Peta Alexander, MBBS, BSc (Hons), FCICM (Paediatrics), FRACP (Paediatric Cardiology) is a Staff Physician at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and Harvard Medical School. She trained in Cardiology, Intensive Care and Heart Failure, Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support (MCS) at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne and BCH, Boston. Her clinical and research interests involve the most critically ill patients in the CICU – she shares care of many patients with advanced heart failure, ventricular assist device (VAD) and is the CICU representative on the institutional VAD Operations Committee moving towards offering destination VAD therapy to children. Dr Alexander is Medical Director of Cardiac ECMO at BCH, a busy clinical program with 40 – 50 patients supported each year. Together with the Medical Surgical ICU at BCH, she is establishing a multi-dimensional ECMO training and physician credentialing program including online OPENPediatrics resource, a one-day simulation program with SIMPeds and local netlearning. She is active in trainee education and ongoing professional development of the multi-disciplinary CICU team through clinical teaching and the use of simulation for clinical skills, critical event and crisis resource management. In addition to her clinical and management roles, Dr Alexander is Chair of the ELSO Registry Scientific Committee, a member of PCICS Scientific Committee and serves on the BCH Ethics Advisory Board. She appreciates Boston and living in the busy New England region of the USA, but can’t forget Australian beaches, national parks and the wide open spaces of home.
Dr. Michael Pinsky is a Professor of Critical Care Medicine (primary), Bioengineering, Cardiovascular Diseases, Clinical & Translational Science, and Anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh. 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; 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.”
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: [http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=%22pinsky%2C%20michael%20r%22].
Dr Susanna Price trained in both cardiology and intensive care medicine in the UK, and completed a fellowship at the Thoraxcenter with Jos Roelandt. She was awarded a PhD from Imperial College London, and following completion of her training was awarded the two-year BHF Jill Dando GUCH Fellowship in order to train further in critical care and imaging in congenital heart disease. She is a consultant at the Royal Brompton Hospital where she is Clinical Lead for Critical Care, Honorary Senior Lecturer at National Heart & Lung Institute, Imperial College London, and Regional Advisor for the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine.
Dr Price is President-elect of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Acute Cardiovascular Care Association, and sits on numerous committees including the ESC Education Committee, ESC Press & Media Committee, ALS subcommittee of the RCUK and SCCM US guideline committee. She is an Associate Editor of the European Heart Journal of Acute Cardiovascular Care, and an invited reviewer for a number of other journals. She has been a member of a number of Task Forces relating to international guidelines on the management of cardiovascular diseases including valvular disease, endocarditis, non-cardiac surgery, pulmonary hypertension, pericardial disease, cardiovascular disease in pregnancy and grown-up congenital heart disease. Dr Price has authored numerous papers and book chapters on cardiology, echocardiography and intensive care, and lectures regularly globally.
Professor of Therapeutics and Critical Care Medicine, at the University Paris-South in France.
Clinical activity at the Medical ICU of the Bicêtre University Hospital (Assistance-Publique Hôpitaux de Paris).
Research interests in heart-lung interactions, cardiovascular performance, regional blood flow assessment, tissue oxygenation, haemodynamic monitoring, and assessment of volume status in critically ill patients. Proposals of new tests to assess fluid responsiveness such as Pulse Pressure Variation and Passive Leg Raising.
205 articles (referenced in Pubmed) and around 125 book chapters/didactic articles, almost of them in the field of haemodynamics.
H index: 62 (Publish or Perish), 50 (Web of Science/Thomson Reuters)
740 invited lectures including 568 in international conferences.
Editor-in-Chief of Annals of Intensive Care.
Currently Chair of the cardiovascular-dynamics section of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM).
Honorary Fellow Honor Award of the American College of Chest Physicians in 2007.
Dr Sara Allen is a cardiothoracic Intensivist and Anaesthetist, who works at Auckland City Hospital in the Greenlane Department of Cardiothoracic and ORL Anaesthesia and the Cardiothoracic and Vascular Intensive Care Unit. Dr Allen has clinical interests in TOE and mechanical support, as well as training, supervision and education within anaesthesia and intensive care, and has published journal articles and book chapters on the care of transplant and mechanical support patients, ECMO and TOE.
Prof Rinaldo Bellomo, MBBS, MD, FCICM, FRACP is Professor of Intensive Care Medicine with the University of Melbourne, Honorary Professor of Medicine with Monash University, Principal Research Fellow, Howard Florey Institute, University of Melbourne, Director of Intensive Care Research and Staff Specialist in Intensive Care at the Austin Hospital, Melbourne. He is the Co-chair of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Research Centre. He is Editor in Chief of Critical Care and Resuscitation. He has authored > 1100 PubMed cited papers. For the last 3 years he has been in the list of most cited investigators in clinical medicine in the world (Thomson-Reuters). In 2014, he was selected as one of the most outstanding scientific minds in the world for the previous decade (Thomson-Reuters).
