Professor William Man - RB&HH Education -

Professor William Man

Consultant chest physician
Specialises in respiratory conditions, including asthma, chronic cough, COPD, COVID-19 and sleep medicine.

Professor William Man is a consultant chest physician at Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals.

He specialises in respiratory conditions, including chronic cough, asthma, COPD, COVID-19 and sleep medicine.

He is a graduate of Imperial College London where he qualified with distinction honours in 1997. Following this, he completed his training in respiratory and general medicine at leading London teaching hospitals, including King’s College, Hammersmith, St Mary’s and Royal Brompton.

He received his PhD in 2007 and Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP) in 2013.

In addition to his role at our hospitals, Professor Man is a Reader in Respiratory Medicine at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London.

Research interests

Professor Man is internationally recognised for his expertise in pulmonary rehabilitation and COPD. He is also an author of national and international guidelines and regularly lectures at leading national and international respiratory conferences.

He has received multiple awards in recognition of his research, including the:

  • European Respiratory Society COPD research award for outstanding contribution to COPD research in Europe
  • American Thoracic Society Career Achievement Award in Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Royal College of Physicians/NIHR Clinical Research Network Consultant Research Award.

Professor Man’s research group focuses on the non-pharmacological management and phenotyping of patients with chronic respiratory disease – particularly COPD, and his group’s research is funded by the NIHR, MRC and British Lung Foundation.

He has received numerous prestigious research fellowships, including:

  • the Medical Research Council (MRC) Clinical Research Training Fellowship
  • the MRC New Investigator award
  • the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinician Scientist Award
  • the NIHR Clinical Trials Fellowship.
Clinical expertise

Professor Man has specialist expertise in:

  • asthma
  • chronic cough
  • COPD
  • Covid-19 recovery
  • oxygen therapy
  • pulmonary fibrosis
  • pulmonary rehabilitation
  • sleep medicine.

He leads respiratory clinics at both Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals. At Harefield Hospital, he leads sleep and ambulatory services (including pulmonary rehabilitation and home oxygenation). At Royal Brompton Hospital, he leads the COVID-19 Recovery Clinic.

He is also the medical lead for the UK’s first nationally accredited Pulmonary Rehabilitation service and is the co-chair of the British Thoracic Society Pulmonary Rehabilitation Guidelines.


Professor Man has published over 200 papers and abstracts in leading respiratory and general medical journals, including:

  • American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
  • British Medical Journal
  • Chest
  • European Respiratory Journal
  • The Lancet Respiratory Medicine
  • The Lancet
  • Thorax.