Distinguished Faculty


PROFESSOR JOHN PRICE

MB BCH. MA. MD, DCH, FRCP, FRCPCH 

 

Professor John Price was appointed Consultant Paediatrician at King's College Hospital in 1978 where he founded the Paediatric Respiratory and Cystic Fibrosis Service.  In 1992 he was made Professor of Paediatric Respiratory Medicine, King's College London and was Head of the Academic Department of Child Health from 1995 to 1998. He was Director of Children’s Services in the Variety Children’s Hospital at King’s College Hospital for 12 years until 2007. He is now semi retired but continues to teach Paediatric Respiratory Medicine at King’s College.

He is a past Chairman of the British Paediatric Respiratory Society, Asthma UK, the Specialist Advisory Committee in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine of the RCPCH and the Cystic Fibrosis Newborn Screening Programme Advisory Board. He has been Paediatric Editor of Respiratory Medicine, a member of the Editorial Board of the European Respiratory Journal, a member of the Council of the European Respiratory Society and the British Thoracic Society and a Trustee of the British Lung Foundation. He is currently a Vice President of Asthma UK and a Trustee at the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Demelza Hospice Care for Children.  


PROFESSOR HANS BISGAARD, MD, DMSCI

PROFESSOR OF PAEDIATRICS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN
HEAD OF THE DANISH PEDIATRIC ASTHMA CENTRE

 

Dr. Bisgaard received his Doctor of Medical Science degree on his pivotal work on the role of leukotrienes in asthma. Dr. Bisgaard has also worked as visiting professor at the Paediatric Asthma Centre in Denver, Colorado, and maintains comprehensive international research collaborations. 

In his research, Dr. Bisgaard has focused on clinical research in asthma and has built the clinical research unit COPSAC following two mother-child cohorts. The mission has been to understand the origins of asthma and to translate this into clinical practice to improve disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Clinical translational research in the very early life has been crucial in this endeavour combining clinical data with cutting edge interdisciplinary basic research, including genome wide scanning, sequencing of the microbiome, and longitudinal metabolomics to develop a differentiated characterization of disease processes.

COPSAC has given birth to several PhD projects and DMSc degrees and the research has received several international awards. 


PROFESSOR ANDREW BUSH MD FRCP FRCPCH FERS

PROFESSOR OF PAEDIATRICS AND HEAD OF SECTION (PAEDIATRICS), IMPERIAL COLLEGE
PROFESSOR OF PAEDIATRIC RESPIROLOGY, NATIONAL HEART AND LUNG INSTITUTE, ROYAL BROMPTON HOSPITAL

 

His research interests include the invasive and non-invasive measurement of airway inflammation in children, in particular the use of endobronchial biopsy in the management of severe asthma, and also respiratory mass spectrometry. He has raised more than £60 million in peer review grants and donations. He has supervised 32 MD and PhD degrees, authored more than 400 papers in peer review journals, and written more than 80 chapters in books and monographs. He recently co-edited the 8th Edition of Kendig's Disorders of the Respiratory Tract in Children, and ‘Cystic Fibrosis in the 21st Century', a Monograph in the series ‘Progress in Respiratory Research'. He has been Deputy Editor of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (the highest impact factor respiratory journal, the only Deputy Editor from outside North America), and Head of the Paediatric Assembly of the European Respiratory Society. He is the Joint Editor in Chief of Thorax, the 2nd ranked chest journal in the world, and top-ranked outside North America, the first paediatrician to hold this post. He has served as Associate Editor for Europe for Paediatric Pulmonology.


PROFESSOR ADNAN CUSTOVIC, DM MD PHD FRCP

PROFESSOR OF ALLERGY, INSTITUTE OF INFLAMMATION AND REPAIR, UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

 

Adnan Custovic is Professor of Allergy at the Institute of Inflammation and Repair, and Honorary Consultant Allergist at the University Hospital of South Manchester (UHSM). His professional training consisted of a specialist training in Paediatrics (University Children’s Hospital Sarajevo, 1987-91) and successive appointments at the University Hospital of South Manchester as a Clinical Research Fellow (1992-1994) and Specialist Registrar in Allergy (1994-1998). This period saw him awarded M.Sc. (1991), M.D. with Gold Medal (1996) and Ph.D. (2000).

