DAS 2023 Speakers

Prof Tim Cook

Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, Royal United Hospital, Bath

Honorary Professor of Anaesthesia University of Bristol

Director of National Audit Projects

College Advisor on Airway.

I work in Bath and am a full time DGH consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine.

I have been fortunate to have been centrally involved in five Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) National Audit Projects learning from major complications of anaesthesia: as clinical lead for NAP3 and 4 (NAP3 – epidurals/spinal anaesthesia, NAP4 – airway management) and as co-lead and director of the program for NAP5-7 (NAP5 – accidental awareness during general anaesthesia – undoubtedly the most ‘patient facing’ of all NAPs to date – NAP6 – perioperative anaphylaxis and NAP7- perioperative cardiac arrest).These big projects involve the nation’s anaesthetists and intensivists collaborating to shine a light on patient-centred aspects of anaesthetic practice and safety. They are a form of professional-citizen science and are recognised to have changed the landscape of UK anaesthesia clinical practice and anaesthesia research engagement. The projects have all had important lessons for critical care too.

Like many colleagues I have an overall interest in improving safety and quality in anaesthesia and intensive care using a bottom-up approach.

During the COVID-19 pandemic my interests have included the differential impact of COVID-19 on healthcare staff, aerosol science and clinician safety, survival from ICU and airway management.

Mr Mike Donnellon

Mike is Chair of the College of Operating Department Practitioners (CODP) Education and Standards Committee and has academic experience as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire and clinical experience at Blackpool Victoria Hospital where he commenced his ODP (ODA) career in 1983. Mike co-ordinates the Clinical and University Educator (CUE) Forums and also represents the College on several national groups including the NHS England ODP Expert Group and the Health and Care Professions Education Leads group. Mike also represented the College on the ODP Degree Apprenticeship Trailblazer group.

Prof Chris Frerk

Chris Frerk is an anaesthetist in Northampton, Honorary Visiting Professor at the College of Life Sciences at Leicester University and a DAS Professor of anaesthesia & airway management.

He has a passion for human factors and ergonomics and is the current chair of the Clinical Human Factors Group (the patient safety charity founded by Martin Bromiley).

A decade and a half ago he was chair of the Difficult Airway Society (just before DAS decided that President was a better title than chair)

Dr Jon Graham

Dr Jon Graham has worked as a Consultant Anaesthetist for nearly two decades at Austin Health in Melbourne Australia and is an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne Medical School. He has special interests in difficult airway management, simulation and education. With specific airway interests in interprofessional, cross specialty collaboration and in the development and implementation of emergency cognitive aids. He established comprehensive formal airway training program for anaesthesia trainees in the Austin Department of Anaesthesia in 2005.

Dr Richard Harris

Dr Richard “Harry” Harris has worked in anaesthesia, diving and aeromedical medicine around the world.

His passion for cave diving goes back to the 1980’s and has taken him to the corners of the globe in search of new adventures.

In 2018 he was called by British cave divers to assist with the rescue of 12 young boys and their soccer coach from deep within a flooded cave in a remote part Northern Thailand. Over three exhausting days, the 13 Thais were extricated using a very high risk, unprecedented and untested technique combining general anaesthesia with cave diving.

In 2018 he received the Star of Courage, Australia’s second highest civilian award for bravery, and the medal of the Order of Australia for his role in the Thailand cave rescue.

Dr Fiona Kelly

Fiona Kelly is a consultant in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine in Bath, and was chair of the DAS/Association of Anaesthetists human factors guideline group. She was airway lead in Bath for 8 years.

Dr Becky Black

Dr Becky Black is a consultant anaesthetist at UCLH. Her specialist interests are Bariatric Anaesthetisa and Obstetric anaesthesia. She is the clinical lead for pre assessment. Becky is also an honorary clinical lecturer at UCL.

She is the vice President of the Society for Obesity and Bariatric Anaesthesia (SOBA) and is passionate about the safety of patients living with obesity undergoing anaesthesia. Her research interests include airway management in bariatric anaesthesia.

Dr Barry McGuire

Consultant Anaesthetist at Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee, Scotland.

