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Dr Arun Gupta Consultant Neuroanaesthetist & Director of Postgraduate Education - passionate about clinical education and teaching

Arun graduated from St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, London in 1986.  He made an early decision to commit to a career in Anaesthetics and Intensive Care.  He completed his postgraduate specialist training in Leicester and the East of England, which he supplemented with additional experience in North America.  The year from 1991-1992 which he spent as an Instructor of Anaesthesiology at Virginia Commonwealth University, USA, provided him with the opportunity to gain more specialist experience in Neuroanaesthesia, which along with Neuro Critical Care remains his area of specialist interest.

Dr Gupta also pursued his research interests during his postgraduate training, spending further time in Virginia USA from 1995-1996 working in a unit which was a referral centre for severe head injuries in the State of Virginia.  His main area of interest for clinical research relates to changes in cerebral oxygenation during Anaesthesia and Intensive Care.

He appointed as Consultant Neuroanaesthetist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge in 1996.  Testimonials taken at that time describe him as a scrupulously careful and highly skilled clinical anaesthetist who instils a sense of confidence in both patients and surgeons, that he has an unflappable attitude to work and a pleasant, buoyant affable personality which makes him a pleasure to get along with clinically, academically and socially.  He is also capable of principled and firm action when the situation demands it.  All of these personality traits and values hold true to this day.

Since his Consultant appointment he has consistently contributed to an excellent clinical service producing some of the best outcomes nationally.  His long-standing passion for education and teaching saw him appointed (alongside his clinical commitments) to the role of Director of Postgraduate Education in 2003.  He has contributed in multiple areas of educational policy, strategy, and performance.  Achievements include the development of a cadaveric centre, high fidelity simulation, and a substantial increase in the number of medical courses offered.  He has developed innovative training programmes and widened access to training and education, expanded facilities and helped develop leadership capacity in the wider healthy system. Many of these have been achieved at both a local and national level. He was absolutely instrumental in establishing a regional innovation hub combining engineering, clinical, and industrial expertise in one centre. He excels in post-graduate medical education leadership informing both national and regional policy and the successful resubmission of the Academic Health Science Centre educational strategy.  He contributes directly as faculty as well as being an undergraduate and post-graduate examiner.


More recently Dr Gupta has been successful in attracting significant external funding totalling over £7m to develop postgraduate training, recognised with specific commendations for 3 of his programmes in the GMC regional review of training. Despite his significant clinical and educational workload he remains research active with 12 publications in peer reviewed journals in the past 5 years.

he has also found the time to obtain and maintain a pilot’s licence – which was initially useful during his time with the flying doctor service in the Australian outback.

edited on Apr 27, 2018 by NHS England WRES team
Monica Jacot

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