Dr Brian O’Brien


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Brian O’Brien is from Dublin and holds degrees in Medicine and Physiology from UCD. He is a Consultant in Intensive care medicine, and Anaesthesia at Cork University Hospital, where he is presently departmental chairman. He is a fellow of the College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland, the College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand, and of the Joint Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine of Ireland. He is a member of the Council of the ICSI and an examiner for the Irish and European Diplomas in Intensive Care Medicine. His clinical work includes cardiac surgery, critical care, neuro-anaesthesia and, when necessary, obstetrics. His research interests relate to outcomes and recovery following intensive care stay, and drug overdoses. He is married with two daughters, and in his free time swims, cycles and plays the piano, enjoying limited success in all three.


Dr O’Brien’s presentation is entitled: 

‘TOE outside the cardiac theatre’

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Dr Conan McCaul


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Dr Conan McCaul is a consultant anaesthetist in the Rotunda Hospital and the Mater Misericordiae University Hospitals in Dublin. He is a graduate of University College Dublin, the eastern regional anaesthesia and the national senior registrar training programmes in Ireland. Following specialist certification he undertook a clinical fellowship in the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and a research fellowship in the laboratory of Dr Brian Kavanagh where he investigated the pathophysiology and therapeutics of hypoxic cardiac arrest for which he was awarded an MD. His current teaching and research interests include skills acquisition with equipment used to manage the difficult airway and the rescue of failed intubation.


Dr McCaul’s presentation is entitled:

‘Transtracheal oxygenation’

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Dr David Whitaker


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Dr Whitaker is Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at Manchester Royal Infirmary. He is a Past President of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI), past Chairman of the Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthetists (ACTA) and a past elected member of the Council of the Royal College of Anaesthesiologists.


He is Chairman of the European Board of Anaesthesiology (EBA) Safety Committee and in 2010 he was a co-author of the Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology now signed by over 200 anaesthesia related organisations worldwide. He is also a member EBA / ESA Patient Safety Task Force and the Quality and Safety Committee of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists.


Dr Whitaker is interested in implementing safer practices into Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine and is currently promoting better Patient Blood Management, pre-filled syringes and continuous capnography monitoring in Intensive Care, Sedation and Resuscitation.


Dr Whittaker’s presentation is entitled:

 ‘Patient safety developments in Europe’


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Dr Elizabeth Behringer


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A native of Boston Massachusetts, Dr. Behringer received her Undergraduate BA with Honors at Brown University in Providence R.I. Upon graduation from Boston University School of Medicine, she went on to Internal Medicine Residency at the New England Deaconess Medical Center, Residency in Anesthesia and Fellowships in Thoracic Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine at the Massachusettts General Hospital in Boston.

She is Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. She is the Director of the Fellowship in Critical Care and the Director of Critical Care Education. She is Attending Intensivist in the 24- bed Cardiac Surgical ICU  specializing in the care of complex Cardiac Surgical patients, Orthotopic Heart Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Devices.

Dr. Behringer’s research and clinical interest include advanced airway management outside of the OR. Dr. Behringer has been the Co-Moderator of the American Society of Anesthesiologists Difficult Airway Workshop for more than a decade. She is Past President of the Society for Airway Management and earned it’s Distinguished Service Award in 2013. She is Co-Chair of the first World Airway Management Meeting ( to be held in Dublin Ireland in November 2015. WAMM is a joint venture of the Society for Airway Management and the Difficult Airway Society in order to celebrate their mutual 20th anniversaries in a global fashion.


Dr Behringer’s presentation is entitled:

‘Hazards of airway management outside the OR’

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Dr Genevieve Goulding


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Dr Genevieve Goulding is a fulltime obstetric anaesthetist from the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital, a large tertiary referral centre in Queensland, Australia. Her other special interests are in medical education, patient safety and the welfare of anaesthetists.


She is one of the co-founders of the Welfare of Anaesthetists Special Interest Group (SIG), formed over twenty years ago. This group has been a leader in bringing welfare issues in trainees and fellows into the mainstream anaesthesia curriculum (including the final examination) and annual scientific meetings. The group’s most recent work has been a collaboration with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists to develop an educational resource about propofol addiction.

She has served on the Board of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists as well as on the Council of ANZCA, the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthesiologists, of which she is currently the president.


Genevieve will be presenting on two recent initiatives from ANZCA: a new Professionalism Guide and the introduction of mandatory ‘Emergency responses’ into the College’s CPD program.


Dr Goulding’s presentation is entitled:

ANZCA initiatives: A Professionalism Guide, hands-on CPD and Workforce initiatives

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Professor John Eichhorn


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John H. Eichhorn, M.D., Professor of Anesthesiology, College of Medicine, and Distinguished Service Professor, University of Kentucky, a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Medical School, then trained at Harvard in surgery and anesthesiology, stayed 12 years on faculty before becoming Chairman of Anesthesiology at the University of Mississippi until 2003, and then moved to Kentucky. 


