Dr. James S Bowness

SCREDS Clinical Lecturer in Anaesthesia


Division of Neuroscience
Institute of Academic Anaesthesia
Mail Box 8
Ninewells Hospital & Medical School

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+(44) 01382 383433

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James gained a First Class BSc (Hons) in Medical Sciences from the University of St Andrews in 2005, before undertaking his Medical Degree at the University of Cambridge, graduating in 2008.

After completing his Foundation Training in the East of Scotland, he undertook three years of surgical training and anatomy teaching, including becoming a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (MRCS) in 2010.

After beginning anaesthetic training in August 2013, he was appointed to a Clinical Lectureship in Anaesthesia in February 2014 and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (FRCA) in 2016.


James’ current research includes the study of exosomes in patients with inflammatory diseases.  Formerly considered a pathway to discard cellular debris, it has become clear that these cell-derived vesicles are present in perhaps all biological fluids and may play a significant role in cellular communication.  James is undertaking a collaborative project, between the Universities of Dundee and St Andrews, to study these particles in patients with N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor encephalitis.



-       Riches A, Powis S, Bowness J et al. Human Urinary Exosomes in Bladder Cancer Patients: Propoerties, Concentrations and Possible Clinical Applications. Bladder, December 2015; 2(3): e19.

-       Bowness J, Nicholls K, Kilgour PM et al. Finding the Fifth Intercostal Space for Chest Drain Insertion: Guidelines and Ultrasound.  Emerg Med J, December 2015; 32(12):951-4.

-       Bowness J, Kilgour PM, Whiten S, et al. Guidelines on Chest Drain Insertion do not Protect Abdominal Viscera.  Emerg Med J, August 2015; 32(8): 620-625.

-       Teo M, Martin S, Bowness J & Eljamel MS. Dural Graft-Induced Fibrotic Mass twelve years after successful treatment of Skull Base Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma mimicking recurrence: Case Report and Literature Review.  OJMN, December 2013; 4(1): 7-12.

-       Bowness J & Clift B. Foundation Doctors lack Surgical Experience. Br Med J, January 2011; 342: c4947.

-       Bowness J & Gibbs T. Integrated future? Student Br Med J, July 2007; 15:277-278.

Published Abstracts

-       Baruah-Young J, Bowness J, Bailey G, et al. An Audit of Neuroaxial Block in respect of Anticoagulation Guidelines in Ninewells Hospital, Dundee. Anaesthesia, June 2015 70(3):40.

-       Bowness J, Nicholls K, Kilgour PM, et al. Finding the Fifth Intercostal Space: Chest Drains and Ultrasound. Br J Anaesth, October 2013; 68(3):1-10.

-       Davies P, Bowness J, Whittingham C et al. Simple Intervention Improves Outcome in Delivery of Parenteral Nutrition. Gut, June 2013; 62(1):A201-A202.

-       Bowness J, Kilgour PM, Whiten S et al. Guidelines for Insertion of Chest Drains do not Protect Relevant Anatomical Structures. Crit Care, March 2013; 17(2):293.

-       Teo M, Bowness J, Murphy P, et al. Retrosigmoid Craniotomy achieved less Post-operative Headache. Br J Neurosurg, April 2010; 24(2):108-147.

Other Publications

-       Bowness J, Seeley J & Hilton-Christie, S.  A Trainee’s Guide to Quality Improvement.  The Bulletin, Royal College of Anaesthetists, May 2016; 97:25-28.

-       Bowness J & Davies P. Snapshot quiz 12/17. Br J Surg, September 2012; 10: 1395.


James has significant experience teaching full body anatomy, by dissection, to medical students.  He also regularly teaches on postgraduate anatomy courses for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, including jointly co-ordinating the Wade Programme teaching days in anatomy.

Other teaching activities include clinical medical students on their training block in Anaesthesia and on Advanced Life Support courses.