Professor Bill Fawcett

Bill Fawcett studied medicine at Guy’s Hospital, London and was both a trainee and lecturer in London prior to taking up his current post as a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine, Royal Surrey County Hospital. He is also Senior Fellow at Surrey University, Honorary Senior Lecturer at University College, London and in 2018 was unanimously awarded Association of Anaesthetists’ Featherstone Professor of Anaesthesia. He is also an elected Board/Council of the Association of Anaesthetists and its Chair of Education.

His major clinical interests are anaesthesia for hepato-pancreatico-biliary, laparoscopic colorectal, robotic urology and obstetric procedures. His research interests have included respiratory physiology, neuromuscular blockade, major liver surgery and Enhanced Recovery, focusing on analgesic and fluid regimes. A key area has been studying immunity and the stress response and to major surgery.

He has lectured worldwide and as a researcher has produced approximately 160 publications, including three textbooks, fourteen textbook chapters, eight review articles and five editorials, winning several national and international prizes, including two John Farndon Prize for the best manuscript in the British Journal of Surgery in 2012 and 2016 and the 2018 British Medical Association Book of the year award (Anaesthesia category). He has co-written national/international consensus guidelines for Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) for colorectal surgery and caesarean section, as well as the management of epidurals for both the obstetric and non-obstetric patient.

He is an Editor for BJA Education, a National Assessor and chapter writer for The Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Mortality (MBBRACE-UK). Closely involved with Enhanced Recovery After Surgery, he has held appointments at DOH and latterly as Executive Committee member for the World ERAS® Society.

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