We are glade to announce that the profiles for the speakers at the 15th Critical Care Symposium are now available.

Prof Massimo Antonelli

Massimo Antonelli

  • Professor of Intensive Care and Anesthesiology at the “Università Cattolica Del Sacro Cuore”
  • Director of the General Intensive Care Unit of the Policlinico A. Gemelli University Hospital and of the Institute of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care.
  • Director of the School of specialty in Anesthesiology and Intensive care Medicine
  • President of the Italian Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (SIAARTI),
  • President of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) 2016-2018
  • Editor in chief of the Intensive Care Medicine journal from 2007 to 2012.
  • Associate Editor of the same Journal from 2000 to 2007.
  • Independent referee of the JAMA, Critical Care Medicine, Anesthesiology, AJRCCM, European Respiratory Journal, Anesthesia and Analgesia and Monaldi Archivies, Lancet , BMJ, Critical Care and other Journals.
  • Author of more than 200 papers. The majority of these scientific publications are on several aspects of Noninvasive Ventilation, ARDS, Shock and sepsis. H index 46 with more than 8000 citations
  • Invited lecturer or chairman in more than 200 International Meetings.

Dr Paul Barach B.Sc, MD, MPH, Maj (retired)

PaulBarachPaul Barach, MD, MPH, has devoted his medical career to issues of health care quality, safety and access to care, and training physicians and other health care providers in health care improvement. Paul is a Clinical Professor at Children’s Hospital of Michigan and Wayne State University School of Medicine. Paul is a practicing double board-certified physician-scientist in Anesthesiology and Critical care, from the Massachusetts General Hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. He is a formally trained health services researcher, with advanced post graduate training in quality improvement and lean techniques at Intermountain Healthcare, and in advanced medical education and assessment methods from the Harvard Medical School Josiah Macy Program. He has had additional training in epidemiology and statistics including both methodological as well as applied HTA research.

Professor Barach was Chief Quality Officer for the University of Miami and Jackson Memorial Healthcare System, Associate Dean for Patient Safety, and Founding Director of the Miami Center for Patient Safety and Simulation. Paul is senior advisor on safety and quality to Stavanger University Hospital in Norway, and has advised the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank and has served as a consultant on health care reform to governments in a number of countries focused on reducing burden of NCD’s working in Asia and Africa including targeted health systems strengthening and delivery of better clinical services in Sudan, Bahamas, Jordan, Pakistan and GCC countries at the primary and tertiary levels. Paul has advised boards of private and public health organizations about protecting themselves from malpractice risks, patient harm and accreditation risks. He has been an advisor and consultant on projects internationally, senior advisor and board member of NBME advisory board, ACGME advisor, and Senior Scientist at the Kaiser Permanente Department of Research and Evaluation. He sits on the board of the International Academy of Design and Health, American Society of Anesthesia Patient Safety Committee, World Federal of Societies of Anesthesia Patient Safety and Quality Subcommittee and the Accreditation Canada Standards Committee.

Paul has studied and taught care transitions, communication, infection prevention, adverse event prevention and has deep experience in developing processes, systems and content around systems improvement, population health, duty of care, quality improvement, human factors, patient safety and systems re-design to providers and managers for over 15 years. He has done this in US, Europe, and Australasia, including as co-leader with Prof Jean Louis Vincent of the European ICU Leadership program, the Harvard Quality Colloquium Patient Safety Certificate Program, and the Hospital Management Asia Patient Safety Officer training program.

Dr. Barach has conducted federally funded U.S. and international epidemiological and health services research projects related to outcomes measurement, quality improvement, the changing nature of health systems, transitions of care, teamwork, standards and accreditation, leadership and management, the structure and culture of organizations and their network characteristics, simulation and rehearsal in medical education, and the effect of limits on resident duty hours on resident learning and acquisition of competence and the provision of clinical care in teaching institutions. He was editor of the journal BMJ Quality and Safety (Impact Factor of 6.186, ranking 1st Health Policy & Services), a member of the National Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, Judge for the National Quality Forum Quality Award, member of the National Board of Medical Examiner’s Innovation Board, member of the MA Medical Society, the AMA Council on Long Range Planning, and member of the American Society of Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Committee. He was inducted into the honorary society for Anesthesia leaders (AUA) in 2005.

