Hear from experts in their field from around the world.


Walter L. Biffl, MD, FACS

Dr. Biffl earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Duke University, and Medical Degree from the George Washington University. He performed his surgical training at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, including a two-year NIH-sponsored Trauma Research Fellowship. Upon completion of residency he accepted a faculty position at Denver Health Medical Center with the University of Colorado.

In 2002 he moved to Providence, RI, where he spent five years as Chief of the Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care at Brown Medical School. He returned to Denver Health in 2007 where he served as Associate Director of Surgery and Assistant Director of Patient Safety and Quality.

He moved to Hawaii in November 2015 to serve as Medical Director of Acute Care Surgery at The Queen’s Medical Center, and Professor and Associate Chair for Research in the Department of Surgery at the John A Burns School of Medicine of the University of Hawaii.


Patrick M. Reilly, MD, FACS

Dr. Reilly earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1983 and his Doctor of Medicine degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in 1987.  He completed a general surgery residence at The Medical Center of Delaware during which time he also was a research fellow in the Department of Surgery at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.  After residency, Dr. Reilly completed a fellowship in Trauma & Surgical Critical Care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, finishing in 1995.

Dr. Reilly is currently a Professor of Surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine, where he serves as Chief of the Division of Trauma, Surgical Critical Care and Emergency Surgery.  He is a past president of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma and currently is on the Executive Committee of the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma and the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Trauma System Foundation.  

His research interests focus around trauma systems performance as well as surgical education.    


Chris Bleeker

Surgeon Captain Chris Bleeker is an anaesthetist at the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Clinic and reserve medical officer in the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN).

Chris started his career as medical officer for the RNLN, became a flight surgeon and head of RNLN Aviation Medicine. As chief medical officer of the airfield he was actively involved in the Airport Medical Emergency Organisation and air-sea rescue.

After a tour in NATO headquarters CINCHAN in Northwood, UK he diverted to anaesthesia continuing his interests in traumatology. After qualification he gained extensive experience in trauma in South Africa, the helicopter emergency medical system and in several operational military and humanitarian missions in different countries where he acted as clinical director to the different field hospitals.

Chris is currently secretary to the NATO COMEDS expert panel on Emergency Medicine.

As Senior Anaesthetist for the Netherlands Armed Forces he sought a pre-deployment course for the Dutch military anaesthetists. Because there was no good course available he established the Definitive Anaesthetic Trauma Care Course as an anaesthesiological equivalent to the Definitive Surgical Trauma Care Course. This course has grown into an international organisation where Dr Bleeker is chairman. 


Dr. Scott K D'Amours

Scott D’Amours is a consultant trauma and general surgeon from Sydney, NSW. He trained in general surgery and surgical oncology before specialising in trauma surgery and has Fellowships from the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. 

He is Director of Trauma Services at Liverpool Hospital in Sydney and a Senior Lecturer in Surgery at the University of New South Wales. Dr D’Amours is also the Director of the Trauma Education and Fellowship programme at Liverpool Hospital and the bi-National Director of the Definitive Surgical Trauma Care (DSTC) course in Australasia. He is Chairman of the EMST (ATLS®) programme in Australia and NZ. He heads the trauma research and education unit at Liverpool and is Director of the Liverpool-based Institute of Trauma Education and Clinical Standards.  

His research interests include damage control surgery, haemostasis, the hybrid (RAPTOR) suite, abdominal compartment syndrome, management of the open abdomen, abdominal wall reconstruction, trauma surgery education and emergency surgery/acute care surgery units.



Professor Reade is an intensivist, anaesthetist and clinician scientist in the Australian Defence Force, seconded to the University of Queensland to lead a program of research relevant to military trauma medicine and to guide implementation of modern trauma care into ADF practice.

He holds a DPhil in applied molecular biology from Oxford, and an MPH focussed on clinical trials from the University of Pittsburgh. He is the Director of Clinical Services of the Australian Regular Army’s only field hospital and has completed eight overseas operational deployments, most recently to Iraq in 2015 and 2016. 

His research interests are fluid resuscitation and coagulopathy in trauma, clinical trials of cryopreserved blood products and tranexamic acid, and the management of delirium. He holds A$12M research grants, has published 100 papers and delivered 140 lectures. 

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