Jay H. Sanders, MD, FACP, FACAAI
Dr. Sanders is President and CEO of The Global Telemedicine Group, Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Adjunct), and a founding board member of the American Telemedicine Association where he serves as President Emeritus. He has served on the NASA Biological and Physical Research Advisory Committee, as a consultant to the NASA Space Communication Center and was the Scientific Director for the NASA Medical Informatics and Technology Applications Commercial Space Center.
Dr. Sanders has also been a consultant to the Army’s Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) at Ft. Detrick, the CIO of the Military Healthcare System, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Air Force Center for Telehealth and Theater Informatics, and was the only civilian member of the Department of Defense Telemedicine Board of Directors with the Surgeon Generals of the Army, Navy, and Air Force. He has served as a consultant to the Southern Governors’ Homeland Security Telehealth Anti-bioterrorism Task Force, and was the Principal Investigator of a grant from the Office of the Secretary of Defense related to First Responder education and standards.
Dr. Sanders was appointed by former Secretary of HHS, Michael Leavitt, to the Chronic Care Workgroup of the American Health Information Community Committee, and during the Clinton Administration he directed the U.S. telemedicine initiatives to the G-8 nations. Additionally, he has been a consultant to the World Health Organization on Health Telematics, as well as a consultant to the Russian Telemedicine Foundation.
Dr. Sanders is a consultant to Vesalius Ventures, a Venture Capital Firm focusing on telehealth, medical informatics, and medical sensors and was a consultant to Columbia University School of Medicine and their Center for Advanced Technology. He was formerly Visiting Professor at Yale University School of Medicine and Professor of Medicine and Surgery and Director of the Telemedicine Program at the Medical College of Georgia, where he held the Eminent Scholar Chair in Telemedicine.
Presently, Dr. Sanders is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Federal Communications Commission Universal Service Administrative Corporation, and is Chairman of its Rural Health Care Committee. He served as a member of the National Library of Medicine’s Long Range Planning Committee and as President and a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the National Library of Medicine. He previously served on the Southern Governors Association Task Force on Medical Technology, the FCC Telemedicine Advisory Committee, and the Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Science Telemedicine Evaluation Committee.
Dr. Sanders earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School Magna Cum Laude and was a member of AOA. He did his residency training at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston where he became Chief Medical Resident, and did a research fellowship in Immunology at the National Institutes of Health. Following residency training, Dr. Sanders joined the University of Miami School of Medicine where he initiated the concept and established the first Division of General Medicine in any Academic Medical Center. As Chief of that Division, he also headed the Medical Intensive Care Unit, the Medical House Staff Program and the Medical Division of the Emergency Department. He attained the rank of Professor of Medicine within six years after the completion of his Chief Residency, and was Chief of Medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital, the largest teaching hospital in the Southeastern United States.
Dr. Sanders has spent the majority of his professional career involved in teaching, patient care and health care research. He has spent over 30 years in the development and implementation of telecommunications and information technologies as a means of addressing the problems relating to quality, cost and access to care that now plague our health care system. He was the Principal Investigator of a grant from the NSF that represented the first application of telemedicine into correctional healthcare, and in 1991 he designed the telemedicine system for the State of Georgia that interfaced with rural hospitals, public health facilities, correctional institutions, ambulatory health care centers, military bases and public school classrooms. This was the first statewide telemedicine program in the country and served as the model for many other states to follow. He initiated a project at the Medical College of Georgia in 1993, in coordination with Georgia Tech where he had an appointment as Senior Research Scientist that provided the first Tele-homecare technology application in the United States. Named the “Electronic House Call”, the system allowed practitioners the ability to examine their patients over a T.V. interface in their homes, and the elderly in nursing homes.
The author of numerous articles on telemedicine, Dr. Sanders was an Associate Editor of the Telemedicine and e-Health Journal, and has served on the editorial boards of the Telemedicine Newsletter, Telemedicine Report, The Telemedicine Connection, Telemedicine and Telehealth Networks and Telemedicine and Virtual Reality. He is also an editor of the book, “Telemedicine: Theory and Practice” a Charles C. Thomas publication. Dr. Sanders is a consultant for many academic, governmental, public and industrial organizations nationally and internationally.