The Team

Dr Tom Bashford

Tom is a Clinical Research Fellow in the NIHR Global Health Research Group on Neurotrauma, and a Specialist Registrar in Anaesthesia at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. His academic interest is in developing a systems understanding of interventions to improve anaesthetic care in low income settings, working with the Division of Anaesthesia and the Healthcare Design Group at the University of Cambridge to explore systems of traumatic brain injury care in Myanmar. Tom’s introduction to global health came working with VSO in Ethiopia between 2011-2012, for which he was awarded the AAGBI/MPS Patient Safety Prize in 2012. He sits on the Education Board of Lifebox Foundation, is co-director of the THET-funded Cambridge-Yangon Trauma Intervention Project ICU Partnership, and a committee member of Cambridge Global Health Partnerships. He teaches on the MSc in Global Health with Surgery & Anaesthesia at King’s College London, and the NIAA Introduction to Academic Anaesthesia, and the Global Health element of the University of Cambridge clinical undergraduate curriculum.

Tom took over Presidency of WA in August 2016 from Dr Bruce McCormick. The role of the President is to co-ordinate and advocate the activities of World Anaesthesia, and develop new partnerships and projects with other bodies working in global anaesthesia.

Dr Tamara Banerjee

Tamara is currently undertaking a post-CCT fellowship in critical care in Australia. Her passion for anaesthesia, education and global health merged in 2013-14 when she was a tutor for the anaesthesia Master’s program in Gondar, Ethiopia, and then worked as a retrieval doctor for AMREF flying doctors. She was part of the international faculty for two SAFE Obstetrics courses in Ethiopia in 2017/18 and more recently has worked for MSF in Syria.  As secretary of WAS, Tamara has been the driving force behind the development and launch of the WAS website.

Dr Rachel Freedman

As the treasurer for World Anaesthesia, Rachel controls the purse strings and helps to ensure that your membership fees go towards supporting the work of the society and funding travel costs and bursaries for anaesthetists working within world anaesthesia. Rachel was one of the inaugural Lifebox Fellows of Anaesthesia, spending six months in Uganda in 2016 working clinically and on quality improvement projects focussed on safe anaesthesia and surgery. She is a London trainee and currently doing an advanced paediatrics fellowship at Great Ormond Street Hospital, and commencing a Locum Consultant post at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington in November 2018. Rachel is course director for the Developing World Anaesthesia course held twice a year at the Royal College of Anaesthetists.

Dr Melissa Dransfield

Events and Education Secretary
Melissa is a locum Consultant Anaesthetist in Hillingdon (currently on maternity leave) with an interest in general and obstetric anaesthesia and transfer medicine. Her first experience of developing world medicine was during a medical student elective at the Muhimbili National Hospital in Tanzania, which she had the opportunity to revisit while undertaking a tertiary aeromedical evacuation a decade later. Initially, as an aspiring physician, she spent 3 months in a government hospital in India while between SHO posts where she experienced the value of public health measures in developing world medicine.

In 2012, as a registrar in anaesthesia, she was fortunate to experience and contribute to developing world medicine in a leadership role as a clinical tutor and senior anaesthetist for six months at a University Hospital in Ethiopia. Following this, her 2 months as a volunteer flight physician for AMREF’s flying doctor service in Kenya inspired an ongoing interest in transfer medicine. She has been an active faculty member of the North West London Critical Care Transfer Network since 2013 and a key player in the design and creation of a popular critical care patient transfer bag.

Dr Francesca Mazzola

Events Secretary and GAT liaison
Francesca is an ST7 anaesthetics registrar in the Peninsula Deanery, currently living in Exeter. Her interests include global health, education and how technology plays a part in the future of education. She organises the twice-yearly AAGBI WAS seminars along with Melissa and orchestrates the WAS presence at GAT ASM meetings each year. She also runs our twitter account- follow us or feel free to direct message! Most recently, she has been part of the international faculty for the first SAFE Obstetrics course in Mulanje, Malawi.

Dr Emma Lillie

International Relations Committee Liaison
Emma is a paediatric anaesthetist at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton with a desire to improve global healthcare. She has spent 5 years working in under resourced hospitals in Zambia, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa and Vietnam. This experience highlighted the importance of effective resource management, mutual collaboration, cultural sensitivity, local engagement, innovation and adaptability. She advocates improved global healthcare through international partnerships that promote co-development in which all partners are equal, demonstrate mutual respect and equally benefit from the collaboration. She is co-director of a successful and growing international healthcare partnership between the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) and University Teaching Hospital in Zambia called the Zambian Anaesthesia Development Project (ZADP),  which educates both Zambian and UK anaesthetic trainees in clinical and non-clinical skills needed to provide an optimal anaesthetic service.

Dr Victoria Howell

World Anaesthesia News Editor-In-Chief
Victoria Howell is a Consultant Anaesthetist with an interest in Paediatric Anaesthesia at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn. Having completed a Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene and a Masters in Global Health, she spent 18 months working in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. She is an Associate Editor of Update in Anaesthesia, the education journal of the WFSA.

Dr Jolene Moore

Website Editor-In-Chief
Jolene Moore is a Consultant Anaesthetist based in Aberdeen, Scotland, with subspecialty interests in Obstetric and Vascular anaesthesia and significant involvement in Medical Education. She has worked extensively building a partnership between her University, NHS Trust, The Soapbox Collaborative charity and an Ethiopian University and Referral Hospital. In Ethiopia she has worked on developing anaesthesia services, capacity building, training and the Safe Surgery 2020 program. She has conducted Lifebox and SAFE training throughout Ethiopia, coordinated SAFE Obstetric and Paediatric courses in India, Tanzania, Nigeria, Namibia, Burundi and Chad, is faculty on the UK SAFE Train the Trainers course, and has provided Safe Surgery training with Mercy Ships in Guinea. She is a WFSA (UK) Trustee. Jolene coordinates an undergraduate Global Health course at the University of Aberdeen and medical elective programs, and is also involved in Global Health BSc projects.

 Dr Sonia Abid

World Anaesthesia News Sub-editor
Dr Sonia Abid is an anaesthetic trainee with an interest in global health. She has completed the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in East Africa and has worked with Mercy Ships implementing the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist nationally in Cameroon, alongside training local nurse anaesthetists on the recognition and management of perioperative hypoxia.

Dr Janis Ferns

Website Editor
Janis Ferns is an anaesthetist currently based in London with interests in obstetric anaesthesia, paediatric anaesthesia and medical education. She completed the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in Liverpool and a tropical medicine in practice course in Blantyre, Malawi prior to starting anaesthesia. Janis has spent time during her training as a clinical tutor in anaesthesia in Gondar, Ethiopia contributing to the training and education of anaesthetic officers completing the Msc in Clinical Anaesthesia.

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