Clinical content leads: Dr Chris Carey, Prof Mike Grocott and Dr Russell Perkins

Monday 20 May 2019


Professor Mike Grocott | Developing a centre for perioperative care

Professor of Anaesthesia and Critical Care Medicine
University of Southampton
Southampton, UK

Mike Grocott is the Professor of Anaesthesia and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Southampton and a consultant in critical care medicine at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. He is an elected council member of the RCoA, chair of the Education Training and Examination Board and is currently leading the development of a national Centre for Perioperative Care.
Mike is an NIHR senior investigator and NIHR CRN national specialty group lead for anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and pain. He chairs the board of the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia (2018-2021) and was previously founding director of the NIAA Health Services Research Centre (2011-2016) and chair of the National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (2012-2017).



Professor Ramani Moonesinghe | The future of anaesthesia

Professor of Perioperative Medicine
University College London Hospitals
London, UK

Ramani is Professor of Perioperative Medicine at UCL and works clinically at University College London Hospitals (UCLH). She is Director of the Health Services Research Centre (HSRC) at the Royal College of Anaesthetist (RCoA), and the NIHR funded Surgical Outcomes Research Centre (SOuRCe) at UCL/UCLH. She is the 2018 RCoA Macintosh Professor and was a trainee Council Member of the RCoA between 2008 and 2012. She is the Associate National Clinical Director for elective care at NHS England and a Health Foundation Improvement Science fellow. Ramani leads the national Perioperative Quality Improvement Programme (www.pqip.org.uk) and the Sprint National Anaesthesia Projects for the HSRC, RCoA and UCL SOuRCe. 


Dr Maxime Cannesson | AI and anaesthesia

Professor and Vice Chair of Anaesthesiology
UCLA, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Dr. Cannesson’s career focuses on the interplay between medical technologies, perioperative care delivery models, and patients’ outcome. His aim is to leverage health-informatics, artificial intelligence, telemedicine, and autonomous systems in the perioperative setting to improve patient care, and lead the way in digital health, data sciences, and computational medicine. Because these approaches are likely to disrupt the current practice of anesthesiologists, his goal is to expand the scope of Anesthesiology to the perioperative setting through new multi-disciplinary care delivery models such as Enhanced Surgical Recovery and Perioperative Medicine programs. This is particularly relevant as healthcare systems are shifting to value-based care. 


Dr Gareth Ackland | Myocardial injury after non-cardiac surgery: Is anaesthesia to blame?

Reader in Perioperative Medicine
Queen Mary, University of London
London, UK

Gareth graduated from St John’s College, Oxford University Medical School. He completed clinical training in general medicine, anaesthesiology and critical care mostly on the UCL-linked clinical rotation, including 18 months at Stanford University Medical Center, USA. Having completed an Academy of Medical Sciences/Health Foundation clinician scientist intermediate research training fellowship award in 2014, Gareth was appointed Senior Lecturer in Perioperative Medicine at William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary, University of London in 2015. Current clinical duties are based at the Royal London Hospital providing anaesthesia for major elective, transplant and trauma surgery.  The focus of Gareth’s research funded by British Heart Foundation, NIHR, MRC and NIAA, focuses on improving outcomes for patients following major surgery and critical illness through developing translational models, specifically focussing on autonomic regulation of tissue injury. Gareth was awarded the BOC research Chair in anaesthesia (2016-2021) to support further translational studies focussed on the role of autonomic dysfunction fuelling perioperative organ injury.

Dr Anthony Absalom | Postoperative neurocognitive dysfunction

Professor of Anesthesiology
University Medical Center, University of Groningen
Groningen, The Netherlands

Anthony (Tony) Absalom studied medicine at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and underwent specialist training in East Anglia and Scotland in the UK. He is currently Professor of Anesthesiology at the University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen University, Netherlands. For several years, his clinical interests have been procedural sedation, anaesthesia for neurosurgery, and intravenous anaesthesia techniques. His research interests are mostly in the domains of pharmacology and neuroscience. He is an editor of the British Journal of Anaesthesia, past President of the Society for Intravenous Anaesthesia, Chairman of the Neuroanaesthesia Section of the Dutch Association of Anaesthetists, and is currently Chair of the General Anaesthesia Scientific Sub-committee of the ESA.


