Brian is the Chief of the Division of Obstetric Anaesthesia in the Department of Anaesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and as a researcher in the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics in the Department of Medicine. He is an Associate Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School. His research interests focus on pharmacoepidemiology in pregnancy and the epidemiology of pregnancy-related complications. He has an interest in the use of opioids during pregnancy and its consequences, the safety of cardiovascular medications in pregnancy, predictors of severe maternal morbidity and mortality, and medication safety in the perioperative period. He is currently the PI of a R01 grant from NIH examining the impact of prescription opioid use during pregnancy. He is on the editorial board of Anesthesiology and is an editor of the upcoming edition of Chestnut’s Obstetric Anesthesia: Principles and Practices. He is a voting member of the FDA’s Anaesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee. He has served as a technical consultant to the Joint Commission, expert reviewer for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, on study sections at the NIH and PCORI, and grant review boards for funding agencies from several other countries. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Society for Obstetric Anaesthesia and Perinatology.
Brendan is the Chief of Obstetric Anaesthesia and Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Stanford University Medical Centre, and the Past President of the Society for Obstetric Anaesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP). He has published extensively in the field of Obstetric Anaesthesia, with over 230 peer-reviewed articles, editorials, reviews, book chapters, and commentaries. He has received several NIH, pharmaceutical and institutional grants, and won numerous research awards including three Best Research Papers at SOAP scientific meetings. Brendan Carvalho has won the Teacher of the Year award at SOAP and at Stanford University’s Departments of Anaesthesia. He has presented at over 170 regional, national, and international meetings and visiting professorships. His scholarly activities are focused on clinical and translational research in the field of caesarean and labour analgesia, perinatal pharmacology and immunology.
Alicia is an Associate Professor at The University of Melbourne, a staff specialist anaesthetist and the Director of Anaesthesia Research at The Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. After graduation from the University of Melbourne she trained and practised in anaesthesia, and in 2010 obtained her PhD investigating cardiac function in women with preeclampsia. In 2013 Alicia was the Visiting Professorial Scholar for the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital and worked with Professors Swanevelder and Dyer, and Dr Matthew Gibbs and Lynel Nel, investigating haemodynamics using echocardiography in women with preeclampsia and women with HIV. Alicia’s collaboration with Professor Dyer continues with recent work examining exercise testing in pregnant women in Cape Town. In 2017 she completed a Master of International Public Health with a focus on gender inequity and its contribution to maternal mortality. Alicia is currently supervising 3 PhD students and is the current Australasian Representative on the Scientific Affairs Committee of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA).
Ada is a Consultant Anaesthetist at Guys & St Thomas’ Hospital London. She completed her anaesthetic training in Nigeria before relocating to the UK. She is a Fellow of the West African College of Surgeons, and Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists. Her specialty interests include obstetric anaesthesia, medical education and the ‘growing field’ of medical humanities. Outside of medicine her interests include writing, music, drama and film. She has produced two low budget films exploring the interface between creative media and medicine.
Roshan was educated at the University College of Wales Medical School, Cardiff, South Wales, UK before completing his advanced anaesthesia training at the Hammersmith and Queen Charlotte’s Hospitals in London. He has been a consultant anaesthetist since 1994, initially working at the Royal Free Hospital in London and transferring in 2008 to University College London Hospital where he coordinated mainly clinical research in obstetric anaesthesia until June 2017. He served as the Honorary Treasurer for the 2,500-member Obstetric Anaesthetists’ Association (OAA) for 6 years, chaired its Scientific & Educational Meetings subcommittee for a further 6 years, and took over as OAA President for a 3-year term from May 2014 until May 2017. He has also worked for 6 years as part of the Obstetric Anaesthesia subcommittee of the European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA), for 10 years as an examiner for the Royal College of Anaesthetists, finishing his duties in June 2013, as well as a 4-year term (2013-16) on the Council of the Association of Anaesthetists of GB and Ireland (AAGBI). Dr. Fernando is on the editorial boards of 2 journals including the International Journal of Obstetric Anaesthesia and lectures extensively both within the UK and abroad. He is the co-editor of 2 international obstetric anaesthesia textbooks including the recently published Oxford Textbook of Obstetric Anaesthesia, and has published multiple peer reviewed original research papers. He currently has taken up a challenging post at the Hamad Women’s Hospital in Doha, Qatar, which delivers over 18,000 deliveries each year, including approximately 500 caesarean deliveries each month. He is currently responsible for leading the clinical obstetric anaesthesia research at the Hamad Women’s Hospital and for assisting with the obstetric anaesthesia fellowship training program.
