International Planning Committee

Michael DeVita, MD, FCCM, FRCP

Michael DeVita is a critical care and palliative care physician who has had a long standing involvement in patient safety and process improvement. He started working in the field of Rapid Response Systems in 1997 after recognizing the frequency of preventable cardiac arrests at his hospital. He has published dozens of articles on RRS since that time. He was program director for 4 international Meetings on RRS, including the first three that were held. He led two Consensus Conferences, and is lead Editor of two textbooks on Rapid Response Systems. After working for over 20 years at the University of Pittsburgh and rising to the rank of professor, he is now Director of Critical Care Services at Harlem Hospital in New York City.

Anne Lippert, MD, CHPE, FERC

Anne Lippert’s current position is Head of Unit of the Copenhagen Academy of Medical Education and Simulation (CAMES), a position, which she has held full-time in the past 10 years. She is trained as a specialist in anaesthesiology with subspecialty in Intensive Care Medicine.

Anne Lippert has been involved with simulation training for more than 20 years and has been part of the development of the current largest institute for simulation in Denmark (CAMES). CAMES is the centre for simulation-based training in the Capital Region of Denmark. The main objective for the Copenhagen Academy of Medical Education and Simulation is developing healthcare education and simulation-based training to improve patient safety. The main activities include the development of training programs, train-the-trainer programs, research in simulation and using simulation as a research tool.

Anne Lippert holds a Certificate in Health Professions Education from the University of Dundee (2010). She has worked with Rapid Response Systems for many years and has been the author of Guidelines for the introduction of RRS in Denmark as well as a member of the Regional board for RRS. Dr. Lippert was chair of the organising committee for the 5th Symposium on Rapid Response Systems, which was held in Copenhagen in 2009.

Anne Lippert is a co-author of the consensus paper from the 2nd consensus conference on Rapid Response Systems. She is now a member of the Steering Committee in the Capital Region of Denmark for the implementation of a regional Early Warning System and the main supervisor for a Ph.D. project on Early Warning Scores.

Anne Lippert is a member of the board in iSRRS and head of the meeting committee.

Christopher P. Bonafide, MD, MSCE

Dr. Bonafide is a pediatric hospitalist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on discovering the best ways to identify deteriorating patients in the hospital, and the best mechanisms to respond to those patients. He is also interested in identifying unintended consequences of interventions intended to improve patient safety. Dr. Bonafide has investigated these areas using a wide range of study designs and methods. He is currently funded by a Career Development Award from NHLBI focused on measuring alarm fatigue— a significant barrier to promptly recognizing clinical deterioration— from physiologic monitoring devices. He also holds a Young Investigator Award from the Academic Pediatric Association focused on evaluating an intervention to reduce unnecessary monitor alarms in hospitalized children. In addition, Dr. Bonafide co-directs a pediatric hospital medicine research fellowship at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia funded by NICHD, the Pediatric Hospital Epidemiology and Outcomes Training (PHEOT) Program. In addition to his publications in journals such as JAMA Pediatrics, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, and Pediatrics, his work has recently been featured on National Public Radio and in The Wall Street Journal. Dr. Bonafide serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Hospital Medicine and is an Editorial Board Member of a new journal, Pediatric Quality and Safety.

John Welch

John has degrees in psychology and in nursing.  He worked as a Staff Nurse, Charge Nurse, Senior Nurse and Lecturer in critical care through the 1990s, was then appointed to one of the first Consultant Nurse posts in the UK, and set-up one of the first Critical Care Outreach services.

He is now Consultant Nurse at University College London Hospitals, and clinical lead of both the UCL Partners Academic Health Science Network Deteriorating Patient programme and Sepsis Breakthrough Series Collaborative, using quality improvement methods to improve outcomes across 13 acute trusts.

John was the first Chair of the National Outreach Forum, co-wrote the Department of Health Quality Critical Care: Beyond 'Comprehensive Critical Care' report and sat on the Royal College of Physicians National Early Warning Score Design & Implementation Group.  More recently, he has been a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Sepsis Clinical Advisory Group and is President Elect of the nascent international Society of Rapid Response Systems.

In 2013, John co-wrote, developed and delivered a novel Nurse Intensive Care Skills Training programme in Sri Lanka which is now a gold standard course in that country.  He is currently co-investigator on two National Institute for Health Research studies, evaluating i) the impact of interventions aimed at recognising and rescuing deteriorating patients across the NHS, and ii) nurse-led psychological interventions for at-risk patients.  John is also co-lead of a new European Union Horizon 2020 funded programme to develop a novel, integrated system for identifying and communicating deterioration - in and out of the hospital - which will facilitate patient and career contributions and participation too.

Roger Conway

Roger Conway has been a Registered Nurse for 28 years specialising in Cardiothoracic and General Intensive Care and has worked in this field as a Staff Nurse, Clinical Charge Nurse and Clinical Nurse Educator in both Australasia & Europe.  He has also formally been a Nurse Advisor for Education and Training.

Since 2007 he has been a Clinical Nurse Advisor at Auckland City Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand where his primary role has been as an active member of the hospitals’ Medical Emergency & Cardiac Arrest teams and as part of a 'roving' team tasked with the detection and recognition of deteriorating patients.  In 2012 he completed a Masters project proposing a Nurse Practitioner led Rapid Response Team for Auckland City Hospital. 

In addition to his clinical roles, Roger is presently the Project Co-ordinator, Deteriorating Patients at Auckland City Hospital, developing and implementing a formalised Rapid Response System model.  He is currently a member of the International Society for Rapid Response Systems’ Advisory Board and is a member of the Health Quality and Safety Commission New Zealands’ Deteriorating Patient Project Expert Advisory Group tasked with the development of a nationalised Recognition and Response framework for New Zealand Hospitals.

Daryl Jones, BSc(Hons), MB BS, FRACP, FCICM, MD, PhD

Associate Professor Daryl Jones graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1996 and is an Intensive Care Specialist at Austin Health.

Daryl is also an Associate Professor at Monash University, an adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne and an advisor to the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in healthcare

He has completed a doctor of medicine in aspects of the Rapid Response Team (RRT) and has recently completed a PhD on the RRT that will assess the characteristics and outcomes of patient who are reviewed by the RRT, and details of resource utilization of the MET in ICU-equipped hospitals throughout Australia. 

Daryl has is a member of the board of the international society for Rapid Response Systems, and has convened the last three ANZICS conferences on deteriorating patients