Dr Asela Dharmadasa
MA. BM. BCh. FRCA
Dr Dharmadasa is a Consultant Anaesthetist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (ICHNT). He trained in Clinical Medicine at the University of Oxford where he won the Bristol-Myers-Squibb Prize in Cardiology. He subsequently completed his Anaesthetic training within the Imperial School of Anaesthesia in London, where he was fortunate to work in some excellent institutions, including Imperial College Healthcare, The Royal Brompton and Royal Marsden Hospitals.
He has conducted Developmental Biology research investigating limb and tendon development at the University of Cambridge and University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He is currently the Principle Investigator at ICHNT for the Preventt multi-centre Randomised-Controlled Trial (RCT), which is investigating the role of a single pre-operative dose of intravenous iron for the optimization of anaemic patients before Major Surgery. He has published several papers and reviews as well as co-authoring an Anaesthetic Textbook that was Highly Commended in the 2014 British Medical Association Book Awards.
Dr Dharmadasa is passionate about patient safety; he won first prize at a National Conference for designing a tool to improve patient safety in Obstetric Anaesthesia, which has now been adopted in several UK NHS Trusts. He is also working with Imperial Innovations to improve the design and efficacy of epidural catheters used in Regional Anaesthesia.