Dr Shamil Haroon MBChB, PhD, MPH, BMedSci, MFPH

Dr Shamil Haroon

Institute of Applied Health Research
Associate Clinical Professor of Public Health

Contact details

Institute of Applied Health Research (IOEM)
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Shamil is a clinical epidemiologist with a special interest in respiratory and chronic diseases. Shamil's research focuses on long COVID, asthma, and COPD, although he does have a broad interest in public health, primary care, and health data science.


  • PhD in Public Health and Epidemiology, University of Birmingham, 2015
  • Membership of the Faculty of Public Health (MFPH), 2011
  • MPH, University of Birmingham, 2010
  • MBChB, University of Birmingham, 2006
  • BMedSci, University of Birmingham, 2003


  • Healthcare Public Health (deputy module lead), MPH
  • Respiratory Medicine in the Community (deputy module lead), MSc in Respiratory Medicine
  • Health Information and Health Informatics, MPH
  • MPH dissertation supervisor
  • MBChB programme – lectures, small group teaching, and project supervision

Postgraduate supervision

Respiratory and chronic disease epidemiology.


Shamil is a clinical epidemiologist with a special interest in respiratory and chronic diseases. Shamil's research focuses on long COVID, asthma, and COPD, although he has a broad interest in public health, primary care, and health data science.

Other activities

  • Personal Academic Tutor, MBChB programme.
  • PhD mentor, College of Medical and Dental Sciences.
  • General Practice Vocational Training Scheme ST3 trainee (part-time)


Recent publications


McMullan, C, Haroon, S, Turner, G, Aiyegbusi, OL, Subramanian, A, Hughes, SE, Flanagan, S, Nirantharakumar, K, Davies, EH, Frost, C, Jackson, L, Guan, N, Alder, Y, Chong, A, Buckland, L, Jeyes, F, Stanton, D & Calvert, M 2024, 'Key considerations for digital decentralised clinical trials from a feasibility study assessing pacing interventions for Long COVID', Scientific Reports.

Gunathilaka, N, Gooden, T, Cooper, J, Flanagan, S, Marshall, T, Haroon, S, D'Elia, A, Crowe, F, Jackson, T, Nirantharakumar, K & Greenfield, S 2024, 'Perceptions on artificial intelligence-based decision making for coexisting multiple long-term health conditions: A protocol for a qualitative study with patients and healthcare professionals', BMJ open, vol. 14, e077156. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2023-077156

D'Elia, A, Baranskaya, A, Haroon, S, Hammond, B, Adderley, N, Nirantharakumar, K, Chandan, J, Falahee, M & Raza, K 2024, 'Prodromal symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in a primary care database: variation by ethnicity and socioeconomic status', Rheumatology. https://doi.org/10.1093/rheumatology/keae157

Simms-Williams, N, Nagakumar, P, Thayakaran, R, Adderley, N, Hotham, R, Mansur, A, Nirantharakumar, K & Haroon, S 2024, 'Risk factors for asthma-related hospital and intensive care admissions in children, adolescents, and adults: a cohort study using primary and secondary care data', BMJ Open Respiratory Research, vol. 11, no. 1, e001746. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjresp-2023-001746

Umar, N, Harvey, P, Adderley, NJ, Haroon, S & Trudgill, N 2024, 'The time to inflammatory bowel disease diagnosis for patients presenting with abdominal symptoms in primary care and its association with emergency hospital admissions and surgery: a retrospective cohort study', Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. https://doi.org/10.1093/ibd/izae057

Turner, G, McMullan, C, Aiyegbusi, OL, Hughes, S, Walker, A, Jeyes, F, Adler, Y, Chong, A, Buckland, L, Stanton, DE, Davies, EH, Haroon, S & Calvert, M 2023, 'Co-production of a feasibility trial of pacing interventions for Long COVID', Research Involvement & Engagement, vol. 9, no. 1, 18. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40900-023-00429-2

Aiyegbusi, OL, Davies, EH, Myles, PR, Williams, T, Frost, C, Haroon, S, Hughes, S, Wilson, R, McMullan, C, Subramanian, A, Nirantharakumar, K & Calvert, M 2023, 'Digitally enabled decentralised research: opportunities to improve the efficiency of clinical trials and observational studies', BMJ evidence-based medicine. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjebm-2023-112253

