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WFSA Announces Winners of Service Awards

Service Awards Logo LargeThe WFSA is proud to announce the winners of our 2016 Service Awards in two categories:

(1) WFSA Distinguished Service Award

(2) WFSA Presidential Award for Service to Anaesthesiology


WFSA Presidential Award for Service to Anaesthesiology

This WFSA Presidential Award for Service to Anaesthesiology is awarded to individuals who have:
(1) made a special contribution to the art and science of anaesthesiology or
(2) who have helped promote or establish anaesthesia initiatives anywhere in the world, or
(3) who have served the WFSA, quietly, but with particular dedication, and who might not fit the criteria for the Distinguished Service Award.

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Award as:

Dr Archie Brain
Photograph Archie BrainBorn to diplomat parents in Kobe, Japan in 1942, Dr Archie Brain spent his formative years in Japan, Singapore and England. In 1962 Dr Brain went to Oxford University with a Scholarship to study French and Spanish language and literature. However, at this time he had already become interested in medicine as a career.

After gaining his degree Dr Brain studied privately to obtain the basic scientific qualifications and finally qualified in 1970 from St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London. Dr Brain’s involvement in anaesthesia was initially accidental, but he immediately felt an affinity for it.

Since retiring, Dr Brain has returned to his Asian roots, where he spends his time on linguistic study, musical composition, designing and constructing musical instruments, and painting in oils.

Dr Humberto Sainz Cabrera
Photograph Sainz CabreraDr Sainz Cabrera was born in Cienfuegos City, Cuba in1937 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1954. He then began to study Medicine at Havana's Medical School. During the Cuban Insurrection (1957-1958) Dr Sainz Cabrera travelled and worked in the Pharmaceutical Medical Laboratory "Us Vitamin Corp” in Yonkers, New York (1958-1959), then graduated as a Medical Doctor in July 1963.

He has participated in more than 100 congresses and conferences as a national and international guest lecturer, given over 200 lectures in Latin America, published more than 40 articles in national and international journals, is a co-author of three books, and editorial board member of several national and international medical journals. He is also Honorary Member of National Societies in Spain, Honduras, Peru, Dominican Republic, Mexico; Mendoza Argentina and the Moscow Region in Russia.

He has been married for 36 years to Mrs Guadalupe Cano Salazar de Sainz, an Intensive Care nurse. The two have four children, all university professionals.

Dr Tiberiu Ezri
Tiberiu Ezri MDDr Tiberiu Ezri was born in Romania in 1951 and went on to become board certified in anaesthesia in Israel in 1983.

Dr Ezri has been Head of the Department of Anaesthesia at the Wolfson Medical Centre, affiliated to Tel Aviv University since 2000. He has been leading the Wolfson MC team in performing anaesthesia for cardiac surgeries on thousands of children from over 40 low resource countries, including educating (in paediatric cardiac anaesthesia) young anaesthesiologists from those countries.

He was also WFSA Program Director at Wolfson MC from 2006-2014, educating 36 fellows from nine countries (Kenya, Nigeria, Uzbekistan, Romania, Republic of Moldova, Bulgaria, Serbia, Slovakia, Czech Republic) in the fields of cardiac, obstetric and paediatric anaesthesia, pain medicine and intensive care. Some of these doctors (Dr. Sotonye, Dr. Nwasor) have become leaders in their fields in their home countries.

Professor Thara Tritrakarn

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Professor Thara Tritrakarn was born and raised in Thailand. He is a medical graduate of Mahidol University and completed his residency in anaesthesia at Siriraj Hospital. He did further training in the USA but returned to Bangkok in 1977 to join the Department of Anaesthesia at Siriraj Hospital.

Professor Tritrakarn has had a distinguished career as an anaesthesiologist. He is particularly known and loved as a teacher, both at home and internationally, training generations of Thai anaesthesiologists and in 1996, at the request of the WFSA, he began training young anaesthesiologists from surrounding countries.

The Bangkok Anesthesia Regional Training Centre has trained over 70 anaesthesiologists, all of whom have returned to their home countries and most of whom are still practicing there. Professor Thara and his team keep in touch with their graduates and visit their countries to provide ongoing educational support. His work has been recognized by the Government of Mongolia with the award of the Chinggis Khan Medal and the Medal of Honour.


