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Professor Michael Polkey
Respiratory Medicine
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Professor Michael (Mike) Polkey is a consultant respiratory physician at Royal Brompton Hospital. Alongside his clinical work, he is an academic and has the role of professor of respiratory medicine at Imperial College London.

He regularly treats both NHS and private patients. As part of his private practice, he has visited the Gulf states extensively to both provide second opinions and act as a visiting Professor in Qatar and Kuwait. Notably, on one occasion he appeared on a popular local TV show, Good Morning Kuwait!


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Special Interests

  • Professor Michael Polkey specialises in treating a number of conditions:

    • sleep disordered breathing
    • emphysema
    • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
    • diaphragm disease
    • respiratory aspects of neurological disease
    • advanced lung disease which results in respiratory failure.

    In particular, he is an expert in:

    • weaning patients from invasive mechanical ventilation
    • the management of chronic respiratory failure
    • treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
    • respiratory aspects of neurological diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as motor neurone disease (MND), or Lou Gehrig’s disease.



  • MB ChB 1988 University of Bristol