Richard Gande

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Main areas of interest

My areas of specialist interest are paediatric, and Ear, Nose and Throat anaesthesia. Both of these have their own appeal and demand meticulous attention to detail, and good communication with the surgeon. My work at University Hospital Southampton involves a high proportion of patients in whom airway management is challenging because of their disease process, and this often demands special approaches to ensure safe anaesthesia. 

Membership of learned societies

Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists

Member of the Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland

Member of the Difficult Airway Society

Member of the British Medical Association

Research interest

I have a special interest in difficult airway management, and the various advanced techniques which anaesthetists can use to ensure patient safety whilst undergoing surgery around the airway. 

Recent publications

Safe tubeless anaesthesia for laryngeal surgery in a patient with a known difficult airway (

Teaching interest

I regularly teach difficult airway management techniques to trainee and consultant anaesthetic colleagues, both in the operating theatre and as part of locally run workshops. I also regularly give lectures on management of the airway in ENT surgery to trainee anaesthetic nurse practitioners. I am a regular instructor and medical director on the European Paediatric Life Support (EPLS) course, teaching medical and non-medical healthcare professionals of all grades in the safe management of the critically ill child.

I organise bi-monthly education sessions for the Anaesthetic Department at University Hospital Southampton, and particularly enjoy organising training days in resuscitation and difficult airway management.

Surgeons regularly worked with

Mr Nimesh Patel, Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon

Hospital(s) where have practicing rights

Spire Hospital Southampton

Wessex Nuffield Hospital


I studied medicine at Oxford University, qualifying in 1993. My training in anaesthesia has been in Wessex and at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA where I completed advanced training in paediatric anaesthesia. During my time as an anaesthetic trainee I also developed an interest in anaesthesia for ENT surgery, which I have pursued since becoming a consultant at University Hospital Southampton in 2004.

I am married to a consultant oncologist and have 3 children. We live in the New Forest where we enjoy cycling, running, kayaking and walking our dog. As a family we try to spend quality time together and to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible.