About the Editors


Prof. Aziz Sheikh, MD, FRCP, Professor of Primary Care Research & Development, Centre for Population Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Prof. Aziz Sheikh is Professor of Primary Care Research & Development at The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK where he is also Co-Director of its Centre for Population Health Sciences and the head of its Allergy & Respiratory Research Group. He read Physiology and Medicine at University College London and then read Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Clinically, he trained in General Practice at Northwick Park Hospital in Harrow and received specialist training in allergy at the Royal Brompton Hospital.  He has Fellowships from the Royal College of Physicians in both London and Edinburgh and the Royal College of General Practitioners.  He has editorial experience of working with a number of journals, including the BMJ (editorial advisor, Primary Care editorial advisor) and PLOS Medicine (section advisor, Guidelines and Guidance). He holds visiting chairs at the University of Birmingham (UK), Queen Mary’s University of London (UK), Maastricht University (Netherlands), and Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School (USA). He regularly publishes in leading international journals and details of his publications can be found on Research Gate. He was appointed Joint Editor-in-Chief of the Primary Care Respiratory Journal in 2011.

Deputy Editor-in-Chief

Prof. Kamran Siddiqi, MBBS, PhD, Professor in Public Health, The Hull York Medical School, University of York, Heslington, York, UK

Prof. Kamran Siddiqi is a clinical academic with a background in chest medicine, public health and epidemiology. He works at the University of York as a professor in global public health and holds honorary consultant post in public health medicine at Public Health England. He chairs the tobacco control section at the International Union against TB and Lung Diseases and co-chairs the lung diseases programme within the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases. Previously, Kamran has worked as a consultant in chest medicine and in public health medicine, education advisor to the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE), and medical officer at the World Health Organisation. He has served at several national funding boards and NICE guideline development committees. Kamran has published extensively on TB diagnosis, tobacco control and smoking cessation.

Associate Editors

Dr Jasper V Been, MD, PhD, MPHDivision of Neonatology, Department of Paediatrics, Erasmus MC - Sophia Children's Hospital, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Dr. Jasper Been is a consultant neonatologist at the Erasmus MC - Sophia Children's Hospital in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He trained as a paediatrician at Maastricht University Medical Centre, where he also obtained his PhD in neonatal pulmonology and an MPH in epidemiology. Supported by several fellowships he then became a postdoc at The University of Edinburgh and at Stanford University and trained in neonatology at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and Sophia Children's, Rotterdam. Jasper is a clinician-academic with a research focus around perinatal public health, with particular expertise in tobacco control, large-scale analysis of routinely collected health care data, and systematic reviews.

Prof. Niels H. Chavannes, MD, PhD, Professor of Primary Care Medicine, Strategic Chair of eHealth Applications in Disease Management, Head of Research, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands

Prof. Dr. Niels H. Chavannes graduated in Medicine at Maastricht University in 1998. In 2003 he was involved in setting up an innovative multidisciplinary health care center in a deprived area of Rotterdam, and worked there as a Family Physician for four years. In 2006 his team received the National Public Health Stimulation Award for the Kroonluchter Project, implementing a highly successful integrated COPD management program. This was followed by two years as a Consultant Family Physician at United Family Hospital in Shanghai, China, combined with an Assistant Professorship at Leiden University Medical Center. In 2010 he returned to the Netherlands as an Associate Professor, coordinating several (inter)national clinical research projects, and teaching on chronic disease management, eHealth and mHealth applicability, therapy adherence, and smoking cessation strategies. In 2015 he was appointed as a Full Professor of Primary Care Medicine, Strategic Chair of eHealth Applications in Disease Management, and in 2016 he became Head of Research at the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Leiden University Medical Center. He enjoys working as a part-time Family Physician in his residence Zeist, the Netherlands, and is the Vice-Chair of the Dutch Asthma and COPD Advisory Group (CAHAG) and the National Advisor of the Dutch Action Program on Chronic Lung Diseases of the Lung Alliance Netherlands (LAN). Dr. Chavannes has published over 190 peer-reviewed articles on topics like eHealth and mHealth, adherence, rehabilitation, asthma, COPD, smoking cessation, self-management and disease management programs in primary care.

Prof. Anthony D’Urzo, MD, MSc, BPHE, CCFP, FCFP, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto; Director, Primary Lung Care Clinic, Toronto, Canada

Prof. Anthony D’Urzo is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto (UofT), the Chair and co-founder of the Primary Care Respiratory Alliance of Canada (PCRC) and Director of the Primary Care Lung Clinic, Toronto. Over the last 30 years, Prof. D’Urzo has been promoting respiratory health in primary care at the local, national and International levels. He is actively involved in clinical and pharmaco-therapeutic research in the areas of asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) management. He is a member of the Canadian Asthma Guidelines Committee. Since 1994 Prof. D’Urzo has been working closely with Ontario Lung Association and the Ontario Thoracic Society on many exciting collaborative projects. He has published numerous articles relating to respiratory health in leading peer-reviewed journals and is on the editorial board of various peer reviewed medical journals. He is also actively involved in the Comprehensive Research Experience for Medical Students (CREMS) summer program (UofT) as a supervisor and most recently enjoyed his role as the Associate Director of the Health Science Research course in the undergraduate curriculum at University of Toronto medical school. 

