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 The Council is the body in which representatives of all the Federation's components (National Societies, Regions, Committees, WCA COC Chair) meet to discuss matters which concern the Federation as a whole.

The Council gives advice and recommendations on policy and subjects of common interest to the Federation. This is presented to the Board and should also be disseminated to the General Assembly and member National Societies by the Council. All members of the Board also sit on the Council.



Board member profiles can be found here. Council members who are not also Board members include:

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Dr Davy Cheng (Canada), Chair, Scientific Affairs Committee

Dr Cheng is Distinguished University Professor & Chair / Chief of  the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at The University of Western Ontario, Canada. He is also Professor in  the Division of Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine at UWO, and Chair of Evidence-based Perioperative Clinical Outcomes Research (EPiCOR) at UWO. Most recently Dr Cheng was appointed as Vice Dean, Faculty Affairs at Western University, Ontario, effective July 1, 2017 until June 30, 2023.

To read Dr Cheng's full CV please click here.

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Dr Douglas Bacon (USA), Chair, Publications Committee

Dr Bacon is a Consultant in the Department of Anesthesiology, Mayo Clinic Professor of Anesthesiology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. He is also Professor of History of Medicine, Vice-Chair for Faculty Development, Department of Anesthesiology, Mayo Clinic and Chair of the Section of Anesthesia History, Department of Anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic.

To read Dr Bacon's full CV please click here.

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Dr Gastão Duval Neto (Brazil), Chair, Professional Wellbeing Committee

Gastão qualified as Professor of Anesthesiology from the Medical School of Federal University of Pelotas, UFPel, Brazil. He holds a PhD title by the Federal University of São Paulo, UNIFesp, Brazil. He served as President of the Brazilian Society of Anesthesiology (SBA) in the year 2000.

He is the Chair of Professional Wellbeing Committee of the WFSA as well as the Brazilian Society of Anesthesiology, and the Chief of the Training Centre in Anesthesiology of Federal University of Pelotas in UFPel, Brazil.

Gastão is the Editor of the 'Occupational Well-Being of Anaesthesiologists' book. Published in 2013 by the Brazilian Society of Anaesthetists, the publication brings together 17 papers from leading academics and practitioners concerned with the very real issues facing the health of anaesthesiologists around the world.

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Dr Charles Roger Goucke (Australia), Chair, Pain Management Committee

Dr Goucke has been Clinical Associate Professor at the School of Medincine and Pharmacology, University of Western Australia since 2008. 

To read his full CV please click here.

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Dr Michael Cooper (Australia), Chair, Paediatrics Committee

Dr Cooper is Senior Anaesthetist at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and St George Hospital Kogarah, Sydney, Australia. He is also Adjunct Professor of Anaesthesiology, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Papua New Guinea, and was previosuly a member of the WFSA Paediatric Anaesthesia Committee.

To read Dr Cooper's full CV please click here.

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Dr Mauricio Vasco (Colombia), Chair, Obstetrics Committee

Dr Vasco is currently working in Anaesthesia, Intensive care medicine and Clinical Simulation at the Universidad CES, Medellin, Colombia. He has also worked with the Colombian society of anesthesia (S.C.A.R.E) and the Latin-American Society of Anesthesia (CLASA).

Read Dr Vasco's full CV here.


Prof Claude Ecoffey (France)

Prof Ecoffey is Professor and Chairman of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at Pontchaillou Hospital, University of Rennes. He has published more than 200 original scientific articles (and letters) in journal with peer reviews and has written more than 15 Chapters in textbooks relating to anesthesia and pain.

To read Dr Ecoffey's full CV please click here.

AAGBI Portraits 016Dr Andrew Hartle (UK), Chair, Constitution Committee

Andrew has been Consultant in Anaesthesia/Intensive Care at St Mary's hospital since 2001.

To read his full CV please click here.

Dr Carolina Haylock-Loor (Honduras)

Carolina HaylockDr Haylock-Loor is an Anesthesiologist, Intensive Care Physician and expert in Interventional Pain Medicine. She is also President of the Honduran Society of Anesthesia, Reanimation and Pain Therapy, President of the North West chapter of the Honduran Society for the Study and treatment of Pain and a member of the EPM (Essential Pain Management) Sub-Committee of the Australia and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.

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Dr Daniela Filipescu (Romania)

Professor Filipescu is currently Professor of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, Fundeni Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, University of Medicine “Carol Davila” and Medical Director (since 2011) of the Emergency Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases, Bucharest, Romania.

She is a specialist in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine, and Research Director at the Emergency Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases between 2007 and 2010.

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Dr Mavoungou is currently anesthesiologist at the Nantes Cancer Research Center (Institut de Cancérologie de l'Ouest (ICO) René Gauducheau), and was Head of Department 2010 - 2011. He is a Member of the American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA) among others, and was a founding member of the Société Congolaise d’Anesthésie Réanimation Urgences (SOCARU). 

Miodrag Milenovic PhotoDr Miodrag Milenovic (Serbia), Chair, Education Committee

Miodrag is Head of Anesthesiology section in OR; Assistant at the University of Belgrade School of Medicine, Department of Anaesthesiology; Coordinator Deputy for organ transplantation.

To read his full CV please click here.


David Pescod photoDr David Pescod (Australia)

Dr Pescod is currently Clinical Associate Professor, University of Melbourne and Deputy Director Department Anaesthesia at The Northern Hospital Victoria Australia. He is also on the Overseas Aid Committee of ANZCA, the Overseas Development and Education Committee of the ASA, and member of the Publication Committee and Update in Anaesthesia Editorial Board of the WFSA.

Read Dr David Pescod's full CV here.


Dr Muralidhar Joshi (India)

Dr Joshi is currently the Director of Pain Management Centre, Kamineni Hospitals, King Koti at Hyderabad, India.

Read Dr Muralidhar Joshi's full CV here.


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Dr Yuguang Huang (China)

Dr Huang is a Professor and Chairman of the Department Anesthesiology in Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Beijing, China.

Read Dr Yuguang Huang's full CV here.



Dr Quentin Fisher (USA)

Dr Fisher is currently Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda and Adjunct Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics at Georgetown University, Washington, DC. He is also Faculty Associate at Case University, Cleveland OH.

Read Dr Quentin Fisher's full CV here.


Dr Bisola Onajin-Obembe (Nigeria)


Dr Onajin-Obembe ia a Consultant Anaesthesiologist / Assistant Professor of Anaesthesiology at University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria and was Chair of the WFSA's African Regional Section.

Read Bisola Dr Onajin-Obembe's full CV here.

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Dr Pierre Fiset (Canada)

Dr Fiset is has completed his residency training at Laval and McGill University. He did a research fellowship in clinical pharmacology at Stanford under the supervision of Drs Donald Stanski and Steven Shafer in 1990-2. He went back on staff at McGill at the Royal Victoria Hospital and, since 2006, he is the Pediatric Anesthesia Department Head at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. 

Read Pierre Fiset's full CV here.


Professor Patricia Yazbeck (Lebanon)

Professor Yazbeck is a Professor of Anesthesia and Critical Care at the St Joseph University,Beirut and has been a full time physician in the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at Hotel-Dieu de France Hospital since 1982. She is also President of the Pan Arab Federation of Societies of Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Pain Management (PAFSA), a Regional Section of the WFSA.

To read Professor Yazbeck's full CV please click here.


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