Dr Shamil Haroon MBChB, BMedSci, MPH

Dr Shamil Haroon

Clinical Research Fellow

Contact details

Public Health, Epidemiology & Biostatistics
School of Health and Population Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

PhD Title: Identifying COPD in primary care: targeting patients at the highest risk

Supervisors: Dr Peymane Adab, Dr Rachel Jordan, Dr Tom Marshall

Shamil Haroon is an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow in Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics. His work focuses on the identification of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in primary care.


  • MFPH exams, Faculty of Public Health, 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 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 focuses on developing a risk prediction model that will enable general practitioners to identify patients with undiagnosed COPD. He is also conducting a systematic review to summarise the methods of screening for COPD that have been evaluated in primary care. In addition to COPD, Shamil has a general interest in respiratory epidemiology, public health and primary care.


  • 3rd year MBChB Epidemiology and Research Methods small group tutor
  • 3rd year MBChB Public Health Project supervisor
  • BMedSci Project supervisor
  • MPH- Epidemiology, Statistics and Research Methods, and Health Information

Other activities

  • Public Health, Epidemiology & Biostatistics Postgraduate Researcher representative (current)
  • Chair of West Midlands Public Health Specialty Registrars (2012)

Former posts:

  • Foundation Year 1: New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton (2006-2007)
  • Foundation Year 2: New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton (2007-2008)
  • Senior House Officer: Christchurch Hospital, New Zealand (2008-2009)
  • Public Health Specialty Registrar: West Midlands Deanery (2009-2011)
  • NIHR Doctoral Fellowship: University of Birmingham (2011-present)


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):26-27.

Haroon SMM, Adab PA, Jordan RE. Case finding for COPD in primary care: a systematic review. Prim Care Resp J 2012;21(3):354-57.

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.

Middleton J, Saunders P, Haroons. The Terrorist Attacks in Madrid, London and Bali. In Terrorism and Public Health: A balanced approach to strengthening systems and protecting people. Second Edition. Levy BS, Sidel VW (Ed.). Oxford University Press. 2012.