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Wayne Morriss 2021 imageClinical Associate Professor

MBChB(Otago) Dip Obst(Otago) FANZCA



  • Clinical Associate Professor, University of Otago, Christchurch
  • Specialist Anaesthetist, Christchurch Hospital
  • President-Elect, World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA)
  • Member of Board and Council, WFSA


Wayne trained in Christchurch and Melbourne and then moved with his family to Fiji in 2000 to work as a Senior Lecturer in Anaesthesia and Physiology at the Fiji School of Medicine. He and his family returned to Christchurch in 2002.

Wayne has continued to be involved with anaesthesia education in the Pacific region and further afield, and has been closely involved with the development and roll-out of international educational programmes, such as Essential Pain Management (EPM), Primary Trauma Care (PTC), Safer Anaesthesia From Education (SAFE) and the WFSA Fellowship Programme.

He is the current President-Elect of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) and will take over as President in July 2022. He served as Chair of the WFSA Education Committee from 2012-2016 and Director of Programmes from 2016-2020.


  • Global anaesthesia workforce and training
  • Global anaesthesia standards
  • Neurosurgical anaesthesia
  • Resuscitation and trauma management
  • Obstetric anaesthesia
  • Pain management education

Recent International Presentations

Sample list since 2017

Innovation for low-resource environments. World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (virtual) (September 2021)

The WFSA and COVID-19. 13th Pan Arab Congress of Anesthesia, Intensive Care and Pain Management (virtual) (May 2021)

Education: the heart of the matter. Prof Rajani Sundar Endowment Lecture. 11th Conference of the Academy of Regional Anaesthesia of India (virtual) (April 2021)

The work of the WFSA. Strategic Planning Seminar, Program in Global Surgery and Social Change, Harvard Medical School (virtual) (March 2021)

Africa and the World: The Global Anaesthesia Workforce Survey. All African Anesthesia Congress, Marrakech, Morocco (November 2019)

International standards: why are they important? CLASA Congress, Buenos Aires, Argentina (September 2019)

Pain management: a global perspective. White Sea Symposium, Arkhangelsk, Russia (June 2019)

Prevention and control of non-communicable diseases. Statement to World Health Assembly, Geneva, Switzerland (May 2019)

The WHO-WFSA International Standards: why are they important? AOSRA-JSRA Congress, Kochi, Japan (April 2019)

Essential Pain Management. COSECSA Scientific Conference, Kigali, Rwanda (Dec 2018)

International standards for training anesthesia providers: feasibility and priorities. Anesthesiology, San Francisco, USA (Oct 2018)

The global anaesthesia workforce: mapping the gap, filling the gap. ANZCA Annual Scientific Meeting, Sydney, Australia (May 2018)

Building the anaesthesia workforce in LMICs: are we part of the solution? All Africa Anaesthesia Congress, Abuja, Nigeria (Nov 2017)

The findings of the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery. SAARC-AA Congress, Colombo, Sri Lanka (February 2017)

Advances in trauma management. SAARC-AA Congress, Colombo, Sri Lanka (February 2017)


Law, T. J., Lipnick, M. S., Morriss, W., Gelb, A. W., Mellin-Olsen, J., Filipescu, D., … & contributors (2024). The Global Anesthesia Workforce Survey: Updates and trends in the anesthesia workforce. Anesthesia & Analgesia. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1213/ane.0000000000006836 Journal - Research Article

McDougall, R. J., Morriss, W. W., Desai, P. K., & Batgombo, N. (2023). Getting capnography to the front lines. Anesthesia & Analgesia, 137(5), 929-933. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000006690 Journal - Research Other

Enright, A. C., & Morriss, W. W. (2023). In response. Anesthesia & Analgesia, 137(3), e31-e32. doi: 10.1213/ane.0000000000006614 Journal - Research Other

Roques, C., Morriss, W., & Haylock-Loor, C. (2022). The other opioid crisis: The situation in low-resource countries (L’autre crise des opioïdes: La situation dans les pays à faibles ressources). Canadian Journal of Anesthesia / Journal canadien d'anesthésie, 69, 923-929. doi: 10.1007/s12630-022-02273-6 Journal - Research Other

Warner, M. A., Arnal, D., Cole, D. J., Hammoud, R., Haylock-Loor, C., Ibarra, P., … Morriss, W. W., … Yazbeck, P. (2022). Anesthesia patient safety: Next steps to improve worldwide perioperative safety by 2030. Anesthesia & Analgesia, 135(1), 6-19. doi: 10.1213/ane.0000000000006028 Journal - Research Article

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