Dr Allister William Dow

Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine


Personal profile

Dr Dow is interested in all aspects of chronic pain, but has particular interest in low back pain, neck pain and nerve pain.

Training and Appointment

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 gain accreditation as a Consultant Anaesthetist in 2008 through the Wessex School of Anaesthesia.

During this time he trained as a specialist in pain management at Portsmouth’s Queen Alexandra Hospital and at Southampton University Hospitals. He also worked in Vancouver, Canada for a year, where he specialised in neuroanaesthesia.

Dr Dow retired from the Royal Navy in 2011. He has served around the world on surface ships and also deployed to Iraq, providing medical support to our servicemen and women. 

Publications and lectures

Dr Dow regularly gives talks and educational workshops to medical audiences, speaking in particular about modern approaches to interventional pain management.

He is involved in international research in both anaesthesia and pain medicine and has numerous publications to his name.

Clinical Interests

  • Chronic pain
  • Acute pain
  • Interventional pain management
  • Steroid injections for pain relief
  • Radiofrequency lesioning for pain relief
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Neck pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Shingles pain - post-herpetic neuralgia

Professional Memberships

  • Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland
  • Royal College of Anaesthetists
  • British Pain Society
  • Society of Naval Anaesthetists
  • Triservice Anaesthetic Society

Current NHS and /or University Posts

  • Royal Surrey County Hospital

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