Articles  |   September 2017
Norman A. Cohen, M.D. Named 2016 ASA Distinguished Service Award Recipient
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Articles   |   September 2017
Norman A. Cohen, M.D. Named 2016 ASA Distinguished Service Award Recipient
ASA Monitor 09 2017, Vol.81, 28-29.
ASA Monitor 09 2017, Vol.81, 28-29.
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
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 University. His CA-3 year focused on both cardiac and critical care anesthesiology. He stayed on faculty for a year at Duke. He then ventured into private practice anesthesiology in Asheboro, North Carolina, then in Billings, Montana. Norm eventually returned to academic anesthesiology at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), where he has risen through the ranks of academics from an assistant professor to associate professor and now professor.
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