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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 and ACCS. 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.

Teaching Faculty

Bindiya Varma

Teaching Faculty
Core Trainee Teaching Programme
Anaesthesia - the Novice course
Consultant Anaesthetist at the Royal Free Hospital since 2017 with clinical interests in regional and paediatric anaesthesia. I organise lots of teaching in the school (and for medical students)! I co-organise the Novice Course (twice a year - February and August) with Dr Elizabeth Cervi, co-organise the fortnightly Core Training teaching with Dr Emilie Hoogenboom and co-organise the NC School Primary OSCE Prep Course with Dr Lasitha Abeysundara. Always looking for keen faculty members - please get in touch if you are interested!

Emilie Martinoni Hoogenboom

Teaching Faculty
#AirwayHub: Multidisciplinary Airway Training
Core Trainee Teaching Programme
Consultant anaesthetist at UCLH with clinical interests in thoracic, regional anaesthesia and difficult airways. I co-organise the CT1-2 teaching programme, as well as the monthly #AirwayHub meetings, and the One Lung Course in thoracic anaesthesia.

Sarah Ciechanowicz

Teaching Faculty
Final FRCA Teaching Programme
Consultant anaesthetist at UCLH with a clinical interest in obstetrics. I co-organise the Final FRCA teaching programme, Obstetric Anaesthesia Training through Simulation course (OATS) and help with the monthly #ObsForum meetings.

College Tutors and Hospital Staff

Adrian England

Rota/Leave Coordinator
Royal Free Hospital
Rota coordinator

Ahmer Mosharaf

College Tutor
King George’s Ilford & Queen’s Hospital Romford
Consultant in Anaesthetics and Intensive Care with interest in neurocritical care and functional neurosurgery College Tutor for higher trainees at Queens and King George Hospital Educational lead for neuroanaesthesia

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.

Jyothi Sambhani

College Tutor
Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH)
I have been a Consultant Anaesthetist at RNOH, Stanmore since 2011 and I am college Tutor since 2016. I have an interest in regional anaesthesia, difficult airway management and preoperative assessment. I believe that in addition to providing training opportunities, a supportive environment is equally important for junior doctors morale and well being. Trainees find the department at the RNOH friendly and supportive; and we get consistent good feedback about our weekly-protected teaching.

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 at NHNN Queen square. Please contact me if you have a rota or leave query.BW Mei

Michael Gilhooly
College Tutor
Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital (RNTNE)
I have been a consultant anaesthetist at RNTNE since 2016 and I am also the current College Tutor. My clinical interests are in anaesthesia for ENT surgery and head and neck oncology. We have a great atmosphere at RNTNE for learning (and socialising) which is characterised by the trainee feedback we receive.

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.

Robert Self

College Tutor
Royal Marsden Hospital
College Tutor at Royal Marsden. Previously ‘OOP Lead’ for NCEL School.Clinical interests: anaesthesia in adult and paediatric oncology, TIVA. Non-clinical interests: Wellbeing. Association of Anaesthetists Board / Council member - October 2018.Outside work: walking holidays, seeing bands. ‘Old’ Central trainee who remembers launch of the last website!

Trudi Young
College Tutor AND Rota Coordinator
Whittington Hospital

Trainee Representatives

Christian Coles

Trainee Rep
Core Trainee rep
Currently a CT1 at UCLH. Just starting my anaesthetic journey.Graduated from Barts and the London Medical School in 2017. Completed Foundation Programme in Watford where I was also a Foundation Trainee representative. Interested in Medical Education. Very happy to be contacted re: any trainee concerns / queries or issues.

Claire Miller
Trainee Rep

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.

Luke Flower
Trainee Rep

Mohammwd Khaku

Trainee Rep
I grew up in Northwest London, went to UCL for university, Watford for F1, UCLH for F2; enjoyed my life in an F3 travelling year and then jointed the wonderful world of anaesthesia. So far I did my CT1 at UCLH, CT2 at Barnet where I have continued as an ST3 so far. My clinical interests include medical education including at the medical school and at the sim centre. Other than that I enjoy obstetrics which I aim to do in the long term and generally have a good time at work regardless of what I'm doing that day. Outside of work I enjoy a spot of bouldering, 5 a side football and video games. I recently got the role of intermediate co-rep and am very happy to be contacted about any issues people are having and will help any way I can.

