January 21, 2010

Sandberg Named Anesthesiology Chair

Warren Sandberg, M.D., Ph. D., associate professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School, will become the new Professor and chair of Anesthesiology, effective in April. Sandberg was identified and recruited through a nationwide search led by Sam Santoro, M.D., Ph.D., Chair of Pathology.

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

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

“As a former chair of Anesthesiology, I am very well aware of the critical role the department plays in so many of our activities as an academic health center. I am confident that Warren Sandberg will be a great leader and colleague,” said Jeff Balser, M.D., Ph. D., Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine.

Sandberg joined the Harvard faculty in 1998. He received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Chicago in 1991, and his M.D. from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine in 1994.

He served his internship at the University of Chicago Hospitals, and was a resident and fellow in the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at Massachusetts General Hospital.

“I have always thought that Vanderbilt would be a place I’d love to be a part of, and I saw this as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Sandberg said. “It’s the people, the organization, the capabilities, and the way the people and the organization think that make it unique in the world,” he said.

Sandberg has a strong clinical and research interest in the development and use of informatics in anesthesiology, and said Vanderbilt’s strong programs in informatics, quality, and health outcomes research were important in his decision to accept the chairmanship.

“This will open exciting vistas for informatics and for the Vanderbilt department of Anesthesiology,” he said.

Sandberg’s wife, Elisabeth H. Sandberg, Ph.D., will also be coming to Vanderbilt. She has accepted a position as Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Science.