Dr Faraz Syed
Provider no. 297564NY
Dr Faraz Syed FANZCA; MBBS (Melb); Post Grad Dip Surg Anat (Melb); BSc (Otago)
Dr Faraz Syed is a Specialist Anaesthetist with clinical interests in enhanced recovery, regional anaesthesia and anaesthesia crisis-management. He applies these principles routinely to maximise outcomes and minimise risks for his patients on their individual surgical journeys.
Dr Syed grew up in country WA – he likes to get to know his staff and his patients alike on a first name basis. Faraz has trained at a number of reputable institutions on the east coast (including The Austin Hospital, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Royal Children’s Hospital, Mercy Hospital for Women etc) to achieve his specialist qualification as an admitted Fellow of the Australian & New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FANZCA). Prior to anaesthesia training, Faraz completed his medical training at The University of Melbourne.
Faraz understands the issues that commonly face his patients on their surgical journey because of his work within high-acuity surgical teams at The Alfred Hospital (Victoria) and Royal Perth Hospital (WA). Faraz won the coveted prize for ‘Best Intern in Surgical Specialties - The Goatcher Clarke Award’ at Royal Perth Hospital as a junior doctor. More recently, he was a member of the state finalist FSH Enhanced Recovery (ERAS) team at the WA Health Excellence Awards 2019 and was a member of the team that initiated Robotic Surgery at Fiona Stanley Hospital.
Faraz provides Anaesthesia for a range of surgical subspecialties within St John of God Hospital group, Ramsay Hospital group and is accredited with most Perth private hospitals. Engaged with solving the bigger issues that face our health system, Faraz is currently completing a Masters in Health Economics, Policy and Management at the prestigious London School of Economics and was previously appointed to the clinical reference group advising the government as part of WA Sustainable Health Review.
Away from clinical work, he volunteers with organisations focussed on improving outcomes for disadvantaged kids and victims of domestic violence. He can be found enjoying the outdoors over weekends with his young family.
Prior to surgery:
As a patient, you are unique and hence it is vital to plan your anaesthesia such that it aligns with YOUR goals, YOUR current state of health and the surgery YOU face to achieve the best outcomes for YOU. To enable this fit, it is vital that you complete your pre-operative anaesthetic questionnaire before your meeting with Dr Syed.
Dr Syed will routinely discuss your medical history and your anaesthetic plan with you on the day of surgery - unless your medical history, your surgical risk or specific procedures indicate a need for a separate pre-operative consult before the day of surgery. If you have specific concerns and would like to see Dr Syed in his rooms prior to your day of surgery, please do not hesitate to contact his rooms.
During your surgery:
All patients like to be in a safe set of hands during their procedure. Dr Syed has significant training in crisis-resource management and teaches regularly at courses / conferences / workshops for fellow anaesthetists focussed on anaesthetic emergencies, crisis management in the operating room and advanced airway techniques. He is the Anaesthesia Safety & Quality Lead for a large public hospital anaesthetic department and has completed a fellowship in simulation-based clinical education.
Dr Syed has followed his keen interest in regional anaesthesia with a placement at New York School of Regional Anaesthesia (NYSORA). He understands the nature of anatomical variations which are unique to each patient having previously completed a post-graduate diploma of surgical anatomy and a Bachelor of Science majoring in Anatomy & Structural Biology. He uses regional anaesthesia techniques to minimise the need for opioid medications whenever the benefits of such techniques outweigh the risks for the individual patient. He may discuss these techniques (when applicable) with you during your pre-operative consult.
After your Surgery:
Dr Syed will routinely liaise with your ward nursing staff to ensure a smooth recovery from your procedure. He may prescribe discharge medications (such as antibiotics and pain relief) as indicated for your surgery - you should take these according to the instructions given to ensure a good surgical outcome. If you have any specific concerns, you may contact Dr Syed either through the hospital where you had your procedure (after hours) or through Precision Anaesthesia (office hours).
Looking after your near and dear ones:
Dr Syed believes that good quality patient-centred care benefits from specialist recommendations as well as carer input. He welcomes questions from family members/next of kin (with the patient’s permission) and it is common for parents to be invited to the operating room with little ones for the start of their anaesthetic. One of his most favourite activities as an anaesthetist is to provide analgesia for women during childbirth. At all times, he aims to keep the focus on the patient and their needs while providing safe options that meet their requirements.
Dr Syed encourages a transparent billing model and encourages his patients to know about costs that face them prior to surgery. Dr Syed is a HBF preferred provider and this means no funding shortfall for majority of his patients. All other health funds do incur an out-of-pocket expense. Please check with his rooms at Precision Anaesthesia for quotes or any other billing enquires. Uninsured patients in particular are encouraged to have quotes finalised in advance for their procedure. Once quoted and charged, his patients will not incur any more out of pocket amounts for anaesthesia, no matter how complicated or prolonged their procedure gets.