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Areas of Expertise

Professor Polkey is experienced in managing all respiratory conditions, with specialist expertise in the following areas:

  • COPD
  • Sleep
  • Snoring
  • Home ventilation
  • General respiratory medicine

Research and Publications

  • Nici L, Mammen MJ, Charbek E, Alexander PE, Au DH, Boyd CM, Criner GJ, Donaldson GC, Dreher M, Fan VS, Gershon AS, Han MK, Krishnan JA, Martinez FJ, Meek PM, Morgan M, Polkey MI, Puhan MA, Sadatsafavi M, Sin DD, Washko GR, Wedzicha JA, Aaron SD; American Thoracic Society Assembly on Clinical Problems.  Pharmacologic Management of COPD: An Official American Thoracic Society Clinical Practice Guideline.  Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2020. 2020 Sep 15;202(6):910 (
  • Mebrate Y, Phillips S, Field D, Mumuni I, Josse P, Alexander D, Das Gupta R, Trimlett R & Polkey MI, Modification of a domiciliary ventilator to increase FiO2; an off label modification which may be of value in COVID-19.  Thorax 2021 Jan;76(1):83-85 (
  • Polkey MI, Praestgaard J, Berwick A, Franssen FME, Singh D, Steiner MC, Casaburi R, Tillmann HC, Lach-Trifilieff E, Roubenoff R, Rooks DS. Activin Type II Receptor Blockade for Treatment of Muscle Depletion in COPD: A Randomized Trial.  Am J Respir Crit Care Med.  2019;199:313-320
  • Polkey MI, Qiu Z-H, Zhou L, Zhu M-D, Wu Y-X, Chen Y-Y, Ye S-P, He Y-S, Jiang M, He B-T, Mehta B, Zhong N-S & Luo YM.  Tai-Chi and pulmonary rehabilitation compared for treatment-naïve patients with COPD; A Randomized Controlled Trial.  Chest 2018 153(5):1116-1124
  • Polkey MI, Lyall RA, Yang K, Johnson E, Leigh PN & Moxham J.  Respiratory Muscle Strength as Predictive Biomarker for Survival in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.  Am J Respir Crit Care Med.  2017; 195:86-95
  • Luo YM, He BT, Wu YX, Yuan H, Xu J, Moxham J, Polkey MI. Neural Respiratory Drive and Ventilation in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease during Sleep.  Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2014;190:227-9
  • Shaikh ZF, Kelly JL, Shrikrishna D, de Villa M, Mullen MJ, Hopkinson NS, MJ Morrell & Polkey MI.  Patent foramen ovale is not associated with hypoxemia in severe COPD and does not impair exercise performance.  AJRCCM  2014; 189: 540-7

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