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2014 Award Honorees Celebrated During Annual Meeting

Distinguished Award for Humanitarian Service

J. Thomas Roland Jr., MD

J. Thomas Roland Jr., MD

J. Thomas Roland Jr., MD

J. Thomas Roland, Jr., MD, is chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York, NY. His clinical work is in the disciplines of otology/neurotology and skull base surgery. He is co-director of the NYU Cochlear Implant Center where in addition to seeing patients, he conducts research on cochlear implants, auditory brainstem implants and the management of acoustic neuroma and other skull base lesions. Together with pediatric neurologist, Jeffrey C. Allen, MD, and neurosurgeon, John George Golfinos, MD, Dr. Roland initiated and helped establish the NYU Langone Comprehensive Neurofibromatosis Center. 

Dr. Roland has a decade’s worth of experience training physicians abroad on cochlear implantation techniques. He has assisted in the development of a cochlear implant center in Jerusalem, and travels annually to Uganda to teach otology and neurotology. Dr. Roland is a lt. commander in the Inactive Reserve Corps of the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. While on active duty from 1986 to 1988, he served as clinical director of Fort Yuma Public Health Service Indian Hospital. 

Dr. Roland is a graduate of the Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. He completed his residencies and clinical fellowships at NYU Langone Medical Center. 

This Distinguished Award for Humanitarian Service is bestowed on a member who gives freely of professional skills to those who cannot otherwise receive them, physically or financially.

Holt Leadership Award

Jayme R. Dowdall, MD

Jayme R. Dowdall, MD

Jayme R. Dowdall, MD

Jayme R. Dowdall, MD, is an instructor in the Department of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School, and medical director of the Voice Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she focuses on performing arts medicine and vocal fold immobility. As part of the hospital’s Women’s Lung Health Program, she also studies the influence of gender on laryngeal diseases. Her work has appeared in more than 15 peer-reviewed publications and her research on laryngeal epithelium is applied in the Rajagopal Lab at the Center for Regenerative Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital on behalf of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. 

Dr. Dowdall was elected resident liaison for the Society of University Otolaryngologists in 2009 and resident liaison for the Centralized Otolaryngology Research Efforts (CORE) Study Section in 2010. She served the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery’s Section for Residents and Fellows In-Training as vice chair, chair, and immediate past chair. She is a recipient of the Section’s Adam T. Ross Leadership Excellence Award. Dr. Dowdall is now site director for the Harvard otolaryngology residents at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Dr. Dowdall completed her residency at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, followed by a laryngology fellowship under the direction of Ramon Franco, MD. 

The Holt Leadership Award is awarded annually at the Annual Meeting to the resident or fellow-in-training who best exemplifies the attributes of a young leader—honesty, integrity, fairness, advocacy, and enthusiasm.

Gold Foundation for Humanism in Medicine Award

Raul M. Cruz, MD

0924-Cruz_lrRaul M. Cruz, MD, a staff otolaryngologist and program director with Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, CA, received the Arnold P. Gold Foundation for Humanism in Medicine Award for his work as a medical volunteer and for establishing clinical medical mission rotations for his residents. Born in Texas, he shows exceptional cultural sensitivity when working with patients and family members of diverse backgrounds.

After graduating from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas in 1982, he completed residency training at the University of Virginia Medical Center, before joining Kaiser Permanente in 1988. 

Noted for his compassion and empathy in caring for patients, Dr. Cruz has been tireless in his efforts to reach the underserved, both in the Bay area, where he has chaired the Bay Area Residents Research Symposium since 1993, and in Central America, leading humanitarian missions to Guatemala and Nicaragua. 

He is on the Advisory Board of Operation Access (OA), which enables Bay Area healthcare providers to donate vital surgical and specialty care to people in need. For more than 16 years of service, he has performed more pro bono Operation Access cases than any other surgeon. 

Building a culture of service in his department, he has championed global health. Since 1991 Dr. Cruz has led medical relief trips of residents and faculty to Guatemala, serving at the Hospital de la Familia as team leader and Board member.

To quote Dr. Cruz’s department chair, Raymond Hilsinger, Jr., MD, “The beauty of what Dr. Cruz has started has multiplied to many others.” Congratulations to Dr. Cruz on this well-deserved recognition. 

This award recognizes an Academy member who is a practicing physician exemplifying outstanding humanism in caring for patients.

Jerome C. Goldstein, MD, Public Service Award

Keith F. DeSonier, MD

Keith F. DeSonier, MD

Keith F. DeSonier, MD

Keith F. DeSonier, MD, is known for his commitment to public health and the passage of patient and physician-friendly legislation. He is a practitioner at ENT Associates in Lake Charles, LA, and is director of the Otology Clinic at Children Special Health Services at the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. He is chief of staff at the Surgical Outpatient Center of Lake Charles, and an active board member at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital. 

Dr. DeSonier is chair of both the Council on Legislation of the Louisiana State Medical Society and the Louisiana Medical Political Action Committee. He has also served the Louisiana State Medical Society as president and chair of the Board of Councilors/Board of Governors. 

As an educator for the Armed Services, Dr. DeSonier instructed military surgeons during Desert Shield/Desert Storm at Brooke Army Medical Center as the Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Residency Program instructor and then as assistant department chief.

Dr. DeSonier earned his medical degree from Louisiana State University in New Orleans, and interned at Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI. He took on residencies in surgery and otolaryngology at Darnall Army Hospital, Fort Hood, TX, and Brooke Army Medical Center, Ft. Sam Houston, TX. Dr. DeSonier completed his fellowship in head and neck surgery at St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center in New York, NY.