2022 BOG Awards
View the 2022 Awardees of the Practitioner of Excellence Award and the Model Society Award
2022 BOG Practitioner of Excellence Award
This year’s BOG Practitioner of Excellence awardee is G. Lee Bryant, Jr., MD, who has served his medical community and ENT practice as chair of the Board of Trustees of Summit Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, and chair of the Department of Surgery of Summit Medical Center. He is an active staff member and member of the Medical Executive Committee at Summit Surgery Center and was president of Allergy & ENT Associates of Middle Tennessee from 2006 to 2021.
In July 2021 Dr. Bryant was diagnosed with subungual malignant melanoma of his right thumb. A right-handed physician, he had surgery for partial amputation of his dominant thumb and sentinel node dissection of right axilla, and he has now completed a year-long treatment of chemoimmunotherapy. Despite these challenges, Dr. Bryant returned to work in September 2021 by teaching himself how to operate again despite losing half his thumb. He has chronicled his medical journey on a blog, drleebryant.com, that has a worldwide following.
In addition, Dr. Bryant is a clinical instructor at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where he graduated from medical school and completed his surgical internship and training in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. He is also a clinical instructor for the Trevecca Nazarene University Physician Assistant Program in Nashville.
Dr. Bryant has persevered in the face of adversity and is an inspiration to all by refusing to give up and striving to overcome his physical obstacles while continuing to demand and deliver excellence in patient care.
2022 BOG Model Society Award
The Pennsylvania Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (PAO-HNS) is the recipient of the 2022 BOG Model Society Award. Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the PAO-HNS has remained active with a robust membership. When it became clear that the PAO-HNS 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting could not be held in person, the organization quickly and effectively transitioned to a virtual meeting. Not only did it successfully maintain the meeting agenda, but increased meeting attendance compared to previous years.
In 2021 the PAO-HNS again held a successful virtual meeting, which featured guest of honor Carol R. Bradford, MD, MS, then-President of the AAO-HNS/F. At the annual PAO-HNS Women in Otolaryngology lectureship, Dr. Bradford delivered a talk on the importance of physician wellness, especially critical during the ongoing management of a pandemic.
In addition to physician wellness and the continued recognition of women in otolaryngology, the PAO-HNS recently placed directed focus on patient safety. Patient safety and quality improvement (PSQI) was highlighted as a session as well as an abstract category at the PAO-HNS 2022 Annual Scientific Meeting. The organization formed a PSQI Committee, which will move from an ad hoc status to a standing committee in 2022. The PAO-HNS also introduced an enhanced committee structure that is designed to increase membership engagement.