Tom Bourne is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Surgery & Cancer, within the Faculty of Medicine.
He is visiting Professor at KU Leuven in Belgium.
He is consultant gynaecologist at Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital London
He has an H-index of 65 with Google Scholar and 44 with Web of Science.
Appointed in 1996, until September 2008 he was Consultant Gynaecologist at St George’s Hospital, in South London, and Reader in acute gynaecology and gynaecological ultrasound at St George's University of London. At St George's he ran the diagnostic and surgical aspects of the early pregnancy assessment unit, the gynaecological ultrasound unit and the acute gynaecology service.
He trained in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at St Mary’s Manchester and Gloucester. He also worked on the neonatal unit in Oxford before working as a research fellow and finally lecturer and senior registrar at Kings College Hospital, London. At Kings for five years he ran the gynaecological ultrasound and ovarian cancer screening service where he introduced the used of vaginal ultrasonography and colour Doppler into the clinic. In 1994 he moved to Sahlgrenska Hospital at the University of Göteborg in Sweden on a Swedish Medical Research Council visiting scientist fellowship. In Sweden he initiated research into ovarian function and extended his experience of gynaecological ultrasound with Seth Granberg. However the main purpose of this move was to train in laparoscopic and hysteroscopic (keyhole) surgery. He wrote his Ph.D. in 1996 on the diagnosis of ovarian and endometrial carcinoma. Following this he furthered his surgical training working with Olav Istre in Norway and Jan Deprest in Belgium before returning to the UK.
He was appointed as a consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at St George's in 1996. He obtained the MRCOG in 1990 and was made FRCOG in 2003. He was conferred the title of Reader in acute gynaecology and gynaecological ultrasonography at St George's University of London in 2005. After collaborating for many years as the "London-Leuven" research group he was appointed Visiting Professor, at KU Leuven Belgium in 2007 and he has medical registration to practice in Belgium. In September 2008 he left St George's in order to continue to pursue his clinical and research interests with the University Hospital of Leuven whilst taking up a post with Imperial College and at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea hospital.
He was appointed Visiting Professor at Imperial College in 2009 and Adjunct Professor at Imperial College in 2013.
In 2014 he was elected honorary fellow of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM).
In 2016 he was awarded honorary fellowship of the Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine (ASUM).
He is an authority on the use of ultrasound in gynaecology and the management of early pregnancy complications in particular.
He has edited six books, published over 300 papers in international journals and been invited to speak and chair at numerous international meetings on subjects relating to the use of ultrasound and diagnostics in gynaecology.
He is co-chair of the scientific committee of the International Society for Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ISUOG), and is a medical advisor and trustee of the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust and can be seen discussing the management of ectopic pregnancy in the video below.
He was a board member of the Association of Early Pregnancy Units (AEPU) up to 2011. He is a member of the Medical Research Council (MRC) panel of experts. He is an expert advisor to NICE on early pregnancy complications. In 2012 he was a member of the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound (SRU) panel that developed new guidelines to diagnose pregnancy failure, subsequently published in the New England Journal of Medicine. In 2014 he was elected to the executive commitee of ISUOG as Treasurer. In 2014 he was also a member of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) consensus group to develop new guidelines for the classification and management of ovarian cysts and the diagnosis of ovarian cancer. In 2014 he was elected President of the Association of Early Pregnancy Units (AEPU).
He is a member of the RCOG ultrasound advisory committee and runs biannual advanced gynaecological ultrasound courses at the RCOG with ISUOG. He convenes gynaecological ultrasound training courses for the British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS) and with Christoph Lees is responsible for O&G ultrasound training in the North West London deanery. He sits on the steering committee of the International Ovarian Tumor Analysis (IOTA) with Professor Dirk Timmerman and others, the International Endometrial Assessment trial (IETA) and the International Pregnancy of Unknown Location Analysis (IPULA) trials. He is PI for the Diagnosis of Miscarriage (DOM) study recently published in the BMJ. and the IMPACT trial that examines the impact of complaints and investigations procedures on the psychological welbeing of doctors (with the BMA). He is also PI for the EPOS trial on the impact of early pregnancy events, ABPEP on serum biomarkers in early pregnancy and PIEPE examining the psychological impact of early pregnancy complications. He is a co-applicant for the NIHR finded trials PRISM and ROCKETS. Professor Bourne can be seen speaking about the diagnosis of miscarriage trial - the main paper for this study was published in the BMJ and can be read by here. In 2016 he became Director of Early Pregnancy Research at the new Tommy's National Centre for Miscarriage Research - a joint centre between Imperial College and the Universities of Birmingham and Warwick.
