In 1945, ASA developed a way in which to honor a member by creating the “Distinguished Service Award” (DSA). This is the “highest tribute the Society can pay to an ASA member. It may be given for outstanding clinical, educational or scientific achievement, contribution to the specialty and/or exemplary service to the Society.” These requirements, as well as a listing of all prior recipients, can be found on the ASA website at www.asahq.org/about-asa/asa-awards-and-programs/distinguished-service-award.

This year at ANESTHESIOLOGY 2017, Norman A. Cohen, M.D., will be the recipient of the ASA Distinguished Service Award for 2016. Norm, as he is known to so many, received both his B.A. and M.D. degrees at Johns Hopkins University. He did an internal medicine internship at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, then moved to Durham, North Carolina, my hometown, for his anesthesiology residency at Duke...

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