Local Physician Receives Helen B. Krause Trailblazer Award

On September 12, 2011 Ronald Kuppersmith, M.D. of Texas ENT and Allergy in College Station was presented with the Helen B. Krause Trailblazer Award by the Women in Otolaryngology Section of the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. This award is presented to individuals who have made extraordinary efforts to further the cause of women in the field of otolaryngology. This was the first year this award was given. The award was presented at the Women in Otolaryngology luncheon at the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California. At the Annual Meeting, Dr. Kuppersmith completed his term as Immediate Past President on the Board of Directors of the organization.

"The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) is the world's largest organization representing specialists who treat the ear, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck. The Academy represents more than 12,000 otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons who diagnose and treat disorders of those areas. The medical disorders treated by our physicians are among the most common that afflict all Americans, young and old. They include chronic ear infection, sinusitis, snoring and sleep apnea, hearing loss, allergies and hay fever, swallowing disorders, nosebleeds, hoarseness, dizziness, and head and neck cancer.

The AAO-HNS Foundation works to advance the art, science, and ethical practice of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery through education, research, and lifelong learning."

Ron Kuppersmith, MD, FACS, is a board certified Otolaryngologist and has practiced in Bryan-College Station since 2003. He also works in Huntsville. He is a clinical faculty member of the Texas A&M Health Science Center. From 1999 to 2003, he practiced in Seattle, Washington at the Virginia Mason Medical Center, a tertiary care center for otolaryngology-head and neck surgery and served on the clinical faculty of the University of Washington Medical School.

Dr. Kuppersmith is among the first surgeons in North America to successfully perform robot-assisted endoscopic thyroid surgery using the daVinci Surgical System.

Dr. Kuppersmith has served as the President of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, as President of the Texas Association of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and on the Board of Trustees of the College Station Medical Center. He is a Senior Examiner for the American Board of Otolaryngology. He has received numerous awards including being selected by his peers for inclusion in the "Best Doctors in America", Texas Super Doctors as published in Texas Monthly, the “Guide to America’s Top Physicians” by the Consumers’ Research Council of America, a Distinguished Service Award and an Honor Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He has served on the Editorial Boards of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Archives of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery , Laryngoscope, Clinical Thyroidology for Patients , and ENT Journal. He has given over 150 invited lectures in the United States, Asia, Europe, and South America.

Dr. Kuppersmith is a Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy, Fellow of the Trilological Society and is a member of the American Thyroid Association, Texas Medical Association, Texas Association of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and the Brazos-Robertson County Medical Society.

Dr. Kuppersmith attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for his undergraduate degree and for medical school. He completed his residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas which included service at the Methodist Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Texas Childrens Hospital, Ben Taub General Hospital and the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

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