He and has published over 400 articles (H=41; I10=103), reviews, books, book chapters and monographs and his work has attracted federal funding of more than $14 Million including leading a EU FP-7, 6 country study on readmission management and patient handovers. (http://handover.cmj.org.pl/project.html). He co-developed the award winning, and national standardized team training program–TeamSTEPPS program, designed to create a culture of patient safety and improved communication. He is presently part of VA HSRD Handover 2.0 project. He co-authored the WHO report exploring patient participation and patient reported outcomes in reducing health-care-related safety risks, and co-edited a 2-volume book, Safety and Quality in Cardiac Care, Springer, 2014, and Case Studies in Patient Safety Foundations for Core Competencies, Bartlett, 2015. His co-edited book on Surgical Patient Care: Improving Safety, Quality and Value: Theory and Practice, was published in June 2017. Further details can be found at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulbarach and https://uio.academia.edu/paulBarach.

Prof Richard Beale

Richard BealeRichard Beale is Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at King’s College, London, and a Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, and his clinical and research interests include sepsis, haemodynamic monitoring, advanced ventilation, nutrition in the critically ill, and ICU informatics. He is Clinical Director for Perioperative, Critical Care and Pain Services at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. He is also Co-Leader of the Clinical Academic Group within King’s Health Partners AHSC that includes Critical Care, and is acute Clinical Academic Group Development lead for King’s Health Partners, with honorary membership of the KHP Executive. He is immediate past Chair of the Research Committee of the ESICM, and was a member of the ESICM Executive. He has been an ESICM representative on the Steering Committee of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign since 2004, and is a frequent invited speaker at national and international meetings. Professor Beale is Clinical Director for London Adult Critical Care Operational Delivery Networks




Prof Geoff Bellingan

GeoffBellinganCurrently Medical Director for Surgery and Cancer board, covering critical care, anaesthesia, theatres, sterile services and medical physics in the Division. I was previously the clinical director for critical care. I am also Professor in Intensive Care Medicine at UCL and theme lead for the critical care and anaesthesia research theme for the Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre. I am a chest physician who works clinically only in critical care. Research interests ARDS, Interferon gamma, SuDDICU




Dr Andrew Bentley BSc MD FRCP FFICM

AndrewBentleyAndrew Bentley is a Consultant in Intensive Care and Respiratory Medicine at the University Hospital of South Manchester (UHSM) and honorary reader at the University of Manchester. He trained in London, Liverpool, Stoke-on-Trent and Oxford with an MD in airways inflammation from the National Heart & Lung Institute, Imperial College. He moved to Manchester in 1996 as Consultant at Pennine Acute Hospitals before taking up his current post at UHSM in 2004. He has been in hospital management roles for over 10 years and runs one of the largest long-term ventilation services for home non-invasive and tracheostomy ventilation in the UK. He chaired the North West Specialist Commissioning working group on long-term ventilation, developing national clinical standards and service specification template for long-term ventilation. His interests lie in acute severe respiratory failure, extracorporeal support, delayed weaning from invasive ventilation and the role of non-invasive ventilation in intensive care. He has been on council of the Intensive Care Society for two terms, chaired its research committee and currently is chair of the Intensive Care Foundation.





Dr Murillo Santucci Cesar de Assunçao,


  • Intensivist Consultant in adult-ICU Albert Einstein Hospital – Sao Paulo – Brazil
  • Coordinator managed of sepsis protocol in Albert Einstein Hospital – Sao Paulo – Brazil
  • Coordinator of Support group in hemodynamic at adult ICU – Albert Einstein Hospital – Sao Paulo – Brazil
  • Master in Health Science at Federal University of Sao Paulo – Brazil



Prof Jean-Daniel CHICHE, MD PhD


  • Full Professor, Critical Care Medicine, Hôpital Cochin, Medical Intensive Care Unit, Paris Descartes University (Paris, F)
  • Research Director,  Dept Infection, Immunity & Inflammation, Cochin Institute, (Paris, F), INSERM U1016 – Paris Descartes UMR-S1016 & CNRS UMR 8104

Jean-Daniel Chiche is Full Professor of Critical Care Medicine (Paris Descartes University), currently working in the Medical Intensive Care Unit of Cochin University Hospital in Paris. He graduated as MD in Paris, studied in Liège for 4 years (Belgium), and obtained a PhD after a 3-year research fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard Medical School) in Boston. His clinical interest lies in the field of acute respiratory failure, mechanical ventilation and sepsis. He has also developed a vision for organization, delivery and teaching of intensive care.  Prof. Chiche holds an appointment as Research Director at the Cochin Institute (INSERM U1016) where he develops an independent research program spanning various aspects of the biology of sepsis, innate immunity and variability of the inflammatory response.