He trained in anaesthesia in the Scotland and Australia and has particular interest in anaesthesia for Head and Neck surgery, advanced airway management and paediatric anaesthesia.

Barry is past Honorary Secretary and President of DAS and founder of the Scottish Airway Group. He is currently chairing a DAS working group developing guidance on the Ethics of Airway Management.

Barry has published on airway management and speaks and teaches on the airway around the world.

However, his real passion involves two wheels.

Mr George McSharry

I am an Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) currently working as an ODP lecturer at Coventry University, whilst also working as a Senior Trauma Practitioner at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire (UHCW) in A&E, Resus.

My main focus during my career has been on anaesthetics and trauma, however, more recently I have gained an interest in simulation and its potential within healthcare. During my Health Simulation MSc at Coventry University, I discovered the multiple layers of simulation and its capacity to teach a wide range of topics effectively. I am interested in using the available technology to complement and enhance teaching, exposing practitioners to a variety of diverse clinical scenarios. This allows for the opportunity to improve skills and knowledge to ultimately deliver better patient care. The world around us is rapidly changing and we need to keep up!

Dr Cyprian Mendonca

Cyprian Mendonca is consultant anaesthetist at University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust and Honorary Professor at the University of Warwick. He is current President of Society for Education in Anaesthesia (SEA UK). His special interests include head & neck anaesthesia, airway management, neuroanaesthesia, human factors and medical education. He is an academic lead for core clinical education at Warwick Medical School. He is the course director for human factors and airway training courses at Coventry. He has co-authored six books in anaesthesia and written chapters in the anaestheisa textbooks. He has published a series of peer reviewed papers in advanced airway management and education.

He was awarded President’s commendation certificate from Royal College of Anaesthetists in 2016 and 2021, Featherstone Professor from Association of Anaesthetists (2016-18), and DAS Professor of Annaesthesia and Airway management in 2022 for his sustained contribution to education, airway management and research in Anaesthesia.

Dr Adrian Pearce

Adrian Pearce started anaesthesia in Guildford, UK in 1977. He was fortunate during a year in the USA in 1984/85 to see fibreoptic intubation used by a small group of enthusiasts. Back in the UK at Guy’s Hospital again he was inspired by the influential Dr Ray Towey who was a committed adopter of fibreoptic intubation in his head and neck practice. A life interest in airway management developed. During his Consultant time at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital, London he was involved in the formation of the Difficult Airway Society and the European Airway Management Society. He remains fascinated, even in retirement, by the work and influence of the Society.

Dr Subramanyan Radhakrishna

Consultant Anaesthetist University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire

Elected to Board of Association of Anaesthetists September 2021

Honorary Secretary DAS 2012 – 2016

Expert advisor to MHRA (Medicines Health Products Regulatory Agency)

Reviewer Cochrane Anaesthesia Group

Co-chair and author of Ergonomics in Anaesthesia guidelines

AAGBI – published in Anaesthesia December 2021

Author of AAGBI Guidelines on Infection control in Anaesthesia published on line March 2020

Author ‘Prevention and control of healthcare-associated infection in anaesthesia (Raising the Standards in Anaesthesia, RCOA quality improvement compendium) November 2020

Special interest in airways, Bariatrics Anaesthesia and human factors

Course Director ATLS

Well published, has delivered educational lectures in UK and the world over.

Prof Kemal Tolga Saracoglu

Following his study in medicine at the University of Istanbul, Turkey, he specialized in Anesthesiology and Intensive Care at Istanbul Marmara University School of Medicine Turkey. Following an observer fellowship at Jena University, Germany, he became Assistant Professor at the Medical School of Marmara University in 2012. In 2015 he was promoted to Associate Professor and he was promoted as full clinical professor in 2020 in Health Sciences University Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care. He is currently working as a Senior Consultant in Hamad Medical Corporation Doha Qatar. He is lead for research and Continuos Professional Development Education in Hazm Mebaireek General Hospital. He is an academic faculty member of Qatar University Medicine.

