Dr. David Gaba Recognized by the American Medical Women’s Association as the Dr. Larry Zaroff Man of Good Conscience Award Recipient

The American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) will honor Dr. David Gaba with the 2017 Dr. Larry Zaroff Man of Good Conscience Award at its 102nd annual meeting award luncheon on April 1, 2017.  This award is presented to a male physician who has been a champion and supporter of women in medicine in the tradition established by Dr. Zaroff.

David M. Gaba, M.D. is Associate Dean for Immersive and Simulation-based Learning as well as Professor (with tenure) of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine. He is also the Founder and Co-Director of the Simulation Center at Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System where he is also a Staff Physician. Dr. Gaba’s laboratory has worked for more than 30 years on human performance and patient safety issues, applying organizational safety theory to health care. The laboratory invented the modern full-body patient simulator and also first adapted Crew Resource Management training from aviation to healthcare as Crisis Resource Management.  He is a key pioneer in the development of cognitive aids and Emergency Manuals in healthcare. Dr. Gaba has authored over 135 original articles, commentaries, and editorials in various peer-reviewed journals. He has written more than 25 book chapters, and is the lead author of a well-known book Crisis Management in Anesthesiology (1st and 2nd editions). He was the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the indexed peer-reviewed journal Simulation in Healthcare.

In the words of his nominator, Dr. Amanda Burden, “Dr. Gaba is truly a man of good conscience and is an ardent and steadfast supporter of women in medicine. He is extraordinarily generous with his knowledge, time, and support, and has served as a mentor and tremendous supporter for me and for many of my colleagues in education, research, and in practice in the fields of medicine, anesthesiology and simulation. I have had the opportunity to work on a number of projects with Dr. Gaba from the time I first met him in 2007. This relationship has grown stronger through his mentorship of my work on various studies, presentations, and federal grants. Throughout our relationship, Dr. Gaba has demonstrated extraordinary commitment and effectiveness as a mentor, especially of women in medicine, and remains constantly available to teach, counsel, and mentor all of us.”

There is also an opportunity to submit a congratulatory ad to recognize Dr. David Gaba in the AMWA meeting program book.  This book will be distributed to all conference attendees, shared digitally with AMWA networks and posted on the AMWA website.  Here is last year's program book for your reference: https://www.amwa-doc.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Program-Book13.pdf . Information about commemorative advertisements is available at www.amwa-doc.org/amwa102 under the exhibitor/sponsorship tab.

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Contact: Eliza Chin, MD, MPH
Schaumburg, IL (February 2017)

About AMWA

The American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) is an organization that functions at the local, national, and international level to advance women in medicine and improve women’s health. We achieve this by providing and developing leadership, advocacy, education, expertise and mentoring and through building strategic alliances. Founded in 1915, AMWA is the oldest multi-specialty organization of women physicians.  As the vision and voice of women in medicine for nearly a century, AMWA empowers women to lead in improving health for all, within a model that reflects the unique perspective of women.