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European Journal of Anaesthesiology


Martin R. Tramèr, Geneva, Switzerland

Deputy Editors-In-Chief

Walid Habre, Geneva, Switzerland

Bernhard Walder, Geneva, Switzerland

Language Editors

Alan Aitkenhead, Nottingham, UK

Gordon Lyons, Leeds, UK

Ian F Russel, Hull, UK

Andrew Wolf, Bristol​, UK

Methods, Statistics, Epidemiology

Malachy Columb, Manchester, UK

Nadia Elia, Geneva, Switzerland

Journal Manager

Bridget M. Benn, Geneva, Switzerland

Book and Media Reviews

Paola Aceto, Rome, Italy​​

Associate Editors

Bernd W. Böttiger, Cologne, Germany

Nicolas Bruder, Marseille, France

Michelle Chew, Linköping​​, Sweden

Patrice Forget, Aberdeen, UK

Thomas Fuchs-Buder, Nancy, France

Robert Greif, Bern, Switzerland

Tom Hansen, Odense, Denmark


Patricia M. Lavand'homme, Brussels, Belgium

Philipp Lirk, Boston, USA

Dan Longrois, Paris, France

Annelies ​Moerman, Gent, Belgium

​​​Rolf Rossaint, Aachen, Germany​

Charles-Marc Samama, Paris, France

Marc Van de Velde, Leuven, Belgium

Francis Veyckmans, Lille, France

Editors' Disclosures  ​

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 Martin R. Tramèr, MD, DPhil



​Martin Tramer is Head of the Division of Anaesthesiology and Director of the Department of Anaesthesiology, Clinical Pharmacology and Intensive Care Medicine, Geneva University Hospitals, and Ordinary Professor of Anaesthesiology at the Faculty of Medicine, Geneva University, Geneva, Switzerland.

Professor Tramèr's research interests include evidence-based medicine with special attention given to systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Additional research focuses on scientific misconduct and fraud. He is an elected member of the Appraisal Committee of the Swiss Medical Board (the Swiss HTA), and of the Human Medicines Expert Committee (HMEC) of SWISSMEDIC (the Swiss Agency for Therapeutic Products).

Disclosures (last five years): none.



Walid Habre, MD, PhD

 Deputy Editor-in-Chief


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, Geneva University, Geneva, Switzerland.

Professor Habre's main research activity is focused on the anaesthesia management of children with bronchial hyper-responsiveness. He has developed a particular research interest on lung function and heart-lung interactions. Additional research focuses on quality improvement projects in paediatric anaesthesia.

Disclosures (last five years): Research grant from Maquet. 


Bernhard Walder, MD

Deputy Editor-in-Chief​​

Bernhard Walder is a Professor of Anaesthesiology at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva and Head of the Peri-Interventional Care Unit (Post-Anaesthesia Care Unit and the Intermediate Care Unit) of the Division of Anaesthesiology, Geneva University Hospitals, Switzerland.

Professor Walder's research interests include perioperative medicine, traumatic brain injury and catheter-associated complications. He is a member of the Swiss Commission for the Accreditation of Intermediate Care Units.

Disclosures (last five years): none.



Malachy O. Columb MB BCh BAO, FRCA, FFICM

 Research Methods and Statistics editor

Malachy Columb is a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Medicine at the Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Wythenshawe Hospital, UK.

Dr Columb's research interests include the clinical pharmacodynamics of local anaesthetic agents where he developed the minimum local analgesic concentration (MLAC) model which has been replicated world-wide. He is also the Chairman of the Masterclass in Research Methodology and Statistics for the European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA).

Disclosures (last five years): Dr Columb is a member of the Associate Editorial Board at the British Journal of Anaesthesia (BJA) and the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia (IJOA).



