San intensive care director recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

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Professor Finfer has been on the team leading the San’s preparedness to deal with the needs of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The director of intensive care at Sydney Adventist Hospital has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, which were announced on Sunday (June 8).

Professor Simon Finfer was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for his service to intensive care medicine, medical research and education, and for his service to global health institutes.

Professor Finfer has been on the team leading the San’s preparedness to deal with the needs of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He has a particular interest in sepsis and is founder of the research and advocacy body the Australian Sepsis Network. He has been working with leading medical research body, The George Institute for Global Health, for 20 years.

“In a critical care environment you need hundreds of people to work together towards a single goal; I’m proud of developing teams and collaboration,” he said.

“It means that thousands of people are living who would have otherwise died. Trials can potentially affect the health care of thousands around the world.”

The Institute reports that Professor Finfer has led transformational studies in critically ill patients to reduce mortality and raise awareness of sepsis, which is one of the world’s most serious silent killers.