Dr Yasmin Endlich


Dr Yasmin Endlich is the current chair of the Australian Airway Management Special Interest Group and the Australian Airway Lead. She is also an executive member of the Australian and New Zealand Tripartite Anaesthetic Data Committee.

She is a senior anaesthetic consultant at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and a senior paediatric anaesthetist at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide, in South Australia. She is a staff specialist for Adelaide Anaesthetic Services and a senior clinical lecturer at the University of Adelaide.

Her interests include managing the difficult airway in paediatric and adult patients, including the use of ultrasound in airway management, anaesthesia for trauma and maxillofacial procedures, perioperative medicine and anaesthetic incidence reporting and evaluation.

She has been leading a multicentre airway incident audit involving hospitals across Australia and New Zealand, has published on airway incidents in anaesthesia, enjoys teaching and lectures on airway management at national and international conferences.

Outside of medicine, she enjoys spending time with her husband Christian and their children Sarah and David.

Professor Narasimhan “Sim” Jagannathan

I practice clinical pediatric anesthesia at the Ann & Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago (tertiary care children’s hospital doing 25,000 anesthetics in children/ yearly) and I have been in practice here for the past 15 years. I work clinically in full time capacity. I am the Division Head for General Academic Anesthesia (responsible for the oversight of all clinical operations, education & research related activities for general pediatric anesthesia) for the department of Pediatric Anesthesia. I am a Professor of Anesthesiology at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. I completed my anesthesiology residency at the Cleveland Clinic in 2005 and subsequently did my fellowship at Children’s Memorial Hospital (now Ann & Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago). I have also received my Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in healthcare at the Haslam School of Business/ University of Tennessee. My professional interests include airway management, airway device design, pediatric patient safety, trainee education, clinical operations, and anesthesia staffing/business models.

My clinical research has focused on airway research in children. I have designed and conducted several randomized trials. I have lectured nationally and internationally on the topic of airway management in children, specifically the use of supraglottic airway devices and fiberoptic intubation in children (both in the normal and difficult airway). I speak on Difficult Airway Management (Refresher Course lecture) at the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Annual meeting. On the Board of Directors for both Society for Airway Management Meeting (SAM) and Society for Head & Neck Anesthesia (SHANA). I was the Program Chair for the SAM Annual Meeting in 2018. I am currently the Vice-President for SAM.

I am a senior editor American Board of Anesthesiologists Advanced written exam and a Senior Oral Board Examiner for the American Board of Anesthesiologists. I am on the Editorial Boards of Anesthesia & Analgesia (Section Editor for Airway Management), Pediatric Anesthesia, Journal of Clinical Anesthesia, and Journal of Anesthesia.

Professor Richard Cooper

Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
B.Sc., M.Sc., M.D. and FRCPC (1981) at University of Toronto
Clinical Anesthesiologist, University Health Network, Toronto General Hospital from 1981-2019.

Professor Cooper was the founder and former Director of the Anesthesia Advanced Airway Fellowship at Toronto General Hospital (with trainees from Scotland, Ireland, England, Wales, Australia, Brazil, Israel, Singapore). As well as being a Past President of The Society for Airway Management (SAM): 2012-14; Professor Cooper is a DAS Faculty Professor, recipient of the SAM Distinguished Service Award 2017 and member of the Project for Universal Management of the Airway (PUMA) Executive Committee. He gave the Ovassapian Lecture at ASA Annual Scientific Meeting, 2018 and World Airway Management Meeting 2019

His primary academic interests include; alternatives to direct laryngoscopy, clinical applications of video laryngoscopy and extubation of the difficult airway. Author of many original articles, editorials, 30 book chapters and co-editor of  “The Difficult Airway—An Atlas of Tools and Techniques in Clinical Management” 2013 (Springer), he has been an invited speaker at numerous international conferences and workshops.  His non-professional interests include stone carving and endurance athletics (he has completed 25 marathons including 3 Boston Marathons). He is also an artisan bread baker, luthier and violinist.

