Imperial College London

Dr Onn Min Kon

Faculty of MedicineNational Heart & Lung Institute

Professor of Respiratory Medicine



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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.



Takwoingi Y, Whitworth H, Rees-Roberts M, et al., 2019, Interferon gamma release assays for diagnostic evaluation of active tuberculosis (IDEA): test accuracy study and economic evaluation, Health Technology Assessment, Vol:23, ISSN:1366-5278

Wolff AC, Hammond MEH, Allison KH, et al., 2019, Human Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor 2 Testing by Fluorescent In Situ Hybridization: Positive or Negative? American Society of Clinical Oncology/College of American Pathologists Guidelines 2007, 2013, and 2018 Reply, Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Vol:143, ISSN:0003-9985, Pages:413-414

Dunning J, Blankley S, Hoang LT, et al., 2019, Author Correction: Progression of whole-blood transcriptional signatures from interferon-induced to neutrophil-associated patterns in severe influenza., Nature Immunology, Vol:20, ISSN:1529-2908, Pages:373-373

Park M, Satta G, Kon OM, 2019, An update on multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, Clinical Medicine, Vol:19, ISSN:1470-2118, Pages:135-139

Whitworth HS, Badhan A, Boakye AA, et al., 2019, Clinical utility of existing and second-generation interferon-γ release assays for diagnostic evaluation of tuberculosis: an observational cohort study, Lancet Infectious Diseases, Vol:19, ISSN:1473-3099, Pages:193-202

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