Professor Tim Cook

Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, Royal United Hospital, Bath
Honorary Professor of Anaesthesia University of Bristol
Director of National Audit Projects
RCoA Advisor on Airway

I work in Bath and am a full time DGH consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine.

I have been fortunate to have been centrally involved in five Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) National Audit Projects learning from major complications of anaesthesia: as clinical lead for NAP3 and 4 (NAP3 – epidurals/spinal anaesthesia, NAP4 – airway management) and as co-lead and director of the program for NAP5-7 (NAP5 – accidental awareness during general anaesthesia – undoubtedly the most ‘patient facing’ of all NAPs to date – NAP6 – perioperative anaphylaxis and NAP7- perioperative cardiac arrest which will launch in May 2021). These big projects involve the nation’s anaesthetists collaborating to shine a light on patient-centred aspects of anaesthetic practice and safety. They are a form of professional-citizen science and are recognised to have changed the landscape of UK anaesthesia clinical practice and anaesthesia research engagement.  

Like many colleagues I have an overall interest in improving safety and quality in anaesthesia and intensive care using a bottom up approach. I have been honoured to be awarded the RCoA Macintosh Professorship 2012-13, the Difficult Airway Society Professorship 2014, an honorary Professorship in Bristol University in 2016. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic I spent several months working from home, during which time I kept my ear to the ground and sought to aid organisational preparedness. Since July I’ve been back to anaesthesia and since October 2020 back full time to ICM.

Professor Adam Law

Dr. Adam Law is Professor of Anesthesia at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He started medical practice with 6 years as a rural general practitioner. This was followed by a residency in Anesthesia and subspecialty training in neuroanesthesia at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. He has worked in Halifax, Canada as an attending anesthesiologist ever since. Adam is co-director of the Canadian AIME airway courses and director of the US-based Difficult Airway Course (Anesthesia version), teaching both courses on a regular basis. He also chaired the Canadian Airway Focus Group for their 2013 and 2021 updates to airway management recommendations and is a working group member of the Project for the Universal Management of Airways (PUMA) initiative. When not at work, he enjoys spending time with his family, hiking and skiing.    

Professor Mary Mushambi


Professor Anil Patel

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. He is a past-president of DAS and the current DAS Professor of Anaesthesia and Airway Management.

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