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Dr Sibtain Anwar

Consultant and associate professor of cardiac anaesthesia, intensive care and pain medicine at St Bartholomew's Hospital and The Cleveland Clinic, London.

Work Experience

15+ years in annaesthesia, intensive care, and pain medicine

Career Highlights

  • Leads the Pain Service at Barts Heart Centre — Europe's largest cardiovascular insitution — where he is also the local lead for perioperative care.
  • President of the Pain Medicine Council at the Royal Society of Medicine
  • Awarded Visiting Professorship at Harvard University in 2017
  • Editor for the Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anaesthesia
  • Executive Scholar at the European Society of Cardiology and The London School of Economics to study the long-term impact of major surgery

Education

  • Graduated from University of Cambridge with First Class Honours in 1999, having read Neuroscience alongside Medicine
  • Completed clinical training at Imperial College London in 2002
  • Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Fellow at Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals from 2009 to 2010
  • Completed his PhD in Systems Neuroscience of Persistent Postsurgical Pain at the William Harvey Institute in 2014
  • Executive Masters in Health Economics and Management from The London School of Economics and Political Science in 2022

Publications

  • "Persistent postsurgical pain", 2013, DOI: 10.1097/SPC.0b013e328360b09e
  • "The role of intraoperative interventions to minimise chronic postsurgical pain", 2017, DOI: 10.1177/2049463717720640
  • "Opioid-Based Anesthesia and Analgesia for Adult Cardiac Surgery: History and Narrative Review of the Literature", 2019, DOI: 10.1053/j.jvca.2018.05.053
  • "Averting a UK opioid crisis: getting the public health messages 'right'", 2022, DOI: 10.1177/01410768221089015
  • "Seven-year follow-up of persistent postsurgical pain in cardiac surgery patients: A prospective observational study of prevalence and risk factors", 2021, DOI: 10.1002/ejp.1794
  • "Taking a Systems Neuroscience Approach to Persistent Postsurgical Pain: Mechanisms, Prediction Tools and Preventive Strategies", 2016