Connell, David

Honorary Senior Lecturer, Dr

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I trained in Respiratory and General Internal Medicine in North-West London, during which time I completed a PhD in the immunology of tuberculosis with Profs Ajit Lalvani and Onn Min Kon at St. Mary's Hospital. I started working as a consultant physician in Respiratory and Acute Internal Medicine at NHS Tayside in 2017.

My main clinical interests incorporate complex lung infections, particularly tuberculosis, chronic pulmonary aspergillosis, and non-tuberculous mycobacteria. I also work in medical high dependency, and have interests in the delivery of care in both chronic and acute respiratory infections, including Influenza, and more recently COVID-19. As part of this, I am the Lead for Winter Planning at NHS Tayside.

I am Chair of the Pulmonary Infection Special Advisory Group in the British Thoracic Society, and was a co-opted member of the UK New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG) during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.



I teach 1st year MB ChB Respiratory SIP Modules on Tuberculosis and Respiratory Infections, and also on Respiratory Emergencies to the 5th Year MB ChB students during their Acute Care Block.


In 2019 I was awarded a Chief Scientist's Office NRS Career Fellowship to study fungal lung infections, and am a Principal Investigator on the MRC-funded Fungal Resistance Evolution and Acquisition in chronic Lung disease (FREAL) study, with Dr. Anand Shah at Imperial College London, and Prof. James Chalmers at the University of Dundee.

During the ongoing pandemic, I have been awarded a CSO grant as Chief Investigator for the FOcused LongitudinaL Observational Study to Improve KnoWledge of COVID-19 (FOLLOW-COVID). I am a local PI on the UK wide PHOSP-COVID trial which will also look at outcomes following COVID-19 Infection. I am also a co-investigator on the PREDICT-COVID and STOP-COVID studies, and a local PI on the ATOMIC2 trial of Azithromycin in early disease.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Assessment of the relationship between serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D3, human alveolar macrophage function, and in vitro and in vivo outcomes of M.tuberculosis exposure., Imperial College London

Award Date: 1 Aug 2017

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University of Oxford

Award Date: 1 Jul 2004

Master of Arts, Physiology Part II, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jun 2001

External positions

New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG)

1 Feb 202020 Apr 2021

Chair of Specialist Advisory Group on Pulmonary Infections, British Thoracic Society

1 Dec 20191 Dec 2022

NRS Career Research Fellow, Chief Scientist Office

2019 → …

Fellow, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

2019 → …

Committee Member, Scottish Society of Physicians, Scottish Society of Physicians

2019 → …

Antifungal Stewardship Steering Group, SAPG


National Scientific Committee, Tenovus Scotland

2018 → …

Consultant Respiratory Physician, NHS Tayside

2017 → …


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