International Speakers

Dr Nicole Gibran

Dr Gibran's attendance is supported by Integra

Director, UW Medicine Regional Burn Center,
Harborview Medical Center,
Professor, UW Medicine Department of Surgery

Nicole S. Gibran, MD, FACS received her bachelor’s degree at Brown University, and her medical degree at Boston University. After a residency in the Boston University Department of Surgery, she completed a clinical fellowship in the UW Burn Center with Drs David Heimbach and Loren Engrav and an NIH Trauma Research Fellowship in the Skin Biology Laboratory of Dr Karen Holbrook. She was promoted to Assistant Professor in 1994. Now a Professor in the UW Medicine Department of Surgery, Dr Gibran attends as a burn surgeon at Harborview Medical Center where she has been the Director of the UW Medicine Regional Burn Center and the UW Medicine Burn Fellowship since 2002. In this role she has emphasized team building, culture of safety, performance improvement and mentoring residents and junior faculty interested in burns. She has recently been named to hold the David and Nancy Auth – Washington Research Foundation Chair for Restorative Burn Surgery.

In addition to fulfilling duties in patient care and teaching, Dr Gibran has developed the UW Medicine Regional Burn Center Research Laboratory with emphasis on aberrant healing processes including hypertrophic scar formation and chronic non-healing wounds seen with diabetes mellitus. She has over 125 publications in the area of wound repair, response to injury, and burns. Her primary research focus on the role of nerve-derived mediators in responses to cutaneous injury has been funded by NIH since 1997. She has served on the Surgery Anaesthesia and Trauma IRB study section in the NIH Center for Scientific Review since 2001 and was Chair from 2005 - 2007.

Dr Gibran has been a member of the American Burn Association since 1991 serving on the Research, Program, Ethics committees and the Committee on the Organization and Delivery of Burn Care. While Chair of the CODBC, her committee guided the ABA organizational policy on disaster planning for burn mass casualties. She served as President for 2011-2012 during which time she emphasized the need for the burn community to embrace outcomes as part of the quest for quality. Currently she serves on the ABA Board of Trustees and is Chair of the Verification committee with an emphasis on promoting quality of care including not just implementation of burn center process and infrastructure but also outcome measurements. She represents the ABA on the ACS Committee on Trauma and represents North America for the International Society of Burn Injuries.

She is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Burn Care and Research and Surgery.

Dr Gibran gains most of her creativity and energy from keeping up with her husband Dr Frank Isik and her two sons, Alexander and Oliver; from these individuals she has learned her most valuable life lessons.

Dr David Herndon

Dr Herndon's attendance is supported by Molnlycke

Dr. David N. Herndon, MD, is the Chief of Staff and Director of Research at the Shriners Burns Hospital in Galveston, Texas and has held this position since 1981.  Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he attended Case Western Reserve University graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1970 and 1974.  He was inducted into the A.O.A. in 1973.  He completed his surgical training at Duke University, the United States Army at the Brooke Army Medical Center - Institute of Surgical Research and the New York Hospital - Cornell Medical Center.  Dr. Herndon served as Chief of Burns Services at Cornell Medical Center.  He came to Galveston in 1981 where he was appointed Chief of Staff of Shriners Hospital for Children-Galveston (SHCG), and Director of Burns Services at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB).  In 1988, he was awarded the Annie Laurie Howard Distinguished Professorship and honored with the Jesse H. Jones Distinguished Chair in Burn Surgery in September of 1990.  He received the Harvey Stuart Allen Distinguished Service Award from the ABA in 1998 and the Flance-Karl Award from the ASA in 2006 for fundamental contributions in the pathophysiology of thermal injury.

Dr. Herndon began his career in research in 1977 during his tenure in the Army where he developed a small animal model to study the humeral mediators of hypermetabolism due to burns.  A second major research area was the development of a large animal model to study smoke inhalation injury. Since then, Dr Herndon has been actively conducting research into the immune depression that follows major burns. In addition, he conducts research on neutrophils and abnormal natural killer cell suppressor function; and starting in the early 80’s, research of new drugs and technologies to improve the immune deficiency state after burns. This research has significantly contributed to advancements in resuscitation, control of infection, and reduction of hypermetabolism, early wound closure, treatment of inhalation injury, and decreased scarring and improved rehabilitation. Research in these areas has resulted in the mortality of burned children to be vastly reduced. Also, with the increasing survival of children with large burns, SHCG/UTMB has become immersed in the treatment and rehabilitation of children with burns after discharge because children with massive burns continue to be hypermetabolic affecting their recovery process for up to two years post injury. 