Professor Stephen Bernard is Director of Intensive Care at Knox Private Hospital, Senior Intensive Care Specialist at The Alfred, and the Medical Director of Ambulance Victoria. He is Adjunct Professor at the Monash University Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine.
He is Chief Investigator in a number of clinical trials funded by the NHMRC. These include: “EXACT” which tests reduction of oxygen administration after resuscitation from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, “PATCH” which tests the role of tranexamic acid in severe trauma, “POLAR” which tests early therapeutic hypothermia in severe traumatic brain injury, “ICED” which tests early therapeutic hypothermia in patients with spinal cord injury and "TAME" which tests therapeutic hypercapnea in the ICU after cardiac arrest. He is also a Chief Investigator in two NHMRC funded Centres for Research Excellence – The Australian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium and the Centre for Prehospital and Emergency Care.
After graduating in Tasmania, Matt completed his intensive care fellowship at The Alfred ICU and is now a full time Intensivist at the Launceston General Hospital in Northern Tasmania along with being an adjunct clinical lecturer at Monash University and the University of Tasmania. In 2012 he completed the ASUM Diploma of Diagnostic Ultrasound (Critical Care) while working as Echocardiography Fellow with exposure to ECMO and LVADs at the Alfred and continues to utilise ultrasound extensively in day to day practice. Matt has several publications in echocardiography, extra-corporeal support and renal replacement therapy. He has ongoing research involvement with The Alfred ICU, Monash University and Tasmanian Health System
Dr. Roberto Chiletti is a consultant in Paediatric Intensive Care at the Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne.
A native Italian, he undertook his initial training in paediatrics and neonatology through the University of Padova before relocating to Melbourne, Australia in 2006.
Since arriving in Australia he has held a variety of roles across both Neonatal and Paediatric Intensive Care Units at the Royal Women's Hospital Melbourne and the Royal Children's Hospital.
After obtaining the fellowship with the College of Intensive Care Medicine in Australia, he has been working at the Royal Children's Hospital where he is the Director of the ECLS program. His interests and research is focused on cardiac ICU and ECLS.
Joined the PK Sen department of CVTS at KEM Mumbai in 1994.
Passed the DNB [CTSurgery] in 1996, MCh. [CVTS] Mumbai Univ in 1997.
Was a Fellow at the Royal Adelaide Hospital for 3 years and helped set up Cardiothoracic department at the Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, Pune in 2001.
Moved to Australia in 2008. Worked as a consultant Cardiothoracic surgeon, currently the Head of the Department of CT surgery and training supervisor as well as a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Tasmania.
Worked as Clinical Director of Surgical Services at the Royal Hobart Hospital in 2015 and 2016. Authored over 40 publications and over 25 international presentations.
Member of the IACTS, EACTS, STS and ANZSCTS.
Set up Tasmanian Bicuspid aortic valve and aortic pathology registry with 500 odd patients. We are a part of BAVCon group as well as IRAD. Work as reviewer and editorial board of a few journals.
Bicuspid aortic valves and related aortopathy.
Management of aortic aneurysms.
Surgical databases and registries.
Dr Ho is an intensive care specialist, clinical epidemiologist, and a Raine Clinical Research Fellow jointly funded by Western Australia (WA) Department of Health and Raine Medical Research Foundation. Dr Ho has published over 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts and is an Editor in Intensive Care for Anaesthesia & Intensive Care. His current research is primarily focused on thromboembolism, haemostasis and acute kidney injury.
Dr Pranesh Jogia is trained in New Zealand and works as an Intensive Care specialist and Cardiologist at Waikato Hospital.
He is the Director of the Cardiac Intensive Care and is the Supervisor of Training at Waikato Hospital Intensive Care Unit.
As an Intensivist he has subspecialty interest in critical care cardiology, perioperative management and post cardiac surgical care.
As an Imaging Cardiologist, he is part of the Structural Heart Team and is involved in pre- and intra-procedural imaging for percutaneous structural cardiac intervention. He is a co organiser of the Structural Heart Symposium (www.SHD-AP.org) held in NZ. He is also works with the Cardiac CT program with both coronary and structural Cardiac CT. He introduced Cath Lab Simulation to Waikato Hospital.
Claire a nurse originally from Adelaide, South Australia started her career at the Royal Adelaide Hospital Intensive Care Unit. In 2015, she moved to the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne to pursue a career in paediatric Intensive Care nursing. In 2016, she completed her Post Graduate in Paediatric Critical Care at Melbourne University and will be completing her Masters in Critical Care in 2018. She recently attended and presented at the Paediatric Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery 7th World Conference in Barcelona, Spain.
Dr Jonathan Lipton graduated from the Leiden University (Netherlands) in 2003. He completed his PhD thesis “Improving quality of care in acute cardiology” at Duke University (USA) and the Erasmus University (Netherlands) in 2011. He completed his cardiology training at the Erasmus Medical Center (Netherlands) in 2013 before further training in electrophysiology and pacing at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (Sydney) and subsequently at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Jonathan is currently working as a cardiologist / electrophysiologist at the Royal Hobart Hospital and the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He also has an appointment as Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Tasmania.
