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Vital Signs

Worthy of note: Honors, awards, appointments, etc.

Mark Israel, M.D., director of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center and a professor of pediatrics, was recently elected to the board of directors of the Association of American Cancer Institutes. The association promotes the common interests of the nation's leading academic cancer centers.

Jennifer Loros, Ph.D., a professor of biochemistry, was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as a member of the Section on Biological Sciences.

Carolyn Kerrigan, M.D.C.M., a professor of surgery, was named president of the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation, the educational and research arm of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. She is also chief of plastic surgery at DHMC and director of the plastic surgery residency program.

Michael Zegans, M.D., an associate professor of surgery, was appointed to the board of directors of the Ocular Microbiology and Immunology Group, a society affiliated with the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Aniko Naray-Fejes-Toth, M.D., a professor of physiology, has been appointed associate editor of the journal Endocrinology.

Corey Siegel, M.D., an assistant professor of medicine, received a

Research Excellence in GI and Liver (REGAL) Award for a paper he published in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The REGAL Awards are sponsored by the University of Kansas Medical Center and several pharmaceutical and medical device companies.

John Butterly, M.D., an associate professor of medicine and DHMC's executive medical director, received the Medical Staff Award of the New Hampshire Hospital Association. The award recognizes outstanding service to hospital and community.

H. Worth Parker, M.D., an associate professor of medicine, has received the Robert Kerr Founder's Award from the American Lung Association 's New Hampshire chapter, for his work to improve the lives of those with lung disease, especially cystic fibrosis.

Lee Witters, M.D., a professor of medicine, received Dartmouth College's inaugural Linda and Paul Gridley Faculty Fellow award. It is given to a faculty member who "enhances the integration of students' academic and social lives by interacting with students outside the classroom." He is the adviser of the undergraduate premedical society.

Robert Zwolak, M.D., Ph.D., a professor of surgery, was appointed to the physicians' advisory board of Humana, Inc., a managedcare organization based in Louisville, Ky.

Jeannine Mills, M.S., R.D., an outpatient dietitian at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, was named the 2006 Outstanding Dietitian of the Year by the American Dietetic Association's New Hampshire chapter.

DHMC was ranked as one of the nation's Top 100 Cardiac Hospitals by Solucient, a healthcare data firm. The rankings were published in Modern Healthcare magazine.

The 2006 Best Benefits Practice Award was presented to DHMC by the New England Employee Benefits Council, for innovation and creativity in employee benefit programs.

DHMC received eHealthcare Leadership Awards from eHealthcare Strategy and Trends, which recognizes the best health-care websites. DHMC's online "Quality Reports" won a platinum award in the Best Quality Communication category, and the "Patient Online" service won a silver award as a Best Interactive Site.

DHMC was recently presented with an Organ Donation Medal of Honor by the Department of Health and Human Services.

The Environmental Protection Agency put DHMC on it Best Workplaces for Commuters list once again in 2006.

The White River Junction, Vt., VA Medical Center was chosen to receive a 2006 Circle of Excellence Award from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. It was the second straight year that the VA received this award.

Errata: An article in the Fall "Vital Signs" section about the establishment of a DMS chapter of a national humanism in medicine society contained two errors. The name of the group is the Gold Humanism Honor Society, and the organization that established the society was founded by Arnold Gold, not Ronald Gold. We are . . . if you'll pardon us . . . gilt-stricken about the errors.

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