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Gregory Wiet Receives Distinguished Service Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery

COLUMBUS, OH - 9/22/2008

Gregory Wiet, MD, MBS (43235), surgeon in Otolaryngology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, received the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) Distinguished Service Award yesterday, Sunday, September 21, at the opening ceremony of the 2008 AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting in Chicago.

The Academy presents Honor Awards to medical professionals in recognition of outstanding service to the Academy and its Foundation through the presentation of instructional courses, scientific papers, or participation on a continuing education committee or faculty.

Dr. Wiet, also an associate professor of Otolaryngology and Biomedical Informatics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, recently was involved with the Virtual Temporal Bone Project, a multidisciplinary approach developed in conjunction with the Ohio Supercomputer Center and The Ohio State University. The project uses technology and simulated surgery to operate on the temporal bone of the skull and skull-based tumors in which the training simulator can do everything from mimic the movement of a drill, to read the density of the temporal bone. A phantom joystick is used to guide the student through surgery actually feeling the resistance of the bone. Unlike typical training methods on cadavers, virtual patients can bleed allowing students to train and think on their feet in life-like demonstrations. 

Featuring more than 165 scientific research sessions, 200 posters and over 300 instruction course hours for attendees, the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of otolaryngologists in the world.

About the AAO-HNS
The American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, one of the oldest medical associations in the nation, represents more than 12,000 physicians and allied health professionals who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the ears, nose, throat and related structures of the head and neck. The Academy serves its members by facilitating the advancement of the science and art of medicine related to otolaryngology and by representing the specialty in governmental and socioeconomic issues.

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