Shay McGuinnes is a Specialist and Director of Research at the Cardiothoracic & Vascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) at Auckland City Hospital. He is also the Clinical Director of Air Ambulance Services and the New Zealand representative on the APELSO Steering Committee. He completed his undergraduate and specialist training in the UK before moving to New Zealand in 1999. CVICU is the provider of national adult ECMO services to New Zealand including a comprehensive ECMO retrieval service established in 2005. When not working Shay enjoys fishing, scuba diving and flying.
Currently working as Associate Professor, and Dean of Clinical School, Royal Melbourne Hospital, The University of Melbourne. Other current roles include Senior Specialist, Intensive Care Unit, and Director of Medical Governance at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Representative of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society on the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC), and currently Chair of the ARC. Active involvement since 1998 in the development of the international evidence based guidelines representing the Australian and New Zealand Committee on Resuscitation on the International Liaison Committee On Resuscitation. Involvement with creation of International Guidelines 2000, and Editorial Board member and Evidence Evaluation Expert for the AHA/ILCOR international consensus process for resuscitation science in 2005, 2010 and 2015. Now member of the Continuous Evidence Evaluation Working Group (ILCOR). Admitted as Fellow and Honorary Member of the European Resuscitation Council in December 2010.
Priya Nair is a Senior Specialist and Director of Intensive Care at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney.
Her clinical interests include cardiothoracic intensive care, extracorporeal life support, mechanical circulatory support and critical care echocardiography. Her research interests include these, as well and vitamin D and bone failure in critical illness, an area in which she is undertaking a PhD.
She is also involved in a number of activities with the College of Intensive Care Medicine, including being a current board member and Deputy Chair of the Fellowship Examination.
Dr Sam Orde is an Intensivist at Nepean Hospital and Deputy Director of the Nepean Hospital Cardiovascular Ultrasound Laboratory. Interested in critical care echocardiography education and research. Currently undertaking a PhD investigating the use of advanced echocardiography in the critically ill. Chair of the CICM Ultrasound Special Interest Group and trying to help set up multi-centre echo research in Australasia.
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 at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne since 2006. His interests include organ donation, lung transplantation, ECMO, severity adjustment of ICU outcomes, ICU performance monitoring and the epidemiology of Intensive Care medicine. He is presently the Adult Patient Database Clinical Lead for the ANZICS Centre for Outcome and Resource Evaluation (CORE) 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.
Dr Bennett Sheridan, MBBS, BMedSci (Hons), FCICM (Paediatrics), FRACP (Paediatric Cardiology) is a Paediatric Cardiologist and Paediatric Cardiac Intensivist at The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, specialising in paediatric mechanical circulatory support which includes caring for children with end stage heart failure and expertise in paediatric ventricular assist devices. Dr Sheridan has research interests in assessment of volume status and fluid responsiveness in critically ill children, including the Fontan circulation.
Cara Wasywich trained as a cardiologist at Green Lane Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand. She worked subsequently as a research fellow (focusing on the management of heart failure) and a cardiac transplant fellow in Auckland before spending time in Vancouver, Canada in 2005 undertaking further specialist training in heart failure and transplant cardiology. She was awarded an MD in 2010 for her thesis entitled “Contemporary Heart Failure Management”. She currently practises as a cardiologist at Auckland City Hospital and at Auckland Heart Group. Her specialist areas of expertise include heart failure and cardiac transplantation, haemodynamics and pulmonary hypertension.
Jennifer Watts is Associate Professor in Health Economics and the Foundation Course Director of the Master of Health Economics, Faculty of Health at Deakin University. She leads a research team exploring the economic consequences of chronic disease with a particular focus on costing, efficiency and measuring outcomes, including health related quality of life. She has gained a reputation for economic analysis alongside clinical trials especially for complex interventions and health services, including osteoporosis, chronic disease management, Parkinson’s disease, outpatient care, cognitive impairment and rehabilitation. She was the lead investigator to develop the burden of disease model for osteoporosis (Osteoporosis Australia), to undertake economic evaluations of chronic disease management interventions (Barwon Health), and the national evaluation of the Dementia Care in Hospital Program. Her research has had significant results for industry and clinical practice. Fracture related costs for osteoporosis published in 2013 in the Osteoporosis costing all Australians: A new burden of disease analysis - 2012 to 2022 for Osteoporosis Australia have since been used by industry in economic analyses alongside clinical trials of new medications. The model formed the key evidence of the Case for Action Proposal to NHMRC on Falls and Fracture Prevention. The report is currently being updated to include values for each Australian state. Return on investment analysis undertaken for Medibank Private Limited of their betterhealth pilot on-call chronic disease management intervention in 2010 supported the continuation of the program. Earlier research outputs in the 1990s led to development of the method for the determination of cost weights for Casemix funding for Victorian public hospitals. This formed part of Victorian hospital funding for the next 10 years and was the forerunner to price weight determination by the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority for Australian hospitals.
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