Professor Custovic has been awarded the BSACI William Frankland Award in recognition of outstanding contribution to the development of clinical allergy in the UK (2013).  He is recipient of the prestigious CIPP President’s award for the distinguished achievements in the understanding of asthma and allergies in children (2013). In 2012, he won UHSM Researcher of the Year award. He delivered a number of prestigious lectures, including Keynote Lecture at the Nemacolin International Asthma Conference (2014), Alain De Weck Memorial Lecture (VI World Asthma & COPD Forum, 2013), Cas Motala Memorial Lecture (Allergy Society of South Africa, 2013), Keynote lecture at the International Congress on Paediatric Pulmonology (2013), James Hutchison's Memorial Lecture (Hong Kong Paediatric Society, 2012) the Royal Society of Medicine Priscilla Piper Lecture (2011) and Caspar Weinberg Lecture (South African Society of Allergy, 2007). He has given more than 150 invited lectures at the major national and international congresses.


PROFESSOR WARREN LENNEY

PROFESSOR OF CHILD HEALTH, KEELE UNIVERSITY, STOKE-ON-TRENT

 

Warren Lenney is Professor of Respiratory Child Health at Keele University and Consultant Respiratory Paediatrician at the Royal Stoke University Hospital, North Staffordshire. He is Chair of the national Paediatric Formulary Committee responsible for the continual development of the BNFC. He was Medical Director of the West Midlands Medicines for Children Research Network from 2006 to 2014 and R&D Director for the UHNS NHS Trust from 2002-2009. Over the same time period he was the Editor-in Chief (Founding Editor) of Paediatric Respiratory Reviews, the only worldwide review journal for paediatric chest diseases. He is the author of over 200 medical articles and editorials and has research interests in asthma, breath analysis, cystic fibrosis, respiratory infections and new methods of measuring lung function in children.. He works closely with the BTS and the BPRS. He is a Trustee and Vice-Chair of the BLF. He lectures widely in the UK and abroad.


DR STEVE CUNNINGHAM

CONSULTANT AND HONORARY READER IN PAEDIATRIC RESPIRATORY MEDICINE
ROYAL HOSPITAL FOR SICK CHILDREN, EDINBURGH

 

Dr Steve Cunningham trained in Respiratory Paediatrics in Edinburgh, Great Ormond Street, London, and Sydney, Australia.

Steve is active in research and across the spectrum of children’s respiratory disease. He is Chair of the UK NICE Guideline for Bronchiolitis and Chief Investigator for the 615 infant Bronchiolitis of Infancy Discharge Study. He is a member of the United Kingdom Cystic Fibrosis Gene Therapy Consortium which has recently completely a year long multidose trial of non-viral gene therapy in cystic fibrosis. Steve is also Chair of the Asthma UK Scottish Advisory Board, and collaborator in the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research with PhD projects in asthma. As Chair of the British Pediatric Orphan Lung Disease Registry, Steve promotes rare respiratory disease data collection and research in the UK and Europe, most prominently at this time through core management and project leader for rare interstitial lung disease in the EU FP7 funded project ChILDEU.

Steve is Vice-Chair of the MHRA Commission for Human Medicines Pediatric Medicines Expert Advisory Panel and also panel member for the General Medical Council Professional and Linguistics Assessment Board (PLAB).


PROFESSOR MIKE THOMAS, PHD FRCP

PROFESSOR OF PRIMARY CARE RESEARCH
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON, UK

 

Prof. Thomas holds the Chair of Primary Care Research at the University of Southampton, UK, an institution with an international profile in asthma and respiratory research, and leads the community-based respiratory research programme.

His research interests centre on respiratory disease management in community settings, including the diagnosis and management of asthma and COPD and the assessment of effectiveness of pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies in every-day clinical settings. He has a particular interest in ‘real-world’ outcomes and pragmatic clinical research, and has published and lectured widely on these topics. He is the chief investigator in a number of current respiratory studies. He is an associate editor of the Primary Care Respiratory Journal. He is former Chief Medical Officer of Asthma UK, the research chairman of the International Primary Care Respiratory Group and has acted as an expert advisor on several UK NICE evaluations in the respiratory field. He was a steering group member of the UK National review of Asthma deaths.


