Call for Nominations: Gaston Labat Award

Each June, the ASRA Gaston Labat Award Committee seeks nominations from the ASRA membership for individuals who have demonstrated outstanding contributions to the development, teaching and practice of regional anesthesia in the tradition of Gaston P. Labat, MD (1843-1908). The Gaston P. Labat Lecture is presented annually each spring at the ASRA Annual Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Meeting. Members are asked to nominate qualified anesthesiologists who have distinguished themselves in two of the following areas of regional anesthesia: research, teaching, or clinical practice. The emphasis of the award is to recognize those who have fostered the art and science of regional anesthesia in the tradition of Gaston Labat by contribution to the performance of research that has furthered the specialty, innovative teaching traditions, organizational contributions, or simply exemplary clinical practice of regional anesthesia that has encouraged its expanded application.

Dr. Labat and his colleagues founded the original American Society of Regional Anesthesia in 1923, shortly after the publication of his landmark textbook of regional techniques. It should be noted that his colleagues wanted to honor Dr. Labat by calling the fledging organization the Labat Society. The first ASRA merged with the American Society of Anesthesiologists in 1939 and dissolved after the merger. The records of the early society are preserved at the Wood Library - Museum of Anesthesiology at the ASA office in Park Ridge, Illinois. The present day ASRA was refounded in 1975.

Nominees should be nationally recognized, and their contributions to the subspecialty duly noted by a broad audience. The individual need not be a member of ASRA, and the receipt of previous awards from ASRA does not disqualify him or her. Current members of the Board of Directors are not eligible.

Check back in June for the nomination process to open. The nomination deadline will be July 15th.