About Dr Ricardo José



Clinical Training

Dr José specialised in both Respiratory Medicine and General Internal Medicine whilst working as an Academic Clinical Fellow and Clinical Lecturer at UCL. During this time he undertook rotations in several world-renowned North London University Teaching Hospitals including the Royal Free Hospital, University College London Hospital and the London Chest Hospital

He has a clinical interest in the diagnosis and management of pulmonary complications of cancer therapy (solid-organ and haematological malignancy) and undertook two observership periods at the MD Anderson Cancer Centre, Houston, USA.

He is trained in bronchoscopy, endoscopic bronchial ultrasound and thoracic ultrasound.

Years experience as a Medical Doctor
Years experience in Respiratory Medicine

Wider activity in respiratory medicine

Dr José  is a past elected member of the British Thoracic Society Council, member of the BTS Standards of Care Committee, member of the BTS Science and Research Committee, and current member and deputy clinical respiratory immunologist on the North West London sub-regional immunoglobulin assessment panel. 

He is an associate editor of the journal of clinical case reports and the Annals of Research Hospitals and frequently is invited to review manuscripts for the European Respiratory Journal and Thorax. 

Additionally, Dr José receives requests to peer review for other journals including Nature, Immunity, Mucosal Immunology, Journal of Critical Care, Cancer Supportive care, Annals of Thoracic Medicine, Allergy and Therapy, BMC Pulmonary Medicine, PLOS one, and journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

He is also asked to review research grants for various grant funding bodies including the Medical Research council.

Clinical expertise

Dr José  has expertise in the investigation of all respiratory symptoms including breathlessness, cough, wheeze and chest pain. In particular, he has expertise in bronchiectasis, acute and chronic respiratory infections and respiratory disease associated with cancer therapy and immunodeficiency. 

He regularly sees patients with immunodeficiency secondary to cancer (e.g. leukaemia and lymphoma), therapies for cancer (e.g. systemic and targeted chemotherapy, immunotherapy, radiotherapy, haematopoietic stem cell transplantation), and therapies for inflammatory disease (e.g. biological therapies and other immunosuppressant drugs). 

Dr José has experience in the management of respiratory symptoms and co-morbidities in patients with cancer and cancer survivors, the diagnosis and management of pulmonary toxicity due to chemotherapy, radiotherapy and immunotherapy.

Areas of expertise include: 

  • Bronchiectasis 
  • Severe, persistent, unusual, or recurrent respiratory infections 
  • Primary and secondary immunodeficiency  
  • Primary ciliary dyskinesia 
  • Fungal lung infection 
  • Airway disease due to fungal sensitisation (e.g. allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis) 
  • Non-tuberculous mycobacteria 
  • Latent tuberculosis 
  • Pneumonia 
  • Pulmonary complications of cancer (solid organ and haematological malignancy) and cancer therapy (chemotherapy, radiotherapy and immunotherapy)
chest infection bacteria


In 2009 Dr José commenced an academic clinical fellowship and in 2013 was awarded a prestigious Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Training Fellowship for research into lung infection with Streptococcus pneumoniae. This focused on the role of proteinase activated receptor 1 that has a key role in the interplay between coagulation activation and inflammation. This research was performed at UCL and led to a PhD, several high-impact publications, conference presentations and awards. He continued his research as a clinical lecturer investigating de novo bronchiectasis in haematological malignancies. 

Dr José  is a Honorary Associate Professor at UCL Respiratory and continues his research interest in host susceptibility and pathogenesis of respiratory infections.


Dr José has extensive experience of teaching and examining undergraduate and postgraduate students and was awarded Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

He was past Clinical Lead of the prestigious UCL MBPhD programme. 

Dr José is invited to teach at conferences and courses including those held at the Royal Society of Medicine. As an Honorary Associate Professor at UCL he continues to teach 1st year medical students on the UCL breathing and circulation module.

Amongst his extensive publication record Dr José has authored several book chapters on respiratory infections, pulmonary complications of cancer therapy and aspects of respiratory symptoms. These include in the Encyclopedia of Respiratory Medicine and Oxford Textbook of Respiratory Critical Care.


Dr José has published over 70 manuscripts in peer reviewed journals and book chapters. Additionally, he is a section editor of the upcoming 2nd edition of the Encyclopedia of Respiratory Medicine. 

Latest publications:

– Targeting coagulation in severe COVID-19 pneumonia

– COVID-19 cytokine storm: the interplay between inflammation and coagulation

– Opportunistic bacterial, viral and fungal infections of the lung

–  Pulmonary complications of lung cancer therapies


  • 2016 National Institute for Health Research Academic Clinical Lecturer in Translational Medicine (Respiratory Medicine)
  • 2015 European Respiratory Society Lung Science conference best oral presentation award
  • 2015 Academy of Medical Sciences spring meeting: runner up prize
  • 2015 Annual respiratory registrar oral research presentations, North East London: Second prize
  • 2014 Royal Society of Medicine Young Respiratory Investigator Prize: First prize
  • 2014 European Respiratory Society Lung Science conference distinguished poster award
  • 2014 European Respiratory Society Lung Science conference travel bursary for an outstanding abstract
  • 2014 British Lung Foundation/GSK travel award to ERS conference
  • 2012 British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology travel fellowship
  • 2011 Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Training Fellowship
  • 2009 National Institute for Health Research Academic Clinical Fellowship in Respiratory Medicine
  • 2008 Chelmsford Medical Education & Research Trust Award: First Prize in the Audit category
  • 2007 Chelmsford Medical Education & Research Trust Award: First Prize in the Audit category
  • 2003 Elected member of the Golden Key International Honour Society (top 15%)
  • 2002 Diploma of merit from the Portuguese community of Pretoria for achievements in academic studies

Memberships and Affiliations

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