2016 BOG Awards announced

August 2016 - Vol. 35, No. 7

ENT_SocietyEach year, the AAO-HNS Board of Governors (BOG) highlights outstanding individual efforts of its state societies and Members. Below are the results of the 2016 BOG Awards. Congratulations to the winners!

BOG Model Society Award

The Model Society Award recognizes outstanding local/state/regional societies that exhibit effective leadership. The 2016 Model Society Award is based on activities from February 1, 2015, through January 31, 2016.

The Connecticut Ear, Nose & Throat Society (CT ENT Society) is the recipient of the 2016 BOG Model Society Award. The CT ENT Society is well-represented on the BOG by David S. Boisoneau, MD, BOG governor, Raymond Winicki, MD, BOG legislative representative, and Ken Yanagisawa, MD, BOG Socioeconomic & Grassroots representative.

In 2015, CT ENT Society participated in several public awareness activities, including, but not limited to, a Doctor’s Day at the Capitol, the organization of many free statewide head and neck cancer screenings during Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Week, political candidate fundraisers, and a World Voice Day proclamation/resolution in the state legislature. The CT ENT Society also provided two full-day educational (CME) meetings, participated in an annual conference for office and practice administrators, conducted monthly meetings of their executive committee, and hosted an active website to keep their membership informed.

BOG Model Society Honorable Mention Award

vsobannerThe Virginia Society of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery (VSO-HNS) is recognized with the 2016 BOG Model Society Honorable Mention Award. The society is well-represented on the BOG by Spencer C. Payne, MD, BOG governor, Patrick J. Gibbons, MD, BOG legislative representative, and Eric M. Gessler, MD, BOG Socioeconomic & Grassroots representative.

The VSO-HNS provided a free screening for head and neck cancer at the Richmond International Raceway to help raise awareness and identify risks. Society members from across the state, including representatives from all VA academic departments, participated in the event. The VSO-HNS also held its annual White Coat Day where members visited with their state delegates and senators, as well as with other members of the general assembly committees with jurisdiction over critical healthcare legislation.

BOG Practitioner Excellence Award

Dr_EijiThe Practitioner Excellence Award recognizes the prototypical clinical otolaryngologist one wishes to emulate and is sought out by other physicians because of their personal and effective patient care. In addition to his or her clinical skills, the nominee must possess one or more of the following attributes: civic leadership; charitable activity; leadership involvement with local, state, regional, or national medical organizations; community education; or engagement in other local community activities.

The 2016 BOG Practitioner Excellence Award is presented to Eiji Yanagisawa, MD. Dr. Yanagisawa’s remarkable career spanning 50 years as a mentor and colleague to many epitomizes the Practitioner Excellence qualities. He has profoundly influenced the training and development of over 100 Yale residents, serving as a role model in advancing patient care. He pioneered the art of photo/video documentation techniques and donated his lifetime work to the AAO-HNS/F Yanagisawa Image Library for all otolaryngologists to use and share.

Please join the BOG to honor the award recipients during the BOG General Assembly meeting, Monday, September 19, 5:00-7:00pm, in San Diego, CA.