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WFSA Officer nominees 2020-2024


Professor Adrian Gelb - American Society of Anesthesiologists

Adrian W Gelb is Distinguished Professor (Emeritus) of the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Prior to immigrating to Canada, he worked in rural South Africa. He served as Chair of Anesthesia in Canada before coming to UCSF as Vice Chair. Dr Gelb has served as President and other leadership roles in multiple national and International Anaesthesia Societies and is currently the Board Secretary of WFSA.

His global health interests include health policy and politics, Outcome Metrics and Patient Safety. Working with six WHO groups, he is an active academic with over 300 publications and has served on many international editorial boards. He is an accomplished communicator and has given over 350 invited lectures around the world. He has extensive anaesthesia leadership and global health experience and an understanding of the diversity of anaesthetic needs and practices in different countries


Dr Berend Mets - American Society of Anesthesiologists

Mets Berend

Dr Berend Mets was born in Indonesia, of Dutch parents and lived in Asia, Europe and the West Indies before moving to South Africa where he graduated from medical school at the University of Stellenbosch. He began his anaesthesia training in England and returned to the University of Cape Town to complete his training and in 1992 achieved his PhD in Pharmacology. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiology (1996) and holds Fellowships in Anaesthesia from both the Royal College of Surgeons in England (1987) and the College of Medicine South Africa (1987).

Dr Mets is currently Professor and Chair of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at Penn State University and has published more than 100 peer reviewed articles and book chapters, given over 70 national and international lectures and has had the good fortune to travel to 82 countries and practice and teach anaesthesia in 22 of these.


Dr Wayne Morriss – New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists

Morriss Wayne

Dr Wayne Morriss is a practising anaesthesiologist in Christchurch, New Zealand, with expertise in education, neuroanaesthesia, and obstetric anaesthesia. He trained in New Zealand and Australia and worked in Fiji for 2 years before settling in Christchurch.

Dr Morriss is a member of the WFSA Board and Council, the current Director of Programmes, and a past Chair of the Education Committee. He is a member and past Chair of both the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists’ Overseas Aid Subcommittee and the Australian and New Zealand College’s Overseas Aid Committee.

Dr Morriss is the co-developer of the Essential Pain Management programme which has now been taught in over 60 countries worldwide. He has also been closely involved with the development and delivery of other educational projects, including Primary Trauma Care, Safer Anaesthesia From Education (SAFE), and the WFSA Fellowship Programme.



Dr Davy Cheng – Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society

Cheng Davy

Dr Davy Cheng currently serves as Chair of the Scientific Affairs Committee (2016-20), and a Council Member of WFSA. He is Dean (Acting) & Distinguished University Professor at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University; Medical Director of the MEDICI Centre (a WHO collaborating centre focusing on global surgery and anaesthesia). He is also the Research Chair of Evidence-based Perioperative Clinical Outcomes Research (EPiCOR). Dr Cheng served as the Chair/Chief of the Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine (2001-17) at Western University and is a Consultant in Critical Care Medicine.

As a globally recognised healthcare leader at the forefront of research, education, practice and healthcare policy, his pioneer work in fast track cardiac anaesthesia and recovery has become the standard of cardiac anaesthesia and recovery practice around the world. He has over 30 years of academic anaesthesiology experience, administrative and budgetary leadership. (Should Dr. Cheng not be elected as Treasurer he will proceed to stand as the Canadian candidate for the Council).


Dr Charles Roger Goucke, Australian Society of Anaesthetists

Goucke Roger

Dr Charles Roger Goucke is an anaesthesiologist and pain medicine physician practicing in Perth, Western Australia. He has worked for a number of years in Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu.

Roger has held positions as President of the Australian Pain Society and Dean of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. He has been both a member and Chair of the WFSA’s Pain Management Committee and co-authored the popular pain education program Essential Pain Management (EPM) which is now taught in over 55 countries around the world.



Dr Daniela Filipescu, Romanian Society of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care (SRATI)

Filipescu DanielaDaniela Filipescu is a cardiac anaesthesiologist, Professor of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at the Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy and Chief of the Cardiac Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Department II at the Emergency Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases in Bucharest. She also holds a Masters degree in health management.

Dr Filipescu was the first Romanian to hold the European Diploma of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care. She has held various elected positions in the European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA), including President of the ESA (2014-2015) and was awarded ESA Honorary Membership in 2017. She is currently a Council member of the WFSA.

Dr Filipescu’s main research interests include haemostasis, transfusion, sepsis and patient safety. She currently chairs both the Scientific Committee of the Romanian Society of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Congress and a national multidisciplinary group for the implementation of a Patient Blood Management programme based in Romania.


Director of Partnerships

Professor Walid Habre – Swiss Society for Anaesthesiology and Resuscitation (SGAR/SSAR)

Habre Walid

Professor Walid Habre is a Senior Consultant in Paediatric Anaesthesia and is Head of the Unit of Anaesthesiological Investigations at the Division of Anaesthesiology, Geneva University Hospitals and Ordinary Professor of Anaesthesiology at the Faculty of Medicine at Geneva University.

 Professor Habre is a clinical scientist and has developed an important network in the field of paediatric anaesthesia and has initiated a number of quality improvement projects in that field.



Dr Miodrag Milenovic, Serbian Association of Anesthesiologists and Intensivists (SAAI)

Milenovic Miodraig

Dr Miodrag Milenovic graduated from the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Medicine in 1998, concluded specialty training in Anaesthesiology and Resuscitation in 2004 and achieved his PhD in Epidemiology in 2015.He is currently Head of the Anesthesiology Section in the OR, Emergency Center at the Clinical Center of Serbia.Dr Milenovic is the Chair of the Education Committee of the WFSA, a member of the European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA) and member of the Serbian Association of Anaesthesiologists and Intensivists (SAAI).

He has published a number of book chapters and articles in national and international peer reviewed medical journals and his current scientific interests are in the fields of anaesthesia education, perioperative patient safety and professional wellbeing. Dr Milenovic is also the Serbian National Coordinator for both the Peri-interventional Outcome Study in the Elderly (POSE) and prospective multi-centre international observational study of postoperative vasopressor use (SQUEEZE).


Director of Programmes

Dr Haylock-Loor – Sociedad Hondurena de Anestesiología, Reanimacíon y Dolor (SHARD)

Carolina Haylock WFSA screengrab

Dr Haylock-Loor is an Anaesthesiologist, Intensive Care Physician and an expert in Interventional Pain Medicine from Honduras. She completed her residency program 25 years ago and has worked for safe anaesthesia in the Latin American region since then. As part of the WFSA Council, she has had the privilege of working for universal access to safe anaesthesia, meeting colleagues from all over the world, united for the same goal, with a road map for safe, accessible, affordable, and timely anaesthesia and perioperative care for everyone. 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 Essential Pain Management (EPM) sub-committee of the Australia and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.


The process for counter nominations will open at the end of February. All member societies will be informed by email and details will also appear here in advance.

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