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Professor Mike Grocott BSc MBBS MD FRCA FRCP FFICM

Professor of Anaesthesia and Critical Care Medicine, Head, Integrative Physiology and Critical Illness Group,CES Lead, Critical Care Research Area,Southampton NIHR Respiratory BRC

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Mike Grocott is the Professor of Anaesthesia and Critical Care at the University of Southampton and a Consultant in Critical Care Medicine at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.

Mike is an NIHR Senior Investigator (2018-2022) and the NIHR CRN National Specialty Lead for Anaesthesia, Perioperative Medicine and Pain (2015-2020). He leads the Acute-Critical-&-Perioperative-Care (ACPC) group within the Southampton NIHR Biomedical Research Centre and is Head of the Integrative Physiology and Critical Illness Group within the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Southampton.

Mike graduated in medicine from St George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London having completed an intercalated degree in “Biomedical Sciences and Immunology” (BSc, 1989; MBBS, 1992). He completed general professional training in internal medicine (MRCP, 1996) and UK anaesthesia fellowship (FRCA, 1999) before undertaking research training with Professor Michael (Monty) Mythen within the UCL Centre for Anaesthesia (MD, 2010). He completed specialist training in Anaesthesia (CCST 2004).

He was appointed Senior Lecturer in Critical Care Medicine within the Division of Medicine at UCL in 2005. In 2008 he moved to UHS as a Consultant in Critical Care Medicine. Mike was appointed Honorary Reader at the University of Southampton in 2010 and to the Chair of Anaesthesia and Critical Care Medicine in 2011. In 2011 he was also awarded the British Oxygen Company Chair of the Royal College of Anaesthetists. He has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP, 2010) and a founding fellow of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FFICM, 2011). He was appointed an NIHR Senior Investigator in 2018. He is an honorary professor at Kings College London and an adjunct Professor at Duke University School of Medicine, North Carolina, USA.

Mike is an international leader in Perioperative Medicine.  As an elected council member of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, he is leading the establishment of the national Centre for PeriOperative Care (CPOC).  He serves on the board of Enhanced Recovery UK and the advisory board of the American Society for Advanced Recovery.  He also serves on the board of the Perioperative Quality Improvement Initiative (POQI), a US 501(c)(3) and is on the leadership team of the Morpheus Consortium - an global collaboration to advance patient-centred perioperative care through science, education and policy:  Mike is the secretary of the International Board of Perioperative Medicine and the co-chair of the International Standardised Outcomes in Perioperative Care - Core Outcome Measures in Perioperative and Anaesthetic Care initiative (StEP-COMPAC).  He is the joint-editor-in-chief of Perioperative Medicine.

With Dr Kevin Fong, Mike co-founded the UCL Centre for Altitude Space and Extreme Environment Medicine (CASE) in 2000 and was co-director (2000-2007) and then director (2007-2011). Since 2006, he has been the executive chair of the Xtreme Everest Oxygen Research Consortium ( ). Mike led the 2003 CASE Baruntse, 2006 Xtreme Everest Cho Oyu and the 2007 Caudwell Xtreme Everest medical research expeditions and was one of the team who obtained blood gases near to the summit of Everest in 2007. He also jointly leads the Fit-4-Surgery research consortium. He was the joint-editor-in-chief of Extreme Physiology and Medicine (2012-2018).

Mike was the Founding Director of the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia (NIAA) Health Services Research Centre at the Royal College of Anaesthetists (2010-2016) and chaired the HQIP funded National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (2012-2017). He was previously the director of the UCL/UCLH Surgical Outcomes Research Centre (SOuRCe; 2008-2010) which he confounded in 2000. Mike currently chairs the National Adult Critical Care Data Group (2016-) and serves on the NHS National Clinical Reference Group for Critical Care.

