Committee Members

Daniel Brodie, M.D. – Chair, Executive Committee

Daniel Brodie is a Professor of Medicine and the Director of the Medical ICUs and the Medical Critical Care Service at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. He is also the Director of the Center for Acute Respiratory Failure and the Director of Adult ECMO, one of the largest ECMO programs in the world for adult respiratory failure. He is the co-primary investigator or investigator for multiple ongoing studies in ECMO. His research interests include the use of ECMO and extracorporeal CO2 removal for various forms of adult respiratory failure and pulmonary hypertension.

Art Slutsky, M.D. – Chair, Scientific Committee

Dr. Arthur S. Slutsky is a critical care physician whose research, teaching and patient care has touched broad sectors of the health care community. His research interests span the fields of acute respiratory failure, non-conventional ventilation, classic respiratory mechanics, asthma pathophysiology, lung transplantation, myocardial preservation during cardiac surgery, and recently, the primary role mechanical ventilation plays in the development of subsequent lung injury and multiple organ failure.

Dr. Slutsky was Director, Interdepartmental Division of Critical Care Medicine, University of Toronto from 2000-2013; and was Vice-President, Research, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, from 2000-2018.

Alain Combes, M.D. – Co-Chair, Conference Committee

Professor Alain Combes, MD, PhD is Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at the University of Paris, Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris 6 and senior intensivist at the Service de Réanimation Médicale Institut de Cardiologie, Hôpital Pitié-Salpêtrière, Paris. His main research interests are care of the critically ill cardiac patient (cardiogenic shock, acute myocardial infarction, complicated heart surgery and heart transplantation); mechanical circulatory assistance and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation; rescue therapies for severe acute respiratory distress syndrome, including ECMO & pulmonary infections in mechanically ventilated ICU patients. He is a member of the Société de Réanimation de Langue Française, the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine & the American Thoracic Society.

Niall Ferguson, M.D. – Co-Chair, Conference Committee

Dr. Niall Ferguson is Head of Critical Care Medicine at the University Health Network and Mount Sinai Hospital, and Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Physiology, and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. He is a Senior Scientist in the Toronto General Research Institute, and the Critical Care Lead for the Toronto-Central Local Health Integration Network. Dr. Ferguson’s research, which is supported by local, provincial, and national granting agencies, focuses on: (1) mechanical ventilation (epidemiology; weaning and liberation; extubation and tracheostomy); (2) acute respiratory distress syndrome (definitions; ventilatory management; trial design); and (3) novel modes of mechanical ventilation, including extra-corporeal life support. Dr. Ferguson is the Scientific Programme Chair for Critical Care Canada Forum, Canada’s premier critical care conference.

Eddy Fan, M.D. – Chair, Data Committee

Dr. Fan is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Interdepartmental Division of Critical Care Medicine at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada. He is an attending physician in the ICU at the University Health Network and Mount Sinai Hospital and is the Medical Director of the Extracorporeal Life Support program at the Toronto General Hospital. Dr. Fan received his MD degree from the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada, and completed his internal medicine residency and critical care fellowship at the University of Toronto. He obtained his PhD in Clinical Investigation at Johns Hopkins University. His current research interests are advanced life support for acute respiratory failure and patient outcomes from critical illness. This includes epidemiology and the use of mechanical ventilation and extracorporeal life support in patients with ARDS, as well as the development of ICU-acquired weakness, early rehabilitation in ICU patients, and long-term outcomes in survivors of critical illness.

Marco Ranieri, M.D. – Chair, Grant & Industry Relations Committee

Marco completed undergraduate training from Bari University in 1985 and completed training as Anesthetist and Intensive Care Specialist in 1988. He was research fellow at McGill University from 1989 till 1991. Marco is currently chair of the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at the Molinette Hospital, and is Professor of Anesthesia and Critical Care at the University of Turin. As such he manage the respiratory and cardiac ECMO program of the Molinette Hospital. He was president of the ESICM (2006-2008). Marco authored more than 150 publications on different aspect of the caring for the critically ill including mechanical ventilation, ECMO, lung transplantation.

Darryl Abrams

Darryl Abrams received his medical degree from the Stony Brook University School of Medicine and completed his training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, including formal training in medical extracorporeal life support (ECLS) at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Abrams is now the Medical Director of the Intermediate Care Unit and Pre-Critical Care Services at the same institution. His clinical and research interests include the role of ECLS in acute and chronic respiratory failure and pulmonary hypertension, with a particular interest in the ethical implications of extracorporeal technology.

Laurent Brochard, M.D.

Laurent Brochard is an intensivist and is the Director of the Interdepartmental Division of Critical Care Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. He is Keenan Chair for Acute respiratory Failure at the Keenan Research Centre, and Clinician scientist in the Division of Critical Care at St Michael’s Hospital, Toronto. He is running a clinical research laboratory. Previously Prof Brochard worked at Henri Mondor Hospital, Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris, and at Paris EST University, France, followed by three years in Geneva as Head of the ICU of the Geneva University Hospital, in Switzerland, before moving to Toronto in 2013. He has a strong involvement in research, and especially clinical research on mechanical ventilation. He was Editor-in-Chief of the journal Intensive Care Medicine from 2001 to 2007, and is currently serving as Deputy Editor for the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. In 2009, he launched a European Research Network dedicated to clinical studies in Mechanical Ventilation, called REVA and is running an international working group on the use of the esophageal catheter (PLUG).

