Timothy G. Buchman, PhD, MD, FACS, FCCP, MCCM is currently the founding director of the Emory’s Critical Care Center (ECCC), which integrates ICUs throughout the Emory Healthcare system. The Center has assembled clinicians, teachers and investigators from diverse disciplines to deliver the Right Care, Right Now, Every Time. He is a member of the External Faculty of the Santa Fe Institute. He is an advisor to the James S. McDonnell Foundation. Before joining Emory, he served as the Edison Professor of Surgery and Director of Acute and Critical Care Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to his 15 years on the faculty at Washington University, Dr. Buchman directed the surgical intensive care unit and founded the trauma service at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, where he completed his surgical training.
His research has spanned the bench-to-bedside continuum, including NIH-funded studies of physiological dynamics; of patient monitoring; of the genetics of sepsis and of ICU end-of-life care. In the 1990's, Dr. Buchman noticed that patients dying of sepsis seemed to have very monotonous vital signs. Recognizing that the various vital organs interacted with one another, postdoc Paul Godin and Dr. Buchman suggested--and demonstrated--that the onset of sepsis was associated with uncoupling (and failure to recouple) of the various vital organs. This uncoupling in various critical illness has been redemonstrated and forms the basis for novel monitoring and detection strategies.
Dr. Buchman is past president of the Shock Society, the Society for Complex Acute Illness and the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the latter being the largest organization of critical care professionals worldwide.
Dr. Buchman’s current clinical activity focuses on promoting situation awareness in critical care to achieve better health, better care and lower costs. He was the principal investigator on a Round 1 CMMI Healthcare Innovation Award entitled “Rapid Training and Deployment of Non-Physician Providers in Critical Care”. The award includes two innovations—telemedicine and the use of advanced practice providers—to efficiently deliver high-reliability care to locations where critical care physicians are in short supply. The project achieved its objectives of delivering better, smarter care to the federal beneficiaries it serves, see link4. In the most current iteration, Dr. Buchman is focusing on “turning night into day” using transoceanic implementations of the care model. See, for example, link1 and link2. His current research activity focuses on precision medicine in the acute care space. See, for example, link3.
Dr. Buchman is a certificated Airline Transport Pilot and a Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot .
Dr. Gershengorn is an Associate Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. She received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell and a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia. Dr. Gershengorn’s research program focuses on the allocation of ICU resources and the impact such allocation has on the outcomes of critically ill patients. In particular, she is interested in understanding how (1) ICU staffing and (2) practices which may be tied to staffing affect patient morbidity and mortality.
Professor Gordon is the Chair of Anaesthesia and Critical Care Medicine at Imperial College London. He trained in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine in the North West Thames region and obtained his MD at St Bartholomew’s. He has also worked at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, Australia and St Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, Canada.
Prof Gordon has been an NIHR Clinician Scientist and is a Director of Research for the Intensive Care Foundation. He has been the Chief Investigator for two UK multi-centre septic shock trials (VANISH and LeoPARDS) and is part of the UK Critical Care Genomics group. He is now an NIHR Research Professor, investigating personalised medicine in sepsis.
Dr. Michael Pinsky is a Professor of Critical Care Medicine (primary), Bioengineering, Cardiovascular Diseases, Clinical & Translational Science, and Anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh, and Director for Clinical trials and Innovation at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Military Medicine research. He is also Docteur Honoris Casusa at the Universite Rene Descartes Paris V, School of Medicine in Paris, France. Dr. Pinsky is currently an Emeritus (Honorary) Attending at UPMC as well as a faculty member of the Center for Critical Care Nephrology at Pitt.
Dr. Pinsky received his MD from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Dr. Pinsky completed his post-graduate internal medicine residency training and pulmonary fellowship training at Stanford University, Stanford, California; senior medical residency at Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando, Florida; and advanced physiological training at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutes, Baltimore, Maryland.
Currently, Dr. Pinsky serves as the Principal Investigator of an R01 on “Using biological time series analysis to identify cardiorespiratory insufficiency,” and Co-Principal Investigator of an R01 on “Predicting patient instability noninvasively for nursing care (PPINNC).” He is also a Co-I on two other R-01s on subarachnoid hemorrhage and endothelial dysfunction during traumatic hemorrhage. He has been the Director of the Cardiopulmonary Research Laboratory for the past 38 years. Dr. Pinsky is the program director for an NIH National Research Service Award entitled "Experimental Therapeutics in Critical Illness" which he has directed for the last 19 years. He is also a part of the training faculty of the NIH grant, “Cardiovascular Bioengineering,” the Fogarty Foundation International Training Grant, “Enhancing research and informatics capacity for health information in Colombia (ENRICH),” and the NIH grant, “Anesthesia research training grant.” His primary research focus is on applied cardiopulmonary physiology in the diagnosis and management of cardiorespiratory insufficiency using machine learning and advanced analytic techniques in both humans and clinically-relevant animal models.
