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Outstanding Achievement in Anesthesiology

Curator: Larry H Bernstein, MD, FCAP

 

Thomas J. Rick, MD, for Outstanding Achievements in Anesthesiology and Pain Management

The International Association of HealthCare Professionals has carefully selected Thomas J. Rick, MD, to represent anesthesiology in their publication, The Leading Physicians of the World.  Dr. Rick’s selection is a significant representation of his enduring passion and complete dedication for the field of anesthesiology and pain management. He is considered to be among the best throughout his 19 years in practice.

A well versed and respected anesthesiologist and pain management physician practicing in Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. Rick features a track record of achievements that have marked his 19-year professional journey in his challenging specialty. In a relaxed and friendly setting with accommodating support staff, Dr. Rick receives his at Thomas J. Rick, MD PC, his well equipped private office where he deals with anesthetic and pain management services for patients undergoing surgeries. While he primarily devotes his time to his office in Phoenix, he additionally provides anesthesiology-related services to patients of the St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, also in Phoenix, Arizona.

Dr. Rick embraced a career in medicine upon completing his medical degree in 1994 at Hahnemann University Hospital. His postgraduate training led him to the University of Arizona and his continuing learning enhanced his certification in anesthesiology by the American Board of Anesthesiology. As an affirmation of his commitment to education and his desire to advance by adapting his practice to the latest discoveries and technologies in his field, Dr. Rick joined the American Society of Anesthesiology and the Arizona Society of Anesthesiology. An active man in his free time, passionate by tennis, fitness, and drums, he attributes his exceptional success to his availability, as well affordability and accessibility of service.

Stanford Medical School

Myer “Mike” Rosenthal

  • Ellis N. Cohen Award for Outstanding Achievement in Anesthesiology, Stanford University Department of Anesthesia (1980)
  • Jack R. Collins Memorial Award for Outstanding Leadership in Anesthesia Education, Dannemiller Society (1990)
  • Kaiser Award for Clinical Teaching, Stanford University School of Medicine (1991, 2004)
  • Board of Directors (President and Chairman of Board – 2001-2004), Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (2000 – 2009)
  • Director (President – 1997-1998), American Board of Anesthesiology (1986 – 1998)
  • Medical Director of Intensive and Intermediate Intensive Care Units, Stanford University Hospital (1975 – 1997)

Arthur Bert, MD

Senior staff anesthesiologist, Rhode Island Hospital

Arthur Bert, MD, has served as director of cardiac anesthesia (1986-2002) at Rhode Island Hospital and as director of pediatric cardiac anesthesia (1996-2005) at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Bert continues to pursue his interests in adult and pediatric cardiovascular and thoracic anesthesia as a senior staff anesthesiologist. He is a clinical professor of surgery (anesthesiology) at the the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. He also holds the position of director of experimental cardiac surgery, anesthesiology and cardiac imaging at the cardiac surgery research laboratories of Children’s Mercy Hospital, in Kansas City, MO, where he is part of a funded research team that is growing tissue-engineered heart valves. He is a consultant anesthesiologist at Women & Infants Hospital for neonatal anesthesia.

Education

Bert graduated as president of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. He served as a resident in internal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and was awarded the Dr. Nathan Sidel Prize for outstanding achievement. He completed his anesthesia residency and an adult cardiac anesthesia fellowship at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, followed by a pediatric anesthesia fellowship at Children’s Hospital Boston.

Board Certification

Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology (1985) and re-certified in 2008

Testamur of the National Board of Echocardiography in Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography (1998)

Diplomate (2006) and re-certified in 2007

Awards

Top Physicians, Rhode Island Monthly magazine (2000, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008)

Guide to America’s Top Physicians, Consumers’ Research Council of America, Washington, DC (2005, 2006)

Teaching Recognition Award, Brown Medical School (2005)

Dr. Charles A. Hill Award from the RI Medical Society (2006)

Interests

Applications of transesophageal echocardiography to intraoperative patient management

Techniques of reducing blood product transfusions during surgery

Cerebral function monitoring during general anesthesia

Research: Echocardiographic evaluation of tissue-engineered valve function

ASA Award for Excellence in Research

Henrik Kehlet, M.D., Ph.D.

The annual ASA Award for Excellence in Research recognizes an individual for outstanding achievement in research that has or is likely to have an important impact on the practice of anesthesiology.

The individual’s work must represent a body of original, mature and sustained contribution to the advancement of the science of anesthesiology. The nominee need not be a physician, an anesthesiologist or a member of ASA, but must be presently engaged in research related to anesthesiology, academically accomplished with peer-reviewed publications and funded research, and nominated in response to a call for nominations. The completed application must include the nominee’s current curriculum vitae, a letter of nomination and a seconding letter from two individuals with an understanding of the research contributions of the individual.

The 2014 Award for Excellence in Research was presented to Henrik Kehlet, M.D., Ph.D., at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting in New Orleans on Monday, October 13, 2014. Dr. Kehlet is a Professor at Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen University, Denmark.

Dr. Kehlet is known for his research and writing in surgical pathophysiology, surgical stress response and the transition from acute to chronic pain, among other topics.

Henrik Kehlet, M.D., Ph.D. is perhaps the most well-known surgeon among physician anesthesiologists around the world due to his substantial contributions toward the understanding of surgical pathophysiology. After Dr. Kehlet completed his medical studies and surgical residency at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, he enrolled in a Ph.D. program within the same institution, authoring a thesis pertaining to the study of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical function in glucocorticoid-treated surgical patients. Dr. Kehlet served as the Chief of Surgery and Professor of Surgery, Copenhagen University at Hvidovre University Hospital from 1989 to 2004. He was subsequently appointed as a Professor of Perioperative Therapy and Head of the Section for Surgical Pathophysiology at the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen. Dr. Kehlet continues to be an extremely prolific writer, having authored more than 950 scientific articles covering topics of surgical pathophysiology, acute pain physiology and pharmacotherapy, surgical stress response, regional anesthesia and analgesia, perioperative immune function, fast-track surgery and the transition from acute to chronic pain.

Dr. Kehlet’s research led to the creation of the concept of fast-track surgery, or enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS), with the aim of painless and safe surgeries. His work related to pain relief and surgical outcomes led to the multimodal analgesia approach of combining different analgesics for better pain control and fewer side effects that is widely used today. Dr. Kehlet also is credited with the concept of pre-emptive analgesia, or administering an analgesic prior to surgical injury in order to decrease the intensity and duration of postoperative pain. In addition to his many contributions to perioperative pain management, Dr. Kehlet is responsible for establishing the first nationwide hernia database in Denmark, with the purpose of optimizing outcomes and documenting different approaches to improve care.

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