Marion Campbell

Marion Campbell is Professor of Health Services Research and Dean of Research and Knowledge Exchange at the Health Services Research Unit, University of Aberdeen. Marion is a methodologist, with deep experience as a clinical trialist, and a focus on the evaluation of medical devices. She brings several key skillsets to our group and will be a major asset to our Scientific Committee, which she has graciously agreed to join, as well as to the Data Committee.

John Fraser, M.D., PhD

Professor John F Fraser, MD, PhD is Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at the Prince Charles Hospital, and the University of Queensland as well as Associate Professor of Engineering at Queensland University of Technology. He is also director of St Andrew’s Hospital ICU in Brisbane. He founded the Critical Care Research Group as a vehicle to advance the understanding and care of the critically ill, incorporating all clinical teams as well as engineering and basic science. The team has multiple laboratories, and have developed numerous large animal models including acute lung injury, extra corporeal support and total artificial hearts. He recently led the successful international collaborative that was awarded the Centre for Research Excellence, a silo-free zone for research, teaching, policy and development of Mechanical Assist Devices across Australia and Oceania.

Carol Hodgson, PhD, FACP, PT

Carol Hodgson is Professor of Intensive Care Research and Co-Deputy Director of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Research Centre, Monash University. She is a Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellow with over 20 years’ experience as a senior ICU physiotherapist. Her particular area of expertise is early interventions to improve long-term functional recovery after critical illness. Carol leads international randomized controlled trials in intensive care and a national ECMO registry in Australia. She sits on the consumer and community engagement committee of Monash Partners, and promotes the use of patient-reported outcomes to inform her research on long-term recovery.

Danny McAuley, M.D.

Danny McAuley is a Consultant and Professor in Intensive Care Medicine at the Regional Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Victoria Hospital and Queen’s University of Belfast. He undertook his training in Belfast, Birmingham, London and San Francisco. He is Co-Director of Research for the UK Intensive Care Society and Chair of the Irish Critical Care Trials group. He has 2 main research interests; acute respiratory distress syndrome and clinical trials. He is a member of the trial steering committee for the planned international SUPERNOVA (ECCO2R in ARDS) trial.

Alain Mercat, M.D.

Alain Mercat, MD is Professor of Intensive Care Medicine (University of Angers, France). He is director of the Medical Intensive Care Department in Angers University Hospital and chairman of the european research network on acute respiratory failure and mechanical ventilation (REVA). He coordinates the french advanced studies diploma on mechanical ventilation entitled “Mechanical ventilation : From physiology to clinical practice”. His two main research topics are ARDS and mechanical ventilation.

Thomas Mueller, M.D.

Thomas Müller is a Consultant of Intensive Care Medicine and Pneumology at the University Medical Centre Regensburg, Germany. He is head of the Medical ICU and a member of the Steering Committee of EURO ELSO. He will host the coming 4th International EuroELSO Congress in Regensburg, one of Germany´s most active ECMO Centres. His special professional interests include the treatment of severe acute lung failure and the management of patients post resuscitation. Since 1996 his department is engaged in the optimization of miniaturized ECMO devices in use both for severe ARDS and circulatory failure.

Vin Pellegrino, M.B.B.S., F.R.A.C.P., F.C.I.C.M.

Vince completed undergraduate training from Monash University in 1990 and completed training as a Physician and Intensive Care Specialist in 1999. He was awarded the Matt Spence Prize for research. Vince is currently employed as a Senior Intensive Care Specialist at The Alfred Hospital, is Head of the ECMO Clinical Service and holds a Senior Lecturer appointment in the Monash University Department of Surgery. He has had a lead role in the development of ECMO services at The Alfred since 2003 and has provided ECMO training programs nationally and internationally. He is on the Executive Committee for ECMOnet, the Education Committee of APELSO and is Adult Section Editor for the ELSO Guidelines Project. He is active in clinical and animal research in ECMO, circulatory physiology and control of the circulation.

Antonio Pesenti, M.D.

Antonio Pesenti is Professor of Anesthesia and Intensive Care at the University of Milan-Bicocca. He is the Director of the School of Specialization in Anesthesiology and Resuscitation and Director of the Anesthesia Department and Resuscitation at St Gerardo Hospital of Monza. He also heads the Department of Emergency, Urgency and Acceptance of High Specialty there. He is Advisory Board Appointed Member of the American European Consensus Conference on ‘ARDS’, a member of the Jury at the Consensus Conference organized by ATS-ESICM-SRLF on ‘Tissue Hypoxia’, a member of the Italian SIAARTI Society on ‘Recommendations on physical structures of ICU’ and Appointed Member of the Jury at the Consensus Conference on ‘ICU-Acquired Pneumonia’. His research interests include nutrition and metabolism of the critical ill patient, respiratory mechanics in ARDS, therapy of respiratory distress syndrome and extracorporeal respiratory support. He is the national coordinator of a national “ECMO network” of 14 centers instituted by the Italian Healthy Ministry after the H1N1 pandemic.

