- School of Medicine Distinguished Alumni Award (2009)
David E. Longnecker M.D. is the Robert D. Dripps Professor Emeritus of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania and a Director at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the organization of U.S. medical schools and teaching hospitals. At AAMC, he leads the development of a national organization for Chief Medical Officers, the physicians who are responsible for coordinating clinical care, clinical service and patient safety in academic medical centers.
He received his undergraduate and medical education at Indiana University. Dr. Longnecker previously worked as a physician-scientist and medical educator at the University of Missouri, the University of Virginia and the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, Vice Dean for Professional Services and Senior Vice President-Corporate Chief Medical Officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. He has authored scientific articles and chapters, and was the editor of six medical textbooks. He has served as President of the American Board of Anesthesiology, President of the National Resident Matching Program, President of the Association of University Anesthesiologists, and founding President of the W.T.G. Morton Society. He is a fellow (by election) of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (UK) and member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences, working primarily to assist NASA in numerous endeavors in astronaut health.