Ambulatory Surgery

The Editors

The Editors in Chief are Dr Mark Skues and Dr Madhu Ahuja from the UK. Mark and Madhu are Anesthesiologists and have extensive experience both nationally and internationally in Ambulatory Surgery and will try to help authors if contacted.

Dr Mark Skues


Dr Madhu Ahuja


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Mark graduated from Nottingham University Medical School in 1980, and after house jobs in Stoke-on-Trent, Nottingham and training in cardiorespiratory medicine in Mansfield, embarked on a career in Anaesthesia, with posts in Nottingham, Bristol, Hamilton New Zealand, and Sheffield. He was appointed Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Therapy in 1992 in Chester. A subsequent competitive interview in 1999 saw him appointed as Director of Day Surgery in the same trust that coincided with the development of a new stand-alone five theatre Day Surgery Centre that opened in 2001. He was appointed to Council of the British Association of Day Surgery in 2009, was the Editor of the Journal of One Day Surgery from 2009 to 2011, President Elect from 2010 to 2012, and President of the Association between 2012 and 2014. Mark was appointed a member and subsequently Chair of the Scientific Subcommittee for Ambulatory Anaesthesia with the European Society of Anaesthesiology from 2014 to 2018. He was appointed as an Editor of the Journal ‘Ambulatory Surgery’ in 2015.

Dr Skues is an author of over 100 peer reviewed papers, including three book chapters on Ambulatory Surgery, and has lectured nationally and internationally on a variety of topics. He was appointed as Editor of Ambulatory Surgery in 2016 and has developed the Bibliography which is now available - a huge project and now a great resource.

Madhu has been the Clinical Director for Anaesthesia, ICU and Theatres for the last three years. During her term she supported the Trust to deliver elective and urgent surgery during the first surge of COVID, implemented various clinical pathways and provided ongoing Critical Care Support.

She was a co-opted member of the Council of British Association of Day Surgery (BADS) in 2008, before being elected to the Council in 2010. In 2014, she became the Chair of the Editorial Committee, in addition to her pre-existing role of the Website Lead in 2013.

Madhu has edited and contributed to several publications, including numerous Day Surgery Handbooks, ‘The Directory of Procedures for Day Surgery’, ‘The Guidance to Provision of Anaesthetic Services (GPAS) - Day Surgery Document’ (a Royal College of Anaesthetists publication) and ‘Day Surgery Handbook’ (an Association of Anaesthetists publication). She has also contributed to a chapter in the textbook, ‘Day Case Surgery’, published in 2012 by Oxford Medical Publications. Madhu has helped organise annual BADS conferences, marking abstracts and also speaking at the event.

Madhu joined the General Assembly of the International Association for Ambulatory Surgery as BADS/UK representative in 2018 and has recently been appointed as Editor-in-Chief for the Ambulatory Surgery.