Associate Professor in Anesthesia, University of California San Francisco
Seema Gandhi, MD is an associate clinical professor of anesthesiology at the University of California – San Francisco. She did her medical training at Bombay University before undergoing an anesthesia residency at the UCH & Royal Free School of Anesthesia as well as at the University of California – San Francisco. She has been a faculty member at UCSF since graduation from residency and has been an associate professor of anesthesia since 2016. She has held numerous positions including being a committee member of the ASA Environmental Task Force. She has an interest in waste reduction in hospital operating rooms as well as reducing the carbon footprint of anesthetics. She has piloted multiple sustainability projects at UCSF including projects aimed at reducing the carbon emissions from inhaled anesthetics and reducing energy utilization in unoccupied operating rooms.
Getting started with greening the operating room can be a daunting task. Front-line clinicians in the fast-paced, high-intensity operating room (OR) environment face many challenges. Engaging clinicians in green practices and encouraging sustainable culture change is a process that requires thoughtful, ongoing efforts. Many change endeavors fail, and lead to employee dissatisfaction, inefficiencies, or issues […]