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INTERNATIONAL
Professor Lars Lundell
Professor John Marshall
Professor Julia Wendon
Professor Lars Lundell

  • Professor of Surgery, Karolinska University Hospital –Stockholm, Sweden
  • Section for upper GI surgery, Division of Surgery, Centre for Digestive Diseases, Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge, Stockholm, Sweden. 
  • M.D., Medical Faculty, and University of Lund, Sweden 1975:  
  • Ph.D., Medical Faculty, University of Lund, Sweden 1975:  
  • Reader in Physiology 1976

Publications: Professor Lundell has more than 250 publications within the following scientific fields: 

  • Intramucosal mechanisms involved in the regulation of gastric acid secretion 
  • Pathophysiological mechanisms involved in peptic ulcer disease 
  • Medical and surgical treatment of reflux esophagitis 
  • Mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of reflux disease Treatment of carcinoma of the esophagus and gastroesophageal junction 
  • Treatment of carcinoma of the stomach 
  • Treatment of pancreatic carcinoma 
  • Surgical treatment of morbid obesity 
  • Treatment and course of haemorrhage of the upper GI-tract 
  • Treatment of Hepatobiliary malignancies

International appointments 

  • Previous board member and President of EAGEN 
  • Previous chairman and board member of IWGCO (International Working Group for Classification of Oesophagitis) 
  • Previous board member of ISDE (International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus) 
  • Previous president and board member of ESE (European Society for Esophagology) 
  • Previous chairman of the UEG Education Committee 
  • Previous independent member of UEG Education Committee

National appointments 

  • Previous board member of Swedish Surgical Society 
  • Previous chairman of the Swedish Society for Upper Abdominal Surgery 
  • Chairman of the Swedish National Register for Esophageal and Gastric cancer 
  • Previous board member of Swedish Society of Gastroenterology,  
  • Swedish Cancer Associations Panel for Studies of Carcinoma of the Esophagus and Stomach 
  • Swedish Cancer Associations Advisory Panel for Studies of Carcinoma of the Pancreas

Honorary Membership: 

  • Hungarian Society of Gastroenterology,  
  • Czech RepublicSociety of Gastroenterology,  
  • Swedish Society for Upper Abdominal Surgery

 Previous Editorial board member: 

  • GUT: Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology:  
  • Journal of the Swedish Medical Association  
  • Diseases of the Esophagus

Regular assignment as referee for: 

  • GUT, Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology, 
  • Journal of the Swedish Medical Association,  
  • Diseases of the Esophagus,  
  • European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 
  • Digestion, Annals of Surgery, 
  • British Journal of Surgery,  
  • World Journal of Surgery,  
  • Digestive surgery  
  • Digestive diseases.
Professor John Marshall

Professor of Surgery, University of Toronto
Attending Surgeon and Intensivist, St. Michael’s Hospital

John Marshall is a Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto, and a trauma surgeon and intensivist at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Canada.  His academic interests are sepsis, trauma, and the innate immune response.  His laboratory studies the cellular mechanisms that prolong neutrophil survival in critical illness by preventing neutrophil programmed cell death, or apoptosis.  Professor Marshall has an active clinical research interest in sepsis and ICU-acquired infection, and in the design of clinical trials and outcome measures.  He has published more than 325 manuscripts, and 85 book chapters, and is the editor of 2 books.  He is the founding chair of the International Forum of Acute Care Trialists (InFACT) – a global network of investigator-led critical care clinical research groups, Secretary-General of the World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine, and vice-chair of the International Severe Acute Respiratory and Emerging Infections Consortium.  He is also past-chair of the International Sepsis Forum, past-President of the Surgical Infection Society, and past-chair of the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group.  He has given invited lectures at more than 470 meetings around the world, and is a member of the editorial boards of seven journals, and an Associate Editor of Critical Care Medicine and Critical Care.

