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Dr. Barash receives Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Barash receives Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Paul Barash (left) received the SCA Distinguished Service Award from Dr. Steven Konstadt, SCA President, at the 32nd Annual Meeting & Workshops in New Orleans, LA on April 26.

The Distinguished Service Award is given to an individual who has made signal contributions to the specialty of cardiovascular anesthesiology through research, education, service, or some combination of these activities. This year, the Distinguished Service Award was presented to Dr. Paul Barash. During his many years of service to the Society, Dr. Barash was SCA President 1985 – 1987.

About Dr. Barash

Paul Barash, M.D. is currently Professor of Anesthesiology at Yale Medical School and has served as Chair of the Department, as well as Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs. He has been chosen by the residents (2004) as teacher of the Year. In addition to more than three hundred contributions to literature in the form of original scientific publications, reviews book chapters and abstracts, he is Senior Editor of the Clinical Anesthesia series of textbooks and electronic media. The Lippincott-Raven Interactive Anesthesia CD, of which he is Senior Editor, has received the international Folio Award as the best teaching CD in Medicine, Science and Technology. He is also senior editor of the first anesthesia software designed specifically for personal digital assistants (PDA), Clinical Anesthesia for the PDA. As a cardiac anesthesiologist, he has been repeatedly named in the Best Doctors in America publication. Dr. Barash served as Chair of Multicenter Study for Perioperative Ischemia (McSPI) which is the largest group of investigators in the world studying perioperative cardiovascular complications; their publications have appeared in leading medical journals including the New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA. He has served as President of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists, the major professional group for his sub-specialty. In addition, he served as a Senior Examiner for the certification process of the American Board of Anesthesiology. Finally, he serves as consultant to NASA on Perioperative Medicine for Manned Space Flight (Anesthesia Pre and Post Flight Working Group).

Dr. Barash is currently conducting research in two areas: (1) peri-operative cardiovascular anesthesia and (2) healthcare delivery. In particular working with Dr. John Elefteriades (Chief Cardiac Surgery), he is utilizing intra-operative echocardiographic imaging techniques to elucidate the mechanical properties of thoracic aortic aneurysms. Using QA databases and information directly gathered in the operating rooms, Dr. Barash and his team are evaluating the logistics of delivering anesthetic care in an inpatient operating room suite of an academic medical center.

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