Lewis H. Wright Memorial Lecture
Fair Recollections of Paul Meyer Wood, M.D.: A Towering Pioneer of Anesthesiology
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
12:40 - 1:50 p.m.
George S. Bause, M.D., M.P.H.
The Lewis H. Wright Memorial Lecture of the Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology (WLM) honors Dr. Lewis Wright, a distinguished pioneer in American anesthesiology, who gave of himself tirelessly to dignify and accredit the discipline of anesthesiology as a clinical science and medical specialty. Focused on Dr. Wright’s dear friend and colleague, WLM Founder Paul M. Wood, M.D., the 2013 lecture will be delivered by WLM Honorary Curator George S. Bause, M.D., M.P.H., clinical associate professor of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine, and of oral and maxillofacial surgery, Case Western Reserve University.
Dr. Bause was the visiting 1975-76 Andrew Mutch Scholar to Scotland’s research nuclear reactor. He earned physics honors at the University of Edinburgh before returning to Pennsylvania’s Ursinus College for his B.S. cum laude (Biophysics, 1977). An Evers Zepp Scholar, he earned simultaneously his M.P.H. and M.D. (1981) at Johns Hopkins University before completing an anesthesiology residency there. Specializing “in the aging of the patient and in the aging of the specialty,” Dr. Bause drafted America’s first geriatric anesthesia fellowship (1984-85, Hopkins-NIH) while curating anesthesia departmental museums at Johns Hopkins and later at Yale. Since 1987, as a professor from Yale and then Case Western Reserve University, he has curated the ASA’s WLM. Dubbed “Anesthesia’s Indiana Jones,” Dr. Bause has (legally) smuggled or shipped anesthetic antiquities back to the WLM from all seven continents. Among his 400-plus publications, the most popular are the “Anesthesiology Reflections” that Dr. Bause composes as an associate editor for Anesthesiology. A member of the Triple Nine Society, National Eagle Scout Association, American Osler Society, and Academy of Anesthesiology, Dr. Bause has been honored as a fellow by 10 international societies. However, Dr. Bause considers his greatest honor to be delivering this lecture, on the 50th anniversary of the WLM’s opening in Illinois, as a memorial to Paul Meyer Wood, M.D. (1894-1963).