Professor Julia Wendon

Julia Wendon is Professor of Hepatology and Executive Medical Director at Kings College London. Professor Wendon is an experienced hepatology and intensive care physician. Her primary clinical areas of interest are intensive care medicine, mechanisms of severe liver injury and multi-organ failure and immune dysfunction and the role of extracorporeal  therapies for the management of acute liver. Professor Wendon played a key role in the development of King’s liver service, including the expansion of the hospital's intensive care bed capacity. Professor Wendon is a member of the scientific steering committee of the Chronic Liver Failure Consortium of European Centres and has been invited to chair a European Acute Liver Failure Consortium. Professor Wendon has published over 150 papers on the management of acute liver failure, which have informed on international standards of care applied to the critically ill liver patient. 

NATIONAL
Dr Yasmine Ali Abdelhamid
Dr Danielle Austin
Dr Bronwyn Avard
Dr Milan Bassan
Dr David Bihari
Dr David Boshell
Professor Michael Bourke
Professor Marianne Chapman
Dr Andrea Christoff
Associate Professor Andrew Davies
Associate Professor Adam Deane
Professor Emad M El-Omar
Dr Anthony Holley
Associate Professor Andrew Holmes
Professor Tom Hugh
Professor Jonathan Iredell
Professor Geoff Isbister
Dr Pierre Janin
Dr Palash Kar
Dr Sandra Lussier
Dr Peter McCanny
Professor Neil Merrett
Dr Mary Pinder
Professor Stephen Riordan
Professor Katherine Samaras
Professor Jas Samra
Dr Claire Seiffert
Associate Professor Ian Seppelt
Dr Adrian Sultana
Associate Professor Michael Talbot
Dr Stephen Warrillow
Dr Claudia Whyte
Dr Paul Young
Dr Yasmine Ali Abdelhamid

Dr Yasmine Ali Abdelhamid is a fellow of the College of Intensive Care Medicine and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. She undertook her training at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, followed by a critical care fellowship at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Canada. She is currently undertaking her PhD at the University of Adelaide and Royal Adelaide Hospital ICU focusing on long-term outcomes in survivors of critical illness with diabetes. She ultimately wishes to pursue a career as a clinician scientist with an interest in the long-term consequences of critical illness.

Dr Danielle Austin

Danielle Austin is a recently graduated fellow of the College of Intensive Care Medicine, and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. She has clinical interests in advanced cardiorespiratory supports, critical care echocardiography and liver failure. Other interests include communication in intensive care, mentoring and gender issues in the intensive care workplace. Originally from Western Australia, she completed undergraduate medical studies at UWA before pursuing physician training, followed by advanced training in Intensive Care Medicine at RPA Hospital in Sydney NSW. She is the clinical Fellow in ICU at RPA Hospital, and in 2017 will complete a fellowship in Critical Care Echocardiography at St Vincent's Hospital and St George Hospital, Sydney.

Dr Bronwyn Avard

Dr Milan Bassan

Dr Bassan is a consultant gastroenterologist and therapeutic endoscopist at Liverpool Hospital in Sydney. He undertook his general gastroenterology training in New South Wales and subsequently undertook clinical fellowships in advanced therapeutic endoscopy at Westmead Hospital and at the Therapeutic Endoscopy Group at St Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Canada. He has also undertaken further training in advanced endoscopic techniques in Japan and Europe

He has a particular clinical interest in therapeutic endoscopy especially endoscopic ultrasound guided interventions (including drainage of pancreatic fluid collections and biliary drainage), endoscopic pancreatic necrosectomy, advanced endoscopic resection techniques, and complex biliary and pancreatic ERCP. 

Dr David Bihari

Dr David Boshell

Dr Boshell is a vascular and interventional radiologist at Sydney Adventist Hospital and St Vincent’s Hospitals, and a member of Sydney Interventional Radiology. Special interests include interventional oncology therapy, endovascular treatment of peripheral vascular disease, venous thromboembolism and reflux, pulmonary vascular disease, dialysis fistula maintenance, thrombolysis, embolisation therapy and percutaneous tumour ablation.

