Human performance and the improvement of perioperative care


Rhona Flin, Ph.D. Keynote speaker IFPSQ ESA ASA

Keynote Speaker
Rhona Flin, Ph.D.

Professor of Industrial Psychology, Aberdeen Business School, RGU and Emeritus Professor of Applied Psychology at the University of Aberdeen, U.K.

Prof. Rhona Flin is a professor of industrial psychology at Aberdeen Business School, RGU and emeritus professor of applied psychology at the University of Aberdeen, U.K. She specialises in the study of human performance in high-risk industries and health care. In hospitals, her research has focussed on safety "at the sharp end" — in particular surgeons', anesthetists' and nurses' non-technical skills and the underlying safety culture. She led the Scottish Patient Safety Research network from 2007–12. Her books include "Safety at the Sharp End: A Guide to Non-Technical Skills" (2008, O'Connor & Crichton) and "Enhancing Surgical Performance: A Primer in Non-Technical Skills" (2015, Yule and Youngson).

Dr. Arnal

Daniel Arnal

Daniel Arnal, M.D., is the chair of the ESA Patient Safety and Quality Committee. He is also co-founder and past chair of the Spanish Anesthesia Incident Reporting System (SENSAR). SENSAR is a professional scientific network of more than 100 anesthesia departments in Spain, Chile and Uruguay that strive for enhanced patient safety by learning from incidents, training programs, innovation and networking. Chair of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation Regional Network for Spain and Latin America and Vice President of Quality, Patient Safety and Ethics of the Spanish Society of Anesthesiology and Reanimation (SEDAR). He completed his anesthesiology training at Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañon, in Madrid, Spain, and has worked as an anesthesia consultant in the Hospital Universitario Fundacion Alcorcon since 2005 where he coordinates and teaches simulation training programs in the IDEhA Simulation Center. Dr. Arnal's publications and scientific interests focus on patient safety and quality, and he co-edited the “Spanish Anesthesia and Critical Patient Crisis Manual.”


Karin Becke

Karin Becke Karin Becke, M.D., is the head of the department of anesthesiology, pediatric anesthesiology and intensive care medicine at Cnopf Childrens Hospital, Hospital Hallerwiese, Nürnberg. She is chair of the Scientific Working Group for Paediatric Anaesthesia (WAKKA, Wissenschaftlicher Arbeitskreis Kinderanaesthesie der DGAI) and past chair of the Scientific Subcommittee Paediatric Anaesthesiology of the European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA). She is member of the German Society for Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine (DGAI, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Anaesthesiologie und Intensivmedizin) and board member of the German Academy of Continuing Education in Anaesthesiology (DAAF, Deutsche Akademie fuer Anaesthesiologische Fortbildung), and the Association of German Anaesthesiologists (BDA, Berufsverband Deutscher Anaesthesisten). Dr. Becke is the author of many scientific papers published in international and national journals and is active on the editorial boards of several international journals. Her main interests focus on quality and safety in pediatric anesthesia, pediatric emergency medicine and pediatric acute pain management. Together with co-workers she published several important guidelines for standard procedures in pediatric anesthesia, i.e., preoperative evaluation, infusion therapy, sedation, regional anesthesia and postoperative pain management. She is head of department of Cnopf Children’s Hospital/Hospital Hallerwiese, one of the long-established children’s hospitals in Germany.


Daniela Filipescu

Daniela Filipescu, M.D., Ph.D., DEAA, is a cardiac anesthesiologist and the first Romanian holding the European Diploma in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (EDAIC). Her fellowship trainings in cardiovascular anesthesia were at Bichat and Pitie-Salpetriere Hospitals in Paris, France, and at Humana Hospital, Louisville, Kentucky. She also graduated the Interuniversity Specialization Diploma (DIS) at the Institute of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine in Paris. Dr. Filipescu’s research main interests include the cardiac patient, haemostasis and transfusion, sepsis and patient safety. Dr. Filipescu co-authored European guidelines on the management of severe perioperative bleeding and trauma bleeding. She is currently chairing a national multidisciplinary group for the implementation of Patient Blood Management in Romania. Dr. Filipescu is professor of anesthesia and intensive care medicine at the Carol Davila University of Medicine and the Scientific Coordinator of the National Congress of the Romanian Society of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care. She also holds a master’s degree in management of health and social systems from the University of Bucharest and is currently the medical director of the Emergency Institute of Cardiovascular Disease in Bucharest. Dr. Filipescu had various elected positions in the European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA), including the President of the ESA (2014–15). She was awarded the lifetime Honorary Membership of the ESA in 2017 and is currently representing the ESA in EU advocacy activities. She is also one of the European-elected council members of the World Federation of Anaesthesiologists Societies (WFSA), a WFSA board member for 2019 and member of the 2020 World Congress of Anaesthesiology Scientific Committee.


