Invited Speakers

Dr. Simon Althaus

Dr. Simon Althaus, is a specialist anaesthesiologist and prehospital emergency medicine physician in Reutlingen, Germany.

His special interests are:
A irway management
B lood transfusion
C oagulation
D istribution of knowledge for optimal care of patients
E xtensive outdoor activities with family whenever possible
F lying small airplanes
G rabbing the best food I can find

He did most of his training at the tiny University of Greifswald at the coast in northern Germany before learning the south german way of dealing with things. He has been a specialist for almost 10 years now and still deeply in love with the field. Convinced that constant training gives you maximum comfort for almost any situation but does not save you from making stupid mistakes. Fascinated by human factors in decision making and somewhat afraid of „confident" colleagues.

Dr. Nesrine Abd El-Rahman El-Refai

• Professor of Anaesthesia, ICU & pain management-Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University Cairo-Egypt
• Member of Education committee of WFSA (2020-2024)
• Founder and board member of African Society of Regional Anesthesia (AFSRA)
• Founder & instructor of Egyptian Society of Airway Management (ESAM)
• Member of DAS & SAM
• ERC instructor for ALS & ILS courses
• Areas of interest: Obstetric anesthesia, Airway management, Resuscitation & Medical Education

Dr Ettienne Coetzee

FCA(SA), MMed(Anaesth), DA(SA), MBChB(UP)

Specialist anaesthetist at Groote Schuur- and Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospitals.

My special interests include total intravenous anaesthesia (TIVA) and sedation, with emphasis on the pharmacokinetic- and pharmacodynamic models used for target-controlled infusion. This has led me to develop a novel device for use during TIVA or sedation, with associated patents in multiple countries. I also have a vested interest in monitoring of consciousness using electroencephalogram (EEG) and density spectral array (DSA). My favourite utility of TCI is during neonatal- and paediatric airway surgery, where we are working on a novel surgical laryngoscope using 3D printing techniques. I am currently the vice-president of PACSA where we are working on local paediatric anaesthesia guidelines.

Dr Kat Evans

Dr Kat Evans is an Emergency Physician at Mitchells Plain Hospital and faculty at the University of Cape Town. Prior to becoming a doctor she had a background in prehospital care. She also has a special interest in both paediatric EM and palliative medicine.

Dr Chima Kingsley Pascal Ofoegbu

Dr Chima Ofoegbu is a consultant cardiothoracic surgeon and senior lecturer at the Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH) and the University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa respectively.

He had his undergraduate training at the premierNigerian University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria and obtained a degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) in 1997. He also obtained a general surgery Fellowship of the West African College of Surgeons in 2004. He subsequently specialized in cardiothoracic surgery at the Chris Barnard Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa between 2006 and 2009 and obtained with a Fellowship of the College of the Cardiothoracic Surgeons of South Africa [FC Cardio (SA)] in 2009. He also obtained a Master of Medicine (MMed) degree in Cardiothoracic Surgery from the University of Cape Town in 2011.

Dr Ofoegbu’s clinical interests are in adult cardiac and adult thoracic surgery where his niche interests include tracheal surgery and thoracic transplantation.

He is a published author and has presented papers in national and international conferences in cardiothoracic surgery and trauma.

Prof Ross Hofmeyr

Proudly South African, Ross’s professional fields of interest have centred upon acute and critical care, trauma, anaesthesia, aeromedical, emergency, wilderness and expedition medicine. After shifting his predominant focus to anaesthesiology and perioperative medicine, he spearheaded the development of the first African Fellowship in Airway and Thoracic Anaesthesia and is now Associate Professor and Airway Lead at the University of Cape Town. Ross’s clinical and research interests include all facets of airway management, aeromedical and prehospital care, remote and expedition medicine, point-of-care investigation, thermoregulation and extreme physiology.

