The Airway Management Academy is honoured to have dr John Henderson as our Patron. He has contributed significantly to the development of the anesthesiology profession, and in particularly airway management in the United Kingdom and worldwide.

John Henderson studied medicine and his initial anaesthesia training started in Glasgow in 1970.  He then worked in New York and Boston in 1976/7.  He has been a consultant anaesthetist in Glasgow since 1978. Airway management has been a long-term interest.  He has used awake flexible fibreoptic intubation since 1977.  He has run workshops on many airway techniques, including fibreoptic intubation and cricothyroidotomy since the early 1990s.  He published a paper on the use of the straight laryngoscope in 1997 [1] and has been responsible for a world-wide resurgence of interest in the technique.  He designed the Henderson laryngoscope, which has an improved tip, light and cross-section in relation to other straight laryngoscopes.  He has written editorials [2] and book chapters [3;4] [5;6] on airway management.  He contributed the chapter on airway management to the 7th edition of Miller’s Anesthesia [7].  In 2000 he was asked to lead development of the Difficult Airway Society (DAS) guidelines for management of unanticipated difficult intubation.  These Guidelines were published in 2004 [8].  He has been secretary of DAS and organised the 2003 annual meeting in Glasgow.  He was a founder member of the European Airway Management Society in 2003 and served as Secretary until 2006 and as President between 2006 – 8.  He has been a member of Subcommittee 19 of the European Society of Anaesthesiologists Scientific Programme Committee for 6 years and was Chairman for 3 years.  He was in charge of the first Euroanaesthesia hands-on airway workshops in Milan in 2009 and helped to run these in Helsinki in 2010. He retired from clinical practice in 2010 after working as a doctor for 42 years and an anaesthetist for 40 years.



   1.   Henderson JJ. The use of paraglossal straight blade laryngoscopy in difficult tracheal intubation. Anaesthesia 1997; 52: 552-60.

2.   Henderson JJ. Questions about the Macintosh laryngoscope and technique of laryngoscopy. European Journal of Anaesthesiology 2000; 17: 2-5.

3.   Henderson JJ. Intubation techniques for unanticipated difficult intubation: Stylets and introducers. In: Dörges V, Paschen H-R, eds. Der schwerige Atemweg. Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 2004.

4.   Henderson JJ. Tracheal intubation of the adult patient. In: Calder IA, Pearce AC, eds. Core topics in airway management. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

5.   Henderson JJ. Airway management of a patient with an unanticipated difficult laryngoscopy. In: Hung O, Murphy M, eds. Management of the Difficult and Failed Airway. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2007.

6.   Henderson JJ. Direct laryngoscopy and oral intubation of the trachea. In: Hung O, Murphy M, eds. Management of the Difficult and Failed Airway. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2007.

7.   Henderson J. Airway Management in the Adult. In: Miller R, Eriksson L, Fleisher L, Wiener-Kronish J, Young W, eds. Miller’s Anesthesia. Elsevier, 2009.

8.   Henderson JJ, Popat MT, Latto IP, Pearce AC, Difficult Airway Society. Difficult Airway Society guidelines for management of the unanticipated difficult intubation. Anaesthesia 2004; 59: 675-94.