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Professor Ashley Woodcock (OBE MD BSc MB ChB FRCP FERS FMedSci) - personal details

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Professor Ashley Woodcock

Role: Professor of Respiratory Medicine

Tel: +44 (0)161 291 5873


2nd Floor Education and Research Centre
University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust
Southmoor Road
Manchester  M23 9LT




Professor Woodcock is a Professor of Respiratory Medicine at the North West Lung Centre, University Hospital of South Manchester, and the University of Manchester . He is  a Consultant Respiratory Physician at the University Hospital of South Manchester, where he is the Clinical Director for Respiratory Medicine. He graduated with an intercalated first-class honours in physiology and an honours degree in Medicine from the University of Manchester in 1975. He then worked in London and Brunei, returning for clinical and research training at the Royal Brompton Hospital . He was appointed an NHS Consultant Physician in Manchester in 1985, and became Professor of Respiratory Medicine at the University of Manchester in 1998.

He was been Chairman of the Clinical Assembly of the European Respiratory Society, Chairman of the Royal College of Physicians Tobacco Committee,  and President of the British Thoracic Society. He was awarded the OBE in 2006 for services to the Environment. He has been Co-Chair of the Medical Technical Options Committe to the United Nations Montreal Protocol for 20 years between 1995 and 2015. In 2015, he was appointed Co-Chair to the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel to the Montreal Protocol. He shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 with the International Panel for Climate Change and Al Gore.  He was awarded the  Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2008. He was made a Fellow of the European Respiratory Society in 2014

He has a wide range of clinical research interests which are all patient focussed and has authored over 300 original publications. Together with Professors Adnan Custovic and Angela Simpson, he established the Manchester Asthma and Allergy Study, which is a cohort of over one thousand children followed prospectively from birth through the first two decades of their life so far to investigate the genetic-environmental aetiology of allergy and asthma. More recently, he has developed an interest in cough, supporting Professor Jacky Smith to develop a world-leading research group. The Cough group have developed an ambulatory cough monitor with appropriate patent protection. He drove the establishment of  the Medicines Evaluation Unit which is the leading clinical on novel treatments for respiratory diseases. He is now Clinical Director of the largest Respiratory Unit in the UK, and possibly Europe, with almost 50 Consultant Physicians and 10 academic Professors covering all subspecialties of Respiratory Medicine in newly built specialist facilities at the North West Lung Centre.

Memberships of Committees and Professional Bodies

Fellow of Academy of Medical Sciences

Fellow of European Respiratory Society


BSc, MB, ChB.







Clinical Director, Respiratory Directorate, University Hospital of South Manchester

Co-Chair, Technology and Economic Assessment Panel, Montreal Protocol for the Protection of the Ozone Layer.

Social Responsibility

 I am a senior technical advisor to the Montreal Protocol for the Protection of The Ozone Layer


Clinical Advisor to 4 Students

Regular weekly 3rd year bedside teaching