Dr Moitheri Lephoi

A Cardiothoracic surgery registrar. Qualified in MBChB on Wits University, Johannesburg. Interest in tracheal diseases and hope to be part of the successful tracheal transplant one day

Prof Alistair McNarry

Alistair McNarry is a Consultant Anaesthetist in Edinburgh UK. He has a fascination for every aspect of airway management from awake tracheal intubation to apnoeic oxygenation- and of course videolaryngoscopy.

He has served as the first Airway Leads Coordinator appointed in the UK, a role which entails coordinating airway education and airway care across the UK but delivered at a local level by local clinicians. This has now been emulated in several countries around the world.

In his spare time, he serves on the Difficult Airway Society Committee, as an associate editor of the EJA, as coordinator of the UK eFONA Registry and as Lead Investigator for the VL-iCUE study.

Dr Mmapali Mokapela


Dr Mmapali Mokapela is ananaesthesiologist who completed specialist training through the University of Pretoria, at Steve Biko AcadaemicHospital in central South Africa. She is the current Storz African Fellow in Airway and Thoracic Anaesthesia at the University of Cape Town. In addition to keen professional interests in anaesthesia education and simulation training as a technique for airway skills development and maintenance, she enjoys music, writing and the outdoors.

Dr Malcolm Miller

Associate Professor
Specialist anaesthetist, qualified at University of Cape Town in 2004.
Completed my medical training at University of Stellenbosch in 1994
Sub-specialized in Critical Care at Groote Schuur Hospital in 2006 and obtained the Certificate in Critical care medicine in 2008 through the College of Medicine of South Africa.

Currently working as a senior specialist in Anaesthesia and Critical Care at Groote Schuur Hospital.
Past Chairperson of the Critical Care Society of South Africa, Western Cape Branch.
Also, the course director of the BASIC course (atwo-day course introducing doctors to caring for seriously ill patients).
Interests include Trauma, Abdominal compartment syndrome, Nutrition in critical illness and Antibiotic stewardship

Numerous papers on Thromboelastography , Intra-abdominal hypertension and Gut dysfunction.

The role of a bio-artificial liver in a porcine model of ischaemic liver failure.
Coagulation studies using Thromboelastography
COVID research in ICU

Dr Angela Ongewe

Dr. Angela Ongewe is a Consultant General and Cardiothoracic Anaesthesiologist at the Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya.She is especially enthusiastic about cardiothoracics, airway and trauma anaesthesia and perioperative medicine. Alongside pursuing a masters in medical education, she serves as member of Faculty in the Department of Anaesthesia, the Programme Coordinator for Medical Education (Masters in Medicine, Anaesthesia), Programme Coordinator forthe college-wide Professional SkillsTeaching and Assessment Course and Course Coordinator for the Clinical Simulation Educators Programme. She is the immediate former Treasurer for the Kenya Society of Anaesthesiologists and special interest in innovative clinical excellence and equitable access toquality medical education.

Jocelyn Park-Ross

BTech:EMC (CPUT), MPhil:EM (UCT)

Jo Park-Ross is a paramedic with extensive exposure to urban and rural healthcare in both groundambulance and aeromedicine. Her focus on systems development and education feeds a keen researchinterest in quality improvement and capacity building in the African context. Jo is a lecturer of simulation education based in the Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at the University of Cape Town, and is passionate about improving healthcare and education through simulation-based education.

Prof Anil Patel (MBBS PhD FRCA)

Professor Anil Patel is Chairman and Consultant Anaesthetist at The Royal National ENT & East-man Dental Hospital, University College London Hospitals and DAS Professor of Anaesthesia & Airway Management.

He graduated from University College London in 1991 and following specialist training in London was appointed a Consultant at The Royal National Throat Nose & Ear Hospital in 1999.

He is a clinical anaesthetist working in an operating theatre 4-5 days a week and has held posts as Clinical Lead, College Tutor, Royal College Audit Co-ordinator, as well as National and International roles developing guidelines for airway management.

Clinically he continues to develop and refine the largest experience of anaesthetising adult airway patients (> 6,000 ) in the UK, probably Europe and possibly the world, leading to innovative tech-niques and improved patient care. Over 100 anaesthetists from 18 countries have visited and spent time ranging from a few days to weeks observing our practise.