Professor Ellen O’Sullivan 


Professor Ellen O’Sullivan trained in anaesthesia in the UK & USA and spent 10 years as a Consultant at the University Hospital Aintree, Merseyside. She is now a consultant anaesthesiologist in St James’s Hospital, one of the largest teaching hospitals in Dublin, Ireland where she runs an advanced Airway Fellowship in Airway Management and Simulation. She is the College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland Lead Advisor on Airway Management. She has been involved with Difficult Airway Society (DAS) since it’s foundation and was elected President of DAS in 2009. She was appointed DAS Professor of Anaesthesia & Airway Management in 2016.She is now the DAS International Liaison Officer. Prof O’ Sullivan is one of the Executive Directors of WAAM (World Alliance for Airway Management) and co-chaired WAMM1, Dublin and WAMM2 in Amsterdam. She is Past-President of the College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland and Past Vice-President of the Association of Anaesthetists (AAGBI). She was awarded the John Snow Silver Medal in 2013 for her contributions. Prof O’Sullivan is presently a Council Member of the Royal College of Anaesthetists and chair of Global Partnerships. A particular interest of hers is working in international and third world countries, and include early contributions to validating what later became the Lifebox Pulse Oximetry project, and more recently the GCAP (Global Capnography Project) and supporting CANECSA (College of Anaesthesiologists of East, Central & Southern Africa.”

Professor John Sakles

Professor of Emergency Medicine
Department of Emergency Medicine, 
The University of Arizona College of Medicine
Tucson, Arizona, USA

Dr. Sakles is a Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, where he has been practicing for the last 20years. He is a long-time faculty member for “The Difficult Airway Course: Emergency” and currently serves as the Associate Editor of The Walls Manual of Emergency Airway Management. He is an active member of the Society for Airway Management and currently serves as itsSecretary. Dr. Sakles has done extensive research in the field of emergency airway management and has published numerous peer reviewedpaperson a variety of topics such as rapid sequence intubation, pharmacology of airway management,video laryngoscopy,the difficult airwayandthe surgical airway


Dr Hans Huitink

Upon completion of his medical study at the VU University Medical Center in 1995 Johannes Huitink obtained a PhD in cardiology in the same year. He completed his anesthesiology trainingin 2001. In that year he became staff anesthesiologist at the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam, where he specialized in cancer anesthesia.In 2007 he moved to Australia and workedas consultant anaesthetistin Melbourne. In 2008 he joined the Department of Anesthesiology at VUUniversity Medical Center inAmsterdam, where he worked until 2019 with a focus on airway management researchand teaching. Currently he is working in different hospitalsand combinesthis with teaching. He has published many papers and is (co) author of medical books within his fields of interest. He is considered by others as an expert in advancedairway management, neuroanaesthesia and high fidelity medical simulation. He is founderand directorofthe Airway Management Academy( www.airwaymanagementacademy.com), member of the International Advisory Board of AnaesthesiaJournal. He was local chair for the second World Airway Management Meeting 2019 which was organizedin Amsterdam.You can follow his biased 24/7 opinionson twitter @AirwayMxAcademy

Professor Cyprian Mendonca


Prof. Cyprian Mendonca. PhD, MD, FRCA, FAcadMEdProfessor Cyprian Mendonca isa consultant Anaesthetist at University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust. He was graduated from Mysore University, India in 1987 and completed postgraduate training in Anaesthesia. In the United Kingdom he undertook Specialist Anaesthesia training from Stoke, Warwickshire and Welsh Schools of Anaesthesia and was appointed to his NHS Consultant past at Coventry in 2001. He is an honorary professor at the University of Warwick. His special interests include head & neck anaesthesia, airway management, neuroanaesthesia, human factors and medical education.He has organized and successfully delivered several educational courses including advanced airway management andhuman factors and patient safety. He is an academicleadfor core clinical education at Warwick Medical School and director for Coventry airway skills lab. He is the honorary treasurer for the Society for Education in Anaesthesia-UK.He was awarded President’s commendation certificate from Royal College of Anaesthetists and Featherstone professorship from Association of Anaesthetists in 2016 for his sustained contribution to education and research. He has authored six books in anaesthesia and written chapters in the anaestheisa textbooks. He has published a series of peer reviewed papers in advancedairway management and education