He has written numerous papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and is a regular reviewer for major international journals. He has extensive experience as an investigator and DSMB member on major international studies in ARDS, mechanical ventilation, sepsis, sedation and cardiac arrest management. Member of several scientific international societies, Pr Chiche is a Past President of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM). He is also President of the Life-Priority Fund, and Member of the Steering Committee of ISARIC (International Severe Acute Respiratory Infections Consortium). He has served as a Member of the Executive Committee of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign, and has been President of the European Board of Intensive Care Medicine (2012-2017).




Prof Bernard Cholley

BernardCholleyBernard Cholley is professor of Anesthesiology & Intensive Care Medicine at Hôpital Européen Georges Pompidou 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.








Dr Bronwen Connolly

Dr Bronwen Connolly is a Consultant Clinical Research Physiotherapist in Critical Care at Guy’s and St.Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, and NIHR Postdoctoral Fellow.  She completed her PhD in 2014 investigating the clinical assessment and treatment of intensive care unit-acquired weakness and exercise rehabilitation for survivors of critical illness.  Her research interests include physiological assessment of peripheral skeletal muscle architecture and function, the recovery, long-term outcome and survivorship of post critical illness patients and clinical trial methodology around complex rehabilitation interventions.  Her current Fellowship focuses on the development of a core outcome set for trials of physical rehabilitation in critical illness. Dr Connolly has authored over 25 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, secured approximately £1million of grant funding as principal/co-applicant and speaks regularly at national and international meetings. She is involved with a number of major critical care clinical and research organisations including the NIHR Critical Care Specialty Group, the UK Critical Care Research Group, UK Intensive Care Society and the International Forum for Acute Care Trialists and chairs an ATS Workshop on ‘Determining the Outcomes for Assessment After Critical Illness’. She is the Course Director for the forthcoming 5th European Conference on Weaning and Rehabilitation in Critically Ill Patients.

Prof Paul Dark

PaulDarkPaul Dark is an academic critical care physician at Salford Royal Hospital, Professor of Critical Care Medicine at Manchester University Foundation Trust, NIHR CRN National Specialty Lead in Critical Care, NIHR  Divisional Lead in Greater Manchester and an Academic Lead for Acute Care and Trauma for the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre. He leads a programme of work funded by NIHR aimed at delineating the clinical utility of rapid infection diagnostics and has contributed to a number of relevant NICE technology appraisals. He also leads a programme of work funded by NIHR and Innovate UK developing and testing new technologies aimed at improved use of antimicrobial treatments for patients with suspected sepsis.







Dr Ron Daniels

Ron Daniels is a full time NHS Consultant in Intensive Care and Anaesthesia, based in Birmingham. He’s also Chief Executive of the UK Sepsis Trust and the Global Sepsis Alliance. In 2016 he was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to patients.

Dr Ron Daniels BEM is a Consultant in Critical Care at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, England. He’s a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, Royal College of Anaesthetists and Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine. Ron is Chief Executive of the Global Sepsis Alliance, having been instrumental in bringing World Sepsis Day and the Chairman’s concept of the World Sepsis Declaration to fruition. In May 2017, following unanimous approval of the Executive Board of the World Health Organisation, he was part of an Executive Board successful in securing the adoption of a resolution on sepsis by the 70th World Health Assembly.

