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Dr. vaughan bowen

Orthopaedic Surgeon, MD, FRCS(C)

Hand & Wrist Surgeon 

Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Calgary

Dr. Bowen has been a hand and wrist surgeon at the South Health Campus (SHC) since 2012. In 2018 he received the distinguished service award for the SHC Department of Surgery. 


He immigrated to Canada from Scotland on a Boeing 707 (the first jetliner made by Boeing Commercial Airlines). 


Dr. Bowen obtained his undergraduate degree and medical training at the University of Edinburgh. He holds two fellowships: Microsurgery and Clinical Assistant in Plastic Surgery at the Microsurgery Research Unit (St. Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia) and Fellow in Hand Surgery (Vancouver, British Columbia).

research interests 

Dr. Bowen is the current Editor in Chief of Microsurgery. His research interests include microsurgical epiphyseal plate transplantation and blood supply to bone.

Currently, Dr. Bowen is involved as a co-investigator in the PARTE study at South Health Campus, a randomized comparison of partial wrist fusion with or without triquetral excision. 


  • Bowen CVA. Profound exchange of ideas and culture during Inaugural Norman Bethune Orthopaedic Travel Scholarship.  COA Bulletin 120:10-11, 2018.

  • Bowen CVA.  Distal radius osteotomy for malunion. Indications, options and techniques.  Canadian Orthopaedic Association Bulletin, 2015.

  • Barandun M, von Tscharner V, Meuli-Simmen C, Bowen CVA, Valderrabano V. Frequency and conduction velocity analysis of the abductor pollicis brevis muscle during early fatigue. J Electromyogr Kinesiol 19:65-74, 2009.

  • Bowen CVA. The importance of medical history and physical examination in the diagnosis of the painful wrist.  American Society for Surgery of the hand, Newsletter, 2009.

  • Boyer MI and Bowen CVA.  Microvascular transplantation of epiphyseal plates:  studies utilizing allograft donor material.  Orthop Clin North Am 38:103-108, 2007.

  • Barandun M, von Tscharner V, Meuli-Simmen C, Bowen CVA, Valderrabano V. Frequency and conduction velocity analysis of the abductor pollicis brevis muscle during early fatigue.  Science Direct. J Electromyography and Kinesiology electronic publication, 2007.

  • Bray PW, Neligan PC, Bowen CV, Boyer MI. Survival of microvascular physeal allograft transplants following withdrawal of short-term postoperative immunosuppression.  J Bone Joint Surg 86-A:281-289, 2004.

  • Bray PW, Neligan PC, Bowen CVA, Danska JS and Boyer MI.  Development and validation of new model for microvascular transplantation of epiphyseal plate allografts with minimal adjoining epiphyseal and metaphyseal bone.  Microsurgery 23:153-163, 2003.

  • Bloom HT, Freeland AE, Bowen CVA, Mrkonjic L. The treatment of chronic scapholunate dissociation:  an evidence-based assessment of the literature.  Orthopaedics 26:195-203, 2003.

  • Jain R, Hudak PL and Bowen CVA. Validity of health status measures in patients with ulnar wrist disorders.  J Hand Therapy 14:147-153, 2001.

  • Glickman AM, Yang JP, Stevens DG and Bowen CVA.  Epiphyseal plate transplantation between sites of different growth potential.  J Paed Ortho 20:289-295, 2000.

  • Jain R, Hudak P and Bowen CVA. Health status following recessional ulna osteotomy.  Hand Surg 5:11-17, 2000.

  • Glickman AM, Hudak P, Yang JP and Bowen CVA. The reliability of a new computerized technique for measuring epiphyseal plate zonal height.  J Musculoskeletal Res 4:21-29, 2000.



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