3 December 2012
Imperial College London has announced that Andy Bush, professor of paediatric respirology and consultant paediatric chest physician at Royal Brompton Hospital, has been appointed to the position of head of paediatrics.
Commenting on behalf of the College, Professor John Warner, current head of paediatrics, said: “We are all delighted that Andy has agreed to take on this vital role. He is an outstanding paediatrician and his research in paediatric respiratory medicine has a very high international profile.”
Professor Tim Evans, medical director of Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, added: “On behalf of the Trust I would like to congratulate Andy on his appointment. It is a clear endorsement of the esteem in which he is held, not just by Imperial College, but internationally. Academic paediatrics in Imperial College has a high profile and is widely respected both on the national and international scene. Under Andy’s leadership I feel sure that paediatric research will prosper.”
Professor Bush will begin taking up the role in January 2013 with full handover from Professor Warner by April. He will continue to undertake his current clinical commitments at Royal Brompton, but will spend four sessions each week on his academic responsibilities, based at St Mary’s, Paddington.
Professor Bush said: “I was deeply honoured to be asked to take on this role and believe it reflects the recognised strength of Royal Brompton’s paediatric research programmes. I very much look forward to building on Imperial’s high profile in paediatric research and forging further collaborations both at home and abroad. When I took over from John Warner at Royal Brompton nearly 22 years ago, he was a hard act to follow. Twenty-two years on, the act is even harder.”
Professor Warner continued: “I was Andy’s consultant when he was a registrar, during my time at Royal Brompton between 1979 and 1990. I look forward to the reversal of roles as I move towards retirement with him as my head of department.”
Professor Bush is an expert in all aspects of respiratory disease in children with research interests in paediatric respiratory medicine, especially invasive and non-invasive assessment of airway inflammation in asthma and cystic fibrosis and clinical respiratory physiology.
He has given more than 200 presentations to academic meetings throughout the world and has been visiting professor at Melbourne Children’s Hospital, at Wake Forest, North Carolina and at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
In 2011 he was awarded the Imperial College Rector’s medal for excellence in research supervision.
Professor John Warner’s clinical expertise is in paediatric respiratory medicine and allergy. He qualified in medicine at the University of Sheffield and subsequently moved to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children, St Mary’s Hospital, and then to Royal Brompton Hospital where he worked as a consultant for more than 10 years. He moved from senior lecturer to reader within the National Heart and Lung Institute, and then became chair of Child Health in Southampton for 16 years, returning to London as professor of paediatrics and head of department at Imperial College London. Professor Warner is the current president of the Academic Paediatrics Association.