Mr Matthew Popplewell MBChB MRCS

Mr Matthew Popplewell

Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences
Clinical Lecturer in Vascular Surgery

Contact details

Academic Surgery
Institute of Translational Medicine
Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences
University of Birmingham
Birmingham B15 2TT

Mr Popplewell has been recently appointed as Clinical Lecturer in Vascular Surgery at the University of Birmingham. He works clinically at the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire. Mr Popplewell's keen interest is in limb ischaemia, peripheral arterial disease and interventions for patients with infrapopliteal arterial disease.


  • Clinical Lecturer in Vascular Surgery
  • MD in Surgical Research (Pending 2020)
  • Member of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS) - 2011
  • MBChB (Medicine/Surgery) 2010


  • Completed medical training at Keele University in 2010.
  • Completed Foundation Programme training in 2011 at Royal Stoke University Hospital.
  • Completed Core Surgical Training in the West Midlands Deanery in 2013.
  • Undertook period of research in Chronic Limb Threatening Ischaemia at the University of Birmingham (MD, thesis pending)
  • Reintegrated into clinical training in 2016 (ST3 in Vascular Surgery)
  • Appointed as Clinical Lecturer in Vascular Surgery in 2019.  

NICE & Varicose Veins - British Vein Institute Lecture


Currently investigating access and uptake to supervised exercise programmes in the UK for patients with intermittent claudication.

Involved in setting up a National registry for patients with acute type b aortic dissection. 

Involved with the BASIL-2 and BASIL-3 RCTs

Workstream surrounding Chronic Limb Threatening Ischaemia (CLTI):

  • Outcomes in those unsuitable for revascularisation
  • Contemporary data regarding survival outcomes
  • Focus on infrapopliteal disease 

Research Groups:  

  • BASIL-3
  • VSGBI and SVN Joint study on Intermittent Claudication

Other activities

  • Vascular ST6 at University Hospital of Coventry & Warwickshire (2019-20)
  • Higher Surgical Training Representative for the HEE West Midlands Deanery (2019-)


Nassar AHM, Hodson J, Ng HJ, Vohra RS, Katbeh T, Zino S, Griffiths EA; CholeS Study Group, West Midlands Research Collaborative. Predicting the difficult laparoscopic cholecystectomy: development and validation of a pre-operative risk score using an objective operative difficulty grading system. Surg Endosc. 2019 Nov 15. doi: 10.1007/s00464-019-07244-5. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31732855. 

El-Sharkawy AM, Tewari N, Vohra RS; CholeS Study Group, West Midlands Research Collaborative. The Cholecystectomy As A Day Case (CAAD) Score: A Validated Score of Preoperative Predictors of Successful Day-Case Cholecystectomy Using the CholeS Data Set. World J Surg. 2019 Aug;43(8):1928-1934. doi: 10.1007/s00268-019-04981-5. PubMed PMID: 31016355.

Meecham L, Popplewell M, Bate G, Patel S, Bradbury AW. Contemporary (2009-2014) clinical outcomes after femoropopliteal bypass surgery for chronic limb threatening ischemia are inferior to those reported in the UK Bypass versus Angioplasty for Severe Ischaemia of the Leg (BASIL) trial (1999-2004). J Vasc Surg. 2019 Jun;69(6):1840-1847. doi: 10.1016/j.jvs.2018.08.197. Epub 2019 Mar 7. PubMed PMID: 30852037.

Epstein DM, Gohel MS, Heatley F, Liu X, Bradbury A, Bulbulia R, Cullum N, Nyamekye I, Poskitt KR, Renton S, Warwick J, Davies AH; EVRA trial investigators. Cost-effectiveness analysis of a randomized clinical trial of early versus deferred endovenous ablation of superficial venous reflux in patients with venous ulceration. Br J Surg. 2019 Apr;106(5):555-562. doi: 10.1002/bjs.11082. Epub 2019 Feb 11. PubMed PMID: 30741425.

Davies HO, Popplewell M, Bate G, Ryan RP, Marshall TP, Bradbury AW. Publication of UK NICE Clinical Guidelines 168 has not significantly changed the management of leg ulcers in primary care: An analysis of The Health Improvement Network database. Phlebology. 2019 Jun;34(5):311-316. doi: 10.1177/0268355518805658. Epub 2018 Oct 18. PubMed PMID: 30336756.

