Dr Gudrun Kunst, Consultant Anaesthetist at King's, has been recognised by the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) for her contribution to anaesthesia locally, nationally and internationally by being awarded the Macintosh Professorship.
Macintosh Professorships are aimed at established clinical or laboratory researchers. Their purpose is to recognise and disseminate the work of the award holders and facilitate their progress in the academic world.
Gudrun’s recent achievements include the consolidation and significant expansion of clinical trials leadership teams in anaesthesia and perioperative medicine at King's and across south London in her roles as the anaesthetic research lead at KCH and as the South London NIHR Clinical Research Network Lead. Her main research interests are closely aligned with the School of Cardiovascular Medicine and Sciences around perioperative cardiac, renal and neuro-protection during major surgery.
Gudrun’s leadership in teaching includes being a Primary FRCA (Fellow of the RCoA) examiner. She supervises all academic anaesthetic trainees in London as the Pan-London Academic Training Programme Director.
Nationally, she is the Scientific Officer and Treasurer of the Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthetists and Critical Care, and internationally she chairs the Cardiopulmonary Bypass Sub-Committee of the European Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthetists. In these leadership roles, she contributes to national audits, international anaesthetic scientific meetings, and international clinical guidelines.
Commenting on the accolade, Gudrun said, “This award recognises the excellent opportunities for cross-disciplinary clinical research at KCH and across south London, and I feel truly honoured to represent the School of Cardiovascular Medicine and Sciences and KCH as the RCoA Macintosh Professor.”
Her inaugural lecture as the Macintosh Professor of Anaesthesia will take place in April 2020 at the RCoA at the Annual Symposium about Cardiac Disease and Anaesthesia.