Dr Frank Lee BowlingB.Sc(Hons)., Pg.D., M.Sc., DPM., Ph.D., D.Sc., FPMRCPS,. FCPodS.

Honorary Reader & Clinician

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Frank Bowling is a (Hon) Reader in (Translational Medicine) with a special interest in Diabetes and lower limb complications at the University of Manchester and a Podiatric Consultant at Manchester Foundation Trust within the Department of Vascular Surgery.  His clinical role is focused on the care of patients with lower limb complications due to Diabetes. He also oversees various research clinics based at the Manchester Diabetes Centre and Rusholme High-Risk Diabetic foot clinic, under the guidance of Professor Andrew Boulton.

Frank also holds adjunct posts: Clinical & Academic (Instructor) Professor of Surgery Victor Babes & Nicolae Testemițanu Universities, Schools of Medicine & Pharmacy & Visiting Professor of Musculoskeletal Sciences Manchester Metropolitan University

As a Senior Clinical Academic he is responsible for:

  • Planning clinical trials/research into lower limb complications with a specialist interest in Diabetes
  • Developing collaborative research projects with colleagues, both Nationally & Internationally
  • Running undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in diabetes and its complications manifested in the lower limb
  • Research Lead/Champion for the Manchester Foundation Trust

Collaborating closely with senior colleagues from Medicine, Biology & Health: Andrew Boulton, Professor of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Andrew McBain Professor of Applied Microbiology, Faculty of Health, Curtis Dobson Professor of Translational Biology, Faculty of Biology, University of Manchester. Diabetologists & Vascular Surgeons Manchester Foundation Trust.

National & international colleagues from other Universities & Health Care Centres:  David Armstrong Professor of Surgery, Keck School of Medicine University of Southern California. Mihai Ionac Professor of Vascular & Reconstructive Microsurgery, Victor Babes Uiniversity of Medicine. Professors Stanislav Groppa & Vitali Lisinic, Neurologists, Nicolae Testemițanu Universitiy of Medicine. Neil Reeves Professor of Musculoskeletal Biomechanics in Human Movement, Manchester Metropolitan University. 

Frank is a strong advocate of Medical Internships Globally in Healthcare (MIGiH internships) with Projects based both home and abroad. Gaining knowledge & experience of global healthcare issues and a deeper understanding of how medical charities change lives.  



  • Chairmans Research Prize Scholarship (Peter Mount) Central Manchester University Hospital Foundation Trust 2006.
  • “Best Medical Essay” inter-university competition, presented at the third International Medical Postgraduate conference Prague 2007.
  • Symposium of Advanced Wound Care (SAWC), Top Clinical Abstract Award (best in clinical practice), winner, Tampa, Florida, U.S.A. 2010
  • Bionow awards 2012, Biomedical Research, Astra Zeneca, UK clinical excellence.
  • NIHR  2015 Leading Comercial Principle Investigator (Clinical Reserch Network)
  • Senior Clinical/Academic Bridging Fellow Central Manchester University Hospital Foundation Trust 2018.

External positions

Visiting Professor of Musculoskeletal Science, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK

1 Sep 2018 → …

Visiting Professor of Translational Medicine, Victor Babeș University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Timișoara, RO.

2 May 2017 → …

Fellow of the Faculty of Podiatric Surgeons, College of Podiatry, Directorate of Podiatric Surgery, London, UK

23 Sep 2016 → …

Visiting Professor of Translational Medicine, Nicolae Testemițanu State University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Chișinău, MD.

2016 → …

Fellow, Academy of Sciences of Moldova

2016 → …

Fellow of the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine, Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow, UK

2013 → …

Areas of expertise

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2016 - Post Graduate Diploma Neuropathies (Intercollegiate) (2015 - 2016)
  • 2016 - Doctor of Science, Foot & Ankle Biomechanics, State University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Nicolae Testemitanu” (2013 - 2016)
  • 2015 - Doctor of Health Science, Clinical Biomechanics, in Lower Limb Pathology , The University of Huddersfield (2011 - 2015)
  • 2013 - Master in Science, Clinical Microbiology “Bacteriology” in the Diabetic Foot, The University of Huddersfield (2008 - 2011)
  • 2009 - Doctor of Philosophy, Clinical Microbiology “Bacteriology” , The University of Manchester (2005 - 2009)
  • 2004 - Bachelor of Science, Clinical Microbiology “Mycology” in the Foot, The University of Salford (1999 - 2002)

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