He is also Chief Executive of the United Kingdom Sepsis Trust, a registered charity, in which capacity he provides in addition to public duties clinical advice to NHS England, Public Health England, the Department of Health and to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman. He has lobbied the United Kingdom Government, together with devolved governments in Scotland and Wales, over several years culminating in an announcement by the Secretary of State for Health of a resourced suite of measures to transform sepsis care across the UK together with a public awareness campaign on sepsis in children. Ron and his team developed both the ‘Sepsis Six’ care bundle, now in use in 26 countries, and the clinical concept of ‘Red Flag Sepsis’. Both are endorsed and recommended by the UK Royal Colleges and by NHS England, and by NICE in the Guideline on Sepsis published in 2016 (NG51). The UK Sepsis Trust has been instrumental in driving national change, including the implementation of a national commissioning lever and reports from the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD), the All Party Parliamentary Group on Sepsis and the NHS Cross System Programme Board on Sepsis together with the NICE guideline and forthcoming Quality Standard. The charity supported the NICE Guideline with the production of a full suite of clinical toolkits covering all facets of health care.

Prof Jan De Waele

JanDeWaeleProf. Jan De Waele is a surgery-trained intensivist with a specific interest in severe infections in critically ill patients, and works at the surgical ICU of the Ghent University Hospital in Belgium. Clinical interests include infection management in the critically ill patient, including antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial stewardship in the ICU. His research activities currently focus on optimizing antibiotic therapy in severely ill infected patients to improve outcome and combat resistance development. He holds a Sr. Clinical Investigator Fellowship Grant from the Research Foundation Flanders to investigate optimization of antibiotic therapy in critically ill patients, and has authored or co-authored over 200 journal articles and book chapters. He is active in several societies; he is currently chairing the Infection Section of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM), and is past-president of the Belgian Society of Intensive Care Medicine.







Dr Jose L Diaz-Gomez

Dr. José L. Díaz-Gómez is an assistant professor in the Department of Anesthesiology in the Mayo College of Medicine.  He is the chair of the Department of Critical Care Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Florida.  He has joint appointments with the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine, Neurosurgery and Critical care Medicine. He completed his post-graduate anesthesiology residency at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.  He then completed a critical care fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. In addition he pursued further training in cardiac anesthesia at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.  After his subspecialties training, he joined the Cleveland Clinic as cardiac anesthesiologist and critical care attending. Subsequently, he pioneered a perioperative/critical care ultrasonography program before joining the Mayo Clinic in 2012.
He is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA), with added qualifications in neurocritical care (United Council of Neurological Specialties – UCNS), and the American Board of Echocardiography (Advanced Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography and Comprehensive Echocardiography).  He holds the Fellowship in the American College of Critical Care Medicine (FCCM) and the Fellowship in the American Society of Echocardiography (FASE). He is the acting chair of critical care ultrasound committee and courses within the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Lastly, Dr. Diaz-Gomez serves as a writing committee member for the upcoming board certification in critical care echocardiography by the National Board of Echocardiography.

Dr Deepak Govil

Deepak Govil, is currently working as Director – Critical Care Medicine, in Institute of Anesthesia and Critical Care, at Medanta -The Medicity, Gurgaon, India. He has done European Diploma in Intensive Care and holds Fellowship of American College of Critical Care Medicine and Indian College of Critical Care Medicine. He is also the Director of WINFOCUS, Delhi ITO.

Dr Eric Hodgson

EricHodgsonEric Hodgson is currently the Chief Specialist anaesthesiologist and a pain physician at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital, responsible for management of anaesthesia delivery in19 operating theatres and a number of off-site venues for interventional radiology and imaging. Eric is a registered specialist intensivist working in the level one trauma unit theatres and ICU. Eric is a honorary clinical associate of the Department of Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Management at Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal. Eric’s main areas of interest are airway management, including contributions to the Difficult Airway Society guidelines haemostatsis, ethical issues and physician wellness.








Dr Roop Kishen

  • Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthesia, Intensive Care Unit, Hope Hospital, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK.
  • Hon Lecturer, Translational Medicine & Clinical Neurosciences, University of Manchester.
    (Now retired from both posts)

Non-Clinical Appointments – past and present:

  • Anaesthesia Advisor to National Confidential Enquiry into Perioperative Deaths 1996-98
  • Council Member, the Intensive Care Society (ICS), UK, 2003 -2009. Served on various committees of the ICS throughout council membership:
  • Member, Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee, National Institute of Clinical Excellence and Health (NICE), 2003-2006.
  • Member, British Thoracic Society Working Group on Emergency Oxygen in Adults Guidelines; 2006-2007.
  • Intensive Care Medicine Advisor to National Confidential Enquiry into Patients’ Outcomes and Death; Emergency Admissions 2007-2008.
  • Member, General Medical Council working party on End of Life Care – 2008/09 and now member of Implementation Group.
  • Expert Advisor, National Library of Health, Anaesthesia, Surgery and Critical Care – 2007 to date.

