John is the founding Head of the Anglia Ruskin Medical School, and is also a practicing consultant in critical care medicine at Southend University Hospital. He graduated from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in 1985, and trained in Paediatrics and Obstetrics & Gynaecology before completing training as a specialist anaesthetist at the Barts & London School of Anaesthetics in 1998. His combined clinical, research and academic interests revolve around optimal management of acutely ill patients, effective decision-making, and anaesthesia in resource-challenged environments.
John is committed to improving the peri-operative mortality of patients globally, particularly those patients undergoing surgery in resource-challenged environments in Sub-Saharan Africa. Responding to an identified need in Zambia he developed a postgraduate anaesthetic program in Lusaka in 2010 (MMed Anaesthesia Program), the success of which has seen a doubling of trained specialist anaesthetists in Zambia within the first three graduating cohorts. The template of this supported educational program with its focus on co-development through partnership, its alignment with Zambian governmental aspirations, and underpinned by the Royal College of Anaesthetists’ quality standards, is recognised as a gold standard of how a supported educational program should operate. He has also contributed to the newly founded regional College of Anesthesiologists of Central, Eastern and Southern Africa (CANECSA).
John continues to deliver lectures nationally and internationally, undertake research, advise on international program development, and deliver both undergraduate and postgraduate education while remaining clinically active.