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Professor Pallav Shah is a consultant physician in respiratory medicine at Royal Brompton Hospital and also at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital. 

He has a general respiratory practice with specialist clinical interest in lung cancer, bronchoscopy and the bronchoscopic treatment of lung diseases. 

He is an honorary Reader at the National Heart and Lung Instiitute, Imperial College London, and an honorary consultant physician to Royal Marsden Hospital and the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Areas of expertise 

Professor Shah is the lead clinician for lung cancer services at Royal Brompton Hospital and the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital. 

He is involved in the development of bronchoscopic techniques for the early detection of lung cancer. His area of practice includes:

  • endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)
  • transbronchial fine needle aspiration 
  • debulking of endobronchial tumours with electrocautery
  • cryotherapy 
  • insertion of metallic stents.

Another specialist area is the diagnosis of lung nodules and insertion of fiducal markers for cyberknife using the iLogic system (currently the only hospital in the UK using this technology). 

He is also involved in the program of early detection of lung cancer with fluorescence bronchoscopy and endocytoscopy. 

Research interests 

His current research interests include: 

  • the role of novel bronchoscopic treatments in airways diseases such as insertion of endobronchial valves  
  • lung volume reduction coils for emphysema.

Read a Daily Mail article about a trial using lung volume reduction coils

He is also involved in the treatment of asthma with bronchial thermoplasty, a treatment for severe or persistent asthma without the need for drugs. 

International teaching

Professor Shah leads the bronchoscopy service for Royal Brompton and runs an annual international interventional bronchoscopy course at either the hospital or the National Heart & Lung Institute.

He also teaches doctors from overseas in interventional bronchoscopy and has trained fellows from Greece, Italy, Egypt and India.

Speaking abroad

Professor Shah is in demand as an international speaker on his specialist subjects and has given lectures at conferences in Portugal, Egypt, Cyprus, Switzerland and the USA.

Founding chair

Professor Shah is the founding chair of the bronchoscopy advisory group for the British Thoracic Society which has now widened its remit to interventional pulmonology. He is also a member of the Society’s lung cancer and mesothelioma advisory group and a member of the Respiratory Group at the Royal Society of Medicine. 

Published writing

He is currently editor of the thoracic section of Gray's Anatomy (39th edition) and has contributed to a number of key medical textbooks including Respiratory Medicine and the Oxford Textbook of Clinical Medicine. Professor Shah has also written numerous papers on his wide-ranging areas of expertise.

Private patient referral 

If you would like to make an appointment with this specialist for private care, contact the RB&HH Specialist care team