Davies HOB, Popplewell M, Bate G, Ryan RP, Marshall TP, Bradbury AW. Analysis of Effect of National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Clinical Guideline CG168 on Management of Varicose Veins in Primary Care Using the Health Improvement Network Database. Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg. 2018 Dec;56(6):880-884. doi: 10.1016/j.ejvs.2018.07.023. Epub 2018 Aug 24. PubMed PMID: 30150075.

Griffiths EA, Hodson J, Vohra RS, Marriott P, Katbeh T, Zino S, Nassar AHM; CholeS Study Group, West Midlands Research Collaborative. Correction to: Utilisation of an operative difficulty grading scale for laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Surg Endosc. 2019 Jan;33(1):122-125. doi: 10.1007/s00464-018-6377-8. PubMed PMID: 30136037.

Gohel MS, Heatley F, Liu X, Bradbury A, Bulbulia R, Cullum N, Epstein DM, Nyamekye I, Poskitt KR, Renton S, Warwick J, Davies AH; EVRA Trial Investigators. A Randomized Trial of Early Endovenous Ablation in Venous Ulceration. N Engl J Med. 2018 May 31;378(22):2105-2114. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1801214. Epub 2018 Apr 24. PubMed PMID: 29688123.

Bharamgoudar R, Sonsale A, Hodson J, Griffiths E; CholeS Study Group, West Midlands Research Collaborative. The development and validation of a scoring tool to predict the operative duration of elective laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Surg Endosc. 2018 Jul;32(7):3149-3157. doi: 10.1007/s00464-018-6030-6. Epub 2018 Jan 16. PubMed PMID: 29340820; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5988776.

Popplewell MA, Davies HOB, Narayanswami J, Renton M, Sharp A, Bate G, Patel S, Deeks J, Bradbury AW. A Comparison of Outcomes in Patients with Infrapopliteal Disease Randomised to Vein Bypass or Plain Balloon Angioplasty in the Bypass vs. Angioplasty in Severe Ischaemia of the Leg (BASIL) Trial. Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg. 2017 Aug;54(2):195-201. doi: 10.1016/j.ejvs.2017.04.020. Epub 2017 Jun 8. PubMed PMID: 28602580.

Hunt BD, Popplewell MA, Davies H, Meecham L, Jarrett H, Bate G, Grant M, Patel S, Hewitt C, Andronis L, Deeks JJ, Bradbury A; BASIL-3 Collaborative Group. BAlloon versus Stenting in severe Ischaemia of the Leg-3 (BASIL-3): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials. 2017 May 19;18(1):224. doi: 10.1186/s13063-017-1968-6. PubMed PMID: 28526046; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5438558.

Davies HO, Popplewell M, Bate G, Kelly L, Darvall K, Bradbury AW. Impact of UK NICE clinical guidelines 168 on referrals to a specialist academic leg ulcer service. Phlebology. 2018 Mar;33(2):84-88. doi: 10.1177/0268355516688357. Epub 2017 Jan 16. PubMed PMID: 28092206.  

Davies HO, Popplewell M, Bate G, Kelly L, Koutsoumpelis A, Bradbury AW. Impact of UK NICE Clinical Guidelines 168 and social deprivation on access to interventional treatment for symptomatic varicose vein and specialist referral for leg ulceration. Phlebology. 2017 Sep;32(8):548-552. doi: 10.1177/0268355516677874. Epub 2016 Nov 2. PubMed PMID: 27811287.

CholeS Study Group, West Midlands Research Collaborative. Population-based cohort study of variation in the use of emergency cholecystectomy for benign gallbladder diseases. Br J Surg. 2016 Nov;103(12):1716-1726. doi: 10.1002/bjs.10288. Epub 2016 Oct 17. PubMed PMID: 27748962.

CholeS Study Group, West Midlands Research Collaborative. Population-based cohort study of outcomes following cholecystectomy for benign gallbladder diseases. Br J Surg. 2016 Nov;103(12):1704-1715. doi: 10.1002/bjs.10287. Epub 2016 Aug 26. Erratum in: Br J Surg. 2018 Aug;105(9):1222. PubMed PMID: 27561954.

Severn and Peninsula Audit and Research Collaborative for Surgeons (SPARCS) and West Midlands Research Collaborative (WMRC) on behalf of the Bluebelle Study Group. Feasibility work to inform the design of a randomized clinical trial of wound dressings in elective and unplanned abdominal surgery. Br J Surg. 2016 Nov;103(12):1738-1744. doi: 10.1002/bjs.10274. Epub 2016 Aug 4. PubMed PMID: 27488730; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5091629. 

