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2017 Lindahl Lecture

Honoring Dr. Warren Zapol

``Dr. Adventure``

Dr. Zapol is Emeritus Anesthetist-in-Chief at MGH, Reginald Jenney Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School, and was Chief Anesthesiologist at MGH form 1994 – 2008.

An exceptional scientist and engineer, Dr. Zapol is noted for saving thousands of hypoxic infants each year due to his innovative treatment using inhaled nitric oxide.

As part of his research, he led nine Antarctic expeditions to study how mammals avoid the bends and hypoxia. He has received 13 U.S. patents related to his research, In 2008, he was appointed by President George W. Bush and reappointed in 2012 by President Barack Obama as an academic representative to the U.S. Arctic Research Commission. In 2006, he had an actual Antarctic glacier named in his honor.

He was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science in 2002, presented the John W. Severinghaus Lecture at the American Society of Anesthesiologists in 2010, and was designated as a Distinguished Scientist by the American Heart Association in 2012.


The Lindahl Lecture was founded in 2012 in honor of Dr. Sten Lindahl, Chair Emeritus of the Nobel Committee in Physiology or Medicine, and Professor Emeritus at Karolinska Institutet.

In 2016, Dr. Kevin J. Tracey, MD presented the Lindahl Lecture on The Future of Bioelectronic Medicine, the latest in a series of talks presented by Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Bruce Beutler; Dr. Robert Langer, David H. Koch Institute Professor at MIT in 2014; and the inaugural lecture from Dr. Sten Lindahl in 2013.

The Lindahl Lecture honors the importance of mentorship as the foundation of innovation and scientific advancement. In keeping with its mission, it offers free admission to all students and researchers with an interest in the sciences, scientific innovation and clinical research.