Professor Ellen O'Sullivan

Professor Ellen O'Sullivan
Council Member



Term of office on Council

March 2016–2022


St James’s Hospital, Dublin


Professor Ellen O'Sullivan trained in anaesthesia in the UK, qualified in 1986 and has since spent 10 years as an NHS Consultant at the University Hospital Aintree, Merseyside. She is now a consultant in a busy Dublin hospital specialising in airway management and a full spectrum of elective and out of hours work. She has been involved with Difficult Airway Society (DAS) since it’s foundation and was elected President of DAS in November 2009. She was then appointed as Difficult Airway Society Professor of Anaesthesia & Airway Management in 2016. She is the immediate Past-President of the College of Anaesthetist of Ireland having held numerous posts including: Chair of Education and Chair of Examinations. Professor O'Sullivan was elected to the Council of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) in 2001 and has held many posts including Vice-President. She was awarded the John Snow Silver Medal in 2013 for contributions to the Association of Anaesthetists.

A particular interest is working in international and third world countries, with early contributions to validating what later became the Life Box Pulse-Oximetry project, where she has made many trips to Africa.

Register of Interests

  • International Liaison Officer, Difficult Airway Society
  • Executive Director of World Airway Management Meeting
  • Member of the Scientific Committee on Respiration and Airway Management of the European Society of Anaesthesiology, ESA
  • Member at large of Society Airway Management (SAM)
  • Honorary Member, Special Interest Group on Airway Management ANZCA/ASA.