Pioneers in patient safety

Explore the international visionaries and thought leaders who support and energize the movement for health care improvement.

Charles Vincent Keynote speaker IFPSQ ESA ASA

Keynote Speaker
Charles Vincent, M.Phil., Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology, University of Oxford

Charles Vincent trained as a Clinical Psychologist and worked in the British NHS for several years. Since 1985 he has carried out research on the causes of harm to patients, the consequences for patients and staff and methods of improving the safety of health care. He established the Clinical Risk Unit at University College in 1995 where he was Professor of Psychology before moving to the Department of Surgery and Cancer at Imperial College in 2002. He is the editor of Clinical Risk Management (2nd ed., 2001), author of Patient Safety (2nd ed., 2010) and author of many papers on medical error, risk and patient safety. From 1999 to 2003, he was Commissioner on the U.K. Commission for Health Improvement and has advised on patient safety in many inquiries and committees including the recent Berwick Review. In 2007, he was appointed Director of the National Institute of Health Research Centre for Patient Safety & Service Quality at Imperial College Healthcare Trust. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and was recently reappointed as a National Institute of Health Research Senior Investigator. In 2014, he has taken up a new most as Health Foundation professorial fellow in the Department of Psychology, University of Oxford, where he continues his work on safety in health care and leads the Oxford Region NHS Patient Safety Collaborative. With René Amalberti, he has recently published Safer Healthcare: Strategies for the Real World (2016).

Daniel Arnal

Daniel Arnal, M.D.

Daniel Arnal, M.D. is the co-founder and Chair of the Spanish Anesthesia Incident Reporting System (SENSAR). SENSAR is a professional scientific network of more than one hundred anesthesia departments in Spain and Chile that strive for enhanced patient safety by learning from incidents, training programs, innovation and networking. He is also 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.

Audree Bendo

Audrée A. Bendo, M.D.

As a Distinguished Professor at the State University of New York and Chair of Anesthesiology at Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, Audrée A Bendo, M.D. is nationally and internationally recognized in the field of neurosurgical anesthesiology. She has chaired several committees for the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists (NYSSA) and the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Prior to becoming Chair of the NYSSA PGA 72 meeting in 2018, she was the Scientific Program Chair for PGA 70 in 2016 and PGA 71 in 2017, and Annual Meeting Chair for the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2013 meeting in San Francisco, California. She currently chairs the ASA’s Committee for International Collaboration. Dr. Bendo received the Distinguished Teacher Award from the Society of Neurosurgical Anesthesia and Critical Care in 2004 and the New York State Chancellor’s Award for Professional Service in 2009. In May of 2013, she was awarded the New York State Chancellor’s Distinguished Service Professorship. Dr. Bendo has served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology since 2003 and remains clinically active in the operating room where she teaches and mentors students and residents in neurosurgical anesthesiology.

Ana Clebone

Ana Clebone, M.D.

Stefan De Hert

Stefan De Hert, M.D.

Stefan De Hert, M.D. received his Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Antwerp, Belgium in 1984. Subsequently he completed anaesthesiology residency training at the Antwerp University Hospital. After his training he accepted a faculty position in the department and served as Vice Chair of the Department of Anaesthesiology at the Antwerp University Hospital and Professor of Anaesthesiology at the University of Antwerp for more than 10 years. From 2007 to 2010 he acted as Professor of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anaesthesiology at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and Director of the Division of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anaesthesiology at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam. Presently, he is Professor of Anaesthesiology and Director of Research at the Department of Anaesthesiology of the University Hospital of Ghent. He has authored and co-authored more than 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals and several chapters in different textbooks. He is an Associate Editor at the Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anaesthesia and acts as a regular reviewer for several major anaesthesiology, cardiology and surgery journals. Prof. De Hert acted as chair of the ESA Scientific Committee. He is currently President of the European Society of Anaesthesiology.

Peter Dieckmann Ph.D.

Peter Dieckmann, Ph.D.

Peter Dieckmann, Ph.D., Dipl-Psych is a work and organisational psychologist working as a Senior Scientist with the Copenhagen Academy for Medical Education and Simulation (CAMES) of the Capital Region of Denmark. Dr. Dieckmann is also an External Lecturer at the Department of Clinical Medicine of the University of Copenhagen, Denmark and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Faculty of Health of the University of Stavanger, Norway. Dr. Dieckmann's focus is on using simulation to investigate and improve patient safety on many levels, ranging from individual to organisational learning. His research on simulation investigates how learning processes can be best supported to help participants become better problem solvers and to help them to think systematically about their work processes. His research with simulation looks at medication safety and work processes. Dr. Dieckmann advocates to supplement existing safety initiatives with a focus on learning from how good performance is produced under varying conditions in everyday practice. Dr. Dieckmann is also a past president of the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM), has published about 45 peer-reviewed articles and 23 book chapters, and is a recognised speaker and workshop conductor on international simulation events.

