After qualifying from Dundee University Medical School in 2000, I re-located to Belfast where I completed a 2-year acute medicine post. I successfully gained the medical qualification to become a Member of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP). I then began my anaesthesia training there, before returning to Dundee to complete my training (CCT) and gain Fellowship Royal College of Anaesthetists (FRCA).
In 2009 I undertook a 1-year airway fellowship in Toronto General Hospital, Canada. I was the first ever airway fellow at this institution, and developed the clinical and research curriculum alongside my supervisor. I published research in the field of video-laryngoscopy and difficult airway case studies, as well as co-authoring a book chapter about advanced airway equipment. This fellowship has since become one of the most sought after in the world.
In 2012 I undertook a 1-year post-CCT fellowship in paediatric anaesthesia at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London which involved clinical training in complex medical conditions and procedures, as well as research. I also worked for one year as a consultant at Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh.
I currently work as a consultant at Chelsea and Westminster, London, where I maintain a busy paediatric practice alongside adults, and am the department lead for difficult airways.
I provide anaesthesia for aesthetic facial-plastic surgery, and work with prestigious surgeons such as Mr. N. Joshi, Mr. N. Kirkpatrick, and Mr. F. Bast. I also perform sedation when needed and appropriate. I am currently authoring a book chapter about anaesthesia for maxillo-facial aesthetic surgery. I am an active member of the charity Facing the World (http://facingtheworld.net) which specialises in surgery for children with facial deformities in Vietnam, and successfully proposed and implemented alongside the Vietnamese lead anaesthetists, the establishment of their own Difficult Airway Group, and translation of the DAS airway guidelines to Vietnamese.
My approach to anaesthesia is two- fold. Firstly, keeping myself up to date with current clinical practice and research, and working within my practice where I can offer the highest level of care. Patient safety and quality of care is my priority, and I risk assess patients based on their pre-operative assessment questionnaire, and I am happy to meet to discuss / further investigate any concerns. Secondly, I understand patient anxiety, and strive to ensure my patients have the opportunity to discuss and express any anxieties they may have prior to surgery.