Included since its inception in 1992 on the list, “Best Doctors in America,” Dr. Eichhorn’s main interests have been anesthesia patient safety, quality assurance, and practice standards, with special note for his introduction of the concept of intraoperative “safety monitoring” in a landmark 1989 Anesthesiology paper.  Dr. Eichhorn chaired the Harvard committee that wrote the original “Harvard monitoring standards,” which were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1986 (that paper was listed in a March, 2015, review published in Anesthesia and Analgesia as No. 10 on a list of “the 20 most important anesthesia articles ever published.”  With Dr. Eichhorn’s help, those standards became the basis for American national and various international standards and also, through his International Task Force on Anaesthesia Safety, standards adopted by the World Federated Societies of Anesthesiologists, first in 1992 and repeatedly since.  


He helped launch the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation, founded its well-known Newsletter, and is still active there today.  Appointed in 2007 a founding member of the World Health Organization “Safe Anesthesia Group,” he helped create the well-known WHO “Surgical Safety Checklist.”  In 2011, from the Joint Commission/National Quality Forum, Dr. Eichhorn received the highest honor there is for U.S. patient safety efforts: the Eisenberg Award for Individual Achievement in Patient Safety and Quality.  Recently, Dr. Eichhorn was invited to help inaugurate and currently serves on the Patient Safety Committee of the U.S. National Board of Medical Examiners, which is incorporating patient safety subject matter into the U.S. national medical licensing examinations. 


Professor Eichhorn’s presentation is entitled:

‘Intra–op to peri–op: anaesthesia patient safety then and now’

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Dr JP van Besouw


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Dr Jean-Pierre van Besouw, known to all simply as “J-P”, is President of the Royal College of Anaesthesiologists. He qualified in 1981 from Barts’ where he began his anaesthetic training; he subsequently trained in London and Australia before appointment to St George’s Hospital NHS Trust, London, where he has been a consultant and honorary senior lecturer with a specialist interest in cardiothoracic anaesthesia since 1990. He was elected to the Council of the Royal College of Anaesthesiologists in 2008, became Vice President in 2010 and President in 2012. During his time on Council, he has been responsible for the development of College policies on examinations, recruitment and workforce. In 2013 he was elected Vice Chairman of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges. He is an elected Governor of St George’s Hospital. He is a past chairman of the Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthetists (ACTA).


He is married to Liliane, a medicolegal adviser, and has three grown up children. He enjoys gardening, rugby and travel particularly in South West France.


Dr Besouw’s presentation is entitled:

‘Future challenges in Anaesthesia’


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Dr Malachy Columb


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Malachy Columb is Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Medicine at the University Hospital of South Manchester, Wythenshawe, UK, since 1996. He graduated from University College Dublin, Eire (1985), trained in Anaesthesia in Leeds, West Yorkshire and was a faculty member at the Department of Anesthesiology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA (1994-5).


His research interests include the clinical pharmacodynamics of local anaesthetic agents where he developed the minimum local analgesic concentration (MLAC) model which has been replicated world-wide. He has just stepped down after nine years as an Editor at the European Journal of Anaesthesiology, is a member of the Associate Editorial Board at the British Journal of Anaesthesia and the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia. He has published over 100 scientific articles including, 70 original research articles, 30 review articles and 160 abstracts. His research has gained 21 national and international prizes. He is ranked at number one in the UK and Ireland and in the top 10 world rankings in four categories for expertise on (December 2014) related to the clinical pharmacology of local anaesthetics.


Dr Columb’s presentation is entitled:

Clinical pharmacology of local anaesthetic agents: responding to dosing’

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Professor Marc Van de Velde


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Dr Marc Van de Velde obtained his medical degree at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium in 1991. He completed his residency in Anaesthesiology in 1996 at the University Hospitals of Louvain. In 2000, he received his PhD degree following research related to metabolic support of the stunned myocardium. He was appointed member of staff in 1997 at the department of Anesthesiology of the University Hospitals in Louvain, Belgium and is now Full Professor of Anesthesia. Until November 2010 he was clinical director of obstetric anesthesia and clinical director of anesthesia outside the operating room.


Since November 2010, he is Head of the Department Anesthesiology at the Catholic University Leuven and Full Professor at the Leuven University Hospitals. He has given over 300 invited lectures at the international and national level, has published 70 articles in peer reviewed journals, has produced 30 manuscripts for non peer reviewed journals and has co-authored 4 book chapters. He is editor (together with Helen Scholefield and Lauren Plante) of a new, international book on Maternal Critical Care to be published in 2013 and he is editor (together with Vicki Clark and Roshan Fernando) of a new book on “Obstetric Anesthesia” to be published in 2014.


