Gregory Wiet Receives Distinguished Service Award from the American Academy of OtolaryngologyHead and Neck Surgery

September 22, 2008

Gregory Wiet, MD, MBS (43235), surgeon in Otolaryngology at Nationwide Childrens Hospital, received the American Academy of OtolaryngologyHead 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 OtolaryngologyHead 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.

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report ‘s 2018-19 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.4 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at