Área Metabolismo

Anesthetic research group

Francisco Javier Belda Nácher

Dr. Belda is the chairman of the Anesthesiology and Resuscitation Service at the Hospital Clínico Universitario in Valencia and is a Professor of Anesthesiology in the Surgery Department at the University of Valencia. He directs the INCLIVA Anesthesia Research Group. 

He has a long academic and professional career; he received his doctorate with cum laude honors from the University of Bologna, Italy, and has accumulated more than 400 Continuing Medical Education credits in different countries in the European Union and United States. 

As a clinician he has devoted his life to handling patients in critical care, and has especially dedicated himself to developing ventilator strategies for lung injuries and hemodynamic monitoring and handling. The Resuscitation Unit at the Hospital Clínico Universitario in Valencia where he currently works, receives an average of 1200 admissions a year. In the anesthesia field, he has recently been working on cardiac anesthesia using inhaled agents. He is also a specialist in anesthetic circuits and anesthetic gases (including Xenon). His research on supplementary oxygen administration to reduce post-surgical infections (published in JAMA 2005) is especially worth highlighting because it is now a world reference in the field. 

In terms of research, he has produced a lot of physiological studies in the field of ventilation and collaborates with other highly prestigious national and international groups; he was funded by public institutions to undertake research sabbaticals at the Radcliffe Infirmary (Oxford University) in 1984 and the Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard University) in 2006. He led the PICS group (researchers implementing [PiCCO™] transpulmonary thermodilution hemodynamic monitoring methods) and he participated in the Spanish Hospitals for Lung Injury Study (HELP; Hospitales Españoles para el estudio de la Lesión Pulmonar) network in 2008. Since 2006 he has contributed to more than 30 national and international research projects financed by competitive grants from public and private entities. This activity has resulted in the publication of over 150 original articles in scientific journals, and he has edited 12 books and written around 120 book chapters. 

He is also currently a reviewer for high-impact medical journals (JAMA, Lancet) and for the most relevant journals in his field of specialization (Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine, Intensive Care Medicine, Anesthesia and Analgesia, and many others) as well as being an Editorial Board member for several journals. He is a member of the Spanish Society of Anesthesia, Resuscitation, and Pain Therapy (SEDAR; Sociedad Española de Anestesiología, Reanimación y Terapéutica del Dolor) Scientific Committee, and is a former member of the European Society of Anesthesiology (ESA) Respiration and Airway Management Sub-Committee and the American Thoracic Society (ATS) Critical Care Program. 

As a Professor, he has led 16 doctoral theses, all of them receiving the highest rating, and he has directed many courses, such as the Mechanical Ventilation Course which received the highest recognition for excellence in Spain and celebrates its 20th year in 2015. He has been a guest lecturer at the European Academy of Anesthesiology and the ESA, and plays an active role in the International Tribunal for candidates hoping to obtain the European Diploma in Anesthesia. Finally, Dr. Belda has participated in over 500 conferences, courses, seminars, and other teaching activities as a guest lecturer, on five continents. 


  • Validation of a universal definition of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). 
  • Description of the effect sevoflurane has on the inflammatory response and improvement of oxygenation in ARDS. 
  • Identification of the biological risk factors that can predict cytomegalovirus infection in critical patients. 
  • Identification of plasmatic molecular factors that act locally and remotely in pre- and post- cardiac surgery remote conditioning to ischemia reperfusion. 
  • Description of a perioperative objective-guided hemodynamic treatment for reducing complications after major abdominal surgery. 
  • Consolidation of new alternatives for autologous blood transfusion.