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Areas of interest
Interstitial Lung Disease; Rheumatological lung disease; sarcoidosis; chest infections; COPD; asthma; bronchiectasis; cough; breathlessness
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Respiratory Physician with a special interest in Interstitial Lung Disease
University Hospitals of Leicester
I studied medicine at the University of Cambridge and did postgraduate studies in East Anglia including at Addenbrooke's and Papworth Hospitals. I studied for a PhD in Interstitial Lung Disease under Professor Athol Wells at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London.
I am actively involved as principal investigator in a number of trials of new medications for ILD at the Respiratory Biomedical Research Unit at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester.
I have set up the British Thoracic Society-British Society of Rheumatology joint working group on rheumatological lung disease and will be coordinating the UK arms of a trial of pirfenidone in Rheumatoid Arthritis-associated Interstitial Lung Disease
I live with my wife and two children in a village on the Northamptonshire/Leicestershire borders. I spend my weekends driving my daughter to ballet or my son to rugby and enjoy spending time with the family, except for occasionally when I'm standing in the pouring rain at the side of a rugby pitch!
(Additional) Languages spoken
Anti-Eukaryotic Initiation Factor 2B Autoantibodies are Associated with Interstitial Lung Disease in Patients with Systemic Sclerosis.
Betteridge ZE, Woodhead F, Lu H, Shaddick G, Bunn CC, Denton CP, Abraham DJ, du Bois RM, Lewis M, Wells AU, McHugh NJ. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2016 Jun 6. doi: 10.1002/art.39755. [Epub ahead of print]
Specific Needs of Patients Attending Pulmonary Rehabilitation with an Interstitial Lung Disease Associated with Rheumatological Disease.
Vincent EE, Woodhead FA.
Acute Systemic Sarcoidosis Complicating Ustekinumab Therapy For Chronic Plaque Psoriasis.
Powell J, Matthews P, Rattehali R, Woodhead F, Perkins P, Powell G,
Szczecinska W, Gach JE.
Br J Dermatol. 2014 Aug 21.
British Rheumatoid Interstitial
Lung (BRILL) Network.
Rheumatoid arthritis-related interstitial lung disease:
associations, prognostic factors and physiological and radiological
characteristics-a large multicentre UK study.
Kelly CA, Saravanan V, Nisar M, Arthanari S, Woodhead FA, Price-Forbes AN,
Dawson J, Sathi N, Ahmad Y, Koduri G, Young A;
Rheumatology (Oxford). 2014
Sarcoidosis HLA class II genotyping distinguishes differences of clinical phenotype across ethnic groups
Sato H., Woodhead F.A., Ahmad T., Grutters J.C., Spagnolo P., van den Bosch J.M.M., Maier L.A., Newman L.S., Nagai S., Izumi T., Wells A.U., du Bois R.M., and Welsh K.I.
Human Molecular Genetics (2010) 19 (20):4100-4111.
Pulmonary complications of connective tissue diseases
Woodhead F. A., Wells A.U. and Desai S.R. 2008 Clin.Chest Med. 29:149-64, vii.
Genetics of Interstitial Pulmonary and Bronchiolar Disorders.
Woodhead, F. A. and du Bois RM 2008.
In J. P. Lynch, III,Interstitial Pulmonary and Bronchiolar Disorders ,1 ed. Informa Healthcare USA, Inc
- MB BChir University of Cambridge 1998
- MA University of Cambridge 2000
- MRCP(UK) Royal College of Physicians London, UK 2002
- PhD National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, UK 2012
Reference number 4581336
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Member of ILD Special Advisory Group British Thoracic Society 2015
Details of entry to specialist register
- Respiratory Medicine, 2010
- General (Internal) Medicine, 2010
Affiliations / memberships
British Thoracic Society
British Society of Rheumatology
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- 0116 265 3650
Post treatment communication
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