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

Three members of the DMS faculty were recently appointed to endowed professorships, one of academe's greatest honors:

James Weinstein, D.O., copresident of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, director of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, and a professor of orthopaedics, was appointed to the Peggy Y. Thomson Professorship in the Evaluative Clinical Sciences. Established in 1994 by Dr. Andrew Thomson, DC '46, in honor of his wife, it was the first endowed chair in the U.S. devoted to this health services field. For more about Weinstein, see the feature "Delivering the goods" and the Spring 2010 article "Orthopaedist Weinstein is named Clinic president".

Elliott Fisher, M.D., a professor of medicine and director of the Center for Population Health and Policy, was named to the James W. Squires, M.D., Professorship. It was established to honor Dr. Squires, director of the New Hampshire Endowment for Health and founder of the Matthew Thornton Health Plan. For more about Fisher's work, see the articles here and here.

And Jason Moore, Ph.D., a professor of genetics and director of bioinformatics, was appointed to the Third Century Professorship. This chair was established to recognize excellence in teaching and scholarship and to enable the incumbent to develop innovations in teaching and education. For more about Moore, see the Spring 2010 article "Moore and more".

Robert Zwolak, M.D., a professor of surgery, was elected president of the Society for Vascular Surgery.

David Goodman, M.D., a professor of pediatrics, was appointed to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Committee to Review Criteria for the Designation of Medically Underserved Areas and Health Professional Shortage Areas.

Dennis McCullough, M.D., an associate professor of community and family medicine, was named Family Physician of the Year by the New Hampshire chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Ardis Olson, M.D., a professor of pediatrics, was named Pediatrician of the Year by the New Hampshire chapter of the American Pediatrics Society.

David Malenka, M.D., a professor of medicine, was named to the American Heart Association's Research Committee.

Gregory Tsongalis, Ph.D., an associate professor of pathology, received the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry Award for his contributions to molecular diagnostics.

Stefan Balan, M.D., an assistant professor of medicine, was presented with the American Cancer Society's Lane Adams Quality of Life Award.

Michael Zubkoff, Ph.D., a professor of community and family medicine, was named a trustee of American University in Kosovo.

Liliane Sznycer, M.D., an adjunct assistant professor of pediatrics, received the Selma Deitch Commemorative Award from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services' Division for Children, Youth, and Families.

Robert Rosenbaum, an instructor in community and family medicine, was recertified as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Cynthia Hahn, a third-year medical student, received a Trainee Research Award from the American Society of Hematology.

Thomas Link, administrative director of marketing, planning, and community relations at D-H Keene's Cheshire Medical Center, received the Evans Houghton Memorial Award for exemplary performance in health-care public relations.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock was again ranked among the best hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The magazine evaluated almost 5,000 hospitals, and only 152 made the top 50 in one or more of 16 specialties. DHMC was recognized for its care in gynecology for the fourth straight year.

The Medical Center came in for recognition from several other quarters, too. Thomson Reuters ranked DHMC as one of the nation's 30 best providers of cardiovascular services; the top-ranked hospitals offered significantly lower 30-day mortality rates at 12% lower costs than similar hospitals. DHMC was also designated a Level 4 epilepsy center by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers. The Children's Hospital at Dartmouth was recognized by the American Diabetes Association for its pediatric diabetes education programs. And the Live Well/ Work Well employee health program (see the article "Learning to live well—but not for revenge") received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the New Hampshire Governor's Council on Physical Activity and Health.

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