WIO He for She Award

About the WIO He for She Award

This award recognizes a male otolaryngologist who serves as a strong mentor, collaborator, and sponsor of women in otolaryngology. It is meant to celebrate our male colleagues who celebrate us, those who show the importance of teamwork, synergy and building our profession together.

2022 WIO He for She Award Recipient

This year’s WIO He for She Award goes to Kourosh Parham, MD, PhD, who is currently professor of surgery in the Division of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Connecticut (UConn) School of Medicine and has been the residency program director since 2016. He completed his residency in otolaryngology–head and neck surgery at that institution in 2005 and has been on the faculty ever since. He received his PhD from Northern Illinois University in neuroscience/experimental psychology and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in auditory neurophysiology at the UConn Health Center.

Dr. Parham has actively led initiatives advancing diversity and inclusion through personal engagement with the local student chapters of the Student National Medical Association and Latino Medical Student Association, and he was instrumental in obtaining the UConn School of Medicine Visiting Externship for Students Underrepresented in Medicine (VESUM) scholarship for otolaryngology. He makes it a priority to ensure a balance in gender representation, religious backgrounds, ethnic groups, and LGBTQ+ members.

Dr. Parham also participates in a program for underrepresented students, serving as a mentor for female medical students. He recognizes common barriers experienced by female trainees, especially within surgery. He has been a leading proponent of the new American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) Evolve course, a leadership certification course for women trainees in all areas of medicine. The program has been so successful that the UConn School of Medicine female otolaryngology faculty worked with AMWA to develop a faculty leadership component to the course. 

Previous Recipients:

  • 2021: Alexander G. Chiu, MD
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