Nadia Elia, MD, PD, MSc

 Methods editor


Nadia Elia is a public health physician and epidemiologist. She works as a research associate in the Anaesthesiological Investigation Division of the Department of Anaesthesiology, Clinical Pharmacology and Intensive Care Medicine, Geneva University Hospitals, and in the Geneva Cancer Registry of the Global Health Institute at the Faculty of Medicine, Geneva University, Geneva, Switzerland.

Dr Elia's research interests include different aspects of research methodology, including good clinical practices, research integrity, transparency in the reporting of conflicts of interests, and cancer epidemiology. She is the co-author of multiple systematic reviews and meta-analyses on post-operative pain.

Disclosures (last five years): none.



Bernd W Böttiger, MD, ML, DEAA, FESC, FERC

 Associate Editor



Bernd W. Böttiger is a Professor and the Head of the Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine at the University Hospital of Cologne, Germany. He specialises in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine, and his main research focus is cardiopulmonary resuscitation, particularly bystander CPR, the education of school children in resuscitation and cerebral ischaemia and reperfusion. He is the Director of Science and Research of the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) and Chairman of the German Resuscitation Council (GRC) since 2012.

Professor Böttiger was the Chairman of the ERC from 2008 until 2012, and he was a member of the Board of the German Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine (DGAI) from 2009 until 2016. Since 2015 he is a Board member of the German Interdisciplinary Association of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI). For the period of office 2017-2019, he has been re-elected as a member of the Scientific Committee "Resuscitation, Emergency Medicine and Trauma" of the European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA). Furthermore he has been re-elected for the time period until 2020as a member of the "Advanced Life Support" (ALS) task force of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR). In 2014, he was elected as a member of the German Academy of Sciences "Leopoldina".

Disclosures (last five years): Bernd Böttiger is an Associate Editor of Resuscitation and the Editor of Notfall + Rettungsmedizin. He has received fees for lectures from Medupdate GmbH, "Forum für medizinische Fortbildung (FomF)", Baxalta, Bayer Vital, ZOLL Medical Deutschland GmbH, and C. R. Bard GmbH.



Nicolas Bruder, MD

 Associate Editor

Nicolas Bruder is Professor of Anaesthesia and Intensive care and Head of the Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, Hospital Timone, Aix-Marseille University, Marseille, France.


Professor Bruder is involved in experimental and clinical neurosciences, both in the ICU and operating theatre. Main research topics include experimental neuroprotection, subarachnoid haemorrhage, prognostication after brain injury, and monitoring of sedation. Another area of research is patient satisfaction and quality of recovery after anaesthesia. He is the past president of the "Association de Neuroanesthésie Réanimation de Langue Française".


Disclosures (last five years): Paid lectures for Baxter, Octapharma. Consultancy services for Idorsia (formerly Actelion), Amomed, Takeda. Grants received from Air Liquide.



Michelle S Chew, MBBS, PhD

 Associate Editor​

Michelle Chew is an Academic Chair and Professor in Anaesthesiology, Intensive Care and Acute Care at Linköping University Hospital, Sweden.

Professor Chew's research interests revolve around the heart in the high-risk patient, perioperatively and during critical illness. Additional research focuses on perioperative outcomes. She is an executive member of the Swedish Perioperative Registry, the Scandinavian Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee, Deputy Chair for the Health Services and Research Outcomes section and faculty member for the European Diploma of Advanced Echocardiography for the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM).

Disclosures (last five years): Travel reimbursements and speaker's fees for Edwards LifeSciences and Pulsion Medical Systems. Professor Chew is medical advisor for Alteco Medical AB, Sweden.

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Patrice Forget, MD PhD

Associate Editor

Prof. Patrice Forget attended medical school at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL). He is the Clinical Chair in Anaesthesia in Aberdeen, UK, and formerly Clinical Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).

He is involved in clinical research, focused on postoperative outcome. He investigates the impact of surgery, inflammation and anesthetic drugs (especially non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) on pain, cancer and long term outcomes. For the last ten years, as main investigator and/or national coordinator, he has published more than 100 articles, letters or editorials.

