Dr Szakmany is a Consultant in Intensive Care and Anaesthesia at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. Tamas graduated at the University of Pecs, Hungary, where he then went on to gain his PhD in Critical Care.
He moved to the UK in 2004 and after different jobs in Merseyside and London, he moved to sunny south Wales to join Cwm Taf University Health Board in 2008. He was the Lead Clinician for Intensive Care from 2009 until 2012 and recently has been appointed as one of the Clinical Leads for the South Wales Critical Care Network. After seven years in a medium size DGH, he recently joined the team at the Royal Gwent Hospital to help to develop the new Specialist Critical Care Centre.
Tamas’s research interests have always encompassed a broad spectrum of critical care practices: his main research interests are monitoring and modulation of inflammatory response in sepsis and after major surgery. He has conducted a few smaller scale RCTs on this field and he is well trained to publish negative results! In 2011 he secured a NISCHR Allied Health and Social Care Clinical research fellowship and has been working very closely with the Academic Anaesthetic Department in Cardiff University, delivering multiple high-profile research projects and received funding from local and national funding bodies. He has been awarded an honorary Senior Lecturer post in Intensive care.
This collaboration led to high-profile publications in translational medicine and focused his interest on early immunosuppression in sepsis. He led the clinical trials of two InnovateUK funded projects on multi-marker diagnostics in sepsis, which will lead to further developments.
The research fellowship enabled him to spend some more time in perioperative research: he was the UK national coordinator of the ISOS Trial and the Welsh cluster lead for the EPOCH study.
Tamas has always been passionate to work with medical students, to help them realizing their potential: his three most recent publications are all collaborations with medical students at Cardiff University, looking at the use of cisatracurium in critical care, the effect of timing of tracheostomy and to discover what is the real burden of sepsis on the general ward setting in Wales.
As a practicing ICU Consultant he is very interested in why patients develop prolonged multi-organ failure and he hopes that translational research with the immunology group in Cardiff University will provide new options in their care.