Professor Hugh Hemmings | Developmental anaesthetic neurototoxicity

British Journal of Anaesthesia
New York, USA

Hugh Hemmings is the Joseph F. Artusio Jr. Professor and Chair of Anesthesiology, Professor of Pharmacology, and Senior Associate Dean for Research at Weill Cornell Medicine, and Anesthesiologist-in-Chief at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Hemmings earned a BS in Biochemistry from Yale College, a PhD in pharmacology from Yale Graduate School, and an MD from Yale Medical School. His graduate work in the laboratory of Paul Greengard, PhD was cited in his 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine. He completed postdoctoral work at The Rockefeller University, a residency in anaesthesia at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and a fellowship in cardiac anaesthesia at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, where he has been a faculty member for more than 25 years.
An internationally recognised neuropharmacologist, Dr. Hemmings is an expert in the synaptic effects of general anesthetics and mechanisms of neuronal signal transduction.  His research is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health.  He is active in several national and international societies for anesthesiology and neuroscience, and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Anaesthesia. He has been elected Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists and member of the Association of University Anesthesiologists. Dr. Hemmings has authored more than 120 articles in anaesthesiology and neuroscience, and has edited four books, including Pharmacology & Physiology for Anesthesia: Foundations and Clinical Application, 2e published in 2019. 

 Dame Clare Marx | Professional Conduct

 General Medical Council
 Ipswich, UK

 Dame Clare Marx joins a growing body of women leaders in healthcare. She became a consultant trauma and orthopaedic surgeon at St Mary’s and St Charles’ in 1990 before moving to work at Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust in 1993 for the next 20 years, becoming associate medical director for appraisal and revalidation in 2013. Clare chaired the trauma and orthopaedic specialist advisory committee for the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) and co-authored the first competency-based curriculum in trauma and orthopaedic surgery. She received a CBE for services to medicine in 2007 and was elected president of the British Orthopaedic Association the following year. In 2009 she was elected to the Council of the RCS and chaired the Invited Review Mechanism from 2011-14 before being elected president of the RCS (2014-17), the first woman in the history of the College to hold this role. Clare was also the chair of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management until the end of 2018. She is the first woman to hold the chair since the GMC was established 160 years ago.


Professor Iain Moppett | The Health Services Research Centre (HSRC)

Professor of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine
University of Nottingham
Nottingham, UK

Iain Moppett is an academic anaesthetist with a research interest in improving the perioperative care of patients with hip fracture. His research includes the Nottingham Hip Fracture Score for prediction of post-operative mortality. He has ongoing clinical studies into perioperative fluid management, analgesia, the role of intravenous iron and blood pressure control. Iain is on the editorial board of the BJA and sits on the NIAA research council. He is deputy director of the Health Services Research Centre.



Dr Aidan Fowler | Patient Safety

National Director of Patient Safety
NHS Improvement
London, UK

Aidan Fowler is the National Director of Patient Safety in England and a DCMO at DHSC. He was previously the Director of NHS Quality Improvement and Patient Safety and Director of the 1000 Lives Improvement Service for NHS Wales. He had responsibility for QI/PS across the Welsh NHS and was a board member of Public Health Wales.
Aidan was a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon in Gloucestershire for ten years and Chief of Service for Surgery for four before entering the NHS Leadership Academy Fast Track Executive Training Programme during which he worked as an executive at University Hospitals Bristol and subsequently worked briefly as a Medical Director in Mental Health and Community care in Worcestershire. Aidan trained as an Improvement Adviser(IA) with the IHI in Boston and was IA to the South West Safer Patient Programme and has worked on Patient Safety with WEAHSN. He has also worked as faculty with the IHI in the peri-operative safety domain in Qatar, infection reduction in Portugal and teaching improvement and safety in the UK and internationally. Aidan's surgical training was in the South West but he graduated in medicine from University College London.


Tuesday 21 May 2019

Dr Charlotte Taylor | Do we need to up our game?

Consultant Anaesthetist
Guys and St Thomas'NHS Foundation

Charlotte has been a Consultant Anaesthetist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust since 2006.  She qualified from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1992 and briefly thought she wanted to be a surgeon. After a placement in Surgical HDU she saw the light and completed her anaesthetic training in London. She is Clinical Lead for Preoperative Assessment at GSTT and specialises in anaesthesia for  upper GI and other high risk surgeries.



