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Professor Peter Barnes

Professor Peter Barnes

Head of respiratory medicine

at Imperial College London


Honorary consultant physician

at Royal Brompton Hospital, London

International authority

Professor Peter Barnes is an international authority in asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). 

He is one of the most highly acclaimed respiratory scientist in the world and has been the most highly cited clinical researcher in the UK over the past 10 years.


Professor Barnes specialist area of research is the mechanisms and treatment of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Working overseas

During his training, professor Barnes worked at the University of California, San Francisco, in the USA from 1981 to 1982.


He is a regular speaker at international conferences and has given lectures at the American Thoracic Society, European Respiratory Society and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.


In 2007, he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society - the first respiratory researcher in over 150 years.

In 2012, he was elected master fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, an honorary fellow of the Peruvian Medical Association, and president elect of the European Respiratory Society.


On 13 June 2013, Professor Barnes was appointed as the first Margaret Turner-Warwick Chair of Thoracic Medicine, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College, London.

He is a member of the scientific committee Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) and Global Guidelines in COPD (GOLD).

Passing on expertise

As well as teaching international students at the Trust, Professor Barnes organises a course on airway diseases at the National Heart and Lung Institute every November. He also runs several other international courses at both the Institute and overseas.


Professor Barnes has been on the editorial board of more than 30 journals. He is currently editor of the Journal of COPD; associate editor of Chest and Respiratory; editor of Public Library of  Science (PLoS) Medicine. He is also the author or co-author of more than 40 books on asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and related topics.

Professor Barnes talks about asthma