Prof Bernhard Riedel

Bernhard is the Director of the Department of Anesthesia, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, with an honorary academic appointment at the University of Melbourne. Previous appointments included: Professor and Deputy Chair in Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Centre and Professor in Cardiac Anaesthesia at Vanderbilt University (USA). Bernhard’s academic interests focus on improving surgical outcomes, especially following cancer surgery. Bernhard’s collaborative research program to date has resulted in 52 funded research grants (~$4.5M) with 126 peer-reviewed or invited scientific publications, 3 edited books (including ‘Acute Care of the Cancer Patient’). Professor Riedel and his team are the recipient of >30 awards for research, teaching and quality improvement. Bernhard’s research interests have improved the understanding of perioperative factors that contribute to complications following major surgery—with strategies for enhanced risk stratification (including measuring functional capacity with cardiopulmonary exercise testing, assessing underlying endothelial dysfunction) and preoperative optimization (including prehabilitation with exercise therapy and haematinic optimization) to reduce complications after surgery. Specific to the field of onco-anaesthesia, Bernhard’s research collaborative investigates the interaction of perioperative adrenergic-inflammatory response and anaesthetic technique on tumor-progression signaling on the potential long-term postoperative complication—cancer recurrence.


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