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Dr Adrian Dashfield

Curriculum Vitae

Dr Adrian Dashfield MB ChB MSc MSc MD FRCA FFPMRCA FAcadMEd

Consultant Anaesthetist & Pain Management Specialist


Dr Dashfield qualified from Birmingham University Medical School in 1988 and spent the subsequent 14 years as a Medical Officer in the Royal Navy reaching the rank of Surgeon Commander and tri-service consultant advisor on pain management to the Surgeon General. During his Naval career he served in the Submarine Service, qualified as a Ships Diving Officer, undertook operational tours in Bosnia and Afghanistan and was Principal Medical Officer of HMS Invincible.

Dr Dashfield undertook basic anaesthetic training in Plymouth and the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. Higher specialty training was undertaken at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Royal Brompton Hospital and finally at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth. Additional Chronic Pain Management experience was gained in the Pain Relief Unit at St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington. At the end of his training, in 1998, he won the Royal Society of Medicine Registrar prize and Gold Medal for Anaesthesia. Dr Dashfield was awarded the Doctor of Medicine degree (MD) by Birmingham University in 2001, a Masters Degree in Medical Education (MSc) by Exeter University in 2009 and a Masters Degree in Medical Leadership (MSc) by Warwick University in 2012.

He was a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Management at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth for 12 years before moving to the Isle of Man. He was a Primary and Final Royal College of Anaesthetists Fellowship (FRCA) examiner from 2006 – 2018, and is a founding Faculty of Pain Medicine (FFPMRCA) examiner since 2010. Dr Dashfield was recalled as an FRCA examiner during Covid in 2020 and was awarded a commendation for his contribution by the Royal College of Anaesthetists in 2022.

Other than his specialty interests in Pain Management and Anaesthesia, Dr Dashfield is active in the field of medical education of undergraduate and postgraduate medical trainees. Dr Dashfield is the Director of Medical Education at Noble’s Hospital and is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators.



1. The site of airway irritation during induction of anaesthesia. Dashfield AK, Bree SE, Weiss AM and Langton JA. Anaesthesia 1997; 52 (11): 1106-1110

2. Peace keeping in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Experience of the Department of Anaesthesia and Resusitation of 22 Field Hospital RAMC. Dashfield AK. Anaesthesia Points West1997; 30 (1): 27-30

3. Aeromedical evacuation in Bosnia. Dashfield AK, Smith HR and Young PC. Journal of the Royal Naval Medical Service 1997; 83 (1): 8-1

4. Recovery characteristics using single-breath 8% sevoflurane or propofol for induction of anaesthesia in day-case arthroscopy patients. Dashfield AK, Birt DJ, Thurlow J, Kestin IG and Langton JA. Anaesthesia 1998; 53: 1062-1066

5. Correlating fibreoptic nasotracheal endoscopy performance and psychomotor aptitude. Dashfield AK and Smith JE. British Journal of Anaesthesia 1998; 81: 687-691

6. Correlating obstetric epidural anaesthesia performance and psychomotor aptitude. Dashfield AK, Coghill JC and Langton JA. Anaesthesia 2000; 8: 744-750

7. Correlating learning surgical knot tying and psychomotor aptitude. Dashfield AK, Lambert AW, Campbell J and Wilkins DC. Annals of Royal College of Surgeons of England 2001; 83: 139-143

8. Prospective randomised study of preoperative epidural vs continuous postoperstive perineural analgesia for major lower limb amputation. Lambert AW, Dashfield AK, Cosgrove C, Wilkins DC, Walker AJ and Ashley S. Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine 2001; 26: 316-322

9. Intraoperative surgical stimulation and psychomotor recovery from anaesthesia. Matthews AJ, Garstang J, Dashfield AK. Anaesthesia Points West 2002; 35: 34-38

10. A randomised trial of knife versus diathermy in pilonidal disease. Duxbury MS, Blake SM, Dashfield AK, Lambert AW. Annals of Royal College of Surgeons of England2003; 85 (6): 405-407

11. Pregabalin reduces pain and improves sleep and mood disturbances in patients with post-herpetic neuralgia: results of a randomised, placebo-controlled clinical trial. Sabatowski R, Galvez R, Cherry DA, Jacquot F, Vincent E, Maisanobe P, Versavel M, The 1008-045 Study Group. Pain 2004; 109 (1-2): 26-35

12. Mild intraoperative hypothermia during surgery for intracranial aneurysm. Todd MM, Hindman BJ, Clarke WR, Torner JC, The Intraoperative Hypothermia for Aneurysm Surgical Trial (IHAST) Investigators. New England Journal of Medicine 2005; 352: 135-45

13. Comparison of caudal steroid epidural with targeted steroid epidural during spinal endoscopy for chronic sciatica: a prospective, randomised, double blind trial. Dashfield AK, Taylor MB, Cleaver JS, Farrow D. British Journal of Anaesthesia 2005; 94: 514-519

14. Prolonged-release oxycodone enhances the effects of existing gabapentin therapy in painful diabetic neuropathy patients. Hanna M, O’Brien C, Wilson M, The Mundipharma Study Group. European Journal of Pain 2008; 12: 804-813

Books and book chapters

1. Essays and MCQs in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care. 2nd Edition. Adrian K Dashfield and Peter M Murphy. ISBN 0340807083. Hodder Arnold Publishers 2004

2. Acute Pain Chapter. Oxford Handbook of Anaesthesia 2nd Edition. Editors Keith Allman and Iain Wilson. ISBN 0192632736, Oxford University Press 2005

3. Acute Pain Chapter. Oxford Handbook of Anaesthesia 3rd Edition. Editors Keith Allman and Iain Wilson. ISBN 9780199584048, Oxford University Press 2011

4. Acute Pain (Chapter 40). Oxford Handbook of Anaesthesia 4th Edition. Editors Keith Allman, Iain Wilson and Aidan O’Donnell. ISBN 9780198719410, Oxford University Press 2015

5. Post Operative Nausea and Vomiting (Chapter 41). Oxford Handbook of Anaesthesia 4th Edition. Editors Keith Allman, Iain Wilson and Aidan O’Donnell. ISBN 9780198719410, Oxford University Press 2015

6. Acute Pain (Chapter 41). Oxford Handbook of Anaesthesia 5th Edition. Editors Rachel Freedman, Lara Herbert et al. ISBN13 9780198853053, Oxford University Press 2022

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