Professor Matt Bown

portrait2Professor of Vascular Surgery

Department of Cardiovascular Sciences

University of Leicester
BHF Cardiovascular Research Centre
Glenfield General Hospital
Leicester, LE2 7LX

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 3190


Personal details

  • MB BCh - University of Wales College of Medicine - 1997
  • MD - University of Leicester - 2003
  • FRCS - The Royal College of Surgeons of England - 2008
  • PGCert (Bioinformatics) - Oxford University - 2009

I was initially appointed as a Clinical Lecturer in 2003 and, following the award of my CCT and a HEFCE Clinical Senior Lecturer Fellowship, was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in 2010. In 2016, I was promoted to the position of Professor of Vascular Surgery.



  • Honorary Consultant Vascular Surgeon, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
  • Director of Clinical Academic Training, University of Leicester
  • Member of national Integrated Academic Training Advisory Committee
  • Adjunct Professor of Vascular Surgery, University of Southern Denmark
  • NIHR RfPB panel (East Midlands)
  • Co-Chair, Vascular Society Aortic Special Interest Group
  • Editorial Board, British Journal of Surgery
  • Research Advisory Committee, NHS Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme
  • Editorial Board, Atherosclerosis
  • National Integrated Academic Training Advisory Committee


Previous appointments

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Clinical Guidelines Group, European Society for Vascular Surgery (2017-2019)
  • Vascular Surgery Training Programme Director, Health Education East Midlands (2016-2019)
  • NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship Panel (2015-2017)
  • Member of Council, Society for Academic and Research Surgery (SARS) (2015-2017)
  • NICE Specialist Advisor for Vascular Surgery (Interventional Procedures Programme) (2014-2017)


To find out more about the research carried out by the Leicester Vascular Surgeons in an easy to read format click here.


The UK Aneurysm Growth Study

The main focus of my current research is the British Heart Foundation UK Aneurysm Growth Study. More information can be found on the project page here or on the British Heart Foundation website here.


Other Research Interests

I run a continuing research programme investigating the pathogenesis and clinical management of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA).

My laboratory research mainly involves genomic studies of AAA and to date we have identified the majority of the genes that are known to be associated with AAA. My clinical research is focused on the management of early-stage aneurysmal disease including screening.

With previous funding from the Circulation Foundation, and now the British Heart Foundation, I have set up the UK Aneurysm Growth Study, a large prospective cohort study of men with small AAA. This resource will be used to identify clinical and biological factors associated with the growth of AAA and bring together my previous laboratory research with my current clinical research.

My group has an interest in using routinely collected NHS data as outcomes in clinical studies. This data linkage workstream is described here, including information about how we protect individual's personal information and healthcare data in these projects.

Funding sources

The Wellcome Trust

The Dunhill Medical Trust

The Circulation Foundation

The British Heart Foundation




Academic Vascular Surgery Training

Opportunities for training in academic vascular surgery in Leicester (ACF, ACL, Research Fellows, Lecturers)

In Leicester we have a strong track record in training academic vascular surgeons. We have an active cohort of junior surgeons pursuing post-graduate studies (MD or PhD) and regularly support Academic Clinical Fellows (ACF) and Academic Clinical Lecturers (ACL). Anyone interested in exploring these opportunities should contact Professor Matt Bown in the first instance.



Total publications (since 2001) - 144; H-index - 39; Citations - 4568; First/last author publications - 46.

Key papers:

Sweeting MJ, Masconi KL, Jones E, Ulug P, Glover MJ, Michaels JA, Bown MJ, Powell JT, Thompson SG. Analysis of clinical benefit, harms, and cost-effectiveness of screening women for abdominal aortic aneurysm. Lancet. 2018;392(10146):487-495.

Toghill BJ, Saratzis A, Freeman PJ, Sylvius N; UKAGS collaborators, Bown MJ. SMYD2 promoter DNA methylation is associated with abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) and SMYD2 expression in vascular smooth muscle cells. Clin Epigenetics. 2018;10:29.

Bath MF, Sidloff D, Saratzis A, Bown MJ (2018). Impact of abdominal aortic aneurysm screening on quality of life. Br J Surg. 2018 Feb;105(3):203-208.

Sidloff DA, Saratzis A, Sweeting MJ, Michaels J, Powell JT, Thompson SG, Bown MJ (2017). Sex differences in mortality after abdominal aortic aneurysm repair in the UK. Br J Surg. 2017 Nov;104(12):1656-1664.

Jones GT,……, Bown MJ (2017). Meta-Analysis of Genome-Wide Association Studies for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Identifies Four New Disease-Specific Risk Loci. Circ Res 120(2):341-353.

Bath MF, Saratzis A, Saedon M, Sidloff D, Sayers R, Bown MJ, UKAGS investigators (2017). Patients with Small Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm are at Significant Risk of Cardiovascular Events and this Risk is not Addressed Sufficiently. Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg, 53(2):255-260.

Desai M, Choke E, Sayers RD, Nath M, Bown MJ (2016). Sex-related trends in mortality after elective abdominal aortic aneurysm surgery between 2002 and 2013 at National Health Service hospitals in England: less benefit for women compared with men. Eur Heart J, 7;37(46):3452-3460.

Jones GT, Bown MJ, Gretarsdottir S, Romaine SP, Helgadottir A, Yu G,……, van Rij AM. (2013). A sequence variant associated with sortilin-1 (SORT1) on 1p13.3 is independently associated with abdominal aortic aneurysm. Hum Mol Genet, 22(14), 2941-2947.

Bradley DT, Hughes AE, Badger SA, Jones GT, Harrison SC, Wright BJ,……, Bown MJ. (2013). A variant in LDLR is associated with abdominal aortic aneurysm. Circ Cardiovasc Genet, 6(5), 498-504.

Stather PW, Sylvius N, Wild JB, Choke E, Sayers RD, Bown MJ. (2013). Differential microRNA expression profiles in peripheral arterial disease. Circ Cardiovasc Genet, 6(5), 490-497.

Harrison SC, Smith AJ, Jones GT, Swerdlow DI, Rampuri R, Bown MJ,……, Humphries SE. (2013). Interleukin-6 receptor pathways in abdominal aortic aneurysm. Eur Heart J, 34(48), 3707-3716.

Thompson SG, Brown LC, Sweeting MJ, Bown MJ, Kim LG, Glover MJ,    Powell JT. (2013). Systematic review and meta-analysis of the growth and rupture rates of small abdominal aortic aneurysms: Implications for surveillance intervals and their cost-effectiveness. Health Technol Assess, 17(41).

RESCAN Collaborators: Bown MJ, Sweeting MJ, Brown LC, Powell JT, Thompson SG. (2013). Surveillance intervals for small abdominal aortic aneurysms: a meta-analysis. JAMA, 309(8), 806-813.

Bown MJ, Jones GT, Harrison SC, Wright BJ, Bumpstead S, Baas AF,    Samani NJ. (2011). Abdominal aortic aneurysm is associated with a variant in low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 1. Am J Hum Genet, 89(5), 619-627.

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