Dr George Ntoumenopoulos is Associate Professor of Physiotherapy at University of Technology Sydney, NSW Australia. He is also Consultant Physiotherapist at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. George was in United Kingdom from 2002-2012 as Consultant Physiotherapist in Critical Care at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (GSTFT). George has extensive clinical, teaching and research expertise in critical care internationally including Australia, United Kingdom and the USA. George has over 50 research publications in peer-reviewed journals, including original research, invited papers, editorials and book chapters. George has been successful in obtaining funding from granting agencies both in Australia and UK for research to advance respiratory physiotherapy. George has been invited to speak at international conferences (Brazil, Belgium, Berlin, Dublin, Australia) and to run training course in critical care physiotherapy (Singapore, China).
Research interests include the evaluation of the effects of chest physiotherapy for the prevention and treatment of pulmonary complications, outcome measures for secretion retention in the intubated and mechanically ventilated patients and the optimal means for secretion clearance in intubated and ventilated patients. Current research projects include the development of a novel outcome measures for secretion retention in the intubated and ventilated patient and the impact of chest physiotherapy on gas exchange and pulmonary function in patients managed on high frequency oscillatory ventilation. Other projects commencing in 2016/17 include: diagnostic thoracic ultrasound imaging and impact on clinical decision making in critical care patients including patients on VV-ECMO, the role of early physiotherapy during ECMO, the effect of chest physiotherapy (manual lung hyperinflation and ventilator hyperinflation) on mucus clearance and the ability of novel devices to monitor secretion retention (animal model).