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Editor(s): Cecconi, Maurizio; Kollef, Marin H.; Brett, Stephen

Current Opinion in Critical Care: October 2015 - Volume 21 - Issue 5 - p v-vi
doi: 10.1097/MCC.0000000000000244
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Current Opinion in Critical Care was launched in 1995. It is one of a successful series of review journals whose unique format is designed to provide a systematic and critical assessment of the literature as presented in the many primary journals. The field of critical care is divided into 13 sections that are reviewed once a year. Each section is assigned a Section Editor, a leading authority in the area, who identifies the most important topics at that time. Here we are pleased to introduce the journal's Section Editors for this issue.


Maurizio Cecconi


Dr Maurizio Cecconi is a consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and a Senior Lecturer at the St George's University of London.

Dr Cecconi graduated from both the University of Udine's (Italy) School of Medicine and Surgery and the School of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care (2002).

During his training he won a grant for young investigators from the Italian Society of Anaesthesia, Analgesia and Intensive Care (SIAARTI) that allowed him to become a visiting fellow at St George's Hospital where he studied perioperative haemodynamic optimisation of the high risk surgical patient. While there, he completed a doctoral degree (Doctor of Medicine) at the University of London on the evaluation of novel techniques for measuring cardiac output in critically ill patients. After completion of his training he worked as a consultant in Italy for two years, before getting a consultant job in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at St George's, where he has been working since.

Maurizio has a high interest in research. He is the author of several publications and has participated as a speaker at many national and international meetings. His main fields of research are haemodynamic monitoring, haemodynamic optimisation, physiology of the critically ill patient.

Since 2011 Maurizio has been the Research Lead for the Adult Critical Care Directorate. He is the Chair of Editorial and Publishing Committee for the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) and an associate editor for the journal ‘Intensive Care Medicine’. He regularly supervises doctoral degrees.

Marin H. Kollef


Dr Marin H. Kollef is a Professor of Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine, holds the Virginia E. and Sam J. Golman Chair in Respiratory Intensive Care Medicine, and is Director of Respiratory Care Services and Director of Critical Care Research at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr Kollef attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point for his undergraduate training and the University of Rochester for his M.D. degree. Dr Kollef completed his residency in Internal Medicine and his Fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington. He served as the director for the medical ICU at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center from 1988 to 1992. During that time he also served as a general medical officer in support of the 1st Infantry Division during Operation Desert Storm. He joined Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital in 1992.

Dr Kollef is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including being selected as one of the “Best Doctors in America,” Central Region and Barnes-Jewish Hospital Team Awards for Quality Improvement for programs directed to VAP prevention, bloodstream infection prevention, and the “Surviving Sepsis Initiative.” His awards for military service with the First Infantry Division (Mechanized) during Operation Desert Storm include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, and Combat Medical Badge in Support of Combat Operations. He is also a member of the American Thoracic Society, Society of Critical Care Medicine, American Association for Respiratory Care, and American Society of Clinical Investigation. He is a member of the CDC/OID/NPC DCID Defining Surveillance Definitions for VAP and the Chair for Global Anti-Infectives Leadership Academy.

Dr Kollef currently serves on the editorial boards of Respiratory Care, Critical Care - the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum, Critical Care Medicine, Informed Decisions/Clinical Strategies, and the Journal of Surgical Infections. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Chest Physicians.

Dr Kollef's clinical research focus has been the understanding and prevention of nosocomial infections and the improved care of mechanically ventilated patients. He has published extensively in the areas of ventilator-associated pneumonia prevention/treatment and the importance of antibiotic resistance in the ICU setting. Dr Kollef has authored more than 500 peer-reviewed manuscripts, letters, case reports, editorials, and invited publications.

Stephen Brett


Dr Stephen Brett is Head of Research for the Directorate of Anaesthetics and Critical Care within Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, leading the Centre for Perioperative Medicine and Critical Care Research and Honorary Reader in Critical Care at Imperial College. The Centre is developing a unique agenda of patient focused projects along the entirety of patient journey, be it in surgery or critical illness, and of course resuscitation; these projects range from epidemiology and public health, through clinical trials to evaluation of the impact of surgery on chronic diseases and of course technology evaluation. The Centre supports many Comprehensive Research Network portfolio studies and is supported through this and the Biomedical Research Centre Scheme.

Dr Brett's personal research interests are in understanding and optimizing long term outcomes after critical illness. He is chief investigator for a number of clinical studies both locally and nationally. He recently lead the NICE guidline development group which published the guideline “Rehabilitation after Critical Illness” ( Dr Brett serves as council member for the Intensive Care Society, is on the Board of Management for the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre and is an Editor of the journal Critical Care. In addition he serves on a number of Department of Health advisory groups, and provides consultancy to industry in the fields of clinical trial design and supervision, and marketing.

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