Dr Laura-Jane Smith

Dr Laura-Jane Smith

Respiratory Consultant at Kings College Hospital, London

Dr LJ Smith is a Respiratory Consultant at Kings College Hospital, London. She primarily sees patients with COPD and suspected or confirmed Lung Cancer. During the COVID19 pandemic she has been part of the core team caring for patients with COVID19 and has helped run a Respiratory High Dependency Unit. She has also seen patients in the COVID19 pneumonia follow up clinic, many of whom are completely recovered, but some of whom have ongoing disability.

LJ qualified as a medical doctor in 2006. She trained in Cambrige and the surrounding areas, and in hospitals across London. During training, she took time out to undertake a clinical teaching fellowship at UCL Medical School, and her interest in education led her to complete a Diploma in Clinical Education. She has written two books on Respiratory medicine for doctors in training. She also completed a year of research, focusing on prognostication in severe COPD. She joined Kings College as a Consultant in 2019.

LJ adopted a vegan approach to life in 2017. Her motivation sprang from the compassion she brings to her clinical practice, and a wish to extend this to other aspects of her life. Initially driven by a wish to reduce animal cruelty, she has discovered more and more reasons to adopt a vegan approach, including: the environmental damage of industrial agriculture and the need for urgent action to prevent climate and biodiversity collapse; the need for a just global response to food insecurity and the possibility of solutions through plant based approaches; and the psychological and physical harms to low paid workers in the animal produce industry, particularly meat production. She sees veganism as part of a commitment to compassion and equality. She has only recently learned about the health advantages of a whole-grain plant-based diet and feels a responsibility to improve her knowledge, read and interpret the latest evidence, and support others, including her patients, to make changes to enhance their longterm health and wellbeing.