Prof. Janwillem Kocks, PhD, Department of General Practice, University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands

Prof. Janwillem Kocks is a General Practitioner and Assistant Professor at the department of General Practice and Elderly Care Medicine at the University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands. He chairs the GRIAC primary care research group. He obtained his medical degree in 2004 at the University of Groningen. In January 2005 he started his PhD research within the Groningen Research Institute on Asthma and COPD (GRIAC) resulting in his thesis “Towards health status guided care in COPD”. He combined his PhD training with the specialist training for general practitioner and graduated as general practitioner in March 2009. He was visiting senior research fellow at the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand between July 2013 and February 2014. Furthermore, he started his company Miegum in 2001, developing Internet based software applications. He founded, amongst others, the Dutch AIOTHO network (general practitioners trainees combining their training with research). He developed the Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) and H2020 FRESH AIR web platforms. He is member of the Dutch COPD Astma Huisartsen Advies Groep (CAHAG) research committee and the IPCRG UNLOCK initiative. He is board director of the International Primary Care Respiratory Group, secretary of the General Practice and primary care group of the European Respiratory Society (ERS), Board member of the Groningen Research Institute for Asthma and COPD (GRIAC) and member of the ERS Research Agency airways group. His current research focuses on diagnosis and individualised management of both asthma and COPD in primary care.

Dr. Irem Patel, PhD, FRCP, Consultant Respiratory Physician in Integrated Care, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

Dr. Irem Patel is a Consultant Respiratory Physician at King’s Health Partners, and Honorary Senior Lecturer within the Division of Asthma, Allergy and Lung Biology at King’s College London. She holds one of the first posts in Integrated Respiratory Care in the UK. Dr. Patel trained in London and undertook postgraduate research into mechanisms of COPD exacerbations at the London Chest Hospital. Her specialist and research interests include COPD, respiratory infection, respiratory failure and the development and delivery of pathways of care for patients with chronic respiratory disease. She leads a multidisciplinary specialist team spanning hospital and community delivering integrated respiratory care in South East London. She is co-Head of the Respiratory Department at King’s College Hospital as well as Clinical Lead for COPD, Asthma, Oxygen and Treating Tobacco Dependence. She works closely with local Clinical Commissioning Groups and Local Care Networks to inform local respiratory strategy. Dr. Patel was a member of the London Respiratory Network from 2013-2016 and co-lead of the London Clinical Oxygen Network until 2016. She was also involved in the development of competency frameworks to support the National COPD Strategy and has worked as Clinical Adviser and Steering Group member for a number of NHS Improvement COPD and Asthma projects. She is a clinical advisor to the British Lung Foundation and has served on the BTS Council and Education and Training Committees. 

Prof. Hilary Pinnock, MB, ChB, MRCGP, MD, Professor of Primary Care Respiratory Medicine, Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research, Allergy and Respiratory Research Group, Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, University of Edinburgh, UK

Dr. Hilary Pinnock is Professor of Primary Care Respiratory Medicine with the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research, Allergy and Respiratory Research Group, University of Edinburgh, and a general practitioner in Whitstable, Kent. Her research interests include the delivery of care within the ‘real-life’ primary care setting including implementing self-management for asthma, telehealthcare for supporting management of respiratory disease, supporting people with COPD and depression to attend pulmonary rehabilitation, and supportive care for people with severe COPD. She leads the education subgroup of the International Primary Care Respiratory Group, and chairs the primary care group of the European Respiratory Society. She chairs the self-management and diagnosis evidence review groups of the BTS/SIGN asthma guideline.

Dr. Ioanna Tsiligianni, MD, PhD, MPH, Research Fellow, Clinic of Social and Family Medicine and the Pulmonology Department, Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete, Heraklion, Greece

Dr. Ioanna Tsiligianni is a general practitioner serving a rural area in Crete since 2003. She holds a master in Public Health & Health Care Management (MPH/HCM) and two PhDs – one from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete regarding interstitial lung diseases and one from the University of Groningen regarding health status and COPD.  She collaborates as a researcher with the University Medical Centre of Groningen, The Netherlands; Department of General Practice, the Clinic of Social and Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete; and the Pulmonologist Department in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete. She had a six months sub-specialization in smoking cessation techniques, Pulmonology Department, University of Crete. She has more than 60 publications in international PubMed journals and a significant presentation on international and national conferences. She was the chair of the 7th IPCRG World Conference and also serves on the IPCRG Board of Directors. She coordinated the development of the first national guidelines for primary care on COPD and asthma in Greece. The main topic of her research is primary care respiratory medicine with a special focus on COPD and asthma. She is also interested in health outcomes assessment as well as in the use of diagnostic tools in chronic diseases. Most of her current research is mainly related to COPD, health status and lung function, primary health care and family medicine. 

Statistics Editor

Prof. Gopal Netuveli, PhD, Professor of Public Health, Institute for Health and Human Development, University of East London, London, UK

Professor Gopal Netuveli has a background in natural and clinical sciences with research interests in epidemiology, public health, health services, social epidemiology and social policy. The subject areas of his research include quality of life, ageing, resilience, health inequalities, mental health, chronic diseases like asthma and diabetes, oral health, medical errors, cross national comparisons and welfare state policies. His research tends to assume a life course perspective and the use of longitudinal data and he has interest and expertise in quantitative research methods.