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Connell, David

Honorary Senior Lecturer, Dr

  • 459 Citations
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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, including Influenza, where I help to coordinate the  delivery of Influenza Care at NHS Tayside. I am Chair of the Pulmonary Infection Special Advisory Group in the British Thoracic Society.


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.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, my current work encompasses caring for patients with COVID-19 on the High Dependency Unit at Ninewells Hospital, and 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 also a co-investigator on the PREDICT-COVID and STOP-COVID studies, and a local PI on the proposed ATOMIC2 trial of Azithromycin in early disease.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, 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, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jun 2001

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

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

  • Improving anti-fungal stewardship and the management of chronic pulmonary aspergillosis through a complex lung infection MDT

    Browne, A., Wilkie, M., Waqar, A., Shaw, A., Hill, K., Rae, N., Chalmers, J., Fardon, T. & Connell, D., 12 Nov 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

    Open Access
  • 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
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    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

  • Activities

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

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

    David Connell (Member)

    Jun 2019

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

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

    David Connell (Chair)

    1 Dec 20191 Dec 2022

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

    Scottish Society of Physicians. (External organisation)

    David Connell (Member)

    Jan 2019

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

    Tenovus Scotland (External organisation)

    David Connell (Member)


    Activity: Membership typesMembership of external research organisation

    Contact Tracing and Screening New Entrants

    David Connell (Speaker)


    Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture