Dr Susan Shadforth | Anaesthetist

Dr Susan Shadforth

Anaesthetist

MBBS (Uni Qld) FANZCA

Professional Biography
Dr Shadforth commenced her medical career nursing at Townsville General Hospital, subsequently transferring to Brisbane to train as a doctor. After two years of postgraduate training, she spent the following year working for six months in ICU, and three months in Respiratory and Emergency Medicine.

She then worked for Alcohol and Drug Dependency services for one year. During this time she was actively involved in collaborative research with the University of California Los Angeles and was an author of a number of scientific papers reporting the discovery of a major risk gene for opioid dependency and schizophrenia . The following year she returned to anaesthetic training.

Dr Shadforth rotated through a number of hospitals on the Brisbane Southside Anaesthetic Training Scheme and obtained her FFARACS in 1989, and FANZCA in 1992.

She obtained a consultant position at the then Greenslopes Repatriation Hospital, where she worked half time in the Intensive Care Unit and half time in the Anaesthetic Department. She was actively involved in Registrar and Medical Student teaching, and lectured in the Medical student Curriculum for Anaesthetics for the University of Qld.

When Ramsay Health bought Greenslopes Hospital she became one of the Founding Members of Greenslopes Anaesthesia Services, and sat on the Hospital Medical Advisory board as Chair of the Department for eight years. She is the immediate past Chair of the Board of Greenslopes Anaesthesia Services. She currently sits on the Medical Advisory Committee of Greenslopes Private Hospital as the Chair of Anaesthesia.

She worked in Cardiac Anaesthesia for ten years, and Thoracic Anaesthesia for 15 years. She undertook training for this at St Vincents Hospital, Sydney. Her areas of interest and expertise include Anaesthesia for Vascular surgery, Orthopaedics, Plastics, Gastrointestinal and Respiratory procedures, and Anaesthesia for IVF and Gynaecology. She has a special interest in Regional Anaesthesia and its place in post operative multimodal pain relief so that patients experience the best quality of post operative recovery possible. She has a passion for delivering anaesthesia to minimize patient nausea and vomiting. She has maintained an interest in Addiction Medicine and is a member of the Welfare of Anaesthetist’s Special Interest group. She provides independent Medical Opinions for Index Medicolegal, and has an appointment on the Anaesthetic panel for AHPRA.

Dr Shadforth is accredited to work at all Brisbane Metropolitan Hospitals and a number of smaller free standing day units.