He has received the Humphry Davy Award from The Royal College of Anaesthetists, Distinguished Research Award from International Airway Management Society and Honorary Membership of the European Airway Management Society for extraordinary contribution in the field of airway man-agement.

Research Interests
His interests include (i) Emergency Airway Management, (ii) Airway stenosis, (iii) Jet ventilation, (iv) Airway reconstruction, (v) Role of Laryngeal Mask Airways in ENT surgery, (vi) THRIVE, (vii) Videolaryngoscopy and (viii) Difficult Airway Management.

100+ talks at local meetings.
100+ talks as Keynote or invited speaker at National meetings
100+ talks at International meetings in 38 countries.

He has 130+ peer reviewed publications, 25 book chapters, over 5,000 citations and an h-index of 25.

Prof Friedrich Pühringer

Professor in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
Medical Director, Head of Department
Anaesthesiology, Intensive Care Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Pain and Palliative Care
Kreiskliniken Reutlingen
Steinenbergstrrasse 31
72764 Reutlingen - Germany

Prof. Friedrich Pühringer, who is Austrian, received his Medical Degree from Medical School at Innsbruck University in Austria. He held many academic positions of increasing importance between 1993 and 2000 at Innsbruck Medical School at the Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine. In 1997 Habilitation and PhD for Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine at Innsbruck University.

Since 2000 he is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine at the Klinikum am Steinenberg in Reutlingen, an Academic Hospital of the University of Tübingen, in Germany. Since 2008 he heads two additional anesthesia and intensive care departments at the hospitals in Bad Urach and Münsingen. His education also includes many other activities such as Management Education, receiving an MBA for Hospital Management, from the School of Economics at Innsbruck University. Since 2009 he is in the Medical Director at the Ermstalklinik in Bad Urach and from 2015 on he is Medical Director of the Klinikum am Steinenberg in Reutlingen, too.

Professor Pühringer´s main clinical interest is patient safety. His research interests are within pharmacology of muscle relaxants, new reversals and neuromuscular monitoring as well as pharmacology of volatile anaesthetics. He also worked on supraglottic airway devices and focuses on difficult airway management and strategies in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine. He is author and co-author of more than 90 original papers and several editorials and numerous chapters in various books. He has given more than 500 lectures at international and national conferences. In addition, Professor Pühringer is a reviewer for various international anaesthesia journals.

Prof Sandra Spijkerman

Sandra was born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa, and completed her undergraduate and postgraduate training at the University of Pretoria. She is the current Head of Department of Anaesthesiology at Steve Biko Academic Hospital and the University of Pretoria. Her professional interests include education, airway management, paediatric- and cardiac anaesthesia. She is the editor-in-chief of the Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia and Analgesia (SAJAA). Sandra is a proud wife and mother of three boys, which is a full-time job all on its own.

Dr David Waruingi

Consultant Cardiothoracic Anaesthesiologist
Kenyatta University Teaching Referral Hospital
Nairobi Kenya

Medical School - University of Nairobi - 2009

Specialist Anaesthesia Training
Aga Khan University Hospital Nairobi
Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospitals UK

Airway Management and Simulation Training

Rugby 15s CrossFit Training

Prof Huafeng Wei

Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA

• President, International Airway Management Society (IAMS)
• Member, International Liaison Committee, Society of Airway Management (SAM)
• Member, Special Project Committee, Society of Airway Management (SAM)

Mr Craig Wylie

Mr Craig Wylie is an advanced life support paramedic, currently employed as the Director of the Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical Services. During his 20 years in Emergency Medical Services, he has progressed from a Basic Ambulance Assistant to an Emergency Care Practitioner completing his National Diploma EMC, a Bachelor EMC, an Advanced Diploma in Health Care Management, and a Master of Philosophy in Emergency Medicine.

Mr Wylie has held the position of an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Cape Town, Division of Emergency Medicine since 2016. He is also currently a board member of the Emergency Care Society of South Africa.