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Michael Reade

Surgery - Austin Health
science & technology
life sciences & biomedicine
general & internal medicine
critical care medicine
intensive care units
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Michael Reade

Medicine, Dentistry And Health Sciences
Primary Interest
Intensive Care
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Michael Reade


Michael C. Reade commenced his appointment as the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Professor of Military Medicine and Surgery in late 2011. An anaesthetist and intensive care physician, he holds a clinical appointment at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital and military appointments at the ADF's Joint Health Command and in the Directorate of Army Health.

His primary academic appointment is at the University of Queensland, and he retains his honorary appointment at the University of Melbourne to facilitate ongoing supervision of research students.

After clinical training in anaesthetics and intensive care medicine in Sydney, Melbourne, Oxford and Pittsburgh, a doctorate in the molecular pathogenesis of nitric oxide production in human septic shock from the University of Oxford and a postdoctoral research fellowship in clinical trials and epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh, Michael returned to Australia as Associate Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at the Austin Hospital and the University of Melbourne in 2007. There, he developed a clinical research programme focused on ICU sedation and delirium. He was the chief investigator in a 15-hospital clinical trial that demonstrated the effectiveness of dexmedetomidine, compared to placebo, as a treatment for ICU delirium. He remains a principal investigator in several programmes testing new approaches to sedation in intensive care.

Michael has held faculty appointments at the University of Oxford (where he taught physiology), the University of Pittsburgh (where he was an Instructor in critical care), and currently the Universities of Melbourne, London and Queensland, along with Monash University. He has supervised postgraduate students in basic and applied research, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy of the United Kingdom.

Michael was commissioned as a General Service Officer in the Australian Army in 1990, and currently holds the rank of Brigadier. In November 2011, after 22 years service including deployments to the Balkans, Timor, the Solomon Islands and Afghanistan, he was appointed the inaugural ADF Chair in Military Medicine and Surgery. Having been Director of Clinical Services of the Australian Regular Army's only field hospital from 2015-2018, he is now the Director General Health Reserve - Army. He leads a research programme at the interface of civilian and military trauma medicine, including management of acute cognitive impairment, traumatic coagulopathy, blood transfusion and trauma systems design, in collaboration with the ANZICS Clinical Trials Group, the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, the Queensland Health Jamieson Trauma Institute and colleagues in the UQ Burns, Trauma and Critical Care Research Centre.

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Honours, Awards and Fellowships


Member of the Order of Australia



FCICM - Fellowship of the College of Intensive Care Medicine


FCCP - Fellow of the College of Chest Physicians


FJFICM - Fellow of the Joint Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine


FANZCA - Fellow of the Australian and NZ College of Anaesthetists


FHEA - Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK)






Surgery - Austin Health


Doctor of Medical Science

University of Sydney

Master of Public Health

University of Pittsburgh

Doctor of Philosophy

University of Oxford

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

University of Sydney

Bachelor of Science (Medicine)

University of Sydney