Prof David Fishwick MBChB FRCP AFOM FFOM (Hon) MD

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David is currently a Consultant Respiratory Physician with a major clinical and research interest in occupational lung disease, holding the following roles; Consultant Respiratory Physician, STH Foundation NHS Trust, Co-Director of the Centre for Workplace Health (CWH), and Chief Medical Officer, Health and Safety Laboratory. In addition, he is an Honorary Professor of Occupational and Environmental Respiratory Medicine, University of Sheffield, awarded in 2010.

Research Interests

David’s research interests are focussed around the broad interface between the work environment and respiratory health. For example, he has active research interests in health surveillance for workers exposed to potentially harmful exposures at work, in addition to the diagnostic processes used to identify disease. This work has led previously to the development of professional standards in this area.

Teaching Interests

David’s teaching interests are related to the origins, identification and treatment of respiratory illness. At undergraduate level, he coordinates the phase 1a respiratory course, and at postgraduate level have been involved in many modalities of teaching delivery, including the development of an occupational health technician course with the University of Sheffield and a web hosted occupational asthma module with eBMJ.

Professional Activities

  • Chair the British Lung Foundation northern regional group
  • British Thoracic Society Occupation Lung Disease Specialist Advisory Group until 2010
  • Chair of the BTS SAG for Occupational and Environmental respiratory disorders
  • ERS taskforce for occupational specific challenge testing
  • HSE Asthma Board member
  • ARTP Advisory Board
  • Member of Group of Occupational Respiratory Disease Specialists
  • Retained activity in the infant cohort study, New Zealand, at the Wellington Asthma Research Group

Current Projects

David is currently working on a number of research themes, including a pan European PEROSH wellbeing initiative and a Strategy Research Programme for HSL relating to health at work, an occupational smoking cessation project for the British Occupational Health Research Foundation, and an occupational COPD standard of care.