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BOG Practitioner Excellence Award

The Board of Governors Practitioner Excellence Award recognizes the prototypical clinical otolaryngologist one wishes to emulate. Board of Governors Representatives will nominate individuals who, within the past 10 years, have practiced medicine in an exemplary manner and are sought out by other physicians because of their personal and effective care. The nominee should have, in addition to his or her clinical skills, one or more of the following attributes:

  • Civic leadership
  • Charitable activity
  • Leadership involvement with state, local or national medical organizations
  • Community education
  • Local civic and/or community activities
  • Academy member in good standing

BOG Practitioner of Excellence Award: Kathleen C Y Sie, MD

The recipient of the 2020 BOG Practitioner Excellence Award is Kathleen C Y Sie, MD, division chief, Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at Seattle Children’s Hospital; director of the UW Medicine Childhood Communication Center; UW Richard and Francine Loeb Endowed Chair in Childhood Communication Research; and UW professor of head and neck surgery.

The nomination of Dr. Sie noted her dedication to providing patients with the best possible care. In seeking ways to improve quality of life for her patients, she started a hearing loss clinic at Seattle Children’s Hospital that not only includes access to medical care and psychological well-being but also financial and education aid to patients in need.

Dr. Sie is also noted for the constant support she offers to residents and fellows through her teachings and grant opportunities—training countless surgeons to approach clinic in a manner that focuses on effective communication among patients and all members of the healthcare team.

Previous Recipients:

  • 2019: Mark S. Persky, MD (pictured, l to r, Mark S. Persky, MD, and Ken Yanagisawa, MD, 2018 - 2019 BOG Chair)
  • 2018: Mark E. Zafereo, Jr., MD
  • 2017: Wendy B. Stern, MD 
  • 2016: Eiji Yanagisawa, MD
  • 2015: Robert J. Stachler, MD
  • 2014: Joseph A. Brennan, MD
  • 2013: Michael Setzen, MD
  • 2012: No award given
  • 2011: Marcy Bothwell, MD
  • 2010: Sanjay K. Gupta, MD
  • 2009: James L. Netterville, MD
  • 2008: No award given
  • 2007: No award given
  • 2006: No award given
  • 2005: Rick G. Love, MD
  • 2004: Michael D. Seidman, MD
  • 2003: Helen F. Krause, MD
  • 2002: David W. Kennedy, MD
  • 2001: M. Coye Shea, Jr., MD
  • 2000: Neil O. Ward, MD
  • 1999: Howard P. House, MD
  • 1998: Jack L. Pulec, MD
  • 1997: Fred D. Owens, MD
  • 1996: John M. Conoyer, MD