Sutton AJ, Vohra RS, Hollyman M, Marriott PJ, Buja A, Alderson D, Pasquali S, Griffiths EA; CholeS Study Group and the West Midlands Research Collaborative. Cost-effectiveness of emergency versus delayed laparoscopic cholecystectomy for acute gallbladder pathology. Br J Surg. 2017 Jan;104(1):98-107. doi: 10.1002/bjs.10317. Epub 2016 Oct 20. PubMed PMID: 27762448.

Rooshenas L; Bluebelle Study Group; Severn and Peninsula Audit and Research Collaborative for Surgeons; West Midlands Research Collaborative. Bluebelle study (phase A): a mixed-methods feasibility study to inform an RCT of surgical wound dressing strategies. BMJ Open. 2016 Sep 22;6(9):e012635. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-012635. Erratum in: BMJ Open. 2018 Feb 10;8(2):e012635corr1. PubMed PMID: 27660321; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5051448. 

Sutcliffe RP, Hollyman M, Hodson J, Bonney G, Vohra RS, Griffiths EA; CholeS study group, West Midlands Research Collaborative. Preoperative risk factors for conversion from laparoscopic to open cholecystectomy: a validated risk score derived from a prospective U.K. database of 8820 patients. HPB (Oxford). 2016 Nov;18(11):922-928. doi: 10.1016/j.hpb.2016.07.015. Epub 2016 Aug 31. PubMed PMID: 27591176; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5094477.

Davies HO, Popplewell M, Singhal R, Smith N, Bradbury AW. Obesity and lower limb venous disease - The epidemic of phlebesity. Phlebology. 2017 May;32(4):227-233. doi: 10.1177/0268355516649333. Epub 2016 May 13. Review. PubMed PMID: 27178403. 

Spreadborough P, Lort S, Pasquali S, Popplewell M, Owen A, Kreis I, Tucker O, Vohra RS; Preventing Postoperative Pneumonia Study Group and the West Midlands Research Collaborative. A systematic review and meta-analysis of perioperative oral decontamination in patients undergoing major elective surgery. Perioper Med (Lond). 2016 Mar 22;5:6. doi: 10.1186/s13741-016-0030-7. eCollection 2016. PubMed PMID: 27006763; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4802585. 

Popplewell MA, Davies H, Jarrett H, Bate G, Grant M, Patel S, Mehta S, Andronis L, Roberts T, Deeks J, Bradbury A; BASIL-2 Trial Investigators. Bypass versus angio plasty in severe ischaemia of the leg - 2 (BASIL-2) trial: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials. 2016 Jan 6;17:11. doi: 10.1186/s13063-015-1114-2. PubMed PMID: 26739146; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4704263. 

Davies HO, Popplewell M, Bate G, Kelly L, Darvall K, Bradbury AW. The impact of 2013 UK NICE guidelines on the management of varicose veins at the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, UK. Phlebology. 2016 Oct;31(9):612-6. doi: 10.1177/0268355515610236. Epub 2015 Oct 8. PubMed PMID: 26452636.

Davies HO, Popplewell M, Darvall K, Bate G, Bradbury AW. A review of randomised controlled trials comparing ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy with endothermal ablation for the treatment of great saphenous varicose veins. Phlebology. 2016 May;31(4):234-40. doi: 10.1177/0268355515595194. Epub 2015 Jul 9. Review. PubMed PMID: 26163507.

Popplewell MA, Bradbury AW. Re: 'more studies are needed to determine which exercise programmes for intermittent claudication should be funded'. Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg. 2015 Aug;50(2):262-3. doi: 10.1016/j.ejvs.2015.04.019. Epub 2015 May 27. PubMed PMID: 26024754.

Popplewell MA, Garnham AW, Hobbs SD. A new technique to explant an infected aortic endograft. J Vasc Surg. 2015 Aug;62(2):512-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jvs.2015.03.033. Epub 2015 May 1. PubMed PMID: 25937607. 

Popplewell MA, Bradbury AW. Why do health systems not fund supervised exercise programmes for intermittent claudication? Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg. 2014 Dec;48(6):608-10. doi: 10.1016/j.ejvs.2014.07.008. Epub 2014 Aug 28. PubMed PMID: 25176619.

Popplewell M, Mulherin D. Sulphonamide-induced remission in rheumatoid arthritis--a thought-provoking prescribing error. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2013 Mar;52(3):578-9. doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/kes154. Epub 2012 Jul 24. PubMed PMID: 22831966.