Yehuda graduated from Kings College School of Medicine and Dentistry (1986). He completed Anaesthesiology residency in Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Centre in Jerusalem, Israel (1993) and a Research Fellowship in Obstetric Anaesthesia at Stanford University, California (1999-2001). He is Associate Professor of Anaesthesiology at Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Centre in Jerusalem, Israel, where he has also been Director of the Mother and Child Anaesthesia Unit since 1995. In addition, he is Professor of Anaesthesiology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, Missouri, where he has been the Division Chief in Obstetric Anaesthesia from 2016-17, and where he runs a basic science research laboratory studying placental perfusion and transgenic mouse models of preeclampsia. His research interests include placental perfusion, tissue perfusion monitoring, preeclampsia, spinal cord opioid pharmacology, epidural-induced sympathectomy and clinical obstetric anaesthesia.
Thierry has been Lead of Obstetric Anaesthesia at the University Hospital of Basel, Switzerland since 2001;he is immediate past-president of the Swiss Association of Obstetric Anaesthesia (SAOA) & has been committee member of the Obstetric Anaesthetist’s Association (OAA) since 2014. His main research area is pharmacogenetics. He is a member of the board of the European Malignant Hyperthermia Group (www.emhg.org) and his interest in information technology stems from his work in pharmacogenetics, which has granted him experience in computer programming.
Ashraf is a Professor of Anaesthesiology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Chief of the Division of Women’s Anaesthesia at Duke University Medical Centre, Durham, NC in the USA. He received his medical degree from Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. He completed his anaesthesia training at the University Hospitals of Leicester in the UK and subsequently finished fellowship training in Obstetric Anaesthesiology at Duke University Medical Centre. He obtained an MHSc in Clinical Research from Duke University in 2009. His research interests include Obstetric Anaesthesia, improving the quality of patient recovery, optimising postoperative outcomes such as postoperative pain and nausea and vomiting, persistent pain after surgery, and optimising haemodynamic management of women undergoing caesarean delivery. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters and editorials. He is currently a senior Editor for Anaesthesia and Analgesia and is on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Obstetric Anaesthesia. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Society for Obstetric Anaesthesia and Perinatology and the Society for Ambulatory Anaesthesia.
Warwick Ngan Kee
Warwick Dean Ngan Kee is currently Professor of Anaesthesiology at Weill Cornell Medicine and Chair of the Department of Anaesthesiology, Sidra Medicine, Doha, Qatar. He holds the additional title of Honorary Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His clinical and research interests include Obstetric anaesthesia and analgesia, intraspinal opioids in acute pain management and clinical pharmacology of local anaesthetics. Warwick’s academic output comprises of 118 full publications in international peer-reviewed journals (59 as first author), 15 book chapters and 158 invited presentations at major international meetings. He was both Professor at and Director of Obstetric Anaesthesia, Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, China between 1993 – 2017. Tennis, scuba diving, guitar, fly-fishing, computers and reading are some of his personal interests.
Nuala is a Consultant Anaesthetist at Northwick Park Hospital. She serves as Chair of the Education Sub-committee of the Obstetric Anaesthetists’ Association. She is the anaesthesia co-lead for the Maternal Confidential Death Enquiries in the UK (MBRRACE-UK). She is a senior editor for the International Journal of Obstetric Anaesthesia. Her research interests include complications of obstetric anaesthesia; she is a co-investigator on the UKOSS study of high regional block in obstetrics and the DREAMY project, a prospective evaluation of accidental awareness in obstetric general anaesthesia.
