Tanuja Shah is a Consultant Anaesthetist at the University of Derby and Burton Hospitals. She qualified from Nottingham in 1995 and trained in the East Midlands, Wessex and Perth Western Australia before taking up her consultant post in 2008. She has been interested in medicine for elderly patients since doing an SHO job in 'geriatric rehabilitation' in one of Perth's peripheral hospitals.


She first attended Age Anaesthesia at Leeds in 2013 and has been attending ever since. She served as honorary secretary from 2018-2020 prior to taking up the role of President.


Other interests include emergency surgery, perioperative care and education. She is currently one of the Training Programme Directors for the East Midlands School of Anaesthesia.


Dr Philip Braude is a consultant geriatrician specialising in geriatric perioperative medicine in the Guy's and St Thomas' Proactive Care of Older People Undergoing Surgery (POPS) team. His research has focussed on embedding geriatric working in surgical units. He is currently looking at geriatric syndromes in cardiac surgery. He became a full Council member in 2016.


Anna Tennant RN, I am the Proactive Care of the Older Person undergoing Surgery (POPS) Nurse Practitioner at Musgrove Park Hospital for the Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust.  My clinical interests include perioperative medicine for the older person.

I hope my role on the AAA council will encourage other Allied Health Care professionals to attend perioperative events and feel confident to contribute their valuable ideas and experiences.


Dr Mevan Gooneratne is a Consultant Anaesthetist at the Royal London Hospital, which is part of Barts Health NHS Trust. His clinical interests include vascular anaesthesia, pre-assessment for the high-risk surgical patient, cardiopulmonary exercise testing and perioperative medicine.

Outside of the clinical setting, Mevan has completed a BSc in Philosophy as well as a MA in Medical Ethics and Law, both from Kings College London. These qualifications have supported his interests in end of life care, shared decision-making and the process of informed consent. He is also a faculty lead for the UCL Masters Programme in Perioperative Medicine.


Theo Joachim is an Orthopaedic Surgeon. He is the Lead for Hip Fracture Management at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston, part of United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust.


He has a special interest in the peri-operative medical and surgical management of elderly trauma patients.


Ruth de Las Casas is an ST7 anaesthetic trainee within the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Deanery.


In 2017-18 she completed a Darzi Fellowship in Leadership and Management in Health, during which she worked with the POPS team (Perioperative medicine for Older People undergoing Surgery). Her project was to evaluate the translation of the POPS service from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, where it was established, into a district general hospital. As a Consultant she looks forward to using this experience to help establish and support perioperative services for older and high-risk patients.


Lauren Richardson is an ST7 Registrar in Geriatric and General Medicine working in the Thames Valley. She trained in Nottingham and London before moving to Oxord to take up her registrar post. She has a special interest in Perioperative Medicine and enjoys the focus on shared decision making and collaborative inter-disciplinary learning. Whilst working as a Perioperative Medicine fellow from 2019-2020, she led the initial implementation and delivery of a new Major Trauma Geriatric service at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. Major trauma in the frail elderly is an area in which she has a particular interest.



Hannah is a general surgical registrar in the East Midlands and PhD student at the University of Nottingham. She is currently the NELA Surgical Research Fellow and a Royal College of Surgeons of England Research Fellow. She is part of the Emergency Laparotomy and Frailty Study Group and her special interests are emergency general surgery, emergency laparotomy and frailty.​



Dr Jugdeep Dhesi has been a co-opted Council member since 2008 and was elected as Honorary President in 2017. She is a Consultant Geriatrician at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust. Her clinical interests include perioperative medicine for older people and at Guy's and St Thomas' she is clinical lead for proactive care of older people undergoing surgery (POPS)

Research interests include Health Service Research, Delirium and the Management of Anaemia in the peri-operative period.


Professor Chris Dodds, Middlesbrough (President, 1996-1999)


Dr Eleri Edwards, Wrexham (President, 2002-2005)

Professor Gwyn Seymour, Aberdeen (President, 2005-2008)

Dr Andrew Severn , Lancaster (President, 2008-2011)


Dr Irwin Foo, Edinburgh (President, 2011 - 2015)


Dr Tim Webb, Rhyl (Treasurer, 1996-2007)

Dr Richard Griffiths, Peterborough (Council Member 2007-2010)


Mr Alan Hale, Lancaster (AAA Administrator until 2015)

Dr Martin Allan, Salford (President, 2015-2018)


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