthopaedic and trauma surgery. He completed a master’s degree at Cambridge University (where he was also part of the crew which won the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race). He then undertook further training at Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospitals in London, before his subspecialist fellowship training at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore and at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.
Mr Dawson-Bowling graduated in 2008 from Cardiff University Law School with a Master’s degree in medical law (LLM), having completed a thesis on Medical Negligence and Informed Consent. He has an MSc degree (2009) at Brighton and Sussex Medical School which is based on research into uncemented hip resurfacing implants.
He has 19 peer-reviewed publications in the international literature and is a reviewer for several journals including Bone and Joint 360, the British Medical Journal and The Knee.
He is lead author of three postgraduate orthopaedic textbooks and lead convenor on the annual London Orthopaedic Basic Science Course run by Orthopaedic Research UK.
Mr Dawson-Bowling is on the Editorial Boards of the National Joint Registry and Bone and Joint 360. He regularly presents his work at international conventions, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and British Orthopaedic Association, where he has been an invited faculty member since 2016.