Dr. Pinsky is the Editor-in-Chief of eMedicine’s Critical Care Medicine section. Dr. Pinsky is on the editorial boards of the Critical Care, Journal of Critical Care, Current Opinion in Critical Care, the International Journal of Critical Care, the Annals of Critical Care, and Intensive Care Medicine, Board of Reviewers. He also provides journal referring for numerous publications.
Dr. Pinsky has published >300 peer reviewed manuscript, >250 chapters and 26 textbooks. View a list of Dr. Pinsky’s publications here.
David Pilcher trained in respiratory and general medicine in the UK before moving to Australia in 2002. He has worked as a specialist in Intensive Care Medicine at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne since 2006. His interests include organ donation, lung transplantation, ECMO, mortality prediction modelling, and the epidemiology of Intensive Care medicine. He is the immediate past Chair of the ANZICS Centre for Outcome and Resource Evaluation (CORE), Director of the ANZICS Adult Patient Database and a medical advisor to DonateLife in Victoria. He is also a Monash University Practitioner Fellow and Adjunct Clinical Professor with the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Monash University.
Francesca Rubulotta, was born in Catania, Italy. She obtained her MD with laude and commendation in July 1998 at the University of Catania, Italy. In 2002, Dr Rubulotta gained accreditation in Anesthesia at the University of Trieste in Italy and later in 2004 she obtained her specialty in Intensive Care Medicine (ICM) at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. Her training in ICM took place in the USA, the Netherlands, and in Belgium. She is currently working in the UK as Consultant and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in ICM and Anaesthesia at Imperial College, Charing Cross and St Mary’s Hospital, NHS trust in London. In 2012, she obtained her PhD at the University of Catania, Italy. She is an executive Master in Business administration at Imeprial College London. Dr Rubulotta was the Chair of the past division of professional development (DPD) of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) and currently the Chair of the CoBaTrICE project. Dr Rubulotta is a member of the European Board of Intensive Care Medicine (EBICM) and a member of the European Accreditation Board for Continue Medical Education (EACCME) in the Union of European Medical Specialities (UEMS), a member of the Governance Board of the EACCME, and a new member of the UEMS school of examiners. Dr Rubulotta did her training in End of Life and Compassionate Care Medicine, in the USA at Brown University, Rhode Island University Hospital in Providence, where she received certification for the protection of study volunteers of Rochester University. She has been working in the ethic group of the ESICM for several years participating in international projects such as: Conflicus, Europain and Appropricus. Dr. Rubulotta has contributed to the “Rapid Response Systems Conferente” since 2007 and she is a founding member of The International Conference of the Society for Rapid Response Systems. An avid researcher, Dr. Rubulotta has published papers, abstracts, chapters and reviews, mainly on education, sepsis, rapid response systems and ethics. She won the Best Paper Award given by the Anna Lindh EU foundation in 2007. Dr. Rubulotta has studied five different European languages.
Dr Rubulotta has been invited as a speaker at national and international meetings including: ESICM, European Society od Anaesthesia, Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), Indian Society of Intensive Care Medicine, Central European Congress on Intensive Care Medicine, International Congress on Intensive Care Medicine in Slovenia, Polish Society of Intensive Care Medicine, Mediterranean conference of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine in Egypt, Chinese Society of Intensive Care Medicine, South Africa ventilation through the ages symposium, Rapid Response conference, pan Arabic society conference, others. Dr Rubulotta has a personal interest in Waterpolo which she is still playing at a semiprofessional level and winning four times the master world championship.
After completing my German Board certificate in Internal Medicine in Germany (University Khinikum-Essen 1997), I came back to my country (UAE) and joined the Department Of Health and Medical Services-Dubai-UAE to join Rashid Hospital, which is a 500-bed university hospital with multidisciplinary departments and considered the biggest Trauma level 1 in the country.
Within three years, I could establish the first multidisciplinary independent ICU with fully trained intensivist in UAE.
I trained the Physicians as well as the nursing teams that could formulate unit team that could work together.
Founded the department of Emergency and Critical care in 2002.
Later I worked on the development of ambulance department and initiated the training and certifying the Dubai ambulance and within 2 years, I took part in establishing the paramedic program in the Dubai College of Technology and appointed as the medical director for the program.
In 2002 achieved the award as the employee of excellence in health sector for the Dubai program of excellence.
During the year 2003, I started to develop disaster management program in collaboration with the Dubai Police, civil defense department and Dubai Airport authority along with the Army civil defense department and later appointed as a member of the Dubai higher authority of Disaster management and Chairman of the active disaster teams.
In 2003 established the sport events emergency teams, which started covering the Auto-drome car- racing events, Dubai horse racing events, Dubai Swimming Championship.
In 2004 started to concentrate on the improvement of the academic side of critical care and joined Dubai Medical College for women to improve the academic educational side of critical care in medical colleges, now I am an Associate Professor of Medicine and senior examiner in the college
In 2006 joined the Arab Board for medical sciences committee to improve and develop the critical care chapter in UAE.
