The Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists

Burchardi Award

The Burchardi Award is jointly sponsored by the Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists (SOCCA) and the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Anesthesiology Section. It was named after its first recipient Dr. Hilmar Burchardi, a pioneer in the field, a revered teacher and founding member of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, which he presided over from 1998 to 2000. The award was first established in 2002 at the SCCM Critical Care Annual Congress and will be presented every two years, alternately during the SOCCA or SCCM event.

Criteria for Nomination

Nominees must be an anesthesia-based intensivist, who has been practicing for at least 12 years and who has held a leadership position in at least one of the established national or international critical care societies/organizations. He/she should have made considerable contributions to the specialty, not necessarily in terms of research, but especially in terms of ability to motivate and touch people. His/her greatness and leadership should be defined equally by competence, humility, humanity, and a sense of humor; in short, this is a “Good Guy/Good Gal” award recognizing someone who has made substantial contributions to critical care anesthesiology.

Nominees should be members of at least one, preferably both sponsoring organizations and should have at least two letters of support from members of the societies.

Nominations Deadline

Nominations are now closed. A letter of recommendation can be sent to the SOCCA office at

Past Recipients

Rebecca Aslakson, MD, PhD, FAAHPM, FCCM

Presented at SOCCA

University of Vermont
Burlington, VT

Avery Tung, MD, FCCM

Presented at SOCCA

University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Neal H. Cohen, MD, MPH, MS, FCCM

Presented at SCCM

UCSF School of Medicine
San Francisco, CA

Michael F. O'Connor, M.D.

Presented at SOCCA

The University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Ronald G. Pearl, MD, PhD, FCCM

Presented at SCCM

Stanford University
Stanford, CA

Michael F. Heine, MD

Presented at SOCCA

University of Louisville Physicians
Louisville, KY

Andrea Gabrielli, MD, FCCM

Presented at SCCM (per special request of Dr. Deutschman)

University of Florida College of Medicine
Gainesville, FL

Heidi Kummer, MD, MPH

Presented at SCCM

Carlisle, MD

Michael Breslow, MD

Presented at ASCCA

Baltimore, MD

Phillip D. Lumb, MB, BS, FCCM

Presented at SCCM

Los Angeles, CA

Douglas B. Coursin, MD

Presented at ASCCA

Madison, WI

Hilmar Burchardi, MD

Presented at SCCM

Goettingen, Germany