Professional background

Dr Reza Abdullah is a consultant respiratory physician at UCLH with a specialist interest in pleural disease and lung cancer, including diagnostic procedures.

He qualified in Medicine at Guys’, King’s & St Thomas’ Medical School in 2007. He completed his respiratory and general internal medicine training in NW London Deanery rotating through the Royal Brompton Hospital and Imperial College NHS Trusts. After completing his training, he undertook a clinical fellowship in pulmonary intervention and pleural disease at St Mary’s Hospital.

He provides a regular clinic service in pleural disease, lung cancer, pulmonary nodule surveillance and general respiratory, as well as expertise in complex pleural procedures and diagnostic bronchoscopies. Alongside developing his clinical and academic interests, Dr Reza Abdullah has been committed to providing regular medical education in a post-graduate setting.

Research interests

Pleural disease

Lung cancer

Diagnostic bronchoscopy


Variable Utility of Mosaic Attenuation to Distinguish Fibrotic Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis from Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Co-author – Barnet et al., Eur Respir J, 2019 Jul 25;54(1). pii: 1900531

Peer-led postgraduate education across medicine and psychiatry. Co-author – Demir et al. Br J Hosp Med (Lond). 2016 May;77(5):278-81

Lung cancer tissue diagnosis in poor lung function: addressing the ongoing percutaneous lung biopsy FEV1 paradox using Heimlich valve. First author – Abdullah et al. Thorax. 2016 Aug;71(8):757-8

Rituximab in severe, treatment-refractory interstitial lung disease. Co-author – G Keir et al. Respirology. 2014 Apr;19(3):353-9

Signals and myogenic regulatory factors restrict pax3 and pax7 expression to dermo-myotome like tissue in zebrafish. Acknowledgement - Hammond et al., Developmental Biology, Feb 07. 302(2):504-521