Toshihiko Koga, MD International Medal
The International Council for Respiratory Care (ICRC) continues to benefit from the professional and humanitarian contributions of the late Dr. Toshihiko Koga, one of the founding members of the ICRC.
Through his dedication and visionary thinking, Dr. Koga significantly contributed to the development and globalization of respiratory care. Following his untimely passing in 2004, the ICRC voted unanimously to establish this award in his honor and memory. Now, bestowed annually since 2007, the Koga Medal, the ICRC’s most prestigious award, recognizes an individual for excellence in promoting the globalization of quality respiratory care.
Toshihiko Koga, MD
Dr. Koga accomplished much in a very short period of time. He was recognized as a leading advocate for high quality respiratory care in Japan, where he sponsored and organized numerous seminars throughout the country. He also served as the President for The Pan Pacific Forum on Respiratory Care. In the early 1990s, he began formal meetings with representatives of the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC). Soon thereafter, many were invited to Japan to share their expert knowledge at one or more of his various seminars. In 1994, Dr. Koga was selected as an ARCF International Fellow, allowing him to spend two weeks observing the practice of respiratory care in the US.
Dr. Koga later established formal agreements with the AARC to translate into Japanese certain Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG’s), as well as selected articles from the journal Respiratory Care and AARC Times. In addition to being a founding member of the ICRC, until his passing, Dr. Koga served with distinction an ICRC Governor for Japan, and as a member of the ICRC Executive Committee.
It is in this spirit and in continuing recognition of Dr. Toshihiko Koga, that the ICRC recognize an individual for excellence in promoting the globalization of quality respiratory care.
Selection Criteria for the Dr. Toshihiko Koga Medal
Recipients of the Koga Medal will have demonstrated, by example, a commitment to:
|2022||Dr. Jerome Sullivan|
|2021||Dr. Michael D. Davis|
|2020||Tim A. Larson|
|2017||Dr. Norihiro Kaneko|
|2016||Dr. Lisa Trujillo|
|2015||Lonny J. Ashworth|
|2014||Dr. Louis Sinopoli,
received by his wife
|2013||Dr. Hector Leon-Garza|
|2007||Mrs. Kazue Koga|
2007 was the first inauguration of the Koga Medal. It was presented to both Michael Amato and Toshihiko Koga’s wife.