Professor Barbara McGowan is a Consultant Endocrinologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital (GSTT) and Professor in Diabetes and Endocrinology at King’s College London.  She was awarded a PhD from Imperial College London for investigating ‘The role of relaxin-3 on energy homeostasis and the hypothalamic-pituitary-axis’ and  the role of gut hormones and other neuropeptides in appetite control.

She is R&D lead for Diabetes and Endocrinology at GSTT and the South London Specialty lead for the Metabolic and Endocrine research network. She leads the obesity bariatric service at GSTT where she manages patients with severe and complex obesity. Her areas of research interest are in gut hormones and appetite control, pharmacotherapy for obesity and remission of type 2 diabetes post-bariatric surgery. She is an investigator for several obesity clinical trials and was awarded an NIHR/RCP/CRN prize in recognition of outstanding research within the NHS.

Professor McGowan is a Board member for the International Society for Endocrinology, a member of the European Society for Endocrinology Policy and Advocacy Task Force and a member of the RCP Advisory Group on Weight and Health. She chairs the UK Obesity Management Collaborative, OMC-UK. She has served as Treasurer of the Society for Endocrinology and as a Trustee of the Association for the Study of Obesity.