Professor Michael Reade

Prof of Military Surgery & Medicine

Royal Brisbane Clinical Unit
Faculty of Medicine
+61 7 336 55114


Professor Reade is the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Chair of Military Medicine and Surgery and a member of the Burns, Trauma and Critical Care Research Centre at UQ. A specialist intensive care physician, anaesthetist and clinician-scientist, he leads a programme of research relevant to military trauma medicine and surgery, and guides the implementation of modern trauma care into ADF practice.

After clinical training in anaesthetics and intensive care medicine in Sydney, Melbourne, Oxford and Pittsburgh, a doctorate in the molecular pathogenesis of nitric oxide production in human septic shock from the University of Oxford and a postdoctoral research fellowship in clinical trials and epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh, Michael returned to Australia as Associate Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at the Austin Hospital & the University of Melbourne in 2007. Michael has held faculty appointments at the University of Oxford (where he taught physiology), the University of Pittsburgh (where he was an Instructor in critical care), and the University of Melbourne. He has supervised postgraduate students in basic, applied and clinical research, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy of the United Kingdom.

In parallel with his academic and clinical work, Michael served in the Australian Army Reserve until his appointment to the full-time ADF Chair in 2011. He was commissioned as a General Service Officer in the Australian Army in 1990, and prior to his current appointment deployed to Bosnia and Kosovo (on attachment to the British Airborne Brigade), Timor, the Solomon Islands and Afghanistan. In 2013 he commanded the Australian Specialist Health Group at the NATO ISAF Role 3 Hospital in Kandahar, Afghanistan, and in 2015 in Iraq he was the first Director of Clinical Services in an ADF hospital deployed overseas on war-like service. He deployed again to Iraq in 2016 and 2017. From 2015-2018 he was the Director of Clinical Services of the Australian Regular Army’s only field hospital. In 2017 he led this unit to become the first ever ADF hospital accredited by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Trauma Verification Program. In December 2018 on promotion to Brigadier he was appointed Assistant Surgeon General - Army, responsible for technical regulation of part-time personnel providing specialist medical, nursing and allied health support to the Australian Regular Army and Australian Army Reserve. His military academic work is perfomed on secondment to Joint Health Command.

Professor Reade's clinical research focusses on treatments for exsanguinating haemorrhage, trauma systems, and acute cognitive impairment (such as that which results from traumatic brain injury). He is the Chief Investigator in an NHMRC-funded clinical trial of cyropreserved (frozen) platelets, a technology which holds equal promise to military and civilian trauma patients. He is also a Chief Investigator in NHMRC-funded multicentre clinical trials of tranexamic acid (a drug thought to reduce mortality from traumatic bleeding), the effect of storage duration on the safety of red cell transfusions, and a novel anti-delirium strategy for use in critically ill patients. He has active research collaborations with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, the National Trauma Research Institute, the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Research Centre at Monash Univesity and the ANZICS Clinical Trials Group.

Professor Reade is also developing a research programme focussed on trauma systems design, in collaboration with colleagues at the Jamieson Trauma Institute on the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital campus, Australian state ambulance services and the US and UK armed forces, aiming (for example) to optimise the allocation of prehospital and hospital resources in the management of life-threatening trauma.

Professor Reade currently supervises 12 postgraduate students (including 6 PhD students) and one postdoctoral research fellow. He holds or has held research grants totalling >A$18.6M, has published >140 peer-reviewed papers and delivered >240 lectures at national and international conferences.

