Professor Michael Steiner

Academic Champion in Respiratory Medicine

Professor Mick Steiner

  • Honorary Professor within the Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, University of Leicester
  • Consultant Respiratory Physician within University Hospitals of Leicester



Michael Steiner is a consultant respiratory physician at University Hospitals of Leicester and Honorary Professor at Loughborough and Leicester Universities. His sub-speciality clinical interests include management of advanced COPD, lung volume reduction therapies and home non-invasive ventilation.

His research interests focus on chronic disease management in COPD with particular expertise in exercise performance, physical training, pulmonary rehabilitation, nutrition and skeletal muscle dysfunction. He is the Clinical Lead for the Pulmonary Rehabilitation component of the National COPD Audit Programme.

Relevant recent grants:

  • M.C. Steiner (Deputy lead for Workpackage 4: Reducing the burden of COPD by targeting skeletal muscle mass and function, Lead applicant Prof Mike Polkey, Royal Brompton Hospital). MRC/ABPI COPD consortium. Total value £6M, WP4 Budget aprox £1.6M. 4 Year Programme 2011 – 2015.
  • M. C. Steiner (Lead Applicant) Risk Stratification tools to identify patients with advanced COPD in Primary Care. EM CLAHRC Phase 3 award. £103,855. 2015-2017.
  • M. C. Steiner (Co-applicant, Lead Applicant: Dr Nick Hopkinson, Imperial College, London). Comparative effectiveness of lung volume reduction surgery and bronchoscopic lung volume reduction with valve placement in patients with emphysema. £349,992. 2016-2019.

Relevant positions of responsibility:

  • Co-academic leadership of the Leicester Centre for Exercise and Rehabilitation Science at Glenfield Hospital. Research interests include disease management for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other chronic lung diseases, with particular expertise in exercise performance, physical training, rehabilitation, nutrition and skeletal muscle dysfunction in COPD.
  • Clinical lead for the HQIP (Health Quality Improvement Partnership) commissioned national Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PR) Audit (2013-2017). Part of the National COPD Audit Programme, this audit has conducted a comprehensive assessment of the provision of pulmonary rehabilitation (over 7000 cases) in England and Wales.
  • Member of the secondary care audit group, which has published a comprehensive audit of hospital care in England and Wales (over 13000 cases).
  • Co-chair of the British Thoracic Society Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PR) Quality Standards Group. Published in 2014, the PR Quality Standards identify key quality indicators to assist PR commissioners and providers in providing high quality PR services.
  • Clinical lead for the Long term Conditions (LTC) workstream of the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) Better Care Together Programme. This five year programme seeks to transform care for LTCs in LLR by shifting the focus of care from hospitals to the community.
  • Chair of the data monitoring committee for the “PRACTICE” trial  and member of the DMEC for the TWICS trial both funded by the NIHR HTA programme.
  • He is a member of the British Thoracic Society Council and Professional and Organisational Standards Committee.
  • Member of the ATS Pulmonary Rehabilitation Planning Committee.

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