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Last updated: 19 Nov 2020
I trained at Oxford University and Birmingham Medical School and have a PhD from Queen Mary University, London. My higher specialist training in Respiratory and General Medicine began in Sheffield in 2009 and finished in London in 2016. After working as a Locum Consultant at King’s College Hospital, I have been a Substantive Consultant at Imperial College NHS Healthcare Trust since late 2018.
With experience of a broad range of hospitals across the UK, I am now based at Charing Cross Hospital in London. I specialise in lung cancer, pleural disease, bronchiectasis and other lung infections, as well as general Respiratory and Internal Medicine. I am also expert in the management of persistent cough, and am proficient at bronchoscopy and pleural procedures.
During 2020 I have also gained a lot of experience with treating covid-19, both the initial illness, and the after effects.
I also have a strong academic record, with publications particularly in the fields of chronic cough and tuberculosis, and am an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at King’s College London. I have presented my research nationally and internationally, am an invited reviewer for leading respiratory journals, and a keen teacher of medical students and junior doctors.
Areas of interest
All respiratory conditions but particularly: persistent cough; respiratory infections including pneumonia, bronchiectasis, and tuberculosis; pneumothorax; pleural effusion; unexplained breathlessness; lung cancer; asthma; COPD (emphysema and chronic bronchitis); covid-19.
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant, Respiratory and Gerneral Adult Medicine
Charing Cross Hospital, Imperial College Heathcare NHS Trust. London
(Additional) Languages spoken
- Spanish - Fluent
- French - Conversational
- German - Basic
Cho PSP, Fletcher HV, Turner RD, Jolley CJ, Birring SS. Impaired cough suppression in chronic refractory cough. Eur Respir J. 2019; 53: 1802203.
Turner RD, Darmalingam M, Hooper R, Kunst H, Matos S, Birring S, Bothamley GH. Daily cough frequency in tuberculosis and association with household infection. Int J Tuber Lung Dis. 2018; 22: 863-870.
Turner RD, Bothamley GH. Chronic cough and a normal chest X-ray - a simple systematic approach to exclude common causes before referral to secondary care: a retrospective cohort study. NPJ Prim Care Respir Med. 2016; 26: 15081.
Turner RD, Bothamley GH. How to count coughs? Counting by ear, the effect of visual data and the evaluation of an automated cough monitor. Respir Med. 2014; 108: 1808-1815.
Cho PSP, Birring SS, Fletcher HV, Turner RD. Methods of cough assessment. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2019 (doi: 10.1016/j.jaip.2019.01.049).
Turner RD. Cough in pulmonary tuberculosis: Existing knowledge and general insights. Pulm Pharmacol Ther. 2019; 55: 89-94.
Turner RD, Chiu C, Churchyard GJ, Esmail H, Lewinsohn DM, Gandhi NR, Fennelly KP. Tuberculosis infectiousness and host susceptibility. J Infect Dis. 2017; 216(suppl_6): S636-S643.
Turner RD, Bothamley GH. Cough and the transmission of tuberculosis. J Infect Dis. 2015; 211: 1367-1372.
Turner RD, Birring SS. Chronic cough: ATP, afferent pathways and hypersensitivity. Eur Respir J. 2019 (doi: 10.1183/13993003.00889-2019).
- MRCP Royal College of Physicians, London 2008
- MBChB University of Birmingham 2005
- Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Royal College of Physicians, London 2009
- PhD Queen Mary University, London 2016
- Specialist Certificate in Respiratory Medicine Royal College of Physicians, London 2012
- MA/BA Biological Sciences University of Oxford 1998
Reference number 6122372
Details of entry to specialist register
- Respiratory and General Medicine, 2016
Affiliations / memberships
British Thoracic Society
European Respiratory Society
Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association
Post treatment communication
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