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Rui Paulo Moreno, MD, PhD

Rui Paulo Moreno,born in Cascais, Portugal, 1961.Specialist in Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Intensive Care Medicine and Management of Heath care Organizations by the Portuguese Medical Board. Working full-time at the Intensive Care Unit at Hospital de Santo António dos Capuchos (Centro Hospitalar de Lisboa Central, E.P.E.) since 1991, and at the present time ICU Director.

Past President of the Portuguese Society of Intensive Care Medicine (2006-2008)
Member of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine since 1991. Chairman of the Section on Health Services Research and Outcome 2000-2001. Portuguese representative in the Council (1999-2002); Chairman of the ESICM Scientific Committee and of the Division of Scientific Affairs (2002-2005). President elect of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (2006-2008), President of ESICM (2008-2010), Immediate Past president (since 2010). President of the European Board of Intensive Care Medicine (since 2009)


Jean-Daniel Chiche, MD

Jean-Daniel Chiche is Full Professor of Critical Care Medicine (Paris Descartes University), currently working in the Medical Intensive Care Unit of Cochin University Hospital in Paris. He graduated as MD in Paris, studied in Liege for 4 years (Belgium), and obtained a PhD after a 3-year research fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard Medical School) in Boston. His clinical interest lies in the field of acute respiratory failure and sepsis. He also holds an appointment as Research Director at the Cochin Institute (INSERM U567) where he develops an independent research program spanning various aspects of the biology of Toll-like receptors, innate immunity and variability of the inflammatory response.

Member of several scientific international societies, Pr Chiche is an active member of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM). After 3 years as Chair of the Research Committee of the ESICM, he is the current Chair of the Division of Scientific Affairs and Congress Committee.


Apostolos Armaganidis, MD

Dr Apostolos Armaganidis is Associate Professor of Intensive Care in the Medical School of Athens University. He received his medical degree from Athens University Medical School, where he also completed his residency in pulmonary medicine. Since 1983, he is working as a full time intensivist, first in Cochin University Hospital in Paris (1983-1990) and then in Athens University (from 1990). In Paris he was certified in Intensive Care Medicine (CES en Reanimation, University Paris VII) and obtained a post graduate Diploma in the physiology and pathophysiology of the respiratory and circulatory systems (DIPLOME D'ETUDES APPROFONDIES or DEA, University Paris V).

In October 2003, he became Director of the 2nd University Department of Intensive Care Medicine in ATTIKON University Hospital in Athens. His research interests have included respiratory insufficiency, mechanical ventilation, ARDS and VILI, as well as haemodynamics and sepsis, and his work has resulted in over 50 publications in peer-reviewed journal and more than 500 citations. Prof. Armaganidis served as a member of the Executive Committee of ESICM from 1996 - 2000 and he is actually member of the Council of ESICM and the representative of Greece in the ESICM (from 2003) and also Vice President of the Hellenic Society of Intensive Care Medicine (from 2002).


Claude Denis Martin, MD

Professor of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, Marseilles School of Medicine and Marseilles University Hospital System.

Professor Martin was born in Paris in 1949. He received his medical training at Marseilles School of Medicine. He graduated in 1979. In 1981 he was nominated as Assistant Professor, and as Associated Professor in 1983. In 1989, he was established as Professor of Anesthesia and Intensive Care. He is head of the Anesthesia and Intensive Care, and Trauma Center Department in Nord University Hospital in Marseilles (affiliated to Marseilles School of Medicine). He is Director of the ICU of this hospital.

Pr. Martin is member of many Scientific Societies including ESICM, ESA, ASA, ATS and ASM. He was the chairman of the Infection Section of ESICM. He is member of the Council of this Society. He was also the past President of the French Society of Intensive Care and Anesthesia. He is member of the Board of Directors of this society.

Pr. Martin has several fields of interest. He is an expert in the use of antibiotics in Intensive Care patients. He works on empirical antibiotic treatment, pharmacokinetics of antibiotics in the ICU and perioperative use of antibiotics in surgical patients. He is also an expert in the use of sedative agents in ICU patients and especially in trauma patient and septic patient. Pr. Martin is also an expert in the management of severe sepsis and septic shock and is an active member of the Board of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign. He is also an expert in the management of ventilator-associated pneumonia and other nosocomial infections acquired in the ICU.

He published several textbooks on antibiotics in ICU and surgical patient. He also published several textbooks on the medical management of ICU patients and one textbook of Medical Physiology. Pr. Martin has published more than 250 articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals.


Pierre-Francois Laterre, MD

Pierre-Francois Laterre is the director of the ICU at the UCL University in Brussels. He has an extensive experience with septic patients and has participate in many studies related to the diagnosis and treatment of sepsis.


Jean-Jacques Rouby, MD, PhD

Dr Jean-Jacques ROUBY, MD, PhD, is Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit of Hopital Pitie-Salpetriere, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI). Currently he is the director of the Experimental Intensive Care Unit and Vice-Dean of the University School of Medecine La Pitie-Salpetriere. He has published more than 100 clinical and experimental studies focusing on 5 different topics: Mechanical Ventilation and New Technologies, Ventilator-associated pneumonia, Lung morphology in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Inhaled Nitic Oxide and Antibiotic Neb ulization during Mechanical Ventilation.

