Friday, 18 July 2014

July's Featured Researcher - A/Prof Dev Mitra

A/Prof Dev Mitra is the acting Academic Director of Emergency Medicine at The Alfred Hospital, Australians busiest Adult trauma centre. He credits his interest in emergency medicine to being able to help people when they cannot help themselves.

“As an emergency physician, the variety of cases one treats is immense- it is often not known what will come through the door. We specialise in resuscitation- to bring back people from the brink of death. This specialty teaches us and provides us the opportunity to offer hope when all is lost”.

A/Prof Mitra believes The Alfred Hospital has achieved its reputation as a world leading centre for emergency medicine by a willingness to push the boundaries. Undertaking world first research projects and challenging ideas that were thought to be entrenched into medical care. Examples of this include ideas that oxygen may be harmful after a heart attack or that cooling a patient may be beneficial after cardiac arrest or that alcohol administration after head injury may improve outcomes.

A/Prof Mitra’s passion for emergency medicine reaches from local practise to international teaching. He is involved in developing emergency medicine in Qatar with Monash University’s Prof Peter Cameron. Both professors have been working towards incorporating a culture of medical research and evidence based medicine into medical practice in Qatar. A/Prof Mitra has mentored many of the first cohort of the intense 6 months research course to successful completion. Recently clinical research collaborations with Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar have begun. 

Closer to home A/Prof Mitra helps co-ordinate the teaching of Health Services Management to MBBS Year 4 students. He says “helping develop the next generation of doctors is a particular highlight of my daily work.”

A/Prof Mitra has also completed a Masters in Health Services Management, and has an interest in health systems, policy and management. He notes that having a background in health management enhances the way that he can interact with his colleagues and manage the large number of academic and research programs at the Emergency and Trauma Centre. 

After a hectic day in the emergency unit saving lives, teaching the next generation of medics and conducting clinical research, Dev can be found in the local parks walking his dogs and playing with his daughters.

We’d like award Dev with the SPHPM super hero for July.

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