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WFSA Officer nominees 2020-2024

The newly elected Board of the WFSA is as follows:

Professor Adrian Gelb – President (USA)
Dr. Wayne Morriss – President (New Zealand)
Professor Davy Cheng – Treasurer (Canada)
Professor Daniela Filipescu – Secretary (Romania)
Professor Walid Habre – Director Of Partnerships (Switzerland)
Dr. Carolina Haylock-Loor – Director of Programmes (Honduras)

The Board will assume office as from the 1st of October 2020. Professor Gelb and Dr. Morriss have mutually agreed that Professor Gelb will serve as President for the first two years (with Dr. Morriss as President Elect). After two years Dr. Morriss will become President and Professor Gelb will serve as Immediate Past President. 

Thank you to all the nominees listed below for standing.



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. 

Read Professor Gelb's supporting statement and watch his video statement

Professor 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 - achieving a PhD in Pharmacology in 1992. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiology and holds Fellowships from the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the College of Medicine in South Africa.

Professor Mets has served as the President for the Society for Education in Anesthesia and for the Society of Academic Anesthesiology Associations; the Anesthesia Director of Health Volunteer Overseas, and currently is the Chair of the Global Human Outreach Committee for the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Dr Mets has served the WFSA for twenty years, and is currently the Director for Partnerships on its Board of Directors, and Professor and Chair of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at Penn State University College of Medicine. He has published more than 100 peer reviewed articles and given over 70 national and international lectures, having the good fortune to travel to 82 countries and practice and teach anaesthesia in 22 of these.

Read Professor Mets's supporting statement and watch his video statement

Dr Wayne Morriss – New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists

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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.

Read Dr Morriss's supporting statement and watch his video statement


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).

Read Dr Cheng's supporting statement and watch his video statement

Dr Charles Roger Goucke -  Australian Society of Anaesthetists

Goucke Roger

Dr Roger Goucke is an anaesthesiologist and pain medicine physician practicing in Perth, Western Australia. He has worked in Papua New Guinea, the Pacific Islands, Africa, North East Asia and the United Kingdom.

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 60 countries around the world.

Read Dr Goucke's supporting statement and watch his video statement


Professor 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.

Read Dr Filipescu's supporting statement and watch her video statement

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 at the University Hospitals of Geneva and Ordinary Professor at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. He has been engaged as a Committee member at the WFSA and supported the WFSA actions at the time when ESA became a regional Society of the Federation. Professor Habre has a multicultural background and as a clinical scientist, he established an important network worldwide particularly with PanArab and Afrique Francophone, particularly given his language expertise.

Finally, Professor Habre has previously served as Chair of a Scientific Sub-Committee, Council member, industry liaison officer, Congress and media committee member at the ESA, which allowed him to carry out important networking with industry partners, to have an in-depth knowledge of the challenges in raising funds and to reach financial equilibrium with Congress organisations.

Read Professor Habre's supporting statement and watch his video statement


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).

Read Dr Milenovic's supporting statement and watch his video statement

Director of Programmes

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

carolina loor

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.

Read Dr Haylock-Loor's supporting statement and watch her video statement