Adrian Gelb

Adrian Gelb, M.B.B.Ch., is distinguished professor emeritus in the department of anesthesia and perioperative care at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He was the vice chair of the UCSF Anesthesia Department (2004–11) and has served as a leader in multiple national and international anesthesia societies. Dr. Gelb is currently the secretary of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) and a past chair of WFSA's Safety and Quality of Practice Committee. He is also the secretary of board of the Global Alliance for Surgery, Obstetrics, Trauma, and Anesthesia Care (The G4 Alliance) and leads their Patient Safety Committee. Additionally, Dr. Gelb acts as an advisor to four World Health Organization (WHO) groups: Surgery-Anesthesia, Medicines, Patient Safety, and Emergency Services.


Ioana Grigoras

Ioana Grigoras is the professor of anesthesia and intensive Care at the Grigore T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Iasi, Romania. She is chair of the Workforce, Working-Conditions and Welfare Standing Committee of the European Board of Anaesthesiology. As head of anesthesia and intensive care department at the Regional Institute of Oncology, Iasi, Romania, she actively promotes a safety culture and teaches non-technical skills in anesthesiology. She organized several national and regional continuous medical education courses on quality improvement and patient safety.


Guy Haller

Guy Haller, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., is a staff anesthetist in the department of anesthesia, obstetrical unit at Geneva University Hospital, Switzerland. He is also head of the hospital strategic project for quality improvement at Geneva University Hospital and an adjunct associate professor in the department of epidemiology and preventive medicine at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Haller has an M.D. from the University of Lausanne, a diploma of the Swiss Society of Physicians with a concentration in anesthesia, a diploma of the European Academy of Anaesthesiology, Ph.D. in epidemiology from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, and a master’s in medical informatics from the University of Bath. He is an associate editor for the British Journal of Anaesthesia, a member of the Committee for Quality and Data Management for the Swiss Society of Anaesthesia, a reviewer for the BMJ, PLosOne, Anesthesiology, International Journal for Quality in Health Care, European Journal of Anaesthesia, and he is an expert reviewer for the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Australian New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. He has research interests in quality and safety in anesthesia, crew resource management and obstetrical anesthesia.

Harrop Griffiths

William Harrop-Griffiths

William Harrop-Griffiths, M.A., M.B.B.S., FRCA. FCAI (Hon), is qualified from Oxford and St Thomas’s Hospital, London in 1981, and then trained in anesthesia in London and Seattle, Washington. He has been a consultant anesthetist at St Mary’s Hospital since 1990 and is an honorary clinical senior lecturer at Imperial College, London. Dr. Harrop-Griffiths is a passionate regional anesthetist who is prepared to do obstetric and vascular anesthesia when needs must. He is an enthusiastic public speaker whose lectures have been described as “a victory of style over content”. He takes this as a compliment.

Eleni Katsika

Eleni Katsika

Eleni Katsika, Greek M.D., Ph.D., is an anesthesiologist and head of the anesthetic department at Hippokrateion Hospital, Thessaloniki, Greece. She has trained in Thessaloniki, Greece and at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, U.K. Dr. Katsika has mainly specialized on liver and kidney transplantations as well as obstetric anesthesia. She served as president of the Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care of Northern Greece (2008–12). She has participated as instructor in the Teach the Teachers courses organized by ESA and WFSA. Dr. Katsika is a member of the Greek National Advisory Committee for Training in Anaesthesia and member of the Greek National Advisory Committee for setting “Minimum Safety Standards in Anaesthesia. She is also a member of the ESA, the Hellenic Society of Anaesthesiology, Society of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care of Northern Greece, and Hellenic Society of Transplantations (member of the Committee of the Society).

Rita Katznelson

Rita Katznelson

Rita Katznelson, M.D., FRCPC, is a staff anesthesiologist in the department of anesthesia and pain management at the Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network and an associate professor of anesthesia at the University of Toronto. She completed her training in anesthesia in Israel; she has also obtained fellowships in cardiac anesthesia and interventional chronic pain management at the University of Toronto. She is a co-founder of the Transitional Pain Service with Dr. Hance Clarke and is the director of the department of hyperbaric medicine at the Toronto General Hospital. Dr. Katznelson’s area of research interest include postoperative neurocognitive dysfunction, chronic pain, persistent opioid use after surgery and the therapeutic applications for hyperbaric medicine.