He is specialized in Cardio-thoracic anesthesia and has huge experience in regional anesthesia. His main interest is airway management. He is the vice president of European Airway Management Society. He is the Subforum Lead of Airway Management in European Society of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care. He has Airway Teacher Diploma approved by European Airway Management Society and he is difficult airway expert. He has publications regarding rescue techniques following failed laryngoscopy, airway management in penetrating thoracic trauma, supraglottic airway device comparisons, pediatric airway management, video-laryngoscope-guided laryngeal mask insertion, tracheal tube cuff pressure changes in neonates, education in airway management, one lung ventilation, advanced airway management in out of hospital cardiac arrest and airway management strategies for the Covid 19 patients.

He is an Associate Editor of the Trends in Anesthesia and Critical Care, Section for Airway Management. He is Board Certified by European Diploma of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care (EDAIC). Besides, he is a senior examiner for part II EDAIC exams.

He has PhD degree in Physiology with thesis: Saracoglu KT, et al. Effects of different crystalloid fluids on renal tissue in an experimental model of haemorrhagic shock. In press in Turkish Journal of Anesthesiology and Reanimation. He has ongoing in vitro experimental studies on sitotxicity, DNA damage, apoptosis, oxidative stress and inflammation during systemic toxisity of local anesthetics, traumatic hemorrhagic shock or anaphlaxis. He is an active ATLS instructor of American College of Surgeons and active ALS instructor of European Resuscitation Council.

He has 3 years experience being a team member of heart transplant and ECMO in Istanbul Bilim University Medical School.

He has participated several international research studies including Blueberry, Squeeze, GNOS:Spine, Encore, COVIDSurg.

He is involved in education since he became Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology. He is an educator in Asian Society Pediatric Anesthesiologists (ASPA). He has medical simulation educator certificates from Bristol University UK and The College of Anesthesiologists of Ireland. He teaches courses about airway management, trauma and resuscitation at, international conferences, several centers both in Europe and Asia.

Dr Malin Jonsson

Dr Jonsson Fagerlund is Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine at Perioperative Medicine and Intensive Care at Karolinska University Hospital and Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. Dr Jonsson Fagerlund´s academic interest focus on improving respiration in the perioperative period, focusing on patients with obstructive sleep apnea, effects of drugs in anesthesia on regulation of breathing and vital airway functions and during the last years apnoeic oxygenation and preoxygenation using high-flow nasal oxygen. The research also includes translational studies in the areas of Covid-19, cardiac arrest and trauma and preclinical experimental studies with focus on mechanisms of drugs in anesthesia and oxygen sensing and signalling in the carotid body.

Clinically Dr Jonsson Fagerlund is in charge of Trauma, Obstetrics, Vascular/Intervention and Emergency surgery anaesthesia at Perioperative Medicine and Intensive Care at Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden and has a subspecialisation in Intensive Care Medicine.

Dr Paul Baker

President of the Society for Airway Management (2022 to present

Research interest and Doctor of Medicine thesis concerns ‘Improving the quality and safety of airway management’

Founder and past- chairman of the New Zealand Airway Lead network.

Co-founder of the Airway Special Interest Group, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.

Owner and developer of the Orsim® bronchoscopy simulator (2006 to present).

Founded the Airway Skills course in 1996.

Dr Rajinder Singh Chaggar

Rajinder Singh Chaggar is a Consultant Anaesthetist, Airway Lead at Northwick Park Hospital and founder of NEO (Northwick Education in Oxygenation) Workshops. NEO has grown to be one of the largest free MDT workshops in the UK having had over 1400 delegates since its launch. As lead for the evolving Video Classification of Intubation (VCI) Project and the recent DAS Videolaryngoscopy Documentation survey, Raj strives to improve use and communication of videolaryngoscopy.

Keywords: Family, Karate, Kobujutsu, JDM Cars, VL, Airway.

X/Twitter: @AnaesthetiSingh

Prof Ellen O’Sullivan

Ellen O’Sullivan trained in anaesthesiology and intensive care in UK and USA and is now a Consultant Anaesthesiologist at St James’s Hospital Dublin, Ireland affiliated to Trinity College Dublin. She specializes in airway management and is Director of the Fellowship in Advanced Airway Management and Simulation.

