Association of Anaesthetists announces new president

The Association of Anaesthetists is proud to announce the appointment of Dr Kathleen Ferguson as our new president. Kathleen was welcomed into her new role at our Annual Congress in Dublin in September. As a consultant anaesthetist at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and former honorary treasurer at the Association, Dr Ferguson brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the role.

The first female president in our 87-year history, Dr Ferguson succeeds Dr Paul A Clyburn who stepped down from the role in September. Dr Ferguson’s specialist clinical interests are in neuroanaesthesia, trauma anaesthesia and anaesthesia for robotic surgery. She has also undertaken several roles in postgraduate medical education and is currently an examiner for the Final FRCA (Fellowship of the Royal College of Anaesthetists).

Speaking about her new role, Dr Ferguson said: “Being elected by the membership to the prestigious role of president is a great honour. I’ve been a member of the Association since 1984 so I bring knowledge and understanding of this long-established and respected organisation and look forward to working with my colleagues on the board and council to deliver the Association’s long-term strategy.

 “This is an important time for the Association as we continue to raise awareness and promote the wellbeing of our members. Campaigns such as Fight Fatigue, Age and the Anaesthetist and our review of suicide within the speciality aim to make a lasting, positive impact to the lives of our members, their families and their patients. 

“The recent launch of our brand and our soon-to-follow restyled website will raise our profile and represent our long-term ambitions to advance and promote the speciality of anaesthesia.”

Also announced at the Annual Congress were the appointments of Dr Tim Meek, consultant anaesthetist at James Cook University Hospital, Middlesborough, who is now honorary secretary at the Association. We also welcome three new elected council members: Dr Robert Self, consultant anaesthetist, Royal Marsden Hospital, London; Dr Mike Kinsella, consultant obstetric anaesthetist, St Michael’s Hospital, Bristol and Dr Peter Young, consultant anaesthetist, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn.

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