Mike is the NIHR CRN National Specialty Lead for Anaesthesia, Perioperative Medicine and Pain (2015-2020) and the board chair of the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia (NIAA; 2018-2021). He was previously the Hampshire and Isle of Wight CLRN specialty group lead for Anaesthesia and Critical Care and served on both UKCRN Specialty Groups in this role. Mike is the University Hospital Southampton Division A (Cancer, Surgery and Critical Care) lead for R&D.


2018    NIHR Senior Investigator

2018    Rowling Medal, Yorkshire Society of Anaesthetists, Leeds, UK

2015    Silver Clinical Excellence Award

2015    Dudley Buxton Medal, Royal College of Anaesthetists

2014    HQIP National Quality Improvement Award “Partnership working with stakeholders”

2013    Featherstone Award, Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain & Ireland

2011    Bronze Clinical Excellence Award

2011    British Oxygen Chair of Anaesthesia, Royal College of Anaesthetists

2008    Pinkerton Medal, Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain & Ireland

2006    BOC Inspire Award

2005   Silver Medal of the Danish Surgical Society

2002    Abstract Winner, National Institute of Clinical Excellence Conference

1992     St George’s Hospital Medical School Laurels

1991    Elek Prize in Clinical Immunology

1988    William Brown and Devitt-Pendlebury Exhibition (2nd Year Prize)


2018    Inaugural Webb-Johnson Oration, Royal College of Anaesthesia/Royal College of Surgeons of London, London, UK

2018    Visiting Professor, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA

2018    Mike Telfer Lecture, Scottish Intensive Care Society, St Andrews, Scotland

2017    Moran Campbell Lecture, British Thoracic Society, London, UK

2017    Visiting Professor, Stony Brook University, USA

2015    Gelman-Zinner Lectureship, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Mass., USA

2015    William Squire Lecture, University College London, UK

2014    Rabiner Visiting Professor, Liberty Health, Portland, Oregon, USA

2014    Honyman Gillespie Lecture, University of Edinburgh, UK

2014    Van Michael Lecture, Dutch Association of Surgeons, Holland

2010    Fergal Nally Lecture, Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland

2010    Inaugural Earl Wynands Lecture, Society of Cardiovascular Anaesthesiology, New Orleans, USA

2009    Visiting Professor, Brigham & Women’s Hospital (Harvard), Boston, Mass., USA

2009    Visiting Professor, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada

2008    Royal Institution Friday Evening Discourse, London, UK

Research interests

Human responses to hypoxia, oxygen transport and utilisation, measuring and improving outcome following surgery, acute lung injury, and fluid therapy.

Higher degree supervision

Dr Ahilanandan Dushianthan (PhD, primary supervisor) Dr Ramani Moonesinghe (MD Res, primary supervisor) Ms Elizabeth Ashby (MD Res, primary supervisor) Dr Roger McMorrow (MD, secondary supervisor) Ms Claire Black (PhD, secondary supervisor) Mr Malcolm West (PhD, secondary supervisor) Dr Edward Gilbert-Kawai (PhD, secondary supervisor) Dr Matthew Oliver (MD Res, secondary supervisor) Dr John-Oliver Dunn (PhD, primary supervisor) Ms. Lisa Loughney (PhD, secondary supervisor)

Higher degree completed supervisions
Dr Dan Martin (PhD, primary supervisor) - 2012

Primary research group:

Integrative Physiology and Critical Illness Group, Clinical and ExperimentalSciences

Affiliate research groups:

UoS Centre for Human Integrative Physiology, Human Development and Health,

NIAA Health Services Research Centre (Director),

National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (Chair),

Caudwell Xtreme Everest Hypoxia Research Consortium (Director),

Fit-4-Surgery Research Collaboration (Lead)>

Research group

Clinical and Experimental Sciences

Affiliate research group

Human Development and Health

Mike is Joint Editor-in-Chief of the BioMedCentral journal "Extreme Physiology and Medicine" ( ) and serves on the editorial board of several other journals.

He is co-chair of the KnO2wledge series of meetings and of the National Perioperative CPET meeting. He is on the managing faculty of Evidence Based Perioperative Medicine (EBPOM) and the Current Controversies in Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine series of meetings.

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