Dr Kariem El-Boghdadly

Dr Alistair McNarry

Professor Peter Brindley

MD, FRCPC(Canada), FRCP (Lond), FRCP (Edin), 

Full-time Critical Care Doc at the University of Alberta Hospital who suspects nobody reads bios. Just in case, he is atenured full Professor of Critical Care Medicine, Anesthesiology, and MedicalEthics, and has his name associated with over 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 30book chapters, and 90 other articles, including regularopinion piecesfor the British Medical Journal. He has written one bookand has another on the way. He haslikelybored the pants offaudiences in 15countries during approximately 500 invited presentations, 50 plenaries and 10 named lectures. He is convinced that happiness is about finding meaning and showing gratitude.His is proudest of two feral kids, neither of whom give a hoot about his work-related achievements.

Mr Declan Costello

Declan Costello is a consultant ear, nose and throat surgeon specialising in voice disorders (a laryngologist).He studied music at St John’s College, Cambridge, where he was a choral scholar, and went on to study medicine at Imperial College.As a singer himself, he has a particular interest in treating voice disorders in performers. Having worked for ten years in Birmingham as a consultant, he moved to Wexham Park Hospital in Berkshire in 2018.He has published a number of books and has written many chapters, including the chapter on “Larynx” for the 42nd edition of “Gray’s Anatomy”.In the middle of 2020, at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, he helped to coordinate research on the perceived dangers of singing and aerosols.This research led to the UK government opening up performing after a prolonged period of enforced silence.

Dr Fiona Kelly

Fiona Kelly has been a consultant in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine in Bath for 11 years. She was airway lead there for 8 years, and during that time co-led (with Tim Cook) the introduction of Universal Videolaryngoscopy in 2017, second generation supraglottic airways for all adults from 2015 and mandatory attendance at departmental airway workshops from 2016.Her interest in staff wellbeing and recovery from potentially traumatic events started after shewas the consultant in charge during an ICU fire in Bath in 2011, and since then she has been heavily involved with the introduction of Trauma Risk Management (TRiM) in Bath and is lead consultant for staff wellbeing in ICU. She has been chair of the DAS/Association of Anaesthetists Human Factors and Ergonomics guideline group since 2017, and hopes that these will be published soon! She is also a member of the Association of Anaesthetists’ Wellbeing Working Party.

Professor Daniel Horner

Dan Horner is Professor of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine and a dual trained Consultant in Emergency and Critical Care Medicine at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust,a tertiary neurosciences and busy major trauma centrein North West England. Heworks clinically in both specialities and as a trauma team leader.Dan is also regional theme lead for Trauma and Emergency Carewithin the Greater Manchester Clinical Research Network andwon the national FICM/NIHR early career researcher award in 2020. His key research interests include clinical management of thrombosis, prevention of venous thromboembolic disease, trauma and emergency care. More information can be found at his university webpage https://www.research.manchester.ac.uk/portal/daniel.horner.html Twitter: @RCEMPro

Professor Brendan McGrath

Brendan qualified from the University of Sheffield and trained initially in general medicine in Yorkshire, the North East and then Australia. He returned to specialise in Anaesthesia & Intensive Care Medicine, appointed as a consultant at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, at Wythenshawe Hospital in 2009.

Brendan’s research interests in patient safety and airway management led to the initiation of the UK National Tracheostomy Safety Project, collaborating widely in developing educational resources to guide the multidisciplinary response to airway emergencies. Realising that the real work was in prevention of airway emergencies, Brendan helped to develop the Global Tracheostomy Collaborative in 2012, bringing together international expertise from Harvard to Melbourne with the goal of improving tracheostomy care ‘everywhere’ through quality improvement initiatives. Brendan has worked on and led a number of domestic and international quality improvement projects and research studies, securing significant grant funding. His contributions in his field were recognised by appointment as:

Difficult Airway Society Professor of Anaesthesia & Airway Management 2021
Royal College of Anaesthetists Macintosh Professor 2021
Association of Anaesthetists Featherstone Professor 2021-23
Visiting Professor to Harvard Medical School in 2016
NHS England National Clinical Advisor for Tracheostomy in 2015

He remains European lead of the Global Tracheostomy Collaborative, supporting UK and European sites to improve care for patients and their families.

