Dr Ben Creagh-Brown

Research Interests

Ben’s research interests are:

  • Muscles – peri-operative and ICU acquired weakness and muscle wasting. Observational and interventional studies. Collaborates with UCL and Imperial.
  • Vessels – peri-operative microcirculatory monitoring. Endothelial function and glycocalyx injury. Vasoplegia. Collaborates with Imperial.
  • Post-operative pulmonary complications (POPC). Incidence and effects. Interventions (including care bundles) to reduce incidence. Working with the Peri-operative Intensive Care Medicine (POIC) section of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine. Collaborates with UCL and QMUL.
  • Ventilation including NIV and weaning from invasive mechanical ventilation.
  • Abdominal sepsis – national lead for the AbSeS ESICM observational study.


Ben is currently supervising one Msc, one MD and one PhD student.  He recently supervised three BSc students and two BMedSci students.

Contact Me


My office hours

Please contact Ben via his University of Surrey email address.


Konstantara E, Vandrevala T, Cox A, Creagh-Brown BC, Ogden J. Balancing
professional tension and deciding upon the status of death: Making end-of-life decisions in intensive care units. Health Psychol Open. 2016 Jan
25;3(1):2055102915622928. doi: 10.1177/2055102915622928. PubMed PMID: 28070383; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5193261.

Davidson C, Banham S, Elliott M, Kennedy D, Gelder C, Glossop A, Church C,
Creagh-Brown B, Dodd J, Felton T, Foëx B, Mansfield L, McDonnell L, Parker R, Patterson C, Sovani M, Thomas L. British Thoracic Society/Intensive Care Society Guideline for the ventilatory management of acute hypercapnic respiratory failure in adults. BMJ Open Respir Res. 2016 Mar 14;3(1):e000133. doi: 10.1136/bmjresp-2016-000133. PubMed PMID: 27026806; PubMed Central PMCID:PMC4800170.

Davidson AC, Banham S, Elliott M, Kennedy D, Gelder C, Glossop A, Church AC,Creagh-Brown B, Dodd JW, Felton T, Foëx B, Mansfield L, McDonnell L, Parker R,Patterson CM, Sovani M, Thomas L; BTS Standards of Care Committee Member, British Thoracic Society/Intensive Care Society Acute Hypercapnic Respiratory Failure Guideline Development Group, On behalf of the British Thoracic Society Standards of Care Committee.. BTS/ICS guideline for the ventilatory management of acute hypercapnic respiratory failure in adults. Thorax. 2016 Apr;71 Suppl 2:ii1-35. doi: 10.1136/thoraxjnl-2015-208209. PubMed PMID: 26976648.

Mifsud Bonnici D, Sanctuary T, Warren A, Murphy PB, Steier J, Marino P,
Pattani H, Creagh-Brown BC, Hart N. Prospective observational cohort study of patients with weaning failure admitted to a specialist weaning, rehabilitation and home mechanical ventilation centre. BMJ Open. 2016 Mar 8;6(3):e010025.  doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010025. PubMed PMID: 26956162; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4785284.

Gattenby P, Sultan J, Gregory S, Creagh-Brown B. Commentary on the Study of the Efficacy of Lung Expansion Techniques on Alterations in Postoperative Pulmonary Complications. Chest. 2016 Feb;149(2):606-7. doi:
10.1016/j.chest.2015.10.079. PubMed PMID: 26867847.

Creagh-Brown BC, De Silva AP, Ferrando-Vivas P, Harrison DA. Relationship
Between Peak Lactate and Patient Outcome Following High-Risk Gastrointestinal Surgery: Influence of the Nature of Their Surgery: Elective Versus Emergency. Crit Care Med. 2016 May;44(5):918-25. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0000000000001567. PubMed PMID: 26757164.

Burke-Gaffney A, Creagh-Brown BC. Clinical solutions: not always what they
seem? Crit Care. 2015 May 7;19:213. doi: 10.1186/s13054-015-0870-4. PubMed PMID: 25947007; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4423094.

Creagh-Brown B. Benefits of β blockers in chronic obstructive pulmonary
disease and heart failure. BMJ. 2014 May 19;348:g3316. doi: 10.1136/bmj.g3316. PubMed PMID: 24840101.

Harvey SE, Parrott F, Harrison DA, Bear DE, Segaran E, Beale R, Bellingan G, Leonard R, Mythen MG, Rowan KM; CALORIES Trial Investigators.. Trial of the route of early nutritional support in critically ill adults. N Engl J Med. 2014 Oct 30;371(18):1673-84. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1409860. PubMed PMID: 25271389.

Creagh-Brown BC, Quinlan GJ, Hector LR, Evans TW, Burke-Gaffney A.
Association between preoperative plasma sRAGE levels and recovery from cardiac surgery. Mediators Inflamm. 2013;2013:496031. doi: 10.1155/2013/496031. PubMed PMID: 24089588; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3780651

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