Published: Monday, March 21st, 2016

Special research appointment for Golden Jubilee consultant




A senior Consultant Anaesthetist at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital has been named a Visiting Professor at Strathclyde University in recognition of his research work.


The three-year term of office will see Professor Stefan Schraag work on key research projects at the Golden Jubilee alongside the university’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences.


As a Visiting Professor, Professor Schraag will focus on key research topics including the refinement of computer-controlled drug delivery systems and the creation of a data hub to study outcome and risk-assessment domains in the perioperative (full) surgical pathway, supporting elements of Enhanced Recovery.


Improvements in Perioperative Medicine are seen as a major priority by Professor Schraag and taking this research from bench to bedside will be of huge benefit to our future patients.


Professor Schraag said: “I am delighted to have been recognised for my contribution to research at the Golden Jubilee and I’m honoured to be appointed as a Visiting Professor.


“The Golden Jubilee is committed to leading quality, research and innovation for NHSScotland and I am really excited about the opportunity to work alongside Strathclyde University to continue this academic work  highlighting and enhancing our continued commitment to safe, person centred and effective care for our patients.”


One focus will be on target-controlled infusion (TCI) devices, with the aim of developing this platform into patient-controlled applications for sedation and analgesia, including smart safety systems. Another project will see the Golden Jubilee lead on a vital quality improvement programme based on ‘big data’ science, which is driven by developing smart tools such as mobile applications.


Dr Mike Higgins, Medical Director at the Golden Jubilee, said: “With his advanced clinical skills in perioperative medicine and critical care, Stefan has been involved in some very innovative research at the Golden Jubilee and has contributed to the development of modern and safe clinical practice. 


“Stefan has a clear vision for sustainable and innovative medicine and I am confident that the Golden Jubilee and Strathclyde University will both hugely benefit from this collaboration on key research.”


Professor Schraag has been involved in several research projects at the Golden Jubilee since being appointed as a Consultant Cardiothoracic Anaesthetist.


This includes the recently completed validation study of an improved pharmacokinetic model for TCI which is in the process of publication and its results will be presented at the World Congress of Anaesthesiologists in Hong Kong later this year.

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