2017: Dr Rob Sneyd (2012, 2014)

Dean and Professor of Anaesthesia,
Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry
I was brought up in Cornwall and one of my first jobs was as a Nursing Auxiliary in Devonport Hospital, Plymouth ? now long since demolished! I graduated from Cambridge University in 1981 and continued my medical training in London. Half way through I undertook a research degree and then spent a period working full time in the pharmaceutical industry before returning to work in the NHS.
After completing my UK anaesthetic training I worked at the University of Michigan Medical School at Ann Arbor, USA. In 1993, I returned to the South West as a Consultant Anaesthetist and after a few years moved to the University as Reader in Anaesthesia and then Professor. In 1998 I took over the running of the Plymouth Postgraduate Medical School, first as Acting Dean and then as Dean. I led the Plymouth team in the successful bid for a new Peninsula Medical School and served as Vice-Dean of the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry. Our first medical graduates have been working as NHS doctors since 1st August 2007 and our dental graduates have been doing so since 2011. I do my clinical work as a Consultant Anaesthetist at Derriford hospital, mostly in neuro-anaesthesia and am very familiar with the interface between Universities and the NHS.
My research interests focus on drugs, pharmacology and pharmacokinetics with related projects based on signal processing. Having worked in the pharmaceutical industry I have a special interest in drug development, especially in Intravenous Anaesthesia.
I now work as Dean of the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry in Plymouth, UK and lead our programmes in medicine and dentistry.
In anaesthesia I have engaged nationally through AAGBI (Council 2006-9, Vice-President 2009-11) and the Royal College of Anaesthetists, UK where I was Vice-President (2011-2012) and internationally with the European society of Anaesthesiology, ESA where I am a Director. In each case I?ve tried to represent the interests of patients and clinicians with an emphasis on sound strategy and common sense.
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