Bernhard Riedel

Bernhard Riedel

Professor Bernhard Riedel, MB.ChB, FCA, FANZCA, FAHA, FASE, MMed, MBA, PhD

Bernhard is the Director of the Department of Anaesthesia, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne, and Clinical Associate Researcher at the Cancer & Neural-Immune Research Laboratory, Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Previous appointments included: Professor and Deputy Chair in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Centre (USA), Professor in Cardiac Anaesthesia at Vanderbilt University (USA), and Consultant Anaesthetist at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust, London, UK.

Bernhard’s academic interests focus on improving surgical outcomes, especially following cancer surgery. Bernhard’s collaborative research program to date has resulted in 60 research grants (>$12M), 130 peer-reviewed scientific publications, and 3 edited books (including ‘Acute Care of the Cancer Patient’).

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) 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 signalling on the potential long-term postoperative complication—cancer recurrence.

Bernhard has been invited to lecture at more than 100 international conferences, including numerous plenary lectures or visiting professorships. He is the recipient of 11 awards for research, teaching and quality improvement; including a Health Minister award for excellence in clinical quality improvement, and effective mentoring has resulted in more than 30 academic awards to mentees within his team.