He was member of the Committee of the Obstetric Anaesthetists Association from 2003 – 2009 and is currently president of the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy (ESRA). He is chair of the Scientific Committee of the Annual ESRA Meeting organized in Ljubljana 2015 and Maastricht 2016.  He is also Chair of the Scientific Subcommittee on Obstetric Anesthesia of the European Society of Anesthesiology (ESA). His primary clinical interest focuses on obstetric anesthesia and anesthesia for children and adults with congenital heart disease undergoing non cardiac surgery. Most of his current research focuses on obstetric anesthesia.


He is married with Eva and has five children, Sofie, Michiel, Bas, Ella and Juliette. He loves to travel and play golf.


Prof Van De Velde’s presentation is entitled:

‘Post C section analgesia: towards an opiate free strategy’

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His Key Note lecture is entitled:

Managing spinal induced hypotension –lessons learned from obstetrical practice’

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Professor Michael Richmond


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Prof Michael Richmond is Chief Medical Officer at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), the principal public healthcare provider for the State of Qatar, where he has been leading on Clinical Affairs, Medical Education, Quality and Patient Safety since 2012.  He is also acting as the interim Chief Executive of Hamad Medical Corporation’s Women’s Hospital.


Prof. Richmond is responsible for the medical and clinical affairs of HMC’s eight hospitals, and is tasked with growing the Corporation’s clinical capacity in order to meet the diverse needs of Qatar’s rapidly growing population. His remit and expertise support HMC’s plans to evolve into an academic healthcare system, internationally recognized as a world-leading centre of excellence in clinical care, medical education and research.


Prof. Richmond’s remit includes medical workforce development as well as medical job planning, appraisal and revalidation. He is also one of the lead sponsors of the clinical reconfiguration and transformation programs at HMC – these are major initiatives to incorporate services and staff from across the organization with the unifying aim of improving patient care and raising standards of quality.


Prior to this appointment, he was the Executive Medical Director and Board Member of Sheffield Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust in UK. Sheffield is the largest and one of the most successful Foundation Trusts in England and Prof Richmond was instrumental in radically improving the clinical services.


Prof. Richmond is an experienced clinician with more than 30 years of practical experience as a UK Teaching Hospital Consultant in Anesthesia, Intensive Care & Pain Management.


Prof. Richmond graduated in Medicine from University of Aberdeen before pursuing his initial medical training in the Royal Air Force.


Prof Richmond’s Key Note lecture is entitled:

‘The changing face of health care – An innovative approach to improve quality and safety of care’


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Professor Michael (Monty) G Mythen


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Monty is the Smiths Medical Professor of Anaesthesia and Critical Care at University College London. Director of The UCL Discovery Lab at The London 2012 Olympic legacy Institute of Sport Exercise and Health.


Monty is also an Elected Council Member Royal College of Anaesthesiologists, Chair of The Board and Council Member of the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia; A Director of Xtreme-Everest; Editor-in-Chief Perioperative Medicine.  Editorial board member: British Journal of Anaesthesia; Critical Care and Co-Chairman of Evidence Based Peri-operative Medicine (EBPOM).

Monty was National Clinical Lead at the UK Department of Health for the Enhanced Recovery Partnership in the English NHS from May 09 – March 2013.


Prof Mythen’s presented this year’s Sir Ivan Magill Lecture which is entitled: 

‘Anaesthetists are Perioperative Physicians: so why all the fuss?’

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Dr Niamh Hayes


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Graduate of University College Cork medical school 1998. Completion of MSc Anaesthesia (Medical Professionalism) in 2005 and Completion of Specialist Training in Anaesthesia (College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland) 2006. Special clinical interest in Obstetric Anaesthesia.  Fellowship in Obstetric Anaesthesia in Mercy Hospital for Women in Melbourne, Australia in 2006 – 2007. Previously the co-director of the Simulation Training programme at the College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland. Currently working as a consultant anaesthetist in the Rotunda and Mater Misericordiae Hospitals, Dublin, Ireland.


Dr Hayes’s presentation is entitled:

General anaesthesia in obstetric practice: key and current issues


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Dr Patrick Narchi


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Main fields: regional anesthesia; postoperative pain; ambulatory surgery; home nerve catheters; ultrasound guidednerve blocks DVD simulators; Simulators: 1- CD nerve blocks (1996);2- DVD nerve blocks with simulator (2002); 3- DVD ultrasound-guided nerve blocks with simulator (2008)Working in a private hospital in South-west France (Angouleme) since 2002; Board member of the French Society of Anesthesia (2003-2006); Board of ESRA: French representative 2003-2009; Expert in the French hotline “SOS-ALR” group; ASRA speaker from 1996- 2011; ESRA speaker from 2003-2014; World congress of Anaesthesia: 2000, 2204, 2008, 2012; World Congress of Regional Anesthesia (Sydney, February 2013); World Congress of Regional Anesthesia (Capetown, Novembre 2014); Scientific committee of many meetings: ASRA, MAPAR, ESRA, AGORA; Organization of live tele conference for nerve blocks for ESRA (2005), ASRA (2002), WCA (2004), ISRA (2000); Co chairman of the University Diploma (Lebanese University-Beirut): of the University Diploma (Lebanese University-Beirut): Ultrasound for Regional Anesthesia.


