Consultant Intensive Care, Perioperative Medicine and Anaesthesia
Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
I work at Torbay hospital, Devon, UK. I am 55 years old (survived, hurray!) My median life expectancy is about another 38 years.
I have sessions as an intensivist, anaesthetist and perioperative physician. My clinical work has led to my academic interests: long-term survival, including my own; perioperative probabilities of harm and benefit; cardiopulmonary exercise testing; evidence-based medicine including systematic reviews; and the detection of data fabrication and fraudulent research. I have published on these subjects in journal papers and book chapters. I have talked about these topics at meetings. I am an editor for the journal Anaesthesia, in which I wrote about fraud by Fujii and his co-author Saitoh. I have detected false data in many other papers, often after an Editor-in-Chief asked me to look at a submission or publication. Hedge fund managers and other investors have asked me to look at data published by companies they are interested in, whether to go long or short.
A Nature profile summarises some of this, https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-02241-z, and a more light-hearted BMJ profile https://www.bmj.com/content/364/bmj.k5318.full.
I am very happy to try to answer any questions you may have, via [email protected].
I will talk about my experience editing for Anaesthesia, relating our efforts to improve the integrity of research that we publish, partly by trying to prevent the publication of bad research. Which appears to be almost impossible.