Professor Michael Bourke

Michael Bourke is Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Sydney and Director of Gastrointestinal Endosccopy at Westmead Hospital, Sydney, Australia’s largest hospital. He is an internationally renowned leader in gastrointestinal endoscopy, colonoscopy, ERCP and advanced endoscopic tissue resection with a reputation for pioneering endoscopic therapy techniques and research to influence clinical practice, particularly in the field of endoscopic resection of advanced mucosal neoplasia in the colon, oesophagus, duodenum, and papilla. Patients with advanced mucosal neoplasms and early adenocarcinoma are referred through a large national tertiary referral network to Prof Bourke’s department for endoscopic management. He has held many national leadership roles within Gastroenterology and Endoscopy in Australia. He is Co-editor of the journal Endoscopy (Journal of the European society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy 2011-2016) He is a co-founder of The National Endoscopy Training Initiative (NETI, 2007) and convenor of the Sydney International Endoscopy Symposium (SIES), Australia’s 2nd largest gastroenterology meeting, now in its 10th year with a delegation of more than 600 registrants. In 2012 the Gastroenterological Society of Australia honoured him with the prestigious Outstanding Clinician Award for contributions to the specialty, research, and the Society.

Professor Marianne Chapman

Professor Marianne Chapman is a Senior Staff Specialist in Intensive Care Medicine at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and a Clinical Professor of Acute Care Medicine in the School of Medicine at the University of Adelaide. Her clinical research interests include gastrointestinal dysfunction underlying problems with the administration of enteral nutrition, in the critically ill. 

Dr Andrea Christoff

Andrea Christoff is qualified as a paediatric intensivist and as a paediatric emergency physician. She currently works as a staff specialist in the emergency department at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in Sydney. Her clinical areas of interest include sedation practices, delirium management and end of life care. Andrea is actively involved in education, participating in resuscitation training and simulation based education across the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network. 

Associate Professor Andrew Davies

Andrew Davies is an intensivist at Frankston Hospital in Melbourne and an Associate Professor at the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. He has participated in clinical research for over 20 years in multiple clinical studies mostly in the area of optimal nutrition for our ICU patients. He also works part-time at Baxter Healthcare as a Senior Medical Advisor. Andrew is passionate about optimising our own health and wellbeing as clinicians. He is now focused on understanding the benefits of and teaching mindfulness meditation as well as optimal nutrition for ourselves.

Associate Professor Adam Deane

Adam obtained his PhD from the University of Adelaide. His research interests include nutrition, metabolism and gastrointestinal function. As a life-long Collingwood supporter he is grateful to still have a functioning pancreas and he will discuss “Pancreatitis and nutrition: do these patients warrant a specialised approach?”

Professor Emad M El-Omar

Professor Emad El-Omar graduated with BSc (Hons) and MB ChB from Glasgow University, Scotland, in 1988. He trained in General Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology in Glasgow and gained dual accreditation in both in 1997. In 1995 he was awarded the degree of MD with honours and Bellahouston Medal, for his work on the effect of H. pylori infection on gastric acid secretion in man. In 1997, Professor El-Omar moved to the USA spending time in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee, followed by two years at the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, Maryland. In July 2000, Professor El-Omar took up the Foundation Chair of Gastroenterology at Aberdeen University, Scotland and Honorary Consultant Physician with NHS Grampian. In March 2016 Professor El-Omar took up the Chair of Medicine at St George & Sutherland Clinical School, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He is the Editor in Chief of the journal Gut. His main research interests are in the role of microbially-induced inflammation in GI cancer and inflammatory bowel disease. His group has strong collaborations with groups within the UK/Europe, US, Asia and Australia.

Dr Anthony Holley

Anthony is a dual qualified intensivist and emergency physician working at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in Queensland Australia as a senior staff specialist. He is a senior lecturer with the University of Queensland Medical School. Anthony serves on the Australia New Zealand Intensive Care Society National Executive as the Honorary Treasurer, following on three and a half years as the Queensland ANZICS Chairman. He is also an examiner for the fellowship of the College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand.

Anthony has authored six book chapters and 30 peer reviewed publications. He is the supervisor of intensive care training at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and is an instructor for BASIC and EMST (ATLS). Anthony serves as a representative for the National Blood Authority Critical Care Group in developing the Australian Patient Blood Management Guidelines.

