Ig winner named Hero Of Emergency Medicine

The American College of Emergency Physicians Thursday recognized Francis Miller Fesmire, MD, FACEP, medical director of the Chest Pain Center at Erlanger Medical Center, as a “Hero of Emergency Medicine.” … He was honored with the Emergency Medicine Foundation’s “Young Investigator Award” in 1996 and gained international notoriety when he won the 2006 “Ig Nobel Prize in Medicine” for a 1988 case report detailing a unique cure for hiccups. His current interest is the development of artificial intelligence networks to assist physicians in clinical decision making.

So says a June 5, 2008 Chattanoogan report. The Chatanoogan Times reported that:

He also won the 2006 Ig Nobel Prize in Medicine for a 1988 case report discussing a cure for hiccups. The Ig Nobel award is a spoof on the Nobel Prize, Dr. Fesmire said. The cure that he described in a brief paper proposed digital rectal massage as a cure for hiccups, he said.

“It’s one of these things that’s gonna haunt me for the rest of my life,” he said, laughing.

In reflecting upon his recent award, he said, “I’m very honored because I feel like my cardiac research and my participation on these committees is being recognized. I want to be more than my Ig Nobel prize.”