Special Interests:

  • Acute Kidney Injury in Critically Ill
  • Nutrition in Critically Ill
  • Metabolic disorders and acid-base disturbances in the Critically Ill
  • Post-Intensive Care Follow-up and Care of the Bereaved Families and Relatives of Deceased. ICU Patients.
  • Teaching and training (Advance Life Support Courses, Trainees teaching).

Prof Daniel Lichtenstein

Daniel Lichtenstein is a medical intensivist working at Ambroise-Paré Hospital ICU (Paris-West, France) since 1989, AIHP, visiting professor since 2007. Created critical ultrasound in 1985. President of CEURF, a personnalized training center at the bedside since 1989, at François Jardin’s I.C.U. Critical ultrasound was defined as one diagnosis followed by one immediate action in critical settings (Intensive Care Med 19:353-355). One textbook dealing with whole body ultrasound, including central venous canulation, optic nerve, blood in the peritoneum, inferior caval vein a.m.o. (Springer-Verlag 1stEd 1992, 6th Ed 2016). Some dozen of publications in international literature. Main articles: BLUE-protocol (lung & venous ultrasound in acute respiratory failure). FALLS-protocol (simple echocardiography and lung ultrasound for diagnosis and management of acute circulatory failure). SESAME-protocol (whole body ultrasound in cardiac arrest). Lung ultrasound in the critically ill neonate. Translational lung ultrasound. Congresses: animated more than 500 lectures in the five continents.
CEURF favors simple equipment, the use of one universal microconvex probe for the whole body in critical emergencies, emphasis on lung and adapted venous ultrasound, allowing to simplify echocardiography, one of many features of holistic ultrasound. CEURF teaches to associate the best of clinical examination with critical ultrasound for approaching a visual medicine.

Dr Nazir Lone

Nazir Lone is a Senior Clinical Lecturer in Critical Care at the University of Edinburgh. He trained in Respiratory Medicine and Critical Care. His programme of research focuses on the longer term outcomes of patients surviving critical care and improving the quality of care for those who become critically ill. He has a particular research interest in epidemiological methods and using linked ‘big’ data. He is currently a member of the Scottish Intensive Care Society Audit Group steering group and a Deputy Director of Research for the Intensive Care Foundation.Prof

Danny McAuley

Danny McAuley is a Consultant and Professor in Intensive Care Medicine at the Regional Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Victoria Hospital and Queen’s University of Belfast. He undertook his training in Belfast, Birmingham, London and San Francisco. He is Co-Director of Research for the UK Intensive Care Society. He has 2 main research interests; acute respiratory distress syndrome and clinical trials.

Prof Xavier Monnet

Xavier MONNET is Professor of Intensive Care at the Paris-South University. He is working in the Medical Intensive Care Unit of the Bicêtre Hospital (Paris-South University Hospitals).
Dr Monnet completed his medical studies at the Paris-6 Medical School and he earned his medical degree in 2000, with specialty in Cardiology and Intensive Care Medicine. In 2004 at age 33, he obtained his PhD from the Paris-South University.

Dr Monnet’s main fields of research investigation are acute circulatory failure and its treatment, haemodynamic monitoring and heart-lung interactions. Since 2001, he has signed more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and is the author of several didactic reviews and book chapters. Dr Monnet is presently the General Secretary of the French Intensive Care Society

Prof Stepen Opal

Professor of Medicine, Infectious Disease Division, Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Dr. Opal received his Bachelor of Science in microbiology from Cornell and his medical degree from Albany Medical School in New York. He did his training in Internal Medicine at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Denver, Colorado. He did his infectious Disease fellowship at Walter Reed Institute of Research in Washington D.C. before beginning his research career at Brown University. Dr. Opal’s laboratory interests are in septic shock research, molecular signaling pathways, microbial toxins and mediators, and antibiotic resistance. Clinical trial design and analyses in phase I to phase III trials are his primary clinical research focus. He has published over 250 peer-reviewed, research papers, over 100 editorials and authored over 80 book chapters in infectious diseases and critical care medicine. He is a member of the editorial staff of numerous academic research journals and is senior editor of Cohen, Powderly and Opal’s, Infectious Diseases textbook, now in its 4th edition. He is a member of the International Sepsis Forum and is a fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America.

