Kai Kuck, PhD, ME

Languages

  • Chinese
  • English
  • German

Academic Information

  • Departments: Anesthesiology - Professor

Academic Bio

Throughout my work, I have been involved in the research and development of innovative medical technologies with a focus on anesthesia and critical care. My areas of focus include cardiorespiratory monitoring, intelligent decision support, and ventilation.

My experience covers the whole range from hands-on engineering for hardware, software, algorithm, and graphical user interface development all the way to managing projects, programs, and large teams of researchers. In my last position I oversaw the research of Dräger, the global market leader in anesthesia equipment and critical care ventilation, Since 2014, in my role as Director of Bioengineering at the University of Utah's Department of Anesthesiology, I have the privilege of working closely with clinicians and learning about real-world needs and opportunities for technologies.

Because transforming healthcare increasingly involves innovations at the system and workflow level, this collaborative approach is essential to creating technologies that address real needs in the clinic.

Research Statement

Throughout my work, I have been involved in the research and development of innovative medical technologies with a focus on anesthesia and critical care. My areas of focus include cardiorespiratory monitoring, intelligent decision support, and ventilation.

My experience covers the whole range from hands-on engineering for hardware, software, algorithm, and graphical user interface development all the way to managing projects, programs, and large teams of researchers. In my last position I oversaw the research of Dräger, the global market leader in anesthesia equipment and critical care ventilation, Since 2014, in my role as Director of Bioengineering at the University of Utah's Department of Anesthesiology, I have the privilege of working closely with clinicians and learning about real-world needs and opportunities for technologies.

Because transforming healthcare increasingly involves innovations at the system and workflow level, this collaborative approach is essential to creating technologies that address real needs in the clinic

Education History

Type School Degree
Other Training Babson College Executive Education
Business Management
Doctoral Training University of Utah
Bioengineering
Ph.D.
Graduate Training Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
Biomedical Engineering
M.E.

Global Impact

Education History

Type School Degree Country
Graduate Training Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
Biomedical Engineering
M.E. Germany

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Kuck K, Johnson KB (2017). The Three Laws of Autonomous and Closed-Loop Systems in Anesthesia. Anesth Analg, 124(2), 377-380.
  2. Gorges M, Kuck K, Koch SH, Agutter J, Westenskow DR (2011). A far-view intensive care unit monitoring display enables faster triage. Dimens Crit Care Nurs, 30(4), 206-17.
  3. Gorges M, Westenskow DR, Kuck K, Orr JA (2010). A tool predicting future mean arterial blood pressure values improves the titration of vasoactive drugs. J Clin Monit Comput, 24(3), 223-35.
  4. Haryadi DG, Orr JA, Kuck K, McJames S, Westenskow DR (2000). Partial CO2 rebreathing indirect Fick technique for non-invasive measurement of cardiac output. J Clin Monit Comput, 16(5-6), 361-74.
  5. Baker PD, Westenskow DR, Kuck K (1997). Theoretical analysis of non-invasive oscillometric maximum amplitude algorithm for estimating mean blood pressure. Med Biol Eng Comput, 35(3), 271-8.
  6. Narus SP, Kuck K, Westenskow DR (1995). Intelligent monitor for an anesthesia breathing circuit. Proc Annu Symp Comput Appl Med Care, 96-100.
  7. Farrell RM, Orr JA, Kuck K, Westenskow DR (1992). Differential features for a neural network based anesthesia alarm system. Biomed Sci Instrum, 28, 99-104.

Edited Book

  1. Baas J, Brauer U, Dannhorn DR, Hoffmann W, Kuhn M, Kck K, Pfhler W, Porzsolt F, Schmitz-Rode T, Schweins T, Scriba PC, Sthler CF, Wildau HJ, Wrobel WG (Eds.) (Nov 2012). Schlussbericht Nationaler Strategieprozess Innovationen in der Medizintechnik. Berlin, Germany: Lenkungskreis für den Nationalen Strategieprozess»nnovationen für die Medizintechnik.

Book Chapter

  1. Meyer JU, Kullik G, Wruck N, Kuck K, Manigel J (2008). Advanced technologies and devices for inhalational anesthetic drug dosing. In Schuttler J, Schwilden H (Eds.), Modern Anesthetics, Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology (182). Berlin: Springer.
  2. Kuck K, Haryadi DG, Westenskow DR (1997). Application of artificial neural networks in anesthesiology. In Lake CL, Sperry RJ (Eds.), Advances in Anesthesia (15). Chicago: Mosby.

