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Dr Panchal read medicine at the University of Leicester and qualified in 2003. He was awarded his degree with Honours and ranked first in his year. The prestigious Faculty of Medicine Gold Medal was presented to him in acknowledgement of his outstanding academic excellence. He became a member of the Royal College of Physicians in 2006.
Dr Panchal trained in respiratory medicine at Glenfield Hospital. In 2010, he undertook a unique Darzi Clinical Leadership Fellowship that culminated in a Masters degree in Research Translational Management. His work on seeking a strategy for screening and preventing TB in the UK was published in the international journal Thorax. He has spent time at the Global TB Institute in New York, USA and has presented at symposia in the US, Europe and the UK.
In 2013, Dr Panchal was appointed as a Consultant Respiratory Physician with an interest in Interventional Pulmonology at Glenfield Hospital, Leicester. He is a member of the Institute for Lung Health and is the lead clinician for the busy pleural diseases and interventional pulmonology tertiary services for which he has received clinical excellence awards. He offers a popular Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship that has trained people from the UK and abroad.
Dr Panchal trained in interventional procedures in the UK and has refined his skills set by attending courses across Europe, including medical thoracoscopy in Marseille and interventional bronchoscopy procedures in Germany. Alongside his clinical practice he plays an active role in both undergraduate and postgraduate education and is a college tutor for the Royal College of Physicians. He is co-founder of the East Midlands Thoracic Society, sits on the East Midlands Specialist Training Committee and runs practical training courses in pleural procedures.
Areas of interest
Unexplained Cough; Cough; Unexplained Breathlessness; Pleural effusion; Pleural disease; Pneumothorax; Lung Cancer; Wheeze; Asthma; COPD (emphysema, chronic bronchitis); Emphysema; Pneumonia and lung infections; Tuberculosis; Acute and chronic bronchitis; Lung fibrosis; Sarcoidosis; Bronchiectasis; Pulmonary embolism
Obstructive sleep apnoea; Abnormal chest x-rays and CT scans; Respiratory failure; bronchitis, chest pain
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Respiratory Physician
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
Institute for Lung Health
Department of Respiratory Medicine
Pleural diseases, pleural effusion, pneumothorax, lung cancer, tuberculosis, interventional procedures.
Dr Panchal is married to a dermatologist and has young non-identical twins that keep him busy. He is interested in foreign travel, aviation and literature from the Indian sub-continent.
BLF: Travel Fellowship Award
Trent Thoracic Society: President’s Prize 2012
Health Protection Agency 2011: Best TB poster
BTS Tuberculosis Travel Award
Faculty of Medicine Gold Medallist & Prize 2003.
Double Distinction Final MB
MB ChB with Honours
Finalist: Sydney Brandon Prize in Psychiat
Arthur Watts Prize in Clinical Methods Leicester RCGP
Award Elective Studies University of Leicester
Distinction in First MB University of Leicester
Finalist: Gerald Tressider Anatomy Dissection Prize
(Additional) Languages spoken
- Gujarati - Fluent
- Hindi - Conversational
Panchal R K, Browne I, Monk P, Woltmann G, Haldar P. The effectiveness of primary care based risk stratification for targeted latent tuberculosis infection screening in recent immigrants to the UK: a retrospective cohort study. Thorax 2014 Apr;69(4):354-62
Panchal R K, ‘Haemoptysis’. In Davey P, Sprigings D (ed), Oxford Diagnosis and Treatment in Internal Medicine. Oxford: Oxford University Press 2012. (in press)
- MB ChB (Honours) - Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery with Honours University of Leicester 2003
- MRCP (UK) - Member of the Royal College of Physician's of UK & London Royal College of Physician's of London 2006
- MRes - Master of Research Translational Management (Distinction) University of Leicester 2013
- MRCP (Respiratory Medicine) Royal College of Physician's of London & British Thoracic Society 2013
- FRCP (London) Royal College of Physicians' of London 2018
- Darzi Clinical Leadership Fellowship NIHR CLAHRC & National Leadership Council 2011
Reference number 6075477
Details of entry to specialist register
- CCST Respiratory Medicine & General (Internal) Medicine, 2013
Affiliations / memberships
British Thoracic Society
European Respiratory Society
European Association for Bronchology & Interventional Pulmonology
World Association for Bronchology & Interventional Pulmonology
British Thoracic Oncology Group
Royal College of Physicians of London
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