Professor Simon Bowman qualified in Medicine at University College London Hospitals. After finishing his PhD at Guy’s Hospital he completed his rheumatology training in Oxford. He has been a Consultant Rheumatologist for over 15 years at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.
Professor Bowman has broad experience of all aspects of rheumatology including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, osteoarthritis and soft-tissue rheumatic disorders and joint injection therapy. Professor Bowman has a particular clinical and research interest in Sjögren’s syndrome and related connective tissue disorders such as scleroderma, lupus and mixed connective tissue disease.
He holds an Honorary Chair at the University of Birmingham and has published widely on the topic of Sjögren’s syndrome and other connective tissue disorders.
Professor Bowman is also interested in postgraduate rheumatology education and has been Chair of the Education and Training Committee and a Trustee of the British Society for Rheumatology and Lead Clinician for the Royal College of Physicians Specialty Certificate Examination in Rheumatology.
Clinical Excellence Award
National: Bronze (2008)
Professional affiliations and memberships
- Member: British Society for Rheumatology
- Member: American College of Rheumatology
- Member: Midlands Rheumatology Society
- Medical President: British Sjogren's Syndrome Association
- Fellow: Institute for Learning & Teaching
Professor Bowman has a longstanding interest in clinical research in Sjogren's syndrome and other connective tissue disorders. He has published 50 peer-reviewed original papers and 20 reviews, book chapters or editorials. He regularly lectures on this topic to rheumatology units in the UK and at national and international meetings
Summary of recent publications
Professor Bowman has published principally on measuring symptoms and disease activity in Sjogren's syndrome to facilitate clinical trials of new therapies. He is chief investigator on the 'Trial of anti-B-cell Therapy in Primary Sjogren's Syndrome (TRACTISS) - a grant of £945,412 from Arthritis Research UK and a member of the advisory board of the United Kingdom Primary Sjogren's Syndrome Registry (UKPSSR) - a grant of £533,223 from the Medical Research Council UK
- Author(s): 1. Seror R, Ravaud P, Mariette X, Bootsma H, Theander E, Hansen A, Ramos-Casals M, Dorner T, Bombardieri S, Hachulla E, Brun JG, Kruize AA, Praprotnik S, Tomsic M, Gottenberg JE, Devauchelle V, Devita S, Vollenweider C, Mandl T, Tzioufas A, Carsons S, Sar, Title: EULAR Sjogren’s Task Force. EULAR Sjogren’s Syndrome Patient Reported Index (ESSPRI): development of a consensus patient index for primary Sjogren’s syndrome, Journal: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, Volume: 70, Year: 2011, PageNo: 968-72
- Author(s): 2. Filer A, de Pablo P, Allen G, Nightingale P, Jordan A, Jobanputra P, Bowman S, Buckley CD, Raza K., Title: Utility of ultrasound joint counts in the prediction of rheumatoid arthritis in patients with very early synovitis., Journal: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, Volume: 70, Year: 2011, PageNo: 500-507
- Author(s): 3. Seror R, Mariette X, Bowman S, Baron G, Gottenberg JE, Bootsma H, Theander E, Tzioufas A, Vitali C, Ravaud P, European League Against Rheumatism Sjogren’s Task Force. , Title: Accurate detection of changes in disease activity in primary Sjogren’s syndrome by the European League Against Rheumatism Sjogren’s Syndrome Disease Activity Index. , Journal: Arthritis Care and Research, Volume: 62, Year: 2010, PageNo: 551-8