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Phillip Bridenbaugh Obituary

phillip BridenbaughThe WFSA is saddened to hear of the recent death of Phillip O Bridenbaugh on 21 December 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Phillip had been Professor and Chair in the Department of Anesthesiology of the University of Cincinnati Medical Center since 1977. Following training in Omaha, Nebraska, Seattle and Washington he had a long and distinguished academic career with a particular interest in Regional Anesthesia. He was President of the American Society of Anesthesiologists in 1977.

Phillip was a keen advocate for global anaesthesia  and was involved in the ASA’s Overseas Teaching Program during the 1990s and 2000s. He became a member of the WFSA Foundation Committee in 2000, becoming Chair in 2004 and serving for a further 8 years. This committee, initiated by Michael Rosen and Richard Walsh, was set up to obtain increased funding for WFSA activities. In this role he also served on the WFSA Executive Committee where his considerable political experience and knowledge were of great benefit to the working of the Federation. During this time he initiated a series of projects to encourage medical and non-medical people to support the work of the Federation. In 2011, Phillip was awarded the first ever Nicholas M Greene Outstanding Humanitarian Award by the ASA in recognition of his personal commitment to teaching and collaboration which was exemplified by his Chairing of the ASA Overseas Teaching Program Committee from 1999-2008. Phillip was always a calm and considered spokesperson for our profession and his disarming smile was a great breaker of any tension.

The WFSA mourn the loss of this considerable contributor and send our condolences to his wife and family. 


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