Dr Michael Newnham MBChB, MSc, MRCP, PGCE (MedEd), PhD

Dr Michael Newnham

Institute of Applied Health Research
Respiratory Senior Lecturer

Contact details

Murray Learning Centre
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Michael Newnham is a Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Respiratory Medicine.

Michael’s research interests are predominately focused on pulmonary vascular diseases including pulmonary embolism and chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension. He has experience in research methods that include genomics, big data, biostatistics, clinical research trials and risk prediction modelling. 


  • PhD in Medicine 2019, University of Cambridge
  • PGCert in Medical Education 2011, University of Birmingham
  • MRCP 2009, Royal College of Physicians
  • MBChB 2006, University of Birmingham
  • MSc in Pathological Studies 2005, University of Birmingham


Michael graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2006 and then worked in the West Midlands and commenced Respiratory Medicine training in 2011. He undertook his PhD at Cambridge University from 2016-2019 investigating genetic associations in chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension. He spent several years working in the pulmonary vascular disease’s unit at Papworth Hospital where he retains strong collaborative research links.

Michael has worked at the University of Birmingham since September 2018, as a Clinical Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer as part of Professor Alice Turner’s research group.



  • 5th year academic lead for the Acutely Ill Patient module
  • 5th year Written Professional Communication module: teaching, marking and moderation
  • 4th year elective project supervisor
  • 3rd year evidence-based medicine teaching
  • 2nd year personal interest project supervisor: big data & artificial intelligence in medicine
  • 1st year research taster: subsegmental pulmonary embolism
  • Personal academic tutor
  • Senior invigilator

MSc Respiratory Medicine

  • Teaching

Postgraduate supervision


  • Dissertation supervisor


Research Themes:

  • Diagnostic and prognostic studies in pulmonary vascular disease
  • Genetic associations of pulmonary vascular disease including chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension
  • Utilising health data in research

Research studies: 

  • Co-investigator for STOP-APE (Stopping anticoagulation for isolated or incidental subsegmental pulmonary embolism) NIHR funded RCT

Other activities

BTS pulmonary embolism outpatient management quality standards committee: 2019


Recent publications


Armitage, MN, Aishah, AZ, Huntley, C, Lasserson, D & Newnham, M 2022, 'A multicentre observational study of the prevalence, management, and outcomes of subsegmental pulmonary embolism', Journal of thrombosis and thrombolysis. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11239-022-02714-5

Hadinnapola , CM, Southwood, M, Hernandez-Sanchez, J, Bunclark, K, Newnham, M, Swietlik, EM, Cannon, J, Preston , SD, Sheares, K, Taboada, D, Screaton, N, Jenkins, DP, Morrell, NW, Toshner, M & Pepke-Zaba, J 2022, 'Angiopoietin 2 and hsCRP are associated with pulmonary haemodynamics and long-term mortality respectively in CTEPH - results from a prospective discovery and validation biomarker study', The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healun.2022.08.021

Loo, J, Spittle, D & Newnham, M 2021, 'COVID-19, immunothrombosis and venous thromboembolism: biological mechanisms', Thorax, vol. 76, no. 4, pp. 412-420. https://doi.org/10.1136/thoraxjnl-2020-216243

Bunclark, K, Newnham, M, Chiu, Y-D, Ruggiero, A, Villar, SS, Cannon, JE, Coghlan, G, Corris, PA, Howard, L, Jenkins, D, Johnson, M, Kiely, DG, Ng, C, Screaton, N, Sheares, K, Taboada, D, Tsui, S, Wort, SJ, Pepke-Zaba, J & Toshner, M 2020, 'A multicenter study of anticoagulation in operable chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension', Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 114-122. https://doi.org/10.1111/jth.14649

Newnham, M, Bunclark, K, Abraham, N, Ali, S, Amaral-Almeida, L, Cannon, JE, Doughty, N, Ng, C, Ponnaberanam, A, Sheares, K, Speed, N, Taboada, D, Toshner, M, Tsui, S, Jenkins, DP & Pepke-Zaba, J 2020, 'CAMPHOR score: patient-reported outcomes are improved by pulmonary endarterectomy in chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH)', The European respiratory journal, vol. 56, no. 4, 1902096. https://doi.org/10.1183/13993003.02096-2019

