Andrew Farmery

Professor of Anaesthetics in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences


Andrew Farmery came to Wadham in 2004 from a fellowship at another college, after having combined both clinical and research training in London, Cambridge and Oxford. He is the main tutor in Pre-clinical Medicine at Wadham.

Andrew leads a team of five college fellows & lecturers who together provide tutorial teaching in Physiology, Pharmacology, Anatomy, Biochemistry, Pathology and Neuroscience for our 5-6 Medicine undergraduates in each year. His own teaching is in the Physiology & Pharmacology of the systems of the body. He is Head of the Nuffield Department of Anaesthetics in the University of Oxford Medical School, and a practising Consultant at the John Radcliffe Hospital, and, and so aims to direct students' learning in ways that encourage an understanding of how scientific principles apply to real clinical problems.

Andrew’s research group works in the area of biomedical engineering, developing novel intravascular sensors and analytical techniques to detect and monitor disordered physiology of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems in the critically ill. It is funded by the Wellcome Trust, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the National Institute of Health Research.

Andrew is a fan of early music, particularly English and European renaissance polyphony, but considers himself “too rusty” to dare to perform any.  He keeps a small narrowboat in Port Meadow, and enjoys chugging up and down the Thames scaring the rowers.

Selected Publications

Bruce, R.M., Crockett, D.C., Morgan, A., Tran, M.C., Formenti, F., Phan, P.A., Farmery, A.D. Noninvasive cardiac output monitoring in a porcine model using the inspired sinewave technique: a proof-of-concept study (2019) British Journal of Anaesthesia, 123 (2), pp. 126-134. 

Crockett, D.C., Cronin, J.N., Bommakanti, N., Chen, R., Hahn, C.E.W., Hedenstierna, G., Larsson, A., Farmery, A.D., Formenti, F. Tidal changes in PaO 2 and their relationship to cyclical lung recruitment/derecruitment in a porcine lung injury model (2019) British Journal of Anaesthesia, 122 (2), pp. 277-285.

Edwards, T.L., Xue, K., Meenink, H.C.M., Beelen, M.J., Naus, G.J.L., Simunovic, M.P., Latasiewicz, M., Farmery, A.D., de Smet, M.D., MacLaren, R.E. First-in-human study of the safety and viability of intraocular robotic surgery (2018) Nature - Biomedical Engineering, 2 (9), pp. 649-656.  

Bruce, R.M., Phan, P.A., Pacpaco, E., Rahman, N.M., Farmery, A.D. The inspired sine-wave technique: A novel method to measure lung volume and ventilatory heterogeneity (2018) Experimental Physiology, 103 (5), pp. 738-747.

Formenti F, Bommakanti N, Chen R, Cronin JN, McPeak H, Holopherne-Doran D, Hedenstierna G, Hahn CEW, Larsson A, Farmery AD. Respiratory oscillations in alveolar oxygen tension measured in arterial blood. Nature -Scientific Reports. 

Phan PA, Hahn CEW, Farmery AD. A modification of the Bohr method to determine airways deadspace for non-uniform inspired gas tensions. Physiol Meas. 2017; 22;38(7):N107-N117.

Harrison CD, Phan PA, Zhang C, Geer D, Farmery AD, Payne SJ. Modelling mixing within the dead space of the lung improves predictions of functional residual capacity. Respir Physiol Neurobiol. 2017;242:12-18.

Formenti F, Farmery AD. Intravascular oxygen sensors with novel applications for bedside respiratory monitoring. Anaesthesia. 2017;72 1:95-104.

Chen R, Formenti F, McPeak H, Obeid AN, Hahn C, Farmery A. Experimental investigation of the effect of polymer matrices on polymer fibre optic oxygen sensors and their time response characteristics using a vacuum testing chamber and a liquid flow apparatus. Sens Actuators B Chem. 2016;222:531-535. 

Formenti F, Chen R, McPeak H, Murison PJ, Matejovic M, Hahn CE, Farmery AD. Intra-breath arterial oxygen oscillations detected by a fast oxygen sensor in an animal model of acute respiratory distress syndrome. Br J Anaesth. 2015;114(4):683-8. 

Diamond PR, Farmery AD, Atkinson S, Haldar J, Williams N, Cowen PJ, Geddes JR, McShane R. Ketamine infusions for treatment resistant depression: a series of 28 patients treated weekly or twice weekly in an ECT clinic. J Psychopharmacol. 2014;28(6):536-44

Formenti F, Chen R, McPeak H, Matejovic M, Farmery AD, Hahn CE. A fibre optic oxygen sensor that detects rapid PO2 changes under simulated conditions of cyclical atelectasis in vitro. Respir Physiol Neurobiol. 2014 15;191:1-8.