Professor John Moxham to be new ASH Chairman

Tuesday 08 December 2009

A leading professor of respiratory medicine is to become the new Chairman of the health campaigning charity ASH (Action on Smoking and Health). Professor Moxham takes up the post today at the charity’s AGM, having already served on the ASH board of management for many years. John Moxham replaces Donald Reid, who is retiring as ASH’s Chair after seven years in the post.

After qualifying in 1973, John Moxham began to specialise in respiratory medicine.
From 1977–1980 he was a Lecturer in Medicine at University College Hospital researching respiratory muscle physiology. In 1982 he was appointed as a Consultant Physician to King’s College Hospital and in 1990 was appointed Professor of Respiratory Medicine. For 30 years his research interests have been respiratory physiology, including respiratory muscle weakness, neural respiratory drive, breathlessness, ventilatory failure, non-invasive intervention, and pulmonary rehabilitation.

John Moxham has a distinguished career as an academic, a clinician, and in health service management. From 2003 to 2009 he was Medical Director of King’s College Hospital. This year he relinquished this post to become Director of Clinical Strategy at King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre. [1]

Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive of ASH said

“I’m delighted to welcome Professor Moxham as our new Chairman. He brings a wealth of experience both in academic research and health service management that will be invaluable to ASH as we move forward in the next stage of tobacco control.”

Professor Moxham said:

“ASH has achieved a great deal in recent years and is an extremely effective campaigning organisation. I look forward to working with the charity to help it achieve its goals in the years to come.”
[1] Kings Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre is a pioneering collaboration between KCL, Guys and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS foundation trusts.