DR NOEL BAXTER

 

Noel is a GP and clinical commissioner for NHS Southwark. He has been a champion for respiratory services in Lambeth and Southwark since 2007.  He co-led the NHS London Respiratory Team 2010-13, is currently a member of the Primary Care Respiratory Society (PCRS-UK) executive and is their London regional lead. He is a member of the NHSE London respiratory network and the London clinical senate ‘Helping Smokers Quit’ delivery team. 

 


King's College Hospital Faculty

 

DR ATUL GUPTA, MD(RES), MRCPCH, MD, DNB, MBBS

CONSULTANT RESPIRATORY PAEDIATRICIAN, KING’S COLLEGE HOSPITAL 

DR GARY RUIZ, FRCPCH

CONSULTANT RESPIRATORY PAEDIATRICIAN, KING’S COLLEGE HOSPITAL 

DR CARA BOSSLEY, MD(RES), MRCPCH,

CONSULTANT RESPIRATORY PAEDIATRICIAN, KING’S COLLEGE HOSPITAL 

DR WANDA KOZLOWSKA

CONSULTANT RESPIRATORY PAEDIATRICIAN, KING’S COLLEGE HOSPITAL


DR IREM PATEL

CONSULTANT RESPIRATORY, KING’S COLLEGE HOSPITAL

 

Irem Patel is a consultant integrated respiratory physician at Kings Health Partners and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Kings College London. She leads the KHP multidisciplinary integrated respiratory team working across two acute hospitals and in the community delivering COPD, Oxygen, Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Supported Discharge services in Lambeth and Southwark. She is Asthma and Smoke Free lead for Kings College Hospital. Dr Patel is co-lead for the London Clinical Oxygen Network and a member of the London Respiratory Network. She is Associate Editor of Primary Care Respiratory Medicine. She is committed to the principles of value and collaborative care, and to bringing specialist care closer to the patient.


DR SUSAN LEECH

KING'S COLLEGE HOSPITAL

 

Susan Leech is Clinical Lead for the Paediatric Allergy service at Kings College Hospital, London. She specialises in managing all aspects of allergic disease in children, complex food allergy, desensitisation immunotherapy, urticaria and allergen component testing. She trained in Cambridge and held clinical lecturer posts at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford and at Kings College London, where she trained in paediatric allergy. She is Principal Investigator on the SNIFFLE 2 Study at Kings. As a member of the Standards of Care Committee of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology, she has co-authored several national guidelines for the management of allergic conditions. She was chair of the Urticaria and Angioedema Allergy Care Pathway and a member of the RCPCH Allergy Care Pathways for Children Project Board. She is chair of the Paediatric Committee of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 


Organising Faculty


DR ATUL GUPTA, MD(RES), MRCPCH, MD, DNB, MBBS

 

Conference Director
Consultant in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine
King’s College Hospital, London
Honorary Senior Lecturer at the King’s College London 

He trained in respiratory paediatrics at the Newcastle, Royal Brompton and Great Ormond Street Hospitals in London. He spent two years in full time research for his MD thesis, Vitamin D and Severe Asthma in Children. He is lead for poorly controlled asthma and specializes in all children and young person’s lungs and airways problems. He has over 50 scientific publications, as well as national and international presentations in various areas of paediatric pulmonology, including asthma, cystic fibrosis, cough and sleep medicine. He acts as reviewer for a number of national and international journals. He lectures widely in the UK and abroad.


