CPET & Prehabilitation Symposium. (Incorporating POETTS (UK) accredited CPET course)


AdrianHallPhoto Dr Adrian Hall

Dr Adrian Hall is a Staff Specialist Anaesthetist at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane. He has been interested and involved in clinical use and research in CPX for over 20 years.

PoSH_Hilmy Dr Hilmy Ismail

Hilmy is a Consultant Anaesthetist at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne. He has a special interest in perioperative medicine, prehabilitation of patients presenting for major cancer surgery. He is the clinical lead of the cardiopulmonary exercise testing facility at the Peter Maccallum Cancer Centre. He is a Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Melbourne.

Denny_Levett_resized Dr Denny Levett


Denny is a consultant in Critical Care and Perioperative Medicine at Southampton University Hospital NHS Foundation trust and an Honorary Lecturer at the UCL Institute of Sports, Exercise and Health.
Denny is a consultant in Critical Care and Perioperative Medicine at Southampton University Hospital NHS Foundation trust and an Honorary Lecturer at the UCL Institute of Sports, Exercise and Health.

Denny has extensive clinical and research experience in cardiopulmonary exercise testing. She established and has chaired the National Perioperative Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing course biannually since in 2009 and is the Acting Chairman of the newly established National Perioperative Exercise Testing and Training Society (POETTS). She has reported clinical CPET tests for the past 10 years at UCLH, the Whittington and latterly in Southampton. She performed the anaerobic threshold (AT) analysis for the recently completed RfPB multicentre randomised controlled trial of the utility of pre-operative CPET and is currently analysing the AT for the international METS study comparing CPET and biomarkers in the prediction of surgical outcome.

Denny was the Association of Anaesthetists Research Fellow and her PhD thesis, which evaluated exercise capacity and the efficiency of oxygen utilisation in hypoxia, involved the analysis of over 2000 CPET tests from the 2007 Caudwell Xtreme Everest Expedition. She was the Deputy Research Leader for the Caudwell Xtreme Everest expedition in 2007 and a member of the climbing team. In 2013 she led the exercise research for Xtreme Everest 2 a follow up healthy volunteer study comparing the performance of Sherpa highlanders and lowlanders in hypoxia. (www.xtreme-everest.co.uk)

Julie_Osgood_photo Julie Osgood

Julie Osgood is a Clinical Nurse Consultant at Pre Anaesthetic Evaluation Unit at Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service. Julie has been a Registered Nurse for the past 25 years with experience in Emergency Department, Children’s ICU and currently for the past 13 years in Anaesthetic Clinic on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. She has recently completed her Masters in Nursing (advanced clinical leadership) with a focus on Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing. Julie is one of the clinical leads for CPX in her Health Service, establishing a clinic which commenced testing in November 2014.

Malcolm_West Malcolm West

Malcolm West is a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded clinical academic and a colorectal surgical registrar at the University of Southampton, United Kingdom. His research interests include the pathophysiological mechanisms of cancer therapies and prehabilitation and their effects on physical fitness and postoperative outcomes.

Andrew La Gerche Andrew La Gerche

A/Prof André La Gerche MBBS, PhD, FRACP, FESC

Andre is Head of Sports Cardiology and Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute Melbourne. He is also a clinical cardiologist working at the Alfred Hospital and St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. He is an NHMRC Early Career Fellow and a NHF Future Leader Fellow.

Major research interests can be summarised as: “exertional symptoms require assessment during exertion” reflecting the fact that resting imaging is a poor surrogate of functional limitation. Andre has developed novel echocardiographic and CMR methodologies for assessment of the right ventricle and pulmonary circulation during exercise. These have been applied to the assessment of heart failure, congenital heart disease, pulmonary hypertension and athletes. He has over 100 peer-review publications and text-book chapters including publications in Circulation and the European Heart Journal.

Andre completed a PhD at the University of Melbourne and 4 years of post-doctoral research at the University Hospital of Leuven, Belgium studying the effect of endurance exercise on the heart. In particular, exercise CMR was used to understand the mechanisms of right ventricular arrhythmias.

Susan Ward Susan Ward

Professor Ward (DPhil, Oxford University) is Emeritus Professor at Leeds University and Visiting Professor at Southampton University (Faculty of Medicine). Moving to the University of California, Los Angeles, she became Professor of Anaesthesiology and Physiology in 1988.

She subsequently held professorial chairs in Sports and Exercise Science at South Bank, Glasgow and Leeds Universities in the UK. She is Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, European Respiratory Society and European College of Sports Science; and immediate past Editor-in-Chief of the “European Journal of Applied Physiology”. She has 170 publications in exercise physiology and pathophysiology.

Daniel Conway Daniel Conway

Dr Daniel Conway is a specialist in Anaesthesia and Critical Care Medicine at Manchester Royal Infirmary one of Britain’s largest hospitals. He is the Perioperative Medicine Lead for the organization and developed the ERAS+ programme incorporating Surgery School plus ICOUGH. Daniel led research trials which demonstrated the usefulness of ‘intra-operative fluid monitoring’ contributing to UK NICE guideline. He is the founding chair of PeriopMan – The Manchester Perioperative Medicine Society.

Dr Conway chaired ANWICU – the Association of North Western Intensive Care Units and helped the Greater Manchester Critical Care Network devise a delirium management strategy and Quality Improvement project.

Dr Conway is the medical lead for ICU Follow Up providing rehabilitation and support for patients and families after critical illness. Daniel co-chairs the Greater Manchester Trauma and Critical Care Rehabilitation Network.