Distinguished Service Award

ASRA annually recognizes someone who has made important contributions to our specialty through our Distinguished Service Award (DSA).  Past recipients of the DSA have made extraordinary contributions to the science, teaching, or practice of regional anesthesia and/or pain medicine and often have had active involvement in ASRA.

The DSA celebrates individuals who have made broad contributions over time. The individual's contributions may have resulted in any one (or several) of the following:

  • Growth of a subspecialty of regional anesthesia or pain medicine
  • Evolution of the knowledge base that guides practice
  • Enhancement of education programs
  • Significant changes in governance or the political milieu for regional anesthesia or pain medicine
  • New understanding of pain mechanisms or of regional anesthesia
  • Improved patient care, satisfaction, and outcome.

As noted above, these contributions could include scholarly activity (remember that the Gaston Labat and John Bonica Awards specifically recognize scholarly activity), but may also celebrate clinical teaching or service to ASRA or the scientific and medical specialties practiced by ASRA members. Individuals who have received ASRA’s Gaston Labat or John Bonica Awards are not disqualified from receiving the DSA. Current members of the ASRA Board of Directors are not eligible (see full list here).

Nominations must be made using the DSA nomination form. Two to three reasons why the candidate meets the criteria for the award are required, along with a copy of the individual's CV. If necessary, ASRA can request a copy of the CV from the nominee.

Dr. Kayser Enneking

F. Kayser Enneking, MD
2021 Distinguished Service Award Winner

Joseph M. Neal, MD

2020 Distinguished Service Award recipient Joseph Neal, MD

Marc Huntoon

2020 Distinguished Service Award recipient Marc Huntoon, MD

Past Winners:


1988       B. Raymond Fink, MD

1989       L. Donald Bridenbaugh, MD

1990       Gertie Marx, MD

1991       Harold Carron, MD

1992       John A. Hinckley

1992       Jess B. Weiss, MD

1993       Jordan Katz, MD

1994       Albert Van Steenberg, MD

1995       Hans Nolte, MD

1996       John A. DeKrey, MD

1996       Gerard W. Ostheimer, MD

1997       Terence M. Murphy, MD

1998       Boardman C. Wang, MD

1999       Michael Stanton-Hicks, MD

2000       Narinder Rawal, MD, PhD

2001       Stephen E. Abram, MD

2002       Jose C.A. Carvalho, MD, PhD, FANZCA

2003       Andre Van Zundert, MD, PhD

2004       Denise J. Wedel, MD

2005       P. Prithvi Raj, MD

2005       Alon P. Winnie, MD

2006       Lynn M. Broadman, MD

2007       John C. Rowlingson, MD

2008       David Brown, MD

2009       Terese Horlocker, MD

2010       Honorio Benzon, MD

2011       Guy Weinberg, MD

2012       James Eisenach, MD

2013       Richard Rosenquist, MD

2014       F. Michael Ferrante, MD

2015       Manbir Batra, MD

2016       Santhanam Suresh, MD

2017       Vincent W.S. Chan, MD, FRCPC

2018       Greg Liguori, MD

2019       Mark J. Lema, MD, PhD

2020       Joseph M. Neal, MD

2020       Marc Huntoon, MD

2021       F. Kayser Enneking, MD


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