Dr. Sigurd Fasting, Overlege Dr.Med., Ph.D.

Sigurd Fasting, Overlege Dr.Med., Ph.D.

Sigurd Fasting, Overlege Dr.Med., Ph.D., is head of the Department of Anaesthesiology at St. Olav's Hospital, Trondheim University Hospital since 2007. The Department has 60 anaesthesiologists, 22 of which are in-training. Dr. Fasting works two days a week doing clinical work in paediatric anaesthesia, as well as on-call work. He earned his Ph.D. in 2003 in research on risk and near-misses in anaesthesia. Dr. Fasting is also associate professor of anaesthesiology at Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Adrian Gelb

Adrian Gelb, M.D.

Dr. Gelb 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 (2004–2011) 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.

Jan Hendrickx M.D.

Jan Hendrickx, M.D.

Jan Hendrickx, M.D. studied Medicine at the University of Louvain in Belgium. He graduated as a physician anesthesiologist from the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania in 1996. He was a cardiac physician anesthesiologist at Stanford University, California, from 2004 to 2006 while a fellow of Steve Shafer studying pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (PKPD) modeling. He currently works in the Onze Lieve Vrouwziekenhuis (OLV) Hospital in Aast, Belgium. His major research interests include quantitative and safety aspects of low flow and closed circuit anesthesia, automated low flow anesthesia and PKPD visualization systems. He is a former Chair of the ESA Scientific Subcommittee on Monitoring, Ultrasound and Equipment, and current member of the ESA Patient Safety and Quality Committee and of the Committee on Technology of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation. He is also the Associate Editor of the Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing.

Cor Kalkman

Cor Kalkman, M.D., Ph.D.

Cor Kalkman, M.D. is a Professor of Anesthesiology at the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands. He currently divides his time between clinical research and clinical neuroanesthesia. Dr. Kalkman started his research career studying intraoperative spinal cord monitoring techniques, including SSEP and transcranial MEP. His Doctor of Philosophy thesis addressed the influence of anesthetics on signal quality. He was Visiting Researcher at the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of California, San Diego, California from 1990 to 1991. From 1994 to 1999 he was Associate Professor and Vice-Chair at the Department of Anesthesiology, Academic Medical Center Amsterdam. In that period he developed techniques to monitor spinal cord function during thoracoabdominal aortic surgery and started a preclinical research line on spinal cord ischemia and pharmacological neuroprotection. In 2000 he completed a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology and in 1999 he was appointed Professor of Anesthesiology at the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands where he was Chair of the Division of Perioperative Care and Emergency Medicine until December 2010. He is a Co-founder of the Patient Safety Center of the University Medical Center. His major research interests are perioperative physiological monitoring, patient safety and human factors, perioperative outcomes research, measuring quality of care, cognitive dysfunction following cardiac and non-cardiac surgery and depth of anesthesia assessment. Dr. Kalkman has published more than 280 peer-reviewed research papers and several of the randomized controlled trials that he co-designed were published in major general medicine journals (JAMA, Lancet, NEJM). He has mentored 35 physicians towards a completed doctoral thesis and currently supervises six doctoral students. Since November 2016, Dr. Kalkman is a project leader of the European Commission-sponsored Nightingale Project, in which five academic centres in Europe collaborate with industry to develop a robust remote wireless vital signs (safety) monitoring system with intelligent clinical decision support for use in low-care settings such as surgical wards and in the early phase after discharge home.

Jannicke Mellin-Olsen

Jannicke Mellin-Olsen, M.D.

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 anaesthesiologist 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.

Celine Muhlethaler

Céline Mühlethaler, lic. phil., Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer Human Factors, Zurich University of Applied Sciences. Céline Müehlethaler, lic. phil., Ph.D. is a Work and Organizational Psychologist and made her Doctor of Philosophy in stress research. Since 2012 she has worked as a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Aviation at Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Winterthur, Switzerland. As head of the human factors research group she conducts applied research in the fields of fatigue, stress and human performance in aviation jobs (pilots, maintenance workers, flight attendants, et cetera). Additionally, she specializes in developing simulation-based Crew Resource Management (CRM) trainings in combination with objective measurement tools such as eye tracking or pulse measurement.

Christopher Neuhaus

Christopher Neuhaus, M.D.