In 2005 started the CME program for the international level and initiated the Emirates critical care conference in Dubai.
This conference gained international reputation and for the last 3 years, it has been held in conjunction with the Asia Africa Conference of the WFSICCM.
In 2006 initiated the critical care residency program in DOHMS.
Dr Anstey is an Intensive Care and Emergency physician at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth Australia. He is the current chair of the advisory board of Choosing Wisely Australia and clinical lead for Choosing Wisely projects at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Perth. He has a Masters of Public Health in health policy from Harvard School of Public Health and was the 2012-13 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in Health Policy based at Kaiser Permanente in the United States.
Dr. Blum is the Chief of Anesthesiology at the Atlanta VA Medical Center, Chief of Critical Care and Chief of Informatics and Health Services Research for the Emory University Department of Anesthesiology, and Vice Chair for Clinical Research in the Emory University Department of Biomedical Informatics. He graduated from Alma College with a degree in Computer Science in 1998 and received his MD from Johns Hopkins University in 2003. He completed his residency in Anesthesiology and fellowship in Critical Care Medicine at the University of Michigan in 2007 and 2008 respectively. After completing his clinical training, he joined the faculty at the University of Michigan where he remained until he was recruited to Emory where in addition to his leadership roles, he founded Emory Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Center which has rapidly become the leading academic center ECMO in the southeastern United States.
He has been funded by NIH and FDA awards focusing on biomedical informatics and machine learning in critically ill patients. Dr. Blum’s research focuses on perioperative management of critical illness and high volume data analysis for critical illness prediction and intervention. His work is done in collaboration with colleagues in the Emory Departments of Anesthesiology, Surgery, and Biomedical Informatics, and the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Department of Computer Science. His work has appeared in several publications including the Anesthesia & Analgesia, Anesthesiology, ASAIO, Critical Care Medicine, ASAIO, and the Journal of Critical Care and has resulted in 2 patents and 2 PhD dissertations.
Dr. Blum currently is on the steering committee for the United States Critical Illness and Injury Trials Group and he was inducted as a member of the American College of Critical Care Medicine. He has been invited to lecture at multiple institutions, national, and international conferences on critical care and biomedical informatics. He reviews manuscripts for numerous journals including Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine, and The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Additionally, he is an active member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the Society for Critical Care Medicine, and the American Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists to which he was recently elected to the Board of Directors.
A/Professor David Brewster has fellowships with both the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthesia (ANZCA) and the College of Intensive Care Medicine (CICM). He has also completed a graduate certificate in health professional education at Monash University, which has led to his commencement of a PhD at Monash University in the field of leadership and medical education with Professor Charlotte Rees.
David is currently the Director of Medical Education and Deputy Director of Intensive Care at Cabrini Health in Melbourne and the Clinical Dean of the Monash University-Cabrini Clinical School. He practices in both anaesthesia and intensive care medicine and is very active in medical education.
David has had significant experience in developing and implementing medical educational activities, including co-founding and authoring the “Beyond BASIC: Airway Management” course, which has now trained almost 500 doctors (trainees in anaesthesia, intensive care medicine and emergency medicine) and is currently running internationally.
Dr. Cartin-Ceba is an intensivist and pulmonologist at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, USA. Dr. Cartin-Ceba is an associate professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine and is the associate program director of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship. He obtained his MD with summa cum laude from the University of Costa Rica. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Cartin-Ceba also holds a master’s degree in clinical and translational clinic from the Mayo Graduate School. His specific interests in research are related to pulmonary vascular disorders including pulmonary hypertension and diffuse alveolar hemorrhage. Dr. Cartin-Ceba also participates actively in clinical research related to ICU outcomes and ICU management of liver transplant.
Louisa Chan is an intensivist working in the General ICU of Hospital Kuala Lumpur since her return from Australia in 2007 upon completion of her fellowship with the College of Intensive Care Medicine. She considers herself a run-of-the-mill intensivist involved in the daily clinical grind. She is an active Board Member of the Malaysian Society of Intensive Care. She is the facilitator for End-of-life care workshops held nationwide since 2009. She is the editor to the ‘Guide to Antimicriobial Therapy in the Adult ICU’ for Malaysian ICUs.
Yang Hyun CHO
Yang Hyun CHO
Dr. Cho completed undergraduate training from Korea University in 2001 and completed training as a thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon in 2006 and a critical care physician in 2013. He is currently employed as a cardiac surgeon and a surgical intensivist at Samsung medical Center, is a director of the Adult ECMO Service and Adult Cardiac Surgery ICU. He is also a surgical director of Heart Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support Service. He holds an Associate Professor appointment in the Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine. He and his colleagues at Samsung medical Center built the first multidisciplinary ECMO team in Korea. He also has been running Mobile ECMO Service for critically-ill patients remote from ECMO centers. His clinical practice is based on a thorough understanding on physiology of ECMO and various cannulation options in both VV and VA ECMO. He is also active in l research in ECMO, aortic surgery, and cardiac transplantation.
