HSRC Director

Dr Ramani Moonesinghe

HSRC Director: April 2016 - present

Ramani Moonesinghe

Ramani is Professor of Perioperative Medicine, Head of the Centre of Perioperative Medicine and Head of the Department of Targeted Intervention within the Division of Surgery and Interventional Science at UCL. She is an honorary Consultant Anaesthetist at UCL Hospitals, where she was previously also a consultant in critical care medicine (2009-2018). She is Director of the NIHR funded UCL/UCLH Surgical Outcomes Research Centre and was previously a Faculty Tutor in Intensive Care Medicine and a Trust Clinical Lead for Organ Donation at UCLH. She has been a Board Member of the National Institute for Academic Anaesthesia (NIAA) since 2009 and was the NIAA's academic training advisor between 2012 and 2016; she was also the academic Training Programme Director for the London Academy of Anaesthesia for 5 years. Ramani was a Council Member of the Royal College of Anaesthetists between 2008 and 2012. She was the local NIHR clinical research network lead for Anaesthesia, Perioperative Medicine and Pain in North Thames (2015-2017) and remains on the NIHR's national specialty group representing the HSRC. In 2016, she was appointed as Associate National Clinical Director for Elective Care at NHS England; she is also a member of the RCoA's Perioperative Medicine Leadership team.

Ramani's academic interest is Health Services and Improvement Research in perioperative medicine, in particular, risk stratification and outcome measurement with a view to improving the quality of care for patients undergoing major surgery. In 2015, she was awarded a senior postdoctoral fellowship in Improvement Science by the Health Foundation and through that established the RCoA / HSRC national Perioperative Quality Improvement Programme which measures and improves morbidity and patient reported outcome after major non-cardiac surgery in adults. For the HSRC she also leads SNAPs 1 and 2, the Children's Acute Surgical Abdomen Programme, the Perioperative Improvement Research Laboratory and the Global Health Strategy. She is also a member of the NELA project team.

Ramani is married to (the very patient) Ed, an inventor, and has two (very active) adopted sons, Zack and James. She lives in the Sussex countryside surrounded by sheep.


Declarations of Interest

  • 2016-present: Associate National Clinical Director for Elective Care, NHS England
  • 2014-17: Editorial Board, Postgraduate Medical Journal (BMJ Publishing Group)
  • 2016-present: Associate Editor, Perioperative Medicine Journal (Biomed Central)
  • 2014-present: Co-Director, Elegant Design and Solutions Ltd. (EDaS) - a design consultancy supporting humanitarian innovation and development
  • 2015-present: Co-Director, Bloomsbury Innovation Group (BIG) - a community interest company which supports developing sustainable medical technology at lowest possible cost to the healthcare system
  • 2016-present: Co-Director, Evidence Based Peri-Operative Medicine (EBPOM) - a community interest company which aims to improve the outcome of patients undergoing surgery through research and education.
  • 2012-present: Co-Chair, UCL Centre for Anaesthesia's annual conference in Dingle, Ireland, which receives unrestricted industry sponsorship negotiated annually

Grant funding received from

  • National Institute for Academic Anaesthesia (AAGBI, APAGBI project grants)
  • The Health Foundation
  • National Institute for Health Research (NIHR): Biomedical Research Centre's funding scheme via UCLH; Research for Patient Benefit programme; Health Services and Delivery Research Programme