He is a research team leader at Imperial College. His current research interests relate to miscarriage, the management and psychology of early pregnancy complications, early pregnancy embryonic growth, caesarean section scars, the diagnosis of ovarian cancer and the characterization of ovarian pathology. He has an interest in medical regulation and works with the BMA doctors for doctors service on the IMPACT study. He has ongoing collaborations with staff at the universities of Leuven, Nottingham, Harvard, Cambridge, Penn State, Edinburgh, Lund, Prague, Sydney and others.
At Imperial he is working with Professor Andrea Rockall on a project examining the role of MRI for characterising difficult ovarian masses. As a member of the steering commitee of IOTA he is facilitating the use of biological samples for work on LARP by Dr Sarah Blagden and immunology studies of ovarian cancer with Dr Sadaf Ghaem-Maghami - both in the ovarian cancer action research group.
Professor Bourne can be seen speaking about the IMPACT research project on the you tube link below.
et al., 2015, Defining safe criteria to diagnose miscarriage: prospective observational multicentre study, British Medical Journal, Vol:351, ISSN:1756-1833
et al., 2014, Presurgical diagnosis of adnexal tumours using mathematical models and scoring systems: a systematic review and meta-analysis, Human Reproduction Update, Vol:20, ISSN:1355-4786, Pages:449-462
Kirk E, Bottomley C, Bourne T, 2014, Diagnosing ectopic pregnancy and current concepts in the management of pregnancy of unknown location, Human Reproduction Update, Vol:20, ISSN:1355-4786, Pages:250-261
et al., 2013, Diagnostic Criteria for Nonviable Pregnancy Early in the First Trimester, New England Journal of Medicine, Vol:369, ISSN:0028-4793, Pages:1443-1451
et al., 2013, Predicting successful vaginal birth after Cesarean section using a model based on Cesarean scar features examined by transvaginal sonography, Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology, Vol:41, ISSN:0960-7692, Pages:672-678
et al., 2013, Rationalizing the management of pregnancies of unknown location: temporal and external validation of a risk prediction model on 1962 pregnancies, Human Reproduction, Vol:28, ISSN:0268-1161, Pages:609-616
et al., 2012, Clinically oriented three-step strategy for assessment of adnexal pathology, Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology, Vol:40, ISSN:0960-7692, Pages:582-591
et al., 2012, External Validation of Diagnostic Models to Estimate the Risk of Malignancy in Adnexal Masses, Clinical Cancer Research, Vol:18, ISSN:1078-0432, Pages:815-825
et al., 2011, Limitations of current definitions of miscarriage using mean gestational sac diameter and crown-rump length measurements: a multicenter observational study, Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology, Vol:38, ISSN:0960-7692, Pages:497-502
et al., 2010, New crown-rump length curve based on over 3500 pregnancies, Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology, Vol:35, ISSN:0960-7692, Pages:650-655
et al., 2010, Ovarian cancer prediction in adnexal masses using ultrasound-based logistic regression models: a temporal and external validation study by the IOTA group, Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology, Vol:36, ISSN:0960-7692, Pages:226-234
et al., 2010, Simple ultrasound rules to distinguish between benign and malignant adnexal masses before surgery: prospective validation by IOTA group, British Medical Journal, Vol:341, ISSN:0959-535X
Bottomley C, Bourne T, 2009, Diagnosis and management of ovarian cyst accidents, Best Practice & Research Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Vol:23, ISSN:1521-6934, Pages:711-724