XXXIVth Edinburgh
Anaesthesia Festival
17-19 August 2022

(J Kenneth Baillie)

J Kenneth Baillie

Professor of Experimental Medicine, University of Edinburgh BSc(Hons) MBChB PhD FRCA FRCP FFICM FRSE FMedSci

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Co-director, Baillie Gifford Pandemic Science Hub, Centre for Inflammation Research, University of Edinburgh, 47 Little France Crescent, Edinburgh, UK, EH16 4TJ

Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, Easter Bush, Midlothian EH25 9RG

MRC Human Genetics Unit, Institute for Genetics and Molecular Medicine, University of Edinburgh, Crewe Road, Edinburgh EH4 2XU

Intensive Care Unit, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Little France Crescent, Edinburgh EH16 4SA

(Mark Barley)

Mark Barley

Consultant Anaesthetist, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

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Mark has been a consultant anaesthetist in Nottingham for a decade following his registrar training in the East Midlands and South Yorkshire Deaneries. He is the Airway lead for the Trust and Honorary Secretary for SIVA (the Society for Intravenous Anaesthesia). His clinical interests are anaesthesia for major head and neck surgery, upper GI and emergency/trauma anaesthesia.

Processed EEG has been a routine part of his practice for more than 15 years - with expertise with a wide range of devices. As an unashamed geek he has recently been evaluating devices for nociceptive and quantitative neuromuscular monitoring monitoring. Mark has spoken regarding processed EEG and TIVA at a number of national and international conferences as well as organising the Association of Anaesthetists regular pEEG seminars.

He can be followed on Twitter @Chronotrope.

(Rosie Baruah )

Rosie Baruah

Consultant in Critical Care and Anaesthesia at the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh

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Her interests include neurocritical care, point of care ultrasound, and genderin medicine. She was chair of the Women in Intensive Care Medicine (WICM) group, a subcommittee of the FICM Career, Recruitment and Workforce Committee from 2017-2020, and stood down from this role to undertake a PhD at the Usher institute, University of Edinburgh to examine the gender balance within intensive care medicine in the UK. She is a FUSIC (Focused Ultrasound in Intensive Care Medicine) supervisor and mentor.

Twitter: @RosieICM

(Monika Beatty)

Monika Beatty

Consultant in Critical Care, Royal Infirmary FFICM Examiner & member of the FFICM SOE Examiners’ Group

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Interests: Postgraduate education & training and workforce planning in ICM Ethical and medicolegal aspects of Critical Care

Current roles held: Elected member of the Board of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine Chair of the FICM Legal and Ethical Policy Unit Member of the FICM Professional Affairs and Safety Committee FFICM Examiner & member of the FFICM SOE Examiners’ Group Former Lead ICM Regional Advisor for ICM training in Scotland (until May 2022)

(Sebastian J N Bourn)

Sebastian J N Bourn

Consultant in Anaesthesia, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and Great North Air Ambulance

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Consultant in Anaesthesia (Royal Infirmary Edinburgh - RIE) and Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine (Great North Air Ambulance Service - GNAAS).

(Ros Burns)

Ros Burns

Consultant in Anaesthesia, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

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Dr Ros Burns is a consultant obstetric anaesthetist in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and Honorary Senior Lecturer University of Edinburgh. Ros is the Anaesthetic chair of the international life support skills and drills course for obstetrics mMOET (managing medical and obstetric emergencies and trauma). Ros is a member of the steering group of the Scottish Obstetric Cardiac Network producing new resources to help teams diagnose and manage cardiac disease in pregnancy. Outside work she runs and cycles slowly, mostly in the direction of good coffee and patisserie.

(Matthew Checketts)

Matthew Checketts

Consultant Anaesthetist, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee, UK

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Matthew has been a consultant anaesthetist at NHS Tayside since 1998 and his clinical interests include pre-operative patient optimization, Fast Track arthroplasty and day case surgery. He has been trying to liberalize preoperative oral fluid fasting for his entire career and in 2021 successfully conceived, designed and gained approval for SipTilSend which was introduced for all NHS Tayside patients in December. This reduced median fluid fasting from over 6 hours to 17 minutes and was welcomed by patients and staff alike. The clinical benefits are obvious and there has been no reported rise in adverse events such as regurgitation or aspiration in over 12k patients so far. SipTilSend is now sweeping the world and many hospitals have already adopted it. Share your experience on Twitter @SipTilSend.