Dr Marlies Ostermann

Dr Ostermann is a Consultant in Critical Care & Nephrology at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital in London and Honorary Senior Lecturer at King’s College London. She acts as Deputy Chair of the AKI section of the European Society of Intensive Care Society. Her research focuses on acute kidney injury and renal replacement therapy in critically ill patients

Prof Peter Picckers

The research of  Peter Pickkers focuses on pharmacological modulation of the innate immune response in translational models and patients. His group has exploited several translational models, including the experimental human endotoxemia model and experimental human rhinovirus  infection to investigate the pathophysiology of human inflammation.  Also clinical trials in critically ill patients has his interest, with a focus on sepsis, delirium and acute kidney injury. He is part of the editorial board of Intensive Care Medicine Experimental, Netherlands Journal of Critical Care and the ‘Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde’ and has participated in several guideline committees, including the SWAB. At this moment, he co-authored >200 peer reviewed papers and 22 chapters in books.

Dr Zudin Puducheary

Dr Zudin Puthucheary is a Consultant in  the Department of Critical Care, Royal Brompton Hospital. Prior to this he was a Consulant in Respiratory and Critical Care at National University Hospital Singapore. Formerly he was a National Institute for Health Research Fellow in Respiratory and Critical Care at University College London, and leads the multi-centre MUSCLE study on acute sarcopenia.

He graduated from Nottingham University in 1997, and moved to London post MRCP in 2000. Following a 3-year stint in Sydney, he started his Respiratory training in Bristol, before completing his critical care training in London. His research interests are in muscle wasting and outcome research, and over time has won awards from the European Society’s of Intensive Care Medicine and Anesthesia, the British Thoracic Society, the Intensive Care Society, and was recently named a Global Rising Star by the Australia and New Zealand Intensive Care Society.
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Aarti Sarwal, MD, FNCS

  • Medical Director, Neurocritical Care Unit, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston Salem, NC
  • Co-Director of the Medical School Ultrasound Curriculum, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston Salem, NC
  • Course Director for Critical Care Ultrasound Workshop at Neurocritical Care Society 2016, 2017
  • Neurosonology Certification -American Society of Neuroimaging  ( Transcranial Doppler, carotid)
  • Faculty for several national and international ultrasound sessions conducted by Wake Forest School of Medicine, American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, Society of Critical Care Medicine, Society of Ultrasound in Medical Education

Research/Education – interest- diaphragm ultrasound in mechanical ventilation , simulation for medical education

PD Yasser Sakr

From Jena , Germany and is an active researcher for ESICM and involved in numerous projects with Jean Louis Vincent such as SOAP study. I worked with Prof Konrad Reinhart and active interests in Microcircuation, sepsis, fluids and Blood.I involve in the sepsis section of ESICM and now a PD (Professor Designate) for the Jena University

Dr Christian Sitzwhol

ChristianSitzwholWorks in Vienna University in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care. He has published 56 papers and an expert in Ultrasound.

His teaching in ultrasound in the last year meeting fetch him 5 out of five points.

He is chair of EDIC 2 exam committee and the organizer of the EDIC 2 exam in Vienna.







Prof Michel Slama

  • Full professor critical care
  • Co chairman of an INSERM unit (research team)
  • Chairman of medical intensive care unit of Amiens hospital
  • Vice president of Picardie University
  • Excellent teacher of ultrasound and regularly teaches ultrasound in Brussels, ESICM meetings and very popular with deelgates.
  • Prof Fang Gao Smith
  • Professor in Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain,
  • Perioperative. Critical Care and Trauma Trials Group,
  • University of Birmingham
  • Academic Department of Anaesthesia, Critical Care, Resuscitation and Pain
  • Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust


After completing her Senior Registrar post in Hammersmith Hospital in 1997, Fang took a consultant post in Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust. She is specialised in Critical Care and paediatric anaesthesia for ENT surgery. She created Academic Department of Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Resuscitation 2005 with focus on clinical research in these areas. The Dept. is registered with the Royal College of Anaesthetists, based at MIDRU building, Heartlands Hospital, and affiliated with University of Birmingham and University of Warwick. She currently also leads the Perioperative, Critical Care and Trauma Trials Group (PACCT group), University of Birmingham.

