Meet the team


Prof Ellen O’Sullivan

Prof O’Sullivan trained in anaesthesia in the UK and USA and spent 10 years as a Consultant at Aintree Hospital, Liverpool.UK.

Now a consultant in St James Hospital Dublin, Ireland she specialises in airway management.

She has been involved in the Difficult Airway Society (DAS) since it’s foundation and was elected President of DAS in November 2009.In 2016 she was appointed the Difficult Airway Society Professor of Anaesthesia & Airway Management.

She was elected to the Council of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) in 2001 and has held many posts including Vice-President. She received the John Snow Silver Medal for my contributions to the AAGBI.

She is the immediate Past-President of the College of Anaesthetist of Ireland having held numerous posts including Chair of Education and Chair of Examinations.

She received the Dudley Buxton award from the RCOA for services to anaesthesia.

In 2015 she was appointed to Chair of the Scientific Committee on Respiration & Airway Management of the European Society of Anaesthesia.

Prof O’Sullivan was Irish Lead for the National Audit Project 5 on Accidental Awareness under Anaesthesia (AAGA) a joint RCOA/AAGBI initiative. This received an Irish Healthcare Award for Best Hospital Project in Ireland in November 201. It was also awarded the Humphry Davy medal by the RCOA.

International and third world work forms an important part of her career to date with early contributions to validating what later became the Life Box Pulse-Oximetry project. She led a team to deliver Oximeters to every anaesthesia provider in Malawi. In addition she was instrumental in delivering a 6 year training programme in Malawi which involved funding courses and training MMEDS in anaesthesia.

In July 2016 Professor O’ Sullivan was appointed to the position of Chair of the Forum of Irish Medical Postgraduate Training Bodies.

In addition she has recently been elected to the Council of the Royal College of Anaesthetists UK and has set up and chairs their first Global Partnership Committee.

Dr David Whitaker

David Whitaker is from Manchester and a Past President of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI). He is also a past elected member of the Council of the UK Royal College of Anaesthetists and an Honorary Fellow of the College of Anaesthetists of Ireland.

He is currently Chairman of the European Board of Anaesthesiology Safety Committee and in 2009 was part of the GO Project the international anaesthesia quality improvement project on Global oximetry1. In 2010 he was a co-author of the Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology now signed by over 200 anaesthesia related organisations worldwide. He is also a member of the European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA) Patient Safety and Quality Committee and a past member of the Quality and Safety Committee of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA).

Dr Fiona Roberts

Dr Roberts completed her undergraduate medical degree in University College Dublin and started anaesthesia training with the College of Anaesthetists of Ireland following Internship. She is currently an anaesthetic SPR working in the Rotunda hospital, Dublin.

Dr Rachel Jooste 

Dr Jooste completed her medical degree at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. She initially trained in emergency and pre-hospital medicine prior to moving to Ireland to start anaesthesia training with the College of Anaesthetists of Ireland. She is currently a fellow of the college of anaesthetists of Ireland and is starting a fellowship in cardiac anaesthesia in July 2018.

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