MB BCh, FRCA: Senior Consultant Obstetric Anesthetist, Hamad Women’s Hospital, Doha, Qatar and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, Department of Anaesthesia, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK.
Dr. Fernando was educated at the University College of Wales Medical School, Cardiff, South Wales, UK before completing his advanced anesthesia training at the Hammersmith and Queen Charlotte’s Hospitals in London. He has been a consultant anaesthetist since 1994 initially working at the Royal Free Hospital in London and transferring in 2008 to University College London Hospital where he coordinated mainly clinical research in obstetric anaesthesia until June 2017. He served as the Honorary Treasurer for the 2,500 member Obstetric Anaesthetists’ Association (OAA) for 6 years, chaired its Scientific & Educational Meetings subcommittee for a further 6 years, and took over as OAA President for a 3-year term from May 2014 until May 2017. He has also worked for 6 years as part of the Obstetric Anaesthesia subcommittee of the European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA), for 10 years as an examiner for the Royal College of Anaesthetists, finishing his duties in June 2013 as well as a 4-year term (2013-16) on the Council of the Association of Anaesthetists of GB and Ireland (AAGBI). Dr. Fernando is on the editorial boards of 2 journals including the International Journal of Obstetric Anaesthesia and lectures extensively both within the UK and abroad. He is the co-editor of 2 international obstetric anaesthesia textbooks including the recently published, the Oxford Textbook of Obstetric Anaesthesia and has published multiple peer reviewed original research papers. He currently has taken up a challenging post at the Hamad Women’s Hospital in Doha, Qatar, which delivers over 18,000 deliveries each year, including approximately 500 caesarean deliveries each month. He is currently responsible for leading the clinical obstetric anaesthesia research at the Hamad Women’s Hospital and for assisting with the obstetric anaesthesia fellowship training program.