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Investigation and treatment of respiratory symptoms, including cough, breathlessness.
Investigation and treatment of general medical conditions including assessments prior to surgery relating to respiratory disease.
Special clinical interests:
Respiratory infections (including TB, immunocompromised infections (HIV-related, haemato-oncology associated respiratory disease)
General medical conditions
Having trained in London, Dr Sarah Doffman carried out research into the early diagnosis of invasive fungal pneumonia at St Bartholomew’s and Queen Mary, University of London and worked at the Royal Free Hospital, University College Hospital and Barts and the London Hospitals.
Her specialist interests include lung cancer, tuberculosis and respiratory disease in the immune-compromised host (HIV infection/post-chemotherapy or transplant).
Dr Doffman leads for lung cancer in the Trust and was Chair of the Sussex Cancer Network Lung Tumour Group from 2009-13.
She has led two large projects funded by the Department of Health with National Cancer Survivorship Initiative into improving pathways of care and wellbeing in patients living with lung cancer.
She was also a member of the Specialist Advisory Group of the British Thoracic Society for Tuberculosis until 2013 and is involved in the Multi-Drug Resistant Advisory Network, dealing with national policy and education.
Until 2013, she led the Surrey and Sussex Specialist Respiratory Group Research Network (National Institute for Health Research) improving uptake to clinical trials in respiratory disease across the region.
In 2014 she became the clinical director for the specialist medicine directorate at BSUH NHS Trust.
In 2017, she became the Chief of Service for the medicine division at BSUH NHS Trust
Areas of interest
Cough; investigation of breathlessness; investigation of abnormal chest X-Ray; unexplained respiratory symptoms; lung cancer; Respiratory infections; asthma; interstitial lung disease; chronic lung disease; COPD; Immunity and infection; bronchiectasis; endobronchial ultrasound; bronchoscopy;
Current NHS consultant posts held
Clinical Director for Specialist Medicine
Consultant in Respiratory and General Internal Medicine
Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
Member of the Tuberculosis Specialist Advisory Group of the British Thoracic Society 2010-13
Local lead of the Surrey and Sussex Comprehensive Local Research Network, National Institute for Health Research 2011-13
lead investigator of a number of trials at BSUH NHS Trust including a study of lung disease in HIV and a large multicentre trial in lung cancer diagnosis 2009-current
I have a young son who takes up most of my spare time!
I enjoy theatre, concerts and running.
In the last 5 years I have co-authored 4 manuscripts in total and I have co-authored chapters for three textbooks on respiratory disease (Kumar and Clark, The ABC of HIV and AIDS, Manson's Tropical Diseases).
Peer reviewed publications:
1. Interstitial Lung Disease in HIV. Clin Chest Med. 2013 Jun;34(2):293-306. SR Doffman, RF Miller
2. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in HIV: an emerging problem. Br J Hosp Med (Lond). 2014 Dec;75(12):678-84 AT Scourfield, SR Doffman, RF Miller
3. Impact of the revised (2008) EORTC/MSG definitions for invasive fungal disease on the rates of diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis. Med Mycol. 2012 Jul;50(5):538-42. Tsitsakis et al.
Courses offered to GPs
Lung cancer, Montefiore Hospital
- MB ChB University of Glasgow 1997
- FRCP Royal college of physicians, London 2012
Reference number 4436694
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- BTS TB specialist advisory group British Thoracic Society 2013
Details of entry to specialist register
- Respiratory and General Internal Medicine, 2008
Affiliations / memberships
British Thoracic Society
Fellow of Royal College of Physicians
Medical Protection Society
British Medical Association
- Nuffield Health Brighton Hospital, BN2 6DX
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- Spire Montefiore Hospital, BN3 1RD
- 14:00 - 17:00
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