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Dr Ian SmithDr Ian E Smith

Consultant Physician and Deputy Medical Director

Contact Details
Switchboard 01480 830541
Fax 01480 831315

Lisa Arnold
Tel 01480 364164

Respiratory Medicine, Sleep Medicine.

Specialist Clinical Interests
Home ventilation, sleep disorders, sleep apnoea, motor neurone disease (MND).

Research Interests
Treatment of sleep apnoea, Home ventilation, Respiratory failure in MND, Weaning from invasive ventilation.

Professional Profile
Dr Ian Smith is a chest physician specialising in ventilatory failure and sleep medicine with expertise in weaning, domiciliary ventilation, sleep apnoea and non-respiratory sleep disorders including narcolepsy and parasomnias. He is the Director of Papworth Hospital’s Respiratory Support and Sleep Centre (RSSC), the largest sleep centre in the UK and the first accredited by the European and British Sleep Societies. He co-founded the regional MND care network.  He holds a general respiratory clinic at Addenbrookes hospital.

He is Deputy Medical Director leading on Research and Development and has secured new funding and established a number of dedicated research posts at Papworth. In his own research Dr Smith has supervised candidates to higher degrees and contributed to a number of successful grant applications. He has supported colleagues across the UK as an independent chair / member of research study committees. He is a member of the ERS workforce on therapies for OSA and chair of the BTS Specialist Advisory Group for sleep apnoea and has recently co-authored the BTS position statement on driving and sleep apnoea.

Dr Smith is an Associate Lecturer to the University of Cambridge and has held a number of key educational posts including Programme Director for respiratory medicine in East Anglia, Attachment Director for respiratory and cardiology undergraduate training and Clinical Tutor for the Royal College of Physicians. As Clinical Director of Thoracic Services he oversaw expansion in each of the subspecialties, establishment of the Interstitial Lung Disease Service and appointment of the first University Lecturer at Papworth.

Education and Training
Exhibition to Gonville and Caius College Cambridge
BA (Hons) Medical Sciences
MA March 1988
MBBS July 1987
MRCP (London) June 1990
MD (Cambridge University) March 1997

Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies and university posts
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians
Registered with the GMC no.3201378
Associate Lecturer Cambridge University
Member of British Thoracic Society
Member of European Respiratory Society
Member (past secretary) East Anglian Thoracic Society

Recent and Important Publications
Anderson KN, Pilsworth S, Sharples L, Smith IE, Shneerson JM. The Clinical Characteristics, Diagnosis and Treatment of Idiopathic Hypersomnia. Sleep 2007; 30: 1274-81

Morrish E, Shneerson JM, Smith IE. Why does gender influence survival in obstructive sleep apnoea? Resp Med 2008; 9: 1231 – 1236

Smith I, Lasserson TJ. Pressure modification for improving usage of continuous positive airway pressure machines in adults with obstructive sleep apnoea. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2009

Chadwick R, Nadig V, Oscroft NS, Shneerson JM, Smith IE: Weaning from prolonged invasive ventilation in motor neurone disease: analysis of outcomes and survival. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2011; 82: 643-645

Randerath WJ et al. Non-CPAP therapies in obstructive sleep apnoea  Eur Respir J 2011; 37:1000-1028

Banerjee S.K, Davies M, G, Sharples L, Smith I. The role of facemask spirometry in motor neuron disease. Thorax 2013;68:385-386.

Mason M, Welsh E, Smith I. Drug therapy for sleep apnoea in adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013.

Wozniak DR, Lasserson TJ, Smith I. Educational, supportive and behavioural interventions to improve usage of continuous positive airway pressure machines in adults with obstructive sleep apnoea. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2014, Issue 1.


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