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I was an NHS Consultant Chest Physician for 18 years at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester before moving to Oxford to become the first University Professor of Respiratory Medicine in October 2013. I continue to see patients at the Oxford University Hospitals Foundation Trust, at the Manor Hospital in Oxford (Thursday evening) and Spire Hospital in Leicester (Friday evening roughly two weeks/month). My special area of interest is airway disease. I am a leading researcher in this area.
Areas of interest
Asthma; COPD; Chronic cough; Bronchiectasis
Current NHS consultant posts held
Honorary Consultant Physician
Oxford University Hospitals Foundation Trust
My research focuses on common airway diseases responsible for significant morbidity and NHS costs. I am the world's most cited researcher aged under 65 in this area. Key outcomes have not improved since 2005 despite increased use of effective treatments. I have addressed this by:
• Changing the way airways disease is assessed and classified so that treatment is used more effectively and economically by identifying key disease mechanisms, new biomarkers and leading the development of a new taxonomy of airway disease.
• Introducing new treatments. I discovered the clinical efficacy of Mepolizumab in 2009 by recognising that the effects were specific to patients with exacerbations and eosinophilic airway inflammation. I led the phase II (2012) and III studies (2014 & 17); and regulatory approvals (2015 & 16). This treatment is now approved for use on the NHS, the first new class of treatment for airway disease in 15 years, offering new hope for patients with severe asthma.
I am the father of three grown up children, none of whom have wanted to follow in my footsteps ('you work too hard dad'). I'm a keen golfer playing to a handicap of 6 and am a member of Notts (Hollinwell) and Frilford Heath Golf Clubs. I have a large garden in Charnwood Forest and love gardening. I travel extensively for work and pleasure.
2004: Cournand Lecture at the European Respiratory Society. This lecture is given to the most prominent European researcher aged <45.
2016: Gold Medal for asthma research from the European Respiratory Society.
I am the most cited researcher in my area world wide with 390 papers, including 8 in the leading Clinical Medicine journal (New England Journal of Medicine) and 13 in the Lancet. My 'H' index is 93. I am senior author of 4 of the 20 most cited papers in my field in the last 15 years.
Courses offered to GPs
I do ad hoc lectures to GPs and to patient organisation. We have a very active and successful patient involvement in research program in Oxford.
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- MB BS (basic medical qualification) University of London 1984
- FRCP (speciality exam; MRCP 1987; FRCP 1999) Royal College of Physicians 1999
- DM (Doctorate) University of Nottingham 1992
- FMedSci Academy of Medical Sciences 2015
- FERS European Respiratory Society 2014
- Specialist training in Respiratory Medicine 1987-1995 Leicester, Nottingham and Hamilton (Canada) 1987
Reference number 2942391
Details of entry to specialist register
- Accredited specialist in Respiratory and General medicine, 1995
Affiliations / memberships
British Thoracic Society
European Respiratory Society
American Thoracic Society
Royal College of Physicians (London)
Academy of Medical Sciences (London)
Professorial Fellow St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford
- Nuffield Manor Hospital, Headington, Oxford
- 17:00 - 19:30
- 01865 307451
- Spire Hospital, Leicester
- 17:00 - 19:30
- 0116 265 3678
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