Dr Rakesh K Panchal

Dr Rakesh K Panchal

Consultant Respiratory Physician and Honorary Associate Professor

MB ChB (Hons), MRes, MRCP (Respiratory Medicine), FRCP (London)

Specialises in

  • Unexplained breathlessness, cough, wheeze, chest infection, pneumonia
  • Asthma, COPD, Emphysema
  • Bronchiectasis, pulmonary fibrosis and sarcoidosis
  • Lung cancer, bronchoscopy, pleural effusion, pneumothorax, TB

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I read medicine at the University of Leicester and qualified in 2003. I was awarded my degree with Honours and ranked first in my year. The prestigious Faculty of Medicine Gold Medal was awarded to me in acknowledgement of my outstanding academic excellence. I trained in respiratory medicine in the East Midlands region.

In 2010, I 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'. I also spent time at the Global TB Institute in New York, USA and have presented at symposia in the US, Europe and the UK.

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

I have an interest in all respiratory disorders and excel in the management of patients with a broad mix of conditions. I have a particular interest in pleural disease and interventional pulmonology. I perform thoracic ultrasound, pleural procedures including chest drains, medical thoracoscopy and indwelling pleural catheters and am an expert in EBUS bronchoscopy among other respiratory diagnostics.

I play an active role in both undergraduate and postgraduate education and am a College Tutor for the Royal College of Physicians. I am co-founder of the East Midlands Thoracic Society, sit on the East Midlands Specialist Training Committee and run practical training courses in pleural procedures.

I am passionate about caring for respiratory patients and run a busy clinical service that is acknowledged for its delivery of high-quality respiratory care in Leicestershire and across the East Midlands.

I am fluent in Gujarati and understand Hindi, both of which are very useful linguistic traits among the multicultural demographic of Leicester. As a result I often receive requests from patients seeking a consultation with a doctor who is familiar with their language and without the need for an interpreter.


General Medical Council Number: C6075477

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Rakesh K Panchal at Spire include:

Respiratory medicine

Other treatments

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

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Additional information

Chest medicine
Lung cancer
Lung disease
Respiratory medicine
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.

MB ChB (Honours) / University of Leicester / 2003
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

MRCP (UK) MRCP (London) / Royal College of Physicians, London. / 2006
Diploma, Member of the Royal College of Physicians.

MRes - Distinction / University of Leicester / 2013
Master of Research in Research Translational Management.

MRCP (Respiratory Medicine) / British Thoracic Society & Royal College of Physicians of London / 2013
Diploma, Member of the Royal College of Physicians, Respiratory Medicine.

FRCP / London / 2018
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London

Professional memberships

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

Professional leadership

Lead for Pleural Disease Service, UHL Glenfield Hospital
Lead for Bronchoscopy Service, UHL Glenfield Hospital
BTS/RCP East Midlands Regional Specialty Advisor
UHL Respiratory Workforce Lead

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

Honorary Associate Professor in Medical Education, University of Leicester.

I am originally from Coventry but now live in Leicester. I am married to a dermatologist and have young non-identical twins that keep me busy. I am interested in tennis, foreign travel, aviation and literature from the Indian sub-continent.

Telephone For appointments at Spire Leicester 0116 265 3685
Website https://www.rakeshpanchal.com
Private secretary Mrs Sue O'Gorman
Private secretary telephone 0116 265 3678
Private secretary email susan.o'gorman@spirehealthcare.com