16th World Congress of Anaesthesiologists

28 August - 2 September 2016
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

Hugo Van Aken

Affiliation: Anesthesiology, Intensive Care Medicine and Pain Therapy UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL MÜNSTER, Münster, Germany;

Connection with WFSA (if any): Since 2012 until 2015 liaison officer for the WHO as a member of the Executive Committee of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA); 2015 - 2016 Section Editor Global Health Anesthesia & Analgesia

Award / titles received: 1990 Honorary Member AUA ,1994 FRCA, 1998 FANZCA, 1999 Member of the Board of Trustees IARS, 2000 Honorary Member BVAR, 2003 Honorary Member of the Association of Anaesthesiologists of Georgia, 2003 Honorary member ASA, 2003 Doctor honoris causa, Georgian State Medical Academy, 2004 Golden Medal of Honor BDA, 2005, Golden Medal of Honor DGAI, Honorary member of the Czech Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, 2006 Honorary member DGIM, 2008 Honorary member NVA,  2008 Ernst-von-Bergmann-Plakette for outstanding achievements in Medical Education, 2009 Honorary member of the German Society of Internal Medicine, 2009 Member of the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina), 2011 Ernst-von-der-Porten medal of the Professional Organisation of German Anesthetists (BDA), 2012 Honorary member ESA, 2012 Honorary member CSA, 2013 Honorary member (DGAI), 2015 Cross of Merit, First class of the Federal Republic of Germany

Statement of expertise for the sub-committee: Expertise in obstetric anesthesia, safetey, regional anesthesial

Biography: Dr. Hugo Van Aken has been Professor and Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology, Intensive-Care Medicine and Pain Therapy at the University Hospital in Münster, Germany, since August 1995. From 1986 to 1995, he was Professor and Chair at the Department of Anesthesiology at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.From 1992 to 1999, he was General Secretary of the European Academy of Anaesthesiology (EAA) and from 2000 to 2004 its President. From 1999 to 2011, he served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the IARS. From 2001 to the end of 2006, he was President of the German Academy of Education in Anesthesiology. From 2007 to 2008, he was President of the German Society of Anesthesiology and Intensive-Care Medicine (DGAI). He has been Secretary General of the DGAI since 2009.In 2009, he initiated the Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety in Anesthesiology. In 2012, Van Aken became a liaison officer for the WHO as a member of the Executive Committee of the WFSA. In 2015 he was awarded the German Cross of Merit, First class. He has been the founding Chairman of the European Patient Safety Foundation (EuPSF) since 2013. Starting in 2005, he has been making efforts to have “Bystander Resuscitation: Kids Save Lives” introduced as part of the school curriculum Germany. He is the author of 574 articles in Current Contents–listed journals and of many chapters in national and international textbooks.

Disclosure of Interest: None declared


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