Dr Colm McCabeMBBS MD

Consultant respiratory physician


Dr Colm McCabe studied at Imperial College London and graduated in 2004, then completed his specialist respiratory training in Oxford. He then completed a MD research degree in pulmonary vascular disease at Royal Papworth Hospital, Cambridge, in 2013.

In 2015, he completed specialist training in exercise physiology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, USA. He was enabled to do this thanks to the Berkeley Fellowship and Scadding Morriston-Davies Fellowship.

In June 2016, Dr McCabe was appointed as a respiratory consultant in pulmonary hypertension and high dependency care at Royal Brompton Hospital, where he treats both NHS and private patients.

Clinical expertise

Dr Colm McCabe treats patients with all forms of pulmonary hypertension as well as patients with breathlessness following a pulmonary embolism and unexplained exercise limitation.

He is the joint lead clinician for exercise services in non-invasive cardiology and is developing an invasive cardiopulmonary exercise testing program within the pulmonary vascular disease unit. He provides right heart catheterisation with exercise, and cardiopulmonary exercise test interpretation.

Research interests

Dr McCabe’s research interests include:

  • haemodynamic investigation of right ventricular physiology and right ventricular adaptation in subtypes of pulmonary hypertension
  • invasive exercise testing in the evaluation of pulmonary vascular disease and unexplained breathlessness.


He has published numerous peer-reviewed papers on pulmonary hypertension and general respiratory medicine. He is a reviewer for Respirology and PLOS One journals.


Dr McCabe lectures and teaches on pulmonary vascular disease, exercise medicine and general respiratory medicine.


Royal Brompton Hospital

Wimpole Street