I am a Consultant Anaesthetist at the Oxford University Hospitals. I trained in Medicine at Oxford (Corpus Christi College) and obtained a First in Physiology along with University prizes in Medicine, Cardiology and Clinical Pharmacology. After a Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship (DPhil, Respiratory Physiology), I trained in anaesthesia in Oxford. I was Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA (1998-9), appointed to my NHS Consultant post at the John Radcliffe in 1999 and elected to St John’s 2000.
National and Specialty Roles
As Academic Strategy Officer of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (2005-7), I published the National Strategy for Academic Anaesthesia – a policy document commissioned to help prepare the specialty nationally for changes in academic medical training. In 2019 I completed 12 years as Editor of Anaesthesia. In 2014 I published the international report (NAP5, UK and Ireland) on ‘Accidental Awareness during General Anaesthesia’, culmination of a 4-year Royal College project making over 60 recommendations for clinical practice. In 2016-18, I served as Clinical Associate to NHS England, to advise on its £50M New Care Models Program, designed to adopt new and efficient ways of working.
I have served in several education roles at University level, as past Chair of Examiners, Graduate-Entry Medical Exams, and Examiner for Final Honour School; and as a Training Program Director in postgraduate medicine. Through NHS England I was seconded part-time to advise as Associate Director of Education to Worcestershire Acute Hospitals, where I sit on the development board of the new Aston Medical School.
National and international awards include: Royal College Gold (Jubilee) Medal (2000), Macintosh Professorship (2012); Spring Silver Medal (2012) of the Irish College of Anaesthetists; Humphry Davy Medal (2015 & 2018); Emerald/EDRF International Prize in Healthcare Management 2017; Rowling Medal 2019 (for work on patient safety) Visiting Professorships include: Mayo Clinic 2015; Southwestern University Dallas 2015; Ann Arbor 2017; Sydney 2017; Karolinska Stockholm 2018. I was appointed Associate Professor, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford and 2018 the Professor of Anaesthesia by the international Difficult Airway Society. I delivered the Victor Horsley Lecture of the British Medical Association 2015, the 2018 Medallist Lecture of the Hôpital Militaire de Bégin, Paris, and the 2018 Spyros Makris Lecture of the Greek Society of Anaesthesia.
As a Fellow of St John’s College, I teach Systems Physiology and Pharmacology. My research interests include: respiratory physiology, anaesthesia and critical care, health economics and operating room management and mechanisms of anaesthetic drug action.
Recent publications include:
- Sivia DS, Pandit JJ. Mathematical model of the risk of drug error during anaesthesia: the influence of drug choices, injection routes, operation duration and fatigue. Anaesthesia 2019; 74: 992-1000.
- Pandit JJ. The NHS Improvement report on operating theatres: really ‘getting it right first time’? Anaesthesia 2019; 74: 839-844.
- Sinmyee S, Pandit VJ, Pascual JM, Dahan A, Heidegger T, Kreienbühl G, Lubarsky DA, Pandit JJ. Legal and ethical implications of defining an optimum means of achieving unconsciousness in assisted dying. Anaesthesia 2019; 74: 630-637.
- O'Donohoe PB, Huskens N, Turner PJ, Pandit JJ, Buckler KJ. A1899, PK-THPP, ML365, and Doxapram inhibit endogenous TASK channels and excite calcium signaling in carotid body type-1 cells. Physiological Reports 2018; 6: e13876.
- Pandit JJ, Merry AF. Minimising 'research waste' in academic anaesthesia funding and outputs. Anaesthesia 2018; 73: 663-668
- Pandit JJ, Irwin MG. Airway management in critical illness: practice implications of new Difficult Airway Society guidelines. Anaesthesia 2018; 73: 544-548
- Hopping M, Merry AF, Pandit JJ. Exploring performance of, and attitudes to, stop- and mock-before-you-block in preventing wrong-side anaesthetic blocks. Anaesthesia 2018; 73: 421-427
- Tavare A, Pandit JJ. When rain stops play: a ‘Duckworth-Lewis method’ for surgical operating list productivity. Anaesthesia 2018; 73: 248-251.