Dr Peter Venn | Assesment of patients with sleep-disordered breathing for surgery

Consultant Sleep Physician
The Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
East Grinstead, UK

Dr Peter Venn has been a Consultant in Sleep Medicine and Anaesthesia at the Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, East Grinstead, West Sussex since 1991.  He was a lecturer in neuro-anaesthesia at the National Hospital in 1995-96, developing an interest in obstructive sleep apnoea. Peter has held a variety of College Roles including regional adviser, Primary FRCA Examiner, Council Member and Vice President. He was founder of the Sleep Disorder Centre in East Grinstead in 1992. He is currently a member of the British Sleep Society committee. Current clinical interests include the treatment of patients with sleep disordered breathing using mandibular advancement splints and bimaxillary and saggital split osteotomy.


Dr Duminda Wijeysundera | Samuel Thompson Rowling Oration 2018 - Cardiopulmonary Fitness and Perioperative Risk: Insights from the METS Study

Associate Professor, Department of Anaesthesia and Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation
University of Toronto,
Toronto, Canada

Dr Duminda N Wijeysundera is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anaesthesia and the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, and a Staff Anaesthesiologist at St Michael’s Hospital. In addition, he is a Scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St Michael’s Hospital, and an Adjunct Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Toronto, Ontario. Duminda holds the Endowed Chair in Translational Anaesthesiology Research at St Michael’s Hospital and University of Toronto. His research programme, which aims to prevent complications following major surgery, has generated more than 195 peer-reviewed publications and received peer-reviewed funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, and the Ontario government. Duminda is also a member of the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines, as well as an editorial board member of the Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Anaesthesiology and Circulation.


Dr Sonya McKinlay | Perioperative anaemia and IV iron

Consultant Anaesthetist
Glasgow Royal Infirmary
Glasgow, UK

Dr Sonya McKinlay is a consultant anaesthetist at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. She trained in anaesthesia in the West of Scotland and spent a year as Visiting Attending at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina. She is RCoA lead for perioperative medicine (POM) at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and led the Scottish POM leads anaemia workstream, producing a Scottish Consensus on the Management of pre-operative anaemia. 



Dr Robin Russell | Management of pre-eclampsia

Consultant Anaesthetist
John Radcliffe Hospital
Oxford, UK

Robin Russell is a consultant anaesthetist at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. He trained in medicine at Guy’s Hospital Medical School where he remained for his initial anaesthetic training. He later moved to St Thomas’ Hospital as a research fellow and was awarded an MD for his work on labour epidural infusions and motor block. He completed his anaesthetic training at St Thomas’ Hospital and after a brief spell in Australia, moved to Oxford in 1996. Robin Russell was co-editor and latterly editor in chief of the International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia from 2006 until 2016. He is elected member of the OAA executive committee.



Dr Davandra Patel | Acute pain management in children

Consultant in Paediatric Anaesthesia & Acute Pain Lead
Royal Manchester Children's Hospital
Manchester, UK

He has been a consultant in paediatric anaesthesia for the last 23 years and has developed a special interest and expertise in anaesthesia for spinal surgery, renal transplantation and acute pain management. He has published several articles in peer reviewed journals on scoliosis related topics and pain management. He was a visiting instructor at the Mott Children’s Hospital, Ann Arbor Michigan from 1994-95 and a clinical director of anaesthesia and theatres at RMCH from 2000-03. He has been the course director for the Annual Manchester Paediatric Anaesthesia Update Meeting since 2004. He founded the Northwest Paediatric Anaesthesia Group in 2008 and established the National Paediatric Scoliosis Anaesthesia Network in 2012. He is currently an AAC representative for the RCoA.


Dr William Harrop-Griffiths | Wrong site blocks

Consultant Anaesthetist
St Mary's Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
London, UK

William Harrop-Griffiths is an elected member of RCoA Council and Chair of the Clinical Quality & Research Board. 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.



Dr Fiona Kelly | Human factors and difficult airway management

Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine
Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
Bath, UK

Dr Fiona Kelly is a consultant in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine at the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust. She has been airway lead in Bath for 5 years, and co-led the  universal videolaryngoscopy project there with Tim Cook, resulting in a move to universal videolaryngoscopy in Bath in 2017. Fiona was previously Faculty Tutor for ICM in Bath and deputy Training Programme Director for ICM in the Severn Region, and is the creator of the 'Bath tea trolley' training method.Fiona has an interest in human factors and ergonomics, and chairs the Difficult Airway Society human factors and ergonomics guideline group. Her interest in resilience started following a fire on the ICU in Bath in 2011, caused by a oxygen cylinder which caught fire as it was turned on, and the aftermath that followed that event.