Disclosures (last five years): President of the Belgian Pain Society, Section/Academic Editor of BMC Anesthesiology and PLOS One, expert for the Belgian government, Cochrane and REDCap consortia member, advisor for Masimo, Grunenthal.

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Thomas Fuchs-Buder, MD

Associate Editor​

Thomas Fuchs-Buder is the Head of the Ambulatory Care Unit and Chef du Pôle des Blocs Opératoires (Director OR Department) at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Nancy, Nancy, France, and Ordinary Professor of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care at the Faculty of Medicine, Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France.

Professor Fuchs-Buder's research interests include pharmacology and the physiology of neuromuscular transmission He is the chairperson of the Research Committee of the European Society of Anaesthesiology.

Disclosures (last five years): speaker fees from MSD France.




Robert (Tino) Greif, MD, MME, FERC

 Associate Editor


Director of the Peripheral Anaesthesia Division and Director of Medical Education of the Department of Anaesthesiology and Pain Therapy, Bern University Hospital. Professor of Anaesthesiology at the Faculty of Medicine University of Bern, Switzerland.

Professor Greif is involved in education and research in airway management, resuscitation, medical education and simulation. He is the vice-chair of the cantonal ethics committee in Bern, the board director for training and education of the European Resuscitation Council, and chair of the ILCOR task force for education, implementation and team. Currently he is president of the European Airway Management Society and editor-in-chief of Trends in Anaesthesia and Critical Care.  

Disclosures (last five years): none.



Tom G Hansen, MD, PhD

 Associate Editor


Tom G. Hansen is a Consultant Paediatric Anaesthesiologist and the Head of Paediatric Anaesthesia at the Department of Anaesthesiology & Intensive Care, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark. He is an Associate Professor in Paediatric Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, Department of Clinical Research – Anaesthesiology at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.

Professor Hansen's research interests include Paediatric Anaesthetic Pharmacology, Outcome following Anaesthesia and Surgery in Children, Neurotoxicity, and the Developing Brain.

Disclosures (last five years): Professor Hansen is a member of the editorial board of Pediatric Anesthesia.



Patricia M Lavand'homme, MD, PhD

 Associate Editor

Patricia Lavand'homme is a Professor of Anaesthesiology and the Head of the Acute Pain Service, Department of Anaesthesiology, Cliniques Universitaires St Luc, University Catholic of Louvain, Brussels, Belgium.

Professor Lavand'homme's research interests include perioperative pain management (physiology and pharmacology), and specifically perioperative strategies to prevent the transition from acute postoperative pain to persistent post-surgical pain. She is a member of the IASP (International Association for the Study of Pain) Task Force mandated by the WHO to develop a new classification of chronic pain to be included in the revised version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11); Professor Lavand'homme is in charge of the chapter "Chronic post-surgical and post-traumatic pain".

Disclosures (last five years): none.


Philipp Lirk, MD, MSc, PhD

 Associate Editor


Philipp Lirk is an Attending Anaesthesiologist at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and associate professor at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, US.

Dr Lirk's primary scientific interests are basic and translational research on local anaesthetics, and the clinical application of regional anaesthesia. He is a member of the Subcommittee on regional anaesthesia of the European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA) and the PROSPECT Working Group of the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia & Pain Therapy (ESRA).

Disclosures (last five years): none.



Dan Longrois, MD PhD

Associate Editor

Dan Longrois is Full Professor of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care in Bichat-Claude Bernard Hospital, Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris, France. His research interests include cardiovascular and thoracic anaesthesia and intensive care, extracorporeal life support, pharmacology of anaesthetic drugs and monitoring of their effects.

Disclosures (last five years): Dan Longrois has received honoraria for lectures and/or consultancy from the following companies over the last 5 years: Orion Pharma, LFB, Masimo, Medtronic, Aspen. 


