Invited speakers

We are pleased to announce the following speakers

Keynote speakers

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Professor P.J Devereaux

Professor 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. Devereaux is a full Professor and University Scholar in the Departments of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI) and Medicine at McMaster University.

The focus of his clinic research is vascular complications around the time of surgery. He is undertaking several large international RCTs and observational studies addressing this issue. He has published more than 250 peer reviewed papers and 50 book chapters and editorials. He is supported by a Tier 1 Canadian Research Chair in Perioperative Medicine, and he holds the Yusuf Chair in Cardiology at McMaster University.

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Professor Kate Leslie - Australasian Invited speaker

Professor Leslie 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.

Kate is a former ANZCA president and is currently the president of the Australian Medical Council, the accreditation authority for medicine in Australia. Kate is a foundation member of the ANZCA Clinical Trials Network and was the chair between 2014-7.

Her current research interests include perioperative clinical trials and sex/gender equity in research and practice. She is also an editor of Miller’s Anesthesia textbook, the British Journal of Anaesthesia, Anesthesiology and Anesthesia and Analgesia.

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Professor Denny Levett

Professor Levett is a Professor in Perioperative Medicine and Critical Care at the University of Southampton and a Consultant in Perioperative Medicine at Southampton University Hospital NHS Foundation trust (UHS).

Denny leads the perioperative medicine service at UHS including a pre-operative CPET service, a pre-operative anaemia service, a surgery school, a shared decision-making clinic and prehabilitation. Her clinical and research interests explore the role of exercise in pre-operative risk stratification and pre-operative optimisation to improve surgical outcomes. She is president of the Perioperative Exercise Testing and Training Society (POETTS) (www.poetts.co.uk) and established and chairs the National Perioperative Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing course. She is part of the Fit 4 Surgery research group in Southampton, investigating exercise, psychological and nutritional prehabilitation and is the clinical lead for the multi-centre Wesfit Trial. She is the clinical CI for the INSPIRE trial evaluating inspiratory muscle training before surgery as a means of reducing post-operative complications.

Denny was the research leader, the expedition medical officer and a member of the climbing team on the Caudwell Xtreme Everest Research Expedition, a high-altitude field study of hypoxia adaptation. Her PhD thesis involved evaluating exercise capacity at up to 8000m on Mount Everest. (www.xtreme-everest.co.uk)

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Professor Steven Shafer

Professor Shafer is Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine (Adult MSD) at the Stanford University Medical Centre.

His professional interests are the clinical pharmacology of intravenous anesthetic drugs. This has led him to clinical studies of many of the intravenous opioids and hypnotics used in anesthetic practice.

However, his passion is not the drugs themselves, but rather the mathematical models that characterise drug behaviour. These include conventional pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic models, inverse models (used to drive target-controlled infusion systems), Bayesian models (used to handle model uncertainty), pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic models of drug interaction, models of receptor function that help elucidate mechanisms of drug action, and models that relate drug response to 'in silico' pharmacogenetics.

Other invited and international speakers

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Dr Tony Fernando - Kester Brown Lecture

Dr Fernando is a psychiatrist and sleep specialist from Auckland. He is in the final stages of his PhD at the University of Auckland, studying compassion in medicine. He obtained his medical degree from the University of the Philippines and his psychiatry and sleep training at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been awarded multiple teaching awards by medical students and the faculty of medicine in Auckland. In 2012, he was awarded by President Aquino of the Philippines for his services to sleep medicine and medical education. In 2015, he received the Chair’s award by the New Zealand Medical Association, the highest recognition given by the association to any doctor in New Zealand for his work on physician well-being.

In January of 2017, he received temporary ordination as a Buddhist monk in Myanmar. He plays the cello, is a cheap-eats foodie and despite his fear of the water, has swum across the Auckland Harbour a few times and competes in ocean races.

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Dr Pamela Flood

Professor Flood is a specialist Anesthesiologist in fellowship trained in both Pain Medicine and Obstetric Anesthesiology. She is a Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine she does her clinical practice, education and research.

Pamela’s current research and clinical practice is focused on woman’s health and related analgesic pharmacology. She is a past president and lifetime member of the International Society for Anesthetic Pharmacology, and she is a senior editor of Stoelting’s Physiology & Pharmacology in Anesthetic Practice. Currently, she is co-investigator on a PCORI funded trial investigating the comparative effectiveness of pain cognitive behavioral therapy and chronic pain self-management within the context of opioid reduction.

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Professor Andrew A. Klein

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Professor Klein is a Cardiothoracic Anaesthetist at Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Anaesthesia, which has an Impact Factor of 6.9 and is very active on social media. He is on the Board and Council of the Association of Anaesthetists, the membership organisation for > 11,000 anaesthetists in Great Britain and Ireland. He sits on the Board and Council of the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia (NIAA), which manages research grant funding in the UK

Andrew’s main research areas are high-flow nasal oxygen to improve recovery after major surgery and pre-operative anaemia and the effects of iron replacement therapy.

Andrew is a keen cricket supporter and member of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) at Lord’s in London, and a lifelong and long-suffering West Ham United season ticket holder.

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Associate Professor Wayne Morriss

Associate Professor Morriss is a fulltime specialist anaesthetist at Christchurch Hospital. He trained in Christchurch and Melbourne and worked in Fiji for two years before settling in Christchurch.

Wayne is the current President-Elect of World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) and will assume the role of President in July 2022. He was Chair of the Education Committee from 2012-2016 and Director of Programmes from 2016-2020.

Wayne was the inaugural chair of both the ANZCA Overseas Aid Committee (now Global Development Committee) and the NZSA Overseas Aid Subcommittee (now Global Health Committee). He has also been closely involved with the development and delivery of a range of educational programmes, including Essential Pain Management, Primary Trauma Care, and the WFSA Fellowship Programme.

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Dr Leona Wilson - Alan Merry Oration

Born in Timaru, New Zealand, Dr Wilson studied medicine at the University of Otago, graduating BMedSc (neurophysiology) in 1974, and MB ChB in 1975. A year later, she moved to Europe and undertook anaesthesia training and experience in London and Amsterdam. In 1981 she returned to New Zealand and completed her Fellowship. When ANZCA was founded in 1992, Leona was a Foundation Fellow. She was elected to Council in 2000. In 2008, she was elected ANZCA President, making her the first woman, and first New Zealander, to hold the position. Leona is still working in clinical anaesthesia, and is involved with ANZCA as Executive Director of Professional Affairs.