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Professor Sujal Desai

Consultant radiologist

Professor of practice (Thoracic imaging) National Heart and Lung Institute


Professor Sujal Desai is a consultant radiologist with an expertise in thoracic imaging.    

Education and training

Professor Desai trained in medicine at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School in London, qualifying in 1987. As senior house officer, Professor Desai spent time at Royal Brompton Hospital and, after completing the MRCP (UK), he entered formal radiology training at King’s College Hospital Medical School.  


Professor Desai was awarded the Frank Doyle Medal for achievement in the Part I FRCR examination and the Rohan Williams Medal for the Part II FRCR examination. Following core radiology training Professor Desai undertook research at Royal Brompton Hospital, under the supervision of Professor David Hansell (his predecessor in the post he now holds), being awarded an MD for his thesis on structural-functional correlations in fibrosing lung disease. 


Professor Desai was previously a consultant at King’s College Hospital in London where he worked for 18 years before returning to Royal Brompton Hospital. 

In September 2018, Professor Desai was promoted to professor of practice (Thoracic imaging) at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London - in recognition of his academic contributions and achievements in his field. 

Clinical expertise and research interests


Professor Desai has clinical expertise and research interests in: 

  • Diffuse interstitial lung disease
  • Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)
  • Pulmonary infections/HIV   



  • Fellow, Royal College of Physicians
  • Fellow, Royal College of Radiologists
  • Member, British Society of Thoracic Imaging
  • Member, European Society of Thoracic Imaging
  • Associate Member, Society of Thoracic Radiology
  • Member, The Fleischner Society

He is currently a Deputy Editor for European Radiology and an Associate Editor for The Journal of Thoracic Imaging. Professor Desai is a Past-President of the European Society of Thoracic Imaging and a member of The Fleischner Society. 


Professor Desai holds a number of teaching positions for a number of courses, including: 

  • Director, King’s Part II FRCR Course
  • King’s College London, MBBS Written Assessment Lead
  • Co-director / founder, BIR / DMCI ‘Hands-On’ Training Series
  • Co-director, The London Advanced Course in Cardiac Imaging 



Ceesay MM, Desai SR, Cleverley J, Berry L, Smith M, Wade J, Mufti GJ, Pagliuca A. Pre-symptomatic (baseline) computed tomography predicts invasive pulmonary aspergillosis in high-risk adult haemato-oncology patients British Journal of Haematology 2017 (In Press)


Walsh SLF, Wells AU, Desai SR, Poletti V, Picciucchi S et al. Multicentre evaluation of multidisciplinary team meeting agreement on diagnosis in diffuse parenchymal lung disease: a case cohort study. Lancet Respiratory Medicine 2016;4:557-565


Antoniou KM, Margaritopoulos GA, Goh NS, Karagiannis K, Desai SR, Nicholson AG, Siafakas NM, Coghlan JG, Denton CP, Hansell DM, Wells AU. Combined pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema in scleroderma-related lung disease has a major confounding effect on lung physiology and screening for pulmonary hypertension Arthritis and Rheumatology 2016;68:1004-1012


Ap Dafydd D, Desai SR, Gordon F, Copley SJ. Tracheal CT morphology: correlation with distribution and extent of thoracic adipose tissue. European Radiology 2016 [Epub ahead of print]


Mushemi-Blake S, Melikian N, Drasar E, Bhan A, Lunt A, Desai SR, Greenough A, Monaghan MJ, Thein SL, Shah AM. Pulmonary haemodynamics in sickle cell disease are driven predominantly by a high-output state rather than elevated pulmonary vascular resistance: a prospective 3-dimensional echocardiography/Doppler study. PLos One 2015;13: 10(8):e0135472


Ceesay MM, Desai SR, Cleverley J, Pomplun S, Nicholson A, Douri A, Wade J, Smith M, Mufti GJ, Pagliuca A. A comprehensive diagnostic approach using galactomannan, targeted β-D-glucan, baseline computed tomography and biopsy yields a significant burden of invasive fungal disease in at risk haematology patients. British Journal of Haematology 2015;168:219-229.


Devaraj A, Loveridge R, Bosanac D, Stefanidis K, Willars C, Wendon JA, Auzinger G, Desai SR. Portopulmonary hypertension: improved detection using CT and echocardiography in combination. European Radiology 2014;24:2385-2393.


Lunt A, Desai SR, Wells AU, Hansell DM, Mushemi S, Melikian N, Shah AJ, Thein SL, Greenough A. Pulmonary function, CT and echocardiographic abnormalities in sickle cell disease. Thorax 2014;69:746-751


Desai SR, Edey AJ, Hansell DM, Shah A, Land D, Arnott S, Barker RD, Wells AU. Morphologic predictors of a microbiologic yield in patients with a tree-in-bud pattern on computed tomography. Journal of Thoracic Imaging 2014;29:240-245.