Perioperative Medicine Symposium in conjunction with EBPOM (UK)


David Story Photo Professor David Story

Professor David Story is foundation Chair of Anaesthesia at the University of Melbourne; and Head of the Anaesthesia, Perioperative and Pain Medicine Unit within the Melbourne Medical School. He promotes research and teaching at the 14 hospitals affiliated with the University of Melbourne, and engages the broader community on perioperative care. His main research interest is reducing perioperative complications. His clinical work involves perioperative care for all surgical specialties including liver transplantation.

rupert_pearce Professor Rupert Pearse

Rupert Pearse graduated in 1996 from St George’s Hospital Medical School, London, UK. His clinical duties are based on the busy intensive care unit at the Royal London Hospital where he oversees the care of critically ill patients who have undergone major surgery. In 2006, he was appointed Senior Lecturer, Intensive Care Medicine, Queen Mary, University of London and was promoted to Professor in 2014.

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 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. (

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.

PoSH_Bernhard_Riedel Professor Bernhard Riedel

Bernhard is an anaesthetist with a special interest in cancer anaesthesia. He currently serves as the Director for the Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne and holds an honorary academic appointment at the University of Melbourne. Bernhard has published extensively (>100 publications) and is the editor of a comprehensive textbook on Acute Care for the Cancer Patient and Guest Editor for Cancer and Anaesthesia, In: Best Practice & Research Clinical Anesthesiology. His research interests focus on improving perioperative outcomes; with emphasis on improved preoperative risk stratification (exploring the role of endothelial function and exercise stress testing) and the role of perioperative strategies (including prehabilitation with exercise) to reduce complications after surgery, including long-term outcomes after cancer surgery.

Dr_Laurence_Weinberg_Photo A/Prof Laurence Weinberg

Laurence is the director of Anaesthesia at Austin Hospital. He is an A/Professor in both the Department of Surgery, and the Anaesthesia, Perioperative and Pain Medicine Unit, at the University of Melbourne. His clinical and research interests include anaesthesia for cardiac and hepatobiliary surgery including liver transplantation. He is actively involved in ERAS programs for major liver resection, pancreatic resections, oesophagectomy, and gastrectomy at Austin Health.

Jonny-Nicholson-Photo_web Dr Jonny Nicholson

Jonny is a Consultant Anaesthetist at The Alfred and Adjunct Lecturer with Monash University . His interests include Perioperative medicine, Trauma anaesthesia, Retrieval medicine and Quality Improvement. After completing a fellowship in Perioperative medicine he has continued to assist in the expansion of the Perioperative service at The Alfred particularly in the post-operative period. He is a coordinator for the Perioperative medicine courses through Monash University.

Andrew Hill Andrew Hill

Andrew Hill is a Professor of Surgery at the University of Auckland. He has established an internationally recognised research group in perioperative care at Middlemore Hospital in South Auckland. He runs a busy surgical research group and has made seminal contributions to understanding of the metabolic response to surgery. Through multiple clinical trials he has explored different ways of improving postoperative recovery.

He has over 230 peer-reviewed papers, with a focus on Medical Education and Perioperative Care. He is the supervisor of 20 current or past MD/PhD’s. He was awarded the University of Auckland Teaching Excellence Award for Research Supervision in 2014 and the Gluckman award for Research in 2016.

He is a councillor on the RACS council and is the Head of the Surgical Research Society of ANZ.

Guy Ludbrook Guy Ludbrook

Guy Ludbrook is Professor of Anaesthesia at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Head of Acute Care Medicine at the University of Adelaide, and is the Director of an early phase clinical trials unit, PARC Clinical Research. His research background is in pharmacology, particularly related to pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in the CNS.

After spending some time at London Business School, he has developed in interest in innovation in health services delivery, especially related to the value proposition of both outcome and cost. He is active in research into improved evidence-based models of care preoperatively and post-operatively.

Philip Devereaux Philip Devereaux

Dr. Devereaux is the Director of the Division of Cardiology at McMaster University. He is also the Scientific Leader of the Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine, and Surgical Research Group at the Population Health Research Institute. Dr. 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 is supported by a Tier 1 Canadian Research Chair in Perioperative Medicine.

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.

Paul Stewart Paul Stewart

Paul Stewart is Clinical Associate Professor of Anaesthesia at the Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney and a consultant anaesthetist in private practice in Sydney. He is a member of Quality Clinical Review Committee and the Human Resources and Ethics Committee at the Sydney Adventist Hospital.

Research interests include quantitative neuromuscular function monitoring, neostigmine associated muscle weakness and residual neuromuscular blockade.

Awards for this research have been received from the ANZCA and the Australian Society of Anaesthetists. These include the Gilbert Troup Prize and Medal in 2014 and 2016 for quantitative neuromuscular monitoring and neostigmine induced muscle weakness respectively.

David McIlroy David McIlroy

Staff Anaesthetist, Alfred Hospital. Honorary Senior Lecturer, Monash University. Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Anaesthesiology, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, NY.

Dr. McIlroy completed his undergraduate medical training at Monash University and then specialist training in anaesthesia through the Alfred Hospital, with a focus on cardiac anaesthesia. He completed his Master of Clinical Epidemiology through Monash University before spending 4 years at New York’s Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center as a cardiac anaesthesiologist and clinical researcher, working on various aspects of perioperative AKI.

Having returned to Melbourne and the Alfred Hospital in 2012 he recently completed and published a large pragmatic trial (The LICRA study) testing the impact of a comprehensive perioperative strategy limiting intravenous chloride administration in patients undergoing cardiac surgery.

Kate Leslie Kate Leslie

Professor Kate Leslie AO is a specialist anaesthetist and head of research in the Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Management, Royal Melbourne Hospital, and honorary professorial fellow at the University of Melbourne and Monash University in Australia. Kate is a foundation member of the ANZCA Clinical Trials Network and was the chair between 2014-7.

She was a leader of the B-Aware, ENIGMA and POISE studies, and is currently a chief investigator of the Balanced, RELIEF, PADDI and ROCKET studies. Kate has published >170 papers, been awarded >$15M in grants and is one of the six editors of Miller’s Anesthesia textbook.

Lis Evered Lis Evered

Lis Evered has a Masters in biostatistics and a PhD in neuroscience and holds a NHMRC/ARC Dementia Research Fellowship. Lis is Associate Professor at University of Melbourne and Scientific Head of Research at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne. She has many publications in cognitive clinical research, is a member of several Boards and committees including the American Society of Anesthesiologists Brain Health Initiative, and is an invited speaker at many international conferences.

Lis founded and is immediate past Chair of the Perioperative Cognition and Delirium Professional Interest Area (PIA) of the Alzheimer’s Association (US). She is a Senior Editor for Anesthesia & Analgesia, Associate Editor of British Journal of Anaesthesia, a member of the ANZCA research committee and a reviewer for many peer-reviewed journals.

She is the recipient of a number of competitive grants including NHMRC project grants and Alzheimer’s Association Australia. Her main area of research interest is identifying the impact of surgery and anaesthesia on the cognitive trajectory of older individuals, and identifying preoperative interventions to reduce delirium and longer-term postoperative cognitive decline.