Bernard Cholley is professor of Anesthesiology & Intensive Care Medicine at Hôpital Européen Georges Pompidou (Assistance Publique, Hôpitaux de Paris) and Université Paris Descartes, Paris, France. He works mainly in cardiac surgical intensive care and his areas of interest include haemodynamics (physiology, pathophysiology, monitoring,…) and the perioperative management of high-risk surgical patients. He has also been involved for a long time in promoting and teaching the use of ultrasound techniques in the anesthesiology / critical care environment. He is an active member of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, European Society of Anaesthesiology, and the French Society of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine.
Dr Rohit D’Costa is an Intensive Care Specialist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.He has had involvement in the organ and tissue donation sector since 2011 as a Medical Donation Specialist, and then Medical Consultant to DonateLife Victoria. He was appointed Victorian State Medical Director in 2015. He has been amongst the group of trainers for the DonateLife Professional Education Package with involvement in its development and delivery across Australia. He is also the Victorian representative on the ANZICS Death and Organ Donation Committee.
Andrew Davies is a Senior Intensivist and Medical Donation Specialist at Frankston Hospital and an Associate Professor at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He has been an active participant in clinical research for over 20 years, mostly related to nutrition and other interventions in critical illness. He is a past Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (AuSPEN) and a past Vice Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society Clinical Trials Group (ANZICS-CTG). More recently Andrew created the Mastering Intensive Care podcast, which aims to help and inspire intensive care clinicians to improve patient care with interesting and thought-provoking conversations with highly respected and experienced clinicians.
Anthony Delaney is a Fellow of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine and the College of Intensive Care Medicine. He is a Senior Staff Specialist in the Malcolm Fisher Department of Intensive Care Medicine at Royal North Shore Hospital, Associate Professor at Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney and an adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Research Centre, in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventative Health at Monash University. He lives in Sydney with his lovely wife Clare, his beautiful daughters Grace and Brigid, and his handsome son Patrick, and currently, 6 chooks.
Alberto Goffi, MD, is a Staff Physician at Toronto Western Hospital – University Health Network and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, Department of Medicine and Interdepartmental Division of Critical Care Medicine (IDCCM). After graduating from the University of Torino (Italy) and completing his internal medicine/emergency medicine training in the same city, he moved to Toronto in 2010 for a fellowship in adult critical care medicine. His clinical and academic interests include neurocritical care and point-of-care ultrasound in acute care medicine, with a focus on the clinical utility of ultrasound in critical care medicine and optimal teaching strategies for its competency achievement. Alberto loves travelling for teaching; he has already taught ultrasound and neurocritical care in five different continents. In 2015, he won the Young Lecturer Award at the ESICM annual meeting. Outside of work, Alberto has a passion for creating logos and drawings using his computer; the IDCCM logo is one of his creations
Cheryl is the Director of the Emory eICU Center. Cheryl completed her Master’s degree in Clinical Nurse Leadership from The University of Alabama in 2013. She is a member of The Society of Critical Care Medicine, The American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Georgia Nurses Association, American Telemedicine Association, American Organization of Nurse Executives and the Georgia Association of Nurse Leaders. She is also an active a member of Sigma Theta Tau International and a member of the Tele ICU steering committee for SCCM.
Cheryl joined Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital in 1991 and has held various positions including 18 years in the Medical Surgical ICU as the daily charge nurse, critical care resource nurse and Administrative Supervisor/Flow Coordinator before her current position. She has extensive experience related to critical care, patient logistics, and patient flow/throughput. Cheryl was directly responsible for the development of the Emory eICU Center and continues to have clinical and operational oversight of the program.
Cheryl has lead the implementation of an international program involving intercontinental delivery of tele critical care services for Emory eICU patients. She is committed to advancing innovative care delivery methods related to tele-ICU and telehealth nationally and internationally, to promote quality care for all patients regardless of location.
Lt Col Andy Johnston is an Intensivist at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. He graduated from the University of Dundee in 1993, and trained in Scotland, the North of England and the West Midlands. He has experience in managing high volume, high acuity combat trauma, both in Afghanistan and at QEHB. In his role as a specialist in Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear medicine he was part of the training team for UK military, NHS, and international medical personnel deploying to Sierra Leone to treat Ebola patients. At the beginning of 2015 he worked at the specialised MOD run Ebola Treatment Unit in Sierra Leone, caring for health care workers with suspected and confirmed Ebola infection. He teaches regularly on the Defence CBRN Clinical course, teaching military doctors, nurses and medics how to deal with casualties from unconventional weapons.
Christian Karcher trained in Anaesthesia in Tuebingen (Germany) before moving to Melbourne where he trained in Intensive Care Medicine. He works as an Intensive Care Specialist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital where he is the medical lead of the ICU Education programme.
He also has an interest in resuscitation after cardiac surgery and is on the steering committee for Cardiothoracic Advanced Life Support for Australia and New Zealand (CALS-ANZ).
