Professor Daniel Fatovich



Daniel Fatovich

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Professor Daniel Fatovich completed his specialty training in Emergency Medicine in 1990. He then obtained a dual appointment as a staff specialist at Royal Perth Hospital (1992-present), and also as Director of Emergency Medicine at Swan District Hospital (1992-1999). During this time, he developed his research skills, with a particular focus on resuscitation. He has been chief investigator for a number of clinical trials, mainly in the field of resuscitation.

He is well known for his research and publications in emergency medicine, and in 1995 won the John Gilroy Potts Award from the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM). He is a regular speaker at state, national and international meetings. In 2003 he was awarded the ACEM Foundation 20 Medal, in appreciation for his contribution to the development of the College during its formative years. In 2014 and 2015 he shared in another John Gilroy Potts Award, and also in 2015 and 2016, he was a joint recipient of the Edward Brentnall Award.

In 2006, Professor Fatovich obtained an academic appointment at the University of Western Australia, within the Discipline of Emergency Medicine. This was the first academic appointment in Emergency Medicine at Royal Perth Hospital, one of the busiest Emergency Departments in Australasia. In 2012, he completed his PhD, with a thesis titled: Major trauma in Western Australia and the effects of distance, time and remoteness on mortality. He supervises advanced trainee registrars for the research component of their Fellowship. He is a senior adjudicator for this for ACEM and was an inaugural member of the ACEM Trainee Research Committee, and is a member of the ACEM Clinical Trials Group.


1983 MBBS - Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery, University of Western Australia, Australia
1990 FACEM - Fellowship of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine
2012 PhD - University of Western Australia, Australia

Special Interests

  • Trauma - the early management of severe trauma, rural and remote trauma outcomes and trauma epidemiology; electrical injuries
  • The societal aspects of emergency medicine: access block, alcohol and illicit drug use, & mental health
  • Resuscitation, Pain, Sepsis, Neuroscience & Toxicology
  • The use of linked health data
  • Research methodology & bias

Major Grants Awarded


NHMRC Project Grant APP1122792; 4-years (2017-2020) Briffa T, Cullen L, Chew D, Knuiman M, Fatovich D, Hickman P, Parsonage W, Nedkoff L, Sanfilippo F, Hillis G, Mitra B, Wilkes G, Schneider H, Rankin J, Karnon J, Scanlan S, Stapleton S, Mather V. Is highly-sensitive troponin testing advancing clinical practice, improving outcomes and cost-effective in the investigation and management of chest pain in the Emergency Department? $1,197,000.

 2016 NHMRC APP1116453 Cameron P, Finn J, Bernard S, Grantham H, Smith K, Fatovich D, Arendts G, Bray J, Stub D, Perkins G. Centre of Research Excellence in Prehospital Emergency Care. $2,499,626.
 2016 SHRAC Research Translation Project Hillis G, Alcock R, Spiro J, Fatovich D, Macdonald S, Schultz C, Briffa T, Geelhoed E. The Royal Perth evidence-based accelerated chest pain pathway implementation (RAPID) study. $242,858.
 2016 SHRAC Research Translation Project Williams T, Finn J, Arendts G, Fatovich D, McQuillan B, Perkins G, Hendrie D, Bailey P, Summers Q, Brink D. A randomised controlled trial of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) for the treatment of severe respiratory distress by ambulance paramedics in the pre-hospital setting. $97,345.
 2015 Queensland Emergency Medicine Research Foundation Keijzers G, Macdonald S, Kinnear F, Arendts G, Brown S, Fatovich D, Taylor D, Vlad I, McCutcheon D, Asha A. Restricted Fluid Resuscitation in Sepsis-associated Hypotension (REFRESH) Trial. $54,125.

Neurotrauma Research program Fitzgerald L, Fatovich D, Pestell C. Identification of biomarkers that correlate with clinical features and outcomes following concussion. $38,925.


SHRAC Research Translation Project. Stafford A, Fatovich D, Bynevelt M, Licari M, Reynolds J, Christmass M, Quigley A. Methamphetamine Addiction: Is Baclofen effective in suppressing methamphetamine cravings? Functional MRI patterns of brain activation in Baclofen vs placebo treated methamphetamine addicts. $251,904.


NHMRC 2014 Partnership project grant APP1076949; Finn J, Jacobs I, Fatovich D, Smith K, Williams T, Hendrie D, O’Halloran K, Cameron P. Improving ambulance dispatch to time-critical emergencies. $482,723.


