Associate Professor David Sturgess

ATH - Associate Professor

Princess Alexandra Hospital Southside Clinical Unit
Faculty of Medicine


Associate Professor David Sturgess is the Clinical Director of Anaesthesia at the newly commisioned Surgical Treatment and Rehabilitation Service (STARS) at Herston, Brisbane, Australia.

A/Prof Sturgess' doctoral thesis focused upon the non-invasive evaluation of heart function during life threatening infection. This culminated in award of a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD), in the Discipline of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care, from The University of Queensland. A/Prof Sturgess maintains a keen interest in haemodynamic monitoring and echocardiography. The scope of his current research interests has broadened and is best collated under the theme of Perioperative Care. Collaborations include exploration of interactions between opioids, regional anaesthesia and cancer recurrance; perioperative nutrition and hyperglycaemia; analysis and interpretation of large observational perioperative datasets; obstetric anaesthesia and critical care; implementation science; as well as risk stratification of acute coronary syndromes using echocardiography.

Research Impacts

A/Prof Sturgess' expertiise in perioperative care has allowed contributions through several avenues. He has contributed to Australian Healthcare Facility Guidelines (AusHFG), Safe Central Venous Access Checklist and Context Document (Clinical Excellence Queensland) and College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) professional standards for the Post Anaesthetic Care Unit.

Collaboration across healthcare disciplines has allowed impact through perioperative medication management, perioperative nutrition and perioperative nursing and implementation science.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery and Medical Science, The University of Queensland


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Book Chapter

  • Sturgess, David, Hamilton, Douglas R., Sargsyan, Ashot E., Lumb, Philip and Karakitsos, Dimitrios (2015). Hemodynamic monitoring considerations in the intensive care unit. Critical care ultrasound. (pp. 193-199) edited by Philip Lumb and Dimitrios Karakitsos. Philadelphia, PA, United States: Elsevier.

  • Doola, Ra'eesa, Sturgess, David and Todd, Alwyn (2015). Perioperative nutrition. Australasian Anaesthesia 2015 (Blue book). (pp. 45-55) Melbourne, Australia: Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.

  • Sturgess, David (2015). Transthoracic echocardiography: an overview. Critical care ultrasound. (pp. 139-145) edited by Philip Lumb and Dimitrios Karakitsos. Philadelphia, PA, United States: Elsevier.

  • Shepherd, Thomas J., Sturgess, David J. and Maxwell, Claire (2015). Will my patient get stuck in ICU?. Australasian anaesthesia 2015. (pp. 149-156) edited by Richard Riley. Melbourne, Australia: Australia and New Zealand College of Anaesthetist.

  • Langerak, Graham, Sturgess, David J. and McCormack, David (2013). Carbetocin in the prevention and management of post partum haemorrhage: A review of current evidence for obstetric anaesthesia. Australian Anaesthesia 2013. (pp. 95-102) Melbourne: Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.

  • Sturgess, David J. (2013). Haemodynamic monitoring. Oh's Intensive Care Manual: Expert Consult. (pp. 122-137) edited by Andrew D. Bersten and Neil Soni. Philadelphia, PA, USA: Butterworth-Heinemann Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-7020-4762-6.00016-3

  • Bacajewski, R., Sturgess, David J. and Presneill, Jeffrey J. (2013). Novel oral anticoagulants: Implications for the anaesthetist. Australian Anaesthesia 2013. (pp. 57-68) edited by Richard Riley. Melbourne: Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.

  • Sturgess, David J. and Morgan, John Thomas (2009). Haemodynamic monitoring. Oh's intensive care manual. (pp. 105-122) edited by Andrew D. Bersten and Neil Soni. Edinburgh, UK: Butterworth-Heinemann.

  • Sturgess, D. J., Marwick, T. H. and Venkatesh, B. (2007). Diastolic (Dys) function in sepsis. Intensive Care Medicine: Annual Update 2007. (pp. 444-454) New York, NY: Springer New York. doi: 10.1007/978-0-387-49518-7_40

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Completed Supervision