Anthony is currently a Commander in the Royal Australian Navy Reserve and has deployed on numerous occasions, including to peace keeping operations in Bougainville, East Timor and the Persian Gulf. Anthony served in Afghanistan in 2012 and then again in 2013. He served in Taji, Iraq at the ANZAC Role 2E hospital from January to April 2016.

Associate Professor Andrew Holmes

School of Life and Environmental Sciences and Charles Perkins Centre
The University of Sydney

Andrew has general interests in microbial diversity, its evolutionary origins and ecological applications. A deeper understanding of factors that influence the assembly of microbial communities is essential for both human and environmental health.  He has been a pioneer in the application of molecular, culture-independent techniques to microbial ecology. He has worked in fields a diverse as microbial regulation of atmospheric trace gases to identifying environmental origins of antimicrobial resistance genes.  Andrew’s current focus is on the role gut microbes play at the interface between the human nutritional environment and health. He has a particular focus on understanding the dynamics of gut microbial community composition in response to diet, the mechanisms of host-microbe interaction in the gut and development of tools to enable management of the gut microbial ecosystem for health. He did his PhD studies at the University of Queensland (1989-1992) before postdoctoral stints at the University of Warwick, UK (1992-1996) and Macquarie University (1996-2002). In 2002 he commenced his current position at the University of Sydney where he is now Associate Professor in the School of Molecular Bioscience and Microbiome Project node leader in the Charles Perkins Centre.  He was the recipient of the Fenner Prize from the Australian Society for Microbiology in 2006. He is a Senior Editor for The ISME Journal and a member of the Editorial Boards of Applied and Environmental Microbiology and Environmental Microbiology. 

Professor Tom Hugh

Professor Tom Hugh is an Upper GI surgeon at Royal North Shore Hospital and North Shore Private Hospital, Sydney Australia. He is the Chair of Surgery at the Northern Clinical School, University of Sydney and current Head of the Upper GI Surgical unit at RNSH. From 2006-2014 he was Head of the Department of Gastrointestinal Surgery at Royal North Shore Hospital. His clinical interests include the management of benign and malignant liver tumours, gallstone disease, and repair of inguinal and complex abdominal wall hernias.

Professor Hugh was the Coordinator of Post-Graduate Training at the Sydney Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre at Royal North Shore Hospital from 1999- 2010. He is an active member of the Board of CanSur, a not-for-profit cancer surgery research foundation based in the Kolling Institute, RNSH. His laboratory research interests relate to xenograft mouse models and stromal biomarkers in primary colorectal cancer and colorectal liver metastases. Currently, he is supervising one PhD and one Masters student through the University of Sydney. Professor Hugh’s main areas of clinical research include outcomes after major hepato-biliary surgery, as well as technical refinements to improve short and long-term results after surgery for inguinal and ventral hernias.

He has extensive administrative experience as Head of Department as well as fulfilling multiple committee roles over the past 18 years. From 1999-2005 he was an executive member of several professional surgical associations including the Sydney Upper Gastrointestinal Surgical Society (SUGSS) and the Australian Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (AHPBA). He is currently the Chairperson of the Training committee and an active member of the Australia and New Zealand Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (ANZHPBA) executive.

Professor Jonathan Iredell

Jon Iredell is Perth-born Infectious Disease Physician and Microbiologist who spends half his time at Westmead hospital in a combined Infectious Diseases/Microbiology Department and half his time in research supported by NHMRC at the University of Sydney. Major projects are in critical infection, including the study of bacterial septic shock, and in bacterial genetics and ecology.Formal affiliations are (1) Centre Director, NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Critical Infection and conjoint Professor of Medicine and Microbiology, Sydney Medical School/ Westmead Millennium Institute and the Marie Bashir Institute and (2) Director of Infectious Diseases, Western Sydney and Westmead Hospital and Deputy Director Microbiology, Pathology West (NSW Pathology) and Institute of Clinical Pathology and Medical Research and (3) President, Australian Society of Microbiology.

Professor Geoff Isbister

Geoff Isbister is a clinician researcher at the University of Newcastle, and a clinical toxicologist and emergency physician at the Calvary Mater Newcastle. He is a NHMRC Senior Research Fellow whose research focuses on multicentre studies of interventions in clinical toxicology and envenoming, including antivenoms, antidotes and decontamination. 

