Mr Harry Brownlow

Specialist Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon

BSc (Hons), MB ChB (Hons), MD, FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Tr&Orth)

Special Interests

  • Simple, complex and revision shoulder replacement
  • Arthroscopic stabilisation of the shoulder
  • Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair
  • Arthroscopic tennis elbow release
  • Diagnostic shoulder ultrasound
  • Ultrasound guided injection

Harry’s Focus

Harry is interested in you and how your problem impacts upon your life. He wants to help you understand the nature of your problem and will discuss all the management options. He strongly believes in shared decision making. His aim is to treat your problem without an operation whenever possible.

Harry’s Service

At your first appointment Harry will get to understand your problem, offer management options and even start definitive treatment. He aims to minimise the stress of seeing a consultant by offering a warm, friendly and personable approach within a comfortable setting. He has the ability to perform xray, ultrasound, and injections all within one clinic appointment which will help to reduce your number of hospital visits. When necessary he will be able to recommend a good physiotherapist near to you. He can arrange quick MRI appointments, schedule early operations and is available every day of the working week.

Personal Details

Harry is a Berkshire local. He grew up on the edge of Windsor Great Park and was educated in Berkshire at Wellington College. He lives in Reading,  is married to a doctor turned artist, and has two daughters at university. Outside of work he enjoys walking his dog, bird watching, sailing, crosswords, cycling and spending time in Devon.


The school’s career advice was that Harry should follow the family tradition of joining the army but instead he attended Manchester Medical School in 1984. He took an extra degree in anatomy before graduating from medical school in 1990 with a prestigious honours degree. He was appointed as an Oxford University lecturer in 1995. By the time he had finished in Oxford he had gained an MD and passed the national orthopaedic exit exams with the acclaimed Edward Burton prize.

Specialist Fellowship Training

Harry undertook 3 fellowships in shoulder and elbow surgery in Oxford, Sydney and in Reading. He developed expertise in all aspects of this broad specialty including complex keyhole surgery, joint replacement surgery, and trauma management.  But most importantly he also learnt that most shoulder and elbow problems can be treated without an operation.

Consultant Appointment

Harry was appointed as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon with a special interest in shoulder and elbow surgery and trauma at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust in 2003.

In this role he developed the shoulder and elbow service, was a training consultant, and introduced both ultrasound guided injections and total shoulder replacements which are now considered gold standard treatment choices.

Professional Bodies

British Elbow and Shoulder Society

Published Research

Brownlow H.
An investigation into the histochemical and histomorphometric characteristics of cricopharyngeus muscle in man
B.Sc.Thesis, University of Manchester, 1987

Brownlow H, Whitmore I, Willan PLT.
A quantitative study of the histochemical and morphometric characteristics of the human cricopharyngeus muscle
J.Anat.166; 67-75. 1989

Brownlow H, Ionniadis G, Jones N, Athanasou N, Gibbons CML.
Digital Metastases of Giant Cell Rich Malignant Fibrous Histiocytoma
Sarcoma 3(4); 167-170. 1999

Brownlow H, Simpson AHRW.
The Metabolic Activity of a New Atrophic Non-Union Model in Rabbits
J. Orthop. Res. 18(3): 438-442, 2000

Brownlow H, Reed A, Simpson AHRW.
The Anatomical Effects of Periosteal Stripping
J. Orthop. Res. 18(3): 500-2, 2000

Brownlow H, Kay P, Andrew JG, Benjamin S.
Disability and Mental Health of Patients Waiting for Total Hip Replacement
Ann. R. Coll.Surg.Engl. 83(2): 128-133, 2001

Brownlow H, Reed A, Simpson AHRW.
Growth Factor Expression During the Development of Atrophic Non-Union
Injury 32: 519-524, 2001

Brownlow H, Simpson AHRW.
Complications of Distraction Osteogenesis; A Changing Pattern
Am. J. Orthop. 31: 31-36, 2002

Brownlow H.
Biological Features of Atrophic Non-Union
MD Thesis, University of Manchester, 2001

Reed AAC, Joyner CJ, Brownlow HC, Simpson AHRW.
Human Atrophic Fracture Non-Unions are Not Avascular
J. Orthop. Res. 20(3): 593-9, 2002

Brownlow H, Reed A, Simpson AHRW.
The Vascularity of Atrophic Non-unions
Injury 33: 145-150, 2002

Reed AAC, Joyner CJ, Isefuku S, Brownlow HC, Simpson AHRW.
Vascularity in a New Model of Atrophic Non-Union
J. Bone Joint Surg. Br. 85(4): 604-10, 2003

Copeland SA, Levy O, Brownlow HC.
Resurfacing Arthroplasty of the Shoulder
Techniques Shoulder Elbow Surg. 4(4): 199-210, 2003

Kartus J, Kartus C, Brownlow H, Burrow G, Perko M.
Repair of Type-2 SLAP Lesions Using Corkscrew Anchors. A preliminary report of the clinical results.
Knee Surgery Sports Traumatology Arthroscopy 12:229-234, 2004

JCT Fairbank and H Brownlow
Spine and Spinal Cord
Outcome Measures in Orthopaedics and Orthopaedic Trauma, 2nd Ed, Eds Pynsent, Fairbank, Carr. Arnold 2004

Brownlow H, O’Connor Reed L, Perko M.
Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Humeral Capitellum
Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthros 26, 2005

Bartlett GE, Jones AMH, Brownlow HC, Pailthorpe CA.
The use of Traction to Simplify Intramedullary Fixation of Paediatric Forearm Fractures
Injury 36: 1260-2, 2005

Pace A, Stuart R, Brownlow H.
Outcome of Glenoid Neck Fracture
Journal Shoulder Elbow Surgery 14(6): 585-90, 2005

O’Connor-Read L, Bloch B, Brownlow H.
A missed orthopaedic injury following a seizure
Journal of Medical Case Reports 1: 20, 2007

Pennington RG, Bottomley NJ, Neen D, Brownlow HC
Radiological features of osteoarthritis of the acromioclavicular joint and its association with clinical symptoms.
J Orthop Surg 16(3): 300-2, 2008

Pennington RG, Corner A, Brownlow HC
Milch’s classification of paediatric lateral condylar mass fractures: analysis of inter- and intraobserver reliability and comparison with operative findings.
Injury 40(3): 249-52, 2009

Brownlow HC, Smith C, Corner T, Neen D, Pennington R
Pain and stiffness in partial thickness rotator cuff tears
Am J Orthopedics 38(7): 338-40, 2009

Brownlow H
Further Opinion – Pathological fractures of the proximal humerus treated with a proximal humeral locking plate and bone cement
Bone Joint Surgery 2013

Enquiries Tel: 0203 897 0663

Enquiries Email: brownlow.pa@med-services.co.uk