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Jan De Waele

WSACS President 2013-2015

Jan De Waele is an intensivist working at the Surgical ICU of the Ghent University Hospital in Ghent, Belgium. After completing his training in general surgery and critical care, he became a full-time critical care physician, and joined the multidisciplinary team of intensivists at the Dept. of Critical Care Medicine in at the Ghent University Hospital.

His main interests are abdominal catastrophes and optimization of antibiotic therapy, including tackling antibiotic resistance, and these have become his most prominent as research activities. He was appointed Associate Professor in Medicine in 2010. He holds a Sr. Clinical Investigator Fellowship Grant from the Research Foundation Flanders, and has authored or co-authored over 150 journal articles and book chapters.

He serves as Deputy of the Infection section in the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) and Councillor in the Surgical Infection Society – Europe (SIS-E).

He been involved in WSACS – the Abdominal Compartment Society since 2007, previously he has served as Chair of the Clinical Trials Working Group, and has been WSACS President from 2013-2015.

Xavier Monnet

Xavier MONNET is Professor of Intensive Care at the Paris-South University. He is working in the Medical Intensive Care Unit of the Bicêtre Hospital (Paris-South University Hospitals).
Dr Monnet completed his medical studies at the Paris-6 Medical School and he earned his medical degree in 2000, with specialty in Cardiology and Intensive Care Medicine. In 2004 at age 33, he obtained his PhD from the Paris-South University.
Dr Monnet’s main fields of research investigation are acute circulatory failure and its treatment, haemodynamic monitoring and heart-lung interactions. Since 2001, he has signed more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and is the author of several didactic reviews and book chapters. Dr Monnet is presently the General Secretary of the French Intensive Care Society.

Martin D. Zielinski

Dr. Zielinski is an Associate Professor of Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota working in the Division of Trauma, Critical Care, and General Surgery. His clinical and academic pursuits focus on critically ill trauma and emergency surgery patients. He is currently funded by the US National Institutes of Health to study the over-transfusion of blood products in hemorrhaging patients. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma and has recently completed a clinical trial funded by that organization to study the effects of flaccid paralysis in the open abdomen.

Rosemary Koehl Lee

Rosemary Lee has been a nurse for 43 years with most of her experience in critical care.  She is the clinical nurse specialist for the critical care and progressive care units at Homestead Hospital, in Homestead, FL, USA.  She has a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP). She has certifications as a critical care clinical nurse specialist, acute care nurse practitioner, and a bedside critical care nurse.  Rosemary has been a member of the World Society of the Abdominal Compartment Syndrome since 2007.  She led an international group of nurses on the development of nursing guidelines for the management of intra-abdominal hypertension. 

Manu Malbrain

Manu Malbrain (1965) qualified as MD and internal medicine physician (1991) at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. In 2013 he became the medical hospital director of the ZNA "Ziekenhuis Netwerk Antwerpen" Stuivenberg and ZNA St-Erasmus hospitals in Antwerp, Belgium. He is the manager and director of the Medical and Surgical ICU, the High Care Burn Unit and a hyperbaric oxygen chamber of the ZNA Stuivenberg/St-Erasmus. He is a critical care physician (qualified in 1996) and is actively involved in the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM). He studied the effects of raised intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) for the last 20 years. In 2007 he defended his PhD doctorate’s thesis on the same topic (KU Leuven). He is founding President and current Treasurer of the World Society of the Abdominal Compartment (WSACS). Besides IAP, his favourite topic is less invasive (hemodynamic) monitoring and fluid management and he enjoys his active involvement in (bedside) teaching and education of medical trainees and students. He is author and co-author of more than 250 peer-reviewed articles, reviews, editorials, book chapters and even two complete books on ACS.

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