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Dr Simon Finney

Dr Simon Finney, consultant in intensive care and anaesthetics specialising in severe respiratory failure and ECMO

Consultant in critical care
and anaesthesia


Clinical expertise

Dr Finney – who studied at St Andrews University and spent time at University College London Hospitals during his clinical training – has several areas of expertise, including intensive care, extracorporeal support (ECMO, Novalung), transoesophageal echocardiography and cardiothoracic anaesthesia.

He is also one of five consultants working in our specialist ECMO centre for adults, which was commissioned by NHS Specialised Services.


His current research interests include acute lung injury, extracorporeal support, statistical analysis of large data sets and the utilisation of clinical information systems on the ICU, and family satisfaction on the ICU.


Other research interests include glucose control in the critically ill, toll-like receptors and sepsis.


Dr Finney is currently undertaking a randomised controlled trial using albumen to scavenge free haem released during cardiopulmonary bypass to minimise post-operative inflammation. In the near future, he will be undertaking a phase II study of a new carbon dioxide removal device.


Previously, he undertook a study examining whether platelet sequestration pre-bypass reduces bleeding post-operatively in adult cardiac surgery.


Dr Finney is the co-lead for the lung failure module of Imperial College London's MSc in cardiorespiratory nursing.

International speaker

Dr Finney is regularly asked to speak about ECMO, pandemic influenza A (H1N1) and sever acute respiratory failure.


He has been a guest speaker on the subject of glucose control in the critically ill at the World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine.


He has also run workshops on hyperglycaemia in the critically ill for the National Institutes of Health.


As well as contributing regular reviews for JAMA, Intensive Care Medicine and Critical Care Medicine, Dr Finney has written chapters for 11 books including the Encyclopaedia of Respiratory Medicine. These range in subject from acute lung injury, mechanical ventilation, pathophysiology of sepsis and acute respiratory distress syndrome.


Dr Finney has also written several peer-reviewed articles including the highly cited "Glucose control and mortality in critically ill patients", published in JAMA, and several articles about acute lung injury.

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