She is Past President of the Difficult Airway Society, DAS, and was appointed DAS Professor of Anaesthesia & Airway Management.She was awarded the DAS Macewen medal in 2022.

Prof O’Sullivan is Past President of the College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland and is now Airway Lead Advisor to the College & runs the CAI national airway training. She has a substantial portfolio of clinically relevant research and has co-authored more than 140 scientific papers, books, website modules etc Clinically she has developed a worldwide reputation in airway management and lectures and teaches workshops internationally. She was a member of the ASA Task Force on Management of the Difficult Airway and also sits on the Project for Universal Airway Guidelines Group (PUMA) guideline group. She is an Executive Director of WAAM (World Alliance for Airway Management) and co-chaired the World Airway Meeting, WAMM1, in Dublin 2015 and WAMM2 in Amsterdam 2019. A particular interest of Prof O’ Sullivan’s is Global Anaesthesia and supporting education and training in low & middle income countries. This has led to her involvement in a number of projects in Malawi & Uganda including the Global Capnography Project (GCAP).

Prof Guri Sandhu

Professor Guri Sandhu MBBS, MD (res), FRCS, FRCS (ORL-HNS)

Guri Sandhu is a Consultant Otolaryngologist and Head & Neck Surgeon at Charing Cross and Royal Brompton Hospitals, and Professor of Laryngology at Imperial College London. He is Lead for the National Centre for Airway Reconstruction, based at Charing Cross Hospital.

Past president of The British Laryngological Association

Past president at The Royal Society of Medicine for the Section of Laryngology and Rhinology.

Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Music

ENT Surgeon to The Royal Society of Musicians

Honorary Fellow to The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists

The only British ENT surgeon to be made fellow of the American Laryngological Association.

He has published over 150 research papers and over 20 book chapters, and 3 textbooks in the field of Laryngology.

Prof William Harrop-Griffiths

William Harrop-Griffiths has been giving anaesthetics for more than 41 years and still really enjoys it. Along the way, he has picked up some quite flashy titles, degrees, awards, positions and plaudits but still believes that training, experience and simplicity lie at the heart of safe and effective clinical anaesthesia. He knows that not everyone agrees with him and will happily enter a polite debate with anyone who believes that a new piece of kit or a longwinded algorithm will help when the chips are down.

Prof Kariem El-Boghdadly

Kariem is a Consultant Anaesthetist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Cleveland Clinic London, as well as an Honorary Reader at King’s College London. He is the Clinical Service Lead as well as the Research and Development Lead for Theatres, Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at Guy’s and St Thomas’. His interests include regional anaesthesia, airway management, perioperative medicine and research delivery. He is the Scientific Officer for the Difficult Airway Society, Senior Editor of Anaesthesia Journal; developed multiple innovations for practice; has written four books and several book chapters; and is very well-published in peer-reviewed literature. Kariem was awarded the 2022 Featherstone Professorship by the Association of Anaesthetists.

Dr Fauzia Mir

I am a consultant Anaesthetist at St Georges Hospital, London. My interest in difficult airway management and anaesthesia for airway surgery began at an early stage in my career and has continued to grow. I led the organization of the DAS 2017 meeting in London and was in the organising committee for WAMM in 2019 co organised the Annual DAS 2020 webinar and am lead for DAS 2024. I am currently the DAS treasurer, DAS Database co lead and ASM Lead. I am a regular faculty in advanced airway courses regionally, nationally and internationally. I am a co author of the DAS Awake Tracheal intubation guidelines launched in November 2018. I have an interest in HFNO, Jet Ventilation and Airway management in trauma.

Dr Moon-Moon Majumdar

Moon-Moon Majumdar is an ST6 Trainee in North West London, and is one of the DAS Trainee Representatives (when she is not on maternity leave)!

