Mr Mark Nowell


MB BS, MA (Oxon), PhD, FRCS (SN)

GMC number: 6078818

Practising since: 2003



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Mr Mark Nowell is a Consultant Neurosurgeon and Spinal Surgeon at Southmead Hospital and Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital. As a true dual trained surgeon in Neurosurgical and Orthopaedic Spine Surgery, he is equipped with the skills and experience to provide the most appropriate treatments across the entire spectrum of Spinal Surgery. This includes degenerative disease, trauma, tumour and infection across the whole spine.

Mr Nowell trained in medicine at Oriel College, Oxford and Imperial College School of Medicine, London, and achieved a first-class honours degree in Physiological Sciences from Oxford. He also completed a PhD at University College London, focusing on the development of advanced imaging tools and computer navigation for use in the operating theatre, which is increasingly relevant in Spinal Surgery today.

Following completion of neurosurgical training in Bristol, Mr Nowell developed a subspecialty interest in Spinal Surgery. He completed the Complex Spine Fellowship at the Leeds General Infirmary and the Sir Victor Horsley Spinal Fellowship at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN) and the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore.

Mr Nowell has presented widely at National and International meetings and has published extensively. He was awarded the British Association of Spinal Surgeons (BASS) Travelling Fellowship in 2017. As a member of BASS and the Society of British Neurosurgeons (SBNS), he regularly attends meetings which promote engagement and collaboration with colleagues and other professions allied to surgery. He is the current Spinal Surgery Academic Lead for the SBNS.

Mr Nowell believes strongly in patient-centred care. He offers a range of treatment options and supports patients to make informed decisions that are right for them.

Special interests

  • Cervical and lumbar degenerative disease
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Navigation
  • Intradural surgery

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Treatments and tests offered by Mr Mark Nowell at Nuffield Health

  • Lumbar discectomy
  • Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion
  • Spinal (lumbar) Decompression
  • Epidural anaesthetic
  • Facet joint injections
  • Medial facetectomy
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Vertebroplasty
  • Minimally invasive spinal surgery
  • Excision of spinal tumours
  • Laminectomy
  • Epidural injection for pain relief
  • Spinal fusion surgery
  • Interspinous implant
  • Image guided joint injections

Locations Mr Mark Nowell works with

Related experience


  • British Medical Association
  • Society of British Neurosurgeons
  • British Association of Spinal Surgeons
  • Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England

Other posts held

  • Consultant Neurosurgeon and Spinal Surgeon, Southmead Hospital


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

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

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