Adelaide Medical School
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Dr Krishnaswamy (Krish) Sundararajan graduated from MBBS at The Tamilnadu Dr.MGR Medical University, Madras, India in 2000.
Attained his Fellowship of College of Physicians and Surgeons (FCPS) and Doctorate in Medicine (MD) in Anaesthesiology in India in 2005, and Fellowship of the College of Intensive Care Medicine (FCICM) in 2009 and the European Diploma in Intensive care Medicine (EDIC) in 2010.
Gold Medallist in the Fellowship in Anaesthesiology (FCPS) 2005
Winner of B Braun International Scholarship for Scientific and Academic excellence in Anaesthesiology (2005). Joined the full-time staff of the RAH ICU in 2010.
Postgraduate certificate in clinical ultrasound in 2011. Graduate Diploma in Health Service Management in 2012. Masters in Health Administration in 2014. Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators ( 2019)
Master of Public Health in 2021 and Master of Philosophy in 2021
He is currently the Director of ICU, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN).
Research interests include:
- Health services research
- Quality improvement and economic evaluation
- Patient and Family Support (Clinical Psychology) – Qualitative research
- Peer support for ICU patients
- Medical Emergency Teams and Tracheostomy Outreach Teams
- Patient safety, clinical audits, outcomes in critically ill patients
Research Collaborations include:
- ARISE study - Principal Investigator for the RAH. Adelaide
- ADRENAL Study - Principal Investigator for the RAH. Adelaide
- PRICE study (Psychological stress in Intensive care unit evaluation) - Multicentre study in Australia
- INSPIRED study (Impact on New-Onset stress and PTSD by diaries)
- Goal-directed resuscitation for patients with early septic shock.
ARISE Investigators; ANZICS Clinical Trials Group. N Engl J Med. 2014 Oct 16;371(16):1496-506
- The Australasian Resuscitation in Sepsis Evaluation (ARISE) trial statistical analysis plan.
Delaney AP1, Peake SL, Bellomo R, Cameron P, Holdgate A, Howe B, Higgins A, Presneill J, Webb S; ARISE investigators. Crit Care Resusc. 2013 Sep;15(3):162-71.
- The Australasian Resuscitation in Sepsis Evaluation (ARISE) trial statistical analysis plan.
Delaney A, Peake SL, Bellomo R, Cameron P, Holdgate A, Howe B, Higgins A, Presneill J, Webb S; ARISE Investigators. Emerg Med Australas. 2013 Oct;25(5):406-15
- Active Participation in the following trials completed/ currently underway at the RAH-ICU
- ACCESS (Sepsis) / PROWESS study
- Motilin agonist study (GSK 962040 )
- Surfactant Study (CARDS)
- EPO-TBI study
Date Position Institution name 2015 - 2019 Deputy Director - ICU and Clinical Director - Safety & Quality Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN) 2010 - 2015 Consultant Intensive Care Physician and Clinical Lead: ICU Safety & Quality, Intensive Care Unit Royal Adelaide Hospital 2005 - 2010 Registrar/Senior Registrar, Intensive Care Unit Royal Adelaide Hospital
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2014 Award Young Talent Award Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine India —
Language Competency English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review Hindi Can read, write, speak and understand spoken Tamil Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
Date Institution name Country Title 2021 University of Adelaide Australia Master of Philosophy 2021 University of Adelaide Australia Master of Public Health 2016 University of Adelaide Australia Graduate Certificate in Higher Education 2016 University of Queensland Australia Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Echocardiography (GCCritCareEcho) 2013 Flinders University Australia Masters in Health Administration 2012 Flinders University Australia Graduate Diploma in Health Administration 2011 Flinders University Australia Graduate Certificate in Health Administration 2010 University of Melbourne Australia Post Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ultrasound 2005 University of Mumbai India Doctorate in Medicine (MD) in Anaesthesiology 2000 Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University India MBBS
Date Title Institution Country 2020 Fellow Australasian College of Health Service Management (FACHSM) Australia 2020 Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors Australia 2019 Fellow Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA) Australia 2016 Associate Fellow Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA) Australia 2014 Associate Fellow Australasian College of Health Service Management (AFCHSM) Australia 2010 Foundation Fellow College of Intensive Care Medicine Australia 2009 Fellow Joint Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FJFICM) Australia 2008 European Diploma of Intensive Care (EDIC) European Society of Intensive Care Medicine Switzerland 2006 Overseas Trained Specialist Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) Australia 2005 Fellowship in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care (FCPS) College Of Physicians & Surgeons of Bombay India 2005 Diplomate of National Board (DNB) National Board of Examinations India 2004 Diploma in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care College Of Physicians & Surgeons of Bombay India
Year Citation 2019 O'Callaghan, P., Pryor, L., Sundararajan, K., Gately, A., & Dafoe, S. (2019). Implementation of a Structured Multidisciplinary ICU Discharge Process for Long Stay Patients. In AMERICAN JOURNAL OF RESPIRATORY AND CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE Vol. 199 (pp. 2 pages). Dallas, TX: AMER THORACIC SOC. 2016 Sundararajan, K., Schoeman, T., Hughes, L., Rushton, M., Edwards, S., & Reddi, B. (2016). Severe Acute Pancreatitis In Critically Ill Patients Admitted To A High Acuity Tertiary Referral Centre In Australia. In AMERICAN JOURNAL OF RESPIRATORY AND CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE Vol. 193 (pp. 1 page). San Francisco, CA: AMER THORACIC SOC. 2013 Lee, M., Umapathysivam, M., Deane, A. M., Chapman, M., Sundararajan, K., Fraser, J., . . . Rayner, C. K. (2013). The Effect of Exogenous GIP in Combination With GLP-1 on Glycaemia in Critically Ill Patients. In DIABETES Vol. 62 (pp. A259). AMER DIABETES ASSOC. 2009 Sundararajan, K. (2009). DETERMINANTS OF FAMILY SATISFACTION IN THE ICU. In INTENSIVE CARE MEDICINE Vol. 35 (pp. 208). Vienna, AUSTRIA: SPRINGER.
