18th World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA2024)

Scientific Programme

Track Chairs

Prof. Ellen O’Sullivan

Position: Co-Chair, Ireland
Categories: Airway Management

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.

Prof. Ellen O’Sullivan

Co-Chair, Ireland

Assoc. Prof. Paul Baker

Position: Co-Chair, New Zealand
Categories: Airway Management

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.

Assoc. Prof. Paul Baker

Co-Chair, New Zealand

Prof. Davy Cheng

Position: Co-Chair, China
Categories: Cardiac, Thoracic & Vascular
Davy Cheng, MD
Founding Dean of Medicine & Presidential Chair Professor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen, CHINA
Distinguished University Professor Emeritus Western University, CANADA
Adjunct Professor, University of Toronto, CANADA
Email: davycheng@cuhk.edu.cn
Website: https://www.cuhk.edu.cn/
Office: Ms. Victoria Yang (Email: victoriayang@cuhk.edu.cn)

Prof. Davy Cheng

Co-Chair, China

Prof. Madhav Swaminathan

Position: Co-Chair, USA
Categories: Cardiac, Thoracic & Vascular

Prof. Madhav Swaminathan

Co-Chair, USA

Assoc. Prof. Suraphong Lorsomradee

Position: Co-Chair, Thailand
Categories: Confederation of ASEAN Societies of Anaesthesiologists (CASA)

Assoc. Prof. Suraphong Lorsomradee

Co-Chair, Thailand

Dr. Susilo Chandra

Position: Co-Chair, Indonesia
Categories: Confederation of ASEAN Societies of Anaesthesiologists (CASA)
PRESENT APPOINTMENT
  • 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
EDUCATION
  • 1980 Medical Doctor – University of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia 1988 Anesthesiologist – University of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
AWARDED
  • Fellowship by Election of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, London. 17 February 2010.

Dr. Susilo Chandra

Co-Chair, Indonesia

Prof. Sheila Myatra

Position: Co-Chair, India
Categories: Critical Care & Trauma

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.

Prof. Sheila Myatra

Co-Chair, India

Assoc. Prof. Will Loh

Position: Co-Chair, Singapore
Categories: Critical Care & Trauma

Assoc. Prof. Will Loh

Co-Chair, Singapore

Dr. Faye Evans

Position: Co-Chair, USA
Categories: Education, Simulation & Development

Dr. Faye Evans

Co-Chair, USA

Prof. Lize Xiong

Position: Co-Chair, China
Categories: Education, Simulation & Development

Prof. Lize Xiong

Co-Chair, China

Dr. Alana Flexman

Position: Co-Chair, Canada
Categories: Neuroscience

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.

Dr. Alana Flexman

Co-Chair, Canada

Prof. Matthew Chan

Position: Co-Chair, Hong Kong
Categories: Neuroscience

Prof. Matthew Chan

Co-Chair, Hong Kong

Prof. Cynthia Wong

Position: Co-Chair, USA
Categories: Obstetric Anaesthesia

Prof. Cynthia Wong

Co-Chair, USA

Prof. Yoo Kuen Chan

Position: Co-Chair, Malaysia
Categories: Obstetric Anaesthesia

Prof. Yoo Kuen Chan

Co-Chair, Malaysia

Dr. Nicola Disma

Position: Co-Chair, Italy
Categories: Paediatrics

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).

Dr. Nicola Disma

Co-Chair, Italy

Dr. Santhanam Suresh

Position: Co-Chair, USA
Categories: Paediatrics

Dr. Santhanam Suresh

Co-Chair, USA

Assoc. Prof. Jeeyoun Moon

Position: Co-Chair, Korea
Categories: Pain

Assoc. Prof. Jeeyoun Moon

Co-Chair, Korea

Prof. Sean Chetty

Position: Co-Chair, South Africa
Categories: Pain

Prof. Sean Chetty

Co-Chair, South Africa

Dr. Edwin Seet

Position: Co-Chair, Singapore
Categories: Perioperative & Ambulatory Anaesthesia
Dr Edwin Seet is a Senior Consultant Anaesthesiologist in Singapore and is the current President of the College of Anaesthesiologists, Singapore. Academic appointments include Adjunct Associate Professor with the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (National University of Singapore) and the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (Nanyang Technological University).

Dr Seet completed a clinical fellowship in Ambulatory Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine with the University Health Network (Toronto, Canada) under an inaugural Ministry of Health scholarship. He has research interests and publications in obstructive sleep apnoea, airway management, pain adjuvants, preoperative evaluation and geriatric anaesthesia; with more than 80 peer reviewed publications.

Dr. Edwin Seet

Co-Chair, Singapore

Prof. Tong Joo (TJ) Gan

Position: Co-Chair, USA
Categories: Perioperative & Ambulatory Anaesthesia
Dr. TJ Gan is Professor and Head, Division of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine,
UT Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas. He was Distinguished Endowed Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at Stony Brook University Renaissance School of Medicine in Stony Brook, New York. Previously, Dr. Gan was Professor of Anesthesiology and Vice Chairman for Clinical Research and Faculty Development at Duke University. Dr. Gan received his medical training at the London Hospital Medical College of the University of London. He has attained licensure in acupuncture from the British College of Acupuncture and a Master in Clinical Research as well as a Master in Business Administration (MBA).