Dr. Herndon has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Shriners Hospitals for Children for the last 25 years with grants to study smoke inhalation injury and to look at the hypermetabolic response to burns both in the acute patient population and in rehabilitation in the years after injury and on a multi-center collaborative effort to investigate he genomic and phenotypic responses to burns and trauma.  He has also been funded by the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research to study exercise and anabolic agents, as well as the reduction of morbidity and mortality.

Dr. Herndon currently serves as Treasurer of the Southern Surgical Association.  He is the Past President of the International Society for Burn Injuries, the American Burn Association, the Society of University Surgeons and the Singleton Surgical Society.  He has served as Chairman of the Program Committee of the American College of Surgeons and has been elected to the Board of Directors of the American Board of Surgery. He has served on other committees with the American College of Surgeons, American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, American Surgical Association, and the Surgical Infection Society.  He has been elected into the memberships of the Halstead Society, James IV Association of Surgeons and the Society of Critical Care Medicine. He was awarded the James the IV Traveling Fellowship of The International James IV Surgical Society in 1993.  He sits on the standing Surgery, Anesthesia and Trauma review board for the NIH and for Veterans Health Services Research Administration Proposals.  He is on editorial boards for The Journal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation, Shock, Annals of Surgery, Journal of American College of Surgeons, and The Journal of Burns

Education of others has always been a major focus of Dr. Herndon’s career.  He has trained over 150 Postdoctoral Fellows (75% of them presently serve in academic positions in trauma, burns and critical care), Dr. Herndon has authored more than 900 articles in peer reviewed front line journals, 141 book chapters and edited 10 books, including Total Burn Care, which is used nationally and internationally as a reference on burn care and research.  Dr Herndon has also contributed to literature with multiple surgical innovations in the treatment of burns. 

Dr Michael Peck

Michael Peck, M.D., Sc.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Peck is an Associate Director of the Arizona Burn Center in Phoenix, and is also the Director of Ambulatory and International Outreach Programs there.  In addition he is Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix, and is Adjunct Professor in the Division of Community, Environment and Policy at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center in Tucson. 
Dr. Peck received his B.A. from Harvard University in 1976, his M.D. from the University of Colorado in 1981, and his Sc.D. from the University of Cincinnati in 1990.  He has worked exclusively in the field of burn care, starting with his training as a General Surgeon and Surgical Intensivist at the University of Arizona (1981-1986) and the University of Washington (1986-1987).  He spent three years in the laboratories of the Shriners Hospital for Burned Children in Cincinnati from 1987-1990 studying surgical nutrition and infection.  He has served as medical director of regional burn centers at the University of Miami (1990-1996), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1996-2007), and presently at the Arizona Burn Center at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix.  He was elected Secretary of the Board of the Trustees of the American Burn Association in the spring of 2011. 

Dr Rajiv Sood

Dr Sood's attendance is supported by Smith & Nephew

Dr Rajiv Sood is a general and plastic surgeon who is board certified by the American Board of Surgery & Plastic Surgery, with a certificate of Added Qualification Hand & Microsurgery.  He is currently Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine and Medical Director of Richard Fairbanks Burn Center, Indianapolis, Indiana

Dr Sood has achieved a prominent national and international reputation as speaker as well as a leader in research and clinical experience in using emerging technologies such as skin substitutes. He has written over 20 articles & 16 book chapters and co-authored the book “Burn Reconstruction and Rehabilitation”.


Australasian Faculty

Dr David Butler

David Butler is a physiotherapist and educationalist. His doctoral studies focussed on professional conceptual change in the understanding and treatment of pain.

David is a clinician, an international freelance educator with the Neuro Orthopaedic institute and a senior lecturer at the University of South Australia. His professional interests focus around public and professional education in pain treatment, especially neuropathic pain.

He is the author of the texts “Mobilisation of the Nervous System” (1991), ”The Sensitive Nervous System” (2000) and a co-author of  “Explain Pain” (2003) and The Graded Motor Imagery Handbook (2012). 

Dr Keryln Carville

Keryln Carville RN, STN(Cred), PhD
Professor Primary Health Care & Community Nursing
Silver Chain & Curtin University, Western Australia.

