Professor Onn Min Kon is a Respiratory Physician and the Lead Clinician for the TB service at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. He runs a busy TB service at St Mary’s Hospital which is a tertiary centre for MDR-TB and a regional centre for endobronchial ultrasound. He is also Lead Clinician for the North West London TB sector.
He is the chair of the British Thoracic Society Joint Tuberculosis Committee and ex-chair of the British Thoracic Society Specialist Advisory Committee. He is also the chair of the National MDRTB Clinical Advice Service. He has served on the Department of Health Find and Treat Steering Committee. He has interests in the clinical and immuno-diagnosis of TB, the delivery of care and management of TB.
Professor Kon obtained his undergraduate degree in Medicine at University College and Middlesex Hospital School of Medicine before training in respiratory medicine at the Royal Brompton, St Mary's and Charing Cross hospitals. He performed research on immunosuppressants in asthma under the supervision of Professor Barry Kay and Professor Neil Barnes at the Royal Brompton Hospital and London Chest Hospital.
He is an investigator in the Health Protection Research Unit for Respiratory Infections at Imperial College London and was also co-lead investigator with Professor Ajit Lalvani for the ‘IDEA’ study - the largest multicentre study evaluating the role of interferon gamma release assays in active TB funded by the National Institute for Health Research.
Professor Kon organises and runs on behalf of the NIHR HPRU for Respiratory Infections and Public Health England, the London Advanced TB course which is an annual intensive clinical TB course designed to update clinicians in all aspects of TB care.
He is also involved in studies evaluating the immunology and novel therapies in airway disease and based at the Imperial Clinical Respiratory Research Unit at St Mary’s Hospital. He has close academic ties with Professor Sebastian Johnston, Professor Peter Openshaw and Dr Trevor Hansel at St Mary’s Hospital. Along with Dr Hansel, he has helped develop non-invasive sampling techniques in the airway.
He has over 100 peer reviewed publications in tuberculosis and airway disease and is a regular lecturer for Imperial College London.
et al., 2020, A cost comparison of amikacin therapy with bedaquiline, for drug-resistant tuberculosis in the UK, Journal of Infection, Vol:80, ISSN:0163-4453, Pages:38-41
et al., 2019, Standardization of nomenclature for ocular tuberculosis - results of Collaborative Ocular Tuberculosis Study (COTS) workshop, Ocular Immunology and Inflammation, ISSN:0927-3948
et al., Epitope-specific airway-resident CD4+ T-cell dynamics during experimental human RSV infection, Journal of Clinical Investigation, ISSN:0021-9738
et al., 2019, Tubercular Uveitis: Nuggets from Collaborative Ocular Tuberculosis Study (COTS)-1, Ocular Immunology and Inflammation, ISSN:0927-3948
et al., 2019, Effectiveness of pre-entry active tuberculosis and post-entry latent tuberculosis screening in new entrants to the UK: a retrospective, population-based cohort study., Lancet Infectious Diseases, Vol:19, ISSN:1473-3099, Pages:1191-1201