• 6/16/2019

    Doha, 15 June, 2019: Four anesthesia specialists at Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Women’s Wellness and Research Center (WWRC) have contributed to a new international textbook containing case-based discussion on clinical issues in obstetric anesthesia. 

    Titled ‘Obstetric Anesthesiology’, the textbook will be used by both medical students and practicing obstetric anesthesiologists to increase their knowledge about routine and high-risk management of cases involving pregnant women with heart disease and other medical conditions such as pre-eclampsia.  
    WWRC Anesthesiology Department staff who contributed to the textbook included Dr. Roshan Fernando, Senior Consultant, Dr. Mitko Kocarev, Consultant, Dr. Fatima Khatoon, Consultant, and Dr. Sikha Shastham Valappil, Clinical Fellow. Drs. Kocarev, Khatoon, and Valappil each contributed several chapters to the newly published textbook. 

    Dr. Fernando, who was the primary editor of the textbook, said it will be a vital resource for clinicians dealing with the complex healthcare needs of pregnant patients, where care is tailored to the needs of two patients (mother and child).

    “This textbook provides concise, case-based discussions on the clinical scenarios and challenges faced in the provision of anesthesia and pain relief for expectant mothers. Written in the style of problem-based learning, each case is presented as a short scenario, followed by a discussion of the causes, risk factors, and management,” said Dr. Fernando. 

    “Obstetric anesthesia or obstetric anesthesiology is a sub-specialty of anesthesiology that provides pain relief in the time before, during, and following childbirth, including anesthesia for cesarean deliveries. This textbook’s concise format supports both trainee anesthesiologists in their initial experiences of obstetrics and exam preparation, and experienced clinicians in need of a reliable, quick-reference text,” explained Dr. Fernando. 

    Professor Marco Marcus, HMC’s Chairman of Anesthesiology, Intensive Care Unit, and Perioperative Medicine said the textbook will be useful for practicing obstetric anesthesiologists working on delivery wards and in operating theaters around the world.

    “As one of the leading public healthcare providers in the region, we are proud of the achievements of our anesthesiologists for their successful contribution to this textbook. This highlights our position as an Academic Medical Center and shines a light on our ability to work in partnerships that integrate education, research, and clinical practice towards further improving our high-quality services for each and every one of our patients,” said Professor Marcus.

    Obstetric Anesthesiology is also authored by Dr. Tauqeer Husain, a Consultant Anesthetist at the Department of Anesthesia, Ashford and St. Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust, UK and Dr. Scott Segal, Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, Wake Forest School of Medicine, North Carolina, USA, and was published by Cambridge University Press, UK.