Their team and PACCT group have strong track record in obtaining major grants from MRC, Wellcome Trust, NIHR, HTA and charity funding bodies. They have now obtained the status of a complete NIHR Academic pathway in Anaesthesia with NIHR Clinician Scientist, NIHR Clinical Lecturer and NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship

Dr Peter E. Spronk, MD PhD FCCP

Internist-Intensivist, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands

Peter is working as an intensivist in the mixed medical-surgical ICU of the Gelre Hospitals in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands. He is ICU director, coordinator of research and an established clinical investigator in collaboration with the department of Intensive Care Medicine of the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam. His main focus is on long term effects of critical illness such as ICU-acquired weakness, delirium, health related quality of life issues, and also on futility and quality of death and the implementation and evaluation of routine protocols and procedures in daily practice. He strives for further collaboration between ICU centers to facilitate clinical research and chairs a non-profit foundation called “HERMES Critical Care Group”.

Dr Suveer Singh

Dr Suveer Singh is consultant in Respiratory and Intensive Care Medicine at the Royal Brompton and Chelsea&westminster Hospitals, Imperial College, London. He is an postgraduate Examiner for the RCP, FICM and EDIC. He is PI for a number of respiratory critical care and interventional Bronchoscopy studies and coeditor of the forthcoming Oxford textbook of respiratory critical care. He is director of the national Bronchoscopy in Intensive Care courses and promotes skills acquisition and patient safety approaches in this setting.

Dr Miguel Tavares

Dr Miguel Taveres is frpm Porto, Portugal with the special interest in Critical care echo cardiography and he run courses in basic echo techniques in Portugal. His other interests are haemodynamic monitoring and research into dyspnea.

He is the co-ordinator for EDIC II in Portugal.

Prof Jean-Louis Teboul

  • 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 next to 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.
  • 184 articles (referenced in Pubmed) and around 204 book chapters/didactic articles, almost of them in the field of haemodynamics.
  • Editor-in-Chief of Annals of Intensive Care.
  • 617 invited lectures including 450 in international congresses.
  • Currently Chair of the cardio-dynamics section of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM).

Prof Tim Walsh

I am Chair of Critical Care at the University of Edinburgh, and Head of the Dept Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine. I am an academic critical care clinician with a major research portfolio in Health Services Research, specifically pragmatic clinical trials, epidemiology, and quality improvement research. In recent years my focus has increasingly been on large multicentre studies within Scotland, UK-wide, and internationally. Through collaboration with clinical scientists in Edinburgh I have had a key role in recent successful translational research projects bridging the gap between the laboratory and patient.

My particular clinical interests are in blood transfusion related research, sedation technology, and recovery from critical illness, but I am involved in a wide range of key UK portfolio studies relating to critical illness either as co-investigator, recruiting centre, or through steering committee and data monitoring committee roles. My methodological interests focus on outcome measurement for critical care trials, especially the used of mixed methods (combined quantitative and qualitative) approaches. I have a particular interest in complex intervention trial methodology.

I have a high profile as an opinion and research leader in UK critical care and blood transfusion medicine, as reflected through key strategic roles with the National Institute of Healthcare Research (Chair of UK Critical Care Specialty Group), Chief Scientists Office (Critical Care Specialty Group lead and member of the Research Strategy Oversight Group), Blood Transfusion Services (Research Lead, Clinical Effectiveness Group, Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service) and through national professional societies (Chairman, Scottish Critical Care Trials Group; Member of UK Intensive Care Society Research Committee). I am currently R&D Director of NHS Lothian.

Dr Adrian Wong

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 Jonathan Wilkinson

Consultant in Intensive Care and Anaesthesia at Northampton General Hospital, Northampton. Editor of the website NorthamptonCriticalCare .com to promote education in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care. Active blogger and social media enthusiast and POCUS. Main interests are #FOAMed / Research / ITU / Medical emergencies / ECHO

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