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Who's Who in the School

The School is run by a central School Executive comprising representatives of the Royal College and HEE, together with key administrative and other staff.

A College Tutor in every hospital is responsible for educational matters within that hospital. In addition we have a series of Specialty Leads who take a wider view across the School at training within specific subspecialties of anaesthesia.

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School Executive

Adi Stewart
School Executive
Training Programme Director
University College London Hospital (UCLH)

Carlos Kidel

School Executive
Training programme director
Royal Free Hospital
TPD for CT1 & 2 anaesthetics. Based at Royal Free Hospital. Clinical interests: Preassessment, Obstetrics and Colorectal. Enjoy Heath activities: running to and from work, swimming in ponds and foraging. Sketchy at best.

Catherine Shaw

School Executive
Lead Training Programme Director and Regional Advisor
Whittington Hospital
Regional Advisor and lead TPD for central school of anaesthesia.Based at the Whittington and very much a generalist.Undergraduate training at the London Hospital before it became Royal, anaesthetic training at the Middlesex, UCH and Royal Free before they became North Central. Live in Crouch End and enjoy dragging my ancient West Highland terrier around Highgate Woods on days off.

Dominik Krzanicki

School Executive
Training Programme Director for Years ST3-7
Royal Free Hospital
Liver transplant/HPB anaesthesia at the Royal Free Hospital. Prehospital Emergency Medicine at the Royal London and London's Air Ambulance. Aspire to one day actually do everything on my jobs list. Interests: Running/cycling. Distinctly average triathlete. Swim like a brick.Generally less helpful than Carlos. To be deported after brexit.

Richard Marks

School Executive
Website Author
Royal Free Hospital
Consultant at the Royal Free and RNTNE. Former Vice President and Council Member of the Royal College of Anaesthetists. I designed this website.

Sonia Brocklesby

School Executive
Deputy Regional Advisor
Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals
I am one of the Deputy Regional Advisors for the North Central School and based at Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals, where I have been a consultant since 1999. My anaesthetic interest is obstetrics and I am currently the lead obstetric anaesthetist. My undergraduate training was at University College and the Middlesex Schools of Medicine and anaesthetic training initially south of the Thames at Kings College, then back to UCH/ Middlesex and the Royal Free. Not very adventurous geographically. I aspire to improve my time management and interests include going on long walks with family and friends.

Trudi Young
School Executive
Less-than-full-time Training Programme Director
Whittington Hospital
I have been a Consultant Anaesthetist at the Whittington since 2010. My main clinical interests are anaesthesia for Bariatric surgery and colorectal surgery. I am the college tutor at the Whittington and organise the weekly and on-call rota. I am joint TPD for less-than-full-time trainees within the school (with Dr Anna Fowler).

Rebecca Akinbobola

School Executive
School Administrator
Royal Free Hospital
Rebecca Akinbobola, School Administrator. I am the point of contact between the school and all trainees within the NC School of Anaesthesia. my working hours are 10-2pm Monday to Thurs, Fridays I work from home intermittently.

College Tutors and Hospital Staff

Adrian England

Rota/Leave Coordinator
Royal Free Hospital
Rota coordinator

Chris Taylor

College Tutor
National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (Queen Square)
College Tutor for Neuroanaesthesia with Katharine Hunt. Consultant in Neuroanaesthesia & Neurocritical care at NHNN Queen Square.Interest in Anaesthesia for Neurovascular procedures, pituitary/ intracranial and complex spine Neurosurgery. Examiner for Final FRCA & JCIE Neurosurgical exams

Elisa Bertoja

College Tutor
University College London Hospital (UCLH)
Trained in anaesthesia and intensive care, I focused my practice mainly in anaesthesia for major surgery (cardiac, thoracic and upper gi) I have been College tutor at UCLH since 2015.

Jayanta Mukherjee

Rota/Leave Coordinator
Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals
I've been a consultant at Barnet and Chase Farm since 2003 (now Royal Free) and prior to that was an Imperial trainee registrar. I initially went to medical school in Bristol and did a brief stint in Australia before doing my anaesthetic SHO training in Bristol. As a registrar I helped with the initial set up of the simulation centre at Chelsea & Westminster. During my time at BCF I have had a few managerial roles, such as Clinical Lead at Barnet and Edgware, but for the past few years I organise the anaesthetic rota. We have a team of people to do this as we look after nearly a hundred anaesthetists within the department and have to respond to various and often unexpected demands! However hopefully we are all approachable and trainees seem to have a good time at BCF and hopefully feel well supported by us.

Kath Hunt

College Tutor
National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (Queen Square)
I am a consultant neuroanaesthetist with an interest in neurovascular and skull base/ cervical spine surgery. I also have an interest in tracheostomy’s and resuscitation. I am currently college tutor at Queen Square with Dr Chris Taylor.

Mei Yin Chan
Rota/Leave Coordinator
National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (Queen Square)
Hi There I am the Line manager/rota coordinator for the Neuroanaesthesia & Critical care trainees Dept at NHNN Queen square. Please contact me if you have a rota or leave query. BW Mei

Paul Harris

College Tutor
Harefield Hospital
I am a consultant anaesthetist at Harefield since 2010 and College Tutor for over 4 years. I am passionate about ensuring that trainees get the most from their time with us and we have generally excellent feedback for Harefield Hospital as an exciting and well supported place to work. I specialize in cardiothoracic anaesthesia, and also hold the FICM, EDIC and US TOE exam. I am a keen clinical teacher but also teach on a Human Factors course, designed to improve behaviour, non-technical skills, communication and situational awareness in the work place.