He has published over 250 peer reviewed publications, has had continuous NHMRC funding since 2005 and . He is a consultant to the NSW Poison Information Centre and is a current Senior Editor of the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.  

Dr Pierre Janin

Pierre Janin is a French Born Intensivist who initially trained in Anaesthetics in Belgium. He has been working in Australia since early 2008, and subsequently became a Fellow of the CICM. He is currently one of the Staff Specialist in ICU at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney.

His special interests include critical care echocardiography, as well as infectious disease, having completed a one-year fellowship in the speciality.

Dr Palash Kar

Born and bred in Brisbane, Palash moved to Adelaide to attend Medical School and never left. Now based at the Royal Adelaide Hospital Intensive Care Unit, he decided to undertake a PhD in diabetes and nutrition in the ICU, which is due to finish this year. Being a Brisbane lions and broncos supporter means that he hasn’t much to cheer about recently.  Palash has a baby who doesn’t sleep, which is the hardest thing in the world to deal with.

Dr Sandra Lussier

Dr Sandra Lussier is an advanced trainee in intensive care and general and acute care medicine at Northern Health in Victoria. She is the Victorian Trainee Representative for CICM, a member of the CICM Victorian Regional Committee and is part of organising committee for the inaugural 2017 CICM Trainee Symposium, which will run alongside the ASM.

Dr Lussier initially undertook basic physician training at the Austin/Northern Consortium in Victoria, followed by advanced training at Northern Health. Her interests include mentorship, trainee welfare, trainee mental health and gender issues in medicine. She has clinical interests in advanced care planning and end of life care.  She will complete her training at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and a master of public health and tropical medicine in 2017.

Dr Peter McCanny

Originally from Ireland, Peter is a dual-trained Intensivist who holds fellowship of both the College of Intensive Care Medicine and College of Emergency Medicine. During his training he spent time working in Ireland and New Zealand, before moving to Sydney in 2013. He was recently appointed as a Staff Specialist in Liverpool Hospital, Sydney.

His clinical interests include Trauma, Cardiothoracic Intensive Care, and Extracorporeal Life Support. He has a postgraduate diploma in transthoracic echocardiography (European Society of Cardiology), and is actively involved in critical care echo training and research.

Professor Neil Merrett

Is the Foundation Professor of Surgery, Western Sydney University.  He is a Specialist Upper GI Surgeon, Director of Surgery and Head Upper GI Surgery for South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) He has an extensive interest in the development of databases and protocol driven patient cares and outcomes for malignancy and the development of personalised treatment programmes for patients with Upper GI malignancies. 

He has contributed to the development of Low volume oncology in NSW including the progressive concentration of UGI oncology in NSW through the NSW Cancer Institute and in collaboration with the Cancer Institute; is the Chair of the Working Party developing the recommended diagnostic and treatment algorithms for the treatment of Oesophago-gastric and pancreatic neoplasms as well as the development of patient information resources for patients with these conditions.

Amongst his many committee duties, he sits on the SWSLHD Board and Chairs its Healthcare Quality and Safety Committee; Is a member of the NSW State Surgical Taskforce; Is a member of the Surgical Optimisation Working Party for NSW Cancer Institute: Is a Board Member and Member of the Training Committee for Australian and New Zealand Gastro Oesophageal Surgical Association (ANZGOSA) and a Committee Member for the Upper GI section of RACS. 

Dr Mary Pinder

Mary Pinder is a Senior Staff Specialist at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth, WA, the state centre for liver transplantation and neurosurgery. Mary has trained in intensive care medicine in the UK and South Africa as well as Australia. She has a strong interest in trainee (and fellow) welfare and education and is currently researching methods to improve the assessment process.

Mary and her husband are house-building and she hopes the conference coincides with the removal date so she can just fly home to a different address.

Professor Stephen Riordan

Professor Riordan is Professor of Medicine (Conjoint) at the Prince of Wales Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales and Head of the Gastrointestinal and Liver Unit at the Prince of Wales Hospital, a University Teaching Hospital, in Sydney, Australia. He holds appointments as Senior Staff Specialist in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Prince of Wales Hospital and the affiliated Sydney Children’s Hospital and Royal Hospital for Women (also University Teaching Hospitals).

