April 23, 2012
Dr. Hiroo Takayama Wins AATS Residents Association Award
Hiroo Takayama, MD, PhD is the winner of the 2012 Dwight C. McGoon Award, a national award given by the Thoracic Surgery Residents Association, which represents thoracic surgery residents across the nation.
The award recognizes a distinguished young faculty member in cardiothoracic surgery with an outstanding commitment to resident education and mentorship.
Dr. Takayama works with eight residents each year at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia's Division of Cardiac Surgery and was nominated for the McGoon award by many of the cardiothoracic surgery residents/fellows at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia.
The TSRA reviewed over 15 nominations from across the country.
Tom C. Nguyen, MD, cardiothoracic fellow and chief resident at NYPH/Columbia, has worked closely with Dr. Takayama since 2010 and is very pleased that his young mentor has been selected.
"Dr. Takayama has been instrumental in the education of the cardiothoracic residents.
He is 'hands on,' approachable, patient, and able to crystallize complicated ideas so it is easy for residents and fellows to digest and incorporate them," says Dr. Nguyen.
"Dr. Takayama is the consummate physician educator in all dimensions," he adds.
"He is tireless in his commitment to education and patient care."
With clear gratitude and respect, Dr. Nguyen says, "I owe a lot of my education to Dr. Takayama's teaching benefaction."
The award was presented to Dr. Takayama April 23, 2012, at the American Association of Thoracic Surgeons conference in San Francisco.