Dr Rouby belongs to the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Medicine, Anesthesiology and Critical Care and reviews for other Journals such as Intensive Care Medicine, JAMA, Chest and British Journal of Anaesthesia.

Sánchez García

Miguel Sánchez García, MD

Dr. Miguel Sánchez García is Director of the critical Care Department at the Hospital Clínico San Carlos and Associate Professor in Medicine at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain.

Dr Sánchez García completed his MD at the Universidad Autónoma in Madrid before undertaking his Residency training in Intensive Care Medicine at the Hospital de la Princesa, also in Madrid.  For almost 20 years he was a Consultant at the Hospital Universitario Principe de Asturias/Alcalá de Henares in Madrid, during which time he was awarded his PhD from the Universidad Autónoma.

His main areas of interest are the prevention and treatment of severe infection, bacterial resistance and the host response to infection, areas in which he has an extensive curriculum of research and publication.

He has lectured extensively at international meetings and has contributed to medical text books and published widely.

Dr Sánchez García is a member of the Spanish Society of Intensive Care Medicine, the Spanish Society of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, and the Regional Society of Intensive Care Medicine.


Djillali Annane, MD

Djillali Annane is the vice president of the University of Versailles SQY and the head of the critical care department (46 beds) at Raymond Poincare University Hospital (AP-HP) in Garches. He is a professor in medicine, has completed MD in 1991, and a PhD in pharmacology in 1995, both at Paris 5 University.

His main area of research is the neuroendocrine response to sepsis with a particular interest in the hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal axis and vasopressin. He has published more than hundred scientific papers including original peer reviewed articles and book chapters.


Manu Malbrain, MD

Manu Malbrain (1965) qualified MD from Catholic University Leuven, Belgium in 1991. He is the manager-director of the Department of Intensive Care and the High Care Burn Unit (30 beds) of the ZNA "ZiekenhuisNetwerk Antwerpen", Campus Stuivenberg/St-Erasmus in Antwerp. He is a critical care physician with a basic training in internal medicine.

He is actively involved in the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine and studied the effects of raised intra-abdominal pressure for the last 15 years. He has written a Patient Acute Care Training (PACT) module on abdominal problems. He is the founding President of the World Society on Abdominal Compartment Syndrome (WSACS,

He co-chaired the second World Congress on Abdominal Compartment Syndrome in Noosa 2004 and he was the chairman of the third World Congress held in Antwerp 2007 ( He is author and co-author of several peer reviewed articles, reviews, book chapters and even a whole book on ACS. In 2007 he successfully defended his PhD thesis on the same topic.


Charisios (Harris) Th. Skourtis, MD

Dr Charisios (Harris) Th. Skourtis, is an Associate Professor of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He studied the myocardial circulatory and metabolic effects of fentanyl and sufentanil during coronary artery surgery in MGH/Harvard.

He is currently in the Anesthesia & Critical Care Department of UGH AXEPA, where he collaborates with many researchers to explore the pulmonary circulation of mammals and the humans in disease states. He, also, is presently closely allied with the Bioethics Network of AUT.


Γεώργιος Ι. Μπαλτόπουλος


Διευθυντής Πανεπιστημιακής Κλινικής Εντατικής Νοσηλείας &  Εργαστηρίου Λειτουργικού Ελέγχου Πνευμόνων, Βρογχοσκοπήσεων & Υπερβαρικής Οξυγονοθεραπείας Τμήματος Νοσηλευτικής Πανεπιστημίου Αθηνών, στο Γενικό Ογκολογικό Νοσοκομείο Κηφισιάς «Οι Άγιοι Ανάργυροι». Καθηγητής Μονάδων Εντατικής Νοσηλείας & Πνευμονολογίας, Τμήματος Νοσηλευτικής Πανεπιστημίου Αθηνών.

Επιμέλεια έκδοσης / συγγραφή κεφαλαίων σε 80 βιβλία (ελληνικά και διεθνή). Όλα τα βιβλία και τα κεφάλαια σε βιβλία, αναφέρονται στη μελέτη των βαρέως πασχόντων.

Κύριος ερευνητής σε δώδεκα ερευνητικά προγράμματα και σε πέντε ως συνερευνητής που έχουν χρηματοδοτηθεί από ελληνικές και Ευρωπαϊκές πηγές

Είναι μέλος 19 Επιστημονικών Εταιρειών και Συλλόγων (Ελληνικών και Διεθνών) στις οποίες είναι μέλος του Δ.Σ. ή και πρόεδρος.
•    Μέλος της Διεθνούς Επιτροπής Επιμέλειας Έκδοσης του Περιοδικού American Journal of Critical Care Medicine, 2010.
•    Επιμέλεια κεφαλαίου στο περιοδικό Current Opinion in Critical Care.


Dimitrios Matamis, MD

Head of the Papageorgiou Hospital ICU, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Dr Matamis has a broad experience with bedside echocardiography in the ICU. He has presented his experience in several international medical meetings and he is known to be an excellent teacher and a skilled bedside clinician. His case studies are unique in demonstrating the exceptional role echocardiography can play in the ICU.

