Sandra Olson, MD ’63, GME ’68, ’69, a neurologist in Chicago, was honored by the American Medical Association with the 2011 Distinguished Service Award. The award is presented for meritorious service in the science and art of medicine.
Joseph Gugenheim, MD ’72, was appointed to the advisory board of the Northwestern Comprehensive Center on Obesity. Dr. Gugenheim, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at University of Texas Medical Branch, was listed as a super doctor by Texas Monthly magazine and part of the top one percent of orthopedic surgeons in the United States by U.S. News and World Report. He recently published a research study on obesity in children and adolescents in the journal Obesity.
Vivian Wing, MD ’79, GME ’80, was awarded a fellowship by the American College of Radiology at their annual meeting. The ACR fellowship recognizes members for distinguished service to the College, organized radiology, teaching, or research. Only 12 percent of ACR members have received this honor. Dr. Wing serves as chairman of the Department of Medical Imaging at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, Calif., and is president-elect of the California Radiological Society.
Michael Racenstein, MD ’88, of Wilmette, Ill., was named a fellow of the American College of Radiology. He was also one of 13 Chicago-area men named as an inaugural Pink Tie Guy of the Susan G. Komen Foundation in October 2011. He currently serves as chairman of the Department of Radiology and section chief of women’s imaging at Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village, Ill.
Jon Rose, PhD ’89, received the Essie Morgan Excellence Award from the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals. This award is given to a member of the ASCIP who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the areas of psychosocial adjustment and rehabilitation of persons with SCI in service delivery, research, education, or administration.
William Small, Jr., MD ’90, GME ’91, ’94, a professor of radiation oncology at Northwestern, was named a fellow in the American Society for Radiation Oncology.
Vikram Khanna, MD ’95, of South Barrington, Ill., received several local awards including 2011 Best of the Fox (Dermatology), 2010 Most Compassionate Doctor Award, and 2010 Patients’ Choice Award.
Laura Dwyer, MD ’09, was elected chief family medicine resident for 2011-2012 at Tulane University Medical Center.
Harold Paz, MD, GME ’85, ’86, chief executive officer of Penn State Hershey Medical Center, senior vice president for health affairs at Penn State, and dean of the Penn State College of Medicine, was named to a leadership position on the Council of Deans of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The Council of Deans provides a venue for deans of the nation’s medical schools to address the concerns of their constituents, including medical students, graduate students, physicians, scientists, and physicians-in-training. Among the issues awaiting the council’s action in the coming year are proposed changes to the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Dr. Paz will serve one year as chair-elect of the council followed by one year as chair. The appointment includes a concurrent two-year term on the AAMC’s 17-member board of directors.
Kristen Thomas, MD, GME ’96, was named division chief of pediatric radiology for the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. She also serves as the program director for the diagnostic radiology residency program.