At Gradian Health Systems, Erica Frenkel works to bring safe anesthesia to hospitals all over the world.
Erica Frenkel helps lead Gradian Health Systems, a social enterprise enabling safe surgery through innovative anesthesia technology. She has been a Peace Corps volunteer, managed the Global Media AIDS Initiative for the Kaiser Family Foundation and helped shape public health initiatives as a consultant for the Clinton Foundation, the Liberian Ministry of Health, Merck Vaccines, and the Wellcome Trust.
“We never think about [anesthesia] until we don't have access to it, and then it becomes a gatekeeper. … Who gets safe surgery and who doesn't?”
“If we could design for the [hospital] environment that exists in so many parts of the world, rather than the one that we wished existed — we might just save a lot of lives.”