Conference Proceedings

  1. Kolbay P, Orr J, Kck K (2016). Design and Testing of a Novel Anesthetic Gas Analyzer for use in Low-Resource Areas. October 5-8, 2016. Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN.
  2. Patrick Kolbay, Joseph A Orr, Kck K (2016). A New Era of Anesthetic Equipment. 22nd AnnualFellowship Symposium Utah NASA Space Grant Consortium, 2016, Orem, Utah.
  3. Patrick Kolbay, Joseph Orr, Kck K (2016). Using Hot Wire Anemometry to Determine Isoflurane Gas Concentration. American Society of Anesthesiologists 2016 Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.
  4. Kuck K (2012). Anesthesia and critical care ventilation - The tools of 2020. Technology Time Machine Symposium (TTM), 2012 IEEE DOI: 10.1109/TTM.2012.6509080, Dresden, Germany.
  5. Grges M, Westenskow DR, Kck K, Orr J (2010). Comparison of Nurse and Engineering Student Performance Titrating Sodium-Nitroprusside Using an Advisory System. Proceedings of the 2010 Society for Technology in Anesthesia Annual Meeting, West Palm Beach, FL, West Palm Beach, FL.
  6. Strahle M, Ehlbeck M, Prapavat V, Kuck K, Franz F, Meyer JU (2007). Towards a Service-Oriented Architecture for Interconnecting Medical Devices and Applications. Joint Workshop on High Confidence Medical Devices, Software, and Systems (HCMDSS).

Letter

  1. Kck K, Orr JA, Brewer LM (2003). Noninvasive cardiac output performance improved after sufficient stabilization time following decrease of ventilation [Letter to the editor]. Anesthesiology, 99(6), 1460.

Abstract

  1. Kuck K, Pace NL, Parmer A (2015). Noninvasive Blood Pressure Does Not Estimate Invasive Blood Pressure Well in a Retrospective Study of Noncardiac Surgical Cases. [Abstract]. ASA 2015 Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA. A-1049.
  2. Ermer S, Orr J, Kuck K, Brewer, L (2014). Discord in the Definition of Apnea: An Analysis of Apnea Duration in Sedated Volunteers. [Abstract]. Society of Technology in Anesthesia 2014 Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ.
  3. Strahle M, Ehlbeck M, Prapavat V, Kuck K, Franz F, Meyer JU (2007). Towards a Service-Oriented Architecture for Interconnecting Medical Devices and Applications [Abstract]. Joint Workshop on High Confidence Medical Devices, Software, and Systems HCMDSS 2007.
  4. Mersmann S, Kuck K (2006). Optimizing Workflow Processes in Critical Care Through Automation [Abstract]. Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing, 20(2), 119-120.
  5. Kuck K, Orr JA, Haryadi DG, McJames S, Westenskow DR (1999). CO2 Production is Not a Good Surrogate Cardiac Output Indicator [Abstract]. Anesthesiology, 91(3A), A550.
  6. Johnson KB, Haryadi DG, Orr JA, McJames S, Kuck K, Westenskow DR (1998). Influence of pulmonary edema on noninvasive measurements of cardiac output using partial CO2 rebreathing in a canine model [Abstract]. Anesthesiology, 89(3A), A535.
  7. Kuck K, Haryadi DG, Orr J, Bailey PL (1998). Evaluation of partial re-breathing cardiac output measurement during surgery [Abstract]. Anesthesiology, 89(3A), A542.
  8. Orr JA, Kuck K, Haryadi DG, Jaffe MB (1998). Clinical validation of a new non-invasive breath to breath Fick method for cardiac output estimation [Abstract]. Anesthesiology.
  9. Lemler J, Kuck K, Haryadi D, Baker PD, Westenskow DR (1996). Variability of the blood-pressure k 'constant' in humans [Abstract]. Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing, 12(6), 460-1.
  10. Kuck K, Douglas SC, Westenskow DR (1995). Adaptive cancellation of respiratory noise in esophageal heart sounds [Abstract]. Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing, 11(4), 272.
  11. Haryadi DG, Baker PD, Kuck K, Westenskow DR (1995). Effect of arterial compliance on mean arterial blood pressure estimated from the oscillometric maximum amplitude algorithm [Abstract]. Anesthesiology, 83(3 Suppl. A), A486.
  12. Kuck K, Fine PG, Orr JA, Westenskow DR (1994). Anesthesiologists can detect changes in cardiac output from esophageal heart sounds [Abstract]. Anesthesiology, 81(3A), A1296.
  13. Kuck K, Orr JA, Fine PG, Westenskow DR (1993). Neural networks to estimate cardiac output from phonocardiograms [Abstract]. Anesthesiology, 79(3 Suppl. A), A472.
  14. Baker PD, Kuck K, Orr JA, Westenskow DR (1992). Improved thermodilution cardiac output using neural networks [Abstract]. Anesthesiology, 77(3A), A476.
  15. Orr J, Kck K, Farrell RM, Westenskow DR (1991). Neural Network Breathing Circuit Alarms in An Anesthesia Workstation. [Abstract].
  16. Fine PG, Orr JA, Westenskow DR, Kuck K (1991). A neural network for quantification of air embolism. San Francisco, California, October 26-30 [Abstract].
  17. Fine PG, Orr JA, Westenskow DR, Kuck K (1991). A neural network for quantification of air embolism. Anesthesiology 1991;75:A465 [Abstract]. Anesthesiology, 75, A465.

Newspaper

  1. Kai Kck (April 2016). Das Potenzial der IT ist kaum ausgeschöpft. Health & Care Management, pp. 60-61.

Other

  1. Chandra S, Kuck K (2015). Evaluation of Elastomeric Pumps for Continuous Peripheral Nerve Blocks. ASA 2015 Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA. Scientific and Educational Exhibits ScEdEx03. S28. San Diego, CA.