Six Beaumont Health System physicians and former CEO recognized for outstanding service

10/4/2013

The accomplishments of six Beaumont Health System physicians and a retired CEO were honored at a Sept. 30 reception. The Outstanding Doctors' Awards were created six years ago by Beaumont's retired chief medical officer Ananias Diokno, M.D. to recognize those who have made a big difference in the lives of patients and contributed to community well-being and to the success of Beaumont Health System.

Dr. Diokno, and David Wood, M.D., Beaumont's current chief medical officer, presented awards to:

Kenneth Myers, of West Bloomfield, Beaumont’s chief operating officer from 1969-1980 and president and CEO from 1981 to 1997. During his  tenure, Myers was a major force in Beaumont’s growth from a financially challenged hospital in the 1960s to a financially sound multi-hospital system with renowned leaders, medical, educational and research programs.  Myers was honored with a “Special CMO Citation” award.
 
George Wilson, Ph.D., of West Bloomfield, chief of Radiation Biology, scientific director of Beaumont’s BioBank and the director of the Erb Family Core Molecular Laboratory. With more than 180 scientific articles and chapters to his credit, Dr. Wilson has a longstanding research interest in the use of biomarkers to predict the response of tumors to radiotherapy. His extensive research is aimed at finding new strategies or targets for treatment of breast, head, neck and rectal cancer. Dr. Wilson was honored with a “Seeker of Truth” award.
 
Peggy Nowak, M.D., of West Bloomfield, an ear, nose and throat physician who serves as president of the medical staff at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. Dr. Nowak has a long list of humanitarian accomplishments. Several times each year, she travels to Nicaragua to help hearing-impaired children and to train local otolaryngologists. Dr. Nowak and her colleagues also helped to build a school for deaf children in Nicaragua, providing them with educational opportunities. Because of this work, combined with her commitment to other causes such as Gilda’s Club, the Girl Scouts, and helping with the health care needs of the uninsured, she was honored with the “Modern Hippocrates” award.
 
David Bloom, M.D., of West Bloomfield, pediatric radiologist, Beaumont Children’s Hospital. Dr. Bloom is passionate about working with children and their families. He also serves as a mentor for students at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine who recently honored him with a nomination leading to his selection as a finalist for the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award. Dr. Bloom is also the recipient of the OUWB Founders Award in recognition of his dedication to the school. Dr. Bloom was recognized with “The Modern John Morgan, Father of Medical Education” award.
 
Marc Sakwa, M.D., of Bloomfield Hills, chief of cardiovascular surgery at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak and physician leader of Beaumont’s Heart & Vascular Center of Excellence. Dr. Sakwa has embraced a minimally invasive approach to heart surgery, putting Beaumont’s cardiovascular service in the national spotlight. His efforts contributed to the creation of Beaumont’s Tyner Center, offering hybrid, high-tech, minimally invasive procedures for heart and vascular patients, and the Ernst Center, offering multidisciplinary specialty clinics for those with high risk heart and vascular conditions. Dr. Sakwa was honored with an award as “A Leader Who Delivers.”
 
James Lynch, M.D., of Lake Angelus, senior vice president and physician-in-chief at Beaumont Troy. Dr. Lynch’s vision for safety and quality is infectious, driving quality outcomes, financial results and physician engagement scores at Beaumont, Troy.  He is focused on the best interests of patients while holding his team to high standards and encouraging creativity in problem solving. Dr. Lynch was honored with an award as “A Leader Who Delivers.”
 
Alan Koffron, M.D., of Birmingham, chair of Surgery, Beaumont Health System. Dr.Koffron is an accomplished surgeon with expertise in minimally invasive approaches to many surgical procedures, including live-donor liver transplants. He has presented his liver surgery techniques to audiences worldwide. His research has advanced the science of solid organ transplantation and has been featured in many peer-reviewed journals and in major surgical forums. Dr. Koffron was recognized for his excellence as a physician, teacher and researcher with a “Triple Threat” award.

About Beaumont Health System
Beaumont Health System is a three-hospital regional health system with 1,726 licensed beds, more than 14,000 full-time equivalent employees and nearly 3,100 physicians, including 500 employed physicians in the Beaumont Medical Group and more than 2,600 private-practice physicians. In addition to its hospitals in Royal Oak, Troy and Grosse Pointe, Beaumont has 54 community-based sites of care including medical centers in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties, family practice and internal medicine practices, five nursing centers, home care services and hospice. The Beaumont Research Institute has 1,100 active research studies with more than 82,000 participants. Beaumont is the exclusive clinical teaching site for the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. Visit Beaumont on the web at www.beaumont.edu.

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