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, South Sudan and Nigeria.  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 Anna Janowicz

Events and Education Secretary               

Anna is a Consultant Anaesthetist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals. Her interest in global health started in medical school when she got involved in advocacy for healthcare access for refugees and also travelled to Ghana and Thailand for her electives. In 2015 Anna went to Lusaka for six months to support the MMed Anaesthesia Program as a ZADP fellow. She has taught on SAFE courses in Zambia, Nepal and India. Recently she travelled to Addis Ababa to provide clinical teaching for trainee anaesthetists as part of the partnership with CASIEF. Anna is currently working towards her MSc in Global Health with Health Professions Education at King’s College London.

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 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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