Professional background

Professor Anil Patel is a consultant anaesthetist at The Royal National ENT & Eastman Dental Hospitals, UCLH and DAS professor of anaesthesia & airway management.

He graduated from University College London in 1991 and following specialist training in London was appointed a consultant at The Royal National Throat Nose & Ear Hospital in 1999.

Professor Patel is a clinical anaesthetist working in an operating theatre four to five days a week and has held posts as clinical lead, college tutor, Royal College audit co-ordinator, as well as National and International roles developing guidelines for airway management.

Clinically he continues to develop and refine the largest experience of anaesthetising adult airway patients (> 6,000 ) in the UK, probably Europe and possibly the world, leading to innovative techniques and improved patient care. Over 100 anaesthetists from 18 countries have visited and spent time ranging from a few days to weeks observing his practise.

He has received the Humphry Davy Award from The Royal College of Anaesthetists, Distinguished Research Award from International Airway Management Society and honorary membership of the European Airway Management Society for extraordinary contribution in the field of airway management.

Research interests

  • Emergency airway management
  • Airway stenosis
  • Jet ventilation
  • Airway reconstruction
  • Role of laryngeal mask airways in ENT surgery
  • Videolaryngoscopy
  • Difficult airway management.

Professor Patel has given 100+ talks at local meetings and been invited as a keynote or invited speaker to over 100 talks at national meetings and 100+ talks at international meetings in 38 countries.


Professor Patel has 130+ peer reviewed publications, 25 book chapters, approaching 3,000 citations and an h-index of 23.