Dr. Harry Koumoukelis is currently a visiting anaesthetist at the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Prince of Wales Private and Macquarie University Hospital in Sydney.
His training was enhanced by a fellowship in paediatric anaesthesia at the Hospital for Sick Children and neuro anaesthesia at St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Canada.
This has led to his major interest in paediatric and adult neuro-anaesthesia and neonatal anaesthesia. Dr Koumoukelis has anaesthetised over 12 000 children in his career. He also performs regional anaesthesia for ambulatory and inpatient adults, undergoing shoulder, hip and knee surgery. He was a tutor for the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and sits on a number of medical advisory boards for major private hospitals in Sydney.
Bledi is quietly spoken and reserved both socially and professionally. I noticed his manner on our first interview and was secretly a little worried that we may not click in both arenas, at work and at play. Within a week of working closely with Bledi, any reservation I had was dispelled. He typifies the expression, still waters run deep. He demonstrated warmth and compassion to all patients but especially those who needed a bit more time to accept post-operative deficits or a terminal diagnosis. He’s a great listener but his paucity of words doesn’t mean he doesn’t contribute to clinical decision making and complex clinical scenarios. On the contrary, when Bledi has something to say, people listen. In the operating room, he showed exceptional dexterity and sound insight into controversial situations.
My running joke with Bledi was that he was the only fellow who refused to reduce his meat intake in deference to my veganism. While I was a little upset with him…. for the animals sake…. it is illustrative of Bledi’s strong personality and conviction….. sad for the animals but comforting for his patients who can be reassured he will be uncompromising in their care.
I really enjoyed my time with Bledi. He was a stable force during some trying times for me personally and professionally. He was fun to be around, incredibly trustworthy and a compassionate clinician. We wish him the best of luck for the future and look forward to hearing great things.