Articles  |   September 2013
Sachin Kheterpal, M.D., M.B.A., Recipient of the 2013 Presidential Scholar Award
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Cardiovascular Anesthesia / Gastrointestinal and Hepatic Systems / Technology / Equipment / Monitoring / Quality Improvement / Articles
Articles   |   September 2013
Sachin Kheterpal, M.D., M.B.A., Recipient of the 2013 Presidential Scholar Award
ASA Monitor 09 2013, Vol.77, 30-32.
ASA Monitor 09 2013, Vol.77, 30-32.
In 1998 our Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan entered into a co-development effort to build a perioperative anesthesia information management system (AIMS) with a small, local medical software company named Systems Engineering Consults (SEC, Inc.) (Ann Arbor, Michigan). Every Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. I met with the project manager, Michael O’Reilly, M.D. (then the head of our liver transplant team, now Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care at the University of California, Irvine); Vik Kheterpal, the president of SEC, Inc.; and Sachin Kheterpal, his younger brother, cofounder and chief operating officer of SEC, Inc. at Espresso Royal Café coffee shop to review and revise the software and clinical content. This continued for approximately two years, at which time we had completed a preoperative evaluation, intraoperative module and other aspects of a comprehensive system. During this time, I understood that Sachin Kheterpal was the lead product designer on the project and wrote code, but it wasn’t for another year that I became aware that he was also in medical school at the University of Michigan. Sachin graduated from medical school in 1999 and rather than pursuing a clinical residency, he chose to continue his health care information technology career. Sachin received the Hewlett-Packard Award, given to the top five graduating medical students each year. I joked that Sachin would use the accompanying classic Hewlett-Packard stethoscope to diagnose hard drive problems rather than cardiac auscultation. Little did I realize that he would eventually put that stethoscope to clinic use.
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