Dr Tom Bashford
Tom is an Academic Clinical Fellow at the University of Cambridge and an SpR in Anaesthesia at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. 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 in Cambridge. 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, and leads their current anaesthesia workstream in Ethiopia. In addition, he is co-director of the THET-funded Cambridge-Yangon Trauma Intervention Project ICU Partnership and senior lecturer on the systems-based Delivering Trauma Intensive Care Course developed as part of this partnership, supported by Addenbrooke’s Abroad. He teaches on the MSc in Global Health with Surgery & Anaesthesia at King’s College London, and has given the anaesthetics lecture for the Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene for the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
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 a final year anaesthesia and intensive care medicine registrar. 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 is looking forward to volunteering for Mercy Ships later this year. As secretary of WAS, Tamara has been the driving force behind the development and launch of the new WAS website.
Dr Rachel Freedman
As the treasurer for World Anaesthesia, I control the purse strings and help to ensure that our membership fees go towards supporting the work of the society and funding travel costs and bursaries for anaesthetists working within world anaesthesia. I 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. I am now an ST7 trainee in London and currently doing an advanced paediatrics fellowship at Great Ormond Street Hospital, whilst also expecting the first little one of our own in June 2017.
Dr Melissa Dransfield
Events and Education secretary
Melissa is a final year anaesthesia trainee 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 ST5 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.