María Lema Tomé

María Lema Tomé

María Lema Tomé obtained her degree in medicine at the Universidad de Sevilla (2011) and undertook training in anesthesiology at Gregorio Marañón University Hospital (Madrid) between 2012–16. Since then, she has been working there as a consultant. From the first days of her specialty training, Dr. Lema Tomé developed a keen interest in patient safety. She took the CSPA – Course in Patient Safety in Anaesthesia (which belongs to SENSAR – the Spanish Service of Notifications in Patient Safety in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care) in which she now actively participates as an instructor. She is also an active member of the Safety in Anaesthesia Group of my hospital and participate as a local analyser for critical incidents. Dr. Lema Tomé takes part as a nation-wide instructor in courses for development of high-performance multidisciplinary teams in safety. She is the regional coordinator for PITELO (Critical incident reporting system) for the Madrid Region and also collaborates as an author for the Electronic Journal of Anesthesia in the patient safety section.

Jannicke Mellin Olsen

Jannicke Mellin-Olsen

Jannicke Mellin-Olsen is the secretary of the European Society of Anaesthesiology, as well as president-elect of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists. She was the driving force for the Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology, which was launched when she was the president of the European Board of Anaesthesiology. She has also had several other board positions in various medical and military veteran societies. She was trained in Trondheim University Hospital and currently works as a consultant anesthesiologist at Baerum Hospital. She holds a diploma in public health and has worked on several continents for the U.N. and Red Cross Organizations, as well as in International Air Ambulance Services. Her particular interests are critical emergency medicine and trauma, health politics, in addition to patient safety.

Frédéric Michard

Frédéric Michard

Frédéric Michard, French M.D., Ph.D., was trained in Paris, France and at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He is mainly known for his research work on pulse pressure variation (PPV) and fluid responsiveness ( >8,000 citations on Google scholar, >200,000 downloads from BioMed Central), for the development of graphic user interfaces, and his recent publications on ward monitoring, wearable sensors and digital innovations. Dr. Michaerd is the founder of MiCo (michardconsulting.com), a consulting firm based in the "Swisslicon valley".

Beverly K Philip

Beverly K. Philip

Beverly Khnie Philip, M.D., is the professor of anesthesia at Harvard University and founding director of the Day Surgery Unit at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. She received her undergraduate degree from Queens College, City University of New York, her doctor of medicine degree from Upstate Medical Center, State University of New York, and completed the anesthesia residency at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston. Dr. Philip’s subspecialty focus is ambulatory anesthesia. Dr. Philip has published numerous research papers, review articles and book chapters on various aspects of ambulatory anesthesia science and practice, and she has spoken widely, nationally and internationally. Dr. Philip is Vice-President for Scientific Affairs of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), with responsibility for all educational and scientific activities of the 53,000+ member organization. Dr. Philip also has a strong interest and ongoing contribution to national anesthesiology policy, particularly related to quality and regulatory issues. Her service at ASA has also included the ASA Board of Directors representing Massachusetts, chair of the ASA Quality Management and Departmental Administration Committee, chair of the ASA Ambulatory Surgical Care Committee, and she was chair of ANESTHESIOLOGY® Annual Meeting for 2009. Dr. Philip is a founding member and past president of the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia. She has served as the chair of the Joint Commission’s Ambulatory Health Care Professional and Technical Advisory Committee, and on the Board of Directors and Standards Committee of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. Dr. Philip was a founding participant of the CMS Advisory Panel on Ambulatory Payment Classification Groups and served two three-year terms. Dr. Philip is the current president of the International Association for Ambulatory Surgery and is the immediate past editor-in-chief of the international journal Ambulatory Surgery.

James Philip

James Philip

James Philip, M.D., is an anesthesiologist senior consultant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and professor of anesthesia at Harvard Medical School. His clinical focus is ambulatory anesthesia, anesthesia safety, and development of anesthesia technology. He teaches and researches engineering the medical environment, especially anesthesia, to make it safe, effective and affordable. He was co-author of the Standards for Patient Monitoring During Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School of 1984. Dr. Philip created medical products including Perkin-Elmer Lifewatch™ CO2 Monitor, Baxter InfusOR™ IV Pump for Bolus plus Infusion, Edwards Vigilance® Continuous Cardiac Output Monitor, IVAC-BD Signature Pump to monitor hydraulic resistance and detect catheter infiltration, and the fluid pressure infuser used in many clinical products including trauma resuscitation. Dr. James Philip developed the Gas Man® computer simulation which simulates inhaled vapors and gases propagating from vaporizer to the patient’s brain. Gas Man is distributed by a nonprofit charitable organization, Med Man Simulations, Inc. Dr. Philip is the recipient of the 2017 Society for Technology in Anesthesia (STA) Gravenstein Award for lifetime achievement creating clinical technologic products and safety in anesthesia.

