18th World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA2024)

Ellen O’Sullivan

Position: Co-Chair, Ireland
Categories: Airway Management

Prof Ellen O’Sullivan, FRCA, FCAI, FCPSP (Hon) FCANECSA(Hon)

Professor Ellen O’Sullivan trained in anaesthesia in the UK and USA. She is now a Consultant Anaesthesiologist at St James’s Hospital Dublin. She specializes in airway management and is Director of the Fellowship in Advanced Airway Management and Simulation which has been running for 12 years. She was appointed DAS Professor of Anaesthesia & Airway Management in 2018. She has a substantial portfolio of clinically relevant research and has co-authored more than 140 scientific papers (H-Index 25), book chapters, website modules etc. & has lectured and taught workshops internationally.

She is Past President of the Difficult Airway Society, DAS, and in 2022 she received the DAS Macewan medal for her services to DAS & is now the DAS International liaison officer.

Prof Ellen O’Sullivan held many roles in the College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland (CAI) including serving as the CAI President. She is now the CAI Airway lead Advisor & runs the CAI national airway training. She is an Executive Director of WAAM (World Alliance for Airway Management) & co-chaired the first 2 WAMM meetings.

She was elected to the Council of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) and became vice-president. She received the John Snow Medal for her contributions to the AAGBI.

International work forms an important part of her career and as International Relations committee Chair of AAGBI she was involved in setting up of the charity Lifebox. She led a number of training initiatives in Malawi and completed a Capnography project there. This has led to the development of the GCAP project. She has been involved in the establishment of CANECSA, College of Anaesthesiologists of East, Central & Southern Africa and was recently awarded an Honorary Fellowship of CANECSA.