BOG Practitioner Excellence Award: Kathleen C Y Sie, MD

August 2020 – Vol. 39, No. 7

BOG Practitioner Excellence Award: Kathleen C Y Sie, MD

The BOG Practitioner Excellence Award recognizes the prototypical clinical otolaryngologist one wishes to emulate. In addition to his or her clinical skills, the nominee possesses: civic leadership, charitable activity, leadership involvement with local, state, regional, or national medical organizations, community education, or engagement in local civic and/or community activities.

The recipient of the 2020 BOG Practitioner Excellence Award is Kathleen C Y Sie, MD, division chief, Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at Seattle Children’s Hospital; director of the UW Medicine Childhood Communication Center; UW Richard and Francine Loeb Endowed Chair in Childhood Communication Research; and UW professor of head and neck surgery.

The nomination of Dr. Sie noted her dedication to providing patients with the best possible care. In seeking ways to improve quality of life for her patients, she started a hearing loss clinic at Seattle Children’s Hospital that not only includes access to medical care and psychological well-being but also financial and educational aid to patients in need.

Dr. Sie is also noted for the constant support she offers to residents and fellows through her teachings and grant opportunities—training countless surgeons to approach clinic in a manner that focuses on effective communication among patients and all members of the healthcare team.