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.

2020 President's Award Winner

Arthur W. Bracey, JR., MD

Arthur W. Bracey, Jr., MD, is chief of Clinical Pathology at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, Houston, TX, USA, professor of Pathology and Immunology at Baylor College of Medicine, assistant and associate professorships at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and medical director of Transfusion Services at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital. Among his many other accomplishments is having previously served as president of SABM. Dr. Bracey has written or contributed to over 60 peer reviewed articles in transfusion medicine practice and peri operative coagulation disorders. He takes great pride in mentoring and teaching transfusion-free methods.

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 Dr Bracey.

Past President's Award Recipients

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

2020 Kathleen J. Sazama Award Winner

Steven M. Frank, MD, FAAP

Steven M. Frank, MD, FAAP, is a professor, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD, USA, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Division of Vascular, Thoracic, Transplant Anesthesia. He also serves as medical director for the Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Program and director of the Interdisciplinary Blood Management Program and of Perioperative Blood Management Services at Johns Hopkins; Dr. Frank has served on the board of directors for SABM. His research is focused on methods to improve blood utilization, blood conservation and bloodless medicine and surgery. His expertise is instrumental for patients who seek the very best healthcare, without the use of blood or blood products.

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. Frank 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

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