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Liam Brennan: Gasman and perioperative doc

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 06 June 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2144
Duncan Smith


Liam Brennan, 58, is a consultant anaesthetist at Cambridge University Hospitals and president of the Royal College of Anaesthetists. He has worked in the NHS his whole adult life. After postgraduate anaesthetic training in London, including terms at Great Ormond Street and St Thomas’ hospitals, he was appointed consultant anaesthetist in Cambridge in 1994 with a mixed paediatric and adult practice. His clinical interests include paediatric and neonatal anaesthesia, difficult airway management, and anaesthesia for plastic and reconstructive surgery. Elected to the Royal College of Anaesthetists council in 2010, he chaired the examinations, training, and revalidation committees before being elected president in 2015. He also leads on quality improvement and Brexit issues as vice chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges.

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