Chief editor’s curriculum vitae.
Dr. Robert Raw is a physician-anesthesiologist who recently retired from being a university clinical Full Professor of Anesthesia.
Presently he teaches, leads education, provides expert opinions in medico-legal malpractice cases, and more. He is available for
lectures, and writes anesthesia chapters, and textbooks.
BIRTH; Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
Christian Brothers College (CBC), Pretoria, South Africa. School cadet officer, school prefect, School debating society chairman
and organizer. SPORTS; athletics 100 and 400 m sprint, shotput, rugby.
University of Pretoria, South Africa: BSc 2-years (full credits) psychology, genetics, mathematical statistics, chemistry,
physics. - transfer to medical school
University of Pretoria; MBChB degree. 6-year degree plus one year junior-internship, one year senior-internship (medical
officer). ( = 8-years for full medical licensure). Distinction in Internal medicine (+ top in class, in subject)
University of Pretoria; MPraxMed degree (3-year post-graduate degree) - primary-care medicine and emergency medicine.
College of Medicine of South Africa MFGP(SA) - 2-year post graduate degree in family medicine.
University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, plus College of Medicine of South Africa DA(SA) diploma in
Anesthesiology (2-year course)
University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, plus College of Medicine of South Africa, FCA(SA). 4-year full-
time residency (registrar) course, specialty degree in anesthesiology
Military draft service - Infantry mortar-section leader - 1-year
Medical intern (registrar) - 1-year
General practice- rural medicine (surgery, anesthesia, obstetrics, pediatrics, etcetera) - 7-years
Anesthesia resident (registrar) - 4-years. Johannesburg General Hospital.
Consultant anesthesiologist specialist - 1-year. Johannesburg General Hospital
Private practice specialist anesthesiologist, Johannesburg, South Africa. 13-years
Associate Professor of Anesthesia, University of Iowa, USA - 8-years
Full Professor of Anesthesia, University of Iowa, USA - 4 years
PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS (abbreviated list)
Hugh van Hassalt Medal - Gauteng Anesthesia Society- recognition for contributions to anesthesia education.
Best Anesthesia Teacher of the Year - University of Iowa
Founder of the Regional Anesthesia and Pain Therapy Society of South Africa.
International National Anesthesia Society meetings lectures: South Africa,
Zimbabwe, Kenya, Jordan, England, Italy,
Sri Lanka, Mexico, United Arab Emirates.
World Anesthesia Association Conference 2008 - 2 lectures
Book chapters, articles, and reviews in peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Raw strongly desires to teach regional-anesthesia, and all of anesthesia. He wishes for anesthesia practitioners to
learn the skills and art of anesthesiology, as the top layer over a firm base of deep scientific theory. He is a clinician at heart and
wants to advance the medical specialty field through the eyes of a clinician, coordinating with researchers. He has a very curious
mind and always wants to know more details and understand more.
Anesthesiology faces so many challenges in ethics, morality, and professionalism. Scientifically it is becoming fragmented
into silos of restricted skill fields. Anesthesiology is strongly threatened with ceasing to exist as a physician specialty field in the
USA, and become a technician field for non-physician practitioners who can only practice protocol-care with limited ability to
innovate and individualize patient care in the best ways that are theoretically feasible.
In truth, anesthesiology is a very dynamic evolving scientific field rooted in deep theory needing unique skilled and well
judged adaption for each individual patient undergoing a particular surgery. No component of anesthesia care is generic. Each
component needs to be continuously administered and or managed with skill and judgement adapted to the moment. Also, all
anesthesia components can each influence short and long term patient outcomes, but none so much as the use of regional
anesthesia. Dr. Raw feels regional anesthesia is massively underutilized. Very few anesthesia practitioners are deeply skilled in
regional anesthesia in its full breadth of practice. Only a modest number of regional-anesthesia practitioners are deeply skilled
within a tiny breadth of nerve blocks that are related to their pre-dominant personal fields of anesthesia practice.
Dr. Raw wishes to improve on all of that.