In his role as Clinical Sub-Dean for Simulation at the University of Melbourne, Christian is actively involved in curriculum development and teaching of medical students.
Christian has been involved in healthcare simulation for over 15years with a particular interest in teamwork, patient safety and airway management.
Over the years, he developed and delivered many successful interprofessional courses for Intensive Care and Medical Emergency Teams nationally and internationally.
Win Sen KUAN
Win Sen KUAN
Dr Kuan is a Senior Consultant and Research Director at the Emergency Medicine Department, National University Hospital, National University Health System, Singapore. He is Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. He is also Core Faculty of the NUHS Emergency Medicine Residency Program and Associate Program Director of the NUHS Research Residency Program. He is a regular facilitator in the Asia-Pacific Evidence-Based Medicine and Nursing Conference.
Dr Kuan is a Fellow of the Colleges of Emergency Physicians and Clinician Scientists, Academy of Medicine, Singapore. His research interests are mainly in sepsis, emergency critical care and respiratory diseases. He was a recipient of the National Clinical Excellence Team Award in 2014 for collaborative work with the Division of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine to reduce mortality from severe community-acquired pneumonia. He received the National Medical Research Council Transition Award in 2015 to research novel diagnostic tests for sepsis.
Tong Kiat KWEK
Tong Kiat KWEK
Dr Kwek is currently Senior Consultant in the Department of Anaesthesiology, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine and Assistant Chairman, Medical Board (Clinical Development) at Tan Tock Seng Hospital. He is also Assistant Dean (Admissions) and Adjunct Associate Professor at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine and Clinical Associate Professor at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. He is a Senior Consultant to the Ministry of Health where he is an advisor for the National Deceased Donor Programme in Singapore. His clinical interests include Neuroanaesthesia, Neurocritical care, general intensive care, deceased organ donation and medical informatics. He is a recognized clinical teacher in his department and has received numerous ‘Best Teacher’ awards over the years in recognition of his efforts. He is an Examiner for the local Master of Medicine (Anaesthesiology) Part 1 and 2 examinations and also External Lecturer and Examiner for the Neuroanaesthesia and Critical Care Program at the University of Padjadjaran, Bandung, Indonesia.
Mr.A.J.Levine has been a Cardiac Surgeon in the UK for 17 years. He trained in London and the West Midlands He is a high volume Cardiac Surgeon (performing over 200 cases per year) with an interest in heart failure surgery.
He has published on surgery for heart failure, ITU length of stay post operatively and most importantly on resuscitation after cardiac surgery.
In 2003 there was a cardiac arrest on a patient 4 hours post cardiac surgery. Over the following four hours his chest was re-opened three times and eventually the patient was re-grafted in his ICU bed on bypass. Many of the nursing and junior medical staff reported they felt disorganised and of little help to the situation and would have performed much better if they had had a defined and well practised role. In response to this the Cardiac Surgery Advanced Life Support Course (CSU-ALS ™) was created by Mr.Levine and Mr.Joel Dunning. This set of protocols was made to address the situation of the patient arresting early after cardiac surgery (something that occurs in 1-5% of patients internationally) and all common serious complications in the ICU or on the ward of such patients. The aim has been to create a common language for all cardiothoracic practitioners to deal with emergencies in an efficient and evidence based manner.
This protocol has grown and has been accepted as the European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery's (EACTS) official protocol. Following this it was accepted by the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) and the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR). The Society of Thoracic Surgery also created an expert consensus statement which was published in the Annals of Thoracic surgery (Feb 2017) which sets these protocols as the standard of care in the USA. These protocols are now being redrafted for similar bodies across Australia , New Zealand and South Africa.
CSU-ALS ™ is now taught across the globe. Associate with its teaching is eLearning, Recertification and Training the Trainer processes which aim to keep practitioners as well trained and updated as possible. Finally a large study is being conducted across 19 centres in the US to demonstrate the survival benefit and reduction in morbidity associate with its use in comparison to older ACLS protocols.
Victoria McCredie is a Staff Physician at Toronto Western Hospital and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. After completing her degrees at the Universities of St. Andrews and Manchester in the UK, she trained in acute medicine in Britain, Australia and New Zealand. Victoria moved to Canada in 2009 to complete fellowships in critical care and neurocritical care, both at the University of Toronto. Victoria also completed her PhD in clinical epidemiology at the University of Toronto examining the relationship between process of care, structure and outcome for critically ill patients with acute brain injury. Her research interests include evaluating pathophysiologic mechanisms contributing to secondary brain injury processes, withdrawal of life-sustaining therapies in severe traumatic brain injury, airway management strategies for acutely brain injured patients, and statistical modelling methods.
Forbes McGain is an anaesthetist and ICU physician at Western Health, Melbourne, Australia. He has completed a PhD in the field of hospital environmental sustainability, focussed upon the ICU and operating rooms. Forbes remains keenly involved in ICU research, particularly the nexus between patient care, and environmental and financial sustainability. Beyond medicine, he is passionate about science, the environment, bushwalking and cycling and civilisation.
