Kevin K. Tremper, PhD, MD, is currently Robert B. Sweet Professor and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan.
Dr. Tremper obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of Denver, continuing on to complete his Master’s degree and a PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. It was during his PhD that he became interested in the applications of engineering to physiology. He went on to medical school and during his internship at Harbor/UCLA Medical Center became involved in the clinical testing of the first “artificial blood” product in 1981.
In the mid-1990s he initiated a co-development effort with a software company to create a perioperative information management system to be used for patient care, education, and clinical outcomes research. This was purchased by General Electric in 2001 and today the University of Michigan’s Department of Anesthesiology is the development site for General Electric’s perioperative software.
To date the Department of Anesthesiology’s perioperative patient database is one of the largest in the world and has resulted in a series of academic publications determining patients at risk for adverse outcomes. These data are now being used to try to reduce the incidence of these outcomes by adjusting the perioperative care. Most recently, the Department of Anesthesiology has initiated a nationwide perioperative data sharing organization; Multicenter Perioperative Outcomes Group (MPOG) which links 35 academic centers to develop a nationwide database for operative outcomes research. He also is the past Presidents of the Society of Academic Chairmen and the Association of University Anesthesiologists. He has also developed a new physiologic and patient care display system: Alert Watch.