Clinical content leads: Dr Chris Carey, Prof Mike Grocott and Dr Ramana Alladi

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Professor Donal Buggy

Professor of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine
Mater University Hospital, University College Dublin

Donal Buggy is Full Professor of Anaesthesia and Consultant at Mater University Hospital, University College Dublin. He is an elected member of Council of the College of Anaesthetists of Ireland, chairing the CEPD-Education committee and Convenor of Irish Congress of Anaesthesia. He is board member of BJA and the ESA's Research Committee. A researcher in how perioperative interventions might influence postoperative patient outcomes, Donal is Chairman of EU COST Action 15204, a collaborative of researchers investigating the effects of anaesthesia and analgesia on cancer outcomes. He is among the leaders of this area of research over the past 12 years.


Professor Tim Cook

Consultant in Anaesthesia and ICM
Royal United Hospitals

Professor Tim Cook is Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at Royal United Hospital, Bath and Honorary Professor of Anaesthesia at the University of Bristol. As the College Advisor on Airway and Director of National Audit Projects he has led two RCoA National Audit Projects (NAP3 on epidurals/spinal anaesthesia and NAP4 on airway management) shining a light on major aspects of anaesthetic practice and changing practice. He also played a role in NAP5 studying accidental awareness during general anaesthesia. Tim has an overall interest in improving safety and quality in anaesthesia and intensive care using a bottom up approach. He was awarded the RCoA Macintosh Professorship 2012-13, the Difficult Airway Society Professorship 2014, as well as several other prizes.


Professor Gerard Danjoux

Consultant in Anaesthesia and Sleep Medicine
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Prof Gerard Danjoux is a Consultant Anaesthetist at South Tees Hospitals (appointed 2002) and holds a Visiting Chair at Teesside University. His clinical interests include preoperative evaluation and preparation of patients for high-risk surgery, CPET and sleep medicine. His work in prehabilitation is internationally recognised, having led NIHR-funded research in this area. He has established a community-based multimodal prehabilitation service in South Tees (Health Foundation funded) and plans to extend this work through a recently secured Sports England grant. Gerard holds other national roles including; member of Perioperative Medicine Leadership Committee (RCoA), faculty for European and National Perioperative CPET Practicums and research lead for the Preoperative Association.  


Dr Judith Dinsmore

Consultant Anaesthetist
St George’s Hospital

Dr Judith Dinsmore was appointed as a Consultant Anaesthetist with a specialist interest in Neuroanaesthesia at St. George's Hospital, London in 1998. During this time, she has helped to develop the service for interventional neuroradiology and awake craniotomies. She is currently the President of the NACCSGBI, organises their national educational meetings and has represented the society on several national working groups. She is an examiner for both the RCoA and the Intercollegiate Specialty Board in Neurosurgery. She has published original articles, chapters and books on a variety of topics. Judith performs pre-publication peer review of original manuscripts for several national and international journals.


Professor Mary Dixon-Woods

RAND Professor of Health Services Research in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care
University of Cambridge

A fellow of both the Academy of Social Sciences and the Academy of Medical Sciences, Professor Mary Dixon-Woods is Director of The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute (THIS Institute), and is RAND Professor of Health Services Research in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Cambridge. She leads a programme of research focused on healthcare improvement and ethics, and methodological innovation in studying healthcare. She is Deputy Editor in Chief of BMJ Quality and Safety. She holds honorary positions as an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University and as a visiting professor at the University of Leicester. She was one of the first recipients of a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award. 


Professor Mike Grocott

Professor of Anaesthesia and Critical Care Medicine
University of Southampton

Mike Grocott is the Professor of Anaesthesia and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Southampton (UoS) and a consultant in critical care medicine at University Hospital Southampton (UHS) NHS Foundation Trust. Mike graduated from St George’s in 1992 and was appointed senior lecturer at UCL in 2005. He was founding director of the NIAA Health Services Research Centre (2011-2016) and chairs the National Emergency Laparotomy Audit. Mike is NIHR CRN national specialty group lead for anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and pain. He also serves on the RCoA perioperative medicine leadership group, chairs the RCoA Education Committee and is an elected board member of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine.



Dr William Harrop-Griffiths

Consultant Anaesthetist
St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

William Harrop-Griffiths is an elected member of Council of the RCoA and Chair of the Professional Standards Committee. He is Chair of NHS Improvement’s National Safety Standards for Invasive Procedures (NatSSIPs) Group, a Past President of the AAGBI and the 2017 Carl Koller Gold Medallist of the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia. He likes speaking in public, and his lectures have been described as “a victory of style over content”. He takes this as a compliment. His clinical interests include orthopaedic, obstetric and vascular anaesthesia. His non-clinical interests include riding horses, bicycles and motorcycles. His passions are English grammar and not falling off horses, bicycles or motorcycles.


Dr Nuala Lucas

Consultant Anaesthetist
Northwick Park Hospital

Dr Nuala Lucas is a Consultant Anaesthetist at Northwick Park Hospital. Her specific interest is obstetric anaesthesia. She serves as Honorary Secretary of the Obstetric Anaesthetists’ Association and Chair of the education sub-committee. She is the anaesthetic co-lead for the maternal confidential death enquiries in the UK (MBRRACE-UK). Nuala is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia. Her research interests include complications of obstetric anaesthesia; she is a co-investigator on the UKOSS study of high regional block in obstetrics and the DREAMY project, a prospective evaluation of accidental awareness in obstetric general anaesthesia.


Dr Claire Mallinson

Consultant Anaesthetist, Director of Medical Education
Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Claire Mallinson is a consultant anaesthetist specialising in anaesthesia for children's complex deformity surgery. Claire is Director of Medical Education (Deputy Medical Director) of one of the largest under and post graduate training institutions in the country.  Claire is immediate past Chair of NACT, in which she contributed to various national reports. She is an active participant of HEE South London, often speaking and contributing to programmes. Claire has also contributed to various national reports, including Safer Prescribing of cytotoxic drugs after raising a concern regarding Foundation doctors prescribing. She is now delighted to be a newly elected member of Council of the Royal College of Anaesthetists.


Professor Paul Myles

Director, Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine
Alfred Hospital and Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Paul Myles is Professor and Director of the Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, and at Monash University, Australia. He is an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Practitioner Fellow, an Editor of BJA, and Editorial Consultant to The Lancet. Paul has been awarded more than 25 NHMRC grants, totalling more than $30 million. The main focus of his research has been on patient quality of recovery and large multicentre trials in anaesthesia.


Professor Jennifer Weller

Head of the Centre for Medical and Health Sciences Education
University of Auckland

Professor Jennifer Weller is Head of the Centre for Medical and Health Sciences Education at the University of Auckland, and a specialist anaesthetist at Auckland City Hospital. She is on the Editorial Board for the British Journal of Anaesthesia. Her research includes workplace-based assessment, simulation, teamwork and patient safety. She leads a national, government-funded program aimed at establishing multidisciplinary simulation-based team training for surgical staff. Her research in workplace-based assessment explores both the psychometric properties of assessment tools, qualitative analysis of how these assessments work in clinical practice. Jennifer holds positions with the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists in education, assessment and research, with a current focus on competency-based education.


Dr Patrick Wong

Consultant Anaesthetist
Singapore General Hospital

Dr Patrick Wong trained at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, London, as an anaesthetic registrar. He specialised in head and neck anaesthesia as a fellow at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, then as a consultant for 11 years at St George’s Hospital, London, and finally at Singapore General Hospital from 2014. He enjoys teaching at a local level, and has spoken at various conferences. Patrick has an interest in research on airway-related studies and has published articles, reviews and a book chapter.