Dr Sunil PateI is a consultant physician who specialises in respiratory, general and intensive care medicine.

He acquired bachelor degrees in biomedical science, medicine and surgery from The University of Nottingham and completed his foundation, core and advanced training in London.

Dr Patel has extensive experience in all aspects of respiratory medicine, but have particular interests in interstitial lung disease and respiratory failure which includes the investigation and diagnostic workup of patients with cough, shortness of breath and difficulty in breathing. He is accredited and dual-qualified in intensive care medicine which involves caring for patients after major/complex surgery and those who are critically unwell.

He has acquired the MRCP(UK), respiratory specialty certificate (SCE) and the fellowship to the faculty of intensive care medicine (FFICM) diplomas.

He has conducted PhD level research at Imperial College London focusing on critical illness associated muscle wasting and also have interests in long-term effects of critical illness.

He runs clinics at Hammersmith Hospital in interstitial lung disease including those with multi-system disease.

Clinical Interests:

  • Acute and chronic respiratory failure
  • Acute respiratory and high dependency care
  • Intensive care and advanced supportive care
  • Tracheostomy and post intensive care unit care and weaning
  • All general respiratory problems – particularly interstitial lung diseases
  • Diagnostic bronchoscopy
  • Pleural disease including diagnostic and interventional procedures
  • Lung function reporting
  • Pre-operative optimisation of respiratory patients
  • Post-operative management of medical conditions



Interstitial lung disease, critical illness, intensive care

Research & publications

Recent publications

Programmed myofibre necrosis in criticial illness associated muscle wasting
S. Patel, T. Francis et al
Accepted / in press; Journal of cachexia, sarcopenia and muscle (2023)

Natural history, trajectory, and management of mechanically ventilated COVID-19 patients in the United Kingdom
B. Patel, S. Haar, R. Handslip, C Auepanwiriyakul, T. Lee, S Patel et al
Intensive Care Med. 2021 May;47(5):549-565

Patel S, Shah NM, Camporota L, Barrett N, Kent B, Jackson DJ. Inflammatory and microbiological associations with near-fatal asthma requiring extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation
ERJ Open Res. 2020; 6(1): 00267-2019

Clinical application of ultrasound in intensive care unit acquired weakness.
S. Patel, D. Bear, B.V. Patel, Z.A. Puthucheary
Ultrasound Med 2020; 41 (03): 244-266

Leptospirosis presenting as severe cardiogenic shock: a case report
E. Forbat, M. J. Rouhani, C. Pavitt, S. Patel, R. Handslip, and S. Ledot, “Leptospirosis presenting as severe cardiogenic shock: A case report,” J. Intensive Care Soc., vol. 0, no. 0, pp. 1–3, 2018.
Adult Intensive Care Unit, Royal Brompton Hospital, Sydney Street, London, SW3 6NP

Book chapters

Point of care ultrasound in ICU acquired weakness
S. Patel, Z. Puthucheary
Chapter in ‘Point of care ultrasound in critical care’, Scion Publishing (2022)

Monitoring respiratory muscle function
S. Patel, B. Garfield
Chapter in ‘Oxford Textbook of Respiratory Critical Care’, in press

Mechanical ventilation in interstitial lung diseases
S. Patel, R.E. Gomes, A.M. Esquinas
Chapter in ‘ERS Practical Handbook Invasive Mechanical Ventilation’


Private practice

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