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Dean GOPALAN, South Africa / Chief Specialist & Head of Discipline


Department of Anaesthesiology & Critical Care
Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu Natal


[Educational Background]
• 1983
- MBChB – University of Natal – South Africa
• 1997
- FCA – CMSA – South Africa
• 2000
- Critical Care – HPCSA – South Africa

[work Experience]
• 2006 to date
- Chief Specialist and Head of Discipline: Anaesthesiology & Critical Care
Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine
University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Durban, South Africa
- Intensivist, Intensive Care Unit, King Edward VIII Hospital, Durban.
- Consultant Anaesthesiologist: Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital, Durban.

[Publications]

1. Memela ME, Gopalan PD. Variations in endotracheal tube cuff pressure: Is 8-hourly monitoring
enough? S Afr J Crit Care 2014 30(2):35-40.
2. Moodley T, Gopalan PD. Airway skills training using a human patient simulator. Southern African
Journal of Anaesthesia and Analgesia 2014 20(3):147-151.
3. Botto F, Alonso-Coello P, Chan MTV, et al (on behalf of the Vascular Events In Noncardiac Surgery
Patients Cohort Evaluation (VISION) Study Investigators). Myocardial Injury after Noncardiac Surgery:
A large international prospective cohort study establishing diagnostic criteria, characteristics,
predictors and 30-day outcomes. Anesthesiology 2014 120:564-78.
4. T C Hardcastle, M Stander, N Kalafatis, R E Hodgson, D Gopalan. External patient temperature
control in emergency centres, trauma centres, intensive care units and operating theatres: A multi-
society literature review. SAMJ 2013: 103(9):609-611.
5. Samuel RA, Gopalan PD, Coovadia Y, Samuel R. Infection control in anaesthesia in regional, tertiary
and central hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal. Part 3: Decontamination procedures. South Afr J Anaesth
Analg 201319(4):204-211.
6. Samuel RA, Gopalan PD, Coovadia Y, Samuel R. Infection control in anaesthesia in regional, tertiary
and central hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal. Part 2: Equipment Contamination. South Afr J Anaesth Analg
201319(3):146-151.
7. Naidu S, Gopalan PD. The perspectives of eThekwini public service anaesthetic doctors on the
informed consent process for anaesthesia. South Afr J Anaesth Analg 201319(2):96-101.
8. Samuel RA, Gopalan PD, Coovadia Y, Samuel R. Infection control in anaesthesia in regional, tertiary
and central hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal. Part 1: Unsafe injection practices among anaesthetists.
South Afr J Anaesth Analg 201319(1):68-70.
9. Pather S, Loadsman JA, Gopalan PD, Rao A, Philp S, Carter J. The role of transversus abdominis
plane blocks in women undergoing total laparoscopic hysterectomy: A retrospective review. Aust NZ
J Obstet Gynaecol. 2011 Sep 16. (Epub ahead of print)
10. Blakemore SJ, Gopalan PD. Pandemic influenza A (H1N1) 2009: A case series from intensive care
units in Port Shepstone, South Africa. S Afr J Anaesth Analg 201016(3):17-22.
11. Rodseth RN, Gopalan PD, Cassimjee HM, Goga S. Postoperative nausea and vomiting in an African
population: incidence, risk factors and utility of a simplified scoring system. Anesthesia and
Analgesia 2010 June 110(6): 1591-1594.