Jill Mhyre received her medical degree at Stanford University in 1999. She interned at Duke University and continued her training at the University of Michigan Health System, where she completed her residency in anaesthesiology and research fellowships in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and the National Institutes of Health’s Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health Program. Jill’s research focuses on maternal patient safety with specific areas of interest in maternal mortality, severe obstetric morbidity, perioperative and peripartum cardiopulmonary resuscitation, regionalization of peripartum care for women with significant co-existing disease, and systems solutions to improve communication and safety on labour and delivery units. She is the Executive Section Editor for Obstetric Anesthesia for Analgesia & Anesthesia, an editor of the International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia, and Associate Editor of Chestnut’s Obstetric Anesthesia Principles and Practice. Earlier roles included Chair of the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology Patient Safety Committee, Chair of the National Partnership for Maternal Safety Subcommittee on Vital Sign Triggers, and the journal liaison for the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology.
Neil is a consultant anaesthetist with a specialist interest in obstetrics. He is the anaesthesia lead for PROMPT, a multi-professional training package for obstetric emergencies that has improved fetal and maternal outcomes in the UK and internationally. Neil also has an interest in global health and teaches and directs obstetric anaesthesia courses in low resource settings, working alongside Mercy Ships and the AAGBI. Neil was previously the lead for obstetric anaesthesia education at University Hospitals Bristol and runs national and international courses on anaesthesia and obstetric anaesthesia topics. He also has an interest in expedition medicine, having supported treks in Patagonia, Sahara, Everest Base Camp and others.
Kenneth completed his undergraduate education at Texas A&M University in 1988, and graduated from Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston in 1992. He completed his Residency and Obstetric Anesthesia Fellowship at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine (Wake Forest University) in 1997. He has served as Oral Examiner and Chair of the In-Training Examinations Committee of the American Board of Anesthesiology. Further educational initiatives include Program Director for Wake Forest Department of Anesthesiology CME Meeting, and ASA Refresher Course Lectures from 2012 – present. Dr Nelson has also served on the SOAP Board of Directors, with 2 terms as Secretary, and 1 term as meeting host. He has been an IJOA Editorial Board member from 2016 until the present time.
Arvind Palanisamy obtained his medical degree at the Tamilnadu MGR Medical University in Chennai, India in 2000. Following this, he completed his anaesthesia residency at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi, India in 2003. In 2006, he received his FRCA degree from the Royal College of Anaesthetists in London, UK before moving to Boston, USA to pursue his research interests in perinatal neurodevelopment at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. There, he completed his Obstetric Anaesthesia (2007) and Critical Care fellowships (2008) and joined the division as an Instructor in Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School. Simultaneously, he completed his post-doctoral fellowship in basic neuroscience research in the lab of Dr. Gregory Crosby and Dr. Deborah Culley, pioneers in the field of postoperative cognitive deficits. He has been active both in basic and clinical research. Of note, he has received the Gertie Marx award for best research by a resident/fellow (2009), as well as the best scientific paper on three occasions (2011, 2015, and 2018), at the annual meetings of the Society for Obstetric Anaesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP). These studies led to the creation of a second trimester rat model to study neurodevelopmental effects of maternally administered anaesthetic drugs. He has represented SOAP at the FDA meeting on anaesthetic neurotoxicity and continues to be active in investigating this phenomenon with funding provided by the Foundation for Anaesthesia Education and Research (FAER). His current research is focused on evaluating the effects of maternally administered oxytocin on fetal and neonatal neurodevelopment. He has lectured at national and international meetings, published scientific articles and reviews, and authored numerous book chapters and editorials. He was recently appointed to the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Obstetric Anaesthesia, Anaesthesia & Analgesia, and, simultaneously, as an International Advisory member of the UK journal, Anaesthesia. He continues to serve as an ad hoc reviewer for many other journals including Anesthesiology. He is currently an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, USA and the Division Chief for Obstetric Anesthesiology at Barnes Jewish Hospital. Nationally, he is or has been a member of a number of various committees on Obstetric Anaesthesia at the ASA. He delivered the Gerald W. Ostheimer keynote lecture at the annual meeting of SOAP in Puerto Rico in 2013 and continues to be active in the field of translational obstetric and obstetric anaesthesia research.
