Imran Ahmad

Consultant anaesthetist


Imran Ahmad is a consultant anaesthetist at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, where he is the clinical lead for Guy's Hospital. He is also the clinical lead for airway management, as well as the honorary secretary of the Difficult Airway Society (DAS), one of the largest anaesthetic sub-speciality societies in the UK with over 3000 members.

He is the education lead for the airway fellowship and has gained a lot of experience in advanced airway techniques, including awake tracheal intubation, videolaryngoscopy, apnoeic oxygenation techniques and surgical airways.

He has also developed an interest in improving airway assessment in patients with difficult airways and has pioneered the use of virtual endoscopy in assessment of these patients. He is also developing other novel techniques in airway management such deviceless intubation, the use of alternative devices for awake tracheal intubation and verbal automated cognitive aids for emergency airway management.

He is regularly invited to talk at meetings and conferences both nationally and internationally, this includes being invited as a visiting professor to give the grand rounds at Stanford University in March 2020. He has spoken at conferences such as the DAS annual scientific meeting, Association of Anaesthetists Congress, European Society of Anaesthesiology and conferences in Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa and the Far East.

He is the course director for the Guy's Airway Management Course, which now attracts over 300 delegates from all over the world and have hosted a number of national and international speakers.

Research interests

Imran has contributed to many anaesthesia textbooks, including a British Medical Association award winning difficult airway book, and is the co-author for three Fellowship of the Royal College of Anaesthetics exam books. He has over 30 peer-reviewed publications, including the 2015 DAS intubation guidelines, a number of systematic reviews, clinical studies and Editorials. He has also been invited by Anaesthesia Journal and the British Journal of Anaesthesia to review a number of submissions.

He is the chair of a group commissioned by DAS to develop guidelines on awake tracheal intubations. The publication will be officially launched at the World Airway Mananagement Meeting (WAMM) in Amsterdam in November 2019 and will be published in Anaesthesia Journal, as an open access article.


Imran has successfully been awarded a King's Health Partners Research and Development Challenge Fund Grant of £80,000 for a project to develop a robotic-assisted navigational endoscopy system to aid in awake tracheal intubations.

Last updated: September 2022

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