DR ASELA DHARMADASA

Dr Asela Dharmadasa

Dr Asela Dharmadasa is a Consultant Anaesthetist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust where he routinely manages complex General Surgical, Bariatric, Major Trauma, Vascular, Orthoplastic and Neurosurgical cases. He trained in clinical medicine at the University of Oxford where he won the Bristol-Myers-Squibb Prize in Cardiology. He subsequently completed his anaesthetic training within the Imperial School of Anaesthesia in London and was fortunate enough to work in some excellent institutions, including Imperial College Healthcare, The Royal Brompton and Royal Marsden Hospitals. He is also an Advanced Life Support and Advanced Paediatric Life Support Instructor.

He has conducted lab based research at the University of Cambridge and University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and is currently a co-investigator in several randomised controlled clinical trials at Imperial. He is an Educational Supervisor and trainer of junior anaesthetists and has co-authored a popular anaesthetics physics textbook that was highly commended in the 2014 British Medical Association Book Awards.

Dr Dharmadasa has worked on several innovative projects to improve patient safety. His work on a tool to improve safety on maternity wards won the prize for Best Abstract at a national obstertric anaesthesia conference in 2011 and has now been adopted in several UK trusts. He has also done work using technology to show that an automated preoperative text- messaging service for patients can improve their knowledge and adherence to fasting guidelines. More recently he developed and launched a nurse-led pathway at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust to optimise the management of anaemic patients before surgery and he is currently working with Imperial Innovations and Minima Design to prototype and develop a novel medical device.

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