Brendan and his team have won a number of awards for their work, including:
British Medical Journal Award for Anaesthesia & Perioperative Medicine Team of the Year 2020
Intensive Care Society Improvement Project Award 2020
National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia Research Award 2019

Outside of medicine, Brendan is entertained by a young(ish) family, plays guitar in the family rock band, “Death Metal Children of Rock,” attempts to support Liverpool FC whilst living near Old Trafford, and tries to ride his road bike when it isn’t raining (too hard).


Professor Sheila Nainan Myatra

Department of Anaesthesia & Critical Care 
Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai

  • President of the All India Difficult Airway Association(AIDAA)
  • Chair of the Intensive & Critical Care Medicine (ICCM) Committee of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiology (WFSA)
  • Among the 14 international experts working on American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) difficult airway guidelines and the PUMA guidelines (Project for the Universal Management of the Airway).
  • Editorial board: Anaesthesia, Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Intensive Care Medicine (immediate past), Journal of Critical Care (JOCC), Trends in Anaesthesia & Critical Care and Airway
  • Over 100 indexed publications and 30 book chapters

Dr Imran Ahmad

Dr Andy Higgs

Dr Gunjeet Dua

Dr Tom Lawson

I am a consultant anaesthetist at Morriston Hospital in Swansea, Wales. My undergraduate training was at Southampton Medical School, and my training in anaesthesia was throughout the South West of England. Whilst at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, I completed advanced fellowships in regional anaesthesia and advanced airway management. As a consultant in Plymouth, I was a co-lead for airway training and created the DAS accredited regional Shared Airway Rescue Course (SHARC). I’ve taught and lectured on airway management at various national meetings. Most recently, I created and ran the #JanuAirway airway education event on twitter. I’ve been heavily involved in education and training throughout my career as an honorary fellow of the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, FRCA programme organiser and college tutor. I aim to bring my passion for education and airway management to my new role as one of the two airway education leads (with the incomparable Dr Gunjeet Dua).


Dr Maren Kleine-Brueggeney

PD Dr Maren Kleine-Brueggeney works as a Consultant in Paediatric and Paediatric Cardiac Anaesthesia at the University Children’s Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland. She was trained in anaesthesia in Switzerland followed by fellowships in cardiac, paediatric and paediatric cardiac anaesthesia in London/UK.

She is a member of Scientific Subcommittee 5, Paediatric Anaesthesiology, of the European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (ESAIC) and Council Member for Switzerland of the European Airway Management Society (EAMS).

Her professional interests include the management of difficult airways in children and in adults, cardiac and paediatric cardiac anaesthesia, neonatal anaesthesia, patient blood management and education.

She has designed and led several clinical studies focusing on airway management techniques in children and adults such as supraglottic airway devices, intubation through supraglottic airway devices, videolaryngoscopes and apnoeic oxygenation. She is an Associate Editor for Trends in Anaesthesia and Critical Care.

Professor Patrik Schoettker

Professor Patrick Schoettker
Head of the Department of Anesthesiology
University Hospital Lausanne
CH 1011 Lausanne-CHUV

Prof. Schoettker is the head of the Department of Anesthesiology of the University Hospital Lausanne CHUV in Switzerland. He is the inventor of various airway devices (S-Guide® Malleable Intubating guide for difficult Airway management, Airtraq Mobile® for Airtraq) and holds various patents in the field of airway management and wireless monitoring.

He is the founding and acting president of the non-profit “Fondation Latine des Voies Aériennes (www.flava.ch)”, which organises annual difficult airway courses throughout Switzerland and financially supports airway related research. 

Professor Schoettker has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed articles, 28 book chapters and is the editor of the book “Perioperative Hemostasis” published by Springer.

Dr Paul Baker

Dr Paul A. Baker, MD, MBChB, FANZCA, FEAMS
Specialist Anaesthetist, Starship Children’s Health.                               
Associate Professor, Department of Anaesthesiology, 
Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences,
University of Auckland, New Zealand.

