Dr Megan Smith is a Consultant Anaesthetist at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, one of the UK’s leading major teaching hospitals.
Dr Smith qualified as a doctor in 2003 and began her career in anaesthesia in 2006. She has been a consultant anaesthetist since 2015. She specialises in adult and non-tertiary paediatric anaesthesia with a particular focus on orthopaedics, vascular and plastic surgery. Her area of specialist interest is ultrasound guided regional anaesthesia which forms a major part of her practice.
Prior to studying medicine, Dr Smith was a practising barrister. She gained a Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B) in 1993 for which she was awarded First Class Honours.
She attended the Inns of Court School of Law in London between 1993 and 1994 where she completed her Bar examinations. She was called to the Bar of England and Wales in October 1994.
Dr Smith has been awarded a number of scholarships and prizes by The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn for both her pre-pupillage and pupillage years. These include the Thomas More, Hardwicke and Shelford Scholarships. She also received numerous subject prizes during her LL.B (including for Medical Law and Ethics) as well as prizes for overall excellence in Part I and Part III examinations.
Dr Smith practised as a barrister specialising in property, contract, commercial, landlord and tenant and insolvency law. In addition, she acted for plaintiffs and defendants in professional negligence cases. She appeared regularly in the County Court and High Court. She is entirely comfortable taking responsibility for the conduct of cases with serious outcomes for clients/patients and is highly skilled in relation to the following:
Dr Smith retains a keen interest in medical law and is a member of the Medicolegal Society. She is a member of the Royal Free Hospital’s Serious Incident Review Panel and has conducted investigations into serious incidents that have occurred within the Trust.
Dr Smith has full GMC registration and is on the specialist register (GMC number 6079996). She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists and is also a member/associate member of the following professional bodies:
Navigating a potential minefield: a legal and practical guide to mobile medical application (“app”) development in the United Kingdom and Europe. Journal of Mobile Technology in Medicine, 5:1:52–61, 2016. Smith ME.
Redesigning incident reporting systems in the post-Mid-Staffordshire era. British Journal of Hospital Medicine, 76(9):510-515, 2015. Smith ME.
Acute, severe hypoglycemia occurring during general anesthesia in a nondiabetic adult. Anesth Analg., 2007 Aug;105(2):553-4. Ackland GL, Smith M, McGlennan AP.
Handbook of mechanical ventilation: a user’s guide. Montgomery H, Camporota L, Dlouhy P (eds). The Intensive Care Foundation 2015. Contributing author of chapters on mechanical ventilators and ventilatory modes.