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Dr Ashokka Balakrishnan

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  • Senior Consultant, Department of Anaesthesia, National University Hospital





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Dr Ashokka Balakrishnan is a Consultant Anaesthesiologist and Simulation Program Director (anaesthesia division) at National University Hospital and CenMed Associate at Centre for Medical Education (CenMed), National University Singapore.

He has a Fellowship of the Australia New Zealand College of Anaesthesiologists (FANZCA), an European Diploma in Regional Anaesthesia (EDRA) and a Masters in Health Professions Educations (MHPE) from Maastricht, Netherlands. 

He has 12 years of experience in high fidelity simulation based undergraduate, postgraduate medical and allied acute care teaching. He is the module lead for MHPE program for the Maastricht-Singapore Collaboration at the Academy of Medicine, Singapore. He is module coordinator for Interprofessional Education Training in Patient Safety (IPE-PSW) for Medical, Nursing and Pharmacy undergraduates and interprofessional Team training (TEAM STEPPS) for health care practitioners at NUH. He supports the faculty mentoring for faculty training in Enabling Quality Improvement in Clinical Practice (EQUIP) projects.

His special interests are postgraduate exam support, simulation based postgraduate and undergraduate education, Inter professional education through acute care simulation and multidisciplinary team training. He has conducted international workshops in simulation, airway and crisis management for acute care practitioners, trauma teams, anaesthesiologists and nursing delegates and medical education faculty development programs in USA, Taiwan, Philippines, China, Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia & India.

He is the reviewer of the Advances in Health Sciences Education, Anesthesia & Analgesia and the Singapore Medical journal.


  • Best workshop award (Oct 2015, Pan Asia Society of Simulation in health care Conference, KL)
  • Undergraduate teacher excellence award 2015; (Anaesthesia , AY 2014-2015)
  • Reviewer recognition award 2015 from SMJ (for outstanding roles as a reviewer -year 2015
  • NICE grant awarded, Comprehensive cardiac anaesthesia simulation 2015-2016 year

Journals & Publications


  1. Ashokka B, King C. Major leak from bottom-loading sodalime canister on a GE Datex Ohmeda Aspire 7900. Anaesthesia intensive care; 2015 Vol 43, (6).
  2. Thampi S., Ashokka B., Beske F. Difficult airway in an infant with acute Superior Vena Cava Syndrome following central venous catheterisation. Anesthesia Cases. 2016 (6).
Book chapters (published, printed)
  1. Bhattacharya A, Ashokka B. Chapter79. Integrating palliative care in intensive care. Eds Mehta Y, Sharma J, Gupta MK in Textbook of critical care, 2015 Jaypee Publishers.
  2. Ashokka B, Bhattacharya A. Perioperative care of the septic child. Eds Ahuja S. In The critically ill child in the ICU. 2015

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