Dr. Gan is a diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology and is a Fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (FASA). He serves as the Perioperative Medicine Executive Section Editor of Anesthesia and Analgesia and is on the Editorial Board of Perioperative Medicine.

Dr. Gan is the Founding President of the American Society for Enhanced Recovery (ASER), President of the Perioperative Quality Initiative (POQI), President Elect of the Association of Academic Anesthesiology Chairs (AAAC), a Past President of the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA) and the International Society for Anesthetic Pharmacology (ISAP). Dr. Gan serves as the Vice Chair of Stony Brook Clinical Practice Management Plan (CPMP) and chairs the Pension and Benefits Committee.

He has published over 300 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and numerous books and books chapters. Dr. Gan has served as an invited speaker for many national and international professional conferences and as principal investigator or co-investigator for over 100 clinical trials, focusing on enhanced recovery and topics related to perioperative medicine and ambulatory anesthesia, including postoperative nausea and vomiting, pain, fluid and hemodynamic management, and anesthetic pharmacology.

Prof. Tong Joo (TJ) Gan

Co-Chair, USA

Dr. Carolina Haylock-Loor

Position: Co-Chair, Honduras
Categories: Professional Practice & DEI

Dr. Carolina Haylock-Loor

Co-Chair, Honduras

Prof. Hyla-Louise Kluyts

Position: Co-Chair, South Africa
Categories: Professional Practice & DEI

Prof. Hyla-Louise Kluyts

Co-Chair, South Africa

Dr. Balavenkat Subramanian

Position: Co-Chair, India
Categories: Regional Anaesthesia

Senior Consultant Anaesthesiologist
Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Care
Ganga Medical Centre & Hospital
Coimbatore, India
President, Asian Oceanic Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine
Member, Educational Committee WFSA

Dr. Balavenkat Subramanian

Co-Chair, India

Dr. Vincent Chan

Position: Co-Chair, Canada
Categories: Regional Anaesthesia

Dr. Vincent Chan

Co-Chair, Canada

Prof. Bruce Biccard

Position: Co-Chair, South Africa
Categories: Research

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.

Prof. Bruce Biccard

Co-Chair, South Africa

Prof. Hilary Grocott

Position: Co-Chair, Canada
Categories: Research

Prof. Hilary Grocott

Co-Chair, Canada

Dr. Erlinda Oracion

Position: Co-Chair, Philippines
Categories: Safety & Quality

Dr. Erlinda Oracion

Co-Chair, Philippines

Dr. Jannicke Mellin-Olsen

Position: Co-Chair, Norway
Categories: Safety & Quality

Dr. Jannicke Mellin-Olsen

Co-Chair, Norway

Assoc. Prof. Jodi Sherman

Position: Co-Chair, USA
Categories: Sustainability

Jodi Sherman, MD, is Associate Professor of Anesthesiology of the Yale School of Medicine, Associate Professor of Epidemiology in Environmental Health Sciences, and founding director of the Yale Program on Healthcare Environmental Sustainability in the Yale Center on Climate Change and Health. Dr. Sherman also serves as the Medical Director for Yale New Haven Health Center for Sustainable Healthcare.
Dr. Sherman is an internationally recognized researcher in the emerging field of sustainability in clinical care. Her research interest is in life cycle assessment of environmental emissions, human health impacts, and economic impacts of drugs, devices, clinical care pathways, and health systems. Her work seeks to establish sustainability metrics, paired with health outcomes and costs, to help guide clinical decision-making, professional behaviors, and organizational management toward more ecologically sustainable practices to improve the quality, safety and value of clinical care and to protect public health. Dr. Sherman routinely collaborates with environmental engineers, epidemiologists, toxicologists, health economists, health administrators, health professionals, and sustainability professionals. Dr. Sherman is a member of the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change and was contributing analyst for the UK National Health Service Net Zero Initiative, and serves on the National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative for Decarbonization of the U.S. Health Sector. She also co-leads the Lancet Planetary Health Commission on Sustainable Healthcare.

Assoc. Prof. Jodi Sherman

Co-Chair, USA

Assoc. Prof. Pui San Loh

Position: Co-Chair, Malaysia
Categories: Sustainability

Assoc. Prof. Pui San Loh

Co-Chair, Malaysia

Prof. Dr. Michel Struys

Position: Co-Chair, Netherlands
Categories: Technology, Pharmacology & AI

Prof. Dr. Michel Struys

Co-Chair, Netherlands

Prof. Tony Gin

Position: Co-Chair, Hong Kong
Categories: Technology, Pharmacology & AI

Prof. Tony Gin

Co-Chair, Hong Kong

Prof. Maxime Cannesson

Position: Co-Chair, USA
Categories: Technology, Pharmacology & AI

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.

Prof. Maxime Cannesson

Co-Chair, USA

 

More information about the WCA2024 Scientific Programme will be available at the end of 2022. Stay tuned! 

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