Tai Pham, M.D., MSc(Phys), MSc(Immun), AdvMPH

Tài completed his residency in Anesthesia and Intensive Care in Paris. His qualifications include a Master of Science degree in Physiology (2001) and Immunology (2002) and an Advanced Master of Public Health (Statistical methodology in biomedical research, 2011). Tài also has a Diploma of Infectious Diseases in Intensive Care (2008), a Diploma of Ultrasonic Techniques in Anesthesia and Intensive Care (2011) and a Diploma in Artificial Ventilation (2012). He has worked as a Research Fellow in the Respiratory Team and the REVA team led by Professor Laurent Brochard.

Tài has also worked in Professor Sylvie Chevret’s team (Biostatistics and Medical Information Department, St Louis Hospital, Paris) on his PhD entitled “Management of H1N1 Influenza Pandemic in Intensive Care Units” in the INSERM (Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale). Since November 2013 he’s a Senior Intensivist in the Intensive Care Department of Tenon Hospital led by Dr Muriel Fartoukh.

Michael Quintel, M.D.

Michael Quintel earned a degree in medicine in 1985 at the University of Heidelberg. Between 1985 and 1987 he trained in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care in a township hospital, and then continued his training at the University Hospital Mannheim before becoming a Faculty of Medicine of the University of Heidelberg. In 1990, he completed his training in the Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at the University Hospital Mannheim. Beginning in 1990, Dr. Quintel worked as research fellow and “ECMO-trainee” in Professor Robert Bartlett’s lab at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. Following that, he returned to the University Hospital of Mannheim as an attendant physician and shortly thereafter, he was promoted to the position of the Deputy of the Chair of the Department. In 2003, Dr. Quintel was elected as chair of Surgical Intensive Care Medicine at the University of Göttingen (UMG). In 2009, he became Director of the Department of Anaesthesiology II – Intensive Care Medicine at the UMG. That responsibility grew to include the entire Anaesthesia service at the University Hospital of Göttingen.

Kathy Rowan

In 1994, Kathy established the Intensive Care National Audit & Research Centre (ICNARC), a not-for-profit organisation in the UK, to facilitate improvements in the structure, process, outcomes and experiences of critical care for patients and for those who care for them. ICNARC undertakes a broad programme of clinical audit and research, both nationally and internationally.

From 1994 to 2013, Kathy led and directed ICNARC and, in 2004, was awarded the Humphry Davy Medal by the UK Royal College of Anaesthetists as a mark of distinction for her significant contribution to critical care. Following appointment of a Chief Executive in early 2014, Kathy now acts as ICNARC’s Director of Scientific & Strategic Development and remains Director of its UK Clinical Research Collaboration Registered Clinical Trials Unit. Kathy is an Honorary Professor in the Department of Health Services Research and Policy at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and in the Division of Research Strategy at University College London.

Matthieu Schmidt, M.D.

Dr Matthieu Schmidt, MD is senior intensivist at the Medical Intensive care Department, Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital in Paris. He was research fellow at the ANZIC-RC in Melbourne in 2013 and 2014. His main research interests are mechanical circulatory assistance, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation and mechanical ventilation (patient-ventilator interaction, proportional ventilation mode). He is member of the Société de Réanimation de Langue Française (SRLF) and the ESICM, European Society of Intensive Care Medicine.

Kiran Shekar, M.B.B.S., F.C.I.C.M., F.C.C.C.M.,PhD

Kiran Shekar is an Intensive Care Specialist and Deputy Director of the Critical Care Research Group at the Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. He holds appointments as an Associate Professor with the Bond University, Gold Coast and a Senior Lecturer with the University of Queensland, Brisbane. The multidisciplinary Critical Care Research Group conducts translational research into clinical, preclinical and engineering aspects of intensive care including sepsis, lung injury, trauma, blood transfusion, cardiac surgery, mechanical cardiorespiratory support, ex vivo organ perfusion and thoracic organ transplantation. His key research areas include pathophysiology of extracorporeal life support and mechanistic investigation into the tissue effects of resuscitation with various fluids and blood products in large animal models of trauma and sepsis. Shekar is the Chief Investigator of an international, multi-centre study (ASAP ECMO) that aims to develop dosing guidelines for antibiotic and sedative drugs during extracorporeal life support.

Elizabeth Wilcox, MSc, M.D., FRCPC, MPH

Elizabeth Wilcox received her medical degree from the University of Calgary, and completed her training in internal medicine and adult critical care medicine at the University of Toronto. After completing research training at the at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the United Kingdom, she returned to join the critical care faculty at the University of Toronto and the Toronto Western Hospital. Her research is focused on the organization of critical care services and long-term outcomes from critical illness. She is currently conducting a large, externally-funded, multicentre cohort study which is evaluating the association of genetic, EEG and sleep to cognitive outcomes and wellness in survivors of critical illness (COGWELL).