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Preliminary Scientific Programme
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Prof Ellen O’Sullivan, FRCA, FCAI, FCPSP (Hon) FCANECSA(Hon)
Professor Ellen O’Sullivan trained in anaesthesia in the UK and USA. She is now a Consultant Anaesthesiologist at St James’s Hospital Dublin. She specializes in airway management and is Director of the Fellowship in Advanced Airway Management and Simulation which has been running for 12 years. She was appointed DAS Professor of Anaesthesia & Airway Management in 2018. She has a substantial portfolio of clinically relevant research and has co-authored more than 140 scientific papers (H-Index 25), book chapters, website modules etc. & has lectured and taught workshops internationally.
She is Past President of the Difficult Airway Society, DAS, and in 2022 she received the DAS Macewan medal for her services to DAS & is now the DAS International liaison officer.
Prof Ellen O’Sullivan held many roles in the College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland (CAI) including serving as the CAI President. She is now the CAI Airway lead Advisor & runs the CAI national airway training. She is an Executive Director of WAAM (World Alliance for Airway Management) & co-chaired the first 2 WAMM meetings.
She was elected to the Council of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) and became vice-president. She received the John Snow Medal for her contributions to the AAGBI.
International work forms an important part of her career and as International Relations committee Chair of AAGBI she was involved in setting up of the charity Lifebox. She led a number of training initiatives in Malawi and completed a Capnography project there. This has led to the development of the GCAP project. She has been involved in the establishment of CANECSA, College of Anaesthesiologists of East, Central & Southern Africa and was recently awarded an Honorary Fellowship of CANECSA.
Curriculum Vitae, 31st August 2022.
• Research interest and Doctor of Medicine thesis concerns ‘Improving the quality and safety of airway management’
• Board member and President-elect of the Society for Airway Management.
• Fellow of the European Airway Management Society
• Founder of the New Zealand Airway Lead network.
• Founder and former executive member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists Airway Management Special Interest Group
• Developer of the Orsim™ bronchoscopy simulator
• Founded the Airway Skills course in 1996
• Seventy plus publications (59 peer reviewed scientific articles, 1 MD thesis, 8 book chapters and 6 patents) dated 31st August 2022
• New Zealand representative on the working group for the Project for the Universal Management of the Airway (PUMA)
• Co-author of the Canadian Airway Focus Group Guideline, 3rd edition, 2021.
• ANZCA PS56 guideline revision co-author, 2022, Equipment to manage a difficult airway.
- AS A BOARD OF DIRECTOR OF Obstetric Anesthesia Society of Asian and Oceania (OASAO)
- AS A CONVENER in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, , 16th ,17th, 18th and 19th Annual Meeting of Indoanesthesia 2004-‐2022
- AS A CONVENER in the 1st World Congress of Anesthesia on Obstetric (WCAO) 2017
- AS A BOARD MEMBER of Committee for European Education in Anesthesiology AS A BOARD MEMBER of Asian Australian Regional Section of WFSA, 2016 -‐ 2018
- AS A CHAIR of Asian Australian Regional Section of WFSA, 2018 -‐ 2022
- AS A BOARD MEMBER of Asian and Oceanic Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
- AS A SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM COMMITTEE NWAC 2011
- AS A BOARD MEMBER of World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists 2012-‐2016
- 1980 Medical Doctor – University of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia 1988 Anesthesiologist – University of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
- Fellowship by Election of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, London. 17 February 2010.
Sheila Myatra is a Professor of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, working at the Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai, India. She is the Chair of the Intensive & Critical Care Medicine Committee of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) and the President Elect of the Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine (ISCCM). She is the Immediate Past President of the All India Difficult Airway Association (AIDAA).
She is a member of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SCC) Research Committee and COVID guidelines committee and a Steering Committee Member of the Asia Pacific Sepsis Alliance (APSA). She is among the 14 international airway experts on the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) difficult airway guidelines and the PUMA guidelines (Project for the Universal Management of the Airway). She has led the development of the AIDAA difficult airway guidelines and the first guidelines for tracheal intubation in ICU. Her research interests include airway management, hemodynamic monitoring and sepsis. She has developed a new test in hemodynamic monitoring, called the “tidal volume challenge” (CCM 2017).
She was awarded the European Airway Management Society (EAMS) Honorary Membership in 2022.Awarded FCCM (American College of CCM) and FICCM by ISCCM. She serves on the editorial board of several journals including Anaesthesia, Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal of Critical Care, Anaesthesia Critical Care & Pain Medicine, Trends in Anaesthesia and Critical Care, Journal of Anaesthesiology Clinical Pharmacology, Indian Journal of Anaesthesiology, and Intensive Care Medicine (past). She has several publications to her credit. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/?term=Myatra+S&sort=date.
Dr. Alana Flexman is an anesthesiologist at St. Paul’s Hospital/Providence Health Care; a Clinical Associate Professor in the UBC Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics; and an affiliated scientist with the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences at St. Paul’s Hospital. Dr. Flexman’s research is focused on neuroanesthesia, including perioperative stroke and brain health. After finishing anesthesia residency at UBC, she completed a fellowship in neuroanesthesia at the University of California San Francisco and specializes in the effects of anesthesia and surgery on the brain. Dr. Flexman is the current president of the Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care (SNACC), and the past-chair of the Neuroanesthesia Section of the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society.
Nicola Disma is Senior Consultant Pediatric Anesthetist, Head of the Research & Innovation Unit at Istituto Giannina Gaslini, and A/Professor of Paediatric Anaesthesia, Italy. He is member of the Re-search Committee (ex-chairman of the Pediatric Scientific Committee) of ESAIC (European Society of Anesthesia and Intensive Care) and overseas Council member of APAGBI (Association for Pediat-ric Anesthesia of Great Britain and Ireland).
Tong Joo (TJ) Gan
Senior Consultant Anaesthesiologist
Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Care
Ganga Medical Centre & Hospital
President, Asian Oceanic Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine
Member, Educational Committee WFSA
Prof. Bruce Biccard
Bruce Biccard is Professor and Second Chair in the Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at Groote Schuur Hospital and the University of Cape Town, South Africa. His research interests include perioperative medicine, perioperative outcomes and global surgery. He is a proponent of international collaborative research. He collaborates with the African Perioperative Research Group (APORG) network, where he has led the African Surgical Outcomes Study (ASOS), the ASOS-2 Trial, and co-led the African Covid-19 Critical Care Outcomes Study (ACCCOS). He is the co-Lead for the NIHR Global Health Group on Perioperative and Critical Care.
Maxime Cannesson, MD, PhD, is a board-certified anesthesiologist with more than 15 years of experience in academic medicine, leadership, education, research, quality, and technology development, working collaboratively within and among various countries, departments, academic institutions, and industry. He is Professor and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at UCLA. He has published more than 200 peer reviewed articles and three textbooks.
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