Parnika Sharma

Trainee Rep
I was born in India, grew up all over the UK, did my undergraduate and foundation training in the Midlands, came back to London for CT1 Anaesthetics and stayed on ever since! My main interests are in Medical Education particularly of medical students doing their Anaesthesia SSC, Perioperative Medicine and the wellbeing of NHS staff. In 2019, I organised the first Death Café (death and dying conversation group) at Whittington Hospital and have plans to expand it into UCH. As Intermediate Trainee Rep, I'm keen to address issues of staff morale, resilience, teamworking and burnout in our field. Outside of Anaesthesia, I love drawing, yoga, dogs and learning new recipes.Feel free to contact me with any concerns, questions or just to have a chat.parnika.sharma@nhs.net

Rebecca Flower
Trainee Rep

Stephen Howey

Trainee Rep
Higher Trainee Representative
Steve is currently a Higher Trainee in Anaesthesia and is the Higher 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.

Specialty Leads

Abigail Whiteman

Specialty Lead
Perioperative Medicine
Consultant at UCLH. Lead for the UCH trainee perioperative medicine module.Faculty member of the UCL Perioperative Medicine Master's Programme.Lead for the RCoA/UCL Perioperative Medicine in Action MOOC.

David Walker

Specialty Lead
Perioperative Medicine
Professor David Walker BM(Hons) FRCP FRCA FFICM PFHEA I am a practicing clinician and academic working in the fields of Anaesthesia, Perioperative and Critical Care Medicine at UCL(H). I divide my professional time as both Professor in the Centre for Perioperative Medicine, UCL and as consultant and clinical lead for the Intensive Care Unit at UCH Westmoreland Street. I have a professional interest in improving care for high-risk surgical patients & Medical Education and lead both the UCL Masters programme and the UCLH Clinical Fellowship in Perioperative Medicine.

Hugh Montgomery

Specialty Lead
Perioperative Medicine
Hugh is accredited in cardiology, general internal medicine and Intensive care medicine. He is Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at UCL, where he directs the Centre for Human Health and Performance. He has published >450 papers, including several in Nature. He is consultant intensivist on the 15-bed ICU at the Whittington Hospital in North London. He has an interest in creating surgical care pathways that improve outcome, in 'humanising' surgical/ICU care, and in the use of 'Big Data' artificial intelligence to optimise surgical care pathways. 50% clinical ICU SpR posts and Emergency Dept SpR posts are available for those who wish to perform such work, which is supported by the Trust.

Marc Wittenberg
Specialty Lead
Perioperative Medicine
Consultant Anaesthetist at the Royal Free Hospital - I run the Perioperative Fellowship and am the lead for interventional radiology. I am also the QI education lead and undertook the FMLM National Medical Director's Clinical Fellow Scheme. Currently coffee lead although I aspire to give that up! I once knew a lot about equations... https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/essential-equations-for-anaesthesia/FC33404237DC9E0FCBB0F148ABD8349EOutside of work, 3 energetic kids and a mediocre triathlete.

Robert Stephens

Specialty Lead
Perioperative Medicine
I'm a Consultant in Anaesthesia at University College London Hospitals, having completed training in the North Central London School of Anaesthesia in 2008. I am lucky enough to work with leaders and enthusiasts during my training and now, as colleagues and friends. I have clinical interests in perioperative medicine, major complex adult surgery, CardioPulmonary Exercise Testing and postoperative critical care. I completed a research MD in perioperative immunology at UCL, with further research interests in respiratory and exercise physiology, perioperative haemodynamic optimisation and mechanisms of postoperative morbidity. I'm very interested in medical student training- and improving how we engage with them.