CTEC farewells esteemed Convenor Professor Stephan Schug

CTEC acknowledges the outstanding contribution of one of its long standing workshop convenors, Professor Stephan Schug, who retired earlier this month after 15 years as the Convenor of its highly popular The Cutting Edge: Peripheral Nerve Block workshop.

Professor Schug is the Director of Pain Medicine at Royal Perth Hospital, and is the Professor and Chair of Anaesthesiology and Pain Medicine at The University of Western Australia.

Professor Schug had run similar peripheral nerve block courses for GPs in New Zealand, while being the Professor of Anaesthesiology at the University of Auckland.  He brought the concept across the Tasman Sea, where he pioneered CTEC’s Peripheral Nerve block workshop from its inception in 2004, developing the program and guiding the development of the workshop that continues to move from strength to strength in 2019.   His outstanding professionalism and sustained commitment to medical education has garnered him the honour of Platinum Convenor status with CTEC.

The Cutting Edge: Peripheral Nerve Block workshop aims to increase breadth and depth of theoretical, anatomical and practical knowledge in relation to peripheral nerve blocks.  Over the years, many hundreds of Emergency Department Physicians and Nurses, General Practitioners and Nurse Practitioners have improved their anatomical knowledge and understanding of peripheral nerve blocks under the expert guidance of Professor Schug and his extensive team of faculty.

The Director of CTEC, Professor Jeffrey Hamdorf, said Professor Schug’s contribution to the UWA Medical School and the wider community in Pain Medicine and Anaesthesia in Perth, nationally and internationally, had been extraordinary.  

“CTEC has been most fortunate to be able to call on Professor Schug for guidance and leadership and very much looks forward to an ongoing fruitful relationship with him,” he said.

Professor Schug’s principal research interests include the management of acute and chronic pain, cancer pain, regional anaesthesia, the pharmacology of local anaesthetics and analgesics and quality improvement in health care.

He studied medicine at The University of Cologne, Germany, where he also obtained his MD in clinical pharmacology and subsequently specialized in anaesthesia and pain medicine.

Professor Schug spent 12 years in New Zealand after accepting a role as Head of the Section of Anaesthetics at The University of Auckland. In 2001, he moved to Perth, where he accepted the role of Chair of Anaesthesia at The University of Western Australia.

He has written over 85 research and 180 review papers, as well as abstracts, letters, and editorials and has edited or co-authored several books, book chapters and monographs.  He is currently on editorial and review boards of several leading journals and is an active member of several pain and anaesthesia societies, is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) and its Faculty of Pain Medicine (FPMANZCA), where he is a member of the Board of the Faculty.

Professor Schug has passed the Convenorship of CTEC’s Peripheral Nerve Block workshop to his colleague at Royal Perth Hospital, Professor Krishna Boddu. Professor Boddu will lead CTEC’s August 2019 Peripheral Nerve Block workshop. He is Co-Director of International Medical Education and Resources for Perth’s South Metropolitan Health Services, and Professor of Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine at The University of Western Australia and at The University of Texas Health Sciences at Houston, USA.

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