Professor Katherine Samaras

Professor Katherine Samaras is a senior staff specialist in the Department of Endocrinology at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney and heads the Clinical Obesity, Nutrition and Adipose Biology Laboratory at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. She is also the founder and director of the Australian Centre for Metabolic Health.

Professor Samaras has a strong research in obesity and its metabolic complications. She has published over 130 papers on the area, covering genetic epidemiology, genetics, epigenetics, physiological studies and intervention studies in humans and is committed to the prevention of obesity and  its effective treatment.

She serves as an expert panel member for the NSW Premier’s Childhood Obesity Priority and is the clinical spokesperson for NSW Health’s “Make Healthy Normal” Campaign. She has chaired expert writing groups for the federal government on hospital dietary guidelines in diabetes and is a Founding and Working Party Member of the International Working Party on Physical Health in Youth with Psychosis, an obesity prevention program. She is the Chief Specialty Editor for a new specialty journal launched in 2016: Frontiers in Obesity, under the parent journal of Frontiers Endocrinology.

Professor Jas Samra

Prof Jas Samra commenced his medical career in the United Kingdom and obtained his medical degree in 1988.  He undertook his surgical training in England being awarded Fellowships of both the Royal Colleges of Surgeons in London and Edinburgh.  This was followed by a period of research as a Welcome Research Registrar at the University of Oxford 1993-1996 resulting in an award D.Phil (Doctor of Philosophy).  He was the recipient of The Cuthbertson Medal in recognition of his research publications. 

In 1997 Prof Samra came to Australia and took up further surgical training at Royal North Shore Hospital.  He received his Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.  He was appointed consultant general surgeon with an interest in Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary surgery at the Royal North Shore and Ryde Hospitals in 2003.  He performs complex pancreatic and liver surgery laparoscopically and robotically.  He has performed over 700 pancreatic resections with excellent results and annually he performs more than 90 pancreatic resections.

He has been an Examiner for higher degrees (PhD and MSc) at the University of Sydney.  His academic interest is in basic sciences exploring the molecular mechanisms resulting in hepatobiliary and pancreatic cancers.  He has published widely on the technical aspect of pancreatic surgery as well as other diverse surgical topics.  He has presented his research at numerous international and national meetings .

He was made a Clinical Professor in December 2015 at the University of Sydney

Dr Claire Seiffert

Claire is currently an ICU senior registrar based at RNSH, Sydney, and has previously worked as an SR at RPA.  She has a special interest in bariatric medicine and apparently all things related to faecal matter courtesy of the Intensive Care Network’s “Poo in the ICU” Pecha Kucha.  Aside from expanding her knowledge in these niche ICU areas, Claire is a passionate John Farnham fan and a loyal Geelong AFL supporter.  With the CICM fellowship exam completed, her focus is now on developing a spectacular array of Zumba moves and becoming an instructor (her husband disapproves!). 

Associate Professor Ian Seppelt

A/Prof Ian Seppelt is a senior specialist in Intensive Care Medicine at Nepean Hospital, Sydney and the University of Sydney Medical School, and Clinical Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Macquarie University. He is an active clinical researcher and teacher in intensive care medicine and is Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the George Institute for Global Health, Sydney. 
Research interests include critical care infection (including gut microbiology in critical illness), fluid resuscitation, and sedation and delirium in intensive care. He is the Australian lead for the multinational SuDDICU program (developing the 'definitive' trial of Selective Decontamination of the Digestive Tract in Intensive Care). Other interests include neuroanaesthesia and neurocritical care, and the ethics of clinical research in critical illness. 
He is senior horse transport technician and deputy assistant groom for his children and also part owner of a very nice vineyard near Orange in central New South Wales.

Dr Adrian Sultana

Dr Adrian Sultana MD FRCP(Glasg) FANZCA is a specialist anaesthetist at a number of hospitals in Sydney, Australia. He graduated from the University of Malta in 1984, trained in General Medicine in the UK, and graduated FANZCA in 1993.

