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Dr John Pappachan

Dr Pappachan is a consultant in anaesthetics and paediatric intensive care medicine.


Training and education

  • Medicine, Downing College, University of Cambridge
  • Clinical medicine, St Thomas’ Hospital, London
  • Anaesthetic SpR rotation, Northern deanery
  • ICBICM senior registrar in intensive care medicine, Wessex


Dr Pappachan has worked for University Hospital Southampton since June 1998.

Following his anaesthetic specialist registrar rotation, Dr Pappachan took up a post as senior registrar in intensive care medicine in Wessex. After five years of being a consultant in adult intensive care medicine in Southampton, he became a consultant in paediatric intensive care medicine.      

Key achievements

  • Co-applicant in successful bid for SUHT/University of Southampton Biomedical Research Unit application, 2008.
  • Co-applicant in successful grant for a study investigating the biology of steroid replacement in pediatric sepsis, 2007 (Meningitis Research Foundation).
  • Steering group member-CHIP study (HTA grant of £1 million).

Awards and prizes

  • Best oral presentation, PICS, 2006
  • Medical student prize (Anaesthetic Research Society meeting) 2008


  • Cerebrovascular disease and stroke, Pappachan J, Kirkham FJ. Arch Dis Child. 2008 Oct;93(10):890-8. Epub 2008 Jun 30.
  • Polymorphisms in Toll-like receptor 4 and the systemic inflammatory response syndrome, Child NJ, Yang IA, Pulletz MC, de Courcy-Golder K, Andrews AL, Pappachan VJ, Holloway JW. Biochem Soc Trans. 2003 Jun;31(Pt 3):652-3.