Professional background

Sara McNeillis is a consultant with interests in sleep disorder management and anaesthesia. She has been working at the Royal National ENT Hospital sleep department since 2005; and as a sleep consultant since 2011. She became interested in sleep disorders during her anaesthesia training rotation. She could see that there are many overlaps in how the upper airway functions in natural sleep and during anaesthesia. She is interested in managing patients with general sleep disorders and sleep apnoea.

She graduated from Kings College London, after which, she went on to complete a few junior surgical posts before specialising in Anaesthesia in the North London Central Rotation training scheme, becoming a fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists in 2005 She completed her training in 2008 and gained specialist registration in anaesthesia.

She was appointed as a consultant in anaesthesia with an interest in paediatrics at the Royal Free Hospital and Buckinghamshire. With her increasing interest in Sleep disorders, she was then asked to join the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital (Now The Royal National ENT & Eastman Dental Hospitals) sleep unit as a sleep disorder specialist. Sara McNeillis has been involved in developing and expanding the sleep unit to provide a comprehensive sleep service at the Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals.

She is a member of: British Sleep Society, American Association of Sleep Medicine, Royal Society of Medicine, Royal College of Anaesthetists, Difficult Airway Society

She has the following qualifications:
MBBS Kings College London (University of London)FRCA fellowship of the Royal College of AnaesthetistsMMed Masters in Sleep Medicine (University of Sydney)
She is a member of: British Sleep Society, American Association of Sleep Medicine, Royal Society of Medicine, Difficult Airway Society and Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists.

Research interests

Sara McNeillis is currently a honorary clinical lecturer at UCL. Her research interests are within the field of sleep disorders. She has an interest in the effects of sleep disorders on the function of the upper airway including nasal congestion and the treatments for these.

She is currently involved in research in the effects of sleep on andrological conditions (erectile dysfunction and priapism).

She is also interested in sleep affecting male and female infertility

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Sleep disorders in patients with erectile dysfunction
Kalejaiye O, Raheem AA, Moubasher A, Capece M, McNeillis S, Muneer A, Christopher AN, Garaffa G, Ralph DJ. BJU Int. 2017 Dec;120(6):855-860. doi: 10.1111/bju.13961. Epub 2017 Aug 8. PMID: 28710780 Free article.

Sedation for Sleep Nasendoscopy an audit of current practice.
Barrass L, Paul R, McNeillis S

Poster presentation at British Sleep Society meeting Sep 2011

Effects of merging maternity units on obstetric Critical Care Admissions
Prabir Patel, Amisha Burumdayal, Christina Aye, Sara McNeillis, Alastair Ankers

Poster presentation SOAP meeting Apr 2011

When to Stop- An audit of blood transfusions in Obstetrics
Amisha Burumdayal, Ramaswamy K, Sara McNeillis

Poster presentation SOAP meeting Apr 2011

Comparison of techniques of using straight blade and curved blade laryngoscopes.
TE Young, S McNeillis, EC Storey, MRJ Sury

Poster presentation at APA Mar 2009

CSE in Morbidly Obese Parturients
Gobindram A, Gowrie-Mohan S, McNeillis S, Ramanayake PU

Poster presentation at OAA Jun 2007

Flexible Training in Anaesthesia
McNeillis S

Royal College of Anaesthetists Bulletin Nov 2006
Comparison between epidural, paravertebrals and PCA in providing pain relief after adolescent idiopathic scoliosis surgery.
V.S. McNeillis, F Salim, R Vijayaraghavan

Poster presentation at BSOA meeting Nov 2006