Joel Starkopf is professor of anaesthesiology and intensive care at the University of Tartu, Estonia, head of the department of anaesthesiology and intensive care. Since 2009 he has been acting as a Dean of Faculty of Medicine. Besides to substantial clinical practice he has broad scientific experience from animal studies to multicentre clinical trials and systematic reviews. His research has focused on gastrointestinal failure and intra-abdominal hypertension in intensive care patients, ischaemia-reperfusion of the heart; and pharmacokinetics of antibacterial drugs in severe sepsis and septic shock. He has published 62 scientific papers, and is a member of several scientific societies.