Being a fanatical Everton fan (even though I’m from London), Liverpool Medical School was top of my list of places to train to be a doctor. The School of Tropical Medicine there opened up an amazing opportunity for me to study infectious disease in Africa, including tuberculosis, which is where my fascination with breathing problems and respiratory medicine began.
I qualified in 1992 from the University of Liverpool and trained in respiratory medicine in London. I’m also known as a lung doctor, chest doctor or respiratory specialist. You might come to see me with symptoms such as cough, breathlessness, wheeze, chest pain, chest tightness, and snoring, or perhaps you’ve had an abnormal X-ray or scan. You may have already been diagnosed with or suspected of having a respiratory or lung condition such as asthma, lung cancer, long COVID, pneumonia, chest infection, pulmonary embolism (PE), COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), sleep apnoea, sarcoidosis or tuberculosis (TB).