DR GARY RUIZ AKC BSC FRCP FRCPCH

 

Consultant respiratory paediatrician, King's College Hospital

Dr Ruiz qualified from King’s College Hospital Medical School in 1982 and followed a career in paediatrics. He received specialist training in paediatric respiratory medicine in London and Birmingham and was a research fellow working with Prof John Price in asthma and allergy. He was appointed consultant in 1994 returning to King’s where he created the paediatric TB clinic and paediatric bronchoscopy and empyema services. He became head of Paediatric Respiratory Medicine in 2010 on Prof Price’s retirement. He has wide interests in all aspects of respiratory disease in children, but particularly lung infection, including tuberculosis and mycobacterial disease in cystic fibrosis. He has been the BPRS representative on the BTS tuberculosis SAG since December 2012. He is also a member of the ERS and ECFS and was a Trustee of the BLF.


DR CARA BOSSLEY, MD(RES), MRCPCH,

Consultant respiratory paediatrician, King's College Hospital


DR WANDA KOZLOWSKA

Consultant respiratory paediatrician, King's College Hospital


Paediatric Respiratory Clinical Nurse Specialists


SARAH LATHAM

Sarah Latham is a Senior Paediatric Respiratory Nurse Specialist at King’s College Hospital Foundation Trust in London.   She has run a nurse-led respiratory clinic for over twenty years where she sees children and young people with asthma, referred by Primary Care and Paediatricians within King’s College Hospital.  She also sees children who have been admitted with acute asthma/viral wheeze and is a nurse-prescriber.  Sarah’s particular interest is difficult-to-treat asthma and she sees children and young people with this calibre of asthma at a Difficult Asthma Clinic, alongside a Consultant Respiratory Paediatrician. 

Sarah is a trainer at Education for Health in Warwick and teaches on Paediatric Asthma.  She was chair of the RCN Paediatric Respiratory Nurses Group, a role she had for three years andwas also a member of the Executive Committee of the British Paediatric Respiratory Society. Sarah is lecturing on the new MSc in Advanced Paediatrics, run by King’s College.

Sarah has also lectured nationally and internationally on paediatric asthma.

 


EMILY DOWNING

Emily Downing graduated from The University of Nottingham with a Masters in Nursing Science. She worked at Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital on a busy Specialist Respiratory Ward including High Dependency and the Transitional Care Unit for Long Term Ventilated Children. Following on from GOSH, Emily joined King’s College Hospital team as a Nurse Educator co-ordinating the roll out of the Bedside Paediatric Early Warning System. Emily has presented studies of BedsidePEWS at local meetings and was awarded Paediatric Nurse of the Year 2014 at King’s College Hospital for her work in rolling out BedsidePEWS across Child Health and integrating this into the Culture of King’s College Hospital. Emily is currently working at King’s as a Respiratory Clinical Nurse Specialist for children


Internal Faculty

MELANIE DAVIES

After graduating from the University of Hertfordshire in 2009, Melanie commenced her nursing career at King’s College Hospital. She completed a rotational post working on the paediatric neurosurgical, accident and emergency and paediatric surgical wards.

Melanie later established herself on a paediatric neurosurgical ward where she was able to build upon her clinical skill set and confidence. She made a shift to the paediatric day unit in which she felt she could gain a different set of skills, irrevocable knowledge and experience. Upon working on the day ward with patients from various specialities including haematology and respiratory – It was within this nursing environment that Melanie developed a keen interest in allergy. 

She has since joined the allergy team last year as the paediatric allergy clinical nurse specialist and was recently involved in the SNIFFLE 2 research study.  Melanie has strong aspirations to further her professional career and is hoping to start her MSc in allergy next year.   


SHEREEN BORELAND

Shereen Boreland completed her pharmacy degree at the University of Manchester. Upon graduation she started her career at Great Ormond street hospital for children where she completed a pharmacy rotation programme, this included rotating through various departments including paediatric surgery, cystic fibrosis, haematology, oncology and parenteral nutrition.  She completed her post graduate diploma in clinical pharmacy practice.  Shereen moved to St Mary’s hospital in Paddington (Part of Imperial college London Healthcare NHS trust) where she provided pharmacy services to post bone marrow transplant patients, Paediatric Intensive care and general paediatrics. She moved to King’s College hospital in 2013 to take up her current role as a specialist Cystic fibrosis pharmacist. Shereen is currently completing the Independent prescribing course and has a specialist interest in both respiratory and cystic fibrosis.