Professor David Tuxen is trained in respiratory and intensive care medicine and has practiced intensive care medicine for 39 years. He retired from the Alfred in 2021 and remains practicing part-time as the Senior Intensivist in Albury Wodonga Health ICU.
He was Director of the Department of Intensive Care and Hyperbaric at the Alfred hospital for 20 years. In 2003 he stepped down to be a part time Senior Intensivist and commenced work part time in Albury ICU.
Professor Tuxen is a past President of the Australian & New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS), past Chairman of the Intensive Care Foundation, and a past supervisor of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians Intensive Care training. He has received the ANZICS Medal for lifetime achievement in Intensive Care. He has given the ANZICS Oration and been placed on the ANZICS Honour roll for lifetime contribution to intensive Care as well as having received the Randy Chestnut award for academic contribution to the Clinical Trials Group. He was a Wing Commander in the RAAF reserve and the Senior RAAF advisor for Intensive Care.
In 2007, Professor Tuxen initiated and convened, and now co-convenes the Alfred ICU Advanced Mechanical Ventilation Conferences held in Melbourne every year with international speakers since 2009. In 2012, he initiated, convened and now co-convenes the Alfred ICU Ventilation Waveforms Course, which is also held in Melbourne every year.
Professor Tuxen is internationally recognised for his work on the mechanical ventilation of asthma. Expertise and special interests include mechanical ventilation of asthma and ARDS, lung recruitment, ventilator waveforms, independent lung ventilation, fungal infection in critical illness and intensive care ethics. He has over 95 publications including over 30 book chapters.
Professor Tuxen is able to provide reports in medicolegal cases with emphasis on medical negligence matters.