William Hand, M.D., FASA
Clinical Assistant Professor
Clemson University School of Health Research
Vice-Chair of Academics
Department of Anesthesiology
Who is Dr. Hand?
Dr. Hand completed his undergraduate education in applied mathematics at Saint Louis University before attending medical school at Saint Louis University School of Medicine through the medical scholars program. He then spent four years at MUSC in anesthesiology. He joined the MUSC faculty and practiced there for five years. During his time at MUSC he published in two main domains: perioperative crisis management education and arterial waveform assisted fluid administration. Two years ago, he was hired at Prisma Health-Upstate as the academic expectations for the department have increased and was promoted to his current role of Vice Chair of Academics after six months. At Prisma Health, he has worked collaboratively with the department of surgery and has been active with the Health Sciences Center partners in cultivating research ideas. As vice chair, his role is often to connect parties and facilitate research but he is also actively researching cognitive aid and real time feedback techniques to effect protocol compliance in the operating room. He is also working with Clemson researchers trying to identify the best traffic patterns in the operating room in terms of microbial dispersion.
For more information, see his Curriculum Vitae.
How Dr. Hand’s research is transforming health care
Dr. Hand’s current research is aimed at decreasing the duration between scientific advancement and clinical implementation. It is well known that there are several barriers to change of practices, but his current research is trying to prove that specific techniques of information dissemination can (immediately) alter patient care. One area of interest within the perioperative care continuum is a focus on opioid sparing analgesic techniques.
Key Health Research Interest Areas
Cognitive aid, multimodal analgesia, crisis management, anesthesiology, protocol compliance, evidence based medicine