Professional background


I am a consultant neuroanaesthetist with a special interest in patients having complex spinal operations and those with a “difficult airway”  - these include patients with cervical spine instability and unusual anatomical features of the head and neck. I lead the pre-operative assessment clinic, which aims to ensure patients are medically fit to undergo surgery and provide information about their procedure and hospital stay.

I have been at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN) since 2007 and have worked in the NHS since 2000.  A University of Cape Town graduate, I worked for several years in South Africa and have experience of a wide range of surgical procedures. 

  • Consultant in neuroanaesthesia.
  • Lead for pre-operative assessment centre (Queen Square)
  • Educational supervisor


Research interests

Neuroanaesthesia, pre-optimisation of patients, pre-assessment clinic


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