I am a consultant anaesthetist at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK, where I am the Clinical Lead for Guy’s Hospital. I have a specialist interest is difficult airway management and I am the clinical lead for airway management at the Trust. Currently I am Honorary Secretary of the Difficult Airway Society (DAS), one of the largest anaesthetic sub-speciality societies in the UK, with over 3000 members. I have also been awarded an honorary senior lecturer position by King’s College London, UK.
At our Trust I am also the education lead for the airway fellowship and we regularly submit papers which are published in peer reviewed journals such as Anaesthesia and BJA and produce work which is presented at national and international meetings. I have gained a lot of experience in advanced airway procedures, including awake tracheal intubation, videolaryngoscopy, apnoeic oxygenation techniques, tubeless surgery and surgical airways. I have also developed an interest in improving airway assessment in patients with difficult airways and have pioneered the use of Virtual Endoscopy in assessment of these patients. We are also developing other novel techniques in airway management such deviceless intubation, the use of alternative devices for awake tracheal intubation and verbal automated cognitive aids for emergency airway management. I have also successfully been awarded a KHP R&D Challenge Fund Grant of £80,000 to fund a project to develop a robotic- assisted navigational endoscopy system to aid in awake tracheal intubations.
I am regularly invited to talk at meetings and conferences both nationally and internationally, this includes being invited as a visiting professor to give the grand rounds at Stanford University in March 2020. I have spoken at conferences such as the DAS ASM, Association of Anaesthetists Congress, ESA and conferences in Europe, North & South America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Far East. I have contributed to many anaesthesia textbooks, including a BMA award winning difficult airway book and am the co-author for three FRCA exam books.
I have over 30 peer-reviewed publications, including the 2015 DAS intubation guidelines, a number of systematic reviews, clinical studies and editorials, resulting in almost 1000 citations to date. I have also be invited by Anaesthesia Journal and the BJA to review a number of submissions. I am the chairperson of a group commissioned by DAS to develop guidelines on awake tracheal intubations, the publication was officially launched at the World Airway Mananagement Meeting (WAMM2) in Amsterdam in November 2019 and has been published in Anaesthesia Journal. This paper is already in the top 10 highest altmetric scoring papers ever for the journal, currently with an altmetric attention score of 471. I am the course director for the Guy’s Airway Management Course, which now attracts over 300 delegates from all over the world and hosts a number of national and international speakers.