Alex Psirides

Intensivist & optimistic dystopian. Emigrant son of an immigrant. Father of daughters.

Gavin Perkins

Gavin Perkins is a clinical academic with interests in intensive care medicine and pre-hospital care doctor. He co-chairs the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation which evaluates resuscitation science to produce international consensus guidelines for cardiac arrest ( He led the PARAMEDIC2 trial of adrenaline (epinephrine) in out of hospital cardiac arrest and looks forwards to sharing some insights about the conduct and interpretation of the trial findings.

Hallie Prescott

Dr. Hallie Prescott is an Assistant Professor in Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine at the University of Michigan and staff physician at the Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs Hospital. She leads grants on post-sepsis morbidity and hospital performance measurement from the US National Institutes of Health and the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs. She is an expert in long-term outcomes and recovery after sepsis. She is a vice-chair of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign guidelines, council member of the International Sepsis Forum, and a former ANZICS Intensive Care Global Rising Star fellow.

Hugh Montgomery

Hugh is ICU Professor at University College London, with a Nature papers describing the first gene for human fitness. He has been involved in environment/health issues for 20 years, and chairs the Wellcome Trust/Lancet Countdown on Climate and Health. He’s a father of two, a mountaineer and a fading ultra-marathon runner, and the author of two childrens’ books and a thriller (out Aug 2019). He also hols the world record in underwater piano playing.

John Myburgh

John Myburgh is a lifelong intensive care clinician. Dedicated to creating and sharing new knowledge to improve the health of critically ill people, the well-being of their families and their community. Committed to integrity, transparency and diversity in medicine, research and all aspects of living. Make a difference and leave a footprint.

L-J Mottram

L-J has been Intensive Care Consultant and Anaesthetist in the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast since 2013. She is interested in thoracic anaesthesia, medical education, simulation, critical care echocardiography and clinician wellbeing. Quite conveniently, she gets paid to do most of those things.
Most of her speaker invitations come from the local primary school, where she regularly makes an appearance to explain ‘what sleepy doctors do’. I’m learning that school kids are a tough audience.

Laura Rock

Dr. Laura Rock is a Pulmonologist, Intensivist and Director of Communication and Teamwork for critical care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA, an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School, faculty for the Center for Medical Simulation and a VitalTalk instructor. Dr. Rock studies and teaches the role of emotion in critical conversations, debriefing, feedback, and interprofessional conflict negotiation. She thinks we can change the world one conversation at a time, when we truly listen, and when we allow for creative and collaborative possibilities. When not teaching or seeing patients in the ICU, Dr. Rock loves to spend time with her family and hike, ski, mountain bike, surf and sing.

Naomi Hammond

Naomi (RN, BN, MN (Crit Care), MPH, PhD) is the Academic and Operational Lead of the Critical Care Division at The George Institute for Global Health and the (part-time) Intensive Care Clinical Research Manager at Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, Australia.
Naomi is a passionate advocate for intensive care research both from an operational and academic excellence perspective. She believes that when robust research evidence is implemented into clinical practice we give our patients the best chance for improved outcomes.
Outside of work Naomi keeps busy caring for her three beautiful children with her “Rock Doctor” husband, Alex.

Paul Young

Paul Young is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society Clinical Trials Group (ANZICS CTG). His primary interest is in the design and conduct of large-scale multicentre clinical trials in the field of Intensive Care Medicine. He is the co-clinical leader and director of research at Wellington ICU, the clinical director at Wakefield Hospital ICU, and the ICU programme director at the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand.

Sarah Yong

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 has completed 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 ANZICS 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.

Simon Finfer

Simon Finfer

Simon Finfer is a Pom who emigrated to Australia in 1993 to practice full time intensive care medicine. Despite being qualified 37 years and receiving an NHS pension he still works as a bedside clinician and takes night call. He loves his job because he works with fantastic people. He also designs and runs large clinical trials, writes paper, edits books and rides a 2017 Triumph Bonneville T120. He supports West Ham United and the English Cricket, Football and Rugby teams. He lives in Sydney with his wife, sons, two horses, four chickens, 3 ducks and one dog. Twitter handle is @icuresearch.

Steve Mathieu

Steve is a Consultant in Critical Care and the Clinical Director at Portsmouth ICU, UK.

He is the Honorary Treasurer for the Intensive Care Society and Programme Director for the State of the Art Conference. His interests include education, quality improvement and safety. He is a senior editor for The Bottom Line and developed and maintains the Portsmouth ICU website.

Steve Webb

Steve splits his time between being an intensivist at Royal Perth Hospital and doing clinical trials. He’s a former chair of the ANZCIS CTG and has published more than 150 manuscripts including several major ANZICS trials. He’s been involved in formation of the Australian Clinical Trials Alliance, which represents trial networks across all disciplines, ACTA seeks better ways of doing trials to improve patient outcomes.

Todd Rice, MD, MSc

Todd is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He provides clinical care for critically ill patients in the medical ICU and conduct clinical research in critically ill patients. He is also a co-chair of the Learning Healthcare System at Vanderbilt where we “Learn What We Do and Do What We Learn.” Professionally, he is proud of the evidence he has generated to improve the care of critically ill patients and the mentorship he has provided to other physician scientists. He loves ice hockey (watching, not playing) and am completely into enjoying life with his two sons.

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