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Dr James Hull

James Hull
Consultant respiratory physician

Education and training


Dr James Hull completed his degree in exercise physiology at St George's Hospital Medical School in 2000, and in 2010 he completed his PhD in vascular physiology in chronic lung disease. He then completed the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Lectureship (CLs) during 2011-12, spending time at UCLA developing expertise in exercise testing.

Clinical expertise

Dr Hull is a consultant respiratory physician with areas of expertise in:



  • asthma
  • cough
  • shortness of breath 
  • unexplained breathlessness
  • exercise physiology. 

He introduced a new test at the Trust, continuous laryngoscopy during exercise, for the diagnosis of upper airway problems during exercise and is the clinical lead for the cough, unexplained breathlessness service and upper airway/VCD service. 


He has specialist expertise in helping athletes with respiratory symptoms and is also co-chair of an expert group called Relacs, which is progressing the management of large airway collapse



Dr Hull is an expert appointee to the American Thoracic Society guideline committee for exercise-induced bronchoconstriction and the British Thoracic Society group, working on improving diagnosis and assessment of unexplained (complex) breathlessness. 

He is also an elected committee member for the allergy, asthma and sport group of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) and the sport section of the World Allergy Organisation.


Recent publications


  • Dynamic laryngeal narrowing during exercise: a mechanism for generating intrinsic PEEP in COPD? Baz M, Haji GS, Menzies-Gow A, Tanner RJ, Hopkinson NS, Polkey MI, Hull JH. Thorax 2015 Mar. 70(3): 251-7
  • Not all wheeze is asthma: time for patients to exercise their rights. Hull JH. Thorax 2015 Jan. 70(1): 7-8
  • Airway dysfunction in elite athletes - an occupational lung disease? Price OJ, Ansley L, Menzies-Gow A, Cullinan P, Hull JH. Allergy 2013 Oct 11. doi: 10.1111/all.12265
  • An Official American Thoracic Society Clinical Practice Guideline: Exercise-induced bronchoconstriction. Jonathan P. Parsons, Teal S. Hallstrand, John G. Mastronarde, David A. Kaminsky, Kenneth W. Rundell, James H. Hull, William W. Storms, John M. Weiler, Fern M. Cheek, Kevin C. Wilson, Sandra D. Anderson on behalf of the American Thoracic Society Subcommittee on Exercise-induced Bronchoconstriction. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine Vol. 187, No. 9 (2013), pp. 1016-1027.
  • Managing respiratory problems in athletes. Hull JH, Ansley L, Robson-Ansley P, Parsons JP. Clinical Medicine August 2012

Book chapters

  • Dickinson J, Hull J. Pulmonary dysfunction in athletes, in: Whyte G, Loosemore M, Williams C (eds.) ABC of Sports Medicine (4th edn.) 2015
  • Selby J, Hull J. Laryngeal dysfunction, in: Sandhu GS, Reza Nouraei SA (eds.) Laryngeal and Tracheobronchial Stenosis 2015
  • Hull J, Panchasara B. The larynx and exercise, inSandhu GS, Reza Nouraei SA (eds.) Laryngeal and Tracheobronchial Stenosis 2015

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