SAN DIEGO – The American Society of Anesthesiologists
(ASA) today presented Henry Rosenberg, M.D., of Livingston, N. J., with its 2014 Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his contributions to advance patient safety in anesthesiology through his pioneering work in identifying and treating patients with malignant hyperthermia (MH). The award is the highest honor ASA bestows and is presented annually to a member who has transformed the specialty of anesthesiology.
Dr. Rosenberg is director of medical education and clinical research at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J., a Barnabas health facility. He is president and co-founder of the Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the United States (MHAUS), which provides information and clinical guidance on MH to clinicians and patients. MH is a rare, inherited muscle disorder triggered by some commonly used anesthetics.
Early in his career, Dr. Rosenberg began promoting greater awareness of the dangers associated with MH. In 1981, his Philadelphia-based research laboratory was one of only a half-dozen in North America that provided the then-diagnostic test for identifying the disorder.
“Dr. Rosenberg’s dedication to increase awareness of malignant hyperthermia and his national and international prominence in education and research of the disorder are unequaled,” said ASA President J.P. Abenstein, M.S.E.E., M.D. “Because of his contributions, MH is better understood and more promptly diagnosed and treated by anesthesia providers. Countless patients have been saved due to his efforts. He is the driver of patient safety for this difficult disease.”
Dr. Rosenberg has spent much of his career in academia. He is currently a clinical professor of anesthesiology at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark, N.J., and an adjunct professor of anesthesiology at Columbia University School of Medicine in New York. Previously, he served as professor of anesthesiology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and professor and chairman, department of anesthesiology, at both Allegheny University of the Health Sciences and Hahnemann University in Philadelphia.
Dr. Rosenberg has served on several ASA committees and held leadership roles in local and state anesthesiology societies. He is a past-president of the Philadelphia Society of Anesthesiologists. He also served as a senior examiner for the American Board of Anesthesiology.
In line with his passion for research, Dr. Rosenberg has served as editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Anesthesiology
, associate editor of ASA’s journal Anesthesiology
, and on the editorial board of several other peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Rosenberg completed his medical degree at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and his residency in anesthesiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He achieved certification as a Certified Physician Executive by the American College of Physician Executives in 2003.
Dr. Rosenberg has authored more than 200 articles on MH and has been an endowed lecturer at Drexel University in Philadelphia since 2007.
THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
The Distinguished Service Award
is the highest honor the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) bestows. It is presented annually for outstanding clinical, educational or scientific achievement, contribution to the specialty and/or exemplary service to the Society. ASA House of Delegates establishes policies governing the selection of a recipient for the Distinguished Service Award.
THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF ANESTHESIOLOGISTS
Founded in 1905, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is an educational, research and scientific society with more than 52,000 members organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology. ASA is committed to ensuring physician anesthesiologists evaluate and supervise the medical care of patients before, during and after surgery to provide the highest quality and safest care every patient deserves.
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