Dr John Cousins - Chairman

  • Consultant Anaesthetist, St Marys' Paddington and The Hammersmith Hospital
  • Areas of interest: Bariatric Service lead, The hypercoaguable state of the obese patient IVC filters, Qtc in obesity, Cardiothoracics, Cardiomyopathy and pulmonary hypertension in obesity
  • See Publications

Dr Mike Margarson - Vice Chairman

  • Consultant Anaesthetist and Director of Intensive Care, St Richard's Hospital Chichester
  • Areas of interest - Critical Care, Bariatric Anaesthesia, Microcirculation, Pre-hospital Care
  • Likes - Fine wine, clear thinking, (not necessarily at the same time), Cornish beaches
  • Dislikes - Political correctness, Rigid protocols, Big Cities in hot weather.

Dr Abigail Hine - IT lead

  • Abigail Hine Consultant Anaesthetist in Taunton is currently undertaking a management and leadership fellowship at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital. She has particular interests in systems design and patient safety.
  • In 2012 Abigail completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Clinical Leadership and Service Improvement.


Dr Jonathan Redman - Research + Education

  • Consultant Anaesthetist, Clinical Lead of Intensive Care York Hospital and Bariatric Lead
  • Areas of interest - Risk assessment in obesity, Cardiopulmonary exercise testing, 
  • Co-Author of single sheet guideline (distributed by SOBA)
  • Special interest - attempting to navigate the North Yorkshire Moors on his mountain bike.

Dr Chris Bouch - Secretary

  • Consultant in Anaesthesia & Intensive Care Medicine Leicester Royal Infirmary
  • Clinical Lead for Upper GI & Bariatric Anaesthesia University Hospitals Of Leicester
  • Director of Anaesthesia for National Weight loss surgery provider
  • Areas of interest: Bariatric anaesthesia, critical care management of the obese patient, post-cardiac arrest management and targeted temperature management

Dr Kanchan Patil - Treasurer

  • A leading consultant at St Georges Tooting and the Obesity Lead for that department.
  • Kanchan has developed plethora of experience from St Georges and St Marys as a trainee and then as a consultant delivering tertiary bariatric anaesthesia.

Dr Vanessa Humphrey - Trainee Rep

  • ST7 training in South East Scotland.
  • Also chair of newly established SE Scotland trainee research and QI network.
  • Anaesthetic interests: Obesity and bariatric anaesthesia, obstetrics (and the overlap!), quality improvement.
  • Special interests: Skiing, curries and art.

Dr Peter Gregory - Trainee Rep

  • ST7 Anaesthetist in South West London
  • Interests: Obesity and bariatric anaesthesia, pre-operative assessment, airway management and well-being of the anaesthetist
  • Special interests : Running, Liverpool FC, good food


Dr Nick Kennedy Ex-Chairman

  • Consultant Anaesthetist and Intensivist,Taunton and Somerset NHS Trust
  • Lead Bariatric Anaesthetist, and involved in setting up a large NHS bariatric service
  • Interests are bariatric anaesthesia and cardiac disease, developing good practice in anaesthesia for the obese, and also improving systems for recognition and treatment of the sick patient in hospitals

Dr Claire Nightingale Ex-Treasurer

  • One of the founder members of SOBA.
  • Very much still involved with teaching /  presentations for SOBA and on obesity anaesthesia.
  • A key author of many SOBA publications, notably the SSG and the  epic AAGBI guidelines 2015 on obesity.