Richard Marks went to Westminster Medical School and started his training in Anaesthetics at Westminster Hospital in 1981. During his training he worked at Northwick Park, the Royal Free, NHNN, Eastman Dental Hospital and spent a year as a Visiting Professor at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina USA.
He was appointed as a Consultant Anaesthetist at Barnet General Hospital in 1991 and developed an interest in ENT and Paediatric Anaesthesia. At the time that he was appointed then parents were not permitted to be present during the induction of anaesthesia (this was common practice across the country) and Richard insisted that parents be admitted when their children were anaesthetised. This has now become the norm. He also worked to reduce the time that children were starved for preoperatively.
In 1997 Richard moved to the Royal Free Hospital. He worked there with a surgeon who specialised in the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) in children, and developed protocols for their management.
In 2006 he moved part of his work to RNTNE Hospital. Here he helped develop processes for managing children having coblation tonsillectomies as day cases.
RIchard was a College Tutor for 9 years, a Training Programme Director for 5 years and a Deputy Regional Advisor. He is now an elected Consultant Member of Council of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA), and is Chairman of the National Recruitment Committee overseeing the selection and recruitment of trainee anaesthetists into anaesthesia. He sits on committees involved with recruitment, anaesthesia record-keeping, patient liason and the welfare and well-being of anaesthetists with personal or career problems.
He is an accomplished computer programmer and website designer.
Confirmation of the ability to ventilate by facemask before administration of neuromuscular blocker: a non-instrumental piece of information? Br J Anaesth. 2010 Mar;104(3):313-7. 2009 Dec 30.
When is a doctor not a doctor? Peter Gooderham, Richard Marks BMJ 18 August 2010
Training: what went wrong? Where do we go now? Bayne L, Jameson Evans M, King J., Marks R et al
British Journal of Hospital Medicine, July 2007, Vol 68, No 7
Predicting outcome in intensive therapy units--a comparison of Apache II with subjective assessments.
Marks RJ, Simons RS, Blizzard RA, Browne DR. Intensive Care Med. 1991;17(3):159-63
Simulation technique for difficult intubation: teaching tool or new hazard?
Goldberg JS, Bernard AC, Marks RJ, Sladen RN.
J Clin Anesth. 1990 Jan-Feb;2(1):21-6.
Computerised administration in an intensive care unit. Experience with a personal computer system.
Marks RJ, Morgan C, Duce G.
Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 1989 Nov;71(6):397-401.
Anaesthesia for transoral craniocervical surgery.
Marks RJ, Forrester PC, Calder I, Crockard HA.
Anaesthesia. 1986 Oct;41(10):1049-52.
Warming blood before transfusion. Does immersion warming change blood composition?
Marks RJ, Minty BD, White DC.
Anaesthesia. 1985 Jun;40(6):541-4.
Peripheral actions of narcotics.
Marks RJ, Derrington MC, Hewlett AM.
Anaesthesia. 1985 Jan;40(1):85.
Ritodrine-induced pulmonary oedema in labour. Successful management using epidural anaesthesia.
Marks RJ, De Chazal RC.
Anaesthesia. 1984 Oct;39(10):1012-4.
Electroconvulsive therapy: physiological and anaesthetic considerations.
Can Anaesth Soc J. 1984 Sep;31(5):541-8.