Dr Prasad Nagakumar

Paediatric Respiratory Consultant


Year qualified:1998


Personal profile

Dr Prasad Nagakumar is a paediatric respiratory Consultant specialising in conditions affecting children’s lungs and airways.

His NHS practice is at the respiratory department of Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital where the team manages children with a variety of chest and lung problems, including severe asthma, cystic fibrosis, bronchiectasis and rare lung diseases.

Dr Nagakumar is the lead for the difficult asthma service and respiratory research. He specialises in childhood asthma including severe asthma, wheeze in toddlers, prolonged coughs in children, recurrent chest infections, allergy and sleep disorders in children.

His respiratory training was at the Royal Brompton Hospital, London and Bristol Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital for Wales, Cardiff. He completed research in children with severe asthma at Imperial College London and Royal Brompton Hospital leading to MD(Res) degree from Imperial College, London.
Dr Nagakumar has presented his asthma research work at many international and national conferences, and has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals.

He was awarded the American thoracic society abstract scholarship in 2015 and is the principal investigator for several children’s lung research projects.

He sees patients referred by GPs and colleagues from other paediatric specialities. During the initial consultation, which can last up to 30 min, the family has an opportunity to discuss their concerns. Dr Nagakumar performs a detailed clinical examination and formulates and discusses the management plan. The letter summarising the consultation will be sent to the referring doctor and a copy will be sent to the family.

Dr Nagakumar is married with two young boys. The family is keen on long walks, cycling and we try hard to balance work commitments and school by spending time together, music and sports. He loves football and stand-up comedy.

Professional Memberships

  • British Paediatric Respiratory Society
  • Royal College Paediatrics and Child Health
  • European Respiratory society

Clinical Interests

  • Cough and wheeze in young children
  • Asthma, including severe asthma, sleep disordered breathing and allergy in children


  • Childhood asthma
  • Severe asthma
  • Wheeze in toddlers
  • Prolonged cough in children
  • Recurrent chest infections
  • Allergy
  • Sleep disorders in children

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