Martin Samuels

Dr Martin Samuels
Dr Martin Samuels is a Consultant Respiratory Paediatrician with particular interests in respiratory control disorders, paediatric sleep disordered breathing and long term ventilation.

He has worked part-time at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) since 2013, working the rest of the week at the University Hospital of North Midlands in Stoke-on-Trent, where he has a similar practice.


Dr Samuels practices paediatric respiratory medicine with particular interest in disorders of respiratory control, including:

  • obstructive sleep apnoea
  • apnoea of infancy (and apparent life-threatening events)
  • sleep disordered breathing 
  • hypoventilation syndromes 

His clinical practice includes regular review of children and young people with neuromuscular disorders and neurodisability, as well as those with congenital central hypoventilation syndrome (CCHS).


Dr Samuels qualified from the University of London (Guy’s Hospital Medical School) in 1981. His qualifications include:

  • MB BS
  • BSc
  • MD
He trained in general paediatrics in the south-east, including GOSH, before spending a number of years at the Royal Brompton Hospital/National Heart and Lung Institute.

He moved in 1992 to help establish a new Academic Department of Paediatrics at Keele University and paediatric intensive care at the University Hospital of North Midlands, where he still practices paediatric respiratory medicine.

He is a Designated Doctor for Unexpected Deaths for Staffordshire, and Chair of the International Advanced Paediatric Life Support Working Group for ALSG.

Research Interests

Dr Samuels MD thesis was undertaken on mechanisms for hypoxaemic episodes in infants and children (University of London, 1992). 

Since then, he has retained interests in mechanisms for hypoxaemic and apnoeic episodes in infants and children, as well as chronic hypoventilation syndromes.

He has trialled event recording equipment for use at home, supervised a randomised controlled trial of negative extrathoracic pressure in neonatal respiratory failure, and managed congenital central hypoventilation syndrome with non-invasive ventilation.

He has contributed to various national and international clinical guidelines.