In his spare time, Matthew presents a bi-weekly eclectic music internet radio show called Heaven’s Mixtape which you can find at Mixcloud.com/heavensmixtape

He is also founder and director of a new company called Surgical Teams and you can find out more at surgical-teams.com


(Catherine Collinson)

Catherine Collinson

Consultant Anaesthetist, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

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Dr Catherine Collinson is a Consultant Anaesthetist at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. Her interests include obstetric anaesthesia, anaesthesia for gynae-oncology surgery and acute pain management.

(Lesley Colvin)

Lesley Colvin

Professor of Pain Medicine, University of Dundee

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From 2000-2018, Lesley was a full-time specialist in the Lothian Chronic Pain Service, and remains Hon Professor in the University of Edinburgh. In 2018, she commenced as Professor of Pain Medicine, University of Dundee, and is a Honorary Consultant in Anaesthesia & Pain Medicine, working clinically in the NHS Tayside Pain Service.

She has a particular interest in translational pain researchaiming to bring together basic scientists, clinicians, and population health scientists to address research gaps and improve pain management.

She co-leads the chronic Pain Research Group in Dundee. Research interests include pain assessment &vulnerability to chronic pain; opioids in chronic pain; chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) and other neuropathic pain syndromes;and effects of adverse childhood experience on chronic pain. She is part of the Advanced Pain Discovery Platform (https://www.ukri.org/news/new-data-hub-and-research-into-chronic-pain/) She leads the CIPN Workstream of Partnership for Assessment and Investigation of Neuropathic Pain: Studies Tracking Outcomes, Risks and Mechanisms (PAINSTORM), is a lead on the Consortium on Pain Inequality (CAPE) and co-investigator for Alleviate (UK Pain Data Hub).

Twitter: @LesleyColvin1

(Dr Nick Dobbs)

Dr Nick Dobbs

Consultant Radiologist, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

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I’m an interventional neuroradiologist practicing in Edinburgh. I went through general radiology training in Dundee, before moving to Edinburgh for INR sub specialty training. I then moved to Dublin for a post CCT fellowship in the Beaumont Hospital, which performs over 300 thrombectomies a year. Now back in Edinburgh as a consultant I perform minimally invasive neurological therapies to treat aneurysms, strokes and other vascular abnormalities of the brain and spine.


(Douglas Duncan)

Douglas Duncan

Consultant Anaesthetist, NHS Lothian, Edinburgh

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Douglas Duncan has been a consultant anaesthetist in NHS Lothian since 2005. His main NHS workload currently revolves around neuroanaesthesia and anaesthesia for head and neck cancer surgery. He trained in anaesthesia in Southeast Scotland and provisional fellowship at Royal Melbourne Hospital in Australia. Sole developer for ‘Anaesthesia Feedback’ app (available at all good app portals). Encyclopaedic knowledge of electric vehicles.

Twitter: @douglasduncan

(Naveen Eipe)

Naveen Eipe

University of Ottawa

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Dr. Naveen Eipe completed both his undergraduate (MBBS 1995) and postgraduate (MD Anesthesiology 2003) training at Christian Medical College, Vellore, India. From 2003 to 2006, he worked as the only Consultant Anesthetist in a remote rural Christian Mission Hospital in Central India where he developed an interest in Difficult Airways and Acute Pain. He moved to Canada in 2006 for Fellowship training in Toronto and then Ottawa. In 2009 he was appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa and since then has worked as a Staff Anesthesiologist at the Civic Campus of The Ottawa Hospital. Amongst his administrative responsibilities, he is the Clinical Lead for Bariatric Anesthesia, the past Co- Director of the Acute Pain Fellowship program and also chaired the University of Ottawa’s Annual Anesthesia Winter Symposium (2011-2016). He was the elected VP (Education) for the International Society for Perioperative Care of the Obese Patient (ISPCOP) till 2020. Beyond clinical work that focuses on bariatrics and the Acute Pain Service, his teaching and research revolves around acute pain, airway management and perioperative care of patients with morbid obesity. He has lectured both nationally and internationally on Acute Pain, Airway Management and Bariatric Anesthesia. Outside of his work, he likes to spend time in the gym, travel the world to see old cathedrals and sample local craft beer.

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(Kyle Gibson)

Kyle Gibson

Post-CCT Clinical Fellow in Neuroanaesthesia and Neurocritical Care, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London

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Kyle Gibson attended the University of Edinburgh medical school where he graduated in 2010 and completed specialty training in Anaesthetics and Intensive Care Medicine (South-East Scotland) earlier this year. His interests include clinical leadership (where he was a Scottish Clinical Leadership Fellow with Scottish Government during 2019-2020) and Neuroanaesthesia and Critical Care. He is currently a post-CCT Fellow in Neuroanaesthesia and Neurocritical Care at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London.

