Personal profile




Dr David Daly obtained his medical degree from Melbourne University. He obtained his specialist qualifications (FANZCA) in 1998. After completing a Fellowship year in cardiothoracic anaesthesia at Papworth Hospital, Cambridge, U.K. he returned to Australia to take up a full-time position as a cardiothoracic anaesthetist at Alfred Hospital.

Since qualifying as a specialist anaesthetist he has also obtained a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Trials, a Masters Degree in Clinical Epidemiology, and the National Board of Echocardiography perioperative PTeXAM. He has successfully completed the ANZCA continuing professional development (CPD) continuously since the inception of the program. He is a current Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Monash University.

David’s main clinical interests include adult cardiothoracic anaesthesia (including heart and lung transplantation), organ donor optimisation, donation after cardiac death (DCD), mechanical cardiac assistance, pulmonary thromboendarterectomy, transoesophageal echocardiography and anaesthesia for major trauma. He is interested in human factors and system failures and their relationship to medical error. David has worked with Prof Ashton since he returned to Australia in 1999.

David is the Australian representative on the Society of Cardiothoracic Anaesthesiologists International Committee, the ex-Chairman of the ANZCA Cardiothoracic Vascular and Perfusion Special Interest Group. He is an editorial board member of an international anaesthesia journal and reviews for several other journals. He is the Surgical Services representative on the Alfred Hospital Infection Prevention Committee and sits on the Alfred Hospital Senior Medical Staff Association Executive.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research area keywords

  • Adult cardiothoracic anaesthesia
  • Organ donor optimisation
  • Mechanical cardiac assistance
  • Pulmonary thromboendarterectomy

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