Suellen Walker

Suellen Walker - Anaesthesia

Dr Suellen Walker is a Reader and Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine and has worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) since 2002.

Dr Walker completed her training in both anaesthesia and pain medicine in Australia and held Consultant posts at Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne and Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

She moved to London in 2001 to pursue further research related to pain and analgesia in early development. She has held a clinical academic post at UCL Institute of Child Health and GOSH since 2005.


Dr Walker spcialises in paediatric anaesthesia and acute and chronic pain management.


  • 1993 FANZCA (Fellow of Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists)

  • 1999 FFPMANZCA (Foundation Diplomate, Faculty of Pain Medicine, ANZCA)

  • 2010 Associate Fellow, Royal College of Anaesthetists

  • 2005 PhD, University of Sydney

  • 2001 MSc in Neuroscience with Distinction, University College London

  • 1999 MMed in Pain Medicine, University of Sydney

  • 1984 MBBS (Hons), University of Melbourne

Research Interests

Dr Walker is the Research Lead for Pain in the Respiratory, Critical Care and Anaesthesia section at the UCL Institute of Child Health. Her laboratory studies evaluate age-related changes in pain response, the long-term effects of early pain and injury, and the developmental pharmacodynamics of analgesic drugs. She collaborates with scientists at UCL, University of California San Diego and University of Toronto.

She also has a clinical Sensory Testing Laboratory (within the Lung Function Unit) at the Walrus Clinical Investigation Unit at GOSH, and is involved in multi-disciplinary studies with other pain clinicians and researchers at GOSH that evaluate acute and chronic pain in children.

Dr Walker is the Chair of the Scientific Committee of the Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists, Great Britain and Ireland (APAGBI), represents the APAGBI on the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia Scientific Council, and is the Local Educational Supervisor for Advanced Pain Training at GOSH.


Telephone: 020 7905 2382