Eisenach Receives National Research Excellence Award
James C. Eisenach, MD, professor of anesthesiology and physiology & pharmacology, has received the 2013 Excellence in Research Award from the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA).
The award is given in recognition of outstanding research achievements that have had an important impact on the field of anesthesiology. Eisenach is well known for his research on understanding the mechanisms of pain.
“Acute and chronic pain result in suffering and destroy lives,” Eisenach said. “It's been my privilege over the past 28 years to work with outstanding students and investigators in and outside the medical center to better our understanding of pain and it's been very gratifying to see some of our discoveries applied to clinical care.”
Since he came to the Medical Center in 1985, Eisenach has been the recipient of more than $21 million in National Institutes of Health (NIH) support and $2 million in industry support. In 2011, he received an NIH Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) award, one of the highest awards given by the NIH, reflecting a distinguished career and providing the recipient with up to 10 years of research funding.
In 2012, Eisenach received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Society for Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine.
Eisenach serves as the editor-in-chief of Anesthesiology and is a past member and chair of the FDA’s Anesthetic and Life Support Drugs Advisory Committee.
Michael M. Todd, MD, former editor-in-chief of Anesthesiology and Eisenach's predecessor at the journal, said, “Throughout his career, Dr. Eisenach has been committed to mentoring young scientists and physicians. In addition to training over 50 post-doctoral and undergraduate fellows and students, Dr. Eisenach has mentored several faculty members who have gone on to carry out successfully funded research. His commitment to our specialty – and research of the highest quality – is unmatched.”