Professional background

Dr Sarah Ciechanowicz studied medicine at the University of Oxford where she also completed an MA in physiological sciences. She trained in anaesthesia in the North Central London School, and has continued as a consultant at UCLH after a clinical research fellowship in obstetric anaesthesia. Her sub-speciality interests include major cancer surgery, obstetric anaesthesia and enhanced recovery. She achieved the Dean’s prize for a postgraduate master’s degree in biomedical research at Imperial College, where she continues working on her MD(Res) in postpartum pain, in collaboration with Stanford, USA.

Research interests

Dr Ciechanowicz has an interest in postpartum pain, particularly the development of chronic pain after delivery. She has previously completed in vitro and ex vivo work on the effects of anaesthesia on cancer cell growth and inflammation profiles after traumatic brain injury. During her clinical research fellowship she developed an obstetric quality of recovery scoring tool, which has now been adopted internationally for clinical and research use.


Ciechanowicz S, Setty T, Robson E, Sathasivam C, Chazapis M, Dick J, Carvalho B, Sultan P. Development and evaluation of an obstetric quality-of-recovery score (ObsQoR-11) after elective Caesarean delivery. Br J Anaesth. 2019 Jan;122(1):69-78. doi: 10.1016/j.bja.2018.06.011. Epub 2018 Jul 31. PMID: 30579408. 

Ciechanowicz S, Howle R, Heppolette C, Nakhjavani B, Carvalho B, Sultan P. Evaluation of the Obstetric Quality-of-Recovery score (ObsQoR-11) following non-elective caesarean delivery. Int J Obstet Anesth. 2019 Aug;39:51-59. doi: 10.1016/j.ijoa.2019.01.010. Epub 2019 Feb 2. PMID: 30885691. 

Ciechanowicz S, Patel N. Enhanced recovery after obstetric surgery. Br J Hosp Med (Lond). 2019 Oct 2;80(10):621. doi: 10.12968/hmed.2019.80.10.621. PMID: 31589509. 

Sultan P, Sadana N, Sharawi N, Blake L, El-Boghdadly K, Falvo A, Ciechanowicz S, Athar W, Shah R, Guo N, Jensen S, El-Sayed Y, Cella D, Carvalho B. Evaluation of Domains of PatientReported Outcome Measures for Recovery After Childbirth: A Scoping and Systematic Review. JAMA Netw Open. 2020 May 1;3(5):e205540. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.5540. PMID: 32442292; PMCID: PMC7244991. 

Zhao H, Chen Q, Huang H, Suen KC, Alam A, Cui J, Ciechanowicz S, Ning J, Lu K, Takata M, Gu J, Ma D. Osteopontin mediates necroptosis in lung injury after transplantation of ischaemic renal allografts in rats. Br J Anaesth. 2019 Oct;123(4):519-530. doi: 10.1016/j.bja.2019.05.041. Epub 2019 Jun 28. PMID: 31262508. 

Palmer E, Ciechanowicz S, Reeve A, Harris S, Wong DJN, Sultan P. Operating room-toincision interval and neonatal outcome in emergency caesarean section: a retrospective 5-year cohort study. Anaesthesia. 2018 Jul;73(7):825-831. doi: 10.1111/anae.14296. Epub 2018 Apr 6. PMID: 29633251. 

Ciechanowicz S, Zhao H, Chen Q, Cui J, Mi E, Mi E, Lian Q, Ma D. Differential effects of sevoflurane on the metastatic potential and chemosensitivity of non-small-cell lung adenocarcinoma and renal cell carcinoma in vitro. Br J Anaesth. 2018 Feb;120(2):368-375. doi: 10.1016/j.bja.2017.11.066. Epub 2017 Nov 21. PMID: 29406185. 

Ciechanowicz SJ, Ma D. Anaesthesia for oncological surgery - can it really influence cancer recurrence? Anaesthesia. 2016 Feb;71(2):127-31. doi: 10.1111/anae.13342. Epub 2015 Dec 16. PMID: 26669960. 

Zhao H, Mitchell S, Ciechanowicz S, Savage S, Wang T, Ji X, Ma D. Argon protects against hypoxic-ischemic brain injury in neonatal rats through activation of nuclear factor (erythroidderived 2)-like 2. Oncotarget. 2016 May 3;7(18):25640-51. doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.8241. PMID: 27016422; PMCID: PMC5041933. 

Ciechanowicz SJ, Patil VK; Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland. Intravenous lipid emulsion - rescued at LAST. Br Dent J. 2012 Mar 9;212(5):237-41. doi: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2012.187. PMID: 22402543.