Dr. Mark J. Lema Receives ASA's Highest Award for Service and Achievement

Mark J. Lema, MD, PhD, professor and chair of the department of anesthesiology at the University of Buffalo (N.Y.), will receive the American Society of Anesthesiologists' Distinguished Service award, the organization's highest tribute for service and achievement.

Dr. Lema will accept the award at the ASA's annual conference in Oct. 2011. He is the 65th physician in the organization's century-plus history to be honored with the award.

Dr. Lema has published more than 175 papers on basic research in muscle physiology and clinical research in pain management. He has lectured at more than 225 institutions around the world. He received his medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical Center and completed his anesthesiology residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

At age 38, Dr. Lema was appointed chair of Roswell Park Cancer Institute's Department of Anesthesiology. A year later, he joined the faculty at University of Buffalo, where he began his focus on managing cancer pain and practicing palliative care. He became professor and chair of anesthesiology at University of Buffalo in 1999.

Read the UB press release on Dr. Mark Lema.

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