Dr McGowan

  • Adrenal glands disorders
  • Infertility
  • Obesity
  • Polycystic ovaries (PCOS)
  • Thyroid
  • Weight loss

Dr Barbara McGowan

GMC: 4545583

Based in London, Dr Barbara McGowan is a leading expert in endocrinology. Her special interests include weight loss, bariatric medicine, polycystic ovarian syndrome, thyroid problems, infertility, adrenal disease and pituitary disorders and arenal disease.

Outside of her clinic she is dedicated to research, her work has been recognised by NIHR/RCP who awarded her for her 'outstanding contribution to research' in 2016.

She has obtained other awards for her research including the Glaxo-Wellcome-Blackwell clinical prize and the London Lock Memorial Prize. She practices from Guy's Hospital and BMI Bishops Wood while also serving as Honorary Senior Lecturer at King's College London.

  • Professional experience

    • Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology, HCA The Shard (present)
    • Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Diabetes and Endocrinology, King's College London (present)
    • Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist, BMI Bishops Wood, Middlesex (present)
    • Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust (past)
  • Education

    • PhD, Imperial College London (2003 - 2007)
    • MBBS, Royal Free Hospital London (1993 - 1998)
    • MA Biochemistry, Hertford College Oxford (1984 - 1988)
  • Professional membership

    • British Medical Association
    • Society for Endocrinology (UK)
    • Endocrine Society (US)
    • Diabetes UK
    • Association of Obesity (ASO)
    • Association of Physicians Specialising in Obesity
    • UK Royal college of Physicians
  • Teaching posts

    • Honorary Senior Lecturer in Diabetes and Endocrinology, King's College London (present)
  • Prizes and awards

    • Outstanding contribution to research, NIHR/RCP (2016)
    • New Investigator Award, Fifth International Conference on Relaxin and Related Peptides, Hawai (2008)
    • The Endocrine Society and Pfizer International Award for excellence in published clinical research in the journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism (2005)
    • London Lock Memorial Prize in genitourinary diseases (1998)
    • Glaxo-Wellcome-Blackwell clinical prize (1996)

 Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments

  • Adrenal glands disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Diabetes diet
  • Diet therapy
  • Diseases of the pituitary and hypothalamus
  • Endocrine test
  • Hormone therapy
  • Hypogonadism
  • Infertility
  • Metabolic disorder
  • Obesity
  • Parathyroid gland
  • Pineal gland
  • Polycystic ovaries (PCOS)
  • Thyroid
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Weight loss

Make an appointment


  • The Shard (HCAHealthcare)
    The Shard, London Bridge Hospital, St Thomas’ Street SE1 9BS - London (Central London)
    (+44) 02084347556
  • BMI Bishops Wood Hospital
    Rickmansworth Rd HA6 2JW - London (West London)
    (+44) 02084347556


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