School of Engineering and Computer Science
Kevin Tremper, BSCHE '71
Dr. Tremper obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of Denver. After completing his BSChE at Denver he obtained a Master’s degree and a PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. During his PhD he became interested in the applications of engineering to physiology. He decided to attend medical school with a career goal of applying his engineering background to a career in academic medicine. During medical school he conducted research on various techniques for continuously monitoring oxygenation in patients. He was granted an early three-year graduation from medical school and took a surgical internship at Harbor/UCLA Medical Center. During this internship and a critical care research fellowship to follow, he conducted further studies in animals and critically ill patients on various techniques for continuously monitoring oxygen and carbon dioxide. Because of this interest in tissue oxygen measurement and oxygen monitoring, he became involved in the clinical testing of the first “artificial blood” product in 1981.
In January of 1981 he began a residency in Anesthesiology at UCLA Medical Center. Upon completion of his residency, he returned to the University of California, Irvine as a faculty member in the Department of Anesthesiology. He remained Associate Professor and Chair until 1990 when he accepted the position of Professor and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan where he continues today.
After approximately 15 years of research on continuous monitoring of respiratory gases, he switched his research emphasis to information systems to manage clinical data for acute perioperative care. 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 co-development partner was purchased by General Electric in 2001 and to date the Department of Anesthesiology’s perioperative patient database is one of the largest in the world