Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineNational Heart & Lung Institute

Professor of Paediatric Respirology



+44 (0)20 7352 8121 ext 2255a.bush




Chelsea WingRoyal Brompton Campus





Andrew Bush is Professor of Paediatrics and Head of Section (Paediatrics, Imperial College London), Professor of Paediatric Respirology, National Heart and Lung Institute, and Consultant Paediatric Chest Physician, Royal Brompton Harefield NHS Foundation Trust.

When it became clear that he had failed to inherit a single one of his father's musical talents, Professor Bush went into medicine as a more promising career. He trained at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and University College Hospital, London. He did his house jobs at Stafford General Infirmary (where he caused a scandal by cohabiting with his own wife) and University College Hospital, London. After SHO and Registrar posts in adult medicine, he obtained the MD degree in The Department of Clinical Physiology, as a British Heart Foundation Junior Fellow supervised by Professor David Denison, in the field of pulmonary circulatory physiology.

The research program became more and more paediatric, with increasing research interests in the circulatory physiology in the context of congenital heart disease, under the supervision of Dr Elliott Shinebourne, and so he then went into paediatrics, training initially at University College Hospital and Hillingdon Hospital and then training in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine with Professor John Warner at the Brompton Hospital, and Professor Mike Silverman at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School. He was appointed Consultant and Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Respirology in January 1991, and was made Professor at Imperial College in 2002.

His research interests include the invasive and non-invasive measurement of airway inflammation in children, in particular the use of endobronchial biopsy in the management of severe asthma, and also respiratory mass spectrometry. Thanks to the many people whom he has been lucky enough to count amongst his collaborators, he has raised more than £40 million in peer review grants and donations. He has supervised 24 MD and PhD degrees, authored nearly 350 papers in peer review journals, and written more than 60 chapters in books and monographs. He recently co-edited the 7th Edition of Kendig's Disorders of the Respiratory Tract in Children (and is currently working on the 8th edition), and ‘Cystic Fibrosis in the 21st Century', a Monograph in the series ‘Progress in Respiratory Research'. He has been Deputy Editor of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (the highest impact factor respiratory journal, the only Deputy Editor from outside North America), and Head of the Paediatric Assembly of the European Respiratory Society. He is the Joint Editor in Chief of Thorax, the 2nd ranked chest journal in the world, and top-ranked outside North America, the first paediatrician to hold this post. He has served as Associate Editor for Europe for Paediatric Pulmonology. He has been Visiting Professor at Melbourne Children’s' Hospital, at Wake Forest, North Carolina, USA, and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where he delivered the annual George Polgar Lecture. He was 2007 Charles West Lecturer at the Royal College of Physicians. Other visiting Professorships include Miami Children’s Hospital and Virginia Commonwealth University and he has been Nancy N Huang Professor at St Christopher's Hospital, Philadelphia.  He was 2008 Jonxis Medallist, University Hospital of Groningen, Netherlands.

He was appointed an NIHR Senior Investigator in 2011. Also in 2011, as a result of a Watergate-like conspiracy by his present and past trainees (more than 50 of whom currently occupy senior academic and clinical positions), he was awarded the Rector’s Award for Excellence in Research Supervision as well as the Rector’s Medal in Research Supervision.

When not plying his trade in Paediatrics, Professor Bush enjoys family life with his wife (with whom he still cohabits, scandal or not) and his four children, none of whom show any signs of following their father into medicine. He enjoys reading (especially when he is supposed to be being sociable), ball games (in particular on the rare occasions when England actually win something), and listening to music (after being given an ASBO for his last attempts at performance). He shows no signs of fulfilling any domestic responsibilities or of growing old at all gracefully. Best of all, he is the grandfather of Dylan and Jack, the two most beautiful and intelligent children in the known Universe.


Pabary R, Singh C, Morales S, et al., 2016, Antipseudomonal Bacteriophage Reduces Infective Burden and Inflammatory Response in Murine Lung, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, Vol:60, ISSN:0066-4804, Pages:744-751

Bush A, 2016, Chimney stove intervention - ready for scale up? PRO, Thorax, Vol:71, ISSN:0040-6376, Pages:393-394

Bossley CJ, Fleming L, Ullmann N, et al., 2016, Assessment of corticosteroid response in pediatric patients with severe asthma by using a multidomain approach., J Allergy Clin Immunol

Nagakumar P, Denney L, Fleming L, et al., 2016, Type 2 innate lymphoid cells in induced sputum from children with severe asthma, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Vol:137, ISSN:0091-6749, Pages:624-+

Koo S, Gupta A, Fainardi V, et al., 2016, Ethnic Variation in Response to IM Triamcinolone in Children With Severe Therapy-Resistant Asthma, Chest, Vol:149, ISSN:0012-3692, Pages:98-105

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