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Peter Safar Honored at the Austrian American Cultural Society Award Ceremony

Wed, 10/01/2014

The late Dr. Peter Safar was honored at an award ceremony through The Alliance of Germanic Societies of Pittsburgh and The Austrian American Cultural Society. The event was held on Saturday, September 13, at the Teutonia Männerchor on Pittsburgh's Northside, and was attended by Jan Smith who was representing the Peter and Eva Safar family.

Jan Smith recounts that Mr. Robert Tate, representing The Austrian American Cultural Society, “was very impressive in his accounting of what Peter did and meant to Society and Mankind in general.”

Jan Smith also noted that the Austrian Consul General for the Pittsburgh Consulate, Mr. Edgar Braun, “was also present and recounted to me the honor bestowed on Peter by the Austrian People in 1999.”

An Honor Plaque and Proclamation, which was presented at the event, will be placed in the Safar Institute Commemorative room.

Dr. Peter Safar, who is considered the “Father of CPR,” is one of the founders of the Department of Critical Care Medicine. His accolades and achievements are numerous, and include three nominations for the Nobel Prize.

Dr. Jan D. Smith is a Clinical Professor and Clinician Emeritus in the Department of Anesthesiology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Smith first came to the university in 1967 as a critical care medicine fellow under the mentorship of Dr. Peter Safar, and has served as a volunteer physician in countries all over the world.