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Dr. Warren S. Sandberg Receives Cooper Award

Partners Healthcare ExpoDr. Warren Sandberg is the recipient of the 2009 Jeffrey B. Cooper Award for Anesthesia Patient Safety.

According to Dr. Bob Peterfreund, the award has two purposes.

"The first purpose is to recognize and honor the contributions of Jeff Cooper to this department, to the entire specialty of anesthesia, and, more broadly, to the safe care of patients receiving any medical, treatment," Dr. Peterfreund said.

The second purpose is to recognize efforts in patient safety and quality of care within the department.

The award, which was presented June 11, 2009, at Grand Rounds, is named in honor of Dr. Jeffrey Cooper, who recently retired after 14 years as the Director of Biomedical Engineering for Partners. Dr. Cooper's accomplishments included helping to establish the Center for Medical Simulation and co-founding the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation, Dr. Peterfreund said.

Established in 2009, the award will be presented annually.

Dr. Sandberg was honored for his work in helping the department to adopt new technologies, including video bronchoscopy for fiberoptic intubation, OR ultrasound for vascular access, and needle-free custom IV sets, catheters and central line kits to DACCPM ORs. His work is gaining recognition both in the U.S. and abroad, Dr. Peterfreund said.

"Like Dr. Cooper, he brings a highly analytic and quantitative approach to the problems he addresses," Dr. Peterfreund said.

Dr. Sandberg was also honored for his work as an educator. He mentors junior faculty members and trainees, directs the CA1 airway course and coordinates the Mass General-Brigham and Women's Hospital joint airway workshop, among other activities.

"I was incredibly honored to receive this award," Dr. Sandberg said.

Dr. Sandberg hopes to increase efficiency and safety in the OR.

"Our goal is to create robust systems that can be used by anybody," he said.

Related Links:

Warren S. Sandberg faculty profile

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