Life at
the Frontier

Warren “Dr. Adventure” Zapol, MD
Emeritus Anesthetist-in-Chief at MGH, Reginald Jenney Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School, and Chief Anesthesiologist at MGH from 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.

Dr. Warren Zapol in a submarine
Warren Zapol and a penguine
Warren Zapol presents the 2017 Lindahl Lecture at the Napa Pain Conference

About the
Lindahl Lecture

Sten Lindahl addressing the Nobel assembly

The Lindahl Lecture was founded in 2013 in honor of Dr. Sten Lindahl, Chair Emeritus of the Nobel Committee in Physiology or Medicine, Professor Emeritus at Karolinska Institutet, and the kindest, most amazing man you’ll ever meet.

The Lindahl Lecture honors  mentorship as the foundation of innovation and scientific advancement.

In keeping with our mission, admission to the Lindahl Lectures are free to all students and researchers with interests in the sciences, innovation and clinical research.

Prior recipients

2016   Dr. Kevin J. Tracey
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2015   Nobel Prize Winner
Dr. Bruce Beutler

2014   Dr. Robert Langer

2013   Dr. Sten Lindahl