A/Prof Marcus Ong is a Senior Consultant, Director of Research, and Clinician Scientist, at the Department of Emergency Medicine in Singapore General Hospital. He is also Head, Data Analytics, Health Services Research Center (HSRC), Singhealth Services; Associate Professor and Associate Director, Health Services and Systems Research (HSSR), Duke-NUS Medical School. A/Prof Ong also serves as Medical Director, Unit for Prehospital Emergency Care (UPEC) and Senior Consultant, Ministry of Health, Hospital Services Division. Finally he is Chairman, Pan Asian Resuscitation Outcomes Study (PAROS).
A/Prof Ong’s research studies focus predominantly on pre-hospital emergency care, medical devices, and health services research. His research has addressed issues such as out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), improving ambulance deployment, acute myocardial infarction care and emergency care.
A/Prof Ong has obtained more than S$13 million in research grants for his studies, which include geospatial diseases mapping, clinical drug trials, resuscitation and cardiovascular sciences, pre-hospital emergency care, and biomedical engineering. He is the Principal Investigator for an international, multi-centre cohort study of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest across the Asia-Pacific. This clinical research network has published more than 36 articles in peer-reviewed journals since 2009. In total, A/Prof Ong has published more than 170 articles in international and local journals, such as Journal of the American Medical Association, American Journal of Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Resuscitation, Annals of Emergency Medicine, etc.
A/Prof Ong has also patented inventions using Heart Rate Variability for risk prediction of acutely ill patients and cooling solutions for therapeutic hypothermia. The technology is currently being developed into bedside triage devices that can help in risk stratification of critically ill patients and he is Scientific Advisor for Global Healthcare, a start-up company providing medical cooling solutions.
Vince completed undergraduate training from Monash University in 1990 and completed training as a Physician and Intensive Care Specialist in 1999. He was awarded the Matt Spence Prize for research. Vince is currently employed as a Senior Intensive Care Specialist at The Alfred Hospital, is Head of the ECMO Clinical Service and holds a Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor appointment in the Monash University School of Public Health & Preventative Medicine. He has had a lead role in the development of ECMO services at The Alfred since 2003 and has provided ECMO training programs nationally and internationally. He is on the Executive Committee for ECMOne and the Education Committee of APELSO. He is active in clinical and animal research in ECMO, circulatory physiology and control of the circulation.
Chairat Permpikul is currently the chairman of Department of Medicine, Siriraj hospital, Mahidol University, Thailand’s the largest and the first medical school. Also, he is the chief of the Medical ICU who continues patient services, teaching and research in critical care.
His specific interests in research works include septic shock resuscitation, hemodynamic support, respiratory care and monitoring, which most of his publications were involved. In addition, he is interested in ICU design and administration.
At national level, he spent 2 years, during 2009 to 2011, as the president of the Thai Society of Critical Care medicine. He, at that moment, initiated international critical care conference in Thailand which has been carried on annually. At present he is the chief of international relations and the chief of education and training of the society.
Alex is an Intensive Care specialist working in the tertiary Intensive Care Unit in Wellington. He trained in London, Queensland, Melbourne and New Zealand. He has been involved in the design and implementation of rapid response systems to detect and address patient deterioration in several different hospitals. His work and research in this area led to an appointment as the clinical lead for the New Zealand Health Quality & Safety Commission’s 5-year national ‘Deteriorating Patient’ programme. He is also the clinical lead for Wellington’s aeromedical retrieval service which covers the lower North and upper South Islands of New Zealand. He has an interest in the way hospitals manage dying patients and thinks we could probably do better. In his spare time, when not walking his dog or children, he builds websites & designs logos for Wellington ICU’s prodigious research department. He has nearly written a lot more papers & as such should spend less time on Twitter.
Associate Professor Adrian Regli is a Consultant Intensivist at Fiona Stanley Hospital and Saint John of God Hospital Murdoch, Perth, Australia. In addition to being a FCICM he is a Swiss Intensivist and Anesthetist. He is affiliated to both the University of Western Australia and Notre Dame University Perth. He is an active member of the Clinical Trials Group of the World Society of Abdominal Compartment Syndrome. His main research interest is mechanical ventilation and intra-abdominal hypertension. He has published 35 peer reviewed journal articles.
A/Prof. Vineet Sarode completed his Anaesthesiology training in Mumbai prior to moving to Australia. He completed his Intensive care medicine training with College of Intensive care medicine (CICM) at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. He has worked as a Specialist intensive care physician at Epworth Health, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Eastern Health in Melbourne in the past. He is currently working as Director of Intensive care at Cabrini Health in Melbourne. His interests include leadership and management in ICU, clinical governance and medical administration with research interest in physician engagement and its impact on organisational efficiency. He is currently finishing his MPH (Master of Public Health) in Health Management stream at Monash University. He also currently holds an Adjunct Associate Professor appointment at the Department of Medicine at Monash University.
