Professor Pallav Shah - RB&HH Education

Professor Pallav Shah

Specialises in diagnosing and treating all aspects of respiratory disease

Professor Pallav Shah is a consultant physician in respiratory medicine at Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals.

In 1989, he qualified in medicine at Guy’s Hospital Medicine School. He completed his specialist training in respiratory medicine at Royal Brompton Hospital, St Mary’s Hospital, and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

Professor Pallav is dedicated to improving standards of care for patients, He serves on the national and global guideline groups, and is a specialist adviser to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Additionally, he is a member of the cardiovascular, diabetes, renal respiratory and allergy expert advisory group for the Commission on Human Medicines, which advises ministers on the safety, efficacy, and quality of medicinal products.

Clinical expertise

Professor Pallav Shah leads the lung cancer and bronchoscopy service for Royal Brompton Hospital and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

He specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of respiratory diseases such as:

  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • chronic bronchitis
  • emphysema
  • asthma
  • lung cancer.

Professor Shah is an expert for interventional bronchoscopy and applying it to respiratory medicine. He has established several novel procedures for treating lung diseases. For example:

  • bronchial thermoplasty to treat asthma
  • lung volume reduction to treat severe emphysema, using endobronchial valves, umbrella-like devices, coils and stents
Research interests

Professor Shah is active in both research and developing new treatments. This includes valves or umbrella-like devices to achieve bronchoscopic lung volume reduction in patients with heterogenous emphysema, to the role of stents to create collateral airways in homogenous emphysema.


Professor Shah has published over 200 papers and numerous books. He has authored and been a sectional editor for important textbooks such as Gray’s Anatomy and the Oxford Textbook of Medicine.


Professor Shah is a professor at Imperial College London. In addition, he runs an interventional bronchoscopy course aimed at training other specialists in some of the new and evolving bronchoscopic treatments.