Marshall, Dr Ben G

Dr Ben MarshallMBBS FRCP DTM&H PhD FAcadMed

Specialty

Respiratory and general internal medicine

Sub-specialty

Pulmonary infection and interstitial lung diseases

Training and education

  • Medical training at St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, London
  • MRCP (member of the Royal College of Physicians) - 1991
  • DTM&H (diploma in tropical medicine and hygiene) - Royal College of Physicians, 1992
  • PhD in immunology and molecular genetics - University of London, 1999
  • FRCP (fellow of the Royal College of Physicians) - 2004
  • Diploma in medical leadership - Southampton Solent University, 2014
  • FAcadMEd (fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators) - 2017

Experience

Dr Marshall has worked for the Trust since March 2000. He's also an honorary associate professor in medicine.

Dr Marshall is one of the senior members of the Trust’s respiratory team. The team is part of a multidisciplinary service including nurse specialists, physiotherapists and pharmacists.

He’s the lead clinician for the tuberculosis service and runs a weekly clinic at the Royal South Hants Hospital. He also supervises the management and treatment of inpatients with tuberculosis. He’s also the Trust’s lead for pneumonia, and has run a virtual pneumonia follow up service for the past three years. You can read about the service in the European Respiratory Journal.

Key achievements

  • Dr Marshall is on the tuberculosis control board for the south of England, advising on matters related to tuberculosis including strategies to reduce transmission. He's also on the tuberculosis strategy board for the Wessex area.
  • Dr Marshall is a member of the Education Academy at the Royal College of Physicians, London, with 10 years of contributions to the ‘Doctors as Educators’ programme. 

  • In the last ten years, Dr Marshall has lead his clinical service at a time of expansion and helped to develop both clinical services and a new biomedical research centre.

Awards and prizes

  • Honorary associate professor - University of Southampton Faculty of Medicine, 2017
  • Brian Leatherdale teaching award for best clinical teacher - 2016
  • Award of Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Educators - 2017

Media

Dr Marshall was involved in a filming project that launched at the Royal Society for Public Health Awards in 2016: 'Championing the Public's Health'. The objectives of this project are to emphasize the value of vaccination at all stages of life and to demonstrate the potential of vaccination as part of an effective preventative health strategy.

He regularly gives interviews on TV, on the radio and in the press in the areas of respiratory infections and vaccinations for influenza. 

Research

Dr Marshall is active in three areas of research. In the division of clinical experimental science, he's involved with clinical and basic science research in the field of interstitial lung diseases, collaborating with Professors Donna Davies, Luca Richeldi and Ratko Djukanovic in furthering understanding of pathophysiological mechanisms underpinning pulmonary fibrosis and sarcoidosis.

He's a principle investigator for a basic science study in this area (Pathophysiological mechanisms of pulmonary fibrosis- REC no. 07/H0607/73). This work was published this year in JCI Insights, looking at the three dimensional characterisation of fibroblastic foci in the disease idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. He's also a clinical investigator in a number of clinical trials and clinical research projects pertaining to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. He's a member of the SORT IPF consortium, bringing together leading academic clinicians from a number of clinical research centres nationally. 

Additionally, within the CES division, Dr Marshall is a principle investigator for a research project investigating novel diagnostic techniques in tuberculosis (an investigation into the immune response to tuberculosis infection and development of novel diagnostic markers - REC number 13/SC/0043). He collaborates with Professor Paul Elkington and Dr Salah Mansour in a number of research projects exploring immunological mechanisms contributing to pathogenesis, protective immune responses and pathophysiological mechanisms in tuberculosis. They have set up a research programme to obtain clinical samples from patients attending the tuberculosis outpatient service in Southampton.

The group published a study in 2016 examining the changes in conformation of human CD1c receptors in the recognition by self-reactive T cells in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

He has recently been involved in medical education research within the medical education unit, supervising two medical students doing fourth year BMedSci degrees. The focus of this research is to validate the acceptability of current educational initiatives within the BM4 programme to students, such as the introduction of personality type indicator tools and peer feedback into years 1 and 2 of this programme.

Contact

You can contact Dr Marshall via his secretary, Brenda Perry, by calling 023 8120 6228.