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Dr David Bowden

Consultant Hepatobiliary and Gastrointestinal Radiologist

I am a Consultant Hepatobiliary and Gastrointestinal Radiologist with a particular interest in imaging of the liver and pancreas and since 2021, Clinical Lead for MRI.
Dr David Bowden

My current role

Together with my sub-specialty colleagues I provide radiology support to regional and local multidisciplinary team meetings for liver, pancreatic and bowel cancer. The majority of my remaining time is occupied by reporting imaging studies across multiple modalities (CT, MR, ultrasound), as well as on-call support for emergency imaging. I am also Clinical Lead for Trauma Imaging, CUH being one of the country’s major trauma centres.

In my role as Clinical Lead for MRI I work closely with our physicists, lead radiographers and equipment manufacturer as we aim to constantly improve, upgrade our technology and provide cutting edge image quality. It is my firm belief that this teamwork, in addition to never settling for second best or standing still, is what ensures we provide the best imaging possible for our patients.

I lecture nationally and internationally at radiology meetings and have authored and co-authored a number of scientific papers, books and book chapters. I act as an expert peer reviewer for a number of international radiology journals and as with many of my colleagues, participate in teaching of our junior doctors as part of their specialty training.

Previous history

I originally trained as a veterinary surgeon in Cambridge and having worked in this role for several years, returned to Cambridge to study medicine, graduating with first class honours. My radiology training was subsequently also undertaken at CUH, during which time I was awarded the Royal College of Radiologists Frank Doyle Medal. After completion of specialty training I undertook a Fellowship in Abdominal and Trauma imaging at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Canada before taking a consultant post at West Suffolk Hospital and then returning to CUH as Consultant in 2017.


The Royal College of Radiologists

European Society of Radiology

European Society for Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology

British Society for Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology

Personal interests

While not at work I enjoy travelling but most importantly, spending time with my family and increasingly as I have got older, in my garden.