Professor Ellen O'Sullivan | RCoA global partnership: into the future

Consultant Anaesthetist
St James's Hospital
Dublin, Ireland

Ellen O'Sullivan is a consultant anaesthesiologist at St James’s Hospital, Dublin, having trained and worked as a consultant in the UK. Her clinical and research interests are in the area of airway management. She is past president of the Difficult Airway Society (DAS) and was appointed the DAS Professor of anaesthesia in 2015. She is also past-president of the College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland. Now an elected member of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) Prof O’Sullivan chairs the Audit and Internal Affairs committee. International engagement and teaching and training in low/ middle income countries forms an important part of Ellen’s career and is involved in projects in sub-saharan Africa. She is chair of the RCoA first Global Partnerships Committee.



Professor Paul Wischmeyer | Samuel Thompson Rowling Oration 2019: What patient's need their doctors to know: Keeping the CARE in healthcare

Professor of Anaesthesiology
Duke University, North CArolina, USA
Paul E. Wischmeyer, MD, EDIC, is a critical care, perioperative and nutrition physician who serves as a Professor with Tenure of Anesthesiology and Surgery at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, NC. He also serves as the Associate Vice Chair for Clinical Research in the Dept. of Anesthesiology, Director of the Nutrition Team at Duke Hospital, and Director of Perioperative Research at the Duke Clinical Research Institute. Dr. Wischmeyer’s clinical and research focus is in nutrition, perioperative care, and critical care to help patients prepare and recover from critical illness and surgery. His research interests include ICU and surgical nutrition therapy, perioperative optimization, post-illness lean body mass and functional recovery, role of probiotics/microbiome in illness and advocacy for improving the patient experience. Dr. Wischmeyer has received numerous awards from national and international societies, including the Jeffrey Silverstein Award and Memorial Lecture for Humanism in Medicine from the American Delirium Society. Further, he was recently named an honorary Fellow of the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.

Dr Cathy Stannard |  The opioid epidemic: A disaster in waiting?

Consultant in Complex Pain and Pain Transformation Programme Clinical Lead
NHS Gloucestershire CCG
Gloucestershire, UK

Cathy Stannard has worked as a Consultant in Pain Medicine for 23 years and is now a Consultant in Complex Pain and Pain Transformation Programme Clinical Lead for NHS Gloucestershire CCG. She has written numerous chapters and four textbooks on aspects of pain management, evidence, and opioid therapy in particular and published widely on the use of opioids for persistent pain and the potential implications of analgesic prescribing for public health. She has chaired working groups for the Medical Royal Colleges, professional organisations and policymakers on Pain and Substance Misuse, Best Practice in Opioid Prescribing, Pain and Addiction and Pain Management in Secure Environments. Cathy is involved in the work of a number of bodies including, PHE, MHRA, European Medicines Agency, and the Cochrane collaboration. She is board member of the IASP special interest group on Systematic Reviews and Outcome Evaluation, Member of the IASP International Taskforce on Opioids and group member for the WHO Guideline on Cancer Pain Management. Cathy is currently Clinical lead for the NICE Guideline on Chronic Pain. She has a busy schedule of lectures nationally and internationally on use of opioids and on problem opioid use to policymakers, professionals working in the field of pain and other medical disciplines. She has run multidisciplinary services for patients on high dose opioids and patients with challenging psychiatric co-morbidity. She has recently led a national strategy for improving pain management in prisons and provides in-reach pain services to five prisons in the South West of England. Cathy frequently contributes to conversations about pain, opioids and painkiller addiction in both written and broadcast media.


Wednesday 22 May 2019

Dr Chris Snowden | Getting it Right First Time (GIRFT)

Consultant Anaesthetist
Freeman Hospital
Newcastle Upon Tyne

Chris trained and graduated in Newcastle upon Tyne and became a Consultant Anaesthetist at The Freeman Hospital in 1997. His clinical week includes hepatobiliary (including liver and pancreatic transplantation), urology and vascular surgery. Chris also has extensive experience in developing preoperative assessment pathways and cardiopulmonary exercise testing. In March 2015 he was appointed as National Clinical Lead (Joint) for Perioperative Medicine at the RCOA. More recently, in Sept 2017, he took up the post of National Clinical Lead (Joint) for Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at NHS Improvement for the “Get it Right First Time” Programme Clinical Interests: High-risk surgery: Preoperative Assessment: Perioperative Habilitation: Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing: Perioperative Research interests include alcohol cessation, behavioural interventions and Exercise training. Chris’s overall work program aims to promote the transformation of the anaesthetist into the broader base of a perioperative specialist.