Year Citation 2021 Sundararajan, K., O'Connell, A., Flabouris, A., & Thompson, C. (2021). Responding to clinical deterioration: Diurnal variation in afferent limb failure. Poster session presented at the meeting of Resuscitation. Dallas, TX: ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD.
2017 Sundararajan, K. (2017). Impact of communication on family satisfaction and anxiety in critical care. Poster session presented at the meeting of EUROPEAN PSYCHIATRY. ELSEVIER FRANCE-EDITIONS SCIENTIFIQUES MEDICALES ELSEVIER.
2017 Sundararajan, K. (2017). Impact on new onset stress and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in relatives of patients admitted to an intensive care unit evaluated by diaries study. Poster session presented at the meeting of EUROPEAN PSYCHIATRY. ELSEVIER FRANCE-EDITIONS SCIENTIFIQUES MEDICALES ELSEVIER.
2014 Deane, A. M., Plummer, M. P., Cousins, C. E., Annink, C. E., Sundararajan, K., Reddi, B. A., . . . Bellomo, R. (2014). The Impact Of Premorbid Glycemia On The Association Between Acute Hyperglycemia And Mortality In Critically Ill Patients. Poster session presented at the meeting of AMERICAN JOURNAL OF RESPIRATORY AND CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE. AMER THORACIC SOC. 2014 Sundararajan, K., Gopaldas, J., Somehsa, H., & Shaw, D. (2014). RETROSPECTIVE STUDY OF PATIENTS ADMITTED WITH SUBMANDIBULAR SPACE INFECTIONS TO THE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT. Poster session presented at the meeting of INTENSIVE CARE MEDICINE. Barcelona, SPAIN: SPRINGER. 2014 Sundararajan, K., Ncomanzi, D., Moss, M., & Edwards, S. (2014). RETROSPECTIVE STUDY OF INFERIOR VENA CAVA FILTER INSERTION ANT) CLINICAL GOVERNANCE IN CRITICALLY ILL PATIENTS ADMITTED TO THE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT. Poster session presented at the meeting of INTENSIVE CARE MEDICINE. Barcelona, SPAIN: SPRINGER. 2013 Sundararajan, K., Martin, M., Sullivan, T. R., & Chapman, M. J. (2013). Post traumatic stress disorder in relatives of patients admitted to an intensive care unit. Poster session presented at the meeting of AUSTRALIAN CRITICAL CARE. ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC.
2013 Plummer, M. P., Zaknic, A. V., Reddi, B. A., Raj, J., Sundararajan, K., Chapman, M. J., . . . Deane, A. M. (2013). The prevalence of unrecognised diabetes and critical-illness induced hyperglycaemia in critically ill patients: a prospective observational study. Poster session presented at the meeting of Abstracts of Oral Presentations and Poster Sessions of the 26th Annual Congress of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, as published in Intensive Care Medicine. Paris, France: Springer Berlin Heidelberg.
2015 - Maurice Sando Foundation Sponsorship Scheme
Title: Psychological stress in intensive care survivors.
Investigators: Sundararajan K, Chapman MJ, O’Connor S, Raj S, Mitchell I, Brown R and Rajamani A.
2010 – Current: Supervisor of 5th and 6th-year medical students. University of Adelaide
2011 Awarded Professor Derek Frewin citation for clinical teaching
2013 Awarded Professor Derek Frewin citation for clinical teaching
2009 - Current: Fellowship examiner for the College of Intensive Care Medicine Adelaide
2008-14: Lecturer - The Basic Intensive Care Medicine (BICMed) Course (Royal Adelaide Hospital)
2009-19: Lecturer - College of Intensive Care Medicine Primary Exam Course and examiner
2010 - Current: ARC certified ALS2 Instructor
2010 - Current: BASIC course instructor ( Instructing in Asia )
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2012 - 2015 Representative Safety and Quality Committee Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS Australia
Date Role Membership Country 2010 - ongoing Member Australian Medical Association (AMA) Australia 2008 - ongoing Member Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS) Australia 2007 - 2008 Member Fellow - RAH Mediflight Australia 2006 - ongoing Member Australian and NZ College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) Australia 2005 - ongoing Member Fellow of the College of Intensive Care Medicine (CICM ANZ) Australia
Date Office Name Institution Country 2012 - 2016 President South Australian Indian Medical Association Australia
Review, Assessment, Editorial and Advice
Date Title Type Institution Country 2010 - ongoing Reviewer Journal Review PLOS One — 2010 - ongoing Reviewer Journal Review Critical Care —
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