Anneliese Moerman, MD, PhD

 Associate Editor

​Anneliese Moerman is a Professor of Anaesthesiology at the Faculty of Medicine, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium, and a clinical director of the cardiac anaesthesia unit at the Department of Anaesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, University Hospital Ghent, Ghent, Belgium.

Clinical and scientific interests are cardiac anaesthesiology and vascular physiology, with specific interest and expertise in congenital heart surgery.  Current research efforts cover cardiovascular physiology with a particular interest in the pathophysiology of perioperative tissue oxygen balance using near-infrared spectroscopy.

Disclosures (last five years): none.



Rolf Rossaint, MD

 Associate Editor




Rolf Rossaint is the Head of the Department of Anaesthesiology at the University Hospital at the RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany.

Professor Rossaint's clinical and research interests include pulmonary pathophysiology, ALI/ARDS/sepsis treatment, artificial lung assist, xenon anaesthesia, coagulation management, and telemedicine in emergency medicine. He developed a holistic telemedicine system for a broad spectrum of different prehospital emergency cases. He is a member of the National Academy of Science Leopoldina and a member of the „Fachkollegiat" of the German Research Foundation.

Disclosures (last five years): Lecture fees from Bayer Healthcare, CSL Behring, Fresenius, Ingelheim Boehringer and Baxter. Consulting fees from Air Liquide and Fresenius. Co-owner of a small telemedicine company. Prof Rossaint is the editor-in chief of Der Anaesthesist.



Charles-Marc Samama, MD, PhD, FCCP

 Associate Editor

Charles Marc Samama is a Professor in the Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care of Cochin University Hospital in Paris, France.

Professor Samama is the Chair of the Scientific Committee of the European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA). He is also chair of the Scientific Subcommittee on Perioperative and Critical Care Thrombosis and Haemostasis of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis, and the ESA Task Force for the Prevention on Perioperative Venous Thromboembolism.

He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and reviews (H index = 36) in the field of perioperative thrombosis and haemostasis.

​Disclosures (last five years): Speaker's fee from Aspen, LFB, Medtronics, Octapharma, Pfizer, Siemens. Advisory committees: Daiichi-Sankyo, Portola, Roche. Primary Investigator: Bayer, BMS, Haemonetics.


MVHeadShot2.jpg Marc Van de Velde, MD, PhD, EDRA

 Associate Editor

Marc Van de Velde is Chairman of the Department of Anaesthesiology at the UZ Leuven, Belgium and Full Professor of Anaesthesiology at the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences of the KU Leuven, Belgium. He is also Coordinator of the Training Program in Anaesthesiology of the KU Leuven.

Professor Van de Velde's research interests include obstetric anesthesia and analgesia as well as postoperative pain management, enhanced recovery after surgery and regional anesthesia.


Disclosures (last five years): Marc Van de Velde has received honoraria for lectures and/or consultancy from the following companies over the last 5 years: Heron, Aspen, Smiths Medical, Aquettant, MSD, Grunenthal, Nordic Pharma, Halyard, ViforPharma, Sintetica, Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Flatmedical. He performed a clinical trial which was supported by Sintetica.

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 Francis Veyckemans, MD

 Associate Editor

Francis Veyckemans is a Consultant paediatric anaesthetist in the section of Paediatric Anaesthesia at the Hôpital Jeanne de Flandre, the Mother-Child hospital of Lille University Hospital (CHRU) in France.

His main clinical interests are anaesthesia for rare diseases or syndromes, anaesthesia for solid organ transplantation and neonatal anaesthesia. He was a member of the steering committee of the APRICOT multicentric study in Europe. He is currently President of the European Society for Paediatric Anaesthesiology (ESPA) and past-President of the ADARPEF (Association des anesthésistes-Réanimateurs Pédiatriques d'expression française). 

Disclosures (last 5 years) : section editor of  Pediatric Anesthesia; responsible with Professor Jean-Louis Scholtes of a French website on paediatric rare diseases [].​​