Awards

Each year the SABM President’s Award and the Kathleen J. Sazama Award is presented to esteemed members of the Patient Blood Management community.

SABM President’s Award

The SABM President’s Award is presented annually at the Society’s Annual Meeting in recognition of those who have made outstanding medical, scientific and/or educational contributions to patient blood management and that have contributed to the public good in the area of blood safety and the reduction of unnecessary transfusions.

2021 President’s Award Winner

Prof. Axel Hofmann, ME


Axel Hofmann is a Doctor of Medical Science with a Master’s Degree in Economics.  He is an adjunct professor at the Faculty of Health and Medical Science, University of Western Australia and a visiting professor at the Institute of Anesthesiology at the University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland.  He is a key opinion leader in Patient Blood Management (PBM) with a focus on clinical and health economic research, and the implementation of PBM.  He currently serves as Chair of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) External Steering Committee to develop a WHO Policy Brief and Guidelines for the Implementation of PBM.  He has published in several international peer-reviewed journals.  As invited speaker, he presented his work in more than 60 countries and 450 international forums, including symposia, congresses, universities, medical schools, government agencies and health economic summits.  He is a board member of the International Foundation for Patient Blood Management (IFPBM) and a founding member of the Society for the Advancement of Patient Blood Management (SABM), where he currently serves as an advisory board member.  He is also a member of the Austrian Society for Anesthesiology, Intensive Care and Reanimation.

The SABM President’s Award is presented annually at the SABM Annual Meeting in recognition of those who have made outstanding medical, scientific and/or educational contributions to patient blood management and that have contributed to the public good in the area of blood safety and the reduction of unnecessary transfusions. Sherri Ozawa, RN, presented the award to Prof. Axel Hofmann.

Past President’s Award Recipients

2020
Arthur W. Bracey, Jr., MD

2019
Aryeh Shander, MD, FCCM, FCCP, FASA

2018
Professor Hans Gombotz

2017
Victor Ferraris, MD

2016
Prof. Jacques Lacroix

2015
John Freedman, MD

2014
Richard B. Weiskopf, MD

2013
Lawrence Goodnough, MD

2012
Sharon Vernon, RN

2011
Richard K. Spence, MD

2010
John W. Adamson, MD

2009
Professor Justo Medrano

2008
James Isbister, MD

2007
Konrad Messmer, MD

2006
Harvey J. Alter, MD

2005
Michael Busch, MD and Steven Kleinman, MD

2004
The Honorable Horace Krever

2003
Denton Cooley, MD

2002
Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania


Kathleen J. Sazama Award

This award is created In recognition of Dr. Sazama’s bold insights in the field of medical ethics, her selfless dedication to the fostering of individual growth, her steadfast and responsible stewardship through change, and her tireless leadership in the field of patient blood management.

The recipient will have:

  • Exemplified the high standards and qualities set by its namesake
  • Demonstrated commitment to patient rights, autonomy, and informed choice
  • Shown strength of character to lead with progressive evidence based thinking, even if contrary to popular belief
  • Selflessly served with the well-being of the patient as the ultimate goal
  • Demonstrated consistent dedication to progress in the field of patient blood management

2021 Kathleen J. Sazama Award Winner

Bruce D. Spiess, MD, FAHA


Bruce D. Spiess, MD, FAHA, is Professor of Anesthesiology and Associate Chair for Research at the University of Florida, school of Medicine in Gainesville, Florida.  Dr. Spiess attended Denison, University in Granville Ohio, and in 2017 they bestowed upon him their highest honor, The Alumni citation for his research work in Medicine.  He was Vice Chairman of Anesthesiology at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond where he stayed for 17 years until pursuing his present position at the University of Florida.  Dr. Spiess has focused his research upon blood: its critical oxygen carrying capacity, Oxygen therapeutic pharmaceutical development (previously known as “blood substitutes”), risks of blood transfusion, and coagulation/coagulopathies and development of monitoring technologies.  His extensive work in blood transfusion risks has led him to be an outspoken proponent of patient blood management.  He has authored over 200 peer reviewed academic articles, more than 40 book chapters, 7 textbooks and appeared on the Discovery Channel and in many other lay media.  His work has been funded mostly by the US Department of Defense and he has led major conferences for the DOD, NIH, FDA with regards to critical blood issues.

The Sazama award was created in recognition of Dr. Sazama’s bold insights in the field of medical ethics, her selfless dedication to individual growth, her steadfast and responsible leadership through change and the field of blood management. Dr. Spiess exemplifies these high standards and demonstrates his commitment to patient rights, as he selflessly serves for the well-being of the patient. He demonstrates consistent dedication to progress in the field of patient blood management.

Past Kathleen J. Sazama Award Winners

2020
Steven M. Frank, MD, FAAP

2019
Irwin Gross, MD

2018
Aryeh Shander, MD, FCCM, FCCP, FASA

2017
Sherri Ozawa, RN

2016
Nathaniel Isonguyo Usoro, MD

2015
Scott A. Scheinin, MD

2014
Shannon Farmer

2013
Lawrence Tim Goodnough, MD

2012
Kathleen J. Sazama, MD