department of anesthesia and Perioperative medicine

Iian Sanderson, BM

Iian SandersonThe Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and Health Sciences South Carolina (HSSC) announced today that Iain C. Sanderson, M.D., will join the university and become the Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) for the Center for Health Quality (CHQ), a new Centers of Economic Excellence Program of HSSC. In that capacity he will lead initiatives in medical informatics across the state's four largest health care delivery systems and three research universities.

As an endowed chair in the CHQ, Sanderson will be a leader in the Centers of Economic Excellence program and will have a tenured faculty appointment at MUSC, together with appointments at Clemson and the University of South Carolina. The CHQ is one of several funded SC Centers of Economic Excellence affiliated with HSSC, whose ultimate mission is to improve the health of the population and, through these centers, the economic wellbeing of the state.

Sanderson's primary role is to oversee the development of the information technology infrastructure, data linkages, and protocols needed for the CHQ to carry out its mission to design, develop, implement, and oversee the SC Health Data and Research Portal (SCHDRP) and the CHQ Data Coordinating Center (DCC). He will be among those who lead research efforts that capitalize on the unique resources provided by HSSC. Member institutions will share data for clinical trials and clinical translational research. HSSC proposes to create a system of interoperable medical records with accurate, secure, databases that allow original research on the full spectrum of clinical services.

Sanderson comes from Duke University, where he served in the Department of Anesthesiology for nearly 15 years. Since 2003 he has served as Associate Chief Information Officer (Perioperative systems) for the Duke University Health System. He was responsible for clinical information systems in the perioperative areas of all the Duke affiliated hospitals, including Duke University Hospital, Durham Regional Hospital, the Davis Ambulatory Surgery Clinic and Duke Health Raleigh Hospital. Sanderson is the developer of a software portal, ORview, which is used over two million times a year by staff throughout the Duke hospitals as the main means of processing operating room schedules, anesthesia records, preoperative medical visits, post operative visits, and pharmacy charges. ORview won the ComputerWorld Honor Program's 21st Century Achievement Award for Medicine in 2006.

Sanderson received a BA with First Class Honors in Physiological Sciences for Medicine, Oxford University, England, where he majored in Neurophysiology, Neuropharmacology and Brain Organization. He received his medical degree (B.M, B.Ch.) in Clinical Medicine from the Oxford University Medical School. He subsequently received a Master of Science in the Foundations of Advanced Information Technology from the Imperial College in London, England. He completed his residency in Anesthesiology at the John Radcliffe and other Oxford-affiliated hospitals. He is Board Certified in Anesthesiology in the USA. Sanderson and his wife, Angela, are the parents of three sons.

About Health Sciences South Carolina
Established in April 2004 by the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), the University of South Carolina (USC), Greenville Hospital System and Palmetto Health, Health Sciences South Carolina-the "Collaborative"-was founded with the vision of improving the health and economic wellbeing of South Carolina through a coordinated effort to advance health sciences education and research. The Collaborative is an inclusive public-private partnership that seeks to bring together universities, health systems, and other partners committed to the vision of using health science education and research to drive economic growth and improve the health status of South Carolinians.

About MUSC
Founded in 1824 in Charleston, The Medical University of South Carolina is the oldest medical school in the South. Today, MUSC continues the tradition of excellence in education, research, and patient care. MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and residents, and has nearly 10,000 employees, including 1,300 faculty members. As the largest non-federal employer in Charleston, the university and its affiliates have collective annual budgets in excess of $1.3 billion. MUSC operates a 600-bed medical center, which includes a nationally recognized Children's Hospital and a leading Institute of Psychiatry. For more information on academic information or clinical services, visit or