  • Research interest and Doctor of Medicine thesis concerns ‘Improving  the quality and safety of airway management’
  • Founded the AirwaySkills course in 1996
  • Developer of the Orsim™ bronchoscopy simulator
  • Board member and Vice President of the Society for Airway Management.
  • Founder and former executive member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists Airway Management Special Interest Group
  • Fellow of the European Airway Management Society
  • Founder and chairman of the New Zealand Airway Lead network.
  • Seventy four publications (59 peer reviewed scientific articles, 1 MD thesis, 8 book chapters and 6 patents)

Prof Vinidh Paleri 

Consultant Head & Neck Surgeon | The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
Professor of Head & Neck Surgery | The Institute of Cancer Research
Director | International Centre for Recurrent Head and Neck Cancer
President | British Association of Head and Neck Oncology

Professor Vinidh Paleri has accrued the largest experience in Transoral Robotic Surgery in the UK. He has pioneered a new robotic technique to remove radiorecurrent and radioresidual cancers and is the first surgeon in the UK to perform robotic free flap reconstructions. He is the primary or co-recipient for ~£5 million in grant funding, has published over 190 papers, and has edited numerous works. He currently serves as President of the British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists, Director of the International Centre for Recurrent Head and Neck Cancer, and in the following national bodies: ENT-UK Head & Neck Society, Laryngology & Rhinology Section of the Royal Society of Medicine and Trustee for the Oracle Cancer Trust

Dr Guillermo Martinez

Dr Guillermo Martinez completed his training in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care in Madrid, Spain 2008. Subsequently, he undertook a Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia Fellowship at Papworth NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridgeshire UK.  

Dr Martinez is currently a consultant cardiothoracic anaesthetist and clinical lead for thoracic anaesthesia at Papworth hospital. He has special interest in thoracic anaesthesia and enhanced recovery programme for thoracic surgery. Dr Martinez area of research includes non-intubated thoracic anaesthesia, regional anaesthesia of the trunk, high-flow oxygen in thoracic surgery and opioid free anaesthesia for cardiothoracic surgery. He provides anaesthetic care for cardiothoracic surgery patients, including anaesthesia for heart and lung transplantation, pulmonary endarterectomy, TAVI and tracheal resection surgery.

Dr Martinez has also developed a special interest in pulmonary hypertension and balloon pulmonary angioplasty for patient with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension

Dr John Allen Pacey

MD FRCSC.    Vascular and General Surgeon

     1967             MD , University of British Columbia Medical School  
     1971             ICU Shock Trauma team VGH
     1973             FRCSc    
     1980             Vascular Surgery Royal College
     2004-2021   Acetech 

Vascular and General Surgery
Burnaby Hospital 1974-2007
Chief of Surgery  1980
Head of ICU.   1985


Inventor Medical Devices

I  Inventor Glidescope Video Laryngoscope 1999. 33 variants , product accessories. 
II  Inventor PaceyCuff Urethral Control Device
III Inventor Multiple Surgical Devices. ( Hemoclips, Hydrostatic Cuff, Stylets, Video Retractor .)


a. 2007 Honorary Professor of Anesthesia, University of BC Medical School
b. 2015  Difficult Airway Society , Macewan Medal.  UK
c. 2016. Society of Airway Management Distinguished Service Medal. USA
d. 2017 Joule Award Canadian Medical Association – PaceyCuff.

Medical Device Management  

I CEO Saturn Biomedical Systems 1998-2006
II President Verathon Medical Canada 2006-2014
III CEO Paceymedtech Ltd.   2016 – 2022 


Dr Adrian Pearce

Adrian Pearce started anaesthesia in 1977 and was fortunate during training to encounter both fibreoptic intubation in 1984/5 during a year in the USA and to be taught by the influential Dr Ray Towey back in London. A life interest in airway management developed. During his Consultant time at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital London he was involved in the formation of the Difficult Airway Society and the European Airway Management Society. He remains fascinated, even in retirement, by the work and influence of the Society.

Dr Chris Elton

Dr Chris Elton was appointed as a Consultant Obstetric Anaesthetist at Leicester Royal Infirmary in 1998. He is currently President of the OAA. His research interests include obstetric general anaesthesia and obstetric haemorrhage. He has lectured nationally and internationally on obstetric anaesthesia.

