Athol Wells, MD, is a Professor of Respiratory Medicine at the Royal Brompton Hospital and Imperial College, London. He trained in New Zealand, moving to the Royal Brompton Hospital in 1999, heading the ILD Unit from 2007 to 2016 and continuing to chair the ILD research group. His research interests include the applicability of CT in ILD diagnosis and prognostic evaluation, patterns of progression in individual ILDs. He created and developed the ILD disease behaviour classification. He received the ERS lifetime achievement in ILD in 2019 and the ERS Presidential Award in 2023. He is a member of the Fleischner Society and current president of the World Association of Sarcoidosis and other Granulomatous Diseases (WASOG). He is one of the most cited world researchers in ILD. In September 2023, his h-index in the Google Scholar Citations database was 151 (101 since 2018), with over 90,000 citations in total.