Jeffrey Singh received his MD from the University of Toronto and subsequently specialized in Internal Medicine, Adult Critical Care Medicine and received American certification in Neurocritical Care. He is currently site director of the Medical-Surgical and Neuro-Intensive Care Unit at the Toronto Western Hospital, and is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto in the Interdepartmental Division of Critical Care Medicine.
Dr. Singh is currently the Hospital Donation Physician for the University Health Network hospitals and sits on the TGLN Provincial Donation Steering Committee. He is also a Regional Medical Lead for the Trillium Gift of Life Network, the Organ Donation Organization for Canada’s most populous province.
His clinical interests involve the support of critically-ill patients with brain and spinal cord injuries including organ donors. His research interests include improving the safety and delivery of pre-hospital and acute care to neurologically-injured patients. His research has been funded by the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Rick Hansen Institute and the PSI Foundation.
Lorenzo Del SORBO
Lorenzo Del SORBO
Lorenzo Del Sorbo is an Intensive Care attending at Toronto General Hospital, and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto since appointment in 2016. He trained in Internal Medicine at the University of Torino (1997-2003), and in adult Critical Care Medicine at the University of Toronto (2004-2007). He was appointed and worked as an Assistant Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at the University of Torino, Italy, from 2007 to 2017.
Lorenzo's main academic interests focus on the application of innovative strategies to prevent the injury induced by invasive mechanical ventilation. These include investigations on extra-corporeal life support strategies in patients with ARDS and COPD exacerbation, on non-invasive ventilation. His work also extends into the translational research defining the mechanisms of organ injury and developing novel therapeutic approaches in cell and animal models of critical illness.
Dr. Sung is the director of the division of Neurocritical Care and Stroke at the University of Southern California (USC) with joint appointments in neurology and neurosurgery. He grew up in Minnesota and received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota and was trained at the University of Maryland and at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. At Johns Hopkins, he received his first faculty appointment and also completed a Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology.
He is a founding member of the international Neurocritical Care Society (with members from over 50 different countries) and a past-president. He has also helped start two other professional societies: the Western States Stroke Consortium, and the L.A. Stroke Society and has had leadership positions at the American Heart Association, the National Stroke Association and the American Academy of Neurology. He has had numerous papers and chapters published in a variety of journals and books and was the Associate Editor for the journal Neurocritical Care and has also been a reviewer for over 15 other journals. He has also been an invited consultant for the NIH and the FDA.
His current research interests are in the areas of measuring and changing outcomes of stroke and TBI with neurocritical care, hypothermia, intracranial pressure and cerebral reperfusion. He is also now leading an effort to standardize the determination of brain death throughout the world.
Dr Tagami is working as emergency physician, trauma surgeon, and intensivist at Department of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine, Nippon Medical School Tama-Nagayama hospital in Japan.
He has board certification in emergency medicine, surgery, and intensive care medicine.
He has a Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of Tokyo and PhD from Nippon Medical School.
He published more than 30 original papers as first author in the past 7 years. His area of interests are hemodynamic monitoring, acute respiratory distress syndrome, cardiac arrest, and acute care surgery.
From October 2017, Dr. Tagami is also working as a research fellow at Health Services and Systems Research (HSSR), Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore.
Augustine Tee is a Senior Consultant Respiratory Physician and Intensivist at Changi General Hospital (CGH), Singapore. He is currently Chief of Medicine, and Chief of the Department of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine. Dr Tee holds fellowships from the Royal Colleges of Physicians of Edinburgh and Glasgow, and the American College of Chest Physicians, and he is an adjunct associate professor at the National University of Singapore Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (NUS YLLSOM).
He was an honorary clinical fellow at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Austin Hospital from 2006 – 2007, where he was part of the Medical Emergency Team. Rapid response systems has remained his area of interest, setting up the CGH Medical Emergency Team (MET) service in 2009, for which he still helms as Clinical Director of the MET committee. In addition, he also organised the successful Medical Emergency Team & Rapid Response Systems workshop at SG ANZICS 2017, which is a first in Asia.
Dr Tee is an avid investigator in clinical trials and an active reviewer with certificates of reviewing with distinction from the Singapore Medical Journal (2009-10 & 2013-14). He is also a dedicated educator whom has received separate awards in 2014 and 2015 for teaching excellence from NUS YLLSOM, the Singhealth Advanced Internal Medicine Senior Residency programme, and Changi General Hospital. In recognition of his service, Dr Tee received the Eastern Health Alliance Silver, Gold and Star Caring Awards in 2013, 2014 and 2015 respectively. He is the current Vice-president of Asthma & Allergy Association, Singapore, and was a 2-term past Chair of Chapter of Respiratory Physicians at the Academy of Medicine, Singapore.