Newnham, M, South, K, Bleda, M, Auger, W, Barberà, J, Bogaard, H, Bunclark, K, Cannon, J, Delcroix, M, Hadinnapola, C, Howard, L, Jenkins, D, Mayer, E, Ng, C, Rhodes, C, Screaton, N, Sheares, K, Simpson, M, Southwood, M, Su, L, Taboada, D, Traylor, M, Trembath, R, Villar, S, Wilkins, M, Wharton, J, Gräf, S, Pepe-Zaba, J, Laffan, M, Lane, D, Morrell, N & Toshner, M 2019, 'The ADAMTS13-VWF axis is dysregulated in chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension.', European Respiratory Journal, vol. 53, no. 3, 1801805. https://doi.org/10.1183/13993003.01805-2018

Sofianopoulou, E, Kaptoge, S, Graf, S, Hadinnapola, C, Treacy, CM, Church, C, Coghlan, G, Gibbs, JSR, Haimel, M, Howard, L, Johnson, M, Kiely, DG, Lawrie, A, Lordan, J, MacKenzie Ross, RV, Martin, JM, Moledina, S, Newnham, M, Peacock, AJ, Price, L, Rhodes, CJ, Suntharalingam, J, Swietlik, EM, Toshner, MR, Wharton, J, Wilkins, MR, Wort, SJ, Pepke-Zaba, J, Condliffe, R, Corris, PA, Di Angelantonio, E, Provencher, S & Morrell, NW 2019, 'Traffic exposures, air pollution and outcomes in pulmonary arterial hypertension: a UK cohort study analysis', The European respiratory journal, vol. 53, no. 5, 1801429. https://doi.org/10.1183/13993003.01429-2018

Rhodes, CJ, K, B, Bleda, M, Haimel, M, Southgate, L, Germain, M, Pauciulo, MW, Hadinnapola, C, Aman, J, Girerd, B, Arora, A, Knight, J, Hanscombe, KB, Karnes, JH, Kaakinen, M, Gall, H, Ulrich, A, Harbaum, L, Cebola, I, Ferrer, J, Lutz, K, Swietlik, EM, Ahmad, F, Amouyel, P, Archer, SL, Argula, R, Austin, ED, Badesch, D, Bakshi, S, Barnett, C, Benza, R, Bhatt, N, Bogaard, HJ, Burger, CD, Chakinala, M, Church, C, Coghlan, JG, Condliffe, R, Corris, PA, Danesino, C, Debette, S, Elliot, CG, Elwing, J, Eyries, M, Fortin, T, Franke, A, Frantz, RP, Frost, A, Garcia, JGN, Ghio, S, Ghofrani, HA, Gibbs, JSR, Harley, J, He, H, Hill, NS, Hirsch, R, Houweling, AC, Howard, LS, Ivy, D, Kiely, DG, Klinger, J, Kovacs, G, Lahm, T, Laudes, M, Machado, RD, MacKenzie Ross, RV, Marsolo, K, Martin, LJ, Moledina, S, Montani, D, Nathan, SD, Newnham, M, Olschewski, A, Olschewski, H, Oudiz, RJ, Ouwehand, WH, Peacock, AJ, Pepke-Zaba, J, Rehman, Z, Robbins, I, Roden, DM, Rosenzweig, EB, Saydain, G, Scelsi, L, Schilz, R, Seeger, W, Shaffer, CM, Simms, RW, Simon, M, Sitbon, O, Suntharalingam, J, Tang, H, Tchourbanov, AY, Thenappen, T, Torres, F, Toshner, MR, Treacy, CM, Vonk Noordegraaf, A, Waisfisz, Q, Walsworth, AK, Walter, RE, Wharton, J, White, RJ, Wilt, J, Wort, SJ, Yung, D, Lawrie, A, Humbert, M, Humbert, M, Soubrier, F, Tregouet, DA, Prokopenko, I, Kittles, R, Graf, S, Nichols, WC, Trembath, RC, Desai, AA, Morrell, NW & Wilkins, MR 2018, 'Genetic determinants of risk in pulmonary arterial hypertension: international genome-wide association studies and meta-analysis.', Lancet Respir Med, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 227-238. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2213-2600(18)30409-0

