Dr Sara McNeillis

Dr Sara McNeillisTel: 0203 456 5316
Email: venkata.mcneillis@nhs.net

Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital

Ear, nose and throat services (ENT), Snoring and sleep disorder clinic

Professional background

Sara McNeillis is a Consultant with interests in Sleep disorder management and Anaesthesia. She has been working at the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital sleep department since 2005; and as a Sleep Consultant since 2011. She became interested in Sleep disorders during her Anaesthesia training rotation. She could see that there are many overlaps in how the upper airway functions in natural sleep and during anaesthesia. She is interested in managing patients with general sleep disorders and sleep apnoea.

She graduated from Kings College London, after which, she went on to complete a few junior surgical posts before specialising in Anaesthesia in the North London Central Rotation training scheme, becoming a fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists in 2005 She completed her training in 2008 and gained specialist registration in Anaesthesia.

She was appointed as a Consultant in Anaesthesia with an interest in Paediatrics at the Royal Free Hospital and Buckinghamshire. With her increasing interest in Sleep disorders, she was then asked to join the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital Sleep unit as a Sleep Disorder specialist. Sara McNeillis has been involved in developing and expanding the sleep unit to provide a comprehensive sleep service at the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital.

She has the following qualifications:

  • MBBS Kings College London (University of London)
  • FRCA Fellowship of the Royal College of Anaesthetists
  • MMed Masters in Sleep Medicine (University of Sydney)

She is a member of: British Sleep Society, American Association of Sleep Medicine, Royal Society of Medicine, Difficult Airway Society and Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists.

Research interests

Sara McNeillis is currently a honorary clinical lecturer at UCL. Her research interests are within the field of sleep disorders. She has an interest in the effects of sleep disorders on the function of the upper airway including nasal congestion and the treatments for these.

She is currently involved in research in the effects of sleep on andrological conditions (erectile dysfunction and priapism).


  • Sedation for Sleep Nasendoscopy an audit of current practice.
    Barrass L, Paul R, McNeillis S
    Poster presentation at British Sleep Society meeting Sep 2011
  • Effects of merging maternity units on obstetric Critical Care Admissions
    Prabir Patel, Amisha Burumdayal, Christina Aye, Sara McNeillis, Alastair Ankers
    Poster presentation SOAP meeting Apr 2011
  • When to Stop- An audit of blood transfusions in Obstetrics
    Amisha Burumdayal, Ramaswamy K, Sara McNeillis
    Poster presentation SOAP meeting Apr 2011
  • Comparison of techniques of using straight blade and curved blade laryngoscopes.
    TE Young, S McNeillis, EC Storey, MRJ Sury
    POSTER presentation at APA Mar 2009
  • CSE in Morbidly Obese Parturients
    Gobindram A, Gowrie-Mohan S, McNeillis S, Ramanayake PU
    POSTER presentation at OAA Jun 2007
  • Flexible Training in Anaesthesia
    McNeillis S
    Royal College of Anaesthetists Bulletin Nov 2006
  • Comparison between epidural, paravertebrals and PCA in providing pain relief after adolescent idiopathic scoliosis surgery.
    V.S. McNeillis, F Salim, R Vijayaraghavan
    POSTER presentation at BSOA meeting Nov 2006

GMC/GDC number: 4118686