Dr Dean Creer

Consultant Respiratory & General Physician

QualificationsMBChB, FRCP

Languages spoken:English

Main NHS base:

  • Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Clinical interests:

Dr Creer has accumulated specialist expertise at clinical assessment and at interpreting chest x-rays, Chest CT scans and specialised breathing tests which allows him to provide a comprehensive assessment. He also performs bronchoscopy to allow the visual assessment of the breathing tubes having performed over 1500 procedures.

Dr Creer has a broad range of respiratory expertise including the assessment of common respiratory symptoms like Cough (including longstanding cough, coughing excessive sputum and coughing up blood), Breathlessness, Wheezing, Unintentional weight loss with lung cancer risk factors such as smoking, Positive TB skin or TB blood tests and the investigation of possible lung cancers including patients requiring Lung Cancer Screening.

Dr Creer has expertise managing conditions like Asthma, COPD including Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema, Unexplained breathlessness, Chronic cough, Lung cancer and patients with suspected lung cancer, Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Syndrome, Pneumothorax, Pulmonary embolism and Sarcoidosis.

Training and Background

Dr Creer studied at the University of Cape Town Medical School, graduating in 1991. He undertook his specialist medical training in London including the Royal Free Hospital, the London Chest and St Bartholomew’s Hospital. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and has been a specialist respiratory and general medicine physician since 2004.

Recent Publications:

Brown J, Clark K, Smith C, Hopwood J, Lynard O, Toolan M, Creer D, Barker J, Breen R, Brown T, Cropley I, Lipman M. Variation in C – reactive protein response according to host and mycobacterial characteristics in active tuberculosis. BMC Infect Dis. Jun 10;16(1):265. doi: 10.1186/s12879-016-1612-1. 2016

Abdullah R, Tavare AN, Creamer A, Creer D, Vancheeswaran R, Hare SS. Lung cancer tissue diagnosis in poor lung function: addressing the ongoing percutaneous lung biopsy FEV1 paradox using Heimlich valve. Thorax;0:1–2. doi:10.1136/thoraxjnl-2016-208381. 2016

Tavare AN, Creer DD, Khan S, Vancheeswaran R, Hare SS.  Ambulatory percutaneous lung biopsy with early discharge and Heimlich valve management of iatrogenic pneumothorax: more for less. Thorax; 71(2):190-2. 2016

Tavare AN, Creer D, Hayward M, Hare S. Exogenous Lipoid Pneumonia Mimicking Multifocal Bronchogenic Carcinoma. Journal of Thoracic Oncology; December,10(12):1809-1810. 2015

Fink D, Barakat F, Ellis J, Lakra C, Bodhani R, Creer D, Elsaghier AF. Blood culture fluorescence rates predict severity and mortality of invasive pneumococcal pneumonia. Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis; Aug; 34(8):1559-66. 2015

O’Hara GA, Abdullah S, Creer DD, Elsaghier AF. Cord formation in BACTEC(TM) medium aids rapid identification of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex.
Int J Tuberc Lung Dis; Jun;19(6):709-10. 2015

Ling CL, Oravcova K, Beattie TF, Creer DD, Dilworth JP, Fulton NL, Hardie A, Munro M, Pond M, Templeton K, Webster D, Workman S, McHugh TD, Gillespie SH. Tools for detection of Mycoplasma amphoriforme: a primary respiratory pathogen? J Clin Microbiol Apr 29; 52(4):1177-81. 2014

Kruijshaar ME, Lipman M, Essink-Bot ML, Lozewicz S, Creer D, Dart S, Maguire H, Abubakar I. Health status of UK patients with active tuberculosis. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis; 14(3): 296-302. 2010

Dhasmana DJ, Nash J, Bradley JC, Creer D, Provenzano G. TB screening and anti-TNFalpha treatment. Thorax; 61(7): 641. 2006

Creer DD, Dilworth JP, Gillespie SH, Johnston AR, Johnston SL, Ling C, Patel S, Sanderson G, Wallace PG, McHugh TD. Aetiological role of viral and bacterial infections in acute adult lower respiratory tract infection (LRTI) in primary care.
Thorax; 61(1): 75-9. 2006

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Member of:

  • Royal College of Physicians
  • British Thoracic Society
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