A Wonderful Milestone: Celebrating the Association of University Anesthesiologists’ $1 Million Lifetime Giving to FAER

December 14, 2022

It is FAER’s great pleasure to highlight the Association of University Anesthesiologists (AUA) for surpassing $1 million in donations to FAER in 2021. Formed in 1953 to foster research and new ideas within the academic community, the more senior AUA stepped forward as one of FAER’s earliest donors following the younger Foundation’s formation in 1986. Since making its first gift to FAER in 1988, the AUA has remained a staunch ally and supporter in the decades since, increasing its level of giving as time went on.

Earlier this year, FAER President James C. Eisenach, MD, spoke on the AUA and its support in a short video to be presented at the AUA’s annual meeting. FAER is excited to share this video with you now.

In addition to Dr. Eisenach’s video above, he and leadership from both the AUA and FAER also shared their thoughts on this incredible million dollar milestone.

“As President of the Association of University Anesthesiologists (AUA), I cannot praise the efforts and success of FAER highly enough. FAER has been a critical force for good in launching the careers of academic anesthesiologists, many of whom go on to be elected to the AUA. As a former FAER awardee myself, I know first-hand what a transformative role these early grants can play. Thank you, FAER, for your commitment to academic anesthesiology. The AUA is proud to support you and looks forward to our continued work together to shape the future of our field.”
 - George Mashour, MD, PhD; AUA President

“FAER has been the launching pad for a vast number of careers in academic Anesthesiology. FAER launched my academic career through its New Investigator Award, and I subsequently presented my project at AUA. While serving many roles as a Board member at FAER and now the Chair-Elect, I have had the honor of witnessing the launch of many academic careers. As President-Elect of AUA, I have had the honor of witnessing and highlighting their continued academic success. The AUA is a proud supporter of the amazing work accomplished by FAER through its grants and programs! Our shared guiding principles must be nurtured and maintained!”
 - Dolores Njoku, MD; AUA President-Elect; FAER Board Chair-Elect

“It bears repeating that every FAER achievement is thanks to our donors. In turn, I am proud to share these achievements with the AUA and recognize them for the incredible generosity they have shown FAER over the years. Achieving $1 million in giving to FAER as of 2021, AUA donations alone are equivalent to no less than four fully funded Mentored Research Training Grants for early career investigators, or 200 medical students sponsored to take part in the Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship. While the AUA’s donations have gone to FAER, it is the whole of anesthesiology and medicine that benefits. I hope you will join me in expressing my deepest gratitude to the AUA for all they do for the specialty and the researchers leading it into the future.”
 - Roger Johns, MD, MHS, PhD; FAER Board Chair

“I want to thank the AUA for their incredible support of academic medicine in our specialty, in particular, their commitment to excellence in research and support for the work of FAER in helping start flourishing research careers among physician scientists. AUA's size is modest and that they have donated over $1 million to FAER over the years is a testament to not only the AUA leadership, but the membership as well. FAER and AUA overlap in our missions, have collaborated in many ways, and are exploring yet more ways to collaborate and to envision a nurturing home for research excellence and mentoring at all stages of a research career. We at FAER are so grateful to the AUA and look forward to this enduring partnership.”
 - James C. Eisenach, MD; FAER President

FAER’s work is made possible by the profound generosity of donors like the AUA. On behalf of the numerous early career researchers who have benefited from FAER funding, join us in expressing our deepest gratitude to the AUA for its part in fostering the future of anesthesiology, research, and medicine.

FAER is a related organization of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). For over 35 years, FAER has been dedicated to developing the next generation of physician-investigators in anesthesiology. Charitable contributions and support to FAER help fuel the future of anesthesiology through scientific discovery. Funding priorities include: Research, Education, and Training. At the time of this article's publication, FAER has awarded more than $53 million in research grants and programs since 1986. To donate to FAER, visit FAER.org/donate.

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Date of last update: December 13, 2022