Professor Denny Levett | Fitness, exercise and surgery

Professor of Perioperative Medicine and Critical Care
University of Southampton and University Hospital Southampton

Denny is the Professor of Perioperative Medicine and Critical Care at the University of Southampton and a Consultant in Perioperative Medicine at Southampton University Hospital NHS Foundation trust. She is the Perioperative Medicine Lead in Southampton and leads the postoperative surgical high dependency unit and the pre-operative cardiopulmonary exercise testing service. Her research interests include the use of CPET for risk prediction and to guide perioperative management, prehabilitation prior to surgery and oxygen utilisation in hypoxia. She is the clinical CI of the INSPIRE trial evaluating pre-operative inspiratory muscle training as a means of reducing post operative pulmonary complications and is part of the Fit 4 Surgery research group. She is president of the newly established Perioperative Exercise Testing and Training Society (POETTS) and she established and has chairs the National Perioperative Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing course in the UK.


Dr Joyce Yeung | UK Perioperative Medicine Clinical Trials Network (CTN) 

Associate Clinical Professor in Anaesthesia and Critical Care
University of Warwick

Dr Joyce Yeung completed her medical training in Birmingham and was appointed as Associate Professor in Anaesthesia and Critical Care at Warwick University in 2017. She is Theme lead for Emergency and Critical Care Research group at Warwick Medical School and works clinically as an Honorary Consultant in Critical Care at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. She is Deputy Chair of UK Perioperative Clinical Trials Network. She led a research programme examining regional anaesthesia versus general versus on reducing post-operative delirium in patients with hip fractures (REGARD) within her NIHR Post Doctoral Fellowship. Her research interests include improving post-operative outcomes, delirium and resuscitation.


Dr David Bogod | Supervision and the Cappuccini Test

Consultant Anaesthetist
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

David Bogod has been a consultant obstetric anaesthetist working in Nottingham for nearly 30 years.  During that time, he has been Editor-in-Chief of Anaesthesia, Vice-President of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland, and President of the Obstetric Anaesthetists' Association.  David is currently a Council Member of the Royal College of Anaesthetists and Editor of the College Bulletin, but obstetrics remains his life-long passion.  David has provided expert opinion in over 400 obstetric negligence claims, and is now developing learning from this experience with a series of 'lessons from the law' papers, starting with an analysis of pain felt during Caesarean section under regional anaesthesia.


Professor Rupert Pearse | Improving outcomes after emergency laparotomy: Results of EPOCH trial

NIHR Research Professor and Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine
Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS Trust

Rupert Pearse graduated in 1996 from St George’s Hospital Medical School, London, UK. After time working in general medicine and anaesthesia, he returned to St George’s Hospital where he developed many of his current research interests and completed his training in Intensive Care Medicine. In 2006, he was appointed Senior Lecturer in Intensive Care Medicine at Queen Mary University of London and was promoted to Professor in 2014. He has now given up anaesthesia to concentrate on his clinical duties on the Adult Critical Care Unit at The Royal London Hospital and his research interests in improving outcomes following major surgery. Rupert is Founding Director of the Perioperative Medicine Clinical Trials Network (pomctn.org.uk) and plays a leading role in a number of large multi-centre studies including PRISM, OPTIMISE II and EPOCH.


Dr Anita Sugavanam | Point of care testing for haemostasis

Consultant Anaesthetist
Brighton and Sussex University NHS

Anita is a consultant anaesthetist currently working in Vienna, on sabbatical from Brighton & Sussex University NHS trust. She first developed an interest in bleeding and measuring bleeding risk during a research year in liver transplant anaesthesia at the Royal Free Hospital in London. Since then she has become Patient Blood Management lead in Brighton and chairs a study group looking at the role of postoperative iv iron in emergency surgical patients.



Dr Anthony Absalom | Postoperative neurocognitive dysfunction

Professor of Anesthesiology
University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, Netherlands

Anthony (Tony) Absalom studied medicine at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and underwent specialist training in East Anglia and Scotland in the UK. He is currently Professor of Anesthesiology at the University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen University, Netherlands. For several years, his clinical interests have been procedural sedation, anaesthesia for neurosurgery, and intravenous anaesthesia techniques. His research interests are mostly in the domains of pharmacology and neuroscience. He is an editor of the British Journal of Anaesthesia, past President of the Society for Intravenous Anaesthesia, Chairman of the Neuroanaesthesia Section of the Dutch Association of Anaesthetists, and is currently Chair of the General Anaesthesia Scientific Sub-committee of the ESA.