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Prof David Fishwick

David Fishwick

Respiratory and Occupational Medicine

Dr Fishwick is HSL's Chief Medical Officer and Co-Director of the Centre for Workplace Health as well as holding posts with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Sheffield. He has specialist recognition in Respiratory Medicine and General Medicine from the General Medical Council, and is qualified at postgraduate level in clinical and research aspects of occupational disorders. Internationally, he has  been involved in advisory work with the New Zealand Government and liaises with Australasian committees and organisations concerned with occupational health.

In 2010, David was awarded an Honorary Professorship of Occupational and Environmental Respiratory Medicine at the University of Sheffield. As well as his work on numerous peer-reviewed publications, an international panel of experts also took into account 'esteem factors' such as David's roles on HSE's Asthma Board and Disease Reduction Programme Strategic Board.

Other profesisonal memberships include Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP), Membership of the British Thoracic Society and the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, and Associateship of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine AFOM).

David has dedicated two sabbaticals to research into occupational lung disease.  The first was spent working with Professor Pickering in Manchester studying respiratory problems suffered by textile workers.  This led to an MD thesis on the epidemiology of respiratory symptoms, bronchial responsiveness and hygiene measurements in those exposed to organic dusts.  David later spent a further two-year period with Professor Beasley at the Wellington Asthma Research Group in New Zealand.  Here he focused his research on the epidemiology, clinical aspects and mechanisms of various forms of occupational lung problems, and on clinical studies of asthma and its management.

David also has wide experience of undergraduate and postgraduate medical teaching, including work with occupational hygienists studying for MSc qualifications.

His current research interests include:
- health surveillance for workers subject to potentially harmful exposures at work
- diagnostic processes used to identify disease
- a pan-European PEROSH wellbeing initiative
- a smoking cessation project for the British Occupational Health Research Foundation


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