Dr Allister William Dow

Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine

MBChB FRCA FFPMRCA

Year qualified:1996

Specialty

Personal profile

Dr Dow trained in medicine at the University of Birmingham where he qualified as Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 1996. He went on to train in the Wessex School of Anaesthesia gaining accreditation as consultant anaesthetist in 2008. During this time he trained as a specialist in pain management at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth and at Southampton University Hospitals. In addition he worked for 1 year in Vancouver, Canada, specialising in Neuroanaesthesia. He has recently become a Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists and is an active member of the British Pain Society.

Dr Dow retired from the Royal Navy in 2011. He has served around the world on surface ships and also deploys to Iraq providing medical support to our servicemen and women.  He regularly gives talks and educational workshops to medical audiences speaking in particular about modern approaches to interventional pain management.

Dr Dow is one of three consultants in pain medicine at the Royal Surrey Hospital in Guildford allowing him to undertake independent practice. He is involved in international research in both anaesthesia and pain medicine and has numerous publications to his name.

Although interested in all aspects of chronic pain he has particular interest in low back pain, neck pain and nerve pain.

Professional Membership



  • Royal College of Anaesthetists

  • Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland

  • British Pain Society

  • Society of Naval Anaesthetists

  • Triservice Anaesthetic Society

Clinical Interests



  • Chronic pain

  • Back pain

  • Neck pain

  • Nerve pain

  • Interventional pain management

  • Anaesthetics

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