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Nat Sims


Nathaniel Sims, MD, is a clinician, teacher, cardiac anesthesiologist and physician advisor to Biomedical Engineering at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and an advisor to Humatics.

In addition to his MGH post, Nat an Assistant Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School. He is a strategic and hands-on innovator who has developed numerous technologies that make patient care safer and more efficient. Working with interdisciplinary teams involving biomedical engineering, nursing, and various hospital departments, Nat and colleagues have pioneered improvements in patient monitoring, patient transport and error-free intravenous drug delivery systems.

Nat developed the original concepts for “Smart Drug Infusion Pumps” at MGH in 1992 and implemented them clinically in 1997. His career focus has been in developing advanced systems technologies to improve safety and patient care while reducing cost.

Nat holds numerous U.S. patents (rights assigned to MGH) and has used licensing revenues to create an Innovation Support Center and an Innovation Fund at MGH. Dr. Sims is the 2006 winner of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Foundation Laufman/Greatbatch Prize for his significant contributions to the advancement of medical instrumentation through development of smart drug infusion pump technology and flexible monitoring systems. He is a 2011 recipient of the AAMI Standards Developer Award and is also Vice-Chair for Research and a Board Member of AAMI.