Dr James Hull | Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Education

Dr James Hull

Consultant respiratory physician
Specialises in asthma, cough, unexplained breathlessness and exercise physiology.

Dr James Hull Completed an undergraduate degree in exercise physiology. He then graduated from St George’s Hospital Medical School in 2000.

Dr Hull later completed his PhD in exercise physiology in 2010. He spent time at UCLA, Los Angeles developing further expertise in exercise testing with clinical application.

He was recently awarded the fellowship status of the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM). In addition, he is president of the Association for Respiratory Technology and Physiology (ARTP).

Clinical expertise

Dr James Hull’s area of expertise cover:

  • asthma
  • cough
  • unexplained breathlessness
  • exercise physiology.

Dr Hull is the clinical lead for the cough, unexplained breathlessness service, and upper airway/vocal cord dysfunction service.

He specialises in helping to:

  • improve all types of persistent cough, including cough triggered by exercise
  • treat cough associated with troublesome symptoms in the throat
  • determine why people get breathless with physical activity.

In addition, he is co-chair of an expert group called Relacs, which is progressing the management of individuals with large airway problems during exercise.

Research interests

Dr Hull is involved in research to better understand and treat respiratory conditions.

He is collaborating with the English Institute of Sport on a project aimed at optimising respiratory health in large cohort of elite athletes known to be susceptible to respiratory illness. The project will evaluate and support improved care in the prevention, detection and diagnosis of respiratory illness in over one hundred athletes from a cross-section of Olympic and Paralympic sports.


Dr Hull has contributed to textbook chapters and has published widely in academic journals on:

  • exercise-induced laryngeal obstruction (EILO)
  • exercise-induced bronchoconstriction
  • asthma
  • chronic cough
  • managing respiratory problems in athletes.

Dr Hull is part of the respiratory expert panel at both The English Institute of Sport and the International Olympic Committee, helping to improve respiratory care.

Previously, he was an expert appointee to the American Thoracic Society guideline committee for exercise-induced bronchoconstriction and the British Thoracic Society group.