Western Australia Department of Health, Targeted Research Fund. Jacobs I, Finn J, Fatovich D, Arendts G, Mountain D, Williams T, Gibson N, Sprivulis P, Celenza T. Evidence-based paramedic models of care to reduce unnecessary emergency department attendance. $370,000.


NHMRC 2012 Partnership project grant APP 1029492 Forero R, Hillman K, Fatovich D, McCarthy S, Mountain D, Fitzgerald G, Richardson D, Sprivulis P, Middleton P. Validation and impact of the four hour rule in the emergency department: a large data linkage study. $687000, Western Australia Department of Health ($150000), Australasian College for Emergency Medicine ($100000), NSW Ministry of Health ($200000). Total grant monies $1,718,864.


Neurotrauma Research Program, Western Australian Institute for Medical Research. Leukocyte cell signalling after major head trauma: correlation with clinical outcomes. Brown S, Stone S, Webb S, Henry N, Rao S, Fatovich D, Arendts G. (2011: $105789).


Royal Perth Hospital Medical Research Foundation (Infrastructure Grant). Establishing a Centre for Clinical Research in Emergency Medicine. 2009: $126,412, 2010: $66072. Brown SGA, Stone SF, Arendts G, Fatovich DM.


Raine Priming Grant, Raine Medical Research Foundation. A study of trauma patients transferred from rural and remote Western Australia by the Royal Flying Doctor Service. $10,000.


Royal Perth Hospital Medical Research Foundation. A screening MRI study to determine the prevalence of cerebral abnormalities in patients presenting with acute amphetamine intoxication. $10,000.


Department of Health and Aging, Australian Government. Chlamydia Targeted Grants Program. $301,891. McCloskey J, Dykstra C, Flexman J, Fatovich DM.


Fatovich DM, Jacobs IG. 1995. A Randomised Controlled Trial of Oral Midazolam and Buffered Lidocaine for Suturing Lacerations in Children (the SLIC Trial). Annals of Emergency Medicine 25:209-214 (John Gilroy Potts Award). [NCBI PubMed Entry]

Fatovich DM, Prentice DA, Dobb GJ. 1997. Magnesium in Cardiac Arrest (the magic trial). Resuscitation 35:237-241. [NCBI PubMed Entry]

Fatovich DM, Dobb GJ, Clugston RA. 2004. A pilot randomised trial of thrombolysis in cardiac arrest (The TICA trial). Resuscitation 61:309-313. [NCBI PubMed Entry]

Fatovich DM, Jacobs IG. 2009. The relationship between remoteness and trauma deaths in Western Australia. The Journal of Trauma 67:910-4. [NCBI PubMed Entry]

Fatovich DM, McCoubrie DL, Song SJ, Rosen DM, Lawn ND, Daly FF. 2010. Brain abnormalities detected on magnetic resonance imaging of amphetamine users presenting to an emergency department: a pilot study. The Medical Journal of Australia 193(5):266-8. [NCBI PubMed Entry]

Lenzer J, Hoffman JR, Furberg CD, Ioannidis JP. Ensuring the integrity of clinical practice guidelines: a tool for protecting patients. BMJ 2013;347:f5535 [NCBI PubMed Entry]

Brown SG, Stone SF, Fatovich DM, Burrows SA, Holdgate A, Celenza A, Coulson A, Hartnett L, Nagree Y, Cotterell C, Isbister GK. Anaphylaxis: clinical patterns, mediator release and severity. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2013;132:1141-1149.e5. (John Gilroy Potts Award) [NCBI PubMed]

Isbister GK, Page CB, Buckley NA, Fatovich DM, Pascu O, Macdonald SP, Calver LA, Brown SG. Randomized controlled trial of intravenous antivenom versus placebo for Latrodectism: the second Redback antivenom evaluation (RAVE-II) study. Ann Emerg Med 2014;64:620-628.e2. (John Gilroy Potts Award) [NCBI PubMed Entry]

Egerton-Warburton D, Gosbell AD, Wadsworth A, Fatovich DM, Richardson DB. Survey of alcohol-related presentations to Australasian Emergency Departments. Med J Aust 2014;201: 584-587. (Ed Brentnall Award) [NCBI PubMed Entry]

Taylor D, Fatovich D, Finucci D, Furyk J, Jin S, Keijzers G, Macdonald S, Mitenko H, Richardson J, Ting J, Thom O, Ugoni A, Hughes J, Bost N, Ward M, Gibbs C, Macdonald E, Chalkley D. Best-practice pain management in the Emergency Department: a cluster-randomised controlled intervention trial. Emerg Med Australas 2015;27:549-557. [NCBI PubMed Entry]
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