Skip to content

Dr Rebecca Fortescue

Lecturer in EBCP and Co-ordinating Editor for Cochrane Airways Group
I jointly oversee Cochrane Airways, producing Cochrane Reviews about respiratory conditions

Dr Fortescue's main responsibility is jointly co-ordinating Cochrane Airways, one of the Cochrane Review Groups. The group produces and publishes Cochrane Reviews on the Cochrane Library about long-term respiratory conditions, including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), bronchiectasis, obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), interstitial lung disease (ILD), pulmonary hypertension and chronic cough. The group is part of Cochrane, an international collaboration of researchers, healthcare professionals, patients, carers and those interested in evidence-based healthcare.

Dr Fortescue is also involved in teaching evidence-based medicine and supervising medical students and junior doctors working on Cochrane Reviews. She has recently formed part of the team updating the BTS/SIGN Asthma guideline and it part of the taskforce working on the new ERS Bronchiectasis in children guideline.

Please note Dr Fortescue is currently on maternity leave.

Dr Fortescue studied medicine at Cambridge Univeristy, before training to be a general practitioner at King's College Hospital in London. She undertook a joint academic/clinical role in her fourth year of GP training and was placed at St George's for the academic element, getting involved with Cochrane Airways as well as other projects. She has continued to work with the group since then, initially splitting her time between general practice and academic work and more recently completing a Masters in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Dr Fortescue's main research interest is respiratory medicine using systematic reviewing methods. She is also interested in primary health care research and physical activity. 

Dr Fortescue is funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) and is the Principal Investigator of Cochrane Airways' current NIHR Programme Grant.

Cochrane Airways:

  • Dr Christopher Cates (Joint Co-ordinating Editor)
  • Dr Emma Dennett (Managing Editor)
  • Emma Jackson (Assistant Managing Editor)
  • Elizabeth Stovold (Information Specialist)
  • Dr Sadia Janjua (Systematic Reviewer)

Professor Tess Harris

Professor Derek Cook

Dr Umar Chaudhry

Charlotte Wahlich

Dr Fortescue contributes regularly to evidence-based medicine and Case Analysis Project (CAP) teaching.

Find a profileSearch by A-Z