Mauricio Vasco Ramirez
Mauricio graduated in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Medellin, Colombia and completed his obstetric anaesthesia training at the Hospital Clinic, Universidad de Barcelona, Spain. He obtained a scholarship in Medical Simulation (Centre of Medical Simulation, STRATUS) at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School. Boston, USA. Mauricio is a member of International Society of Obstetric Medicine (ISOM) and International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy (ISSHP) Global Health Committee. He is furthermore chairman of the Obstetric Anaesthesia Committee, World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) and Latin-American Society of Anaesthesia (CLASA). He is director of Obstetric Anaesthesia Fellowship for Latin America (WFSA - Clínica Universitaria Bolivariana, Medellín, Colombia) and Director of the Clinical Simulation Centre. (Universidad CES. Medellín. Colombia). Mauricio currently also serves as President of the Colombian Society of Anaesthesiology (S.C.A.R.E 2018-2020).
Andrew Shennan is Professor of Obstetrics at King’s College London, based at St. Thomas’ Hospital and is Clinical Director of South London Clinical Research Network.
He specialises in clinical trials in antenatal and intrapartum care. His research interests include interventions to predict and prevent preterm birth, pre-eclampsia, global health and the use of blood pressure monitoring. He has published over 400 peer-reviewed research reports. Current research funding as applicant/co-applicant is £32 million in 17 grants. Recent achievements include the rolling out of the Cradle Trials. The latest paper is in the press in Lancet Global Health.
He has an active clinical role in managing high-risk obstetric patients, including a regular hands-on labour ward commitment, and a specialist preterm birth surveillance clinic (award-winning 2013/2015/2016 innovations prize) that accepts national and international referrals. He is the recipient of the international 2017 Newton Prize (£200,000) for excellence in research and innovation in support of economic development and social welfare in low and middle-income countries.
He was awarded an OBE in 2018 for services to maternity care.
Philip J Steer
Philip Steer is Professor Emeritus at Imperial College London, having been appointed Professor in 1989. He was a consultant obstetrician for 35 years, based at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital from 1994. He has authored 240 research papers, reviews, and editorials, and 65 book chapters/books, and has supervised 13 MD- and 9 PhD theses. His particular interests are the pathophysiology of labour and the effects of maternal heart disease on pregnancy. He was Editor-in-Chief of BJOG – an International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology - from 2005-2012, is now editor emeritus and edits the ‘BJOG on the case’ series. He is currently an editor of ‘High-Risk Pregnancy – Management Options’ with the fifth edition published by Cambridge University Press in 2018, who also in 2016 published the second edition of ‘Heart Disease in Pregnancy’ that he edits with Prof Michael Gatzoulis. He was President of the British Association of Perinatal Medicine from 1996 to 1999 and President of the Section of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the Royal Society of Medicine from 2008 to 2009. He is an honorary member of the South African Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, an honorary fellow of the College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist of South Africa, and an honorary fellow of the American Gynecological & Obstetrical Society.
John serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for St. Clair Hospital in Pittsburgh. He most recently served as an Associate Chief Medical Officer at North-western Memorial Hospital and Professor of Anaesthesiology at the North-western Feinberg School of Medicine. John is a Past President of the Society for Obstetric Anesthesiology and Perinatology. He has published research and lectures internationally on strategies to reduce caesarean delivery rates and optimising outcomes in obstetric haemorrhage through pharmacologic interventions and blood management. He also serves as a Commander in the Medical Corps of the United States Naval Reserve.
After graduating with highest honour from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, Caitlin completed her Anaesthesiology Residency at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, where she was chief resident. She continued her training in Obstetric Anaesthesiology Fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine, followed by a Paediatric Anaesthesiology Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine. She now practices obstetric, paediatric, and fetal anaesthesiology at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital.