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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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Adi Stewart

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

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).

Teaching Faculty

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.

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.

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! 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!

College Tutors and Hospital Staff

Adrian England

Rota/Leave Coordinator
Royal Free Hospital
Deals with Annual Leave requests. For weekly rota issues please contact Dr Julie Watts.

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.

Robert John

College Tutor
National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (Queen Square)
Consultant Anaesthetist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square. College tutor with a clinical interest in anaesthesia for functional neurosurgery, complex neurosurgery and pre-assessment. "One Brain" neurosimulation course lead at NHNN. Simulation lead NHNN.

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

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.

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!

Ben Silverman

College Tutor
Harefield Hospital
College Tutor and Educational supervisor for Deanery anaesthetic trainees at Harefield Hospital.

Julie Watts
Rota/Leave Coordinator
Royal Free Hospital
Responsible for weekly rota. Please send Annual Leave requests to Dr Adrian England.

Abigail Whiteman

College Tutor
University College London Hospital (UCLH)
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.

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

Trudi Young
College Tutor AND Rota Coordinator
Whittington Hospital
Sunita Setty
College Tutor
Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals
Consultant Anaesthetist with interest in Obstetrics and Paediatric anaesthesia. College Tutor at Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals.

Trainee Representatives

Christian Coles

Trainee Rep
Core Trainee rep
Currently a CT2 at Barnet & Chase Farm Hospitals (Royal Free Trust). Started my anaesthetic journey at UCLH. 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. Outside of Medicine I love travelling, cooking and I am interested in music production. Very happy to be contacted re: any trainee concerns / queries or issues.

Rebecca Flower
Trainee Rep

Luke Flower

Trainee Rep
I am an ACCS CT2 based at UCLH. I completed my medical degree at the University of Bristol, and then went on to do my foundation training in North West London. Following this I completed a fellow year on the ICU at the Royal Free and have just completed my ACCS CT1 at University College Hospital. I have a particular interest in point-of-care ultrasound and am always very happy to talk and learn with any POCUS enthusiasts out there. Feel free to contact me with any ACCS related questions, and I hope you enjoy your time in the Central London School!

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 joined 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.

Claire Miller
Trainee Rep

Anthony Odwyer

Trainee Rep
Higher Trainee Rep
I grew up all over but came back to the UK for medical school and have been here ever since. I've been in North Central London for my anaesthetic training and continually enjoying every bit! Clinically, I love anything related to geriatric anaesthesia, regional anaesthesia, peri-operative medicine (with a global health slant) and medical education. I’ve worked on lots of different projects so far in my training from the initiation of a transfer service to developing quality improvement training for low-middle income countries. I am passionate about ensuring everyone's training needs are met, as well as trainee well-being and fair treatment in the work-place. I’m always available to be contacted about any concerns or ideas so feel free to drop me a line!

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

Specialty Leads

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.

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.

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.

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.