Dr Ricardo José obtained his undergraduate degree in Medicine (MBChB) from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He holds a Diploma in Anaesthetics from the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa, Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health from the University of Manchester, and PhD in Respiratory Infection, Inflammation and Immunity from University College London (UCL). He is a Member of the Royal College of Physicians (London) and is trained in bronchoscopy, endoscopic bronchial ultrasound and thoracic ultrasound.

Dr José has been elected to the British Thoracic Society Council, member of the BTS Standards of Care Committee, and member of the BTS Science and Research Committee. He is a member and clinical respiratory immunologist on the North West London sub-regional immunoglobulin assessment panel.

Dr José has a special interest in respiratory infections, bronchiectasis and pulmonary complications associated with cancer therapy.

Clinical expertise

Dr José is experienced in all aspects of respiratory medicine but has particular expertise in complex respiratory infections, bronchiectasis and respiratory disease associated with cancer therapy. He runs a clinic dedicated to the management of respiratory infection and respiratory disease in patients with primary and secondary immunodeficiency with consultant immunologist Dr Kelleher, offering immunoglobulin replacement therapy. He particularly sees patients with chest infections or immunodeficiency secondary to cancer (e.g. leukaemia and lymphoma), therapies for cancer (e.g. systemic and targeted chemotherapy, immunotherapy, radiotherapy,

haematopoietic stem cell transplantation), and therapies for inflammatory disease (e.g. biological therapies and other immunosuppressant drugs).

Areas of expertise include:

  • Bronchiectasis
  • Severe, persistent, unusual, or recurrent respiratory infections
  • Primary and secondary immunodeficiency
  • Primary ciliary dyskinesia
  • Fungal lung infection
  • Airway disease due to fungal sensitisation (e.g. allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis)
  • Non-tuberculous mycobacteria
  • Latent tuberculosis
  • Pneumonia
  • Pulmonary complications of cancer (solid organ and haematological malignancy) and cancer therapy (e.g. immunotherapy-related pneumonitis and pulmonary graft-versus-host disease).

Research interests 

Dr José started his training in respiratory medicine as an academic clinical fellow at UCL and in 2013 he was awarded a prestigious Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Training Fellowship for research into lung infection with Streptococcus pneumoniae. This research was performed at UCL and led to a PhD, several publications, conference presentations and awards. He continued his research as a clinical lecturer investigating de novo bronchiectasis in haematological malignancies. He is a Honorary Associate Professor at UCL Respiratory and continues his research interest in host susceptibility and pathogenesis of respiratory infections.

Dr José was an associate editor of the journal of clinical case reports and the Annals of Research Hospitals for 8 years.


Dr José has extensive experience of teaching and examining undergraduate and postgraduate students. He is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and past clinical lead of the prestigious UCL MBPhD programme. He is invited to teach at conferences and courses including at the Royal Society of Medicine. As an Honorary Associate Professor at UCL he continues to teach 1st year medical students on the UCL breathing and circulation module.

Amongst Dr José’s extensive publication record he has authored several book chapters on respiratory infections and pulmonary complications of cancer therapy. He is also a section editor for the 2nd edition of the Encyclopaedia of Respiratory Medicine.


Dr Ricardo José has published extensively including in the journals Lancet, Lancet Respiratory Medicine, British Medical Journal, Thorax and Nature Mucosal Immunology and Journal of Immunology. See a full list of Dr José’s publications here.

Most recent publications include:

  • Clinical and radiological phenotypes and endotypes (in bronchiectasis)
  • COVID-19 cytokine storm: the interplay between inflammation and coagulation
  • Opportunistic bacterial, viral and fungal infections of the lung

He has also contributed several books chapters in the second edition of the Encyclopedia of Respiratory Medicine including on "Pulmonary Complications of Lung Cancer Therapies". His book chapter on Bacterial pneumonias in ICU will be in the forthcoming Oxford Textbook of Respiratory Critical Care.