Dr. Shekar is a Senior Intensive Care Specialist and the Director of Research in the Adult Intensive Care Service at the Prince Charles Hospital. He holds academic appointments as Associate Professor at the University of Queensland, Adjunct Porfessor at Queensland University of Technology and Associate Professor at Bond University, Gold Coast. Shekar is the recipient of the Metro North Hospital and Health Service Clinician Research Fellowship. Shekar specialises in design and conduct of both pre-clincial and clinical studies. His ongoing research programs “The NO Tube Project” and “ The Budget ICU Project” bring together clinicians, multidisciplinary allied health professionals, engineers, scientists, health economists, industry and policy experts to minimise the burden of invasive mechanical ventilation in intensive care units and to improve access to intensive care services around the world. His current body of research includes pathophysiology of cardiorespiratory failure, sepsis and extracorporeal life support (ECLS). He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the International ECMO Network. He is the global research lead for Extracorporeal Life Support Organisation (ELSO) Education Taskforce and is a member of the Asia-Pacific ELSO Steering and Education Committee. He is also the Chair of the global ELSO COVID-19 working group. He has significant experience with Clinical Information Systems (CIS) and is the Chair of CIS Special User Group in Queensland.