Professor Huafeng Wei

Dr. Huafeng Wei is a Professor with Tenure at the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Pennsylvania (UPENN) in the U.S.A. He is also the Chairman of the International Airway Management Society (IAMS). Dr. Wei completed his medical graduate student training in Anesthesiology at Tongji Medical University in 1988, under the mentoring of Drs. Shi-ao JIN and Yong Cao. He obtained his Ph.D in pharmacology and toxicology from the George Washington University in 1996 and completed his postdoctoral training at Georgetown University and National Institute of Health (NIH) in 1999. He completed his second resident training in Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania in 2003 and become a standing faculty member thereafter at UPENN. His lab has focused on studying the role of calcium dysregulation in neurodegeneration in various neurodegenerative diseases, especially in Alzheimer’s disease and after various general anesthetics treatments. His lab is the first to demonstrate that dantrolene, a drug for treatment of malignant hyperthermia, can abolish the memory and learning impairment in various animal models of Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Wei has been an invited speaker for Harvard, Johns Hopkins, UCSF, Duke, UVA, Imperial College of England, University of Heidelberg and Jena University in Germany, University of Padova in Italy, Kanazawa Medical University in Japan, University of Istanbul in Turkey, as well as speakers for international conferences in more than 12 countries and regions.   

Dr. Wei is the inventor of the WEI Nasal Jet Tube (WEI NASAL JET, WNJ) and “WEI jet endotracheal tube (WEI JET)”, two novel airway devices providing supraglottic jet oxygenation and ventilation (SJOV), a new and developing concept and noninvasive technique to augment the oxygenation and ventilation. SJOV via WNJ and/or WEI JET is expected to reduce hypoxia/hypercapnia associated morbidity and mortality in patient with significant respiratory depression or apnea or during difficult airway management. Dr. Wei is also one of inventers for US and international patient application titled “Intranasal dantrolene for treatment of Alzheimer’s disease”

University of Pennsylvania have multiple granted patents from various countries for WEI Nasal Jet Tube. 

Huafeng Wei Contact Information:

PENN Websitehttp://www.med.upenn.edu/apps/faculty/index.php/g319/p790278  

Email:    huafeng.wei@pennmedicine.upenn.edu; huafengweidoctor@gmail.com

Phone (Cell): 2152609840 

Dr Ross Hofmeyr

MBChB (Stell), DipPEC, DA, MMed(Anaes)(UCT) FCA (SA) FAWM
Associate Professor, Department of Anaesthesia & Perioperative Medicine Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, and WildMedix, Cape Town, South Africa.

Proudly South African, Ross was born and educated at the continent’s tip in Cape Town. His professional fields of interest have centred upon acute and critical care, trauma, anaesthesia, aeromedical, emergency, wilderness and expedition medicine. He has worked extensively as an expedition doctor, including serving as overwintering Expedition Leader and doctor for the South African National Antarctic Expedition, and is co-founder and medical director of WildMedix, South Africa’s first company to offer accredited training in wilderness medicine. After shifting his predominant focus to anaesthesiology and perioperative medicine, he spearheaded the development of the first African Fellowship in Airway and Thoracic Anaesthesia and is now Associate Professor and Airway Lead for the Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at the University of Cape Town. Ross’s clinical and research interests include all facets of airway management, aeromedical and prehospital care, remote and expedition medicine, point-of-care investigation, thermoregulation and extreme physiology. He has secured research and educational grant funding from the South African Society of Anaesthesiologists, Wilderness Medical Society, University of Cape Town, and medical industry. Ross is a keen course director, instructor, dynamic international speaker, and #FOAM (free, open-access medical education) enthusiast, with over 60 publications. When not providing care in the hospital or abroad, Ross is usually to be found with his family in the wilds, committing random acts of aviation and/or adventure.

Dr Mark Stacey

FRCA, MSc Med Ed
Consultant anaesthetist and Associate Dean New Initiatives (Wales)

I am an obstetric anaesthetist with extensive clinical and teaching experience on the practical management of the ‘difficult airway’ – both time critical skills. For the last 17 years I have investigated skills, training and performance under pressure. I have attempted to enhance both our day to day performance,  while also learning and teaching better methods of training to manage situations such as the ‘can’t intubate, can’t oxygenate’ scenario. 

