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.


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.


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).


Dr Paul Barach, BSc, MD, MPH, is a board-certified and practicing Cardiac Anesthesiologist and health services researcher, with fellowship training in Cardiac Anesthesia, Critical Care medicine and Human Factors, at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He spent 5 years in the army as combat physician and was discharged at the rank of major. His major research focus is on developing and extending theoretical work in the areas of injury prevention, patient safety and quality improvement in acute care settings, using both quantitative and qualitative methods. He is the Scientific Coordinator of the EU-FP7 HANDOVER project focused on developing better organisational and informational tools to improve patient discharge and transitions in Europe (  He has post graduate certificate training in quality improvement under Dr Brent James at Intermountain Healthcare. He founded the Centre for Patient Safety and Simulation at the University of Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he was Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Patient Safety. He chaired the Jackson Memorial Hospital Patient Safety Committee and was the Medical Director for Quality for 3 years. He leads the Trauma and Rehabilitation learning Collaborative Injury Research Program, ( He has been awarded over 9 million euro in federal funding from US, EU, Norwegian, Greek and Australian national funding bodies. He has authored over 200 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, and his work has been cited over 2500 times. Dr Barach was editor of journal Quality and Safety in Healthcare from 2001-2005, is co-editor of 2 special issues of Pediatric Cardiology devoted to the safety and quality of the future of pediatric cardiac care published in 2012, and, is co-editor of forthcoming first textbook devoted to the quality and safety of pediatric cardiac care to be published in 2012. He holds academic appointments as Professor (adjunct) of Quality and Safety in Healthcare Systems at the University of Stavanger, Norway; Senior fellow at the University of Utrecht, Netherlands; and, Associate Professor at the University of South Florida.


Dr Geoff Bellingan is a physician and intensivist practising at University College London Hospitals and is the Medical Director for UCLH.


He is a leading intensive care clinician in the UK, being on the research committee for the Intensive care society, the critical care committee for the Royal College of Physicians and is the UK representative on council for the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine.


He is research interests are in ARDS and inflammation and he has been lead clinician for a number of trails in ARDS and infection control on the ICU.


Dr. Julie Benbenishty


American born and lived in Israel since 1974. Finished High school and nursing school in Israel, in 1978 was drafted into Israeli defense forces, discharged as 1st Lieutenant .I have worked in intensive care and Trauma at Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem for 34 years. I have completed post graduate courses in the following subject's intensive care, trauma, communications, management, and good clinical research practice.  While working in intensive care, I also functioned as nurse researcher and research project manager since 1994. Many research projects were investigator initiated and multi center in Israel and European countries. Since 1996 I have served as the coordinator for SHERI a Medical Aviation company - repatriation of injured and sick Israelis from abroad to Israel.  Since 2001, I have served as the Coordinator of Annual International Terror Medicine- Mass Casualty workshop, lecturing about the Israeli experiences coping with terror and mass causalities. The web site:


I have several publications in medical and nursing journals.


For the past 4 years I have been on the faculty of Hebrew UniversityHadassah Hospital School of nursing working as a clinical instructor as well as lecturer. Since 2008 I have been appointed to the position of Trauma coordinator and Academic Advisor to the surgical and ICU division of the hospital. I am the mother of 3 children and grandmother to 4. I live in Jerusalem, Israel.


Clifford S. Deutschman, MS, MD, FCCM

Dr Deutschman is Tenured Professor of Anesthesiology & Critical Care and Surgery at The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia.  He received a BS in Chemistry from Trinity College, an MS in Chemistry from Northwestern University and his MD from New York Medical College.  After flirting with a career in Neurosurgery Dr. Deutschman was a Fellow in Surgical Critical Care at the University of Minnesota.  He then did a residency in Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins and joined the faculty there.

Dr Deutschman was recruited to the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1993 and has remained there since.  He provides care for critically ill surgical patients as a member of the multi-disciplinary Surgical Critical Care Service, instructing students, residents in Anesthesiology, Surgery and Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Fellows based in Anesthesiology, Surgery, Pulmonary Medicine and Emergency Medicine.  He has twice won clinical awards for his teaching in the SICU.  In 2004 Dr Deutschman won the Leonard Berwick Teaching Award, given based on recommendations from students, residents and fellows to the faculty member who best combines clinical medicine and basic science in their teaching.

