AAAC Candidate – Sandberg

Warren S. Sandberg, M.D., Ph.D.

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Warren Sandberg is Professor of Anesthesiology, Surgery, and Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He has conducted basic, clinical and operations research in successful teams for the past 25 years. This diverse scientific background along with a track record of project leadership, mentorship and publication ultimately led to the post of Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Sandberg received his Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology, and his M.D. from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. He served his internship at the University of Chicago Hospitals and was a resident/fellow in the Department of Anesthesia/Critical Care at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Sandberg served on the Harvard faculty from 1998 until 2010, when he became Chair at Vanderbilt. Previously, Dr. Sandberg led the Operating Room of the Future Project, a longitudinal comparative effectiveness study of the impact of new technology and perioperative workflow on OR process variables such as utilization and efficiency, and personnel satisfaction. “Operating Room of the Future” concepts have diffused into many highly effective hospitals, and replications of this root project have been reported in the peer reviewed literature. At Vanderbilt, Dr. Sandberg pursues clinical practice, research and administration. Specific research interests include: factors affecting physician-patient communication, patient care technology, perioperative systems design and OR workflow management. Administrative interests include: fiscal control, optimizing the value delivered in anesthesiology, and novel arenas where anesthesiologists can compete.

Most recently, Dr. Sandberg has focused on implementation of real-time process monitoring and process control in perioperative medicine, which is a core strength at Vanderbilt. His goal is to encourage forward thinking clinicians to leverage the already-present informatics, quality improvement and clinical innovation capabilities of the institution to develop a world class anesthesiology perioperative medicine program, supported by strong processes and technology. The department’s successes are visible in the institution-wide roll-ups of LOS reduction and patient satisfaction improvements, and through original research publications.