Roger Cordery

College Tutor AND Rota Coordinator
Barts Cardiac
Consultant in cardiothoracic anaesthesia and critical care at Barts Heart Centre. Education and training lead for Perioperative Medicine. Deputy Regional Advisor, Barts and the London School of Anaesthesia. Examiner for the primary FRCA.

Savvas Giannaris

College Tutor
Barts Cardiac
I am Consultant in Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia & Critical Care at Barts Heart Centre and Honorary Consultant in Anaesthesia at UCL Hospitals. I am currently the College Tutor for Anaesthetics in St Bartholomew's Hospital. I grew up in Greece, studied Medicine at the University of Goettingen/Germany and trained in Anaesthesia, Intensive Care, Pain and Emergency Medicine at the University Hospital of Bonn and the Heart Hospital in London (UCL Hospitals). I completed further training and passed the German Board qualifying examinations in Advanced Intensive Care Medicine, prae Hospital Emergency Medicine and Health Informatics. I was research fellow within a framework funded by the German Research Foundation and was awarded a Doctorate from the University of Goettingen for my work on the steroid influence on the postoperative course and fluid balance in patients undergoing cardiac surgery. I am Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (FRCA), Fellow of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FFICM), Diplomate of the European Society of Anaesthesiology (DESA) and member of several societies of Anaesthesiology. My key interests are in cardiothoracic anaesthesia and critical care but I also undertake a wide range of anaesthesia for all specialties including upper gastrointestinal surgery (oesophagectomies), gynaecology, orthopaedics, maxillofacial surgery, urology and opthalmology. I have advanced training and expertise in transoesophageal echocardiography (TOE) and I am accredited by the European Society of Cardiology for TOE in adults.

Trudi Young
College Tutor AND Rota Coordinator
Whittington Hospital
I have been a Consultant Anaesthetist at the Whittington since 2010. My main clinical interests are anaesthesia for Bariatric surgery and colorectal surgery. I am the college tutor at the Whittington and organise the weekly and on-call rota. I am joint TPD for less-than-full-time trainees within the school (with Dr Anna Fowler).

Trainee Representatives

Douglas Blackwood

Trainee Rep
Higher Trainee Representative
Douglas is currently a Higher Trainee in Anaesthesia and is the Higher Trainee Representative for the Central London School. He is also the current Chair of the London Academy of Anaesthesia Trainee Representative Group. He received his medical degree from the University of Glasgow in 2010 and is a Member of the Royal College of Physicians and a Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists. He has a long-standing interest in issues surrounding end of life and achieved a First Class Honours Degree at University College London in Philosophy, Medicine and Society focussing on medical ethics in 2008. He is currently working towards his PhD at University College London looking at end of life care in the perioperative setting and has published an editorial and systematic review discussing this issue in the British Journal of Anaesthesia.

Raj Shah

Trainee Rep
Higher Trainee Representative
Raj is currently a Higher Trainee in Anaesthesia and is the Higher Trainee Representative for the Central London School. He received his medical degree from Imperial College London in 2010, where he was the runner up of the Gold Medal. He is a Member of the Royal College of Physicians and Academy of Medical Educators, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists. His clinical interests are in Bariatrics, Obstetrics and Regional Anaesthesia and Major Complex Surgery, and has won international and national awards in promoting quality of care and patient safety in these fields. His non-clinical interests are in medical education, and use of social media following a two-year post as a resident doctor for ITVs ‘This Morning’.

Stephen Howey

Trainee Rep
Intermediate Trainee Representative
Steve is currently an Intermediate Trainee in Anaesthesia and is the Intermediate Trainee Representative for the Central London School. He received his medical degree from the University of Leeds in 2010. After completing the Foundation programme in West Yorkshire, he spent three years working in Cairns, Sydney and the Solomons Islands before settling in London for anaesthetic training in 2015. He completed Core Training in North Central School, continuing with Speciality Registrar training and obtained the FRCA Diploma in 2018. Very happy to be contacted with any questions or issues.

William Twiggs
Trainee Rep
Trainee representative

Specialty Leads

Julian Howard
Specialty Lead
Intensive Care Medicine
Consultant Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthesia since 1998 at RFH RA ICM North Thames Central since 2014 STC member Pan London ICM Training Committee

Roger Cordery

Specialty Lead
Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia
Consultant in cardiothoracic anaesthesia and critical care at Barts Heart Centre. Education and training lead for Perioperative Medicine. Deputy Regional Advisor, Barts and the London School of Anaesthesia. Examiner for the primary FRCA.

Savvas Giannaris

Specialty Lead
Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia
I am Consultant in Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia & Critical Care at Barts Heart Centre and Honorary Consultant in Anaesthesia at UCL Hospitals. I am currently the College Tutor for Anaesthetics in St Bartholomew's Hospital. I grew up in Greece, studied Medicine at the University of Goettingen/Germany and trained in Anaesthesia, Intensive Care, Pain and Emergency Medicine at the University Hospital of Bonn and the Heart Hospital in London (UCL Hospitals). I completed further training and passed the German Board qualifying examinations in Advanced Intensive Care Medicine, prae Hospital Emergency Medicine and Health Informatics. I was research fellow within a framework funded by the German Research Foundation and was awarded a Doctorate from the University of Goettingen for my work on the steroid influence on the postoperative course and fluid balance in patients undergoing cardiac surgery. I am Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (FRCA), Fellow of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FFICM), Diplomate of the European Society of Anaesthesiology (DESA) and member of several societies of Anaesthesiology. My key interests are in cardiothoracic anaesthesia and critical care but I also undertake a wide range of anaesthesia for all specialties including upper gastrointestinal surgery (oesophagectomies), gynaecology, orthopaedics, maxillofacial surgery, urology and opthalmology. I have advanced training and expertise in transoesophageal echocardiography (TOE) and I am accredited by the European Society of Cardiology for TOE in adults.