Grocott, Professor Michael

BSc MBBS MD FRCA  FRCP FFICMGrocott, Dr Michael photo


Critical care medicine


Adult general intensive care

Training and education

  • Training posts in emergency and internal medicine (fellow of the Royal College of Physicians)
  •  Anaesthesia training (fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists)
  • Research training at the UCL Centre for Anaesthesia leading to the award of MD (2010). 

After training in anaesthesia, Prof Grocott specialised in adult general intensive care medicine, and is a fellow of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine. His MD research focused on improving outcomes following major surgery through describing outcomes and developing and evaluating interventions, as well as applied human physiology.


Prof Grocott joined the Trust in July 2008. He has been a professor of anaesthesia and critical care medicine at the University of Southampton since 2011.

His roles include:

  • head of critical care research for University Hospital Southampton and the Southampton NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (2011-present)
  • clinical lead for perioperative medicine (treatment given during surgery) at UHS (2014-present)
  • research and development lead for division A at UHS (2010-present)
  • member of UHS’s clinical ethics committee (2010-2014).

Before coming to work at UHS, Prof Grocott was a senior lecturer in critical care medicine at UCL and Whittington Hospital, London. Before that, he trained in anaesthesia and critical care at UCLH, Royal Free and Whittington Hospitals, and in internal medicine at St George’s Hospital.

Key achievements

  • Prof Grocott is the NIHR national specialty lead for anaesthesia, perioperative medicine and pain (2015-present).
  • He was the founding director of the NIAA Health Services Research Centre, Royal College of Anaesthetists (2010 to 2016) and chairs the National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (2010-present).
  • Prof Grocott is the director of Xtreme Everest, a team of doctors, nurses and scientists who use research conducted at high altitudes to improve treatment for people who are critically ill. In 2007, he reached the summit of Mount Everest as leader of the Caudwell Xtreme Everest expedition.
  • He leads the Fit-4-Surgery Research Consortium (2011 to present).
  • He’s an elected council member of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (2015-present) and an elected board member of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (2013-present). He also serves as a board member of the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia.

Previously, Prof Grocott was the director of UCL’s Centre for Altitude Space and Extreme Environment Medicine (2000-2010). From 2008 to 2011, he was director of the Surgical Outcome Research Centre at UCL.

In Wessex, Prof Grocott was the clinical lead for division six of the Wessex Clinical Research Network (CRN) from 2014 to 2015 and Wessex CLRN lead for anaesthesia and critical care medicine (2009-2014).

Awards and prizes

  • Dudley Buxton Medal - Royal College of Anaesthetists (2015)
  • British Oxygen Chair of Anaesthesia - Royal College of Anaesthetics (2011 to 2015)
  • Featherstone Award - Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (2013)
  • Pinkerton Medal - Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (2008)
  • Royal Institution Friday Evening Discourse (2008)
  • BOC Inspire Award (2006)
  • Silver Medal of the Danish Surgical Society (2005)
  • Abstract Winner - National Institute of Clinical Excellence Conference (2002)
  • St George’s Hospital Medical School Laurels (1992)
  • Elek Prize in Clinical Immunology (1991)
  • William Brown and Devitt-Pendlebury Exhibition (1988)


Prof Grocott's publications include: