Bernard Cholley is professor of Anesthesiology & Intensive Care Medicine at Hôpital Européen Georges Pompidou (Assistance Publique, Hôpitaux de Paris) and Université Paris Descartes, Paris, France. He works mainly in cardiac surgical intensive care and his areas of interest include haemodynamics (physiology, pathophysiology, monitoring,…) and the perioperative management of high-risk surgical patients. He has also been involved for a long time in promoting and teaching the use of ultrasound techniques in the anesthesiology / critical care environment. He is an active member of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, the European Society of Anaesthesiology, and the French Society of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine.
Antoine Herpain (Belgium)
After having completed his internal medicine residency, Dr Antoine Herpain has been trained by Pr Jean-Louis Vincent et Pr Daniel De Backer in the intensive care unit of the CHU Erasme Hospital (Brussels); where he is now in charge of the heart failure program and acute cardiac cares supervision. In addition to his clinical investments, he is also leading several doctoral projects on experimental investigations with large animal models of septic and cardiogenic shocks in the Experimental Laboratory of Intensive Care from the Université Libre de Bruxelles.
Marc Leone (France)
Pr. Marc Leone, born in 1968 is professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Aix Marseille University and anesthesiologist in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at the Nord University Hospital in Marseille. He trained as resident and fellow in Aix Marseille University. Specialist in intensive care medicine, he spent one year at the Washington University of Saint Louis Missouri. He obtained his PhD degree (sex and infection) at the Aix Marseille University in 2008. He is the present chair of the department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine of his hospital, with his clinical activities in the intensive care unit. His expertise field includes sepsis and trauma in the critically ill patient.
Marc Leone has signed around 250 publications, book chapters, and guidelines and has edited 4 books. He assumes the executive board member of the French Society of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine and served as board member of Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine. He is involved in the European Society of Anesthesiology and the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine.
Hynek Riha (Czech Republic)
Hynek Riha is Consultant in Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine at the Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine, and Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine at the 1st Faculty of Medicine of Charles University. He completed his medical studies in 1997, received a Ph.D. in the field of human physiology and pathophysiology in 2012, and a M.H.A. degree in healthcare management in 2016. Dr. Riha‘s major areas of expertise include pharmacological support of cardiovascular system, mechanical circulatory support and heart transplantation. He is an examiner for oral part of European Board Certifications in Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine.
Massimo Girardis (Italy)
Prof Girardis is the head of the Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Department of the Modena University Hospital and associate in Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. He began his career at the Department of Physiology and Biology of the University of Udine, Italy, and in 1994 and 1995 he participated in the Euromir Missions of the European Space Agency in Moscow for the study of the effects of prolonged microgravity in humans. In 1997 he completed his formation as Anesthesiologist and Intensivist, and after a one-year experience at the Department of Anaesthesia, Physiology and Pharmacology of the University of Geneva, Switzerland, he became responsible for the running of the intensive care unit at the University Hospital of Udine. In 2001 Prof Girardis moved to the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.
From 2012 to 2015 Prof Girardis coordinated the working group on infection and sepsis of the Italian Society of Anaesthesia and Resuscitation (SIAARTI) and in the same Society was member of the directive council and of the publication and research committee. Deputy Chair of the Systemic Inflammation and Sepsis section and member of the research committee of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) and in the same society was member of the council as National representative from 2013 to 2016.
His clinical activity and research is mainly dedicated to intensive care medicine, particularly in the field of sepsis and oxygen transport, from basic pathophysiology to therapy. He participated as principal investigator or national coordinator to numerous research project supported by national govern funds and scientific societies. He is the author of over 100 publications (H index 23) and serves as reviewer for numerous high level scientific journals.
Alain Combes (France)
Professor Alain Combes, MD, PhD is Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at Sorbonne Université, Paris, and head of the ICU department at La Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, Assistance Publique Hopitaux de Paris, France.
Main research interests:
Care of the critically ill cardiac patient (cardiogenic shock, acute myocardial infarction, cardiac arrest, complicated heart surgery and heart transplantation)
Mechanical circulatory assistance and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
Rescue therapies for severe respiratory failure, including ECMO and ECCO₂R
Infections in critically patients, such as pulmonary infections in mechanically ventilated ICU patients and endocarditis.
Professor Combes is Member of
The Société de Réanimation de Langue Française (SRLF)
The European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM)
The American Thoracic Society (ATS)
The European Society of Cardiology (ESC)
The Extra Corporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO),
Currently President of the EURO-ELSO
The International ECMO network (ECMONet)
Bruno Levy (France)
Bruno Levy is professor of Intensive Care Medicine at Nancy University Hospital and Université De Lorraine, France. He works in a polyvalent ICU mainly dedicated to cardiac intensive care and his areas of interest include haemodynamics (physiology, pathophysiology, monitoring,…), ECMO, lactate metabolism and vasopressors/inotropes use in shock states. He is also an active member of the European Society of Intensive Care and the French Society of Critical Care Medicine (SRLF).
Brünger, Frank (Germany)
Frank Brünger is a senior physician of cardiac surgery and intensive care medicine at Herz- und Diabetes-Zentrum Nordrhein-Westfalen, Bad Oeynhausen, Germany. He works in cardiac surgical intensive care and his special interest is treatment of terminal cardiac failure, ECMO, VAD, HTX. He is a member of the EACTS, DIVI, DGTHG and ESICM.