Andrew Hartle

Squadron Leader | Royal Air Force | 1984 – 1997

Pronouns – He/Him/His

Andrew Hartle joined the Royal Air Force as a Medical Cadet when still at Medical School. After qualifying, he served as Junior Medical Officer at RAF Valley, then trained in Anaesthesia at RAF Hospitals in the UK and Germany. He undertook aeromedical duties during Operation GRANBY (the first Gulf War), based in Cyprus. In 1996 he was outed by a Sunday tabloid, suspended from duty, and subsequently dismissed the following year.

Andrew completed his training in London and at Duke University, NC USA. In 2001 he was appointed a Consultant Anaesthetist at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, and then Professor of Practice (Anaesthesia) at Imperial College London in 2021. He’s been Head of Department, chaired numerous Trust Committees, and currently chairs the LGBTQ+ Staff Network for Imperial College Healthcare, where he is also a Freedom To Speak Up Guardian.

He’s been an elected Council Member and President of the Association of Anaesthetists, elected Council Member and President of the Royal Society of Medicine Anaesthesia Section, co-opted Council Member of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, and Council Member of the World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists.  He’s currently the Honorary Civilian Consultant Advisor in Anaesthesia to the Royal Air Force and President of the Tri-Service Society. He was the first out gay man to hold each of these appointments.

Andrew is a volunteer Event Doctor with St John Ambulance.”

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