Prof. Howard Branley, Respiratory Specialist

Prof. Howard Branley MBChB MSc MD FCCP FRCP FRAeS

Respiratory Specialist

Areas of expertise


  • Royal Brompton Hospital (NHS)

    Sydney Street, London, Greater London, SW3 6NP

  • About Prof. Howard Branley

    GMC number: 3678307

    Year qualified: 1992

    Place of primary qualification: University of Liverpool

    Prof. Howard Branley is the Lead Consultant in Respiratory Medicine at Ealing Hospital. He is also Honorary Consultant in Respiratory Medicine at the Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals. He provides rapid specialist diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of respiratory disorders. He sees patients with cough, wheeze, breathlessness, chest pains and snoring.
    He has expertise in a wide variety of lung diseases particularly asthma, bronchitis & emphysema (COPD), chest infections, sarcoidosis, sleep apnoea, tuberculosis (TB), pneumonia, lung cancer and pleural disease e.g. pneumothorax and pleural effusion. He is expert in fibre-optic bronchoscopy and in the interpretation & reporting of lung function tests plus overnight sleep studies for suspected sleep apnoea.
    Prof. Branley trained in Respiratory Medicine at major London teaching hospitals including The Royal Brompton, The Hammersmith, St Mary's and Charing Cross Hospitals. During his postgraduate training he was awarded a Master of Science with Distinction in Respiratory Medicine (MSc) followed by a Doctorate in Respiratory Medicine (MD), both at the National Heart & Lung Institute, Imperial College London.
    Prof. Branley is also Consultant in Respiratory Medicine to the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), a role that involves assessing and advising airline & private pilots plus air traffic controllers with respiratory problems. He is the only Consultant in the UK to hold this prestigious role.

    Areas of expertise

    • Chest infections
    • Asthma
    • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
    • Bronchitis
    • Emphysema
    • Lung cancer
    • Tuberculosis
    • Pneumonia
    • Obstructive sleep apnoea
    • Pleural effusion
    • Pneumothorax
    • Pulmonary embolism
    • Sarcoidosis
    • Lung fibrosis
    • Bronchiectasis
    • Incidental lung
    • Fitness to fly
    • Fitness for surgery
    • Pre-operative optimisation
    • Post-viral cough
    • Sleep apnoea
    • Chest infection
    • Lung nodules
    • Pneumonia
    • Lung cancer
    • Sarcoidosis
    • Aviation medicine

    Other specialists recommended by Prof. Branley

  • Mr Andrew Ballaro, Urologist

    ❝ Mr BAllaro is an excellent urologist. My patients have uniformally come back telling me how wonderful was his care. Mr Ballaro looked after an immediate family member of mine and his care was excellent. He kept in touch with us, explained things clearly and when he needed to operate he did so without delay. He has a calm, kind manner and I would have no hesitation in recommending him unreservedly. ❞

  • Dr Shane Roche, Physician in medicine for the elderly

    ❝ Dr Roche is a trusted colleague who has helped me with many elderly, frail patients over the years. Thoroughly recommend him. ❞

  • Dr Roby Rakhit, Interventional Cardiologist

    ❝ Dr Rakhit has looked after many of my patients carefully and kindly. They all report back positively. ❞

  • Dr Voi Shim Wong, Physician, Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist

    ❝ Dr Wong gives an excellent gastro opinion. ❞

  • Prof. Justin Stebbing, Oncologist

    ❝ Professor Stebbing has helped me co-manage complex patients with lung cancer. Feedback concerning his approach, professionalism and manner has been excellent. ❞

  • Mr Kalpesh S Patel, ENT Specialist

    ❝ Mr Patel is a very thorough and excellent ENT specialist. He saw my father privately and sorted him out with no fuss - what more could I have asked? ❞

  • Mr Theo Joseph, ENT Specialist

    ❝ Mr Joseph is an excellent ENT opinion. He has helped me to manage patients both NHS and privately. Patients speak highly of his care and skill. ❞

  • Dr James O'Beirne, Gastroenterologist

    ❝ I've known Dr O'Beirne for almost 20 years. He was excellent as a junior doctor in gastr/hepatology and has continued that as a Consultant. ❞

  • Dr Clive Onnie, Gastroenterologist

    ❝ Dr Onnie is a very thorough gastroenterologist and my patients speak very highly of him. ❞

  • Dr Dean Noimark, Geriatrician

    ❝ Excellent colleague and great feedback from mutual patients. ❞