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.

2019 President's Award Winner

Aryeh Shander, MD, FCCM, FCCP, FASA

Aryeh Shander, MD, FCCM, FCCP, FASA has received the SABM President’s Award 2019.

Dr. Shander is the Emeritus Chief Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, Englewood, New Jersey. He is an adjunct Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology, Medicine and Surgery, at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, and he is a Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Rutgers Medical School, New Jersey.

Dr. Shander is a founding member and a Past President for the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management (SABM), and is a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine and the American College of Chest Physicians. He is a founding member of the Board of Directors and is a Past President for the National Anemia Action Council (NAAC). Dr. Shander is also a founding member of the American Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists (ASCCA) where he serves on committees, both locally and nationally, and in addition, is a member of the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) where he served as Chair of the Committee on Patient Blood Management.

Dr. Shander’s publications have appeared in several prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals. In addition, he is the author/editor of multiple book chapters and contributes to textbooks on blood management.

Past President's Award Recipients

Professor Hans Gombotz

Victor Ferraris, MD

Prof. Jacques Lacroix

John Freedman, MD

Richard B. Weiskopf, MD

Lawrence Goodnough, MD

Sharon Vernon, RN

Richard K. Spence, MD

John W. Adamson, MD

Professor Justo Medrano

James Isbister, MD

Konrad Messmer, MD

Harvey J. Alter, MD

Michael Busch, MD and Steven Kleinman, MD

The Honorable Horace Krever

Denton Cooley, MD

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

2019 Kathleen J. Sazama Award Winner

Irwin Gross, MD

Irwin Gross, M.D. is a national expert and published author in PBM and a board certified anatomic and clinical pathologist. He has served as Senior Medical Advisor for PBM at Accumen and served as the Senior Medical Director at Accumen from January 2015 to April 2018. He is currently an Advisory Director on the SABM Board of Directors. He is also the SABM Medical Advisor to the International Foundation for Patient Blood Management (IFPBM).

In prior years, Dr. Gross served as Medical Director of Transfusion Services & Patient Blood Management at Eastern Maine Medical Center where he developed and implemented a comprehensive PBM program in 2007 which included the first Bloodless Medicine Program in the State of Maine with a commitment to patient rights, autonomy, and informed choice. Dedicated his passion for progressive evidence-based thinking and promoting high-quality patient centered care to progress the field of patient blood management.

As founding chair of the SABM PBM Standards Committee he led the way to develop and publish the first Administrative and Clinical Standards for Patient Blood Management in 2011 and continues to have significant oversight and contributions to the Standards which is in its 5th Edition.

Dr. Gross has served as a member of AABB/SABM Joint Patient Blood Management Advisory Group and a member of Laboratory medicine Best Practices (LMBP™) 2013 Expert Panel on Blood Utilization for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Past Kathleen J. Sazama Award Winners

Aryeh Shander, MD, FCCM, FCCP, FASA

Sherri Ozawa, RN

Nathaniel Isonguyo Usoro, MD

Scott A. Scheinin, MD

Shannon Farmer

Lawrence Tim Goodnough, MD

Kathleen J. Sazama, MD