The Team

The liver intensive care unit is staffed by a team of 4 dedicated consultant intensivists. They share the responsibility for ensuring 24 hour a day, 7 day a week cover for the liver intensive care unit, through a 1:4 rota.

Professor Julia Wendon

Professor Julia Wendon MB ChB, MRCP, FRCP, FFICM was appointed as Consultant Physician at King's College Hospital in 1992. She was the lead clinician for the Liver Intensive Care Unit until 2007 and has developed a unique facility with a worldwide reputation for the care of critically ill patients with liver disease. She is currently Clinical Director of the Critical Care Division.

She has published more than 150 papers on aspects of management of acute liver failure which have significantly impacted on international standards of care applied to the critically ill liver patient. She was awarded a professorial chair in 2012.

She is regularly invited to lecture at national and international meetings on topics relating to the intensive care management of both acute and chronic liver disease and has organized a number of International meetings. She is a member of the scientific steering committee of the Chronic Liver Failure Consortium of European Centres and has been invited to chair a European Acute Liver Failure Consortium.

Dr Georg Auzinger

Dr Georg Auzinger Dr med univ, EDIC, AFICM is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Intensive Care Medicine and the Clinical Lead for the Liver Intensive Care Unit and is the divisional infection-control lead. He obtained his medical degree at the University of Innsbruck, Austria in 1990 and underwent specialty training in Salzburg, Austria. He undertook Intensive Care training at the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Australia and was appointed as a Consultant in Liver Intensive Care at King's College Hospital, London in 2000.

His special interests include acute liver failure, liver transplantation, ARDS, fungal infection and transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography and cardiovascular dynamics in the critically unwell. He is currently leading on the provision of veno-arterial ECMO for severe cardiorespiratory failure.

Dr William Bernal

Dr William Bernal MB BS, BSc, MD, FRCP, FFICM is Reader in Hepatology and Liver Intensive Care Medicine at Kings College London. He trained in General and Intensive Care Medicine, Hepatology and Gastroenterology in London and was first appointed as a Consultant in Liver Intensive Care Medicine at Kings College Hospital in 2002.

His research interests include liver disease and critical illness and the care of critically ill patients undergoing liver transplantation and he has published extensively in these fields.

Dr Chris Willars

Dr Chris Willars MB BS, BSc, FRCA, FFICM graduated from University College London Medical School in 1998. He trained in General Medicine and then in Anaesthesia with the South Eastern School of Anaesthesia (London Deanery). He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists and of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine and enjoys dual specialist accreditation. He was appointed as a Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine at King's College Hospital, London as in 2010.

His specialist areas of expertise include liver failure, peri-operative medicine and cardiovascular dynamics. He leads on risk assessment including invasive and non-invasive cardiopulmonary testing and has an interest in diagnostic right heart catheterisation and the management of right heart dysfunction and pulmonary hypertension in acute and chronic liver disease.

Miss Samina Begum

Miss Samina Begum provides administrative support. She can be contacted on:

Tel: +44 (0)203 299 3367