Keryln has extensive clinical experience and is committed to research and education within the domains of wound and ostomy care. Keryln was appointed an Inaugural Fellow of the Australian Wound Management Association in 2006. She is Chair of the Australian Pressure Injury Advisory Panel; Chair of the AWMA Australian Wound Standards Committee, Chair Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance and Chair Evidence Committee International Wound Infection Institute.  Keryln is an active participate in the Wound Management Innovation CRC Program 3. She sits on the boards of Wound Practice & Research and the Journal of Stomal Therapy Australia. She was awarded the WA Health Life Time Achievement Award for Nursing in 2010.

Professor Sarah Dunlop

Professor Sarah Dunlop, PhD is a career researcher and currently a Principal Research Fellow, National Health & Medical Research Council of Australia and Winthrop Research Professor at The University of Western Australia
She leads an integrated program of laboratory and clinical research at The University of Western Australia & Royal Perth Hospital to promote functional recovery after neurotrauma.
Laboratory studies focus on preventing the spread of secondary degeneration to intact tissue using technologies such as red light, pulsed magnetic fields and nanotechnology to target drug delivery.
Clinical studies comprise three randomized controlled trials “Spinal Cord Injury and Physical Activity (SCIPA)”. The trials involve all 8 spinal units in Australia and New Zealand and are examining novel ways to exercise the paralysed limbs to promote neurological recovery and improve health. In addition, SCIPA is developing a community program to help increase participation and exercise once patients are living in the community.
She has attracted over $28m in research funding and has published 150 peer-reviewed scientific papers, invited reviews and book chapters. She is a Director of the Board of the Spinal Cord Injury Network and is Chair of the Clinical Trials Committee. She also serves on a number of Editorial Boards including of the Society for Neuroscience and is Past President of the Australian Neuroscience Society and President of the Federation of Asian Oceanian Neuroscience Societies.

Professor Sandy Gordon

Sandy Gordon, PhD, FAPS is Professor of Sport & Exercise Psychology in the School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health, The University of Western Australia (UWA), Perth. His undergraduate training was in Physical Education (DipPE) at Jordanhill College in Glasgow, followed by post-graduate degrees in Education (DipEd, MEd) at the University of Aberdeen, and in Sport Psychology (MA, PhD) at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. He is a Registered Sport Psychologist, Fellow member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and member of its College of Sport and Exercise Psychologists (CoSEP) and Coaching Psychology Interest Group (CPIG).
In addition to examinations of mental toughness and resilience in sport, and psycho-immunological interventions in rehabilitation from sport injuries, Sandy's current research and interests are focused on positive psychology applications of strengths-based and appreciative approaches to coaching psychology in various performance environments.
He has contributed to athlete and coach education programs in over ten different countries and also consulted with the Cricket Boards and national teams of Australia, India, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. He has facilitated strategic planning initiatives with Hampshire (England) and Western Australian Cricket Associations and similar involvement with Australian Football League (AFL and WAFL) teams and the Australian Professional Golfers Association (PGA) is ongoing. He has also coached performing artists, and clients have included opera singers, rock bands, and contemporary dance companies.
In business settings both overseas and in Australia Sandy's engagements have included facilitation of emotional intelligence, mental toughness and resilience programs (Banks, Business Consulting Groups, Call Centres), creating high performance leadership cultures (Banks, Real Estate firms), high performance team work (Mining firms, Call Centres), decision-making skills (Energy firms) and strategic planning (small businesses). Executive Coaching experience includes C-level individuals in both public (ABC, ATO, DET, DoH, DoIR, DSR) and private sectors (Accounting, Banking, Building, Finance, Law, Mining).


Dr Tim Inglis

Professor (Pathology), PaLM, UWA
Medical Microbiologist, PathWest

Tim Inglis is a Scots-born Australian who trained in medicine and specialised in medical microbiology in the UK, before spending three years in Singapore. He then moved to Perth where he has worked as a medical microbiologist with PathWest ever since.  In his role as WA State public health microbiologist Dr Inglis led the investigation into the 1997 melioidosis outbreak, out of which has grown a tropical microbiology research programme.  His other main research theme has been clinical laboratory support for severe sepsis, which has opened a series of applied systems biology applications in clinical infectious diseases.  In 2011 he was appointed to a chair in the School of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, where he leads an integrated systems pathology research group. Dr Inglis also finds time for Army service as a deployable pathologist, an NGO called Lab Without Walls and publishing eTextbooks.

