Professor Pallav Shah studied medicine at Guy’s Hospital Medical School (now part of King’s College London) and qualified in 1989. He completed his specialist training in respiratory medicine at the Royal Brompton Hospital, St Mary’s Hospital (part of Imperial College Healthcare) and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.
For nearly 20 years, he has worked as a consultant physician at Royal Brompton Hospital, where he treats both NHS and private patients.
Dedicated to improving standards of care for patients, Professor Pallav Shah serves on national and global guideline groups. He is specialist adviser to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). He is a member of the Cardiovascular, Diabetes, Renal, Respiratory and Allergy Expert Advisory Group for the Commission on Human Medicines, which advises ministers on the safety, efficacy and quality of medicinal products.
Renowned for interventional bronchoscopy and applying it to respiratory medicine, Professor Pallav Shah has pioneered a number of novel procedures for treating lung diseases. For example:
- bronchial thermoplasty to treat asthma
- lung volume reduction to treat severe emphysema, using endobronchial valves, umbrella-like devices, coils and stents
He offers new treatments for COPD and chronic bronchitis, to significantly improve associated symptoms such as inflammation and mucus production. Treatments include:
- vapour therapy
- targeted nerve ablation
- RejuvenAir® procedure, which uses liquid nitrogen to freeze the surface cells – the airway epithelium – allowing the epithelium to regenerate.
When it comes to treating lung cancer, Professor Pallav Shah offers a range of procedures including:
- diathermy (using heat) and cryotherapy (using low temperatures)
- inserting gold markers to enable treatment with the CyberKnife® – a fully robotic radiation delivery system to treat tumours
- endobronchial ultrasound for lung cancer diagnosis and staging, which Professor Shah was involved in the developing.
He is experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of all aspects of respiratory diseases such as:
- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- chronic bronchitis
- lung cancer
Efficient and quick service. Has been very helpful.
Professor Shah has known me for a few years and has given me excellent advice on how to treat my asthma. He is happy to suggest new medication. He advised me to stop working with young children since then my asthma is much better. He is a very caring person. He always greets you with a reassuring smile. One feels that one is in excellent hands.
I have been seeing Professor Shah since 2012 for an illness that took time to diagnose. Once diagnosed Professor Shah ensured I received prompt treatment and regular check-ups to monitor progress with the illness. The illness relapsed after clearing in 2014 or 2015 and he has ensured we have taken a more cautious approach to initially taking me off the medication and on-going monitoring after it cleared again. He has been very patient in explaining reasons for his treatment recommendations and always asked if I required more information.
I was referred to Professor Shah by my GP, Dr Mark Bushnell of the Sloane Street Surgery. Over the summer I experienced difficulty breathing and was very congested (at times a bit alarming). It seemed to get worse in heat and humidity. I had difficult sleeping and coughed up phlegm. At my initial consultation, Professor Shah said 'I can help'-very reassuring. He heard the wheezing and saw the results of the breathing test which showed pretty severe congestion. He immediately prescribed an inhaler, various nasal sprays and a nightly pill. I made an appointment to see him the following week. At this appointment my chest was beginning to clear and I was breathing better but not 100%. I have just returned from my 1 month appointment. My lungs are completely clear and I am moving about normally (up and down stairs, long walks etc). I left with 4 months of prescriptions and will return after 4 months for a check up. Needless to say I can't praise Professor Shah more highly. He is professional, thoughtful and diagnosed my situation perfectly. My quality of life has improved dramatically. One of the best medical practitioners I have ever encountered.
Professor Shah has been treating me for 4 years for Sarcoidosis. From the outset he has always been very informative about my condition. We now have my sarcoidosis under control and even when it was at its worst I always felt reassured after my visits to his clinic. I felt that I was very much in a safe pair of hands. He is a very understanding man and does not simply give a diagnosis and treatment plan - one is very much treated as an individual. A great quality for a medical practitioner. I would thoroughly recommend him.
Professor Shah was wonderful!
As a layman and patient of long standing, I find Prof. Shah unbelievably good at diagnosis and explanation of the problem in simple terms. I am grateful to him for keeping my respiratory problems, which I have had since childhood, well under control. He is patient, charming, helpful and obliging at all times. I can highly recommend him to anyone with respiratory problems
It has always a been a pleasant experience meeting with Professor Shah with whom I feel very comfortable to talk to regarding my medical ailments. He is always very clear when explaining my medical conditions and has a caring approach. I feel fortunate to be under his care.
My personal review of Professor Shah is as follows. He is obviously an imminently qualified man in his field, which he is extremely passionate about. I feel very assured and safe when I have a consultation with him, where he is most diligent in prescribing me the exact medication which he wishes me to take.He is a very kind and caring man, who wants to do the very best he can for his patients. I sincerely hope he will receive the necessary approvals for his COPD Study, if asked and I have the right criteria, I would be more than happy to participate in. I am absolutely sure that I would be in the safest of hands. He is a great credit to the Brompton Hospital.
Professor Shah has been my consultant for many years. He is the most considerate, kindest, understanding and patient doctor. I don't know where he finds the hours to fit in everything that he does, but he is always there for you personally. He's never distracted by anything else, he explains everything and he is so, so kind. He's at the top of his game because he is brilliant at what he does. He changed my life! Thank you Professor Shah - I can't begin to tell you how grateful I am.
Professor Shah was extremely professional and explained everything in easy to understand terms. i would highly recommend him.
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He was extremely professional with an amazing bedside manner. He answered all our questions in an understandable way, and was so reassuring to me and my husband. I felt very confident that he would take very good care of me.
Excellent and a calm re-assuring presence.
Professor Shah has the best qualities that one would expect from one's Consultant. I know his qualifications and experience are awesome and he would not have reached his present positions if he wasn't reckoned to be excellent at his work by his peers. Apart from that I have found his approach to my problems thorough, imaginative and caring. The tests he asks for are appropriate and not excessive. He explains what's going on very clearly, also showing what he means on the actual scans. He answers any questions directly. He dictates his notes on the consultation whilst one is still in his consulting rooms. His follow-up letter to the GP is concise and clear. Apart from all that, his manner is very charming, engaging, sympathetic - and he is very elegant.
The consulate professional who not only has the ability to clearly communicate the condition(s) and prognoses but remains in close personal contact throughout the procedures and subsequently.
I’ve been a patient of Professor Pallav Shah since 2005 and I am glad I found him and trusted him because the care I’ve received from him all these years has been outstanding. Always friendly and so professional explaining me everything in detail. I still visit him for periodic assessments for my condition. Appointments can be planned in advance and are easy to make, and his secretary also does a great job, booking for me all other tests, x-ray appointments etc. that I may need to have before seeing the Professor.
Immediately reassuring warm and impressive - attentive and thorough and providing some much needed steerage in what can be a distressing and chaotic time