Ms Kelly Thompson is a Research Fellow and PhD candidate with the Critical Care and Trauma Division at The George Institute for Global Health and the Australian Sepsis Network. She is a Registered Nurse working previously in cardiothoracic intensive care at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. Kelly holds a Master’s in Public Health, specialising in economic evaluation. She is currently studying a Doctor of Philosophy at The University of New South Wales looking at the epidemiological and health economic outcomes of patients who survive sepsis and septic shock.
Kelly’s main clinical research interest is in the epidemiology of sepsis and the outcomes of patients that survive critical illness. She has been involved in several projects with the Australian Sepsis Network that aim to measure and increase community and healthcare provider awareness of sepsis. Kelly is interested in improving health equality for disadvantaged populations and research into gender in health.
Kelly has published research in the following areas; health economics – cost effectiveness and discrete choice experiment; critical care research – sleep and sound in the ICU, ICU bed block, fluid resuscitation, secretion clearance, sepsis and septic shock.
Sanjiv VIJ completed his Anesthesiology training in India and practiced as a consultant Anesthetist and Intensivist for 6 years in India before moving to Australia in 2004. He then completed his training in Intensive Care Medicine in Australia in 2009 and has since been practicing as a Senior Intensive Care Specialist in Monash Health Melbourne. Sanjiv is a Supervisor of Training in Dandenong ICU at Monash Health. He is also a member of the steering committee for research at Dandenong ICU. Sanjiv is a member of Resuscitation Committee of Monash Health. Sanjiv is also the Vice Chair of the Victorian Regional Committee [VRC] of the College of Intensive Care Medicine [CICM]. Sanjiv’s areas of interest in ICU are Analgesia delivery in ICU, Airway management, ANZICS CTG research and use of Echocardiography and Ultra-Sound in Intensive Care. He is the medical lead for echocardiography in Dandenong ICU. In this role he has steered formation of a novel collaborative training module in ultra-sound and echocardiography within Monash Health. In this three way collaborative model, the ICU is jointly steering the training of candidates along with Monash Radiology and Monash Heart. Sanjiv is also a member of Ultra-Sound Special Interest Group [SIG] of CICM which is stimulating growth of ultrasound in Intensive Care Medicine as well as undertaking multiple research projects involving various aspects of ultrasound in ICU settings. Sanjiv has a passion for bedside clinical teaching.
Stephen is the Director of Intensive Care at Austin Health, the Director of the Critical Care Institute at Epworth HealthCare and a Clinical Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer with the University of Melbourne. He is also currently the Vice President of ANZICS and prior to that was Chair of the Victorian Regional Committee. Special interests include critical care hepatology, tracheostomy management, organ donation, intensive care outcomes, communication and end of life care. Stephen is an active medical educator and assisted in developing the Victorian Intensive Care Education Network as well as extensive engagement in physician training through the Royal Australasian College of Physicians both as a training consortium director and senior national examiner. As medical convenor and chair of the organizing committee, Stephen is playing a leading role in hosting the 2019 WFSICCM World Congress of Intensive Care in Melbourne. He is a keen commuter cyclist and tries to flee the city and escape to enjoy the natural world during hikes and back country ski trips with his family whenever possible.
Adrian Wong is a consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthesia in Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust having completed a fellowship in critical care ultrasound. Graduating in 2003 from Guys and St Thomas Hospital School of Medicine, he gained MRCP before completion of Intensive Care and Anaesthetic training in 2014 in the Wessex Deanery. He is an examiner for the European Diploma of Intensive Care Medicine and a member of the ESICM Clinical Training Committee. His current areas of interest include clinical governance, critical care ultrasound and medical education.
Dr Danny Wong is an anaesthetic registrar from London. He is a research fellow with the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia Health Services Research Centre (NIAA HSRC) at the Royal College of Anaesthetists, and is undertaking his PhD at the Department of Applied Health Research (DAHR), University College London. He spent a large proportion of his formative years in South East Asia before moving to the UK for his undergraduate medical education at King’s College London. He is an Associate of King’s College, Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists and Fellow of the Software Sustainability Institute. He is the UK trainee lead and co-investigator for the Second Sprint National Anaesthesia Project: Epidemiology of Critical Care provision after Surgery (SNAP-2: EpiCCS) study, which is a large prospective cohort study involving patients from the UK, Australia and New Zealand. His research interests include anaesthesia, perioperative medicine, reproducible research, and statistical modelling and computing with the R statistical programming language.
Tony Yu-Chang YEH
Tony Yu-Chang YEH
Dr. Yu-Chang Yeh is an intensivist and anesthesiologist from Taiwan. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH). He is the Secretary General of the Society of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine (SECCM, Taiwan) and the deputy secretary-general of the Taiwan Society of Anesthesiologists (TSA). He received his medical degree from the College of Medicine, Yang-Ming University (Taiwan). After completing his residency in Anesthesiology and subspecialty training of Critical Care Medicine in NTUH in 2006, he has received his PhD from the College of Medicine, National Taiwan University in 2012. His clinical and research interests include microcirculation, sepsis, blood purification, extracorporeal life support, therapeutic sedation and analgesia, and kidney transplant.
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