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The Board

The Board is responsible for the management of the Federation according to the decisions of the General Assembly, taking account of the recommendations of the Council.

The Board meets monthly by teleconference and physically usually twice a year. In practice, and thanks to our increasingly connected world, its members provide daily leadership, guidance and stewardship of a complex and busy global organisation.

Prof Adrian Gelb (USA)

President

Adrian W Gelb is Distinguished Professor (Emeritus) of the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Prior to immigrating to Canada, he worked in rural South Africa. He served as Chair of Anesthesia in Canada before coming to UCSF as Vice Chair. Dr Gelb has served as President and other leadership roles in multiple national and International Anaesthesia Societies.

His global health interests include health policy and politics, Outcome Metrics and Patient Safety. Working with six WHO groups, he is an active academic with over 300 publications and has served on many international editorial boards. He is an accomplished communicator and has given over 350 invited lectures around the world. He has extensive anaesthesia leadership and global health experience and an understanding of the diversity of anaesthetic needs and practices in different countries.

Dr Wayne Morriss (New Zealand)

President Elect

Dr Wayne Morriss is a practising anaesthesiologist in Christchurch, New Zealand, with extensive experience in medical education, neuroanaesthesia, and obstetric anaesthesia. He trained in New Zealand and Australia and worked in Fiji for 2 years before settling in Christchurch.

Dr Morriss has been a member of the WFSA Board since 2012. He was Chair of the Education Committee from 2012-2016 and Director of Programmes from 2016-2020.

Dr Morriss is the co-developer of the Essential Pain Management programme which has now been taught in over 60 countries worldwide. He has also been closely involved with the development and delivery of other educational projects, including Primary Trauma Care, Safer Anaesthesia From Education (SAFE), and the WFSA Fellowship Programme.

Prof Davy Cheng (Canada)

Treasurer

Dr. Davy Cheng is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine, and Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Western University, London, Canada. He holds the Chair in Evidence-based Perioperative Clinical Outcomes Research (EPiCOR) and is the co-founder of the MEDICI Centre, which is a World Health Organization (WHO) designated Collaborating Center in the study of global perioperative surgery and anesthesia care. 

Dr. Cheng is also an Intensivist in the Critical Care Medicine Division, Department of Medicine, Western University. He served as Dean (Acting), Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University (2018-2020); and as Chair / Chief of the Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine, London Health Sciences Centre, St. Joseph Health Care London, and Western University from 2001-2017.

Dr. Cheng is a globally recognized healthcare leader in the forefront of research, practice and healthcare policy in the fields of perioperative medicine, cardiac surgery, critical care medicine, and evidence-based clinical decision-making. (https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-030-47887-2#toc) His pioneering work in fast track cardiac anesthesia and recovery has established the standard of cardiac anesthesia and recovery practice around the world (citations 10,544, h-index 54, i10-index 122).

Dr.Cheng served as past Board of Directors at CAS, SCA, IARS (Board Chair 2016-17); and as past Chair of WFSA Scientific Affairs Committee (2020-24). Dr. Cheng was awarded the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society Gold Medal (2015) and was inducted the highest award by the German Society of Anesthesiologists and Intensive Care as its Honorary Member. He was recognized the Outstanding Contribution Award for Chinese Anesthesiology for his leadership and mentorship in Chinese anesthesiology in China (2009). In 2007, Dr. Cheng was the first anesthesiologist in Canada elected as Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (FCAHS).

Prof Daniela Filipescu (Romania)

Secretary

Daniela Filipescu is a cardiac anaesthesiologist, Professor of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at the Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy and Chief of the Cardiac Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Department II at the Emergency Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases in Bucharest. She also holds a Masters degree in health management.

Dr Filipescu was the first Romanian to hold the European Diploma of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care. She has held various elected positions in the European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA), including President of the ESA (2014-2015) and was awarded ESA Honorary Membership in 2017. 

Dr Filipescu’s main research interests include haemostasis, transfusion, sepsis and patient safety. She currently chairs both the Scientific Committee of the Romanian Society of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Congress and a national multidisciplinary group for the implementation of a Patient Blood Management programme based in Romania.

Prof Walid Habre (Switzerland)

Director of Partnerships

Professor Walid Habre is a senior consultant in Paediatric Anaesthesia at the University Hospitals of Geneva and Ordinary Professor at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. He has been engaged as a Committee member at the WFSA and supported the WFSA actions at the time when ESA became a regional Society of the Federation. Professor Habre has a multicultural background and as a clinical scientist, he established an important network worldwide particularly with PanArab and Afrique Francophone, particularly given his language expertise.

Finally, Professor Habre has previously served as Chair of a Scientific Sub-Committee, Council member, industry liaison officer, Congress and media committee member at the ESA, which allowed him to carry out important networking with industry partners, to have an in-depth knowledge of the challenges in raising funds and to reach financial equilibrium with Congress organisations.

Dr Carolina Haylock-Loor (Honduras)

Director of Programmes

Graduated as a medical doctor in Honduras before completing postgraduate training in Spain and working as an anaesthesiologist, intensivist and interventional pain physician at San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Past President of Honduran Anesthesia Society.

Carolina has represented the Latin American region as a council member for the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists WFSA,  since 2018 Chair of the WFSA Gender Balance Ad hoc committee and in 2020 elected as the Director of Programs of the WFSA. 

She is particularly passionate about education and has taught trainees on the Honduran Anesthesiology Residency Program in Pain Management as well as promoted WFSA courses in the Latin American region including EPM (Essential Pain Management), SAFE Obstetric, SAFE Paediatric and PTC (Primary Trauma Care). 

Dr. Bisola Onajin-Obembe (Nigeria)

Council Member

Dr Bisola Onajin-Obembe is a Consultant Anaesthesiologist at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, River State, Nigeria.

She is Past President of both the Nigerian Society of Anaesthetists and the Africa Regional Section of the WFSA. She is currently the Permanent Council Secretary and on the Board of Directors for the Global Alliance for Surgical, Obstetric, Trauma and Anaesthesia Care (G4 Alliance).

Dr Onajin-Obembe graduated from the Medical College of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. She is a Fellow in Anaesthesiology from the West African College of Surgeons (FWACS) and gained regional experience as a Fellow of the West African Health Organization (WAHO) as part of a professional and linguistic exchange programme within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). She obtained her MBA in International Hospital and Healthcare Management from the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, Germany and holds a PhD in International Business Management from the International School of Management, Paris.

Prof. Christina Lundgren-Steele (South Africa)

Council Member

Professor Christina Lundgren-Steele is an anaesthesiologist in Johannesburg South Africa. She obtained her Fellowship from the College of Anaesthetists of South Africa in 1986. Her PhD on Deaths due to Anaesthesia was completed in 2011, and she was awarded an MSc (Med), in Health Law and Bioethics by the University of the Witwatersrand in 2015.

She is currently Head of Clinical Governance at the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre, and is also Visiting Honorary Professor in the Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics at the University of the Witwatersrand. Two years ago she retired as Head of Anaesthesiology, University of the Witwatersrand, a post she held for 8 years. 

She is a past president of both the South African Society of Anaesthesiologists, as well as the College of Anaesthetists of South Africa. She continues to teach registrars and also examines fellowship candidates for the College of Anaesthetists of South Africa.

She was Editor-in-Chief of the Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia and Analgesia from 2001 to December 2014, and is currently a member of the editorial board. She is Co-Editor-in Chief of the journal Update in Anaesthesia, for the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists, and Chairman of the WFSA Publications committee.

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