I integrate much of the research on the performance of elite athletes, military, business and human factors. I work with Andy McCann, a Professor of Sports Psychology and Steve Eaton a retired special forces captain, developing a system encompassing information delivery, maximising learning practical skills, resilience and cognitive workload management to maximise our global performance. 

Additionally Andy and I have spent the last 10 years looking at a strategy to improve well being. We have designed and delivered a high quality wellbeing  skills workshop called Medtrim (now available on line) that can and does deliver an enhanced toolbox of skills for you to enhance your own performance. 


Dr. Danny Wong

Dr. Danny Wong is a Consultant Anaesthetist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London. He completed his PhD in Health Services Research at the Division of Surgery and Interventional Sciences, UCL, investigating the epidemiology of postoperative critical care. He is one of the co-investigators for the intubateCOVID study which investigated the practice of and risks associated with tracheal intubation in patients with COVID-19 during the pandemic. 

Dr Linda-Jayne Mottram


Linda-Jayne is an Intensive Care Consultant and Anaesthetist in the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.  She is a graduate of the Queen’s University of Belfast and undertook her postgraduate training in the Northern Ireland Deanery. Her interests include thoracic anaesthesia, medical education and simulation, and quality improvement.  She also works for the Northern Ireland Safe transfer and Retrieval service (NIStaR) and leads the Belfast Trauma Team Education Course (BelTTEC).

She is married to David and has four children, which leaves little time for anything else other than the occasional gin. 

Dan Higgins

Dan Higgins is an Advanced Critical Care Practitioner at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, part of University Hospitals Birmingham   NHS Trust. Dan Has spent nearly 30 years working in multi-speciality adult and paediatric critical care, the last 8 as an ACCP. He is heavily involved in Education and Training on a variety of platforms in the NHS, Academia and the wider healthcare industry. For his MSc Dan explored education and training for non-theatre staff involved in advanced airway management and as a result developed training packages and competence frameworks for these groups. When not working clinically or teaching Dan is likely to be found underwater teaching Scuba Diving.    

Dr. Elizabeth Behringer

A native of Boston Massachusetts, Dr. Behringer received her Undergraduate BA with Honors at Brown University in Providence R.I. Upon graduation from Boston University School of Medicine, she went on to Internal Medicine Residency at the New England Deaconess Medical Center and Residency in Anesthesia and Fellowships in Thoracic Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine at the Massachusettts General Hospital in Boston Massachusetts.

She is currently a Cardiac Surgical Intensivist in the division of Cardiovascular Surgery and Critical Care at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. She is Attending Intensivist in the 16 bed Cardiac Surgical ICU and 32 bed Cardiac Surgical stepdown unit specializing in the care of complex Cardiac Surgical patients. The Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine opened in Pasadena California in 2020. Dr. Behringer is part of the team creating a curriculum for medical students on all aspects of Cardiac Surgical care including Cardiac Surgery, Cardiac Anesthesia and Cardiac Surgical Critical Care. She is also leading research and human initiatives at Kaiser in the Cardiac Surgical ICU regarding teamwork in airway management as well as expedited recovery following cardiac surgery.

Dr. Behringer has published extensively on airway management outside of the operating room. Dr. Behringer has been the Co-Moderator of the American Society of Anesthesiologists Difficult Airway Workshop for over 15 years. She is the recipient of numerous clinical teaching awards throughout her academic career.

She served as President of the Society for Airway Management for two terms (2009-2011)and earned it’s Distinguished Service Award in 2013. She is currently a member of the SAM special project on International Airway Leads which aspires to make the Airway Lead a National  standard in the United States


She was Co-Chair of the first World Airway Management Meeting in Dublin Ireland in 2015 as well as the second WAMM meeting in Amsterdam The Netherlands in 2019 -the largest in -person airway management focused educational events to date. Currently Dr. Behringer is Executive Director of the World Alliance of Airway Management ( www.Waam.ie) which aspires to be a global resource for airway education,  research and training

Dr Claire Nightingale

Buckshealthcare NHS Trust

Founder member of the society of obesity and bariatric anaesthesia -SOBA. Co-author of single sheet guide and SOBA/AAGBI  guidelines on perioperative management of people with obesity. Otherwise a covid-flexible general anaesthetist no longer travelling nor bringing up children.

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