Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Surgery & Cancer

Professor of Critical Care



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Professor Stephen Brett is head for research for the Directorate of Anaesthetics and Critical Care within Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, leading the Centre for Perioperative Medicine and Critical Care Research and Professor of Critical Care at Imperial College.  The Centre is developing a unique agenda of patient focused projects along the entirety of patient journey, be it in surgery or critical illness, and of course resuscitation; these projects range from epidemiology and public health, through clinical trials to evaluation of the impact of surgery on chronic diseases and of course technology evaluation. The Centre supports many Comprehensive Research Network portfolio studies and is supported through this and the Biomedical Research Centre Scheme.

Professor Brett's personal research interests are in understanding and optimizing long term outcomes after critical illness. He is chief investigator for a number of clinical studies both locally and nationally. He recently lead the NICE guidline development group which published the guideline "Rehabilitation after Critical Illness" (

Prof. Brett is President of the Intensive Care Society  and is an Editor of the journal Critical Care. In addition he serves on a number of Department of Health advisory groups, and provides consultancy to industry in the fields of clinical trial design and supervision, and marketing. 



D'Lima DM, Murray EJ, Brett SJ, Perceptions of risk and safety in the ICU: a qualitative study of cognitive processes relating to staffing, Critical Care Medicine, ISSN:0090-3493

Arulkumaran N, Harrison DA, Brett SJ, 2017, Association between day and time of admission to critical care and acute hospital outcome for unplanned admissions to adult general critical care units: cohort study exploring the ‘weekend effect’, British Journal of Anaesthesia, Vol:118, ISSN:0007-0912, Pages:112-122

Balinskaite V, Bottle A, Sodhi V, et al., 2017, The Risk of Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes Following Nonobstetric Surgery During Pregnancy Estimates From a Retrospective Cohort Study of 6.5 Million Pregnancies, Annals of Surgery, Vol:266, ISSN:0003-4932, Pages:260-266

Berry M, Patel BV, Brett SJ, 2017, New Consensus Definitions for Sepsis and Septic Shock: Implications for Treatment Strategies and Drug Development ?, Drugs, Vol:77, ISSN:0012-6667, Pages:353-361

D'Lima D, Arnold G, Brett SJ, et al., 2017, Continuous monitoring and feedback of quality of recovery indicators for anaesthetists: a qualitative investigation of reported effects on professional behaviour, British Journal of Anaesthesia, Vol:119, ISSN:0007-0912, Pages:115-124

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