Mr James Hopkins is a specialist Upper GI and Metabolic Surgeon, Bariatric Endoscopist, and the Clinical Lead for GI Emergency Surgery at North Bristol NHS Trust. He is the Local Principal Investigator for National Bariatric Surgery (ByBandSleeve) and Gallstone (Sunflower) Clinical Trials.
He specialises in Gallstones, Gallbladder Surgery (Keyhole Cholecystectomy); Anti-reflux (acid reflux) Surgery, Fundoplication & Hiatus Hernia Surgery; Hernia Repair (Inguinal, femoral, incisional, para-umbilical, epigastric) – either keyhole (laparoscopic hernia) or open, including Complex Abdominal Wall Reconstruction Surgery for complex incisional hernias, recurrent hernias or very large hernias.
He is one of Bristol’s leading bariatric surgeons, performing surgery for complex obesity, weight-loss surgery (gastric band, gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy); also Endoscopic (OGD) procedures for diagnosis (including OGD under GA), weight loss (Gastric Balloons), and reflux (Stretta).
Mr Hopkins completed post-graduate medical training at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital. Prior to medical school, he earned a degree and doctorate in Biochemistry and Metabolism at the University of Oxford, and was a Research Fellow 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.
Mr Hopkins is a full member of AUGIS, BOMSS, and committee member of the UK National Bariatric Surgery Registry.
Gallstones, Gallbladder Surgery, Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy; Anti-reflux (acid reflux) Surgery, Fundoplication & Hiatus hernia Surgery; Hernia Repair (Inguinal hernia, femoral hernia, incisional hernia, para-umbilical hernia, epigastric hernia) – all both keyhole (laparoscopic hernia) or open. Including Complex Abdominal Wall Reconstruction Surgery for complex incisional hernias, recurrent hernias or very large hernias.
Bariatric surgery, for complex obesity, weight-loss surgery (gastric band, gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy);
Endoscopic (OGD); procedures for; diagnosis (GA OGD), weight loss (Gastric Balloons); and reflux (Stretta).
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 & South Wales. I enjoy football, wine, reading historical fiction and am a lover of ‘90s music.
Treatments and tests offered by Mr James Hopkins at Nuffield Health
- Soft tissue lump service
- Laparoscopic reflux surgery (fundoplication)
- Gastrointestinal tract
- Hernia repair
- Laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal)
- Cholecystectomy (Gallbladder removal)
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
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:
- Royal College of Surgeons of England
- British Obesity & Metabolic Surgery Society
- Association of Upper GI Surgery
- National Bariatric Surgery Registry
Other posts 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 Health
- 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.