Associate Professor David Sturgess is Director of Intensive Care at North West Private Hospital Brisbane and Clinical Director of Anaesthesia at Surgical Treatment and Rehabilitation Service (STARS), Brisbane, Australia. He is a senior primary examiner and member of the Primary Exam Sub-Committee of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA). He also maintains an active clinical research portfolio with the Faculty of Medicine, The University of Queensland where he supervises a number of PhD candidates.
A/Prof Sturgess' doctoral thesis focused upon the non-invasive evaluation of heart function during life threatening infection. A/Prof Sturgess sustains a keen interest in haemodynamic monitoring and echocardiography. The scope of his current research interests has broadened and is best collated under the theme of Perioperative Medicine, with a focus upon the impact of inflammation. Collaborations include exploration of interactions between opioids, regional anaesthesia and cancer recurrance; perioperative nutrition and hyperglycaemia; analysis and interpretation of large observational perioperative datasets; risk stratification of acute coronary syndromes using echocardiography; as well as perioperative temperature monitoring and management.