Twitter: @ICU_Kyle

(Ingrid Hoeritzauer)

Ingrid Hoeritzauer

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

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Dr Hoeritzauer completed her undergraduate degree at Queen’s university in Belfast with a semester in Humboldt University in Berlin and an intercalated degree in psychology at UCL. She undertook her neurology training in Belfast and Edinburgh including a PhD looking at the Clinical Features and Prognosis of Scan-negative Uro-Neurological Disorders. She currently works in Edinburgh as a consultant neurologist with an interest functional neurological disorders and has recently been awarded an NRS Fellowship. Dr Hoeritzauer is a principal of the Functional Neurological Disorders Research Group along with Professors Jon Stone and Alan Carson and Dr Laura McWhirter.

(Kerry Litchfield)

Kerry Litchfield

Consultant Anaesthetist, Glasgow Royal Infirmary

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Dr Kerry Litchfield is a Consultant Anaesthetist at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary. She has a special interest in obstetric anaesthesia, including maternal critical care, enhanced recovery, and maternal health, recently focussing on anaemia in pregnancy; and has published and spoken on these topics. Dr Litchfield has trained and worked in South Africa and the United Kingdom. She has been an executive member of the Obstetric Anaesthetists’ Association and Chair of OAA Labourpains committee which runs (www.labourpains.com), a website that provides information on anaesthesia and analgesia in pregnancy and childbirth in many languages. She is a member of Scottish Maternal Critical Care Network (www.scottishmcc.org) a national network which aims to improve maternal critical care in Scotland.

(Mayank Madhra)

Mayank Madhra

Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in NHS Lothian, Edinburgh

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Mayank Madhra graduated from Edinburgh University and did most of his obstetric and gynaecology clinical training in Edinburgh and South-East Scotland. After obtaining a UK wide competitive entry advanced training post in endometriosis and minimal access surgery, he spent the final two years of his postgraduate training in Edinburgh. He works as a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist in NHS Lothian.

(Roopa McCrossan)

Roopa McCrossan

Consultant Anaesthetist, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, UK

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r Roopa McCrossan is a Consultant Anaesthetist at South Tees NHS Foundation Trust with a clinical interest in Obstetric anaesthesia and Neuroanaesthesia. She also has a strong interest in LTFT training, staff wellbeing, tackling workplace bullying and fatigue. Roopa is a previous Chair of the Association of Anaesthetists national trainee committee and is one of the founding members of the Joint Fatigue Working Group (AAGBI, RCOA, FICM) and has published research on fatigue and it’s impacts on the workforce. She is heavily involved with the #FightFatigue campaign and speaks nationally about this topic. The fatigue group have won the RCOA Humphry Davy medal and most recently the BMJ team of the year award for workforce and wellbeing. Wellbeing is a large part of Roopa’s work and as well as designing several of the Association of Anaesthetists Covid-19 infographics, one of which is now a part of the GMC’s wellbeing resources, Roopa is also working with the NHSE/I national wellbeing survey in anaesthetics and critical care. She is involved with the Association of Anaesthetists anti-bullying campaign #knockitout and with the other trainee committee members has produced a series of infographics. In addition, Roopa is involved with a research project with Northumbria University looking at trainee anaesthetist’s experiences of workplace bullying and has spoken for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada on this topic. She has also recently become Civility lead for South Tees NHS Foundation Trust.

(Mel McKendrick)

Mel McKendrick

Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

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Dr Mel McKendrick is a Chartered Experimental Psychologist and Assistant Professor in Psychology at Heriot-Watt University. She is also CEO of Optomize Ltd., a medical training research and software company, which uses eye- tracking technology along with a range of cognitive measures to provide medical training packages based on objective assessment and feedback. She draws upon 15 years’ experience of eye tracking to provide psychological and cognitive behavioural measures and has extensive experience of experimental design and analysis in clinical contexts and in real world testing. She is the Founding Director of The Medical Education Lab (MEL) which works across disciplines bringing together clinicians, academics and SMEs to develop problem-based solutions for medical training. Technologies include digital tools for Med x (Virtual, augmented and mixed realities); haptics; eye-tracking; 3D object recognition; data capture systems; robotics; gaming and visualisation technologies.

(Udvitha Nandasoma)

Udvitha Nandasoma

BA MBBCHir, MRCP, LLB, PhD, MFFLM Head of Advisory Services, The Medical Defence Union (MDU)

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Dr Nandasoma graduated in 1996 from Cambridge University. He trained in gastroenterology and hepatology and obtained his CCT in 2008 and still works as a specialty doctor at St James's Hospital in Leeds.

He has worked at the MDU for 14 years and is head of advisory services.

