Professor Tom Clutton-Brock MB ChB FRCP FRCA FFICM

Tom Clutton-Brock

Institute of Clinical Sciences
Professor of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine

Contact details

Institute of Clinical Sciences
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Tom, who is also Director of the Medical Devices Testing and Evaluation Centre, played a vital role in developing and testing ventilators in the Government’s Ventilator Challenge during the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • 4th year Medicine and Surgery MBChB lead
  • e-learning developer PGDip Physicians’ Assistant (Anaesthesia),
  • Lecturer MB ChB years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Examiner MB ChB years 4 and 5
  • Lecturer on BDS course

Postgraduate supervision

PhD, MD, MMedSci, MSc supervisor


Clinical and laboratory based research into point-of-care testing, monitoring during cardiopulmonary bypass, respiratory control mechanisms, management of severe respiratory failure.

Other activities

  • Head of Department of Anaesthesia & Critical Care Medicine
  • Programme Director PGDip & MSc Physicians’ Assistant (Anaesthesia)
  • Consultant in Anaesthesia and Critical Care, University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Associate Medical Director for Audit & Clinical Effectiveness, University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Elected member of Council, Royal College of Anaesthetists
  • Member of Interventional Procedures Committee, NICE


O’Hara ME, Clutton-Brock TH, Green S, Mayhew CA. (2009) Endogenous volatile organic compounds in breath and blood of healthy volunteers: examining breath analysis as a surrogate for blood measurements. J. Breath Res. 3 027005

Rutherford JJ, Clutton-Brock TH, Parkes MJ. (2005) Hypocapnia reduces the T wave of the electrocardiogram in normal human subjects. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. Jul;289(1):R148-55. Epub 2005 Mar 10

Kaukuntla H, Harrington D, Bilkoo I, Clutton-Brock TH, Jones T, Bonser RS. (2004) Temperature monitoring during cardiopulmonary bypass--do we undercool or overheat the brain? Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. Sep;26(3):580-5.

O'Hara ME, Clutton-Brock TH (2007)  Non-Invasive Diagnosis? Don’t Hold Your Breath! Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine / Royal College of Physicians Essay Prize (Winner)

Clutton-Brock TH. (2007) In Crises in Childbirth-Why Mothers Survive Eds. Daryl Dob, Griselda Cooper and Anita Holdcroft. Radcliffe Publishing Ltd, Oxford

Clutton-Brock TH. (2005) Maternal deaths from anaesthesia. An extract from Why Mothers Die 2000-2002, the Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths in the United Kingdom: Chapter 17: Trends in intensive care. Br J Anaesth. Apr;94(4):424-9

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