Syed, U, Subramanian, A, Wraith, D, Lord, J, McGee, K, Gokhale, K, Nirantharakumar, K & Haroon, S 2023, 'Incidence of immune-mediated inflammatory diseases following COVID-19: a matched cohort study in UK primary care', BMC Medicine, vol. 21, no. 1, 363. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12916-023-03049-5

Shah, AD, Subramanian, A, Lewis, J, Dhalla, S, Ford, E, Haroon, S, Kuan, V & Nirantharakumar, K 2023, 'Long Covid symptoms and diagnosis in primary care: A cohort study using structured and unstructured data in The Health Improvement Network primary care database', PLoS ONE, vol. 18, no. 9, e0290583. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0290583

Punyadasa, D, Simms-Williams, N, Adderley, N, Thayakaran, R, Mansur, A, Nirantharakumar, K, Nagakumar, P & Haroon, S 2023, 'Post-hospitalisation asthma management in primary care: a retrospective cohort study', British Journal of General Practice . https://doi.org/10.3399/BJGP.2023.0214

Cooper, J, Nirantharakumar, K, Crowe, F, Azcoaga-Lorenzo, A, McCowan, C, Jackson, T, Acharya, A, Gokhale, K, Gunathilaka, N, Marshall, T & Haroon, S 2023, 'Prevalence and demographic variation of cardiovascular, renal, metabolic, and mental health conditions in 12 million english primary care records', BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, vol. 23, no. 1, 220. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12911-023-02296-z

Tufts, J, Guan, N, Zemedikun, DT, Subramanian, A, Gokhale, K, Myles, P, Williams, T, Marshall, T, Calvert, M, Matthews, K, Nirantharakumar, K, Jackson, LJ & Haroon, S 2023, 'The cost of primary care consultations associated with long COVID in non-hospitalised adults: a retrospective cohort study using UK primary care data', BMC Primary Care, vol. 24, no. 1, 245. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12875-023-02196-1


Routen, A, O'Mahoney, LL, Aiyegbusi, OL, Alder , Y, Banerjee, A, Buckland, L, Brightling, CE, Calvert, M, Camaradou, J, Chaturvedi, N, Chong, A, Dalrymple, E, Eggo, RM, Elliott, P, Evans, RA, Gibson, A, Haroon, S, Herrett, E, Houchen-Wolloff, L, Hughes, S, Jeyes, F, Matthews, K, McMullan, C, Morley, J, Shafran, R, Smith, N, Stanton, DE, Stephenson, T, Sterne, JAC, Turner, G, Ward, H & Khunti, K 2023, 'Patient and public involvement within epidemiological studies of Long Covid in the United Kingdom', Nature Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41591-023-02251-5

Review article

Aiyegbusi, OL, McMullan, C, Hughes, SE, Turner, GM, Subramanian, A, Hotham, R, Davies, EH, Frost, C, Alder, Y, Agyen, L, Buckland, L, Camaradou, J, Chong, A, Jeyes, F, Kumar, S, Matthews, KL, Moore, P, Ormerod, J, Price, G, Saint-Cricq, M, Stanton, D, Walker, A, Haroon, S, Denniston, AK, Calvert, MJ, Brown, K, Singh Chandan, J, Gkoutos, GV, Jackson, LJ, Lord, JM, Marshall, T, Marwaha, S, Myles, P, Nirantharakumar, K, Rivera, SC, Sapey, E, Simms-Williams, N, Williams, T & Wraith, DC 2023, 'Considerations for patient and public involvement and engagement in health research', Nature Medicine, vol. 29, no. 8, pp. 1922-1929. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41591-023-02445-x

Chandan, J, Brown, K, Simms-Williams, N, Bashir, NZ, Camaradou, J, Heining, D, Turner, G, Cruz Rivera, S, Hotham, R, Minhas, S, Nirantharakumar, K, Sivan, M, Khunti, K, Raindi, D, Marwaha, S, Hughes, S, McMullan, C, Marshall, T, Calvert, M, Haroon, S & Aiyegbusi, OL 2023, 'Non-pharmacological therapies for post-viral syndromes, including Long COVID: a systematic review', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 20, no. 4, 3477. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20043477

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