Oxford Craniofacial Unit is one of four highly specialised craniofacial units in the UK, and one of the busiest in the world, undertaking approximately 80 transcranial procedures and seeing over 1200 outpatients each year. It is designated by the 'Rare diseases' section of the Department of Health and NHS England, as one of the 'highly specialised services', and so receives specific funding allocation.
We treat both children and adults with congenital and acquired craniofacial abnormalities. The largest group of patients we care for is children with craniosynostosis. Dr Sumit Das is one of the Consultant Paediatric Anaesthetists working in the Oxford Craniofacial Unit and is the Lead for Craniofacial Anaesthesia. In 2022, Dr Das was elected a full member of the European Society for Craniofacial Surgery (ESCFS).
Children's Craniofacial Surgery - BBC2 documentary series
In May 2011 a series called 'Children's Craniofacial Surgery' aired on BBC2. The series was made by Landmark Films and followed a number of patients during their surgery and treatment.
You can watch all three episodes on www.vimeo.com via the links below: the password is 'greenwood'.
Episode 1: A Fighting Chance
Episode 2: Smile
Episode 3: Rogue Gene
1. Central retinal artery occlusion following prone trancranial surgery for craniosynostosis and discussion of risk factors. Roumeliotis, Grayson MD, MSc∗; Campbell, Stewart MBBS, FRCA∗; Das, Sumit MBBS, BSc∗; Hildebrand, Goran Darius MPhil, MD; Charbel Issa, Peter DPhil, FEBO†; Jayamohan, Jayaratnam BSc, MBBS∗; Lawrence, Tim MBBS, DPhil∗; Magdum, Shailendra MBBS, MS∗; Wall, Steven MB, ChB∗; Johnson, David MA, FRCS(Plast) Journal of Craniofacial Surgery: September 2020 - Volume 31 - Issue 6 - p 1597-1601 2. Postoperative hypoalbuminemia following surgery related to craniosynostosis. Elizabeth Allison, Russell G. Evans, Steven Wall, David Johnson and Sumit DasPediatric Anesthesia Volume 25, Issue 9, pages 924–928, September 2015
3. Anesthesia for surgery related to craniosynostosis: a review. Part 1 Kate Thomas, Corinna Hughes, David Johnson and Sumit Das Pediatric Anesthesia Volume 22, Issue 11, pages 1033–1041, November 2012 4. Anesthesia for surgery related to craniosynostosis: a review. Part 2 Corinna Hughes, Kate Thomas, David Johnson and Sumit Das Pediatric Anesthesia Volume 23, Issue 1, pages 22–27, January 2013
International Craniofacial Presentations & Invited Lectures Invited Lecture: Preventing Undetected Oesophageal Intubation. Society for Pediatric Anesthesia Annual Meeting, October 2023, San Francisco, USA. S Das
Oxford Craniofacial Unit, UK: a novel team approach to providing craniofacial surgery in the era of COVID-19. ISCFS, September 2023, Seattle, USA. S Das
Invited Lecture: Anaesthesia for Oculopastic surgery: how to safely navigate the twilight zone. British Oculoplastic Surgery Society Annual Meeting, July 2023, Oxford, UK. S Das Invited Lecture: Anaesthesia in Craniofacial Surgery- Important points for surgeons. Indian Society for cleft lip, palate and craniofacial anomalies. February 2021, Virtual Education Event, Bangalore, India. S Das
Use of in situ simulation to improve management of massive haemorrhage during craniofacial surgery. ESFCS, September 2020, Athens, Greece. S Das
Perioperative complications in neonates undergoing craniofacial surgery: a review of 14 years' experience in Oxford, UK. ISCFS, September 2019, Paris, France. S Das
Invited to attend: 4th European Network Meeting (ERN): The Craniofacial Airway. November 2019, Rome, Italy. S Das
Invited Lecture: Anaesthesia considerations for Craniofacial Surgery-Intra-operative. July 2018, Kerala, India. Invited faculty. S Das
Transcranial surgery in the neonatal period. September 2017, Cancun, Mexico. S Das
Perioperative complications in children with Pfeiffer Syndrome-a 30 year review. ISCFS, September 2015, Tokyo, Japan. S Das
Postoperative Serum Albumin Level and Clinical Implications in Paediatric Craniofacial Surgery. A Review of 50 Cases in Oxford, UK. ISCFS XV Congress Jackson Hole, USA Sept 2013 S Das
Oxford Craniofacial Unit Audit of blood conservation techniques in paediatric transcranial surgery. ISCFS XIV Biennial International Congress Zambia, Africa Aug 2011 S Das
Invited Lecture: Anaesthesia for Craniofacial Surgery. Wessex Anaesthesia for Children Annual Meeting, UK 2010. S Das