Biography

Dr Balfour-Lynn is a consultant in paediatric respiratory medicine at Royal Brompton Hospital, where he treats private and NHS patients.

He graduated from University College London and Westminster Hospital Medical School (now part of Imperial College London). He then trained in general paediatrics at Westminster Children’s Hospital (now part of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital), Queen Mary’s Hospital in Roehampton, Northwick Park Hospital and St Bartholomew’s Hospital.

Most of his specialist respiratory training was carried out at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. He worked in many departments including respiratory medicine, intensive care, infection and immunology and heart-lung transplant. 

Dr Balfour-Lynn spent two years in full-time research for his MD thesis entitled 'Host Defence Factors in Wheezy Infants with Respiratory Infections', which he completed in 1994. 

As an expert in children's medicine, Dr Balfour-Lynn is on the NHS specialist register for paediatrics. He is fully accredited in paediatric respiratory medicine with a special interest in respiratory disease.

Alongside his role as a consultant in paediatric respiratory medicine, Dr Balfour-Lynn is also the co-director of children's services at Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals.

Clinical expertise

Dr Ian Balfour-Lynn specialises in all aspects of paediatric respiratory medicine including:

He can perform all complex investigations including flexible bronchoscopy.

Research interests

Dr Ian Balfour-Lynn's current research projects include:

  • the detection of pulmonary hypertension in children with cystic fibrosis
  • early lung disease in new-born screened infants with cystic fibrosis
  • fitness to fly testing in children with congenital heart disease
  • audit of CF new-born screening in the pan-Thames area.

Publications

Dr Balfour-Lynn has written numerous papers, book chapters, national guidelines and reviews on his specialist subjects.

Furthermore, Dr Balfour-Lynn is on the editorial board for Pediatric Pulmonology, a specialist journal published in the USA. He is an associate editor for the quarterly journal, Paediatric Respiratory Reviews.

Teaching

Dr Balfour-Lynn runs paediatric bronchoscopy courses at Royal Brompton Hospital every two years. He has also taught sessions on flexible bronchoscopy and how to lavage and biopsy as part of the Royal Brompton Hospital’s bronchoscopy course held at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2009 and at Ain Shams University, Cairo in 2004.

He organises National Grid Training of paediatric respiratory medicine in London.

In addition, Dr Ian Balfour-Lynn is a regular expert speaker at medical conferences in the UK and overseas.