Mr Kirkby-Bott

  • Thyroid
  • Parathyroid gland surgery
  • Gallbladder surgery
  • Hernia
  • Appendicitis
  • Lipoma

Mr James Kirkby-Bott

GMC: 4518619

Mr James Kirkby-Bott is a consultant general surgeon based in Southampton. He specialises in endocrine surgery and is an expert in the management of endocrine diseases, hernias and gallbladder problems. He also set up one of the UK's leading acute surgery and trauma units in Southampton.

Mr James Kirkby-Bott can be seen privately at Nuffield Wessex Hospital and Spire Southampton University Hospital on various days.

Mr Kirkby-Bott qualified at St George's Medical School and went on to train as an endocrine surgeon at the Hammersmith Hospital in London and was the International Endocrine Fellow in Lille, France where he spent 12 months carrying out research and operating alongside leading specialists. When awarded his Fellowship of the European Board of Surgery in Endocrine surgery he was one of just four surgeons in the UK to be awarded this. Mr Kirkby-Bott founded the Wessex Endocrine Society, a charity providing patient centred training and education in surgical endocrinology across Wessex.

Mr Kirkby-Bott is a Q member and specialist in Quality Improvement (QI) having been involved in numerous QI projects and regional lead for the Emergency Laparotomy Collaborative (2015-2017) and The Wessex Emergency Surgery Network (2017-present). He is currently Consulting for the Academic Health Science Networks emergency laparotomy project. In 2018 he was appointed to a senior role in University Hospital Southampton as co-director for clinical outcomes.

Other awards to his name include the Norman Tanner Prize medal, given by the Royal Society of Medicine in 2008 and Braun Aesclepius prize in endocrine surgery awarded in 2011. Mr Kirkby-Bott is equally committed to his research and has several scientific papers on the role of vitamin D in parathyroid surgery, as well as several book chapters and the first textbook dedicated to Parathyroid disease, to his name.

  • Professional experience

    • Consultant General and Endocrine Surgeon, Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital (present)
    • Consultant General and Endocrine Surgeon, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (2013 - present)
    • Co-Director Clinical outcomes and effectiveness, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (2018-present)
    • Chairperson, Emergency Laparotomy Project, Wessex AHSN (2017-present)
  • Public positions

    • Owner & founder, (2011 - present)
    • Founder, Wessex Endocrine Society
    • Q member - Health Improvement and Innovation specialist in Quality Improvement
    • Surgical Consultancy advisor to Wessex AHSN
    • Wessex chairperson to NHSEng funded Emergency Laparotomy Project
  • Education

    • BSc, University College London (1997)
    • MBBS, St George's Hospital Medical School (1998)
    • FEBS (Endocrine), Lyon (2011)
  • Professional membership

    • Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland
    • British Association of Endocrine and Thyroid Surgeons
    • International Association of Endocrine Surgeons
    • Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
    • National Forum Acute Surgery
  • Publications and conferences

    • Numerous scientific papers on the role of vitamin D in parathyroid surgery and the effect of cortisol excess and its pre-operative management in adrenal disease.
    • Book chapters on parathyroid surgery.
    • Peer review endocrine work for the BJS and EJSO.
    • Helped develop the ESES guidelines on laparoscopic versus open adrenalectomy.
    • Author, Parathyroid: Anatomy, Function and Disorders, NovaPress, New York, 2012
  • Prizes and awards

    • Norman Tanner Prize Medal in Surgery - Royal Society Medicine (2008)
    • IAES Travelling Fellow award (2010)
    • Braun Aesclepius prize in Endocrine Surgery (2011)

 Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments

  • Adrenal glands disorders
  • Appendicitis
  • Bowel cancer
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Cholelithiasis (gallstones)
  • Endocrine Surgery
  • Epigastric hernia
  • Femoral hernia
  • Gallbladder surgery
  • Gallstones
  • Hernia
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Incisional hernia
  • Inguinal hernia
  • Jaundice
  • Laparoscopic hernia surgery
  • Laparoscopy
  • Lipoma
  • Minimal access surgery (keyhole surgery)
  • Multinodular goitre
  • Neuroendocrine tumours
  • Parathyroid gland
  • Parathyroid gland surgery
  • Simple goitre
  • Thyroid
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Thyroid gland surgery
  • Thyroid nodules
  • Thyroid surgery
  • Thyroiditis

Make an appointment


  • Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital
    Winchester Rd, Chandler's Ford, Eastleigh SO53 2DW - Southampton
    (+44) 02075504974
  • Spire Southampton Hospital
    Chalybeate Close SO16 6UY - Southampton
    (+44) 02075504974


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  • I can't give a review of Mr Kirkby-Potts bedside manner as I only saw him for a few minutes outpatients appointment
  • Helped me navigate from NHS to using my private policy to speed up treatment. Clear on symptoms, clear on treatment plan, answered all my questions.
  • Mr Bott was very professional and discussed my appointment in a very open manner that made me feel relaxed.
  • 4
  • Would highly recommend.
  • 5