Our team

Meet our team

Yahya ShehabiProfessor Yahya Shehabi
Yahya Shehabi leads the research team and activities within the Department of Surgery, School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health, Monash University.  He is dual qualified in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Yahya also holds a PhD from the University of New South Wales and an Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Technology, Sydney. He holds a conjoint Professorial appointment at the School of Medicine, University of New South Wales.

Professor Shehabi, holds multiple NHMRC project grants award and has recently been awarded a $4.9 million;a Clinical Trial and Cohort Scheme NHMRC 2020, to conduct a multinational randomised trial of dexmedetomidine vs placebo in elderly ventilated critically ill patients.

Professor Shehabi led many investigator initiated large scale clinical trials, the last of which was SPICE III, published in the NEJM in June 2019. Through his work on sedation and delirium, Professor Shehabi is a world authority on these topics.

Professor Shehabi supervised many PhD students and medical student doing honours degrees. Beside his active research career, Professor Shehabi has an active clinical load both in ICU and in Cardiac Anaesthesia.

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David ErnestAssociate Professor David Ernest (Intensivist)
David Ernest is an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor and Intensive Care physician with post-graduate qualifications in Health and Medical Law at Monash Health. David undertook a research fellowship at St Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, Canada and has been involved in a range of critical care investigator led, clinical trial group and Pharma research trials over many years. David is a member of the Human Research Ethics Committee at Monash Health, and serves on a range of advisory committees. He is actively involved with education and training for medical students and post-graduate doctors in both clinical and medico-legal medicine.
Geoff ParkinAssociate Professor Geoff Parkin
Geoffrey Parkin served as  Foundation Head of the Intensive Care Units at Prince Henry’s Hospital  Melbourne (1974-1988), Cabrini Hospital (1985-2008) and Monash Medical Centre(1988-2001). He was Head, Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit at the Alfred Hospital during 1985. He retired from MMC in 2007 but remains in a teaching and research role as Honorary Intensivist.

A cofounder and Honoured Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand intensive Care Society, Geoff had a key role in initiating the early Intensive Care examinations of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, the world’s first postgraduate diploma in Intensive Care.

Geoff is an enthusiastic advocate of the role of physiology in the care of the critically ill, and has has long taught Monash undergraduate and postgraduate students. His research is in the general area of biomedical engineering, particularly involving  mathematical  modeling , measurement and control  of physiological processes.
Mark AdamsDr Mark Adams
Since 2011, Dr Mark Adams has been Director, Department of Anaesthesia & Peri-operative Medicine.  His areas of special interest include: Airway Management, Bariatrics, Emergency Response, Education, Obstetrics and Change Management.
Subash AroraDr Subhash Arora
Subhash Arora has worked as an Intensive Care Specialist at Dandenong Hospital since 2006. He is the Supervisor of training for post-graduate trainees at Intensive Care Dandenong Hospital. Since 2009 he has also held the position of Medical Donation Specialist at Dandenong Hospital.

Subhash has been actively involved in research in Intensive Care Medicine and Organ donation including participation in a number of CTG-run clinical trials such as Early parenteral nutrition, PROTECT, Transfusion and RENAL studies. He has presented a number of scientific papers in national and international conferences and has written a chapter on “Brain-death and management of organ donor” in a text book of Intensive Care Medicine. Subhash is actively involved in learning and teaching echocardiography and general ultrasound.
Damian CastanelliDr Damian Castanelli
Damian Castanelli is a Paediatric Anaesthetist at Monash Children’s Hosptial. He completed a Master of Clinical Education at University of New South Wales in 2009.  His interests include medical education development and research, particularly competency-based medical education, procedural skills learning, and workplace-based assessment. Damian contributed to the design of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists 2013 Curriculum and the development of related workplace-based assessment tools. He is currently Chair of the ANZCA Education, Training, and Assessment Development Committee, overseeing evaluation and improvement of the anaesthesia training program across Australia and New Zealand. He received the Southern Health Senior Medical Staff Research Award in 2009 for research on Multi-source Feedback in anaesthesia.
Tim CrozierDr Tim Crozier
Tim Crozier is an adult intensivist and physician with an interest in education, clinical leadership  and research, who is currently completing the final year of a Master of Public Health degree at Monash University. Tim is an adjunct senior lecturer involved with both undergraduate and post graduate teaching, and is a member of both the National Examination Panel of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the National Board of Examiners for the Fellowship (Part 2) Examination of the College of Intensive Care Medicine. His main areas of clinical and research interest are in the areas of Obstetric intensive care, end-of-life and palliative care within the ICU and management of the circulation.
Mark hurleyDr Mark Hurley
Mark Hurley is a member of the Senior Medical Staff, Monash Medical Centre, Department of Anaesthetics. His interests include Cardiac Anaesthesia, Echocardiography, and Obstetric Anaesthesia.  He is currently involved in facilitating the ATACAS trial.
Brendan IngramDr Brendan Ingram
Deputy Director of Anaesthesia & Perioperative Medicine
Brendan has been at Monash Medical centre for 25 years, his areas of interest include cardiothoracic anaesthesia, Emergency Response, Obstetrics, Anaesthetic training and simulation.
 Dr. Yvonne Kearley
Yvonne Kearley has been the Director of Dandenong Intensive Care Unit since 2009, having been a Monash Health Intensivist since 1998.  With a keen interest in Quality Assurance and a caring leadership, Dandenong ICU has enjoyed an increased in admission by 40% over 5 years, becoming the Metropolitan ICU with the most numerous admissions in Australasia, while continuing its excellence when benchmarked against similar ICUs.  Yvonne currently leads the Blood and Blood Products National Standards in Monash Health, and actively participates in Clinical Review Panel, Quality and Safety Reviews, and Physician training.
 Dr Caroline Killick
Caroline Killick is a consultant in intensive care at Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne, a unit dedicated to the care of critically ill adults and children. She trained initially in Paediatric and Neonatal intensive care in the UK and expanded her repertoire to adult intensive care whilst gaining her fellowship in Australia. Special interests include junior medical staff education.
David KuDr David Ku
David Ku is an Intensivist at Dandenong Intensive Care Unit, with a keen interest in peri-operative care, collaborative education and translating research into innovative practice.  During his visits to the United States, he developed an interest in long term consequences of ICU patients, and implementing strategies to achieve improved functional outcomes for the medium to long term critically ill.  He currently serves as the Victorian State Secretary for the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS), and chairs the Victorian Intensive Care Education Network (VICEN).  David will be the deputy convenor for the World Congress of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine (WFSICCM) in Melbourne, 2019.
Jennifer LucasDr Jennifer Lucas
Jennifer Lucas is a consultant anaesthetist. Her clinical responsibilities include  neurosurgery, ENT and renovascular surgery, urology, obstetrics, orthopaedics and emergency theatre.  She has special interests in transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) and it’s application peri-operatively, exploring its value in managing patients’ haemodynamic and fluid status.
As well as teaching anaesthetic trainees, Jennifer has initiated and managed a number of clinical audits and is currently MMC primary investigator for the NHMRC ANZCA supported Balanced trial.
Vangy MalkoutzisDr Evangelyn (Vangy) Malkoutzis
Vangy Malkoutzis is Deputy Director of the Department of Anaesthesia, Monash Medical Centre, Clayton and Head of Obstetric Anaesthesia. She has a special interest in high risk obstetric anaesthesia, neuroanaesthesia and anaesthesia for laryngeal surgery.
Craig NoonanDr Craig Noonan
Deputy Director of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine.
Craig has been at Monash health for 15 years and plays an active role in education. His interests include ENT, Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia and Information Technology. Craig is also active within the College of Anaesthetists, having involvement with the primary exam, the Victorian Regional Committee and the Training Accreditation Committee.
Felix OberenderDr Felix Oberender
Felix Oberender is a paediatric intensive care specialist with experience in several diverse healthcare systems.  He obtained his medical degree in his native Germany having studied at Rostock University as well as in the US, Denmark and Switzerland. He trained in Paediatrics and Child Health in Germany and the United Kingdom where he worked in the multiethnic East London boroughs before specialising in intensive care and retrieval medicine.

