About Mr Barnes

My name is James Ralph Barnes and I am a paediatric and young adult orthopaedic surgeon based in Bristol. My practice covers the full range of paediatric orthopaedic conditions and trauma as well as young adult hip and sports-related injuries.

A Fully Trained Orthopaedic Surgeon

I completed my orthopaedic training in South West England after spending a year in Sydney as a senior resident officer. Following this, I undertook fellowships at the RCH (Royal Children’s Hospital) in Melbourne, before returning to Bristol where I was appointed as a consultant at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children and Bristol Royal Infirmary in 2015.

Since my appointment as a consultant, I was awarded the Mark Paterson Travelling Fellowship, in order to further my expertise in young adult hip dysplasia and its management.


Post-Graduate Medical Qualifications:

  • Diploma in Orthopaedics (SICOT)
  • Diploma in Football Medicine (FIFA) 
  • Diploma in Medical Education
  • Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons
  • Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons


  • Children’s Hospital Staff Award
  • Mark Patterson Travelling Fellowship
  • Local Award for Medical Education 
  • Honorary Clinical Teacher University of Bristol 


  • British Society of Children’s Orthopaedic Surgeons (BSCOS)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Contact me in Bristol, Avon, to learn more about treatments from a highly qualified orthopaedic surgeon.