Dr Michael Pelly is a consultant physician
at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital
in acute, general, and elderly medicine.

He is Lead Clinician for stroke medicine
and is an honorary senior lecturer at Imperial College.

Clinical interests and approach

Most Physicians in the United Kingdom train in general internal medicine and then have a specialty interest. Sometimes the role of the general internal physician, providing an overview, is lost in specialist opinions. Dr Pelly’s clinical practice has remained very wide and he sees patients of all ages from young adults with post-travel illness to the elderly with more complex problems.

As an experienced consultant, he is used to dealing with a wide variety of illnesses and conditions and is known for his careful and thorough approach, especially for those referrals without a clear diagnosis.

His approach is traditional and holistic, beginning with a full history and examination to look at the whole picture, in order to reach and agree a plan for investigation and management.

His special interests are:

  • General medical diagnostic dilemmas
  • Stroke and vascular medicine, hypertension and heart failure.
  • Elderly issues such as multiple complex patients, delirium, depression and dementia, funny turns and faints, pre and post-operative assessments, mobility and rehabilitation.
  • Infections especially post travel and post-infection syndromes.

Dr Pelly qualified in 1978 at St Marys Hospital in London and spent three years in training posts in central London before going to Baragwanath hospital it Soweto, South Africa. He worked there for 2 1/2 years as a medical registrar. Following that he spent a year in Ethiopia during the 1984/5 famine.

On returning to England he spent eighteen months in General Practice and then did a postgraduate MSc in tropical medicine prior to returning to hospital medicine as a senior registrar at the old Westminster Hospital.

He was appointed Consultant in 1992 and then moved, with the hospital, to the new Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. He is an honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College and has always played an active role in the medical school.

Dr Pelly has a special interest in humanitarian action, particularly epidemic control and the management of crises and disasters affecting large populations. He has had extensive experience in famine relief in Africa and experience working in long term programme development in Afghanistan, Iran and North Korea.

He worked as an external medical advisor to a TB/HIV programme for the International Federation of the Red Cross in the Former Soviet Union. Find out more about Dr Pelly’s Humanitarian work here.

He has recently left his role as Associate director in the International Office (Global Health) at the Royal College of Physicians after a 5 year tenure. He served as a council member of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene for two terms. He has just completed eight years as a trustee for the Tropical Health Education trust (THET).

He was also the Vice-Chairman of the International Forum of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges. Find out more About Dr Pelly here.