Dr Deutschman has been an NIH-funded laboratory investigator since 1993.  His research focus is diverse: the effects of experimental sepsis on hepatic signal transduction, cytokine responses, mitochondrial dysfunction and inhibition of electron transport, heat shock protein biology, inflammatory lung injury and the use of gene therapy to alter pulmonary responses.  Numerous research fellows have made this work possible.  Dr Deutschman has served on the NIH Surgery, Anesthesia and Trauma Study Section and participated in the review of VA Merit Awards.

Dr Deutschman is currently the President of the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

Like many enthusiastic but marginal former athletes, Dr. Deutschman is an avid sports fan and remai ns dedicated to the teams of his long-removed youth in New York.


Nobuo Fuke is a full-time professor of Teikyo University School of Medicine and the director of Emergency and Intensive Care Department of Teikyo University Chiba Medical Center.


He graduated University of Tokyo (UT) in 1977 and completed residency in UTMS Hospital. He has been working as a full-time intensivist since 1983 started in Jichi Medical School , except one-year research fellowship in Shreiners Burns Insititute, Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston in 1985.


He is a certified physician in Anesthesiology, Intensive Care Medicine, and Acute Medicine of Japanese Societies. He received several awards and honour of audiences of His Majesty.


He is a registered member of  Japan Disaster Relief Medical Team and dispatched 4 times abroad and one in Japan.


Patrick Honoré, is currently Head of Clinics at the Intensive Care Department UZ-Brussel/ VUB University, Brussels.


Dr Honoré  was graduated as MD (1988), Internist (1993), Intensivist (1994-UK -London) & Nephrologist (1995).

He serve in the editorial board of several journals.

He is the director of the Critical Care Nephrology Plateform at the UZB-VUB University (clinical and research purposes).

He is also involved in teaching and academic activities at the VUB.He is the author (or co-author) of more than 120 peer review papers in the field of critical care nephrology.

He has been lecturing in more than 200 national and international conferences in nearly 70 different countries.He is also involved since 15 years in the ESICM activities, mainly in the section of acute kidney injury.


Katerina Iliopoulou, MSc, RN has been the nurse manager of Greek Army’s Hospital Intensive Care Unit for the last six years. She has received the Surgical Nursing Specialty from Evangelismos Hospital and the Cardiothoracic Critical Care Specilization from Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK. She is currently undertakes a Doctorate program at King’s College, London, UK.


She is an active member of Hellenic Critical Care Association and she has been elected as a member in Nursing Committee of European Intensive Medicine Association.


Her areas of expertise include enteral nutrition in ICU, oral care of ventilated patients, professional autonomy of critical care nurses and evidence based practice.


Ruth Kleinpell PhD RN FAANP 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 active in a number of organizations including serving as a board member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, board member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner Fellows, Program Co-Chair of the American Academy of Nursing, among others.


She is a fellow in the American College of Critical Care Medicine and presents internationally on topics related to critical care practice. In 2011, she was elected as President of the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses, an international organization with 39 country members representing over 400,000 critical care nurses worldwide.


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.


John C. Marshall, MD, FRCSC, FACS

Professor of Surgery, University of Toronto
Attending Surgeon and Intensivist, St. Michael’s Hospital


John Marshall is a Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto, and a trauma surgeon and intensivist at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Canada.  His academic interests are sepsis, trauma, and the innate immune response.  His laboratory, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, studies the cellular mechanisms that prolong neutrophil survival in critical illness by preventing neutrophil programmed cell death, or apoptosis.  Professor Marshall has also been active in clinical research in sepsis and ICU-acquired infection, and in the design of clinical trials and outcome measures.  He has published more than 240 manuscripts, and 70 book chapters, and is the editor of 2 books.  He is the past-chair of the International Sepsis Forum and past-President of the Surgical Infection Society, and currently serves as chair of the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group.  He is also the founding chair of the International Forum of Acute Care Trialists – a global network of investigator-led critical care clinical research groups.  He is a member of the editorial boards of seven journals.



