Professional background

Consultant at UCLH since 2005

Research interests

  • Medical writing



'Life Support, Diary of an ICU doctor at the frontline of the Covid Crisis.' By Jim Down. Published, Viking Penguin March 2021

Publications (peer reviewed)

  • Nathwani AC, Down JF, Goldstone J, Yassin J, Dargan PI, Virchis A, Gent N, Lloyd D, Harrison JD. Polonium -210 poisoning: a first hand account. Lancet. 2016 Sep 10;388(10049):1075-1080. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(16)00144-6. Epub 2016 Jul 23.
  • Down JF, Mitchell V. Wisdom tooth extraction under general anaesthesia. Hospital Medicine 2000; 61: 876.
  • Pemberton PL, Down JF, Porter J, Bromley LM. A retrospective observational study and review of pre-operative sickle cell screening. Anaesthesia, 2002; 57: 334-337.
  • Down JF, Gowrie-Mohan S. A prospective observational study of the subjective experience of Caesarean section under regional anaesthesia. International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesiology. 2002; 11: 242-245.
  • Down JF, Mcleod ADM. Todd’s paralysis following sedation for sleep nasendoscopy. Anaesthesia 2003; 58: 198-199.
  • Down JF, Barclay GR, Bennett-Guerrero E, Hamilton-Davies C, Stephens R, Grocott MP, Mythen MG. A descriptive study of the variation in baseline levels of anti-endotoxin core antibodies between US and UK populations. Journal of Endotoxin Research. 2004; 10: 195-196.
  • Ackland GL, Singh-Ranger D, Fox S, McClaskey B, Down JF, Farrar D, Siva M, Mutch M, Boulos P, Mythen MG. Assessment of pre-operative fluid depletion using bioimpedance analysis. British Journal of Anaesthesia. 2004; 92: 134-136.
  • Down JF, So you want to be an anaesthetist? Hospital Medicine 2005, 2009
  • Pratap JN, Down JF. Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome: a report of a case with atypical features. Anaesthesia 2008; 63 (11) 1245-8
  • Goldhill DR, Down JF. Are we operating as well as we can? Critical care to minimise postoperative mortality and morbidity. Anaesthesia 2008 Jul;63(7):689-92
  • Down J, Willimason W. Early vs late tracheostomy in critical care.
    Br J Hosp Med (Lond). 2009 Sep;70(9):510-3. Review.
  • Matthewman MC, Down J. Mechanical ventilation for the non-anaesthetist 2: practical tips.Br J Hosp Med (Lond). 2019 Jan 2;80(1):C12-C16. doi: 10.12968/hmed.2019.80.1.C12. No abstract available.
  • Matthewman MC, Down J.
    Mechanical ventilation for the non-anaesthetist 1: physiology and mechanics.
    Br J Hosp Med (Lond). 2018 Dec 2;79(12):C188-C192. doi: 10.12968/hmed.2018.79.12.C188. No abstract available.