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Connell, David

Honorary Senior Lecturer, Dr

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Personal profile


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. 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.


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.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Imperial College London

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University of Oxford

Master of Arts, University of Cambridge

External positions

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

2019 → …

Antifungal Stewardship Steering Group, SAPG


National Scientific Committee, Tenovus Scotland

2018 → …

Consultant Respiratory Physician, NHS Tayside

2017 → …

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Research Output 2010 2020

Neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder and active tuberculosis

Grieve, J. K., Day, S., Connell, D. & O'Riordan, J., 2 Jan 2020, In : BMJ Case Reports. 13, 1, e231524.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Neuromyelitis Optica
1 Citation (Scopus)

Pulmonary Mycobacterium abscessus: can we identify the road to improved outcomes?

Connell, D. & Wilkie, M., 11 Jul 2019, In : European Respiratory Journal. 54, 1, p. 1-2 2 p., 1901121.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Open Access
Pharmaceutical Preparations

The Tayside Complex Lung Infection MDT: a year’s experience and perspective

Browne, A., Waqar, A., Shaw, A., Hill, K., Rae, N., Chalmers, J., Fardon, T. & Connell, D., 20 Jun 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

The changing epidemiology of TB disease 2016 – 2018 in a low incidence scottish health board: possible implications for TB elimination

Warner, B., Wilkie, M., Ramsey, M., Chandler, D. & Connell, D., Dec 2018, In : Thorax. 73, Supplement 4, p. A215-A216 2 p., P211.

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting abstract

3 Citations (Scopus)
42 Downloads (Pure)

Evaluation of prediagnosis emergency department presentations in patients with active tuberculosis: the role of chest radiography, risk factors and symptoms

Appleton, S. C., Connell, D. W., Singanayagam, A., Bradley, P., Pan, D., Sanderson, F., Cleaver, B., Rahman, A. & Kon, O. M., 17 Jan 2017, In : BMJ Open Respiratory Research. 4, 1, p. 1-8 8 p., e000154.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Hospital Emergency Service
Chronic Disease Hospitals

Activities 2017 2019

  • 3 Membership of committee
  • 1 Editorial activity
  • 1 Membership of external research organisation
  • 1 Lecture

British Thoracic Society Specialist Advisory Group on Pulmonary Infections (External organisation)

David Connell (Chair)
1 Dec 20191 Dec 2022

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

British Thoracic Society Working Group on Ocular Tuberculosis (External organisation)

David Connell (Member)
Jun 2019

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

Scottish Society of Physicians. (External organisation)

David Connell (Member)
Jan 2019

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

Contact Tracing and Screening New Entrants

David Connell (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture

Tenovus Scotland (External organisation)

David Connell (Member)

Activity: Membership typesMembership of external research organisation