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2014 Presidential Citations Include Surprise Presentation

David R. Nielsen, MD, EVP/CEO

David R. Nielsen, MD, EVP/CEO

Presidential Citations recognize individuals selected by the president for their outstanding contributions and dedication to the Academy and Foundation.

President Richard W. Waguespack, MD, presented a surprise fourth Presidential Citation during the Opening Ceremony on Sunday. With the following words, he honored David R. Nielsen, MD, EVP/CEO.

“I’d like to recognize an Academy leader who has had a profound effect on its culture in so many positive ways. He is always seeking to continually improve it—and by extension—our specialty and profession. He will have been with us for 13 years in January when his term ends. With his wisdom and judgment, he will leave us on a positive trajectory to deal with the challenges we face in the future. 

“The positive effects of his efforts on our behalf, within the walls of 1650 Diagonal Road and without, will continue for many years to come.” 

Byron J. Bailey, MD

Byron J. Bailey, MD

Byron J. Bailey, MD

The short biography of Byron J. Bailey, MD, Chairman Emeritus of otolaryngology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX, outlines a figure of tremendous stature.

Dr. Waguespack noted two more personal descriptors of Dr. Bailey in his 2014 Presidential Citation, “I choose…friend and mentor, for someone who has truly been my ‘professional’ father, and which almost equally applies to his wife, Margi.”

Dr. Bailey graduated from and took his residency at the University of Oklahoma and its College of Medicine. He followed that with a residency in head and neck surgery from UCLA and then served four years on its faculty. From 1968 to 2003, he took a position at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston as the Wiess Professor and Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology.

He has been involved with specialty societies from the start of his career, notably the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery and its Foundation, serving as its 1998-1999 president. He has led many others in that capacity, including the Society of University Otolaryngologists, the Texas Association of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, the Association of Academic Departments of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the American Society for Head and Neck Surgery, the American Board of Otolaryngology, the American Laryngological Association, and the National Association of Physicians for the Environment.

He has received the Academy’s Jerome C. Goldstein, MD Public Service Award and the Distinguished Award for Humanitarian Efforts.

Reginald F. Baugh, MD

Reginald F. Baugh, MD

Reginald F. Baugh, MD

For much of the past 20 years, Reginald F. Baugh, MD, has worked to improve patient safety and quality care by involving himself in emerging initiatives essential to the evolution of patient care in the U.S.

According to Dr. Waguespack, speaking on this 2014 Presidential Citation, “Reggie is being honored for contributing to the advancement of patient safety and quality improvement in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. He has demonstrated this commitment by chairing several Clinical Practice Guideline workgroups, participating in survey and database studies, while educating our membership about these topics.”

Dr. Baugh earned his medical degree and completed residency at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. His otolaryngic focus has centered on pediatric otolaryngology, sleep medicine, and sinus disease. He is professor and chief, Department of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology at the University of Toledo.

Dr. Baugh was an early adapter of the drive for patient safety and quality. His activities have included contributing to advancing the Foundation’s clinical practice guidelines program, serving as assistant chair, Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) Guideline (November 2008); chair, Tonsillectomy Guideline (January 2011); and chair, Bell’s Palsy guideline (November 2013)

He devoted time to improving the regulatory side of care delivery providing leadership as the physician liaison from PSQI to the Ambulatory Quality Alliance (AQA), a voluntary multi-stakeholder collaborative determined to improve performance measurement, data aggregation, and reporting in the ambulatory care setting.

Dr. Baugh’s commitment to improved care led him to the position of frequent Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery reviewer and a deeper commitment still as a member of its editorial board.

Julius N. (Buddy) Hicks, MD (posthumously)

Julius N. (Buddy) Hicks, MD

Julius N. (Buddy) Hicks, MD

Alabama claims Julius N. (Buddy) Hicks, MD, as one of its own. He was born in Enterprise, AL, and became one of its most influential otolaryngologists. 

Dr. Waguespack honored the life of Dr. Hicks with a Presidential Citation that specifies, “…he truly fostered our specialty’s betterment for decades.” Dr. Waguespack further cited Dr. Hicks’ encouragement and professional support into his career. 

After graduating from Duke Medical School in 1953, Dr. Hicks completed an internship and six months of the otolaryngology residency program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He then served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force for two years.

In 1960 he completed residency in otolaryngology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston. However, it was not long (1961) before the Alabamian returned to his roots at the UAB division of otolaryngology head and neck surgery. There he continued to enhance his knowledge and skill to become professor and director in 1985.

When Dr. Hicks retired from that role in 1992, he became a professor emeritus, but did not stop advocating for patient health joining an AAO-HNS campaign that explored the effects of air pollution on health. He is called a pioneer in his field. During his life and since his death in 2009, he has been internationally honored as a researcher, clinician, distinguished surgeon, author, teacher, society leader, and mentor of many grateful otolaryngologists.