Rahul Kashyap, MBA, MBBS, is a physician scientist and division director for research at HCA Healthcare in Brentwood, Tennessee, USA. His clinical research interests include patient outcomes, checklist use in ICU, COVID-19, and sepsis. In his free time, he enjoys working out, traveling, and playing chess and tennis. He has been an active Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) member since 2012 and was appointed vice-chair of the Social Media Committee in 2021. Get to know more about Dr. Kashyap in this member feature.
Why do you love being in critical care?
Critical care is a melting pot for medical specialties. Critical care professionals and scientists have been, currently are, and will continue to be the last line of defense for any pandemic humanity must face.
What do you see as the most challenging issue facing critical care? Good-quality data are needed to practice enhancement and better patient outcomes. Unfortunately, the lack of data standardization and consensus on operational definitions within critical care data is an ongoing challenge.
What is your biggest professional achievement? I’m proud to serve as an SCCM Discovery mentor to many hardworking and smart people. Since 2012, I have been part of medical students’, residents’, fellows’, and junior faculty members’ journeys as they grew in their careers.
One of my proudest moments was helping launch the Discovery Viral Infection and Respiratory Illness Universal Study (VIRUS) COVID-19 Registry.
What advice do you have for those starting their critical care careers? The need for, and importance of, critical care has been highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Choosing it to be your career is making the world a bit safer.
What do you love about SCCM membership?
The SCCM Social Media Committee is bringing people together. Being able to serve on the committee is worth my SCCM membership. Social media connection is a huge advantage of the Society’s network. For example, it is an open secret that the VIRUS COVID-19 Registry came to fruition because of a single tweet sent out by an SCCM member.
What do you believe to be the top benefits of SCCM membership?
Networking, working on cool projects, and making a difference in critical care worldwide.
Connect with @Rahul Kashyap on SCCM Connect or on Twitter @Dr_SRKashyap