Dr Bhagwanjee is Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Washington Medical Center. His clinical experience has been in Trauma, Surgical and Cardio-thoracic intensive care and his research interests have been in outcome prediction in the critically ill and the development of regional mechanisms for critical care delivery. In this regard he proposed a model for delivery of critical care in South Africa and established the South African Critical Care Clinical Trials Group. More recently he formed, and leads, ACART group (Acute Care for Africa Research and Training). He has received multiple awards for best research publications. His current research activity is in the implementation of an emergency preparedness care program for the WWAMI region of the USA and describing models for critical care delivery to low income countries. He has developed a Sepsis program for LMIC and has adapted this program to assist with addressing the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
He trained as an Anesthesiologist and Intensivist at the University of Natal, South Africa followed by a nine year appointment as Head of Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Witwatersrand. Dr. Bhagwanjee has multiple international affiliations and leadership positions. He served as President of the Critical Care Society of Southern Africa and he subsequently received the Presidents’ Award of the same Society. In 2001 he was elected to the Council of the World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine and subsequently served as Secretary-General of this organization. He has been an advisor to the WHO for the management of global sepsis outbreaks and epidemics. He was accepted as a member of the AUA in 2010. In 2009 he was appointed to USCIIT and as Associate Director he is responsible for global outreach to international organizations including the International Forum for Acute Care Trialists. In 2015, he also received an Honorary Fellowship (SCCM) from the American College of Critical Care Medicine and was appointed Adjunct Professor in the Department of Global Health.