Professor Howard Branley


Consultant in Respiratory Medicine

020 3773 5399



I am a Consultant in Respiratory Medicine on the Specialist Register with the General Medical Council (GMC). I have been specialising in respiratory medicine for over 20 years, with over 10 years experience as an NHS Consultant. I typically see patients with cough, wheeze, breathlessness and snoring. I have expertise in a wide variety of lung diseases particularly asthma, COPD, pneumonia, PE, lung cancer, sleep apnoea, sarcoidosis, tuberculosis (TB), and pleural disease e.g. pneumothorax and pleural effusion.



I qualified in Medicine in 1992 from the University of Liverpool and trained in respiratory medicine in Liverpool and London.  I trained in Respiratory Medicine in London teaching hospitals including The Royal Brompton, The Hammersmith, St Mary's and Charing Cross Hospitals. During my postgraduate training I obtained a Master of Science with Distinction in Respiratory Medicine (MSc) followed by a Doctorate in Respiratory Medicine (MD), both at the National Heart & Lung Institute, Imperial College London. I started as an NHS Consultant in Respiratory Medicine in 2004, initially at The Whittington Hospital, London before moving to Ealing Hospital, West London in 2012. I was appointed as an Honorary Consultant in Respiratory Medicine at Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in 2008. In 1997 I trained in aviation medicine at the Royal Air Force (RAF) School of Aviation Medicine at RAF Farnborough. In April 2014 I was awarded a Visiting Professorship of Respiratory Medicine at the University of West London, having previously been an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Respiratory Medicine at University College London, Imperial College London and the University of Buckingham,  plus Associate Professor (Adjunct) in Respiratory Medicine at the American University of the Caribbean



I was revalidated by the GMC on 7th October 2015 with my next revalidation due in October 2020. My most recent Consultant Appraisal was on 30th September 2019.



Whether you're short of breath, coughing, wheezing or have chest pain, I am well placed to help you. I take a holistic view and begin with a comprehensive assessment of your case with you in clinic. This will involve taking a detailed medical history, performing a full physical examination of your chest, plus measurements of your oxygen level and breathing tests as appropriate. If you have any previous reports or X-rays/scans then these can be reviewed at the same time (please bring them with you).


At this initial consultation I will discuss with you the likely possibilities and agree with you any further tests required. If treatment is required at this time then I can prescribe this for you at the same time. Following this first consultation, I will send you a detailed report within 24-48 hours, which can be copied to your GP and/or referring specialist.


Should you require any tests, these can mostly be performed on the same day e.g. blood tests, sputum testing and X-rays. CT scans can usually be done on the same day or, failing that, the following day. If you need referral to another specialist, I have an extensive network of trusted colleagues to call upon to help you.