BOG Practitioner of Excellence Award

About the BOG Practitioner Excellence Award

The Board of Governors (BOG) Practitioner Excellence Award recognizes the prototypical clinical otolaryngologist one wishes to emulate. BOG Representatives 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

This year’s awardee is Richard V. Smith, MD. He is chair and attending physician in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York, and the director of the Head and Neck Service for the Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care. He is also professor of clinical otorhinolaryngology-head and neck surgery, pathology and surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, New York.

Dr. Smith is recognized for his dedication to patient care and to physician education. His nomination notes that he is an extremely principled person who does not waiver in his commitment to serving his patients. He also is passionate about supporting education of residents, medical students, and colleagues. He served as AAO-HNSF Coordinator for Education, and Chair of the AAO-HNSF Education Steering Committee and worked to usher in a new era of AcademyU® and to lay the groundwork for FLEX.

Not only is he committed to patient care and service within the Academy, but Dr. Smith also is recognized as an exemplary leader and an admired mentor. As a leader, he shows respect for all of his colleagues – from physicians to ancillary staff. As a mentor, he takes time to teach residents and medical students and is invested in their professional success.

Previous Recipients:

  • 2020: Kathleen C Y Sie, MD
  • 2019: Mark S. Persky, MD
  • 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
AAO-HNS COVID-19 InformationLearn More