Dr David Liu

Honorary Research Fellow

UQ Centre for Clinical Research
Faculty of Medicine


David is a critical-care clinician-scientist currently dual training with the College of Intensive Care Medicine (CICM) and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA).

He is currently employed as an ICU Registrar at the Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital (Herston, QLD), and will be an Anaesthetics Registrar at Caboolture Hospital in 2020. He is also an Honorary Fellow with The University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research and School of Information Technology & Electrical Engineering.

David has a multidisciplinary background in engineering, medicine, biostatistics, and critical care medicine. He first graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (Software) in 2004, and has had industry experience with Mincom Ltd, Deutsche Bank Australia, Sun Microsystems Laboratories, in addition to private software contracting. He completed his Doctor of Philosophy (Biomedical Engineering) in 2010 following a Fulbright Postgraduate Fellowship to the University of Utah's Anesthesiology Bioengineering Laboratory in 2009-2010. He completed one year of non-award studies in biostatistics at UQ in 2011, before completing his Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery in 2015.

He received general medical registration with AHPRA following completion of his medical internship at Ipswich Hospital. David then commenced a Queensland Health Junior Doctor Research Fellowship in 2017-2018 with the Burns, Trauma, and Critical Care Research Centre at the Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital.

He is currently leading trials in nicotine replacement pharmacokinetics in the critically ill, and postoperative use of clonidine to improve sleep in HDU patients (in collaboration with Professor Michael Reade and A/Prof Jeremy Cohen). He is also collaborating with the UQ Cognitive Engineering Research Group on non-clinical research relating to human factors issues associated with equipment displays for critical care medicine (in collaboration with Professor Penelope Sanderson).


  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery and Medical Science, The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor (Honours) of Engineering, The University of Queensland


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Book Chapter

  • Liu, D. and Reade, M. C. (2018). Central α2-adrenoreceptor agonists in intensive care. Annual update in intensive care and emergency medicine. (pp. 561-577) edited by Jean-Louis Vincent. Basel, Switzerland: Springer, Cham. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-73670-9_42

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Santomauro, C., Powell, M., Davis, C., Liu, D., Aitken, L. and Sanderson, P. (2018). Interruptions to intensive care nurses lead to clinical errors. The 42nd Australian and New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting on Intensive Care, Gold Coast, Australia, 11-13 October 2017. Philadelphia, PA United States: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.aucc.2017.12.038

  • Pascale, Michael, Sanderson, Penelope, Liu, Dave, Mohamed, Ismail, Brecknell, Birgit and Loeb, Robert (2016). Continuous information displays for multiple patient monitoring. Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Washington, DC, United States, 19-23 September 2016. Santa Monica, CA, United States: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. doi: 10.1177/1541931213601358

  • Schlosser, Paul, Sanderson, Penelope, Grundgeiger, Tobias, Liu, David and Loeb, Robert G. (2016). The effect of conventional screens vs. head-mounted displays on alarm monitoring strategies. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 2016, Washington, DC, United States, 19-23 September 2016. Santa Monica, CA, United States: Human Factors an Ergonomics Society. doi: 10.1177/1541931213601357

  • Pascale, Michael, Sanderson, Penelope, Liu, David, Mohamed, Ismail, Stigter, Nicole and Loeb, Robert (2015). Peripheral detection for abrupt onset stimuli presented via head-worn display. Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, United States, 26-30 October 2015. Thousand Oaks, CA, United States: Sage. doi: 10.1177/1541931215591218

  • Tear, Callum L., Fox, Mithila, Tsai, Matthew, Liu, David and Sanderson, Penelope M. (2013). Detecting numerical and waveform changes on a head-mounted display vs. monitor. HFES 2013: 57th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, San Diego, CA, U.S.A., 30 September-4 October 2013. Thousand Oaks, CA, United States: Sage Publications. doi: 10.1177/1541931213571253

  • Koch, Sven H, Westenskow, Dwayne, Weir, Charlene, Agutter, Jim, Haar, Maral, Görges, Matthias, Liu, David and Staggers, Nancy (2012). ICU nurse's evaluations of integrated information displays on user satisfaction and perceived mental workload. MIE 2012: XXIV Conference of the European Federation for Medical Informatics, Pisa, Italy, 26-29 August, 2012. Amsterdam, Netherlands: I O S Press. doi: 10.3233/978-1-61499-101-4-383

  • Liu, David, Jenkins, Simon A. and Sanderson, Penelope M. (2009). Clinical implementation of a head-mounted display of patient vital signs. 2009 International Symposium on Wearable Computers, Linz, Austria, 4-7 September 2009. Piscataway NJ USA: IEEE. doi: 10.1109/ISWC.2009.36

  • Liu, David, Sanderson, Penelope, M., Jenkins, Simon A., Watson, Marcus O. and Russell, W. John (2009). Patient monitoring in anesthesia with a head-mounted display: Simulator studies and a clinical trial. 53rd Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, San Antonio Texas, USA, 19-23 October 2009. USA: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. doi: 10.1518/107118109x12524442636986

  • Grundgeiger, T., Liu, D., Sanderson, P.M., Jenkins, S. and Leane, T. (2008). Effects of interruptions on prospective memory performance in anesthesiology. Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 52nd Annual Meeting, New York Marriott Marquis Times Square, 22nd - 26th September 2008. United States: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

  • Sanderson, P. M., Watson, M., Jenkins, S., Liu, D., Russell, W. J., Green, N. and Cole, P. (2007). Summative evaluation with a full-scale patient simulator: Challenges and adaptations. Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 51st Annual Meeting, Balimore, United States, 1-5 October 2007. United States: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.