Research Interests

  • Trauma
  • Haemorrhage
  • Coagulopathy
  • Trauma systems
  • Delirium


  • Doctor of Medical Science, The University of Sydney
  • Fellowship- College of Intensive Care Medicine
  • Master of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh
  • Fellowship Aus and New Zealand College of Anaesthe, ANZCA
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Oxf.
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, The University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Science (Medical), The University of Sydney


  • Reade, Michael C., Marks, Denese C., Bellomo, Rinaldo, Deans, Renae, Faulke, Daniel J., Fraser, John F., Gattas, David J., Holley, Anthony D., Irving, David O., Johnson, Lacey, Pearse, Bronwyn L., Royse, Alistair G., Wong, Janet, Bellomo, Rinaldo, Weinberg, Laurence, Eastwood, Glenn, Peck, Leah, Young, Helen, Sidiropoulos, Sofia, Baulch, Sarah, Dalyell, Amanda, Kolar, Diana, Martinelli, Tony, Reidy, Yvonne, Caldwell, Natalie, Royse, Alistair, Tivendale, Lynda, Bisignano, Maria, Hausler, Michael, Williams, Zelda, Dong, Natasha, Gattas, David J., Buhr, Heidi, Bannon, Paul, Cartwright, Bruce, Turner, Lisa, Gibson, John, Blayney, Bernadette, Beattie, Lorna, Hutch, Debra, Wun Jennifer Coles, James, Pearse, Bronwyn, Faulke, Daniel, Zeigenfuss, Marc, Tesar, Peter, Fraser, John, Perel, Joanne, Kahn, Cheryl, Vincent, Billy, O'Brien, Donalee, Reade, Michael C., Deans, Renae, Holley, Anthony, Marks, Denese C., Johnson, Lacey, Wong, Janet and Irving, David (2019) A randomized, controlled pilot clinical trial of cryopreserved platelets for perioperative surgical bleeding: the CLIP‐I trial. Transfusion, . doi:10.1111/trf.15423

  • Shehabi, Yahya, Howe, Belinda D., Bellomo, Rinaldo, Arabi, Yaseen M., Bailey, Michael, Bass, Frances E., Bin Kadiman, Suhaini, McArthur, Colin J., Murray, Lynnette, Reade, Michael C., Seppelt, Ian M., Takala, Jukka, Wise, Matt P. and Webb, Steven A. (2019) Early sedation with dexmedetomidine in critically ill patients. New England Journal of Medicine, 380 26: 2506-2517. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa1904710

  • Mudge, Alison M, McRae, Prue, Donovan, Peter J. and Reade, Michael C. (2019) A multidisciplinary quality improvement program for older patients admitted to a vascular surgery ward. Internal Medicine Journal, . doi:10.1111/imj.14400

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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Liu, D. and Reade, M. C. (2018). Central α2-adrenoreceptor agonists in intensive care. In Jean-Louis Vincent (Ed.), Annual update in intensive care and emergency medicine (pp. 561-577) Basel, Switzerland: Springer, Cham. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-73670-9_42

  • Kirkman, Emrys and Reade, Michael C. (2016). Management of blast related injuries. In Sam D. Hutchings (Ed.), Trauma and combat critical care in clinical practice (pp. 225-243) Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-28758-4_10

  • Reade, Michael C. (2016). Thoracic trauma and management of ventilation in the critically injured patient. In Sam D. Hutchings (Ed.), Trauma and combat critical care in clinical practice (pp. 189-224) Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-28758-4_9

  • Reade, M. C. and Holley, A. D. (2012). A new understanding of coagulopathy in trauma: potential therapeutic implications. In Jean-Louis Vincent (Ed.), Annual update in intensive care and emergency medicine 2012 (pp. 689-698) Berlin, Germany: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-25716-2_62

  • Reade, Michael C. and Angus, Derek C. (2009). Epidemiology of Sepsis and Non-Infectious SIRS. In Sepsis and Non-Infectious Systemic Inflammation: From Biology to Critical Care (pp. 13-39) : Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA. doi:10.1002/9783527626151.ch2

  • Reade, M. C., Milbrandt, E. B. and Angus, D. C. (2007). The impact of chronic disease on response to infection. In Intensive Care Medicine: Annual Update 2007 (pp. 197-207) : Springer New York. doi:10.1007/978-0-387-49518-7_18

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Conference Publication

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision