Dr Ian Clifton


I am a Consultant Physician in Respiratory Medicine with a particular interest in severe asthma, bronchiectasis and cystic fibrosis. I am based at St James's University Hospital as well as undertaking clinics at Leeds Chest Clinic and Seacroft Hospital.

I qualified from the Univeristy of Dundee in 1998, and undertook post-graduate training in respiratory medicine in West Yorkshire. During my higher medical training I undertook a period of research, and successfully submitted my MD entitled "Environmental survivial of Psuedomonas aeruginosa strains in people with cystic fibrosis" at the University of Leeds.

I am currently clincical lead for respiratory medicine and co-director of the Yorkshire Severe Asthma Network.


  • Co-lead for 5th year MbChB

Research interests

I have research interests in severe asthma, bronchiectasis, and cystic fibrosis. In collaboration colleagues in Civil Engineering I have developed interests in the impact of air quality on lung health and the role of aerosols in infection control. More information on my work is available here.



  • BMSc (Hons) - University of Dundee
  • MB ChB - University of Dundee
  • MD - University of Leeds
  • FRCP (Edin)

Professional memberships

  • Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
  • British Thoracic Society
  • European Respiratory Society
  • European Cystic Fibrosis Society

Student education

I am co-lead for the 5th year MB ChB course. I contribute to respiratory medicine teaching for 1st, 3rd and 5th year students on the MB ChB.

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Medical Research at St James's
  • Leeds Institute of Medical Education