Dr Narchi’s presentation is entitled:

‘What we should abandon in RA in 2015’

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Professor Peter Marhofer


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Current status

Director of Paediatric Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at the Department of Anaesthesia, General Intensive Care Medicine and Pain Control – Medical University of Vienna


Publications, Lectures

Total number of publications: 235
Number of publications in Pubmed: 98
H-Index: 31

Total number of lectures: 501


Professor Marhofer’s presentation is entitled:

Peripheral nerve blockade – outcome data from the last 10 years

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Dr Robert Deegan


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Dr Deegan graduated from UCD Medicine in 1986 and interned at the Mater Hospital, Dublin. After completing a BSc in Pharmacology at UCD, he spent the next several years divided between a Clinical Pharmacology Fellowship at Vanderbilt University (Tennessee) and Anesthesia training in Dublin and Waterford. He returned to Vanderbilt for a Fellowship in adult and pediatric cardiothoracic anesthesia, and joined the faculty there in 1996. 


He was Division Chief for Cardiothoracic Anesthesia for 13 years, and continues as director of resident education in that specialty. In addition, he serves as Director of the intraoperative TOE service at Vanderbilt.



Dr Deegan’s presentation is entitled:
‘Ventricular assist devices’


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Dr Deegan presented a Key Note lecture entitled:

‘Electronic Medical Records: Impact on management of perioperative services’


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Professor Scott Segal


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Scott Segal, MD, MHCM is Professor and Chair of Anesthesiology at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA.  He recently assumed this position after serving as Chair of Anesthesiology at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston from 2010-2014.

Prior to his tenure at Tufts, Segal was Vice Chair for education in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, and associate professor of anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School.


He earned his bachelor’s degree at Harvard, his M.D. at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas, and a master’s degree in health care management at the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his internship and a postdoctoral fellowship at UT Southwestern Medical Center and his residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and served as a staff anesthesiologist at three Boston-area hospitals.


Dr. Segal is board-certified in anesthesiology and has repeatedly been named among the “Best Doctors in America” as well as recognized for teaching excellence by the international Anesthesia Research Society and by his trainees at Brigham and Women’s.  His clinical specialty interests include obstetric anesthesia and preoperative patient assessment and optimization.


Dr. Segal is currently an oral examiner and senior examination editor for the American Board of Anesthesiology and sits on the board of directors and executive committee of the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology. His primary research interests are obstetric anesthesia and airway assessment, and he is a prolific contributor to academic publications and frequent lecturer in the field of anesthesiology.


He presently resides in North Carolina and Boston.  He is married to a corporate tax attorney and has three children, ages 23, 20, and 6.  He notes that given this range, he will be at this for some time to come…


Professor Segal presented a lecture entitled:
‘Epidural analgesia and maternal fever: Why sweat?’


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Prof Segal also presentated a lecture entitled: 

‘Modern airway evaluation from Mallampati to computerised facial analysis’


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Professor Terence Stephenson


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Professor Terence Stephenson is Chair of the GMC 2015-2018.


Professor Stephenson was formerly Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges for 2012-2014 and President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health 2009-2012.


He is also Nuffield Professor of Child Health at the Institute of Child Health, University College London and Co-Director of the Children’s Policy Research Unit.


Professor Stephenson was formerly Dean of the Medical School and Professor of Child Health at the University of Nottingham, and a non-executive Director of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.


He is a consultant in general paediatrics and his research reflects his clinical interests in acute paediatric illness and emergencies.  Professor Stephenson has co-authored textbooks, written numerous invited chapters and editorials, and published over 150 peer reviewed papers.


Professor Stephenson’s presentation is entitled:

‘The role of the regulator’


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Mr Tom Hayes


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Tom is a partner in the Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department and head of the Healthcare Law Group at Matheson.


During the course of his career he has advised hospitals, healthcare organisations and professionals concerning medical malpractice litigation in high value and complex cases as well as offering general advice on healthcare related issues.


He has a strong interest in alternative dispute resolution and has successfully mediated a number of claims. Tom also has extensive experience as a professional disciplinary lawyer.

He has lectured extensively on healthcare related topics concerning risk management and the management of claims generally.


Mr Hayes’s presented a talk during the Medical Negligence – The Case for Reform Session.


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