At the time this profile was written, Ashish K. Khanna, MD, FCCP, FCCM, served as an anesthesiologist in the Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine and Outcomes Research Department of the Surgical ICU and Center for Critical Care at the Cleveland Clinic and as assistant professor of anesthesiology at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. He also served as vice-chair for research at the Center for Critical Care and the quality director for CCHS-Select Medical JV, in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
For the past two years, Dr. Khanna has been performing educational outreach in India to promote best critical care practices. He teaches and works with the residents and educators at his former institution of training, the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in Chandigarh, focusing on improving systems, administrative flow, patient intake mechanisms, quality improvement measures, protocols, and other avenues to improve practice in that environment.
“I was proud of my alma mater and the strong foundations that my initial teachers had provided me and inspired me to pursue critical care medicine as a specialty. I decided that I would want to somehow give back to the place that had made me what I am today,” shared Dr. Khanna.
In addition to his work on the ground in India, he also established long-distance programs to continue aiding in promoting best care practices. Dr. Khanna collaborated with the Society of Critical Care Medicine to provide its Virtual Critical Care Rounds (VCCR) podcast material to his GMCH colleagues and supported trainees with their VCCR module education.
This year, Dr. Khanna joined the Global Sepsis Alliance (GSA), a nonprofit charity organization whose aim is to raise awareness of sepsis worldwide and reduce sepsis deaths. Dr. Khanna has been involved in supporting the GSA’s efforts to manage sepsis in resource-limited environments, speaking on the subject and supporting plans to teach and offer training in India. Through these efforts, Dr. Khanna aims to teach trainees and encourage resident and fellow participation, along with mobilizing these colleagues in resource-limited areas to give back to their communities and improve the care of patients with sepsis.
Learn more about the Global Sepsis Alliance at global-sepsis-alliance.org.
As part of its special Giving Issue, the Society of Critical Care Medicine sought to profile members of the critical care community who are giving back to their communities in all kinds of ways. Are you or someone you know working to make a difference? Share your story for a future issue