Phd candidate
Course Director BLS-AED of ERC
Transplant Coordinator of GH PAPAGEORGIOU


Professor Graham Ramsay was born on May 28, 1955 in Kirkcaldy, Scotland. He obtained his MD with commendation in June 1988 and gained accreditation as a surgeon in the UK and later as an intensivist in 1994 in the Netherlands.  He began his career in Scotland where he secured a place on the West of Scotland Surgical Rotational Training Scheme, spending three years (1981-1984) as a Senior House Officer in General Surgery and Registrar in Vascular and General Surgery at Stirling Royal Infirmary, Stobhill General Hospital (Glasgow) and the Institute of Neurological Sciences (Glasgow). Over the next few years he held the post of Surgical Research Fellow/Shock Team Registrar and various Registrar and Senior Registrar positions in Surgery/Vascular Surgery at two Glasgow Infirmaries.  This period culminated with Professor Ramsay in the position of Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Surgery and Surgical Director of the Clinical Shock Study Group at the Glasgow Western Infirmary (1991-92).


Professor Ramsay combined teaching, societal and clinical activities.  He is Past President  of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine  and the  Past President of the Surgical Infection Society (Europe) (2000 – 2001).   He was a Staff Surgeon at the Academisch Ziekenhuis Maastricht, head of the accident department,  Professor of Intensive Care at the University of Maastricht and  1 of 6 accredited trainers in Intensive Care in The Netherlands. In July 2003 he moved to direct a group of hospitals and nursing clinics in South Netherlands. In 2006 he returned to the UK as medical director and deputy chief executive of the West Hertfordshire Hospitals Trust and from September 2009 till July 2011 he was CEO of Mid Essex Hospitals Trust. He currently works in the Department of Health, Standard Contracts Team.


Professor Ramsay is the recipient of numerous prizes in the field of surgical infection and intensive care.  He recently received a third presidential citation and a distinguished service award from the American society SCCM, for services to Intensive Care. He has published more than 200 peer reviewed articles, including podiatry publications.


Professor Ramsay is or has been a member of the Editorial Board of 8 international journals.


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.


Dr. Segal is an anesthesiologist and Intensivist. after graduation from medical school he spent 7 years in the Israeli military as a company and regimental physician. Trained in anesthesia at Hadassah and the Sheba medical center and a critical care fellowship at the university of Florida in Gainesville, FL.


Dr. Segal was a director of the general ICU of the Sheba  Medical Center for 15 years, and as of 2009 is the director of anesthesia, critical care and pain medicine of the Assuta Medical Centers in Israel.

His main interests are mechanical ventilation, hemodynamic monitoring, and computerized patient records.


Dr. Segal is the chairman of the Israel Society of Critical Care Medicine.


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.


Andrew Thorniley is the Clinical Director of Surgery and Anaesthesia at The Hillingdon Hospital, Uxbridge.


He is a Clinical Anaesthetist who qualified in Johannesburg at The University of the Witwatersrand. Following several years of training at The Baragwanath Hospital, Johannesburg he moved to the United Kingdom and worked at Northwick Park (Prof. John Nunn's Department), The Middlesex Hospital, then a year's Fellowship in Leuven and finally found a resting place at The Hillingdon Hospital.


As the Clinical Director of Surgery and Anaesthesia he has learnt other skills such as balancing accounts, negotiating contracts and practising diplomacy with colleagues whilst maintaining a clinical profile in Intensive Care medicine and Anaesthesia.


He discovered a long lasting group of colleagues on the CCM-L (Critical Care Mailing - List) and the rest is history.


Dr Veerappan work at the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS trust, England and has been an Associate Specialist in Critical Care for 24 years.


He started the Annual Critical Care Symposium for the Northwest in Manchester to promote education in the Northwest, away from London with the best faculties around the world at an affordable price and to raise funds for the Outreach services at the Royal Oldham Hospital.


The tenth Anniversary of the meeting is planned at grand scale next year with more than 60 international and national faculties. He is the member of CCM-L from 1994 and benefited from it in many ways.