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Dr Richard Leach
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Dr Richard Leach has been a Consultant Physician at Guys and St Thomas Hospital Trust (GSTT) since 1994 and at King Edward VII Hospital since 2016. He is currently Clinical Director for Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at GSTT and Clinical Academic Lead for Acute Medicine for KCL and was recently made an Honorary Reader in Medicine at Kings College London (KCL; 2015). Previously, Dr Leach was Clinical Director for Acute Medicine from 2009-18. In the GSTT and Medway Foundation Trust (MFT) support collaboration he was an Associate Medical Director at MFT from 2015-18. 


Dr Leach is on the European Specialist Registers for General (Internal), Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine and has extensive experience as a general and respiratory physician contributing to both high dependency and intensive care medicine. He has sub-specialty interests in COPD, asthma, cough, respiratory failure, sarcoidosis, multiple co-morbidity conditions and critical care medicine.  


Current and previous commitments include Committee Member of the RCP Medical Specialties Board, Nutrition Committee (2009-2015 chairman), NICE guideline (2011-2013) and NCEPOD advisory panels (2011-2012) and extensive teaching roles including Programme Director for South East Thames Respiratory Training Programme (2007-12). He was a Medical Research Council Travelling Fellow at John Hopkins Hospital in 1992-3. Dr Leach has published five textbooks including The Oxford Desk Reference of Acute Medicine (2016); Respiratory Medicine at a Glance (2014, 4th edition) and Critical Care Medicine at a Glance (2015 3rd edition) and >70 peer reviewed papers, invited reviews and book chapters. 


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Special Interests

  • COPD
  • Asthma
  • Cough
  • Respiratory Failure
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Multiple Co-morbidity Conditions 
  • Critical Care Medicine