The 2022 Speakers


Edward R. Mariano, MD, MAS, FASA, is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed his anesthesiology residency at Stanford University Medical Center and pediatric anesthesiology fellowship at Stanford’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital with a special interest in regional anesthesiology and acute pain medicine (RAAPM) for children.


He is double board-certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology and is a Fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

He joined the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), in 2004, where he founded the RAAPM program. While working full-time, he also earned a Master of Advanced Studies degree in clinical research. He served as RAAPM Division Chief at UCSD until 2010, pioneering the use of continuous peripheral nerve blocks for patients having same-day surgery and founding the first one-year RAAPM Fellowship in California. From 2013 to 2016, Dr. Mariano took the lead in achieving accreditation status for all RAAPM fellowship programs nationwide through the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), and under his direction the RAAPM fellowship program at Stanford became one of the first nine programs to be ACGME-accredited.

Dr. Mariano is Professor and Senior Vice Chair in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and Chief of the Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care Service at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System. He has developed techniques and patient care pathways to improve postoperative pain control, patient safety, and other outcomes and has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. He is President of the California Society of Anesthesiologists and has held leadership positions in the American Society of Anesthesiologists, American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, and multiple journals. He is a recipient of the Veterans Health Administration’s John D. Chase Award for Physician Executives Excellence and has worked on key national healthcare initiatives in the U.S. including the accreditation of regional anesthesiology and acute pain medicine fellowships, pain management guidelines and hospital-based standards, development of quality and cost measures in perioperative care, and the National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic.

Dr. Mariano manages his own self-titled blog, and you can follow him on Twitter (@EMARIANOMD).


Dr Clare Roques, Consultant Anaesthetist and Inpatient Pain Lead, Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals, Berkshire, UK; Chair of the EPM Advisory Group (EPMAG)

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Felicia Cox Lead Nurse Specialist and Head of Pain Services, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust

After qualification, Felicia worked as a perioperative nurse in Australia and then the UK. She has worked in pain management since 1997 and is the lead nurse specialist and head of pain services at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. She is a co-opted member of the Council of the British Pain Society. Felicia steps down in December 2019 as the Chair of the Forum. 


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Dr Baskar Manickam

Consultant Anaesthetist - County Durham & Darlington Foundation Trust

Advanced training Supervisor, Northern Deanery

Chairman - North East Society of Regional Anaesthesia (NESRA)

BBraun Unsung Hero Award RA-UK 2021

Honorary Lecturer Msc Regional, Norwich University

GPAS Author, Trauma & Orthopaedic surgery, RCOA



Nancy Redfern is Immediate past Honorary Membership Secretary of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain & Ireland. Clinically she works in Newcastle upon Tyne, with interests in obstetric and neuroanaesthesia.
Her interests include mentorship, education, doctors’ health and wellbeing and appraisal. She is currently working on ways of mitigating fatigue and the impact of ageing on performance at work.

She led the establishment of mentoring at the AAGBI, and the team of mentors now offer the opportunity to take an hour out of a conference to think about a current dilemma or opportunity. She leads mentor development programmes for Royal Colleges and Deaneries, and, as well as using mentoring for herself, has a wide experience of mentoring others, from trainees to Medical Directors and Deans.
Her 15 years of Deanery experience included managing flexible training, being Dean Director for Specialty training, with responsibility for 56 specialty programmes and briefly Lead Dean for two specialties. From this she has experience in curriculum development and delivery, workforce planning, recruitment and assessment. She has a Diploma in Education.



Natasha Curran is a consultant in anaesthesia and pain medicine at UCLH. 

She studied Medicine at the University of Liverpool, qualifying with Honours and a BSc. Natasha trained in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine at University College Hospitals, The Royal Marsden and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore. Natasha was previously the education and research fellow at the Centre for Anaesthesia.

Her key interests are in abdomino-pelvic pain medicine, anaesthesia, simulation based training and medical leadership in the NHS.


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Professor Urch trained at Southampton University, completed junior medical jobs in London, and completed a PhD in neuro-developmental pain pathways and post-doctoral work in bone cancer pain at University College London.

She has held consultant posts at St Mary's, Royal Marsden and Royal Brompton hospitals since 2004. Her specialty interests are in complex pain management, palliative care, service development and transformation of services.

Professor Urch has held management roles in oncology, Trust lead for cancer and since 2017 as divisional director of surgery, cancer and cardiovascular services (includes ophthalmology, haematology, critical care and theatres and SRO for RTT and cancer performance).



Sibs is a Pain Physician, Intensive Care Medicine Consultant and experienced Specialist in the Perioperative, as well as long-term, care of the complex surgical patient. He was educated at Cambridge University and trained at Imperial College London and UCL. Sibs now leads the Pain Service at the Barts Heart Centre and St. Bartholomew’s Hospital where he also conducts clinical and basic science research into postoperative pain and opioid management for surgery. He is an established leader in the field and President of the Pain Medicine Council at the Royal Society of Medicine. 

In 2017, he was awarded the prestigious Visiting Professorship at Harvard University. Sibs was also recently appointed as Editor for the Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia as well as Executive Scholar at the European Society of Cardiology and The London School of Economics to study the long-term impact of major surgery.

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Mr Hutton is a Consultant Orthopaedic and Spinal Surgeon working in Nuffield Health Exeter Hospital and Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust.

Mr Hutton studied medicine at London University and graduated from Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School in 1995.  His basic surgical training was at St George's Hospital, London while he studied for his MRCS exams. He trained in Orthopaedic Surgery in Cambridge on the East Anglian training programme from 2000 to 2005.

After successfully completing his final orthopaedic fellowship examinations he moved to Auckland, New Zealand to work at the Adidas Sports Medicine Institute looking after the national sports teams. In 2006 he moved back to the UK to take up an AO/Synthes Travelling Spinal Fellowship position, working at the Harbour View Hospital in Seattle, USA, Vancouver General Hospital in Canada, Cambridge University Neurosurgical Unit, Ipswich Hospital. The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore and the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital in the UK.

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Dr Mark Rockett is a consultant Anaesthetist and Specialist in Pain Medicine at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth. He attended Bristol University Medical School, qualifying MB ChB in 1993 with an intercalated BSc in Psychology.

He is a fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists and of the Faculties of Pain Medicine in the UK and Australasia and a member of the Royal College of Physicians. He trained in Pain Medicine in Edinburgh and Auckland, New Zealand, receiving the Barbara Walker Prize for Excellence in Pain Medicine.

He has a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Edinburgh. He is an examiner for the Royal College of Anaesthetists Faculty of Pain Medicine. He has served on the Faculty of Pain Medicine board as acute pain representative and received a faculty commendation in 2016 for contributions to acute pain medicine and perioperative medicine in the UK. His research interests include the psychological aspects of acute pain, the transition to persistent pain and understanding service provision for inpatient pain management.