Mr James Hopkins



GMC number: 6077089

Practicing since: 2003


General Surgery

Consultation times

  • By arrangement
  • Overview

Or call us on

0117 906 4888


Mr James Hopkins is a specialist UGI and Metabolic Surgeon, Bariatric Endoscopist, and the Clinical Lead for GI Emergency Surgery at North Bristol NHS Trust.

His specialist interests are Laparoscopic (keyhole) abdominal surgery including: Bariatric / Metabolic Surgery, Hiatal Surgery (Reflux disease), Biliary disease (gallstones). He offers a range of operations for severe and complex obesity including gastric band, gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and gastric balloon. He performs Hernia Surgery, primarily laparoscopically and with a specialist interest in Complex Abdominal Wall Reconstruction, for complicated or recurrent hernias.

Mr Hopkins MA DPhil FRCS completed his post-graduate medical training at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, University of London. Prior to medical school he completed an undergraduate degree and doctorate in Biochemistry and Metabolism at the University of Oxford and was a Research Fellowship in Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Mr Hopkins underwent higher surgical training in the Wessex Deanery, with a concurrent clinical lectureship at the University of Southampton, and sub-specialist training at the Solent Centre for Digestive Diseases at QA Portsmouth – specialising in bariatric surgery. Following this he undertook a post-CCT Bariatric surgery fellowship at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton before joining North Bristol NHS Trust.

Mr Hopkins is a full member of AUGIS, BOMSS, and a committee member of the UK National Bariatric Surgery Registry.

Special interests

General, Laparoscopic, GI & Bariatric Surgery

Personal interests

When away from work, I spend most of my time with my family and four lively children. I am a keen triathlete and you may meet me running or cycling on the roads around Bristol and South Wales. I enjoy football, wine, reading historical fiction, and am a lover of ‘90s music.

Languages spoken


Treatments and tests offered by Mr James Hopkins at Nuffield Health

  • Appendicectomy
  • Cholecystectomy (Gallbladder removal)
  • Gastric band surgery
  • Gastric balloon treatment
  • Gastric bypass surgery
  • Gastroesophageal
  • Gastrointestinal tract
  • Hernia repair surgery
  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy
  • Laparoscopic anti reflux surgery
  • Weight loss surgery
  • Sleeve gastrectomy surgery
  • Soft tissue lump service
  • Splenectomy

Locations Mr James Hopkins works with

Related experience


Mr Hopkins is an active clinical researcher, with a strong background in academic surgery.  He is currently Principle Investigator at NBT for the ByBandSleeve multicentre RCT and is an honorary research fellow at the University of Bristol, School of Community Medicine. He holds a doctorate in Biochemistry and Metabolism at the University of Oxford (1990 – 1997) was a Research Fellow in Medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston MA from 1998 – 2000 and clinical lecturer at the University of Southampton (2011 -2015). 

Mr Hopkins has an interest in clinical outcomes research and has been the lead in the in the development of a Core-Outcome Set for Bariatric Surgery (the BARIACT Project) as part of the BBS trial.  He has published extensively and presented at many international meetings.

He is a member of the National Bariatric Surgery Registry data committee, with responsibility for patient reported outcome measures, and was an advisor on the 2012 NCEPOD enquiry into bariatric surgery – Too lean a service?

1.            HOPKINS JC, WELBOURN R. The importance of national registries/databases in metabolic surgery: the UK experience. SOARD 2016 July;12(6) 1178–1185

2.            MOORE M, HOPKINS JC, WAINWRIGHT P. Primary care management of patients after weight loss surgery. BMJ 2016 Mar; 352 i945

3.            HOPKINS JC, ET AL on behalf of the By-Band Trial Management Group. What are important outcomes of bariatric surgery? 9Th( Bariact Study). LANCET Feb 26 2015; 385: S43


  • Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • British Obesity & Metabolic Surgery Society
  • Association of Upper GI Surgery
  • National Bariatric Surgery Registry

Other post held

  • Consultant UGI & Bariatric Surgeon, North Bristol NHS Trust

Insurers Mr James Hopkins works with

Mr James Hopkins works with the following private medical insurance providers:

  • Aviva Health
  • AXA PPP Healthcare
  • AXA PPP International
  • Bupa
  • Simplyhealth
  • Vitality Health (Pru Health)


Mr James Hopkins does not hold a share or financial interest in this hospital, another Nuffield Health hospital or the company.

Mr James Hopkins does not have a share or financial interest in equipment used at this hospital or another Nuffield Health hospital.

Mr James Hopkins does not hold any paid advisory role(s) at this hospital or on behalf of Nuffield Health.