Paul Fettes

Consultant Anaesthetist & Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer


Paul graduated from degrees in Medicine, and in Physiology and Sport Science at Glasgow University. He then worked in the west of Scotland, Australia, Torquay and Bristol before coming to Dundee. He is a consultant anaesthetist with an interest in paediatric anaesthesia and teaching. He is teaching lead for anaesthesia, and is responsible for teaching and examination of anaesthesia, acute care and resuscitation across the undergraduate medical curriculum. This has included a redesign and the delivery of the 4th year acute care / anaesthesia block, involvement with emergency and acute medicine in the design and delivery of a new 5th year four week acute care block, design and implementation of a teaching website and an acute care website.

Outside of work Paul loves spending time with his family, travel, the outdoors and most forms of physical punishment. He completed the Ironman Austria triathlon in 2012 in 40C.


Research in cardiopulmonary exercise testing.

Research in regional anaesthesia.


Undergraduate: Teaching Lead for anaesthesia: responsible for delivery of teaching and examination of anaesthesia and acute care throughout the medical curriculum.

4th year Acute Care / anaesthesia.

5th year Acute Care block and APART course.

Postgraduate: Lead Education Supervisor for Core Trainees in Anaesthesia.

ALS, ILS, APLS and PLS instructor.



P. D. W. Fettes, J-R. Jansson, J. A. W. Wildsmith. Failed spinal anaesthesia: mechanisms, management and prevention. Br J Anaesth 2009; 102: 739-48.

Original Articles

J. Orr, P. Williamson, W. Anderson, R. Ross, S. McCafferty, P. D. W. Fettes. Cardiopulmonary exercise testing: ar crank vs cycle ergometry. Anaesthesia 2013; 68: 497-501.

J. Luck, P.D.W. Fettes, J.A.W. Wildsmith. Spinal anaesthesia for elective surgery: a comparison of hyperbaric solutions of bupivacaine, levobupivacaine, and ropivacaine Br J Anaesth 2008; 101: 705-10

B. Munishankar, P. D. W. Fettes, C. S. Moore, G. A. McLeod. A double-blind randomised controlled trial of paracetamol, diclofenac or the combination for pain relief after caesarean section. Int J Obstet Anesth 2008; 17: 9-14.

P. D. W. Fettes, C. S. Moore, J. B. Whiteside, G. A. McLeod, J. A. W. Wildsmith. Intermittent vs continuous admin. of epidural ropivacaine/fentanyl for labour analgesia. Br J Anaesth 2006; 97: 359-64

P. D. W. Fettes, K. Leslie, S. McNabb, P. J. Smith. Effect of spinal flexion on the conus medullaris: a case series using magnetic resonance imaging. Anaesthesia 2006; 61: 521-523

P. D. W. Fettes, G. Hocking, M. Peterson, J. Luck, J. A. Wildsmith. Comparison of plain and hyperbaric solutions of ropivacaine for spinal anaesthesia. Br J Anaesth 2005; 94: 107-111

P. D. W. Fettes, J. A. W. Wildsmith. Tumescent anaesthesia. Royal College of Anaesthetists Bulletin 2003; 17: 826-829

P. D. W. Fettes, J. A. W. Wildsmith. Cruel to be kind? Regional anaesthesia before or after induction of general anaesthesia. Current Anaesthesia and Critical Care 2003; 13: 287-292


P. D. W. Fettes, J. A. W. Wildsmith. Somebody else’s nervous system. Br J Anaesth 2002; 88: 760-3