WFSA Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award is given to individuals who have previously served as a WFSA Officer, Council or Committee member or who provided exceptional service in another capacity to the WFSA and the international anaesthesia community.

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Award as:

Dr Anis Baraka
Dr BarakaDr Anis Shehat Baraka has been Emeritus Professor at the Department of Anesthesiology, American University of Beirut from October 2008 to present.

Dr Baraka was Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists of London, Honorary Fellow of the Association of University Anesthetists – USA, and Representative of the WFSA to the Regional Commission of the United Nations.

He has also held a number of positions including Vice President, World Federation of Anaesthesiologists (as well as Member of the Executive Committee and Committee on Education and Scientific Affairs of the WFSA), President of the Arab Board of Anaesthesia & Intensive Care, Honorary President of the 8th Pan Arab Congress, and Honorary Life Member of the Lebanese Society of Anesthesiologists.

Dr Haydn Perndt
Photograph Dr PerndtHaydn Perndt graduated from the University of Sydney in 1977. His training as an anaesthetist was undertaken in the UK and Canada. For the past thirty years he has had extensive experience working and teaching in developing countries. His overseas work includes missions with the Red Cross (ICRC) on the Thai Cambodian border, Somalia, East Timor and Darfur, Sudan and as well as work with Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) in Burundi. He has spent extended periods training anaesthetists in Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands and the Cook Islands. He has been involved in the establishment of Postgraduate Anaesthesia training programs in Fiji and East Timor.

He was involved in the initial development of the Primary Trauma Care (PTC) program in 1997 and continues teaching on PTC courses in Myanmar and Vietnam. In 1999 he established a teaching program in Hobart, Tasmania to train anaesthetists to work in developing countries, disasters and complex humanitarian emergencies. This course continues in Darwin, Frankston and Christchurch. As chairman of the Education Committee of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthetists (1996-2000) he was involved with development of anaesthesia and training of anaesthetists in Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas.

Professor John Rowe Moyers
Moyers J John Moyers was born in Pasadena, California in 1947. He received his BS degree in 1969 and MD degree in 1973 from the University Iowa. An internship in medicine at the Los Angeles County - University of Southern California Medical Center was followed by a residency in anaesthesia at the University of California – San Francisco.

In 1979 Dr Moyers moved to the Anaesthesia Department at the University of Iowa where he developed a cardiac anaesthesia group and became full Professor in 1990. He served on numerous committees within his department, the college of medicine, and the university over the next 35 years. In 2014 Dr Moyers retired and he remains Professor Emeritus.

Involvement with the WFSA began in 1988. Over the years he served in numerous capacities including as a member of the Executive Committee (1992-2000) and as Secretary (2004-2008).

Dr. Moyers and his wife, Katherine, have two children and four grandchildren. Currently, in addition to the grandchildren, he enjoys photography, sporting activities, and travel.

Dr Roger Eltringham
Dr EltringhamDr Roger Eltringham qualified in Medicine at St Andrews University in 1964 and was appointed consultant anaesthetist in Gloucester in 1974.

He was co-ordinator for the inaugural WFSA refresher course in Nairobi in 1987 and was subsequently appointed to the Education Committee, serving for 8 years. In this position he organised or lectured at WFSA refresher courses in over 40 countries. Following from this, Dr Eltringham was appointed to the Executive Committee of WFSA in 1996 and Chairman of the Publications Committee where he edited the WFSA newsletter and introduced 5 language editions. He was appointed Vice President from 2004-2008.

He also began focusing on introducing affordable anaesthesia services in the world’s poorest countries and introduced the Glostavent anaesthetic machine, an inexpensive, economical machine that can function in absence of oxygen and electricity. The machine is now used in rural hospitals in 70 countries and a portable version is widely used by emergency services worldwide.

In 2012 Dr Eltringham founded Safe Anaesthesia Worldwide, a charity designed to promote anaesthesia in difficult situations by supplying equipment and supporting education and research.

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