Caroline Patterson completed her undergraduate training at the University of Nottingham. During a 16 year career as a Royal Air Force Medical Officer she achieved the rank of Wing Commander and completed higher training in Respiratory and General Internal Medicine on the NorthWest Thames Rotation. She undertook sub-specialty training including Cystic Fibrosis, Interstitial Lung Disease and Pulmonary Hypertension at the Royal Brompton, Harefield, Chelsea & Westminster and St George’s Hospitals.  She was awarded an MD from Imperial College, London, for research examining novel chest imaging techniques. On completion of clinical training she spent nine months at Duke University, North Carolina, USA, as the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation Travelling Fellow in Lung Transplantation. 

Caroline Patterson was appointed as a Consultant Respiratory and Lung Transplant Physician at Royal Papworth Hospital in 2016. As part of a multi-disciplinary team, she looks after patients with respiratory failure, patients that await lung transplantation and those that have undergone lung transplantation.

Specialist Clinical Interests

Lung transplantation, Interstitial Lung Disease

Research Interests

Airway injury, Models of chronic lung allograft dysfunction, Lung Imaging

Education and Training

BMedSci, University of Nottingham, 2000
BMBS, University of Nottingham, 2002
Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (Dist.), Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, 2007
MRCP (UK), Royal College of Physicians, London, 2007
MRCP (Respiratory Medicine), Royal College of Physicians, London, 2010
MD(Res), Imperial College, London, 2016

Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies and university posts

Member of the General Medical Council
Member of the British Thoracic Society
Member of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation

Recent and Important Publications

Davidson A, Banham S, Elliott M, et al. BTS/ICS Guideline for the ventilatory management of acute hypercapnic respiratory failure in adults. Thorax 2016;71:ii1–ii35.

Mohamedaly O, Patterson C. A Tale of Two Systems: Adult lung allograft allocation across the world. ISHLT Links 2015;7(6)

Bauld R, Patterson C, Naylor J, et al. Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in the military patient. JRAMC. 2015 Sep;161(3):288-95.

Patterson C, Nair A, Ahmed N , et al. Clinical outcomes when applying NICE guidance for the investigation of recent-onset chest pain to a rapid-access chest pain clinic population. Heart. 2015 Jan;101(2):113-8

Patterson C, Woodcock T, Mollan I, et al. United Kingdom military aeromedical evacuation in the post 9/11 era. Aviat Space Environ Med. 2014 Oct;85(10):1005-12.

Bacon J, Patterson C, Madden B.  Indications and interventional options for non-resectable tracheal stenosis. J Thorac Dis. Mar 2014; 6(3):258–270.

Patterson C, Padley S. Advances in Chest Imaging in Acute Medicine. Medicine. 2013 Mar;41(3):142-146

Patterson C, Loebinger M. Review article: Community acquired pneumonia – assessment and treatment. Clin Med. 2012 Jun;12(3):283-6.

Balasanthiran A, Patterson C, Kaur M, Soong J, Hancox S, Wolrich J, Dixon J, Green S, Woodcock T, Reed J. Review article: taking your first steps in research. Junior Doctor. 2012;24:9-19

Patterson C, Carter R, Dodd J, et al. Trainee concerns regarding the Specialty Certificate Examination: results of a British Thoracic Society national survey. Thorax 2013;0:1.
Patterson C, Collins A. Letter to the Editor: Respiratory specialty certificate examinations in the South West. Clin Med June 2013 13:320.

Austen C, Patterson C, Poots A, Green S, Weldring T, Bell D. Local Early Warning Scoring Systems as a Model for the Introduction of a National System. Acute Med. 2012;11(2):66-73.

Patterson C, Maclean F, Bell C, Mukherjee E, Bryan L, Woodcock T, Bell D. Early Warning Systems in the UK: variation in content and implementation strategy has implications for a National Health Service early warning system. Clin Med. 2011;11(5):424–7

Patterson C, Nicol E, Bryan L, Woodcock T, Collinson J, Padley S, Bell D. The effect of applying NICE guidelines for the investigation of stable chest pain on outpatient cardiac services in the UK. QJM. 2011 Jul;104(7):581-8.

Patterson C, Bryan L, Nicol E, Duncan M, Bell D, Padley S. The consequences of applying NICE chest pain guidelines to an acute medical population: a role for cardiac computed tomography. QJM. 2010 Dec;103(12):959-63.