Prof John Faris
John Faris is a specialist anaesthetist who spent the first 20 years’ of his medical career in aviation medicine before the anaesthesia training program in Auckland, New Zealand. He moved to Perth for a years’ post fellowship experience, but stayed for 13 years working at Royal Perth, Sir Charles Gairdner and Joondalup Hospitals. It was here that he developed an interested in transthoracic echocardiography. Together with Michael Veltman, he ran “Echo Schools” providing on the job training to consultants and fellows. The preop clinic at Joondalup Hospital employed its own sonographer, and John was reporting 200 – 250 comprehensive studies each year as well as performing many limited studies of his own. He was appointed to the Steering Committee of the Ultrasound Education Group at the University of Melbourne in late 2004 and was one the main developers of the HEART scan and has been a strong contributor to the Certificate, Diploma and Masters’ series offered by the University. He has published a number of papers on the use of cardiac ultrasound in perioperative medicine. He was the inaugural Discipline Head in Anaesthesia at the School of Medicine in Fremantle for the University of Notre Dame Australia. He now lives in Canberra having shifted about a year ago to be closer to family as he starts moving out to pasture.