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Rama Vancheeswaran is a Consultant Chest and General Physician at the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust. She is also an Honorary Consultant at the Brompton Hospital where she works as a specialist in the Interstitial Lung Disease unit. She is the ILD lead for the Royal Free group of hospitals.
As Barnet site’s Lead for COPD, she runs the Integrated service. Her interests are local provision of COPD and general respiratory services. She is a British Lung Foundation Ambassador, representing the patient’s view, and a member of the BTS COPD Specialist Advisory Group. She is the BTS and Trust Smoking and Interstitial Lung Disease Lead. Previous posts held at Barnet were Clinical Director, Associate Medical Director for both Barnet and Chase Farm Trust and Barnet Community Services.
Her passions are patient empowerment, streamlined care, the ideals of the NHS at its formation and her family. She holds a PhD in Interstitial Lung & Connective Tissue Diseases and an MSc in Immunology. Her extensive research publications cover the Immunopathology of Scleroderma, Non-Specific Interstitial Pneumonitis and COPD and she continues to lecture on these subjects.
Areas of interest
Interstitial Lung Disease
Chronic or Acute cough
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Physician - Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust
Honorary Consultant - Royal Brompton NHS Foundation Trust
Consultant Physician - CLCH Community COPD services
Interstitial Lung Disease
BMJ Innovations Award for Cancer (2016) - Ambulatory Lung Cancer.
Clinical Excellence Award – Level 9 (2018).
NHS Innovations Award Winner (2015) -
HSJ Award Finalist (2012) for Patient Safety and Integrated Care – Community COPD services in Barnet.
Raynaud’s and Scleroderma Trust Grant for 3 years (1990).
Distinctions at MBBS level.
State First -GCSE
(Additional) Languages spoken
- Tamil - Fluent
- Hindi - Conversational
R Abdullah · et al: Lung cancer tissue diagnosis in poor lung function: 2016; Thorax
Vancheeswaran R: Unexpected variations from the Junior Doctor Strike, May 2016; HSJ
G Greenhall, et al. Macrolide Therapy and Alveolar Hemorrhage Secondary to Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis 2015; Journal of Vasculitis
A N Tavare · et al: Ambulatory percutaneous lung biopsy with early discharge and Heimlich valve management of iatrogenic pneumothorax: More for less. 2015; Thorax.
Bloom, CI; et al (2013). Transcriptional blood signatures distinguish pulmonary tuberculosis, pulmonary sarcoidosis, pneumonias and lung cancers. PLOS ONE 8; e70630.
Vancheeswaran R, et al. Pulmonary alveolar proteinosis –investigation and management. A review. Clinical Pulmonary Medicine. 2006,
Hunzelmann N, et al. Circulating type I collagen degradation products: a new serum marker for clinical severity in patients with scleroderma? Br J Dermatol. 1998 Dec; 139(6):1020-5.
Abraham, DJ et al. Increased levels of endothelin-1 and differential endothelin type A and B receptor expression in scleroderma-associated fibrotic lung disease. Am J Pathology. 1997, 151(3): 831-841.
Vancheeswaran R et al. Childhood onset scleroderma. Is it different from adult onset disease? Arthritis and Rheumatism. 1996; 39 (6): 1041- 1049.
Xu SW et al. Normal human and SSc fibroblasts retain typical phenotypic and functional characteristics following SV40-transfection. Experimental Cell Research. 1995; 220: 407
Bruckdorfer KR et al. Increased susceptibility to oxidation of low-density lipoproteins isolated from patients with systemic sclerosis. Arthritis Rheum. 1995 Aug; 38(8)
Gendi NS et al. HLA type as a predictor of mixed connective tissue disease differentiation. Ten-year clinical and immunogenetic followup of 46 patients. Arthritis Rheum. 1995 Feb; 38(2)
Shi-Wen X et al. Expression and shedding of ICAM-1 and LFA-3 by SSc and normal fibroblasts. Arthritis and Rheumatism. 1994; 37
Vancheeswaran R et al. Circulating endothelin-1 levels suggest different pathogenic mechanisms in systemic sclerosis (SSc) subsets. Journal of Rheumatology 1994; 21
Vancheeswaran R et al. Localisation of endothelin-1 and its binding sites in scleroderma skin. Journal of Rheumatology 1994; 21.
Higley H et al. Immunocytochemical localization and serologic detection of transforming growth factor beta 1. Arthritis Rheum. 1994 Feb; 37(2).
Courses offered to GPs
Expert on Demand Virtual Lectures
GP lectures for the Respiratory Masterclasses at Spire and other venues
Pharma sponsored evening lectures
GP Conference Plus Speaker
- PHD University College London 1995
- MSc Immunology Brunel University 1989
- FRCP Royal College of Physicians 2012
- LRCS, LRCP, LRCS Royal College of Surgeon of Edinburgh 1995
- European Sleep Certification Cambridge University 2011
Reference number 4290292
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- BTS SAG member BTS 2015
Affiliations / memberships
Royal College of Physicians, BTS
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