"I feel humbled that I have been chosen among many worthy individuals."

Director of Intensive Care Research, Professor Rinaldo Bellomo AO, has received the BioMedVic Clinician Researcher Career Recognition Award honouring his prolific contribution to medical research.

"I feel humbled that I have been chosen among many worthy individuals. I feel thankful that my work has been recognised by my peers. I feel motivated to do more to improve patient care," said Prof Bellomo.

Prof Bellomo was presented with the award by BioMedVic CEO, Prof Jan Tennent, at an event held at Austin Hospital last week.

BioMedVic recognised Prof Bellomo for his internationally outstanding track record in conducting patient-based research and a three-decade long influence on peers, colleagues, the healthcare sector, patients and the next generation of clinician researchers.

"I think the award reflects an appreciation by my peers that I have committed a great deal of my professional life to research, to mentorship and training and to finding ways to achieve better patient care," says Prof Bellomo.

Prof Bellomo has over 1200 peer reviewed publications and is the most cited critical care researcher in the world. He's also the most cited biomedical investigator in the history of Australian medicine.

Research conducted by Prof Bellomo also helped develop the Medical Emergency Team call (MET call) concept, where a team of specialised doctors and nurses respond immediately to a call for urgent medical help. The MET call has been implemented throughout Australia and the world, helping to save countless lives.

Many people took to social media to congratulate Prof Bellomo:

"A brilliant man, saved my life numerous times. Very grateful."

"Congratulations Rinaldo. Many years of hard work so that patients can have better outcomes."

"Incredible contribution. Hugely deserved accolade."