Keith Ruskin

Keith Ruskin

Keith Ruskin, M.D., is a professor of anesthesia and critical care and director of neurosurgical anesthesia at the University of Chicago. He is currently a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Patient Safety Editorial Board, a member of the ASA Committee on Patient Safety, and Chair of the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA) Human Performance Committee. Dr. Ruskin attended medical school at the University of Miami School of Medicine and completed his residency at New York University Medical Center. He spent 20 years on the faculty of Yale University before being recruited to the University of Chicago. He has had a lifelong interest in aviation and currently holds a commercial pilot certificate with airplane single-engine land and sea, multi-engine land, and instrument airplane ratings. Dr. Ruskin's major academic interests include human performance and aerospace medicine, and his career has focused on teaching these disciplines to practicing physicians. He is currently working with NASA psychologists to develop a fatigue risk management program for anesthesiologists who must work overnight shifts; this program is based on work that was done by the Federal Aviation Administration. Keith was most recently the lead author on the first textbook of perioperative quality and safety. He has given talks on safety, human performance, and aerospace physiology at the AsMA and ASA, as well as at international meetings. He has spoken about safety management systems at the Australian Society of Anaesthetists meeting in Darwin, Australia, and on obstructive sleep apnea and fatigue risk management in Mexico. He has given lectures on safety, human performance and aerospace physiology to undergraduate, graduate and medical students at Yale University and University of Chicago and as a visiting professor at many other medical schools. Dr. Ruskin is currently developing an undergraduate course on human performance in extreme environments. Dr. Ruskin holds a Second-in-Command rating for the DC-3. He flies a Cessna Turbo Skylane out of Chicago Executive Airport (KPWK) but would love to fly a jet if he made more money

Sven E A Staender

Sven E. A. Staender

Sven E. A. Staender, M.D., is head of the department of anesthesia and intensive care medicine at Spital Männedorf in Zürich, Switzerland. He earned his medical degree at the University of Erlangen, Germany, and completed his residency training at University of Basel, Switzerland. Dr. Staender was involved in the early development of an electronic incident reporting system (CIRS) in anesthesiology at the University of Basel in 1995. He served as the chairman of the Scientific Subcommittee for Patient Safety of the European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA) where he was involved in the development of the Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology. He is the past chair of the Taskforce Patient Safety as well as the Patient Safety and Quality Committee of ESA. Dr. Staender is currently the vice president of the European Patient Safety Foundation (EUPSF).

Johannes Wacker

Johannes Wacker

Johannes Wacker, M.D., has completed his anesthesiology training in Zurich, Switzerland, and trained as a clinical and research fellow in cardiac anesthesia and intensive care at Toronto General Hospital, Canada. He has been a consultant anesthesiologist at the University Hospital Zurich, from 2001–09, and at the Hirslanden Clinic in Zurich since 2009. Dr. Wacker is currently past chair and a member of the Patient Safety and Quality Committee of the European Society of Anaesthesiology. He is a member of the Data and Quality Committee of the Swiss Society for Anaesthesiology and Reanimation. His scientific interests and publications focus on perioperative patient safety and quality. He is an associate lecturer in patient safety at the University of Zurich.

Matthew B Weinger

Matthew B. Weinger

Matthew B. Weinger, M.D., M.S., has served as APSF secretary since 2008, is the Norman Ty Smith chair in patient safety and medical simulation, and is a professor of anesthesiology, biomedical informatics, and medical education at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Weinger is a world leader in patient safety, human factors and simulation research. He has nearly 200 publications and has received almost $12 million in non-proprietary support for his research. Dr. Weinger has applied his expertise to the study of non-routine events, user interface design, factors influencing clinician performance, alarms and vigilance, automation, and decision support. He has held leadership roles in the Anesthesia Quality Institute, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, and the Society for Technology in Anesthesia, and provided major service for the ASA and the ABA. Dr. Weinger is a member of the Board on Human-System Integration of the National Academies of Sciences.

David Whitaker

David Whitaker

David Whitaker, FRCA, FFPMRCA, FFICM, FCARCSI (Hon), is from Manchester, U.K., and is a past president of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI). He is also a past chair of the Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthetists (ACTA) and a past elected member of the Council of the U.K. Royal College of Anaesthetists and elected an honorary fellow of the College of Anaesthetists of Ireland. Dr. Whitaker is a member of the European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA) Patient Safety and Quality Committee and a past member of the Quality and Safety Committee of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA). He is currently chair of the European Board of Anaesthesiology Safety Committee and in 2010 he was a co-author of the Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology now signed by over 200 anesthesia-related organisations worldwide. Dr. Whitaker is particularly interested in implementing safer practices into anesthesia, intensive care and pain medicine and is currently promoting better patient blood management, medication safety including the increased use of pre-filled syringes and more widespread patient monitoring outside the operating theatre, e.g., continuous capnography in intensive care, sedation and resuscitation. He is also working on the EBA/ESA/ERC initiative to standardise the cardiac arrest call internal telephone number in European Hospitals to 2222.

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