Professor Adrian Gelb

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Adrian W Gelb MBChB, FRCPC, FRCA is Distinguished Professor (emeritus) in the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care, University of California San Francisco (UCSF). He was the Vice Chair of the UCSF Anesthesia Department (2004-2011). Prior to that he was the Anesthesia Chair at Western University in Canada.

Professor Gelb has served as a leader in multiple national and international Anesthesia Societies having been the President of 3 societies. He is currently the Secretary of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) and past chair of the Safety and Quality of Practice Committee. 
He is the author of >300 publications including 5 books. He has given > 400 invited lectures that include 17 named lectureships. He is an honorary professor at 3 universities and has received multiple awards for Teaching, Research & Mentorship.

Professor PJ Devereaux

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Professor Devereaux is a cardiologist and has a PhD in clinical epidemiology.  He is the Director of the Division of Perioperative Care at McMaster University. He is the Associate Deputy Director of the Population Health Research Institute.  He is also the Scientific Leader of the Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine, and Surgical Research Group at the Population Health Research Institute.  

Professor Devereaux is a full Professor and University Scholar in the Departments of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI) and Medicine at McMaster University.  He has published >325 peer reviewed papers and >80 book chapters and editorials.  He is supported by a Tier 1 Canadian Research Chair in Perioperative Medicine.

Dr Carl Waldmann

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Carl Waldmann has been a Consultant in ICM and Anaesthesia at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading since joining as Director of ICU in 1986.  Apart from his interests in the management of Head Injured patients in a DGH, the procurement and implementation of a Clinical Information System in ICU, his main passion has been the setting up and running of an ICU Follow-up clinic in Reading, where he sees around 100 new patients annually.  He was a member of ICS Council until May 2006, where his main duties were as Hon.  Treasurer and Chair of the Meetings Committee.  From May 2007 to May 2009 he was President of the ICS.  He was the Editor of Care of the Critically Ill and until 2004 the Editor of JICS.  In 2011 he became Co-Editor of JICS with Neil Soni. Carl was also  Chair of the section of Technology assessment and Health Informatics (TAHI) of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine until 2008 and in 2012 became the UK representative on the ESICM council.  He wa a member of the PACT editorial board and recently was editor of the Oxford Desk Reference textbook and also co-editor on the Law and Ethics in Intensive Care textbook.  In 2010, Carl was invited to be a founding member of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM) Board for which he was Chair of the Professional Standards Committee. In October 2013, Carl was elected Vice-Dean  and in 2016 he became Dean of the Faculty of Intensive care Medicine. He was  elected as the Treasurer of the ESICM. 2015-2018.

Carl has been elected 2019 to be Chair of the Critical Care Leadership Forum (CCLF) which ensures all national medical, nursing and Allied Health professional organisations involved in Critical Care are regularly engaged with each other to ensure a unified approach to the Care of the Critically ill patients nationwide.


Professor Guy Ludbrook

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Professor Ludbrook is a practicing clinician, with an interest in neuroanaesthesia and postoperative care.
He has published extensively in the peer-reviewed literature, and has received approximately $12M in research funding. His current areas of focus include health systems analysis and development of new medicines.

He is Director of PARC Clinical Research, an early phase clinical trials unit of new medicines and medical devices, with current activity in new: analgesics, local anaesthetics, anaesthetic agents, antianxiety drugs, Alzheimers drugs, Parkinsons’ drugs, MS drugs, and Cancer drugs. 
He is involved in regulation of medicines and medical devices, though membership of, and advice to, TGA Committees.

He is a postgraduate student at London School of Economics.  

Professor Rinaldo Bellomo

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Prof Rinaldo Bellomo, AO, MBBS, MD, PhD, FCICM, FRACP, FAAHMS 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 > 1300 PubMed cited papers and >150 book chapters and has delivered >300 national and international lectures. For the last 6 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).  

Dr Claire Macaulay

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Claire qualified as a doctor from Liverpool University in 1999 and trained in Medical Oncology in Glasgow, picking up an MD along the way. She currently works as a Speciality Doctor in breast cancer at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre.

Claire spent 10 years as a Medico-Legal Advisor with the Medical Defence Union, supporting and defending doctors during the most difficult time in their professional lives. A passionate educator and facilitator, Claire is an accomplished, highly sought-after trainer and public speaker, specialising in advanced communication skills. Claire is the National Education Lead for Realistic Medicine, advising the Scottish Government on the educational strategy for the implementation of Realistic Medicine.

