SABM President's Award

The SABM President’s Award is presented annually at the Society’s Annual Meeting in recognition of those who have made outstanding medical, scientific and/or educational contributions to patient blood management and that have contributed to the public good in the area of blood safety and the reduction of unnecessary transfusions.

2018 President's Award Winner

Professor Hans Gombotz

Trustee of International Foundation for Patient Blood Management and former head of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care at Linz General Hospital, Prof. Hans Gombotz, has received the SABM President’s Award 2018.

IFPBM Trustee, Prof. Hans Gombotz, states: “I am both honoured and humbled to receive the SABM President’s Award 2018. It is thrilling for me to see Patient Blood Management being accepted around the world as the gold standard of practice.”

Prof. Gombotz has a long history with Patient Blood Management in Europe. From 2005 to 2010 he was the principal investigator of the First and Second Austrian Benchmark Studies on Blood Use in Elective Surgery and in 2010 he developed Austria’s first Postgraduate Patient Blood Management Course at the University of Graz.

From 2013 to 2016 he was the Chairman of the Patient Blood Management Project of the European Commission, managing pilot projects in five European University Hospitals. The project included developing an official Patient Blood Management hospital implementation guide and an official guide for Health Authorities for Building National Patient Blood Management Programs.

He was also responsible for the implementation of Austria’s first hospital-wide Patient Blood Management program at the General Hospital Linz, Austria and was a Member of the International Faculty of the Western Australia Department of Health Patient Blood Management Project from 2008 to 2012.

Prof. Gombotz has also been a Trustee of IFPBM since formation in 2016.

Past President's Award Recipients

Victor Ferraris, MD

Prof. Jacques Lacroix

John Freedman, MD

Richard B. Weiskopf, MD

Lawrence Goodnough, MD

Sharon Vernon, RN

Richard K. Spence, MD

John W. Adamson, MD

Professor Justo Medrano

James Isbister, MD

Konrad Messmer, MD

Harvey J. Alter, MD

Michael Busch, MD and Steven Kleinman, MD

The Honorable Horace Krever

Denton Cooley, MD

Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania

Kathleen J. Sazama Award

This award is created In recognition of Dr. Sazama’s bold insights in the field of medical ethics, her selfless dedication to the fostering of individual growth, her steadfast and responsible stewardship through change, and her tireless leadership in the field of patient blood management.

The recipient will have:

  • Exemplified the high standards and qualities set by its namesake
  • Demonstrated commitment to patient rights, autonomy, and informed choice
  • Shown strength of character to lead with progressive evidence based thinking, even if contrary to popular belief
  • Selflessly served with the well-being of the patient as the ultimate goal
  • Demonstrated consistent dedication to progress in the field of patient blood management

2018 Kathleen J. Sazama Award Winner

Aryeh Shander, MD, FCCM, FCCP, FASA

Dr. Shander is the Emeritus Chief Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, Englewood, New Jersey. He is an adjunct Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology, Medicine and Surgery, at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, and he is a Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Rutgers Medical School, New Jersey.

Dr. Shander is a founding member and a Past President for the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management (SABM), and is a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine and the American College of Chest Physicians. He is a founding member of the Board of Directors and is a Past President for the National Anemia Action Council (NAAC). Dr. Shander is also a founding member of the American Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists (ASCCA) where he serves on committees, both locally and nationally, and in addition, is a member of the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) where he served as Chair of the Committee on Patient Blood Management.

Dr. Shander’s publications have appeared in several prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals. In addition, he is the author/editor of multiple book chapters and contributes to textbooks on blood management.

Past Kathleen J. Sazama Award Winners

Sherri Ozawa, RN

Nathaniel Isonguyo Usoro, MD

Scott A. Scheinin, MD

Shannon Farmer

Lawrence Tim Goodnough, MD

Kathleen J. Sazama, MD