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Dr. Oriol Roca is a full-time Consultant in Critical Care at Hospital Universitari Vall d’Hebron from Barcelona. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of the Department of Medicine in Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Dr. Roca clinical research focus in acute respiratory failure and acute respiratory distress syndrome. He also focuses on non-respiratory supportive therapies and lung physiology and biology. Indeed, he published the first series of acute respiratory failure supported with high-flow nasal (NHF) cannula therapy in adults. He is the vice-chair, Acute respiratory failure working group, Spanish Society of Intensive Care Medicine.
Hospital Virgen de la Salud, Complejo Hospitalario de Toledo, Spain
Dr. Gonzalo Hernandez is staff of the Critical Care Department at the Virgen de la Salud Hospital in Toledo, Spain; Associate Professor of Medicine at the University Europea de Madrid. He earned his Doctor of Medicine with Honors and his PhD on treatment of treatment of post-traumatic hypoxemic respiratory failure at the University Autónoma de Madrid, followed by a residence and fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care at the University Hospital 12 de Octubre in Madrid, Spain.
Following his specialisation as intensivist in Madrid, he received additional training on respiratory and infectious disease in Catalonia.
Dr Hernandez´s research interest include: studies on weaning patients under mechanical ventilation, focused on predictors of extubation failure, ecocardiographic parameters, and prevention of postextubation respiratory failure and reintubation using high-flow oxygen therapy and noninvasive ventilation, treatment of acute respiratory failure with noninvasive mechanical ventilation, and weaning/decannulating tracheostomized patients.