Krishnaswamy Sundararajan

Krishnaswamy Sundararajan

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              
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  • Appointments

    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 Competencies

    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
  • Education

    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
  • Postgraduate Training

    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
  • Research Interests

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.

Value: $10,000

Undergraduate

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

Postgraduate

2009 - Current:  Fellowship examiner for the College of Intensive Care Medicine Adelaide

Course 

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 )

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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2012 - 2015 Representative Safety and Quality Committee Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS Australia
  • Memberships

    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
  • Offices Held

    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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