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

Robert Zwolak, M.D., Ph.D., a professor of surgery, was appointed to the board of governors of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. He is the only surgeon on the 21-member board. The institute was established by Congress to oversee research to help doctors and patients assess prevention, treatment, and care options.

Louis Kazal, M.D., an associate professor of community and family medicine, is one of only two physicians serving on the nine-member nominating committee for Vermont's Green Mountain Care Board, which will design and administer Vermont's new health-care reform plan.

Catherine Pipas, M.D., an associate professor of community and family medicine, was named to the Council of Academic Societies of the American Association of Academic Medical Centers and to the board of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.

Dean Seibert, M.D., an associate professor of medicine, received the Dr. John Lyons Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes humanism in medicine.

Wendy Wells, M.B.B.S., a professor of pathology, was named chair of the Department of Pathology (see here for a profile of Wells).

Emily Nicolai, M.S., a clinical dietitian, was named Young Dietitian of the Year by the Vermont Dietetic Association.

Mary Theresa Brady, a licensed nursing assistant, received the Licensed Nurse Assistant of the Year Award from the New Hampshire Hospital Association.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center was once again ranked among the best hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, with its gynecology service coming in 41st in the nation. DHMC was one of just 140 facilities—fewer than 3% of the 4,825 analyzed—to be ranked in even one of 16 specialties.

DHMC's Breast Imaging Center earned Breast Imaging Center of Excellence recognition from the American College of Radiology.

DHMC's Palliative Medicine Program received a Citation of Honor from the American Hospital Association as part of the association's Circle of Life Awards.

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