Prof Mary Mushambi

Mary is an Associate Professor at the University of Leicester, where she is the Undergraduate Simulation Lead for Leicester Medical School. She recently retired from the University Hospitals of Leicester where she had been a Consultant Anaesthetist and Associate Medical Director. Her main area of interest has been Obstetric Airway management and she was chair of the OAA/DAS Obstetric difficult airway guidelines which were published in 2015. She was awarded the 2019 DAS Professor of Anaesthesia and Airway management. In 2014, she completed a Masters in Medical Law and Ethics at the De Montfort University.

Previously she held the following posts: Secretary of the Difficult Airway Society (DAS), College tutor, OAA Committee member, primary and final FRCA examiner for the RCoA and was part time lecturer in Medical Law and Ethics at De Montfort University. She has been president of the Leicestershire Medicolegal Society. Her hobbies include flying and she holds a private pilot’s licence (PPL).

Dr Alistair McNarry

Alistair McNarry is a consultant anaesthetist in Edinburgh with an interest in all aspects of airway management, including education and training. Until this year he was the Airway Leads Advisor for DAS and has stepped down to try and bring the eFONA database to life. In between times he has been an author on a few DAS guidelines and maintains an interest in videolaryngoscopy and highflow nasal oxygen. He has been involved in DAS ASMs since the abstract competition in 2009 and is really looking forward to seeing this year’s posters and oral presentations.

Dr Sandeep Sudan

Consultant anaesthetist at University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (East) with an interest in anaesthesia for head and neck surgery; I am also the local airway lead. I have helped to organise and regularly teach as a faculty member of RCoA airway workshop days. More recently I have taken on the role of DAS/RCoA Airway Lead Advisor.

Prof Anil Patel

Professor Anil Patel Consultant Anaesthetist at The Royal National ENT & Eastman Dental Hospital, University College London Hospitals and DAS Professor of Anaesthesia & Airway Management.

He was born in London, graduated from University College London in 1991 and following specialist training in London was appointed a Consultant at The Royal National Throat Nose & Ear Hospital in 1999.

He is a clinical anaesthetist working in an operating theatre 4-5 days a week and has held posts as Clinical Lead, College Tutor, Royal College Audit Co-ordinator, as well as National and International roles developing guidelines for airway management.

Clinically he continues to develop and refine the largest experience of anaesthetising adult airway patients (> 6,000 ) in the UK, probably Europe and possibly the world, leading to innovative techniques and improved patient care. Over 100 anaesthetists from 18 countries have visited and spent time ranging from a few days to weeks observing our practise.

He has received the Humphry Davy Award from The Royal College of Anaesthetists, Distinguished Research Award from International Airway Management Society and Honorary Membership of the European Airway Management Society for extraordinary contribution in the field of airway management.

Research Interests
His interests include (i) Emergency Airway Management, (ii) Airway stenosis, (iii) Jet ventilation, (iv) Airway reconstruction, (v) Role of Laryngeal Mask Airways in ENT surgery, (vi) THRIVE, (vii) Videolaryngoscopy and (viii) Difficult Airway Management.

100+ talks at local meetings.
100+ talks as Keynote or invited speaker at National meetings
100+ talks at International meetings in 38 countries.

He has 130+ peer reviewed publications, 25+ book chapters, over 6,000+ citations and an h-index of 29.

Dr Jairaj Rangasami

Consultant in Anaesthesia & Intensive Care.

President DAS 2013 – 2015

Co authored NAP4 chapters – 9, 15, 20

Conducted and organised several National & International airway workshops

Founder of the Wexham Advanced Airway Workshop

Dr Tom Lawson

Tom Lawson is a consultant anaesthetist at Morriston Hospital in Swansea, Wales. He is one of the co-leads for education at the Difficult Airway Society. He is the creator of the #JanuAIRWAY education event / resource. His interests are advanced airway management, cardiopulmonary exercise testing and regional anaesthesia.

Dr Gunjeet Dua

Education Lead DAS

Dr James Montgomerie

Consultant Anaesthetist Birmingham Children’s hospital

Important Dates

Registration Open

June 1st 2023


Abstract Submission Open

May 15th 2023


Abstract Submission Closes

September 7th 2023

Abstract Review

October 3rd 2023

Notification to Authors

October 24th 2023


End of Early Registration

August 31st 2023

Conference Begins