Consultant Profile

Dr Rakesh K Panchal

Dr Rakesh K Panchal MB ChB (Hons), MRCP (UK), MRCP (London), MRes, MRCP (Respiratory Medicine)
Practicing at:
Spire Leicester Hospital
  • Respiratory Medicine
    • Asthma
    • Chest Medicine
    • Lung Cancer
    • Lung disease
    • Respiratory pathology
Special clinical interests:

Asthma, COPD, Emphysema, Pleural effusion, Pneumothorax, Cough, Unexplained breathlessness, Lung cancer, Pneumonia, Tuberculosis, Lung infections, Bronchiectasis, Interstitial lung disease, Sarcoidosis.

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Consultant Respiratory Physician, Glenfield Hospital, University of Leicester Hospitals Trust

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

British Thoracic Society
European Respiratory Society
World & European Association for Bronchology & Interventional Pulmonology (WABIP/EABIP)
British Thoracic Oncology Group (BTOG)
Royal College of Physicians, London

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
0116 265 3685
Private secretary:
Mrs Susan O'Gorman
Private secretary telephone number:
0116 265 3678 or 07754 599276
Private secretary fax:
0116 265 3679
Private secretary email address:
Personal email address:
Thursday afternoons/evenings
Background Information 
Professional profile:

Dr Panchal read medicine at the University of Leicester and qualified in 2003. He was awarded his degree with Honours and ranked first in his year. The prestigious Faculty of Medicine Gold Medal was awarded to him in acknowledgement of his outstanding academic excellence. Dr Panchal trained in respiratory medicine in the East Midlands region. 
In 2010, he undertook a unique Darzi Clinical Leadership Fellowship to seek a strategy for screening and preventing TB in the UK that culminated in a Masters degree in Research Translational Management. These findings were published in the international journal Thorax. He also spent time at the Global TB Institute in New York, USA and has presented at symposia in the US, Europe and the UK. 

In 2013, Dr Panchal was appointed as a Consultant Respiratory Physician with an interest in Interventional Pulmonology at Glenfield Hospital, Leicester. He is a member of the Institute for Lung Health and is the lead clinician for the busy pleural diseases and interventional pulmonology tertiary services. He offers a popular Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship that has trained people from the UK and abroad. Dr Panchal trained in interventional procedures at Glenfield and has refined his skills set by attending courses across Europe, including medical thoracoscopy in Marseille and interventional bronchoscopy procedures in Germany.  

Dr Panchal has an interest in all respiratory disorders and excels in the management of patients with a broad mix of conditions.  He has a particular interest in pleural disease and interventional pulmonology. Dr Panchal performs thoracic ultrasound, pleural procedures including chest drains, medical thoracoscopy and indwelling pleural catheters and is an expert in EBUS bronchoscopy amongst other respiratory diagnostics. 

Dr Panchal plays an active role in both undergraduate and postgraduate education and is a College Tutor for the Royal College of Physicians. He is co-founder of the East Midlands Thoracic Society, sits on the East Midlands Specialist Training Committee and runs practical training courses in pleural procedures. 
Dr Panchal is passionate about caring for respiratory patients and runs a busy clinical service that is acknowledged for its delivery of high quality respiratory care in Leicestershire and across the East Midlands. 

Dr Panchal is fluent in Gujarati and understands Hindi, both of which are a very useful linguistic traits amongst the multicultural demograph of Leicester. As a result he often receives requests from patients seeking a consultation with a doctor who is familiar with their language and without the need for an interpreter. 

Personal profile:

Dr Panchal is originally from Coventry but now lives in Leicester. He is married to a dermatologist and has young non-identical twins that keep him busy. He is interested in tennis, foreign travel, aviation and literature from the Indian sub-continent. 

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Dr Rakesh K Panchal

Dr Rakesh K Panchal Respiratory Medicine Consultant, Leicester, private hospital specialist.

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