Bala Venkatesh is Director of Intensive care at the Wesley Hospital, Pre-Eminent specialist in Intensive Care Medicine at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at the University of Queensland, and. at the University of New South Wales, and Professorial Fellow at the George Institute for Global Health, Sydney Australia.
He has completed Fellowship training in Internal Medicine, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine. He then undertook a research degree from the University of Birmingham, UK which led to the award of an MD. He pioneered the development of a continuous blood gas monitoring system which reached clinical application.
He served as the President for the College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand between 2014-2016. He is the Principal Investigator of the NHMRC funded multi-center international ADRENAL trial which is largest septic shock trial to date. This was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. His research interests include glucocorticoid physiology in critical illness including the development of the idea of the "sick euadrenal state, sepsis, and vitamin D in critical illness. He has published more than 180 papers, and 40 book chapters.
He is the organizer of the Brisbane Examination course for the Fellowship in ICU which he set up in 1998. He has also run courses on Data Interpretation in Acute Medicine for the last 12 years in Australia and internationally.