Xavier MONNET is Professor of Intensive Care at the Paris-South University. He is working in the Medical Intensive Care Unit of the Bicêtre Hospital (Paris-South University Hospitals). Dr Monnet completed his medical studies at the Paris-6 Medical School and he earned his medical degree in 2000, with specialty in Cardiology and Intensive Care Medicine. In 2004 at age 33, he obtained his PhD from the Paris-South University. Dr Monnet’s main fields of research investigation are acute circulatory failure and its treatment, haemodynamic monitoring and heart-lung interactions. Since 2001, he has signed more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and is the author of several didactic reviews and book chapters. Dr Monnet is the General Secretary of the French Intensive Care Society.