Denny Levett

Denny Levett

BM BCh PhD MRCP FRCA FFICM
Professor in Perioperative Medicine and Critical Care at the University of Southampton and a Consultant in Perioperative Medicine at Southampton University Hospital NHS Foundation trust (UHS).

Denny leads the perioperative medicine service at UHS including a pre-operative CPET service, a high risk shared decision making clinic, a pre-operative anaemia service and a surgery school. Her clinical and research interests explore the role of exercise in pre-operative risk stratification and pre-operative optimisation to improve surgical outcomes. She is president of the Perioperative Exercise Testing and Training Society (POETTS) (www.poetts.co.uk) and established and chairs the National Perioperative Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing course. She is part of the Fit 4 Surgery research group in Southampton, working with Professors Jack and Grocott investigating exercise, psychological and nutritional prehabilitation and as clinical lead in the Wesfit team. She is the clinical CI for the INSPIRE trial evaluating inspiratory muscle training before surgery as a means of reducing post-operative complications.

Denny was the Research Leader, the expedition medical officer and a member of the climbing team on the Caudwell Xtreme Everest Research Expedition, a high altitude field study of hypoxia adaptation. Her PhD thesis involved evaluating exercise capacity at up to 8000m on Mount Everest. (www.xtreme-everest.co.uk).

 

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