Health policy scholarship awarded

May 2017 - Vol. 36, No. 04

Gavin Setzen, MD

The AAO-HNS and the  American  College of Surgeons (ACS) offer an annual scholarship  to subsidize  attendance and participation in the Leadership Program  in Health Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

This year’s scholarship has been awarded to Gavin Setzen, MD, AAO-HNS/F president-elect. Dr. Setzen will attend the intensive one-week June program that is designed to equip healthcare leaders with education and skills to participate in policy reform and create groundbreaking solutions to improve the quality, cost-effectiveness, and efficiency of healthcare. Scholars are required to provide one year’s health policy-related assistance to the AAO-HNS and the ACS.

ACS anticipates that the program alumni will serve as state councilors for the SurgeonsVoice program, a grassroots initiative meant to foster relationships with Members of Congress.

Dr. Setzen obtained his medical degree in Johannesburg, South Africa. After spending two years in general surgery at North Shore University Hospital, Cornell University Medical College, he completed a five-year residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at Albany Medical Center. Dr. Setzen, who practices in Albany, NY, has special interest in allergy diagnosis and immunotherapy, rhinology, and paranasal sinus disease, and endocrine surgery. He is president of the New York State Society of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery  and past president of the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission for CT imaging.  Dr. Setzen has served this Academy as past Chair of the Board of Governors.