He  is  appointed  as  a  Conjoint  Lecturer  at  the  Prince  Of  Wales  Clinical  School, University Of New South Wales and is also a Clinical Lecturer in Anaesthesia at the Australian School of Advanced Medicine, Macquarie University.

Dr Sultana has a long-term interest in anaesthesia and perioperative management of bariatric surgical patients and was the founding anaesthetist at the Sydney Institute of Obesity Surgery. Dr. Sultana has presented Scientific Papers in anaesthesia for obesity at international congresses in Berlin, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Sydney. He tutors at the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists' pre-examination course in Sydney.

His current research interests include novel airway techniques during anaesthesia for the morbidly obese, target controlled intravenous anaesthesia and other specialised anaesthetic techniques for Bariatric Surgery.

During 2012 Dr Sultana presented at the Bariatric Master class during the ANZCA Annual Scientific Meeting in Perth.

In 2013 Dr.Sultana attended the 2nd ISPCOP symposium in San Francisco and was appointed to the Board of Directors of the International Society for the Perioperative Care of the Obese Patient (ISPCOP). During October 2014 he presented a paper on Opioid Free Anaesthesia for Bariatric Patients at the Australian Society of Anaesthetists National Scientific Meeting.

Dr Sultana presented:“Use Of The Laryngeal Mask In The Morbidly Obese Patient” at ISPCOP 2015 in San Diego.

In 2016 he was the Airway Speaker at the 16th World Congress of Anaesthesiologists Bariatric and Sleep Medicine Track under the Auspices of ISPCOP.

During 2016 Dr Sultana also presented a bariatric airway pro-con at the American Society of Anesthesiologists annual meeting in Chicago, and has also presented on the Obese Airway and Opioid Free Anaesthesia at both Australian & New Zealand National Meetings in Auckland and Melbourne.

Dr Sultana is Secretary of the Board of Directors of ISPCOP. 

Contact Details:

Dr Adrian Sultana

PO BOX 494

DOUBLE BAY NSW 1360

AUSTRALIA Telephone:+61414371483

Email:a.sultana@unsw.edu.au

Associate Professor Michael Talbot

After graduating from the University of Otago in 1992, Dr. Talbot completed his Internship in Wellington, NZ before commencing residency and surgical training at Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital.

Graduating from Advanced Surgical Training in the Sydney Southeastern rotation in 2001, Dr. Talbot then underwent further subspecialty training as the Lister Lecturer in Surgery at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary, before commencing Consultant practice at St George and Wollongong Hospitals in 2003.He is now a Conjoint Associate Professor in Surgery at the University of New South Wales.

Throughout his career, Dr. Talbot has been a pioneer of complex Bariatric surgery in NSW, and has for the last decade had the highest caseload of these patients in the State. He also performed Australasia’s first robotic bariatric and oesophageal surgical procedures.

Dr. Talbot offers the full range of endoscopic and surgical treatments for neoplasia in the oesophagus and stomach, and runs NSW’s longest established High Resolution Oesophageal Diagnostics Lab.

 

Dr Stephen Warrillow

Director of Intensive Care, Austin Health Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow with the University of Melbourne, Victoria

Stephen is strongly engaged with medical education, critical care research, clinical governance and organ donation. In his role as the Victorian Regional Chair for ANZICS, he actively advocates for critical care practice. His current research and clinical interests centre on critical care hepatology and ICU survivor outcomes.

Dr Claudia Whyte

Dr Paul Young

Paul is a key member of the highly successful Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society Clinical Trials Group (ANZICS CTG) and leading member of the New Zealand ICU research community. His primary interest is in the design and conduct of large-scale multicentre randomised controlled trials in the field of Intensive Care Medicine. He is the Associate Editor for Critical Care and Resuscitation. Despite only being involved in clinical research for six years he is already one of New Zealand’s most successful clinician researchers. He has more than 70 publications, including first author publications in the New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA. He is currently involved in collaborations with researchers from Australia, Canada, the USA, the UK, Europe, and Brazil.  Paul prefers kite-surfing to working.