Professor Fang Gao

Fang Gao

Institute of Inflammation and Ageing
Professor in Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain

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Birmingham Acute Care Research Centre
Institute of Inflammation and Ageing
Centre of Translational Inflammation Research
University of Birmingham Research Laboratories, Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Edgbaston
Birmingham, B15 2WB

Fang is Professor of Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain, Consultant Anaesthetist and Intensivist.

Fang graduated from Beijing University in China with a degree in Medicine and Surgery. She completed a PhD on pathophysiology of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) Department of Anaesthesiology, the 1st University Hospital, Beijing University, then started post-doctoral training in the UK with the UK International Fellowship in 1989. Her family was directly affected by the Tiananmen Square incident leading her to stay in the UK. 

She trained as Anaesthetist and Intensivist at University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, Hammersmith Hospital and Royal Brompton Hospital, London. She completed her MD research project in Hammersmith Hospital on brain injury following cardiopulmonary bypass surgery in 1997. Fang has had an unusual journey to her role as a full time NHS intensive care and anaesthetic consultant at one of the busiest acute hospitals in the UK that has influenced her career and clinical leadership.

She became the only FRCA in the UK from mainland China, created an academic department at the only non-university District General Hospital, was Runner-up for the Asian Women of Achievement Award for the only foreign female Professor in Anaesthesia and is now the only female Chinese NIHR Senior Investigator.

Fang is a leading researcher in critical and perioperative care focusing on clinical effectiveness, influencing policy and decision-making to improve patient care. Her pioneering work on “street fit” led to national and international guidelines for when it is safe to discharge day surgery patients. Her scientific rigour and zeal have played a major role in timely infection control, preventing the progression of severe sepsis and increasing NHS cost-saving in ICU settings. Her seminal clinical trials won 2016 Trials and Evaluation Award Winner, Academic Health Science Network AHSN WM, and  contributed to the international guidelines in treatment of sepsis-induced ARDS.

Fang demonstrates significant leadership in her discipline and a passion for mentoring the next generation of clinicians and researchers in the UK and China, several of whom have gone on to leading clinical and academic positions nationally and internationally. Most recently, she has established the Birmingham Acute Care Research group to progress acute care research and developed an MSc in Acute Care Medicine.

In 2021, she was awarded the Dudley Buxton Medal by the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) for her meritorious work in anaesthesia.

Qualifications

  • FFICM 2010 (London)
  • MD 2005 (Cardiff)
  • FRCA 1993 (London)
  • MPhil 1990 (Cardiff)
  • MB BS 1983 (Beijing)

Biography

Fang is Professor of Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain, Consultant Anaesthetist and Intensivist based at University of Birmingham and Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust (HEFT).

She was instrumental to form the Perioperative, Critical Care and Trauma Trials Group (PACCT) at the University of Birmingham, and to establish the Academic Department of Anaesthesia, Critical Care, Pain and Resuscitation at HEFT.

She completed two terms of NIHR RfPB WM Board, and currently at the NIHR Coordinate Training Centre Doctoral Research Fellowship Panel. She has completed the NIHR Leadership Programme and currently on NIHR Leadership Forum. Fang is NIHR CRN West Midlands Specialty Lead for Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine. Fang was awarded NIHR Senior Investigator in Anaesthesia and Critical Care Medicine in 2015.

Teaching

Postgraduate supervision

Fang is Academic Supervisor/Mentor of NIHR Clinician Scientist, NIHR Post-Doctoral Fellowship, NIHR Clinical Lecturer and NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in Anaesthesia. She is an active supervisor for postgraduate high degrees of PhD, MD and MS, projects including those examining clinical aspects of ARDS, Hospital Infection and Sepsis, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Chronic Pain through to basic mechanisms involved in these research areas.

Research

Fang has mainly focused on clinical research, and she has been Chief Investigator/Principal Investigator/Lead Supervisor in a number of major clinical trials, for example:

  • Two-centre randomized, single-blind controlled trial to evaluate paravertebral blockade on severity of Chronic Post-Thoracotomy Pain compared with thoracic epidural blockade (TOPIC-pilot).
  • Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial of Imams in Mosques Supporting Blood Donation Sadaqa (CRISMON Sadaqa).
  • A multi-centre randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial to evaluate the effect of intravenous infusions of Salbutamol vs placebo on 28-day mortality in patients with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (BALTI 2).
  • International seven day study of standards of care and clinical outcomes for patients undergoing non-cardiac surgery (EuSOS Trial).
  • A multi-centre randomised controlled trial of the clinical and cost-effectiveness of early, goal-directed, protocolised resuscitation for emerging septic shock (ProMISe).
  • A multi-centre randomised controlled trial of the clinical and cost effectiveness use of non-invasive ventilation for weaning from mechanical ventilation (BREATH).
  • A multi-centre prospective observational cohort study on the UK pneumonectomy outcomes (UKPOS 2005).
  • A multi-centre prospective observational cohort study on variations in determining time ‘0’ in Sepsis Care Bundles amongst staff involved in acute care of patients with severe sepsis (TIME ZERO).
  • A single-centre randomised double-blind placebo controlled trial of 40mg/day of atorvastatin on reduction in severity of sepsis in emergency and ward patients (ASEPSIS).
  • A single-centre randomised, open, controlled trial of non-invasive ventilation vs conventional weaning from mechanical ventilation (BREATH-pilot).
  • A multi-centre randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial to evaluate the effect of perioperative Salmeterol vs placebo on incidence of Post-oesophagectomy Acute Lung Injury (BALTI-prevention).
  • A multi-centre randomised, open, controlled trial of cardiopulmonary resuscitation quality improvement initiative.
  • A single-centre randomised double-blind placebo controlled trial of magnesium for prevention of post-thoracotomy arrhythmias (MAGNET).

Other activities

  • Consultant Anaesthetist/Intensivist, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust
  • Member Clinical Academic Training Committee, University of Birmingham
  • Member the NIHR Coordinate Training Centre Doctoral Research Fellowship Panel
  • NIHR CRN West Midlands Specialty Lead for Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine
  • NIHR Senior Investigator

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