The British Lung Foundation (BLF) has appointed Dr Nick Hopkinson as its Medical Director. Nick is a Reader in Respiratory Medicine at Imperial College as well as an Honorary Consultant Chest Physician at The Royal Brompton Hospital.
He qualified in medicine at Cambridge and The London Hospital Medical College and went on to train in Respiratory and General Internal Medicine at St George’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals. He is responsible for an Advanced COPD clinical service, with research interests including lung volume reduction, pulmonary rehabilitation and tobacco control. He has published more than one hundred and eighty papers.
Dr Nick Hopkinson said: “It is a great privilege to be able to take on this role at the British Lung Foundation, working with the charity to deliver better lung health for all. Lung disease is the third biggest killer in the UK so it is important that we are able to support the delivery of the best possible care, ensure timely diagnosis, and take the necessary preventative steps to deliver good lung health – cutting smoking rates further, addressing air quality and challenging child poverty.”
Dr Penny Woods, Chief Executive of the British Lung Foundation said: “I am delighted to welcome Dr Nick Hopkinson to the British Lung Foundation as our new Medical Director. Nick has supported the BLF as an honorary medical adviser, health information expert and media spokesperson for many years. We are very glad that he is joining our team on a formal basis, to continue his tireless work on behalf of the people affected by lung disease that he sees every day.”