“To speak to medical professionals who specialise in sports injury was a breath of fresh air. The experience for me was the best it could be, especially as an athlete with a potentially career-ending injury. Everyone was caring and I was given the hope I so badly needed. It was now possible that... Read More

“Everything was wonderful. I am now completely pain free and absolutely thrilled.”

“Thank you for the excellent operation you did on my knee. It has healed up really well with only a very small scar left. Most of the acute pain is now gone and each week it pains a little less. I am looking forward to the long (pain free) walks I used to do before. So many thanks, you are the... Read More

“Thank you so much for seeing me and treating me so quickly after my skiing accident! I was amazed and impressed that you managed to arrange my surgery so quickly. Mum and I have a nickname for you - GOD!”

Dr Julian Widdowson

Dr Julian Widdowson

MBBS BSc LMSSA MRCGP DCH DRCOG MSc Sports & Exercise Medicine, MFSEM

Julian qualified from University College London and then obtained an MSc in Sports and Exercise Medicine from the University of Bath.

He is trained as a General Practitioner, working in musculo-skeletal medicine and has been working in sport medicine since 1994. He joined Bath Rugby in 2004 as Team Doctor, becoming Head of Sports Medicine in 2007.

Julian is the South West lead for the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science and Consultant in Sport & Exercise Medicine for BANES (NHS)

Julian has also been team doctor for the England Saxons team; he has worked at the Sports Medicine Clinic at the Royal United Hospital in Bath and is also a Tutor and Examiner for the MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine course at Bath University. He is now a Teaching Fellow at the University of Bath in Sport & Exercise Medicine and have also just been appointed by the GMC as Specialist Application assessor for SEM.

Other positions Julian has held include being the lead team doctor for the England 16 Group from 1999-2008 and the team doctor for the Wales Rugby League side from 2006-2008.

Julian also provides a private sports injury clinic at CircleBath hospital.

Personal profile

With his busy professional career Dr Widdowson is glad to have such a supportive family. Married to his wife, Celia, he has four beautiful children. Away from work Dr Widdowson is a keen sportsman and enjoys cricket, golf, skiing and playing tennis with his family.

Year of first medical qualification


Special clinical interests

  • Acute and chronic sports injuries
  • Focus on maximising rehabilitation to ensure early return to sport
  • Injection therapy including corticosteroid injections and platelet rich plasma injections
  • Dance injuries and prevention

Research interests

  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound for diagnosis and for accurate injection therapy, Sports Science Physiology to improve Sports Performance and Hypoxic treatment for acute injuries.
  • Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies
  • Fellow of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine
  • Member of the Royal College General Practitioners
  • Member of British Association of Sports and Exercise Medicine

MSc Sports & Exercise Medicine


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