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

Dr Shamil Haroon

Institute of Applied Health Research
Clinical Senior Lecturer

Contact details

Murray Learning Centre
Institute of Applied Health Research
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Shamil is a public health researcher and general practice trainee with a special interest in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and preventative medicine. He has experience working in clinical practice and public health, and a number of research methods including systematic reviews, meta-analysis, risk prediction modelling, analysis of large primary care datasets, epidemiology, randomised controlled trials, and qualitative research.

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  • 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


Shamil graduated in medicine at the University of Birmingham in 2006, during which time he completed an intercalated degree in biomedical science. He then completed his clinical foundation training at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton and then worked as a senior house officer in Christchurch Hospital, New Zealand in 2008.

On returning to the UK in 2009 he joined the public health specialty training scheme in the West Midlands, and completed a Masters in Public Health, and the Membership of the Faculty of Public Health exams.

In 2011 he was awarded an NIHR doctoral research fellowship to investigate methods of identifying patients with undiagnosed COPD in primary care, under the supervision of Dr Peymane Adab, Dr Rachel Jordan, and Dr Tom Marshall, and in conjunction with the Birmingham Lung Improvement Studies (BLISS) programme.

Shamil’s PhD focused on developing risk predictions model to enable general practitioners to identify patients with undiagnosed COPD. He also conducted systematic reviews to summarise methods of screening for COPD  as well as qualitative research to understand the barriers and facilitators to diagnosing COPD in primary care.

Shamil is now training as a public health doctor and general practitioner. Alongside this he works as an academic clinical lecturer in primary care, continuing his research on the early diagnosis and management of COPD and the implementation of preventative medicine in healthcare.


  • Health Information and Health Informatics (Deputy Module Lead), MPH
  • Epidemiology, Statistics and Research Methods, MPH


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Completed studies include:

  • Systematic reviews on the diagnostic accuracy of screening tests for COPD and the effectiveness of case finding approaches in primary care.
  • Development and validation of risk prediction models for identifying undiagnosed COPD in primary care.
  • Qualitative research to understand the barriers and facilitators to diagnosing COPD in primary care.
  • Pilot randomised controlled trial comparing different methods of case finding for COPD.

Research Groups and Centres:

Birmingham Lung Improvement Studies (BLISS)

Other activities

  • Scientific Review Committee member for The Health Improvement Network (THIN)
  • Reviewer for the Hong Kong Health and Medical Research Fund (HMRF)
  • Mentor for the Health Education England West Midlands Public Health Community Fellowship Scheme
  • Editor of the Training in Public Health Podcast


Haroon S, Middleton J, Milne E. Use of neuraminidase inhibitors for prophylaxis and treatment of pandemic influenza: summary of a Faculty of Public Health meeting. Journal of Public Health. 2015

Haroon S, Jordan R, Takwoingi Y, Adab P. Diagnostic accuracy of screening tests for COPD: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ Open. 2015;5(10).

Haroon S, Jordan RE, Fitzmaurice DA, Adab P. Case finding for COPD in primary care: a qualitative study of the views of health professionals. International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. 2015;10:1711-8.

Haroon SM, Jordan RE, O'Beirne-Elliman J, Adab P. Effectiveness of case finding strategies for COPD in primary care: a systematic review and meta-analysis. NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine. 2015;25:15056.

Lado M, Walker NF, Baker P, Haroon S, Brown CS, Youkee D, et al. Clinical features of patients isolated for suspected Ebola virus disease at Connaught Hospital, Freetown, Sierra Leone: a retrospective cohort study. The Lancet Infectious Diseases.15(9):1024-33.

Haroon S, Adab P, Riley RD, Marshall T, Lancashire R, Jordan RE. Predicting risk of COPD in primary care: development and validation of a clinical risk score. BMJ Open Respiratory Research. 2015;2(1).

Haroon S, Adab P, Griffin C, Jordan R. Case finding for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in primary care: a pilot randomised controlled trial. Brit J Gen Pract. 2013;63(606).

Haroon SM, Adab PA, Jordan RE. Case finding for COPD in primary care: a systematic review (protocol). Prim Care Respir J. 2012;21(3):354-7.

Sultan H, Haroon S, Syed N. Delay and completion of tuberculosis treatment: a cross-sectional study in the West Midlands, UK. Journal of public health. 2013;35(1):12-20.

Haroon SM, Barbosa GP, Saunders PJ. The determinants of health-seeking behaviour during the A/H1N1 influenza pandemic: an ecological study. Journal of public health. 2011;33(4):503-10.