St John's College Oxford
Professor Jaideep J Pandit

Professor Jaideep J Pandit

Supernumerary Fellow in Physiological Sciences


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 to support a DPhil in Respiratory Physiology, I undertook anaesthetic training in the Oxford region. 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. I served as the Jobson Visiting Professor to the University of Sydney in early 2017, and in late 2017 will serve as USP Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

National and Specialty Roles

I was the Academic Strategy Officer of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (2005-7), publishing the National Strategy for Academic Anaesthesia – a policy document commissioned to help prepare the specialty nationally for changes in academic medical training. Formerly I have been a member of the Court of Examiners of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (until 2010), examining the MRCS exams. During 2015-16 I served as external Examiner to the University of Kent. I'm an Editor of Anaesthesia and sit on the Research Council of the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia and is Scientific Officer of the national Difficult Airway Society (the largest specialist society in anaesthetics in the UK). In 2010 I was elected Chairman of the John Radcliffe Medical Staff Committee (chairman of consultants) for a 4-year term and the first consultant re-elected to a second term 2014. 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, I was appointed by NHS England to be a Clinical Associate, to advise on its New Care Models programme,  a £50 million initiative designed to adopt new and efficient ways of working through selected ‘Vanguard’ sites.

At the University I have been Chairman of Examiners, Graduate-Entry Medical Exams and have served as examiner for Final Honour School. I am Training Program Director for over 400 NHS consultants in Oxford, supervising their specialist registration as trainers with the General Medical Council, and through NHS England is seconded part-time to advise as Associate Director of Education to Worcestershire Acute Hospitals, where he sits on the development board of the new Aston Medical School.

National and international awards include the Royal College Gold (Jubilee) Medal (2000), Humphry Davy Medal (2006), Macintosh Professorship (2012), and the Spring Silver Medal (2012) of the College of Anaesthetists of Ireland. In 2013 I was Visiting Professor of the US Society of Anesthesiologists’ Foundation for Education & Research and have been Visiting Professor 2015 to several US centres (Anesthesia at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, Florida and Harvard Universities; Neurology at University of Texas Southwestern) and appointed Associate Professor, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford. I delivered the Victor Horsley Lecture of the British Medical Association 2015 and in 2017 will be Jobson Visiting Professor at the University of Sydney, Australia.

Research Interests

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:

    • Huskens N, O’Donohoe P, Wickens JR, McCullagh JSO, Buckler KJ, Pandit JJ. A method for continuous and stable perfusion of tissue and single cell preparations with accurate concentrations of volatile anaesthetics. Journal of Neuroscience Methods 2016; 258: 87-93.
    • Pandit JJ. Deaths by horsekick in the Prussian army – and other ‘Never Events’ in large organisations. Anaesthesia 2016; 71: 7-11.
    • Pandit JJ. An observational study of the ‘isolated forearm technique’ in unparalysed, spontaneously breathing patients. Anaesthesia 2015; 70: 1369-1374.
    • Nightingale CE, Margarson MP, Shearer E, Redman JW, Lucas DN, Cousins JM, Fox WT, Kennedy NJ, Venn PJ, Skues M, Gabbott D, Misra U, Pandit JJ, Popat MT, Griffiths R. Peri-operative management of the obese surgical patient 2015: Working Party & Guidelines of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland Society for Obesity and Bariatric Anaesthesia. Anaesthesia 2015; 70: 859-876.
    • Pandit JJ, Andrade J, Bogod DG, Hitchman JM, Jonker WR, Lucas N, Mackay JH, Nimmo AF, O'Connor K, O'Sullivan EP, Paul RG, Palmer JH, Plaat F, Radcliffe JJ, Sury MR, Torevell HE, Wang M, Cook TM. 5th National Audit Project (NAP5) on accidental awareness during general anaesthesia: summary of main findings and risk factors. British Journal of Anaesthesia 2014; 113: 549-59.