(Lars Simon Rasmussen)

Lars Simon Rasmussen

Consultant in Anaesthesia, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

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Since 2000 Consultant in anaesthesia, Department of Anaesthesia, Center of Head and Orthopaedics, Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen. Professor since 2010.

Primary research areas include geriatric anaesthesia, postoperative cognitive dysfunction, and critical emergency medicine. Publications: 295 articles and 30 editorials, previously supervisor for 28 Ph.D.-students, and currently supervisor for 6 Ph.D.-students.

Reviewer for numerous medical journals, member of Editorial Board for Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica 2002 to 2017, assistant editor-in-chief 2008-2009, Editor-in-Chief 2009-2015.

(David Ray )

David Ray

MD MBChB FRCA FFICM, Formerly Consultant in Anaesthesia and Critical Care, Royal Infirmary

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I retired from full-time practice two years ago and am now working part-time in anaesthesia, mostly for trauma orthopaedics. I am immediate past President of the Scottish Society of Anaesthetists, and have been Convenor of the Scottish Standing Committee, Association of Anaesthetists. I maintain a strong interest in emergency airway management including development of videolaryngoscopy, and anaesthesia for hip fracture. I have more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and have given lectures in nine countries.

(Nancy Redfern)

Nancy Redfern

Consultant Anaesthetist, Newcastle upon Tyne

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Nancy Redfern is a consultant Anaesthetist in Newcastle upon Tyne, with interests in obstetric and neuroanaesthesia. Her long-term non-clinical interests include staff wellbeing, fatigue, mentorship, education, and workforce. As Honorary Membership Secretary and Vice President of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland she established mentoring at the Association and started their work on fatigue. She now co-chairs the national joint fatigue working group, which works to improve understanding and management of work- related fatigue. As part of this she is involved in research on implementation of safe fatigue risk management in acute hospital settings, and speaks widely on wellbeing issues. She is chairing the working party on managing the aftermath of a catastrophe. She is also a member of the Workforce, Working conditions and Welfare group of the European Board where she is leading a study on the impacts of fatigue on trainee and consultant anaesthetists throughout Europe.

(Ben Shelley)

Ben Shelley

Consultant in Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital, Glasgow

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Dr Ben Shelley is a Consultant in Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital and Hon. Clinical Associate Professor at the Academic Unit of Anaesthesia at the University of Glasgow where he completed his MD thesis on ‘acute lung injury after lung resection’ in 2015. Dr Shelley holds grants and sits on the trial management, steering and data safety committees of a number of perioperative and critical care trials and has recently been appointed as NHS Research Scotland National Specialty Lead for Anaethesia, Critical Care and Perioperative Medicine. He is an Associate Editor of the British Journal of Anaesthesia, Hon. Secretary of the Anaesthetic Research Society, and graduate of the Perioperative Medicine Clinical Trials Network’s ‘Chief Investigator Training scheme’. In 2021 Dr Shelley was awarded the prestigious NIAA / RCoA British Oxygen Company Chair of Anaesthesia Research Grant to continue his groups’ work into the ‘Impact, Mechanisms and Prevention of Perioperative Right Ventricular Dysfunction’ (IMPRoVE).

(Nick Wilson)

Nick Wilson

Anaesthetic and ICU registrar training in Edinburgh

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From London via New Zealand and Australia. Nick watched in horror as the first COVID wave engulfed the world. Inspired, he put down his surfboard and deep dived into airborne viral transmission. With no research experience, he convinced experts in aerosol science ‘AGPs’ needed urgent study. Two fascinating years later, deep down the rabbit hole, crucial questions remain. But, one certainty prevails – procedures don’t generate aerosols, physiology does.

twitter: @NWilson247

(Steven Yule)

Steven Yule

MA MSc (Eng.) PhD CPsychol FRCSEd University of Edinburgh

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Professor Steven Yule is Chair of Behavioural Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, Director of Non-Technical Skills at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and leads the Edinburgh Surgical Sabermetrics Research Group. He is an academic psychologist and human factors scientist with 20 years’ experience studying team performance and non-technical skills in high risk/ high reliability industries (surgery, healthcare, energy, transportation, space exploration). Prof Yule is internationally recognized for his work in non-technical skills, patient safety, and surgical team simulation. His interests are in developing automated assessments of technical and non-technical skills in surgery, video for performance enhancement, coaching, global surgery, and medical care in long duration spaceflight. Current funding includes grants from National Institutes for Health (NIH), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd), Melville Trust, and Canadian Department of National Defence. Prof. Yule recently returned to Scotland after a decade in Boston USA, where he served as Director of Research and Innovation at the STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.