Christopher Neuhaus, M.D. trained as a physician anesthesiologist and has been working at the University Hospital Heidelberg in Germany since 2010. With a background in commercial aviation, he has been active in research and teaching of human factors topics and their impact on patient safety. He is the director of the Heidelberg Simulation Center for Anesthesia and Emergency Medicine (HANS).

Doris Ostergaard M.D.

Doris Østergaard, M.D.

Doris Østergaard, M.D. is a professor in Medical Education and Simulation at the University of Copenhagen and Director of Copenhagen Academy for Medical Education and Simulation (CAMES), Herlev Hospital, Capital Region of Denmark. Dr. Østergaard is a physician anaesthesiologist currently focused on developing health care education and simulation-based training to improve patient safety. Dr. Østergaard has a doctoral thesis from Copenhagen University and a Master in Health Professions Education from the University of Dundee, United Kingdom. Her main activities include the development of training programs involving simulation based training and her research is in medical education and patient safety.

Dr. Beverly Philip

Beverly K. Philip, M.D., FACA

Beverly Khnie Philip, M.D. is the Professor of Anaesthesia 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, in New York, her Doctor of Medicine degree from Upstate Medical Center, State University of New York, in 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, a national organization that promotes scientific progress in the subspecialty of 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.

Marcus Rall M.D.

Marcus Rall, M.D.

Not only is Marcus Rall, M.D. a physician anesthesiologist, but he also saves lives as a firefighter and paramedic. He attended medical school in Germany, Michigan and Boston, Massachusetts. During these years he studied human factors and participated in simulation team training and crisis resource management at Stanford University alongside Dr. David Gaba. He also conducted interdiszciplinary research and made developments in patient safety, team work and simulation instructor training. Dr. Rall has also served as a former member and Chair of the ESA Patient Safety Subcommittee, Founder of the European Patient Safety Course, Co-author in two chapters of Miller´s Anesthesia about Human Performance and Patient Simulation, and Founder and CEO of the InPASS Institute for Patient Safety GmbH.

keith Ruskin

Keith Ruskin, M.D.

Dr. Ruskin 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. Keith 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. Keith 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 Staender

Sven E. A. Staender, M.D.

Dr. Staender is Head of the Department of Anaesthesia 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 chairman 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).

Richard Urman

Richard Urman, M.D., M.D., M.B.A., CPE, FASA

Richard D. Urman, M.D., M.B.A., CPE, FASA is a physician anesthesiologist at the Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) in Boston, Massachusetts and Associate Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School. He serves as Director of Anesthesia Services at the BWH Care Center at Chestnut Hill, and as Medical Director of Sedation for Interventional Medicine. He also serves as the Director (Anesthesia) of the Interdepartmental Center for Perioperative Research at BWH and directs the newly established Perioperative Medicine Fellowship. Dr. Urman received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Harvard Medical School, Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and completed a residency in anesthesia at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School. His research areas include patient outcomes, informatics, patient safety, novel anesthetic drugs, simulation and operating room management. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers, more than 65 book chapters and serves as an investigator and collaborator on many funded research studies.

Johannes Wacker

Johannes Wacker, M.D.

Johannes Wacker, M.D. completed his training as a Specialist in anaesthesiology in Switzerland, and has trained as a Clinical and Research Fellow in Cardiac Anaesthesia & Intensive Care at Toronto General Hospital in Toronto, Canada. He was appointed consultant anaesthesiologist at the University Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland in 2001, and Consultant Anaesthesiologist at Hirslanden Clinic in Zurich in 2009. He is an Associate Lecturer (Patient Safety) at the University of Zurich, and Chair of the Patient Safety and Quality Committee of the European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA).

Mark Warner

Mark Warner, M.D.

Mark Warner, M.D. received his undergraduate degree from Miami University in Ohio in 1976, his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical College of Ohio in 1979, and his subsequent training in anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic. He is currently the Annenberg Professor in Anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic and emeritus Executive Dean of the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Dr. Warner has served as Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, the physician leader of Mayo’s hospitals, and a member of Mayo’s Board of Governors. Dr. Warner has been in the leadership of a number of national anesthesiology organizations. He currently serves as President of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation and has previously served as President of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the American Board of Anesthesiology and the Academy of Anesthesiology. Dr. Warner has been an editor for Anesthesiology, the journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. He and his wife, Mary Ellen, also a physician anesthesiologist at Mayo Clinic, have four grown sons. Two of them are physician anesthesiologists at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Warner is an experienced pilot and sky-diver. Mary Ellen and Mark spend much of their spare time traveling to see their grandchildren and working on their farm.

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