Claire is a qualified mediator and executive coach, specialising in conflict coaching. She is convinced that compassionate communication can transform relationships and resolve even the most intractable disputes.

Professor Toby Richards

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Professor Toby Richards is the Lawrence-Brown Professor of Vascular Surgery at the University of Western Australia. He was previously at University College London for ten years. He has led a series of clinical trials to investigate the problem of anaemia in patients before major surgery, and the effect of intravenous iron. He is CI for PREVENTT, a NIHR HTA multicentre RCT and ITACS, an NHMRC international multicentre trial investigating the role of intravenous iron to correct anaemia in patients before abdominal and cardiac surgery. Additional trials include; IRONNOF, IRONWOMAN, CAVIAR, and MITOhealth, all exploring intravenous iron in the management of mental and physical health.

He has been actively involved in Patient Blood Management, having worked with the department of health in Western Australia on implementation strategies and the UK NHS Blood and Transplant. He has collaborated in Cochrane, guidelines and consensus documents on PBM and the role of iron therapy, as well as being a speaker at conferences.  He is a board member of NATA (the international association for Patient Blood Management) and ACTA (Australian Clinical Trials Alliance).

Professor David Story

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Professor David Story is foundation chair of Anaesthesia and Deputy Director of the Centre for Integrated Critical Care at the University of Melbourne. He is a part-time staff anaesthetist at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne where his clinical work is predominantly perioperative care for sicker adults including for liver transplantation.

His research includes perioperative outcomes and models of care; applied physiology including acid-base disorders; environmental aspects of anaesthesia; and surveys. He is also a consumer investigator in diabetes care. He studied medicine at Monash University and also graduated with a bachelor of medical sciences on exercise at high altitude. David received his FANZCA in 1997. His doctorate from the University of Melbourne (2004) is on simplifying the Stewart approach to acid-base disorders.


David chairs the ANZCA Safety and Quality Committee and is deputy chair of the ANZCA Research Committee. He has been a member of the ANZCA Clinical Trials Network since its inception in 2003 and is a member of the ASM and Events Planning Committee. He was an examiner in the ANZCA primary exam for 12 years. His government roles have included being on the council of the National Health and Medical Research Committee (NHMRC) and the Victorian Perioperative Consultative Council.


David was elected to ANZCA Council in May 2020.

Professor Javier Garcia Fernandez


Professor Fernandez is Chairman of Anesthesia and Critical Care Department, Puerta de Hierro University Hospital, Madrid, Spain. The hospital >600 beds, 22 operating rooms, 52 beds in medico-surgical intensive care unit and a medical-surgical ambulatory clinic with 60 beds. Prof Fenandez has clinical and academic interests in ventilation strategies in the adult and paediatric patient. Professor Fernandez is internationally recognised for his education and lectures on best practice for mechanical ventilation during neonatal and paediatric anaesthesia. He is Associate Editor for “Ibero-american Journal of non-invasive ventilation” and ”Current Anesthesiology and Resuscitation” journals and president of the research and ethics committee of Puerta de Hierro Hospital. 

Professor Franco Carli


Dr Franco Carli is Professor of Anesthesia at McGill University and Associate Professor in the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition at McGill University. He also serves as a staff anesthesiologist at the McGill University Health Centrel. Previous accolades included the  Wesley Bourne Professor and Chairman of the McGill Department of Anesthesia (1994-2004) and being awarded Gold Medal at the Canadian Anesthesiologists Society.

He is an Elected Member of the American Academy of Anesthesia and a member of the International Board of the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Society. In addition, Prof Carli is the Founder and President of the Peri-Operative Program.

His research interests are metabolic response to surgical stress, enhanced recovery after surgery and prehabilitation of surgical patients. He is the author of over 250 peer-review scientific articles, a recipient of over 50 peer and non-peer-review grants and lectures worldwide on ERAS and prehabilitation.

Dr Olivia Smibert


Dr Smibert is an infectious diseases clinician and PhD student at the Peter Mac Callum Cancer Center and University of Melbourne. She most recently completed a fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University in transplant infectious diseases.
She has earned numerous awards including the 2019 NHMRC Gustav Nossal Postgraduate Scholarship Award which recognises the highest ranked applicant for an NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship in the Clinical Medicine and Science category. She has also received an International investigator Award from the Infectious Diseases Society of America, an American Society of Transplant Fellows Award, and the RACP Richard Kemp Memorial Fellowship.
Her PhD project aims to define the role of the microbiome in determining infectious and immunological outcomes in immune compromised specialty patient populations and how this could lead to novel therapeutics and diagnostics.