International recognition for Dr William Man

Congratulations to Dr William Man, consultant respiratory physician at Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals, who has been awarded a Mid-Career Research Achievement Award from the American Thoracic Society (ATS), for his significant contributions to the practice of pulmonary rehabilitation. 

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a treatment programme for people diagnosed with a lung condition which leaves them breathless. It involves a physical exercise programme tailored for individuals and advice on managing symptoms. 

The pulmonary rehabilitation service at Harefield Hospital, led by Dr Man, is the one of the largest and leading rehabilitation programmes in the UK with more than 1,000 referrals per year, and is the first and only clinical service to receive full national accreditation.
Alongside his clinical work, Dr Man runs several research projects evaluating the effects of pulmonary rehabilitation and other supportive therapies on the physical functioning, quality of life and prognosis of people with COPD and other chronic respiratory diseases. 

Dr Man runs several research projects, and recent publications include research into potential home based pulmonary rehabilitation therapies and improving the uptake of pulmonary rehabilitation amongst patients. His research publications have been referenced over 12,000 times, including in national and international guidelines and policy documents. 

He also leads a vibrant research team who, together with his support, have secured an unrivalled mass of grant and fellowship funding from the National Institute for Health Research, British Lung Foundation and the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity.

On receiving the award, Dr Man said:

“This is a great honour, but research is all about teamwork. This award recognises the fabulous efforts of my research and clinical Pulmonary Rehabilitation colleagues at Harefield Hospital. They are a great credit to the organisation, and I am delighted that their work has been recognised at an international level.”

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