Phillip Bridenbaugh, MD, professor emeritus and former chair of UCís department of anesthesiology, has received the 1st annual Nicholas Greene Humanitarian Award from the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). The award is given to an individual for their humanitarian contributions for outstanding volunteer service. This award recognizes Bridenbaugh for his 10 years of service to the Overseas Teaching Program of the ASA. The mission of this program is to "support and encourage anesthesia training in existing programs in developing countries."
Bridenbaugh led the department of anesthesiology from 1977 to 2003. He served as the president of the Ohio Society of Anesthesiologists from 1991 to 1992, as the president of the ASA from 1996 to 1997 and has held many offices in other anesthesia societies including the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and the Society of Academic Anesthesia Chairmen.
His other honors include the Gaston Labat Award by the American Society of Regional Anesthesia in 1993, the Distinguished Service Award by the Ohio Society of Anesthesiologists in 1999 and the Heidbrink Award by the American Dental Society of Anesthesiologists in 2004.
Bridenbaugh has authored 92 journal articles and has served on the editorial boards of many publications including Regional Anesthesia, Anesthesiology, Anesthesia and Analgesia and Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management. He is co-editor of Neural Blockade: In Clinical Anesthesia and Management of Pain.
A Q&A With Bridenbaugh
How did you become involved in the the Overseas Teaching Program?
"It was founded in 1990 by Nicholas Greene, MD, and I worked closely with Greene to establish the program. I then traveled annually to the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center in Tanzania, Ghana and Rwanda, where a staff of volunteers trained practitioners and medical students in the practice of anesthesia care."
To what degree do you feel the program impacts practitioners and students?
"Practitioners who volunteer to go to Africa and teach in these hospitals briefly see how little they have in the way of receiving health care, so few doctors, so little or old equipment and medicine. It makes one blessed to be in our practices and leaves these practitioners with a desire to develop their own doctors and teachers to carry on what we have taught them. We are there to teach future teachers."
As the chair of the World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists (WFSA) foundation, what message would you like to share with anesthesiologists in training about global experiences and giving back to the profession?
"Being chair of the WFSA foundation allows me to further share the needs of underdeveloped countries' health care systems and the need for teaching and volunteer programs throughout them."