Dr. Johannes Wacker, MD

Dr Johannes Wacker has completed his training as Specialist in Anaesthesiology Switzerland, and has trained as Clinical and Research Fellow in Cardiac Anaesthesia & Intensive Care at Toronto General Hospital, Canada. He was appointed Consultant Anaesthesiologist at the University Hospital, Zurich, in 2001, and Consultant Anaesthesiologist at Hirslanden Clinic in Zurich, Switzerland, in 2009. He is Associate Lecturer (Patient Safety) at the University of Zurich, and Chair of the Patient Safety and Quality Committee of the European Society of Anaesthesiology.

Dr. David Whitaker, MD

Dr David Whitaker FRCA, FFPMRCA, FFICM, FCARCSI (Hon) Dr Whitaker is from Manchester UK and a Past President of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI). He is also a past Chairman of the Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthetists (ACTA) and a past elected member of the Council of the UK Royal College of Anaesthetists and elected an Honorary Fellow of the College of Anaesthetists of Ireland. He is a member of the European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA) Patient Safety and Quality Committee and a past member of the Quality and Safety Committee of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA). He is currently Chairman of the European Board of Anaesthesiology Safety Committee and in 2010 he was a co-author of the Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology now signed by over 200 anaesthesia related organisations worldwide. Dr Whitaker is particularly interested in implementing safer practices into Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine and is currently promoting better Patient Blood Management, medication safety including the increased use of pre-filled syringes and more widespread patient monitoring outside the operating theatre e.g. continuous capnography in Intensive Care, Sedation and Resuscitation. He is also working on the EBA/ESA/ERC initiative to standardise the cardiac arrest call internal telephone number in European Hospitals to 2222.

Dr. Zeev Goldik, MD

Name: Zeev Goldik
Date and place of birth: May 17, 1953- Buenos Aires, Argentina
Marital Status: Married to Rivka, 3 children
Address: 48 Hantke St. Haifa-Israel

Present appointments: Head Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, Lady Davis Carmel Medical Center- Haifa- Israel
President- European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA)
Chairman – UEMS- CESMA (Council of European Specialty Medical Assessments)


Sept. 1978 : M.D., Medical School- Buenos-Aires University, Buenos-Aires, Argentina

1979-1982: Anesthesiologist pediatric hospital, Lima, Peru.

4.02.87 Consultant Anaesthesiologist- Scientific Council IMA

1993 – 1995: M.A. in Public Health Administration – Haifa University

1993 : Graduate- Business Administration- Rekanati Institute- Tel-Aviv University

1995-2008: Lecturer- management of health system- New England
College- Israeli Branch.

1999: President – Israel Society of Anesthesiologists

1991- 1997: Deputy General Director – Carmel Hospital

2000- 2004: Senator of the European Academy of Anesthesiology

2006-present: Head – Physicians’ Union Committee- Carmel Medical Center
2006- 2015: Chair of the Examinations Committee- EDAIC (European Diploma in Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care) – ESA

Member of Honor awards:

-Israel Society of Anaesthesiology
-Irish College of Anaesthesiology
-Polish Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care
-Slovakian Society of Anaesthesiology
-Serbian Society of Anaesthesiology
-Romanian Society of Anaesthesiology
-Brazilian Society of Anaesthesiology
-Buenos Aires Society of Anaesthesiology

Dr. Andrew F. Smith, PhD

Andrew Smith obtained his medical degree from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1988. He has been a consultant anaesthetist at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary since 1998 and Director of the Patient Safety Research Unit there since 2008. He has been an advisory member of the Safe Anaesthesia Liaison Group since 2009 and is also a member of the European Society of Anaesthesiology’s Patient Safety and Quality Committee. He has participated as an invited expert in the WHO Global Consultation on Patient Safety (2016) and the 2nd Global Ministerial Summit on Patient Safety (2017). His contribution to the specialty of anaesthesia, and the science and practice of patient safety, were recently recognised by a Foundation Award from the Association of Great Britain and Ireland.

Jannicke Mellin-Olsen, MD, DPH

Dr. Mellin-Olsen is cand. med. from the University of Trondheim, Norway, from 1982. In 1987, she was the first Norwegian female physician to complete her (voluntary) military services, which she did by serving for the UNIFIL Forces in South Lebanon. She got involved in patient safety initiatives during her residency training in Trondheim University Hospital where she got her specialty in 1992. She has worked for the Red Cross in Pakistan and Serbia. She was the medical director for Europe, Middle East, and Africa for MedAire, Inc, based in Tampe, AZ, for ten years, dealing with remote medical advice, including for aviation and maritime. Since 2002, she has held a full-time clinical post in Baerum Hospital, Oslo, Norway.

Both in her home country and internationally, Jannicke is known for her dedication to organizational work. She has been active in the Veterans’ organization and in national and international medical organizations. During her term in the European Board of Anaesthesiology, she chaired the Patient Safety and Quality Committee before becoming president. During her presidency, she was the driving force for the Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology, which was launched in 2010. Since then, this Declaration has been signed and supported in all regions of the world and has become the industry standard. She is currently the secretary of the European Society of Anaesthesiology and the president-elect of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists. In her home country, she is known as a promoter of a non-punitive approach to medical errors, according to the model of the NTSB’s. She is particularly committed to human factors, communication, and involvement of patients, relatives, and clinical staff as experts to improve patient safety.

Jannicke’s publication list mainly contains articles and book chapters related to patient safety, education, and manpower. She is a well-known speaker at anaesthesiology meetings globally and holds several honorary positions.