Education: Dr. Rafael Blanco completed his MBBS in Santiago de
Compostela University, Spain in 1992 and then moved to UK for
formal training in Anaesthesia as part of the South Thames School
of Anaesthesia, working at the Guy’s & St Thomas, London.
F.R.C.A 1999, D.E.A.A.2000 and C.C.S.T in 2002.
Achievements in regional anaesthesia
1. Founder, Honorary President and first Chairman of the London
Society of Regional Anaesthesia.
2.NICE advisor endorsed by the Association of Anaesthetists of
Great Britain and Ireland and co-author of the NICE Ultrasoundguided
regional nerve block guidelines.
3.Described 2 new Abdominal blocks: Quadratus lumborum block
type I and type II.
4.Described 3 new thoracic blocks: Pecs I, the Pecs II (modified
Pecs block) and the Serratus plane block.
5. First to introduced the use of learning curves into Anaesthesia
(CUSUM) as a method of training and evaluation for trainees
6.Designed the first online anaesthesia logbook in the world, also
integrating learning curves into the reports.
7.Designer of the first echogenic epidural needle ( Vygon, the Rafa
8. Editor of 2 books, 15 book chapters and 53 publications in
regional anaesthesia. Delivered more than 80 workshops,116
international lectures,11communications,7 live demonstrations
and 4 First prize communications.