Howerton Appointed Chair of Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s Board of Governors
Russell M. Howerton, M.D., president of Wake Forest Health Network, senior vice president of clinical operations and professor of surgical sciences – oncology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, has been appointed board chairperson of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s (PCORI) board of governors.
Howerton has served on the PCORI board since 2016 and was recently reappointed to a second term.
The PCORI is an independent nonprofit organization authorized by Congress in 2010. Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed healthcare decisions.
Professor Elected to Taiwan’s Top Research Institute
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – September 29, 2022 – Hui-Kuan Lin, Ph.D., professor of cancer biology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, was recently elected as an academician of Academia Sinica (AS), Taiwan’s top research institute, during the 34th Academician Convocation in Taipei, Taiwan. This is the highest recognition of scientists in Taiwan, and academicians of AS are elected every two years.
Established in 1928, AS focuses on studies within the sciences and humanities fields and fosters international academic cooperation and exchanges via an array of key projects with global applications.
Associate Professor Elected Vice President of National Board
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – September 29, 2022 – Lyndsay Madden, D.O., associate professor of otolaryngology – head and neck surgery at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, was recently elected vice president of the Board of Governors for the American Osteopathic Colleges of Ophthalmology/Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
The national organization of ophthalmologists and otolaryngologists in the osteopathic professions began in 1908 with the establishment of the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Section of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). This group has continued through the years to conduct an educational program in ophthalmology and otolaryngology – head and neck surgery in connection with the programs of the AOA which promote and support osteopathic-trained ophthalmologists and otolaryngologists.
Assistant Professor Awarded for Excellence in Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – September 29, 2022 – Miranda Orr, Ph.D., assistant professor of gerontology and geriatric medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, has received the Melvin R. Goodes Prize for Excellence in Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery.
Established in 2015 by the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) in honor of the distinguished leader in the pharmaceutical industry, the Goodes Prize honors an innovative researcher who has made significant and lasting impact in the field. It includes a grant of $150,000 to support future research in Alzheimer’s drug discovery. Orr’s research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease and the effects of tau accumulation on cellular senescence and risk of chronic neurodegenerative diseases.
ADDF is the only charity focused solely on finding drugs for Alzheimer’s disease by funding breakthrough research and enabling leading scientists to pursue ideas to cure the disease that would otherwise go unexplored.
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Staff Awarded by North Carolina Healthcare Association
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – September 29, 2022 – Heather Perkins, director of patient flow, and Karen High, nurse manager, recently received the Healthier Communities Award from the North Carolina Healthcare Association (NCHA) for their work on the Statewide Patient Movement Coordination Team during the height of the COVID-19 surge.
The Healthier Communities Award recognizes collaborative work by an NCHA member institution to promote health and well-being by addressing an identified community need.
The Statewide Patient Movement Coordination Team, formed by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, assessed and coordinated hundreds of patient placements from rural community hospitals into larger hospitals that could provide specialized resources needed by patients.
Professor Named President-Elect of NC Society of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – September 29, 2022 – Eleanor P. Kiell, M.D., assistant professor of otolaryngology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, was recently named president-elect of the North Carolina Society of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery (NC-OHNS) at this year’s annual meeting of the North Carolina/South Carolina Societies of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery in Asheville.
The NC-OHNS is the statewide professional association of otolaryngologists in North Carolina and represents over 400 otolaryngologists – head and neck surgeons. Through education, advocacy, communications and professional relations, the NC-OHNS promotes excellence in patient care and represents the interests of otolaryngologists.
Professor Elected President of Association of Specialty Professors
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – September 29, 2022 – Vera Luther, M.D., professor of infectious diseases and director of the infectious diseases fellowship program at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, has been elected president of the Association of Specialty Professors (ASP), a founding member organization of the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine. Luther’s term began on July 1, 2022.
The ASP, founded in 1994, is the organization of specialty internal medicine divisions at medical schools and community teaching hospitals in the United States and Canada. The association represents fellowship program directors, division chiefs, and physician faculty involved in an accredited internal medicine specialty fellowship program or its division.
Professor Elected Fellow of Infectious Diseases Society of America
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – September 29, 2022 – Werner Bischoff, M.D., Ph.D., professor of infectious diseases at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, was recently elected a fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA).
Fellowship in IDSA is one of the highest honors in the field of infectious diseases and is given to those who have achieved professional excellence and provided significant service to the profession. Applicants for IDSA Fellowship must be nominated by their peers and meet specific criteria, including continuing identification with the field of infectious diseases, national or regional recognition, and publication of their scholarly work.
The IDSA is a community of over 12,000 physicians, scientists, and public health experts who specialize in infectious diseases. The purpose of this organization is to improve the health of individuals, communities, and society by promoting excellence in patient care, education, research, public health, and prevention relating to infectious diseases.
Assistant Professor Named Fellow of American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – September 29, 2022 – Kristin Henderson, DNAP, assistant professor of academic nursing at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, was recently inducted as a fellow of the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) Class of 2022.
Founded in 1931, the AANA is a professional association representing over 59,000 CRNAs and student registered nurse anesthesiologists nationwide. Fellows of the AANA are recognized as one of the most accomplished leaders in the profession of nurse anesthesiology.
In 2016, Henderson innovated and developed the simulation testing component of the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists Reentry Program. As a result, 35 CRNAs across the country have reentered practice. She also led an institutional effort of obtaining the first Society for Simulation in Healthcare accreditation of a standalone CRNA program.