Published: July 24, 2015

Annual Meeting service and leadership awards

Each year this honor is given to a member who is widely recognized for a consistent, stable character distinguished by honesty, zeal for truth, integrity, love and devotion to humanity and a self-giving spirit.

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Each year this honor is given to a member who is widely recognized for a consistent, stable character distinguished by honesty, zeal for truth, integrity, love and devotion to humanity and a self-giving spirit.

Dennis H. Snyder, MD

snyderA year after completing his residency training at the Tufts University/Boston University combined otolaryngology program, Dennis H. Snyder, MD, founded Medical Missions for Children (MMFC), a Boston-based charity that focuses on the surgical care of children with cleft lip, cleft palate, burn injuries, and microtia. Since 1991, MMFC has sponsored more than 350 missions worldwide. Dr. Snyder, MMFC’s chairman since its inception, has been a surgical volunteer/team leader in more than 130 missions in 15 different countries.

Dr. Snyder also has volunteered with a number of other medical charitable organizations, including Por Christo, Project Perfect World, Healing the Children, and The Smile Train.

Dr. Snyder’s personal involvement inspired one colleague to note, “His fervor is contagious as evidenced by the numerous colleagues that have supported his missions by directly volunteering or with financial support.”

Dr. Snyder is on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and Tufts Medical School, and he is the senior partner in a large single specialty practice in Massachusetts. He has contributed to the education and training of more than 200 otolaryngology residents from 12 different training programs in cleft care, craniofacial deformities, and international pro bono medicine. In 2006, he spearheaded the establishment of a comprehensive cleft lip and palate program at Tufts Medical Center.

Due to Dr. Snyder’s dedication to provide quality surgical and dental services to poor, underprivileged children and young adults throughout the world, he is a role model for the specialty and will be honored with this award.

2015 Holt Leadership Award

The Holt Leadership Award is given to a resident or fellow who best exemplifies the attributes of a young leader—honesty, integrity, fairness, advocacy, and enthusiasm.

Nikhila P.  Raol, MD, MPH

raolNikhila P.  Raol, MD, MPH, received her bachelor of arts degree at Rice University in Houston, TX. She went on to get her MD at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and subsequently completed her residency in the Bobby R. Alford Department of Otolaryngology at Baylor College of Medicine.  She is currently in her third year of her pediatric otolaryngology fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary at Harvard Medical School. She is also a Cabot fellow at the Center for Surgery and Public Health at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she is studying and conducting health services research. During her fellowship, she completed her Master of Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Raol has published more than 20 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, has served as a book editor, has participated in humanitarian outreach, and has won awards for leadership and teaching. She has been active in the Academy for the past five years, beginning as a third-year resident, serving in a number of leadership roles in the Section for Residents and Fellows. She aspires to continue her career in academic pediatric otolaryngology with a special interest in health services research.

Dr. Raol is receiving this award for serving as vice-chair, chair, and immediate past chair of the Section for Residents and Fellows and for her unwavering support and promotion of the AAO-HNS mission and goals.

2015 Jerome C. Goldstein, MD Public Service Award

The Jerome C. Goldstein, MD Public Service Award recognizes Members for commitment and achievement in service, either to the public or to other United States’ organizations, when such service promises to improve patient welfare.

Charles E. Moore, MD

mooreCharles E. Moore, MD, received a bachelor’s of science degree from Union College and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School.  He subsequently completed residency training in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery and fellowship training in craniomaxillofacial-cranial base, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Michigan. Dr. Moore is currently the Chief of Service in the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at Grady Health System and a faculty member at Emory University.  His research focus has been in the investigation of factors involved in healthcare disparity with a particular focus on head and neck cancer incidence in medically underserved communities.  He is also actively involved in research of craniomaxillofacial trauma and anterior cranial base tumor pathology.

Dr. Moore is the president and founder of Health Education, Assessment and Leadership (HEAL), Inc. In this position, he has created a free and affordable health center for underserved areas. Dr. Moore is the recipient of the AMA Foundation Pride in Profession, Excellence in Medicine Award, and the 2011 Gold Foundation Award for Humanism in Medicine.  He is also the recipient of the Zenith Award for Community Activism from the City of Atlanta for his work in impoverished communities.

Dr.  Moore’s dedication, passion, and longstanding service to improve the lives of others, specifically through the Health Education Coalition of Atlanta, which gives free medical care to communities in need, has earned him this award.



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