Guy’s and St Thomas’ Director of Research and Development (R&D) Delivery, Professor Nick Hart, has been made a Fellow of the European Respiratory Society.

This prestigious award recognises outstanding contributions in research, education and clinical leadership.

Professor Hart is Clinical Director for Sleep, Respiratory and Critical Care at Guy’s and St Thomas’  and he directed the critical care response to the COVID-19 pandemic with 877 patients admitted to the critical care with an overall survival since March 2nd 2020 of 75%, which included the Prime Minister.

From 2012 to 2020, he was Head of the Lane Fox Respiratory Service, which is an internationally recognised weaning, rehabilitation and home mechanical ventilation service, which currently houses the largest weaning and rehabilitation unit in the UK and supports over 2500 patients with chronic respiratory disease and chronic respiratory failure.  He was appointed in 2015 as Joint Editor-in-Chief of Thorax, journal of the British Thoracic Society, with the impact factor increasing to from 7.9 to 10.8.  Professor Hart’s own research group is focused on reducing hospital admission and improving quality of life in patients with chronic respiratory disease and post critical illness.

Professor Hart established the Lane Fox Clinical Respiratory Physiology Research Centre in 2007 and he has developed a programme of research focused on admission prevention in COPD, muscle wasting prevention during critical illness and enhancing outcome in chronic respiratory failure and sleep disordered breathing.

Professor Hart said: “It is an honour and privilege to receive this prestigious European Respiratory Society Award. This award, in particular, reflects the work of the whole clinical and research team and is personal and collective recognition for our achievements over many years working within the ERS.”