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 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.
David is an intensivist at The Alfred Hospital and a Retrievalist with Ambulance Victoria. He has trained in Auckland, Sydney and Toronto but, despite the weather, now calls Melbourne home. He was a paramedic before qualifying as a doctor and has completed postgraduate training in palliative medicine. His clinical interests are prehospital and retrieval medicine, trauma, end of life care, organ donation and medical education. He has an embarrassingly large collection of Lego.
Celia Bradford is an intensivist at Royal North Shore and Sydney Adventist Hospitals. She has an interest in Neurointensive Care and Renal Medicine. Her research has been in these areas. In addition, she writes for ‘The Bottom Line’, an online blog that reviews and critiques critical care literature and is interested in converting research findings into clinical practice. She is an advocate for women in Intensive Care and provides mentorship for aspiring Intensivists.
After narrowly escaping a career as an Anaesthetist in the UK, Sebastian moved to Australia to train in Intensive Care in 2013. A Fellowship at the Nepean Hospital in Sydney has developed his passion for Echocardiography in the Critically Ill, and led to research opportunities that he is pursuing further as an Echo Fellow at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth. Other career interests include the interface of Palliative Care in the ICU, retrieval medicine, and teaching his dog to find his car keys in the morning.
Peter Kruger is Deputy Director of Intensive Care at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane and an Associate Professor at both the University of Queensland and Monash University, Melbourne.
He holds specialist qualifications in both Anaesthesia and Intensive Care and has experience in both laboratory and clinical research. He is the immediate past chair and a senior examiner for the first part examination of the College of Intensive care medicine of Australia and New Zealand and a primary examiner for the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. He is a board member of the College of Intensive Care Medicine and of The Intensive Care Foundation.
In addition to his clinical and teaching roles his active research interests include clinical trial design, utilising clinical information systems to facilitate research, weaning patients from mechanical ventilation and the management of severe sepsis.
Sonia is a Canadian physician and intensivist. She came to Australia in 2003 (as a “climate refugee”!) to work in Emergency Medicine in Dandenong (Melbourne). What was meant to be a 6-12 months stint turned into a long-term stay and Sonia went back to Intensive Care Medicine as a senior registrar at Monash Medical Centre gaining fellowship in 2008.
Sonia subsequently worked in Aeromedical Retrieval in QLD, SA and NSW and obtained a postgraduate certificate from James Cook University. She has worked as an ICU consultant at John Hunter Hospital and Calvary Mater in Newcastle.
Sonia currently holds a conjoint appointment with the Tamworth Retrieval Service and Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital ICU and is a rural representative on the CICM NSW Regional committee.
Fraser graduated from Dundee University in Scotland in 2012. He completed his training in Emergency and Intensive Care Medicine in the UK in 2014, winning the medal for the top performance in the Fellowship examination. In the past few years he has worked in Sydney with the helicopter emergency medical service. He relocated to Melbourne last year and he is currently working as the ICU Trauma Fellow at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. He is currently completing an online Masters of Epidemiology degree at the University of London.
Elissa Milford is an intensive care medicine trainee currently based on the Sunshine Coast. She is also undertaking a PhD on the role of the endothelial glycocalyx in severe trauma, and is a serving medical officer in the Australian Regular Army, employed on the ADF's medical specialist program.
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.
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.
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.
Ray trained as a general physician before specialising in Intensive Care Medicine. He was the founding director of the Intensive Care Unit of North Shore Private Hospital and for many years has been the Director of the Malcolm Fisher Department of Intensive Care Medicine at RNSH. He was awarded BA with a major in Philosophy from Macquarie University and an MD from Sydney University based on a research thesis on cardiovascular function in acute, non-cardiac, critical illness. He was involved in the merging of the RACP and FICANZCA training programs, serving on the initial Board of the JFICM. He is currently Vice President of the Board of CICM.
Irish by background, with paediatrics as her home discipline, Sile moved to Australia in 2010 to do intensive care training. Alongside her anaesthetic training time she undertook a fellowship in simulation which was across multiple specialties at the Royal Children's Hospital. She is now working as a consultant In the Royal Children's Hospital intensive care unit and co-lead in paediatric retrieval as part of the PIPER (Perinatal Infant Paediatric Emergency Retrieval) service, as well as studying a Graduate Certificate in Medical Education at Melbourne University to expand her repertoire of teaching tools.
Andrew is a full-time intensive care clinician and researcher at The Alfred ICU, Melbourne. He completed his undergraduate medical education at the University of Auckland, followed by ICU training in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Australia. After award of Fellowship, Andrew worked as a consultant for many years in Queensland, while also completing a PhD in antibiotic pharmacokinetics. His major academic interests include optimised drug prescribing in the critically ill, haemodynamic management in severe sepsis, acute kidney injury and renal replacement therapy, management of SAH and TBI, and critical care nutrition. Andrew is involved in critical care research internationally as the Victorian representative on the ANZICS Clinical Trials Group (CTG) Committee. He also a keen educator; instructing on BASIC, ALS, ECMO and EMST courses, and is Chair of the Victorian Regional Committee (VRC), and Neurocritical Care Special Interest Group, College of Intensive Care Medicine. Andrew is Co-Deputy Director of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care – Research Centre, Monash University.
Sarah Yong is an Intensivist at The Alfred Hospital. After graduating from The University of Melbourne, she completed physician training before obtaining her fellowship of intensive care medicine thereafter. Along with critical care, she has a strong interest in education, simulation and the FOAMed (free open-access medical education) revolution. She is currently completing a Masters in Clinical Education in non-technical skills in intensive care. A strong advocate for her peers, Sarah convenes the Victorian Primary Exam Course for CICM, chairs the Trainee Committee and is New Fellows' Representative for CICM. She is a founding convenor of the Women in Intensive Care Medicine Network, with published research on gender balance in critical care. Sarah's clinical interests include cardiothoracic intensive care and crisis resource management.Sarah Yong is an Intensivist at The Alfred Hospital. Along with critical care, she has a strong interest in trainee support, education and simulation, and the FOAMed (free open-access medical education) revolution. She convenes the Victorian Primary Exam Course for CICM, and is the New Fellows' Representative for CICM.
Sarah is a founding convenor of the Women in Intensive Care Medicine Network and has presented research on gender equality in critical care.
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