Dr Neil Greening

Associate Professor


Dr Neil Greening is an Associate Professor at the University of Leicester and Honorary Consultant Respiratory Physician at Leicester’s Glenfield Hospital. As an active clinical academic, Dr Greening is interested in lung diseases that result in hospital admissions, particularly Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and the effects that hospitalisation has on patients’ physical function, fitness and muscle wasting, as well as the therapies that help this. Clinically, Dr Greening is part of the complex COPD service at Glenfield Hospital.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr Greening has been actively involved in the RECOVERY and ISARIC COVID-19 trials. He is investigating the follow-up for COVID-19 patients and the impact of the disease on lung function testing.


Dr Greening has particular interests in:

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Exacerbations of COPD
  • Skeletal muscle dysfunction
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Frailty and sarcopaenia
  • Precision medicine
  • Clinical interventions


Spruit MA, Singh SJ, Rochester CL, Greening NJ, Franssen FME, Pitta F, Troosters T, Nolan C, Vogiatzis I, Clini EM, Man WD, Burtin C, Goldstein RS, Vanfleteren LEGW, Kenn K, Nici L, Janssen DJA, Casaburi R, Shioya T, Garvey C, Carlin BW, ZuWallack RL, Steiner M, Wouters EFM, Puhan MA. Pulmonary rehabilitation for patients with COPD during and after an exacerbation-related hospitalisation: back to the future? Eur Respir J. 2018 Jan 11;51(1)

Trethewey R, Eslinger D, Petherick E, Evans RA, Greening NJ, James B, Kingsnorth A, Morgan MD, Orme MW, Toms N, Sherar LB, Singh, SJ, Steiner MC. Influence of muscle mass in the assessment of lower limb strength in COPD: Validation of the Prediction Equation. Thorax. 2017 In press

Watson EL, Viana JL, Wimbury D, Martin N, Greening NJ, Barratt J and Smith AC. The Effect of Resistance Exercise on Inflammatory and Myogenic Markers in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease. Front. Physiol. 2017 8:541 Jul 28(8):541

Greening NJ, Vaughan P, Oey I, Steiner MC, Morgan MD, Rathinam S, DA Waller; Individualised risk in patients undergoing lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS): The Glenfield BFG Score. Eur Respir J: 2017 Jun 1;49(6)

Bafadhel M^, Greening NJ^, Harvey-Dunstan TC, Williams JE, Morgan MD, Brightling CE, Hussain SF, Pavord ID, Singh SJ, Steiner MC. Blood eosinophils and outcomes in severe hospitalised exacerbations of COPD. Chest. 2016 Feb 3. ^Joint first authors

Greening NJ, Harvey-Dunstan TC, Chaplin EJ, Vincent EE, Morgan MD, Singh SJ, Steiner MC. Bedside assessment of quadriceps muscle by ultrasound after admission for acute exacerbations of chronic respiratory disease. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2015 Oct 1;192(7):810-6.

Steiner MC, Evans RA, Greening NJ, Free RC, Woltmann G, Toms N, Morgan MD. Comprehensive respiratory assessment in advanced COPD: a 'campus to clinic' translational framework. Thorax. 2015 Aug;70(8):805-8.

Watson EL, Greening NJ, Viana JL, Aulakh J, Bodicoat DH, Barratt J, Feehally J, Smith AC. Progressive Resistance Exercise Training in CKD: A Feasibility Study. Am J Kidney Dis. 2015 Aug;66(2):249-57.

Greening NJ, Williams JE, Hussain SF, Harvey-Dunstan TC, Bankart MJ, Chaplin EJ, Vincent EE, Chimera R, Morgan MD, Singh SJ, Steiner MC. An early rehabilitation intervention to enhance recovery during hospital admission for an exacerbation of chronic respiratory disease: randomised controlled trial. BMJ. 2014 Jul 8;349:g4315.

Bolton CE, Bevan-Smith EF, Blakey JD, Crowe P, Elkin SL, Garrod R, Greening NJ, Heslop K, Hull JH, Man WD, Morgan MD, Proud D, Roberts CM, Sewell L, Singh SJ, Walker PP, Walmsley S; British Thoracic Society Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Guideline Development Group; British Thoracic Society Standards of Care Committee. British Thoracic Society guideline on pulmonary rehabilitation in adults. Thorax. 2013 Sep;68 Suppl 2:ii1-30.


  • Performs and co-ordinates regular post-graduate training in respiratory medicine
  • Performs regular undergraduate medical training
  • Taught on national courses on pulmonary rehabilitation, COPD and respiratory physiology
  • Invited talks at International, National and Regional meetings


MBBS, PhD, MRCP (Respiratory Medicine), BMedSci(hons)

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