Memory of David S. Warner
In December 2021, we lost a cherished neuro-anesthesiologist and a beloved member of SNACC, David S. Warner, MD, a distinguished professor of anesthesiology at Duke University. An eminent leader in our field, Dr. Warner was one of the world’s most respected neuro-anesthesiologists and described as a beacon of integrity. He will be remembered as an extraordinary but humble academician, physician, scientist, and mentor who dedicated his career to training the next generation of anesthesiologists and neuroscientists, and to multidisciplinary collaboration.
Dr. Warner’s life’s work was focused on understanding the biology of acute central nervous system (CNS) injury, with a specific focus on the development of preclinical models of human disease and the development of therapeutics. Dr. Warner was an ardent advocate for anesthesiologist-scientists in general, and neuro-anesthesiologist/neuroscientists in particular. He felt strongly that anesthesiology science should not simply be the study of anesthetic drugs, but rather should be defined by the full spectrum of scientific interests (and limited only by the imagination) of anesthesiologists.
To ensure that Dr. Warner’s legacy within academic anesthesiology is preserved, Duke Anesthesiology is raising funds to establish a professorship in his name at the Duke University School of Medicine. Duke is close to achieving this goal. This highly-coveted, permanently named endowed professorship will not only advance the translational practice of medicine to improve care and outcomes for those with acute brain injury, it will honor Dr. Warner’s exceptional achievements, fuel scientific discovery, and invest in teaching and mentoring the next generation of leaders.
If you would like to support the efforts in preserving Dr. Warner’s legacy through the David S. Warner Professorship at Duke, you can make an online, tax deductible donation to the gift fund that the institution has created via this link.
Miles Berger, MD, PhD
On behalf of Neuroanesthesia Department
Duke University Medical Center,
Durham, NC, USA