Dr Abigail Jackson

Chest Physician

MBBS, BSc (Hons), FRCP, MD (Res)

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I qualified from Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School in 1998. I undertook house officer training and A & E jobs in London, before moving to Nottingham for 2 years to complete junior medical training (SHO). My first respiratory registrar training was in Sydney, Australia where I spent one year at Westmead hospital obtaining a very good grounding, particularly in Sleep Medicine, physiology and COPD. I then undertook a year of research at St Vincent’s hospital in Sydney when I obtained my first publication in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. This was looking at oxidative stress and inflammatory markers in Bronchoalveolar Lavage and exhaled breath condensate in lung transplant patients.

On my return to the UK, I moved back to London for the remainder of my training and performed further research at the Royal Brompton Hospital, working with Dr Nick Hopkinson and Prof Mike Polkey looking at the effects of Vitamin D on Muscle Strength in COPD, and subsequently obtained my MD. I spent 6 months at the Lane Fox Unit in Guys Hospital managing Respiratory Failure and completed my Specialist Registrar training at King’s Hospital in London before obtaining my consultant post at West Herts Hospital.

Since working here, I have been the Lung Cancer MDT Lead for a three year period, and I am now the Trust Smoke Free Lead. We have recently become ‘Smoke’ Free’ over all three hospital sites. I am also a member of the British Thoracic Society Tobacco Specialist Advisory Group.


Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Abigail Jackson at Spire include:


Other treatments

  • Asthma
  • Allergy
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Chronic cough
  • COPD
  • Lung function
  • Smoking cessation

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Additional information

Clinical interests

Respiratory medicine
Lung disease
Sleep disorders
Lung cancer

Lung cancer screening and diagnosis, smoking cessation, COPD, chronic cough, breathlessness and respiratory failure.

Qualification and professional memberships

BSc (Hons) Physiology / University College London / 1995

Professional memberships

Royal College of Physicians (Lon)

British Thoracic Society

European Respiratory Society

Professional leadership

Smoking Cessation Lead for WHHT
Lung Cancer MDT Lead (2014-2017)

Research and publications

Jackson AS, Shrikrishna D, Kelly JL, Hart N, Moxham J, Polkey MI, Kemp P, Hopkinson NSVitamin D and skeletal muscle strength and endurance in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease’  Eur Respir J. 2012 May 3. [Epub ahead of print]; 2). Abigail S Jackson, Nicholas S Hopkinson: 'Vitamin D in COPD - a pleiotropic micronutrient in a multisystem disease' Curr. Resp. Med. Rev. Dec 2011 Vol 7(6):414-420. 3) Seymour JM, Spruit MA, Hopkinson NS, Sathyapala SA, Man WD-C, Jackson A, Gosker HR, Schols AMWJ, Moxham J, Polkey MI, Wouters EFM:  ‘The prevalence of quadriceps weakness in COPD and the relationship with disease severity’ Eur Respir J. 2010 Jul;36(1):81-8.; 4) Abigail S. Jackson, Nicholas Hopkinson: ‘Skeletal Muscle in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease’ Clin. Pulm. Med. 16(2): 61-67. 5) Abigail S. Jackson, Alessandra Sandrini, Charlotte Campbell, Sharron Chow, Paul S. Thomas, and Deborah H. Yates: ‘Comparison of Biomarkers in Exhaled Breath Condensate and Bronchoalveolar Lavage’ Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med. 175: 222-227.

Abigail S. Jackson, Alessandra Sandrini, Charlotte Campbell, Sharron Chow, Paul S. Thomas, and Deborah H. Yates: ‘Comparison of Biomarkers in Exhaled Breath Condensate and Bronchoalveolar Lavage’ Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med. 175: 222-227.

Campbell CP, Jackson AS, Johnson AR, Thomas PS, Yates DH: ‘Occupational sensitization to lupin in the workplace: Occupational asthma, rhinitis, and work-aggravated asthma’ The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology May 2007 (Vol. 119, Issue 5, Pages 1133-1139).

Current NHS posts

Consultant Physician Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Personal profile

I live in the country with my husband, two young children and a dog. I enjoy tennis, reading, growing vegetables and playing the cello.

Contact information

Email abilangdon@gmail.com
Website www.chest-clinic.co.uk
Private secretary Caroline Daly
Private secretary telephone 07542 492 652
Private secretary email drabijackson@gmail.com