Michael McQueen

Do you ever feel like the pace of change is leaving you behind? What if you were becoming obsolete and didn’t know?
Michael McQueen understands what it takes to thrive in a rapidly evolving world. Having dedicated the last eight years to tracking the dominant trends shaping society, business and culture, he has helped some of the world’s best-known brands navigate change and stay in front of the curve.
As a leading specialist in demographic shifts, change management and future trends, Michael features regularly as a commentator on numerous TV and radio programs and has written three bestselling books. His first book, The ‘New’ Rules of Engagement focuses on strategies for leading and connecting with Generation Y. His newest release, Winning the Battle for Relevance is a revealing look at why good ideas and great companies become obsolete and how to avoid their fate.
Michael uses a unique combination of humour, interaction and reflection. He provides audiences with an unsettling insight into how your customers and workforce perceive the world - rather than how you wish they would. Michael’s sessions are highly tailored, ensuring that every audience member leaves equipped with a clear action plan for maintaining growth, vitality and momentum within their business or team.
As a familiar face on the international conference circuit, Michael has shared the stage with Bill Gates, Whoopi Goldberg and Larry King. With clients including Pepsi, Vodafone and Tupperware, Michael is ideally placed to guide organizations through disorientating change into new chapters of relevance.

Professor Stephan Schug

Anaesthesiology and Pain Medicine, University of Western Australia and Royal Perth Hospital, WA.
Professor Schug is a German trained specialist anaesthetist with an MD in pharmacology. He has previously worked at the University of Cologne, Germany, and then was Chair of Anaesthesiology at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.
Professor Schug is currently Chair of Anaesthesiology in the Pharmacology and Anaesthesiology Unit of the University of Western Australia and Director of Pain Medicine at Royal Perth Hospital. His main research interests are in the pharmacology of analgesics and local anaesthetics, the management of acute, chronic and cancer pain, regional anaesthesia and analgesia, organisational structures for pain management and reduction of adverse events in hospitals.
Overall, Professor Schug has over 300 publications including peer reviewed journal articles, books and book chapters, mainly in the areas of regional anaesthesia and acute and chronic pain management. Professor Schug is often invited to present at national and international conferences.

Associate Professor David Stanley

David Stanley began his nursing career in the days when nurses wore huge belt buckles and funny hats. He “trained” as a registered nurse and midwife in South Australia and worked through his formative career in a number of hospitals and clinical environments in Australia. In 1993 he completed a Bachelor of Nursing at Flinders University, Adelaide and after a number of years as a volunteer in Africa, he moved to the UK and worked as the Co-ordinator of Children’s’ Services and as a Nurse Practitioner. He completed a Masters of Health Science degree at Birmingham University and after a short return to Australia where he worked in Central Australia for Remote Health Services. He returned to the UK to complete his Nursing Doctorate, researching in the area of clinical leadership. He is currently an Associate Professor, teaching postgraduate nursing at the University of Western Australia.    

Dr Simon Towler

Medical Co-Director - Service 4 - Fiona Stanley Hospital
Staff Specialist in Intensive Care – Royal Perth Hospital
Adjunct Professor Curtin University
Adjunct Professor Edith Cowan University
Fellow of the Australian Medical Association

Dr Simon Towler is a practicing intensive care specialist at Royal Perth Hospital. He was Western Australia’s Chief Medical Officer from 2006 until April 2012 and has recently been appointed as Medical Co-Director acute services at the Fiona Stanley Hospital.

Dr Towler has a long standing interest in new technology and the use of fresh blood products in modern clinical practice.  He is the AHMAC sponsored member on the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) and is a member of HealthPACT – Australia’s technology horizon scanning committee.

Dr Towler served on the Council of the NHMRC for two triennia where he had a special interest in the translation of research into clinical practice.

Dr Towler led the introduction of the WA Patient Blood Management Program from 2008-2013 and has been significantly involved in the development of policies and programs for the care and treatment of patients where the use of fresh blood products is being considered. He is the Chair of the Patient Blood Management Steering Committee of the National Blood Authority. 

Dr Towler was the architect of the WA Health Networks that have focussed on developing and documenting new models of care in partnership with patients, carers, clinicians and non-government service providers.

Important Dates

Call for Abstracts Opens Jan 2013
Abstracts Due 5 April 2013
Abstract Notification April 2013
Provisional Program Available April 2013
Presenter Registration 29 July 2013
Early Bird Closes 26 Aug 2013