Affiliation: Anesthesia and Perioperative Care UCSF, San Francisco, United States;
Biography: Dr. Gropper is Professor and Chair of the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care at UCSF. He is also Professor of Physiology and Senior Investigator in the Cardiovascular Research Institute. Previously, he served as Director of Critical Care Medicine for UCSF Medical Center. He received his PhD in Respiratory Physiology from UCSF followed by MD from UCLA. Dr. Gropper then trained in Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine at UCSF, where he has remained. He is also Past President of the Executive Medical Board of UCSF Medical Center. Dr. Gropper has a longstanding interest in improving outcomes in critically ill patients and has spearheaded successful efforts to reduce hospital-acquired harms in the ICU, especially catheter associated bloodstream infections (CABSI) and ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP). His research interests are in the area of acute respiratory failure, severe sepsis, transfusion lung injury, and teamwork and communication in the ICU. Dr. Gropper is Principal Investigator of Project EMERGE at UCSF, a comprehensive program to prevent harm and engage ICU patients and families in their care. The project, is funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Using a systems engineering approach, Project Emerge blends technology, workflow, and culture, leveraging real-time data from the electronic health record to identify patients at risk for harm. A unique aspect of EMERGE is the elevation of two specific harms: failure to treat patients with respect and dignity, and failure to provide care in alignment with patients wishes, to the same importance as preventing more traditional harms such as CABSI, VAP, or DVT/PE. Project EMERGE is a collaborative effort between UCSF and Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Gropper has authored over 130 peer-reviewed publications, and has received both NIH and private foundation funding for these projects.
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