Prestigious UWA Chancellor's Medal to RPH Intensivist

April 20, 2017

Royal Perth Hospital’s (RPH) Professor Steve Webb has joined an esteemed group of professionals, having recently been awarded a prestigious Chancellor’s Medal from the University of Western Australia (UWA).

UWA Chancellor Michael Chaney AO CitWA, presented the award himself, which acknowledges outstanding and sustained contribution to the university to enable it to conduct its teaching, research and community responsibilities more effectively.

Steve is a senior staff specialist within the Intensive Care Medicine unit at Royal Perth Hospital in addition to being a Clinical Professor in the School of Medicine and Pharmacology at UWA and Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, at Monash University, Melbourne.

His clinical research interests include the long-term consequences of and recovery after critical illness, resuscitation and treatment of patients with septic shock, management of traumatic brain injury, pathogenesis of septic shock, antimicrobial therapy, acute kidney injury, and choice of intravenous fluids in critically ill patients.

His particular interest is in novel and more efficient trial methods including Platform Trials using Bayesian statistical methods and cluster-crossover trials, as well as the interface between clinical trials and healthcare policy.

As acknowledgement of Steven’s local and international expertise, he is a recipient of more than $80 million in research funding, including as a Chief Investigator on multiple National Health and Medical Research Council Project Grants and three Centres for Research Excellence grants. He has also published more than 130 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals including manuscripts in The New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association and the British Medical Journal.

Significantly, Steven is noted for his consistently professional manner, exceptionally deep sense of ethics and generosity of knowledge to colleagues, other professionals, students, research institutions and universities, alike.

His impressive list of achievements includes:

  • Founding Member of the Australian Clinical Trials Alliance, which is a representative organisation of the investigator-led clinical trials networks in Australia.
  • Foundation Fellow and Member of Council, Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, 2014 to the present.
  • A past-Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society Clinical Trials Group.

Other recent honorary appointments include serving as Honorary Visiting Research Fellow in Tropical Medicine, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, from 2012 to the present and as Honorary Professorial Fellow, Critical Care and Trauma Division, The George Institute for International Health, from 2009 to the present.

*UWA Health Physicist Lyall Munslow-Davis, was also named a recipient of the 2017 Chancellor’s Medal.