WIO Helen F. Krause, MD Trailblazer Award

About the WIO Helen F. Krause, MD Trailblazer Award

This award recognizes an individual who has furthered the interests of women in the field of otolaryngology.

2020 WIO Helen F. Krause, MD Trailblazer Award Recipient: Kathleen L. Yaremchuk, MD, MSA

Kathleen L. Yaremchuk, MD, MSAWIO is pleased to announce Kathleen L. Yaremchuk, MD, MSA, as the 2020 Helen F. Krause, MD Trailblazer Award recipient. Dr. Yaremchuk is the Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Henry Ford Health System.

As one of the few female otolaryngology chairs, she has transformed the Otolaryngology department at Henry Ford Hospital from a respected community program to an up and coming academic powerhouse. Her efforts have resulted in the department being ranked in the top 50 programs by the U.S. News and World Report for three years in a row. This was accomplished by advocating for quality patient care, hiring talented and motivated faculty, focusing on resident education and making research, scholarly activity and innovation a priority. In addition, she has held multiple leadership positions with local, national and international professional societies, published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, edited several books and journals, and lectured nationally and internationally.

She has served as Chair of the Society of University Otolaryngologists Gender Disparity Committee and Chair of Women in Otolaryngology. In addition, Dr. Yaremchuk has published multiple articles addressing and highlighting the importance of women in otolaryngology. She mentors and advocates for female residents and faculty members by supporting their interests. Due to her influence and accomplishments, she has provided experience and exposure opportunities to help further their careers.

In February 2020, she was appointed for a two-year term as the chair of Henry Ford Medical Group’s Board of Governors, the first female to ever serve in this role.

Past Recipients:

  • 2020: Kathleen L. Yaremchuk, MD, MSA
  • 2019: Carol R. Bradford, MD
  • 2018: Stacey L. Ishman, MD, PhD
  • 2017: Amber Luong, MD, PhD
  • 2016: Karen M. Kost, MDCM
  • 2015: Sukgi S. Choi, MD
  • 2014: Family of Linda S. Brodsky, MD
  • 2013: Dana M. Thompson, MD
  • 2012: Sujana C. Chandrasekhar, MD
  • 2011: Ron B. Kuppersmith, MD, MBA, & Sonya Malekzadeh, MD
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