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Trained in Medicine at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, having grown up in County Durham, England.
Specialty training was on the South East Thames Higher Specialist Training Programme in Respiratory and General Medicine, at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and Kings College Hospitals, London. I had a wide and varied experience of all aspects of General and Chest Medicine in a busy inner city environment with a broad mix of patients and conditions. This included two years of specialist cardiology, and a year of renal medicine. During my research I gained a further 3 years of renal experience in Cambridge at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.
I developed my clinical interests in Lung cancer, mesothelioma, COPD, asthma and tuberculosis during this period, and experience of High-dependency care and non-invasive ventilation. I also participated in the management of a broad range of tropical infections and diseases.
I teach at the Medical School at the University of Southampton. Examiner for the Royal College of Physicians.
I run courses for preparation for postgraduate examinations. I have a keen interest in teaching at all levels from Allied Health Professionals, through students to Postgraduates.
Current Clinical Interests:
Diagnosis and treatment of breathlessness, cough and lung diseases
Cardiopulmonary exercise testing for fitness and diagnosis of heart and lung disease
Lung cancer diagnosis and treatment
Tuberculosis and infectious disease management
Asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
General Medical Conditions including deep venous thrombosis, stroke, pulmonary embolus, high blood pressure, heart disease and kidney disease.
I am available for urgent consultations most days and for in-patient consultations at any time. I run flexible clinic days to provide a responsive service.
I endeavour to use a logical, thorough, professional and compassionate approach to the diagnosis and treatment of patients. I have experience in Respiratory, Renal medicine and Cardiology and General Medicine and can therefore take an all-round overview of a number of different medical problems. I have a specific interest in complex conditions.
Areas of interest
Respiratory Medicine (all areas)
Lung cancer and mesothelioma
Cardiopulmonary exercise testing
Breathlessness: diagnosis and treatment
Cough: diagnosis and treatment
Chronic lung disease including asthma and COPD
General Medicine (all areas) including infectious diseases and tropical infections
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Respiratory Physician and Clinical Lead, Department of Respiratory Medicine, Southampton General Hospital.
Early diagnosis and detection of lung cancer. My main interest is the relationship between smoking-induced changes in the lung and later cancer development. My PhD work was done jointly at University College, London and the MRC Laboratory for Molecular Biology, Cambridge on the mechanisms by which early abnormalities in the airways develop into cancer in susceptible smokers. I lead 2 studies looking into detecting lung cancers at a stage when a cure is feasible.
I am married with 2 boys and help coach and manage youth cricket, youth football (both my boys), and play cricket. We enjoy the theatre, music (classical), fine art (galleries) and travel.
HODGKIN NATURAL HISTORY PRIZE original research in Biology 1986
SPECIAL STUDY PROJECT PRIZE original research in Cardiology 1991
SOUTH THAMES THORACIC SOCIETY RESEARCH PRIZE 2001 & 2004
(Additional) Languages spoken
Banerjee AK, Campbell RWF Digoxin and Survival in heart failure in sinus rhythm. Int J Cardiol 1996; 55(1): 9-13
Foster NA, Banerjee AK, Xian J, Roberts I, Pezzella F, Coleman N, Nicholson A, Goldstraw P, George PJM, Rabbitts PH. Somatic Genetic Changes Accompanying Lung Tumour Development. Genes Chromsomes and Cancer 2005; 44: 65-75
Banerjee AK, Rabbitts PH, George PJM. Surveillance bronchoscopy for pre-invasive bronchial lesions. Chest 2004; 125: 95s-96s
George PJM, Banerjee AK, Read CA, O’Sullivan C, Falzon M, Pezzella F, Nicholson AG, Shaw P, Laurent G, Rabbitts P. Surveillance for the early detection of lung cancer in patients with bronchial dysplasia. Thorax 2007; 62: 51-56
Banerjee AK, Read CA, Griffiths MH, George PJ, Rabbitts PH. Clonal divergence in lung cancer development is associated with allelic loss on chromosome 4. Genes Chromosomes and Cancer 2007; 46: 852-860
De Jager, D., Mazomenos, E., Banerjee, A.K., Maharatna, K., Reeve, J. A Low-Power Simplified-MEWS Scoring device for Patient Monitoring. In: 4th International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare 2010, March 2010, Munich, Germany.
Banerjee AK, George PJM. Bronchoscopic photodynamic diagnosis and therapy for lung cancer. Curr Opin Pulm Med 2000; 6: 378-383
Banerjee AK, Rabbitts PH, George PJM Are all high-grade preinvasive lesions premalignant, and should they all be treated? Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2002; 165: 1452-1453
Banerjee AK, Rabbitts PH, George PJM. Fluorescence bronchoscopy: Clinical dilemmas and research opportunities Thorax. 2003; 58: 266-271
Banerjee AK. Oral gefitinib produces symptomatic and radiological benefit in advanced NSCLC. Thorax 2004; 59: 104 (invited review)
Banerjee AK. Pre-invasive lesions of the bronchus. J Thorac Oncol. 2009; 4: 545-51.
Banerjee AK, George PJM. Autofluorescence Bronchoscopy In: UpToDate, Basow, DS (Ed), UpToDate,
Waltham, MA, 2009.
Banerjee AK Autofluorescence bronchoscopy In: UpToDate, Basow DS (Ed) UpToDate, Waltham MA, 2010.
Courses offered to GPs
I am willing to travel to speak to GPs for free on any Respiratory topic requested. This can be daytime or evening meetings, and I am quite flexible. Please feel free to contact my secretary and we can set up a time and date.
These will be supplied during consultations.
- Batchelor of Medicine, Batchelor of Surgery (MBBS) University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne 1991
- Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP(UK) Royal College of Physicians (UK) 1995
- Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP) Royal College of Physicians of London 2009
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) University College London 2012
Reference number 3541739
Details of entry to specialist register
- Respiratory Medicine, 2005
- General Internal Medicine, 2005
Affiliations / memberships
Royal College of Physicians of London (Fellow)
British Thoracic Society (Member)
European Respiratory Society (Fellow)
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.
In the event of an urgent query following treatment, Bupa members should use the following contact details
Please contact my secretary or the Spire Southampton Hospital switchboard who will contact me directly.