Dr Tina Xu is a China-trained physician, Australia-trained intensivist and UK-trained extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) specialist. Having earned her MBBS and master's degrees in medicine in 1995 and MD-PhD degree in Gastroenterology in 2000, her first senior position was Attending Physician in Gastroenterology at Peking University Medical College Hospital, Beijing. Following her relocation to Australia in 2002 and joining the intensive care medicine training programme in 2007, she was awarded the Fellowship of the College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand in 2015 and has been working as a consultant intensivist since.
Tina’s special interest in ECMO led her to work as an advanced trainee in Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney in 2015 and relocation to the UK in 2017, working as an ECMO Fellow then ECMO consultant at Royal Brompton Hospital, London, a renown national heart and lung centre and one of five NHS-commissioned ECMO centres for severe acute respiratory failure. Her one-year fellowship and 3-year consultancy in this ELSO Centre of Excellence - Platinum Level has recorded more than 100 ECMO retrievals/cannulations personally as well as comprehensive experience in managing complex heart and lung conditions, ECMO and other forms of extra-corporeal life support. She was proudly in the frontline combat with the first wave COVID-19 pandemic in UK and has just returned to Australia having the opportunity of sharing her experience in both conventional and ECMO management for COVID-19.
Outside work, she is a freelance web-designer, an enthusiastic chef and vegetable gardener.