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Monday, November 17, 2008

ARENS HONORED BY AMA

A lifetime’s work as a teacher and patient safety advocate earned retired Houston anesthesiologist Jim Arens, MD, the AMA’s Distinguished Service Award. AMA cited his work to “dramatically reduce anesthesia-related mortality” and for his legacy as an educator. Hundreds of Texas anesthesiologists studied at his side. “Mentoring is one of the most important and satisfying rewards in life,” Dr. Arens told the AMA House of Delegates. He served 42 years as a professor and chair of anesthesiology at five premier medical schools, including The University of Texas (UT) Medical Branch at Galveston, the UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and the UT-Houston College of Medicine.

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