Dr Matamis is actively using bedside echocardiography in his ICU and plays an active role in education and research.


Stavros Aloizos, MD

Head of the ICU in 417 NIMTS Hospital and MITERA Hospital of Athens, Greece

He received his medical degree from Thessaloniki University Medical School while he completed his residency in internal medicine in Athens. Since 2003, he is working as a full time intensivist.

His research interests have included respiratory failure, mechanical ventilation, as well as hemodynamics, trauma, and sepsis. He is an expert in percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy and also in the use of antibiotics in ICU patients.

His work has resulted in many publications in peer-reviewed journal while he has participated in many clinical and research studies related to the diagnosis and treatment of sepsis and the management of trauma patients. He is active member of several scientific international societies.


Didier Payen de la Garanderie, MD

Didier Payen de la Garanderie is professor and Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care, chief investigator for clinical research, and director of the Research Laboratory of Anesthesiology & Surgical Critical Care at Lariboisière University Hospital, in Paris University7, France. He received his medical degree from the University of Nantes School of Medicine in 1982 and a Ph D thesis in 1988. He was assistant professor in medical intensive care at Henri Mondor University Hospital, Créteil, and in anesthesiology and intensive care at Lariboisière University Hospital, later serving as staff ansthesiologist, and interim chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine.

Prof. Payen de la Garanderie has been and is currently the principal or coinvestigator in a number clinical trials regarding sepsis and/or activated protein C including: ADDRESS (2003–2004) and is the French principal investigator for the international PROWESS-SHOCK (2007-2011). He served as president of the National Critical Care Committee of French society of Anesthesiology and CCare (1998–99), and was the treasurer of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (1997-2001). He is a reviewer and/or serves on the editorial board for many scientific journals and he is the primary or coauthor of over 270 peer-reviewed journal articles.


Thomas P. Bleck, MD FCCM

Thomas P. Bleck MD FCCM is professor of neurological sciences, neurosurgery, internal medicine (in the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine, and the section of infectious diseases), and anesthesiology at Rush University Medical Center, where he is the associate chief medical officer for critical care.  In ad¬dition, he is an assistant dean at Rush Medical College.  He serves on the boards of directors of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the Neurocritical Care Society, is neuroscience editor of Critical Care Medicine, and serves of the editorial boards of Critical Care and Neurocritical Care.  Dr. Bleck was the founding president of the Neurocritical Care Society.  He was elected to two terms on the board of the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology.  He was recently chosen as a member of the American Board of In-ternal Medicine subspecialty board in critical care medicine.

From 1990 – 2006, he directed the neuroscience intensive care unit at the University of Virginia as the Louise Nerancy eminent scholar in neurology.  From 2006 – 2009, he was the Ruth Cain Ruggles chairman of the department of neurology at Evanston Northwestern Health-care, and professor and vice-chair for academic programs of the Northwestern University de-partment of neurology, where he also directed the section of neurocritical care.

His research interests include subarachnoid hemorrhage, intracerebral hemorrhage, head injury, status epilepticus, infections, neuromuscular respiratory failure, and the ICU management of the organ donor.  He has published 116 papers, 99 abstracts, and 153 books and book chap-ters, and served more than 250 national and international visiting appointments and lectureships.  Dr. Bleck is board certified in internal medicine, with subspecialty certification in critical care medicine; neurology, with subspecialty certification in vascular neurology; clinical neurophysi-ology; and neurocritical care.


Ruth M. Kleinpell Ph.D. RN-CS. FAAN.

Dr. Ruth Kleinpell is currently the Director of the Center for Clinical Research and Scholarship at Rush University Medical Center and a Professor at Rush University College of Nursing in Chicago Illinois.

She is certified as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and maintains active practice at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago IL.  She is an experienced researcher, clinician and educator in the areas of acute and subacute care and advanced practice nursing roles. 

She presents and publishes widely and is a member of the editorial boards of the American Journal of Critical Care, Critical Care Medicine, Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and Nurse Practitioner.

She is a Council Board member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the Institute of Medicine of Chicago and the American College of Critical Care Medicine.  Most recently, she was elected in-coming President of the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses, an organization with 39 country members representing over 400,000 critical care nurses.


David Michael Linton, MD

David Michael Linton, is a South African born and trained Anaesthesiologist and Intensivist. He was previously the Director of the Respiratory Intensive Care Unit at the Groote Schuur University Hospital in Cape Town Cape. He is currently appointed as Associate Clinical Professor at the Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem where he is Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit in the Department of Medicine. His main intensive care research interests have been in the fields of neurological disease, automated closed loop mechanical ventilation, negative pressure ventilation and ventilation support in cardiac and respiratory failure.

He is particularly devoted to the practice of cost-effective noninvasive intensive care and particularly the use of early noninvasive neurological, cardiac and respiratory monitoring to achieve early diagnosis and accelerate recovery. Prof Linton holds a commercial pilot license with ratings on a range of light aircraft including business jets and in his spare time loves to fly fast aircraft on life saving air ambulance missions.