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WFSA Fellowship Programmes

What are fellowships?

fellowship page Fellowships are undertaken by trained anaesthesia providers who want to develop their careers by specialising or sub-specialising. The WFSA offers its Fellowships to anaesthesiologist from low and middle-income countries to increase their skillset and become leaders for anaesthesia once they return to their home countries.

To reduce the mortality rates of preventable deaths related to unsafe anaesthesia and surgical practices, there is an urgent need to meet the downfall of skilled anaesthesia providers in lower-income countries. WFSA’s Global Fellowship Programme provides low-cost, high-quality training to anaesthesiologists across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

Since its inception in 1996, our flagship programme has provided over 400 fellows from 62 countries the opportunity to be mentored across 8 anaesthesia specialities and sub-specialities.

As highlighted by returning Fellows, the WFSA fellowships have a lasting impact both on the skills and professional development of the individuals but also their colleagues and patients back home. Find out more about this impact from Fellowship testimonies.

Fellowship applications

WFSA Fellowships Map Fellowships open to applications on a rolling case by case basis.

Click here for fellowships currently open for applications.

A suitable applicant should fit the following criteria:

  • Must be fully trained in anaesthesia in home country
  • Must be supported in their application by their own National Society of Anaesthesia
  • Must be supported in their application by Chief of their home department of anaesthesia
  • Must be returning to home country to a recognized post
  • Must be under 40 years of age
  • Should preferably be working in a teaching hospital
  • The courses are intended mainly for young anaesthesiologists from the geographical region near where the course is based.

Support fund a fellow 

The fellowship programme is part-funded by generous individual donations through the Fund a Fellowship scheme. Find out more about how you can Fund a Fellow and strengthen global anaesthesia worldwide.


Country Specialty Hospital/ City (Click link for Fellowship info) Programme Head Positions/yr Duration
India Intensive Care Medicine Christian Medical College, Vellore Dr Subramani Kandasamy 2 1 year
India Paediatric Anaesthesia (supported by SPANZA) Christian Medical College, Vellore Dr Ekta Rai 2 6 months
India Regional Anaesthesia Ganga Medical Centre and Hospital, Coimbatore Dr Balavenkat Subramanian 4 6 months
India Pain Management Virinchi Hospitals, Hyderabad Dr Muralidhar Joshi 2 6 months
India Paediatric Anaesthesia Children's Anaesthesia Services, Mumbai Dr Vrushali Ponde 1 6 months
India Cardiac Anaesthesia Narayana Institute of Cardiac Sciences, Bangalore  Dr Muralidhar Kanchi 2 1 year
India Thoracic Anaesthesia Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi Prof Jayashree Sood 2 6 months
Malaysia Obstetric Anaesthesia (supported by OAA) UMMC, Kuala Lumpur Prof Yoo-Kuen Chan 2 6 months
Thailand General Anaesthesia Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok Associate Professor Orawan Pongraweewan 4 1 year
Thailand Pain Management (supported by IASP) Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University Asst. Prof Nantthasorn Zinboonyahgoon 2 1 year


Country Specialty Hospital/ City (Click link for Fellowship info) Programme Head Positions/yr Duration
Egypt Cardiac Anaesthesia /Neuroanaesthesia Cairo University Hospital Dr Aiman Dessouki 1 6 months
Ghana Regional Anaesthesia  Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital Kumasi Dr Antwi-Kusi 1 - 2 3 months
Kenya Paediatric Anaesthesia (supported by ImPACT Africa, and SPA ) University of Nairobi, Nairobi Dr Mark Gacii 1-3 12 months
Morocco Obstetric Anaesthesia Mother and Child Hospital, Mohammed VI University Hospital, Marrakesh Dr Ahmed El Adib 2 6 months
Morocco Paediatric Anaesthesia Mother and Child Hospital, Mohammed VI University Hospital, Marakesh Dr Yousaf Mouaffak 2 6 months
Nigeria Obstetric Anaesthesia Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria/Port Harcourt Dr Elizbeth Ogboli-Nwasor 2 6 months
South Africa Pain Management (supported by IASP) Universitas Hospital, Bloemfontein, and Helen Joseph Hospital,Johannesburg  Dr Sean Chetty 2 3 months


Country Specialty Hospital/ City (Click link for Fellowship info) Programme Head Positions/yr Duration
Argentina Pain Management (supported by CLASA) Centro de Atencion Integral del Dolor, Buenos Aires Dr Erica Bernich 2 2 months
Brazil Pain Management (supported by CLASA) Universidad Estatal de Sao Paulo, Botucatu Dr Guilherme Moreira de Barros 1 - 2 2 months
Brazil Regional Anaesthesia (supported by CLASA) Hospital Jose Frotta, Fortaleza  Dr Danielle Dumaresq 2 2 months
Chile Paediatric Anaesthesia The Luis Calvo Mackenna Hospital, Santiago Dr Silvana Cavallieri 2 6 months
Colombia Obstetric Anaesthesia (supported by Colombian Society, SCARE) Clinica Universitaria Bolivariana, Medellin Dr Mauricio Vasco 1 - 2 3 months
Mexico Paediatric Anaesthesia Hospital Infantil de Mexico Federico Gomez Dr Victor Edmundo Fuentes Garcia 2 3 months


Country Specialty Hospital/ City (Click link for Fellowship info) Programme Head Positions/yr Duration
USA Research Fellowship Ohio State University, Wexner Medical Centre Dr Sergio Bergese 2 1 year
USA Research Fellowship UCSF and San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) Dr Maytinee Lilaonitkul   1 year

Country Specialty Hospital/ City (Click link for Fellowship info) Programme Head Positions/yr Duration
Serbia Paediatric Anaesthesia University Children's Hospital, and Institute for Health Protection of Mother and Child of Serbia, Belgrade Dr Dusica Simic 2 3 months