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Professor Parviz Habibi qualified in 1980 from Birmingham Medical School and also is a PhD Science graduate from the University of Birmingham. He was the founder of the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at St. Mary's Hospital London, in 1992 and was one of the pioneers of "mobile intensive care" a specialised service for transportation of critically ill children. Professor Habibi was one of 400 people invited to the Millennium Celebration of Achievement, luncheon in the presence of Her Majesty, The Queen.
Professor Habibi is a Clinician Scientist and Principal Investigator at Imperial College London. He has carried out medical translational research into childhood illnesses such as meningitis and septicaemia, bronchiolitis, asthma and sleep apnoea.
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As a children's respiratory specialist, Professor Habibi also treats children with all sorts of childhood respiratory conditions. More common conditions that may arise in young children and toddlers includes respiratory tract infections, allergies, wheezing, pneumonia, chronic cough and prematurity of the lungs.
Children who have been born prematurely and whose lungs are not fully developed may encounter breathing difficulties and are prone to respiratory infections like Respiratory Syncitial Virus (RSV). RSV is extremely contagious so most children will have it by the time they are two years of age. However, in premature or very young babies, or those with heart disease or weakened immunity, it can cause pneumonia or bronchiolitis, an inflammatory response in the small airways of the lungs.
Asthma is a very common respiratory disease in children, affecting one in 11 children in the UK. This allergic response in the airways can make the chest feel tight and the child may feel breathless and in severe cases, may find it difficult to breathe.
Professor Habibi provides thorough diagnosis and treatment plans for children based on the latest medical research. Some of the procedures available at Professor Habibi's practice for paediatric respiratory diseases include pulmonary function testing, allergy skin testing, X-ray and CT scans, injections for allergies and severe asthma, bronchoscopy, sleep studies for apnoea and supplementary oxygen. Each individual case is studied to find the best treatment for each patient.
He also works closely with the paediatric intensive care unit at St. Mary's Hospital with patients who need to be admitted to hospital and brings professionalism with care and compassion to each family of a sick child.
If you are looking for a children's respiratory specialist and want a second opinion privately then Mr Habibi is available for consultations at four different locations at Harley Street, Weymouth Street, The Portland Hospital Outpatient Centre and at The New Malden Diagnostic Centre in Surrey.