Dr Francois Abel
Dr Francois Abel is the medical lead for the Paediatric Respiratory Sleep Service at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), having trained in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine and Sleep in the Catholic University of Louvain in Brussels, Sydney Children’s Hospital at Westmead and at GOSH. In addition, he has a postgraduate certificate in Paediatric Sleep Sciences from the University of Western Australia.
Dr Abel has a wealth of experience in complex lung diseases including rare lung diseases, cystic fibrosis, complex asthma and respiratory pathology as part of multisystemic disorders including neuromuscular disorders, metabolic disorders and spinal disorders. His clinical roles include respiratory leadership and advice within multidisciplinary teams at GOSH such as the neuromuscular team, the cleft team, the spinal team or the metabolic team.
Dr Abel has presented at national and international meetings including the European Respiratory Society, the International Paediatric Sleep Association and the American Thoracic Society. His publications cover topics including the management of upper airway obstruction in Pierre Robin patients, sleep disordered breathing in craniofacial disorders and a research review on paediatric obstructive sleep apnoea amongst others.
His professional priority is to develop the awareness of paediatric sleep and in particular sleep-related breathing and ventilation disorders. This includes managing the increasing cohort of patients requiring chronic ventilation.
His ethos of practice is to deliver professional expert care focused on the patient’s needs while remaining friendly, approachable and accessible.
Dr Abel is also co-chair of the British Paediatric Sleep Society.