Professor Andrew Bush
Andrew Bush is Professor of Paediatric Respirology, Imperial College, London; Academic Director of Paediatrics at the National Heart and Lung Institute, and Honorary Consultant Paediatric Chest Physician at the Royal Brompton Hospital.
When it became clear that he had failed to inherit a single one of his father's musical talents, Professor Bush went into medicine as a more promising career. He trained at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and University College Hospital, London. He did his house jobs at Stafford General Infirmary (where he caused a scandal by cohabiting with his own wife) and University College Hospital, London. After SHO and registrar posts in adult medicine, he obtained an MD degree in the department of clinical physiology, as a British Heart Foundation junior fellow supervised by Professor David Denison, in the field of pulmonary circulatory physiology.
Professor Bush then moved into paediatrics, training initially at University College Hospital and Hillingdon Hospital and then training in paediatric respiratory medicine with Professor John Warner at the Brompton Hospital, and Professor Mike Silverman at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School. He was appointed Consultant and Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Respirology in January 1991, and was made Professor at Imperial College in 2002.
His research interests include the invasive and non-invasive measurement of airway inflammation in children, in particular the use of endobronchial biopsy in the management of severe asthma, and also respiratory mass spectrometry. Professor Bush has published widely within his field and holds positions on editorial boards for several prestigious journals. He has gained a wealth of experience working at hospitals around the world, including Australia and the USA.
He was appointed an NIHR senior investigator in 2011. Also in 2011, as a result of a Watergate-like conspiracy by his present and past trainees (more than 50 of whom currently occupy senior academic and clinical positions), he was awarded the Rectorís Award for Excellence in Research Supervision as well as the Rectorís Medal in Research Supervision.