Felix is a fellow of the College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand and a member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in the United Kingdom. He has a doctorate in medicine and is board certified in Paediatrics in Germany.

Felix’s areas of interest include paediatric critical care transport, extracorporeal life support and end-of-life care. As member of committees at college, state and health service level, Felix is actively engaged in the development of paediatric intensive care in Victoria.
Luke O'HalloranDr Luke O’Halloran
Luke O’Halloran is Deputy Director Monash Anaesthesia and Head of Cardiac Anaesthesia at Monash Medical Centre, Clayton campus. His primary interests are cardiac anaesthesia and echocardiography, airway management in anaesthesia, new equipment in anaesthesia, teaching and research.

Luke's other positions include chair of Monash Health Resuscitation Committee and Monash Anaesthesia Surgical Airway Training lead facilitator.
Paul RitchieDr Paul Ritchie
Paul Ritchie is a Consultant Adult and Paediatric Intensivist and has worked at Monash Medical Centre for 11 years.  He leads ICU Registrar teaching and is also the co-ordinator and lecturer of the Monash Basic Course.
Paul has been actively involved in research in Intensive Care Medicine participating in a number of ANZICS Clinical Trials Group studies, pharmaceutical and investigator driven studies. His areas of interest include sedation in the critically ill and care of post-cardiac arrest patients.
Kate ShepherdKate Shepherd
Kate Shepherd is Research Coordinator at Dandenong Intensive Care Unit.  With a background in intensive care nursing, Kate has held a range of clinical positions in intensive care.  Kate has an interest in quality and safety and has worked with Monash Health Quality and Innovation as Quality Coordinator for critical care.  Her current role involves research and quality in the ICU at Dandenong.
Gopal TaoriDr Gopal Taori
Gopal Taori is a Senior Intensive Care Specialist at Monash Health. He is a clinical lead for Donate Life team at Monash Medical Centre as well as CALD working group at Donate Life Victoria.

Named in 2008 as the “Best Young Researcher of the year” at the Asia Pacific Critical Care congress held in Sydney, Gopal has keen interest in number of aspects of critical care research including long term outcomes, toxicology, organ donation and family conversation particularly in culturally diverse society.

In 2013/2014, Gopal was nominated by the Organ and Tissue donation Authority as a leader having successfully led a culture change to improve organ and tissue donation rate at Monash Health.
Sanjiv VijDr Sanjiv Vij
Sanjiv Vij is a senior specialist in Intensive Care Medicine at Monash Health, Dandenong Intensive Care Unit. Sanjiv is actively involved in training, teaching, and education as well as  research, quality and governance. Sanjiv holds the unit’s Research portfolio as site investigator for the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society Clinical Trials Group (ANZICS CTG).  He also served as the Deputy Chair of Victoria for the College of Intensive Care Medicine (CICM). He is a member of VICNISS advisory committee. He has an interest in critical care imaging in both echocardiography and ultrasound. His other areas of interest are pain management and airway management in critical care. He continues to lecture at post graduate and under graduate level for Monash Medical School throughout Monash Health.