Professor Anita Simonds is a consultant physician in respiratory and sleep medicine at Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals.

She trained in respiratory medicine, anaesthetics and intensive care medicine. She subsequently specialised in respiratory medicine with a special interest in ventilatory support and sleep disorders.

In addition to her role as a consultant in respiratory and sleep medicine, she is also professor of respiratory and sleep medicine at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London.

Clinical expertise

Professor Simonds's specialist areas of expertise are:

Professor Simonds is responsible for managing the sleep and ventilation service at Royal Brompton Hospital. She carries out a range of diagnostic home and in-hospital sleep studies based at our innovative sleep centre, based at Royal Brompton Hospital.

She has wide experience in the use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy in adults and children with obstructive sleep apnoea. She uses this CPAP therapy for other sleep disorders, such as:

  • intrinsic sleep problems
  • restless leg syndrome
  • narcolepsy
  • circadian disorders
  • parasomnias.

Professor Simonds also has expertise in:

  • acute and long term non-invasive ventilation (NIV) in adults and children
  • weaning
  • respiratory aspects of neuromuscular disease including:
    • muscular dystrophies
    • spinal muscular atrophy
    • motor neurone disease
    • scoliosis assessment
  • providing oxygen therapy
  • pulmonary rehabilitation
  • palliative care for individuals with chronic lung disease.


Professor Anita Simonds is currently investigating innovative new therapies for inherited neuromuscular disorders, and their impact on respiratory outcomes.

Her areas of research include:

  • new ventilatory modes
  • respiratory care in neuromuscular disease
  • telemonitoring
  • outreach respiratory support in the community
  • a new oxygen delivery system.


Professor Anita Simonds has written on all aspects of respiratory insufficiency, palliative care and ethical issues, and the management of children with severe neuromuscular disorders, including guidelines for care. She has edited books on non-invasive ventilation and respiratory sleep disorders.

Professor Simonds is a lead member of the European Union's PREPARE FP7 scientific research project on Pandemic Preparedness.

She is Chief Editor of the European Respiratory Journal Open Research and was previously the education chair of the European Respiratory Society.