In 2009 Health Leaders magazine named him to its annual "20 People Who Make Healthcare Better". At age 5½ he had his first public appearance, as a performing magician. He has earned degrees from Brown University, Ohio State College of Medicine, Harvard School of Public Health, and trained at Boston City Hospital and Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital (now Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center).
He worked for six years as chief medical informatics officer at Cisco, where he provided both internal and external health Information Technology leadership and helped key healthcare customers with business and clinical transformation using Information Technology. His prior position was Chief Medical Officer for Zix Corporation, where he led work to establish leadership in secure e-mail and e-prescribing.
Doctor Sands has been elected to fellowship in both the American College of Physicians and the American College of Medical Informatics, and is a founder and co-chair of the Society for Participatory Medicine.