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Dr Parvis Habibi

Consultant in Paediatric Intensive Care, Sleep & Respiratory Medicine



Children's Services

Special Interests

Childhood respiratory diseases, Asthma, Sleep disorders of childhood, Baby feeding and sleeping problems.

NHS Base

St Mary's Hospital


The Portland Hospital

234 Great Portland Street


020 3312 6341


  • PhD, 1980 Physiological Psychology:
    • ‘The role of the limbic system in learning and memory’. 
  • MB ChB 1980, Birmingham University medical school.  
  • MRCP (UK) 1983, FRCP 1994, FRCPCH, 1998.
  • 1981-1992: Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Dudley Rd Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hackney, GOSH.
  • 1992, Senior Lecturer/Consultant, Imperial College/St Mary’s
    • Founder of the Paediatric Intensive care Unit (PICU) at St Mary’s Hospital
    • Pioneered inter-hospital transport of critically ill children based on the standard of ‘mobile intensive care’. 
    • 'The Millennium Celebration of Achievement'. Citation for Mobile Intensive Care service innovation. One of 400 people chosen from different walks of life in the UK.
    • Pear reviewed, published figures from our unit [2001] showed the lowest year on year mortality for meningococcal disease.
    • Co-founder in 1995 and present Chairman of the charity COSMIC [Children of St Mary’s Intensive Care, Reg Charity 1043697].
  • Appointed Clinical Reader, 2006, Paediatric Intensive Care and Respiratory Medicine
  • 2008, Director Paediatric Research Unit, Imperial College.
  • Research sabbatical Sydney Children’s Hospital: Sleep Medicine
  • Research Interests and postgraduate supervision:
    • Inter-hospital transport of the critically ill child
    • Acute management of meningococcal disease: 1 MD
    • Nutrition in Critical Care: 2 PhD projects
    • BREATHE trial: Phase 3 RCT, heliox in Bronchiolitis: 1 PhD
    • Non-invasive ventilation: 1 MD
    • Sleep Medicine
    • Novel technologies for diagnosis of Sleep Disordered breathing
    • The link between asthma and Sleep disordered breathing in children: 1 PhD
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