Imperial College London

Dr Andrew Darby-Smith

Faculty of MedicineNational Heart & Lung Institute

Senior Teaching Fellow







Guy Scadding BuildingRoyal Brompton Campus






Andrew is Course Director for the ‘Remote Medicine’ Intercalated BSc, based at The National Heart & Lung Institute (NHLI).

The 'Remote Medicine' course aims to develop students' research skills by exploring medicine in a variety of remote and low-resource environments.

The course is open to undergraduate medical students from both Imperial and external universities. Read more.


Andrew graduated from Imperial College School of Medicine in 2014, after completing an Intercalated BSc. in Pharmacology & Therapeutics.

After leaving Imperial, he undertook an Academic Foundation Programme with Oxford University, during which he was awarded a Graduate Fellowship to conduct research with The Collaborating Centre for Oxford University & CUHK for Disaster & Medical Humanitarian Response (CCOUC) in Hong Kong. Following this, he pursued further post-graduate training and was awarded the Diploma in the Medical Care of Catastrophes (DMCC).

Andrew has since combined a clinical career in Anaesthetics and Intensive Care Medicine in the NHS, whilst pursuing interests in the provision of healthcare in a variety of remote environments.


Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine (PHEM)

Since 2014, Andrew has been in developing educational opportunities in PHEM. In 2018, in collaboration with The Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care (FPHC), he established 'Bristol PHEM', a national pilot scheme for junior doctors to gain clinical exposure in partnership with South West Ambulance Service NHS Trust. Following the scheme's success, he is now interested in supporting the expansion of opportunities for junior doctors around the UK.

Expedition Medicine

Alongside his work in the NHS, Andrew has provided medical support for several expeditions to remote environments, including; research expeditions in Indonesia and Cuba (Diving), a charity challenge in Sri Lanka (Trekking) and an adventure travel cruise to the Antarctic peninsula.

Remote Anaesthesia & Critical Care 

Andrew has developed an interest in the provision of safe anaesthesia in low-resource environments, through experiences as an junior anaesthetist with the Britain-Nepal Otology Service (BRINOS) in rural Nepal, and volunteer physician with African Flying Doctors, providing critical care retrieval from remote airstrips across central and east africa.