Professor Simon Finfer

Simon Finfer

Professorial Fellow Chair of Critical Care Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College of London


Simon Finfer is a Professorial Fellow in the Critical Care and Trauma Division at The George Institute for Global Health and Chair of Critical Care Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College of London.

He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of New South Wales and is a practicing critical care physician with an appointment as a Senior Staff Specialist at Royal North Shore Hospital and Director of Intensive Care at the Sydney Adventist Hospital, the largest not-for-profit hospital in New South Wales.

Simon was a founding member and is a past-Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS) Clinical Trials Group, immediate past chair of the Council of the International Sepsis Forum, and a member of the Global Sepsis Alliance Executive. Simon is a member of the World Sepsis Day Steering Committee and co-chaired the first and second World Sepsis Congresses, two-day free online congresses that attracted 14,000 and 20,000 registrants respectively.

His postgraduate qualifications include Fellowships of the Royal Colleges of Physicians, the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the College of Intensive Care Medicine. He was elected to the ANZICS Honour Roll in 2011 and in 2012 he was awarded an honorary doctorate (Doctor of Medicine) by The Friedrich-Schiller University in Germany, an honour awarded once every 10 years. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

Simon was appointed and Officer (AO) in the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2020 for distinguished service to intensive care medicine, to medical research and education, and to global health institutes.

Simon’s major research interest is the design and conduct of large scale randomised controlled trials in critical care. Simon is active in forging major international research collaborations that have conducted large scale clinical trials and epidemiological research to improve the treatment of critically ill and injured patients. He has published over 200 peer reviewed papers, many in the most prestigious journal in the world. He is frequently invited to lecture at major international conferences.

Simon is an Editor of The Oxford Textbook of Critical Care (2nd Ed.), the Critical Care Section Editor for The Oxford Textbook of Medicine (6th Ed.),and was a guest editor for The New England Journal of Medicine from 2012 - 2014.