Gräf, S, Haimel, M, Bleda, M, Hadinnapola, C, Southgate, L, Li, W, Hodgson, J, Liu, B, Salmon, RM, Southwood, M, Machado, RD, Martin, JM, Treacy, CM, Yates, K, Daugherty, LC, Shamardina, O, Whitehorn, D, Holden, S, Aldred, M, Bogaard, HJ, Church, C, Coghlan, G, Condliffe, R, Corris, PA, Danesino, C, Eyries, M, Gall, H, Ghio, S, Ghofrani, H, Gibbs, JSR, Girerd, B, Houweling, AC, Howard, L, Humbert, M, Kiely, DG, Kovacs, G, Mackenzie Ross, RV, Moledina, S, Montani, D, Newnham, M, Olschewski, A, Olschewski, H, Peacock, AJ, Pepke-zaba, J, Prokopenko, I, Rhodes, CJ, Scelsi, L, Seeger, W, Soubrier, F, Stein, DF, Suntharalingam, J, Swietlik, EM, Toshner, MR, Van Heel, DA, Vonk Noordegraaf, A, Waisfisz, Q, Wharton, J, Wort, SJ, Ouwehand, WH, Soranzo, N, Lawrie, A, Upton, PD, Wilkins, MR, Trembath, RC & Morrell, NW 2018, 'Identification of rare sequence variation underlying heritable pulmonary arterial hypertension', Nature Communications, vol. 9, no. 1, 1416. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-018-03672-4

Hadinnapola, C, Bleda, M, Haimel, M, Screaton, N, Swift, A, Dorfmuller, P, Preston, SD, Southwood, M, Hernandez-Sanchez, J, Martin, J, Treacy, C, Yates, K, Bogaard, H, Church, C, Coghlan, G, Condliffe, R, Corris, PA, Gibbs, S, Girerd, B, Holden, S, Humbert, M, Kiely, DG, Lawrie, A, Machado, R, MacKenzie Ross, R, Moledina, S, Newnham, M, Peacock, A, Pepke-Zaba, J, Rayner-Matthews, P, Shamardina, O, Soubrier, F, Southgate, L, Suntharalingam, J, Toshner, M, Trembath, R, Vonk Noordegraaf, A, Wilkins, MR, Wort, SJ, Wharton, J, Graf, S & Morrell, NW 2017, 'Phenotypic characterization of EIF2AK4 mutation carriers in a large cohort of patients diagnosed clinically with pulmonary arterial hypertension', Circulation, vol. 136, no. 21, pp. 2022-2033. https://doi.org/10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.117.028351


Guo, J, Lodge, K, Newnham, M, Bunclark, K, Toshner, M, Morrell, NW & Li, W 2018, 'Increased antielastase activity in idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension and chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension', American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology, vol. 59, no. 5, pp. 652-655. https://doi.org/10.1165/rcmb.2018-0060LE

Newnham, M, Hernandez-Sanchez, J, Dunning, J, Ng, C, Tsui, S, Bunclark, K, Sheares, K, Taboada, D, Toshner, M, Pepke-Zaba, J, Jenkins, D & Cannon, J 2017, 'Age should not be a barrier for pulmonary endarterectomy in carefully selected patients', European Respiratory Journal, vol. 50, no. 6, 1701804. https://doi.org/10.1183/13993003.01804-2017

Review article

Balbirsingh, V, Mohammed, AS, Turner, A & Newnham, M 2022, 'Cardiovascular disease in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a narrative review', Thorax, vol. 77, no. 9, pp. 939-945. https://doi.org/10.1136/thoraxjnl-2021-218333

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