Dr. Chris COKIS

Dr Chris Cokis joined the ANZCA Council in 2016 and was elected as vice-president in May 2020 and president-elect in December 2021.

Dr Cokis has clinical interests in cardiac and thoracic anaesthesia, is co-head of department at Fiona Stanley Hospital and leads the Cardio-thoracic service.

Dr Cokis has completed twelve years as a final examiner including as Chair of the Final Exam Subcommittee, and notes this as one of the most professional rewarding experiences of his career. Dr Cokis still enjoys working with trainees in theatre on a daily basis.

Anaesthesia and Cardiac Failure

Cardiac failure is relatively common in our society, particularly with an ageing population.

The etiology, diagnosis, current definitions and the latest evidence-based treatments will be presented including the role of holistic therapy, medication, devices, including ventricular assist devices, and heart transplants.

As a potentially relatively stable chronic condition some of these patients may present for urgent and/or elective surgery including for cancer treatment and joint replacement surgery.

The most appropriate management of these patients during the peri-operative period will be discussed.