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Sanford I. Weill and Dr. Joseph J. Fins Inducted into American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Sanford I. Weill, chairman of the Board of Overseers at Weill Cornell Medical College, and Dr. Joseph J. Fins, chief of the Division of Medical Ethics at Weill Cornell, were inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Oct. 6.

Sanford I. Weill, philanthropist, signs the American Academy of Arts and Sciences' Book of Members, a tradition that dates back to 1780.
Photo credit: American Academy of Arts and Sciences

The induction occurred six months after Mr. Weill and Dr. Fins were elected new fellows of the Academy, one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious societies. They were among a group of 180 influential artists, scientists, scholars, authors and institutional leaders to be honored at the Academy's headquarters in Cambridge, Mass.

"Induction recognizes the achievement and vitality of today's most accomplished individuals who together with the Academy will work to advance the greater good," said Academy President Leslie Berlowitz. "These distinguished men and women are making significant strides in their quest to find solutions to the most pressing scientific, humanistic and policy challenges of the day."

The Academy has elected the world's most accomplished leaders from the fields of science, social science, the humanities and the arts, public affairs and journalism, business leaders, leaders in educational, cultural and philanthropic organizations. It is a leading center for independent policy research studies about complex and emerging problems.

The Academy recognized Mr. Weill for his contributions as an influential business leader in finance and his philanthropic work, and Dr. Fins' professional achievements and leadership in the field of public health.

Additional awards and honors

Dr. Mehmet R. Genc, director of Perinatal Infectious Disease and associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, was recognized in August by the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology as one of its "Outstanding Reviewers" for the 2011 academic year. The Journal presents the latest diagnostic procedures, leading-edge research, and expert commentary in maternal-fetal medicine, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, and gynecologic oncology as well as general obstetrics and gynecology.

Dr. Kate Elizabeth McCarn, assistant professor of otolaryngology, was appointed in September to the American Board of Otolaryngology Task Force for New Materials. The American Board of Otolaryngology is organization that develops and administers certification exams for the otolaryngology medical specialty. In addition, Dr. McCarn was appointed in September to the membership, cleft, women in facial plastic surgery, and maintenance of certification committees of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, which is the world's largest specialty association for facial plastic surgery. Lastly, she was appointed to the American Academy of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery's Plastic Surgery Education Committee and Facial Plastic Surgery Committee. The Academy is the world's largest organization representing specialists who treat the ear, nose, throat and related structures of the head and neck.

Dr. Thomas Murry, professor of speech-language pathology in otolaryngology, gave the keynote address, titled "Chronic Cough: A Laryngeal Dysfunction," Oct. 15 at the International Conference and Exhibition on Otolaryngology. The annual conference, hosted this year in Chicago, sought to provide a scientific forum for all stakeholders of Otolaryngology and enable the interactive exchange of knowledge.

Dr. William Reisacher, director of allergy in the department of otolaryngology and associate professor of otolaryngology, received the American Academy of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery's honor award in September. The award recognizes Dr. Reisacher's meritorious service to the Academy.

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