Newsmakers – February 2012

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Marissa Johnson, Assistant Professor of Health Care Sciences, recently was awarded a $5,000 Elekta Radiation Therapy Educators Scholarship from the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. This scholarship assists radiation therapists in pursuing advanced degrees in their field. 

Dr. William M. Lee, Director of the Clinical Center for Liver Diseases, has been honored with an Award for Excellence in Community Service by the Dallas Historical Society. Dr. Lee, Professor of Internal Medicine-Digestive and Liver Diseases, was recognized in the Health/Science Medicine category. He currently leads a large clinical trials group at UT Southwestern performing pharmaceutical studies of new treatments for hepatitis B and C as well as research (the HALT-C Trial) sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. Established in 1981, the Awards for Excellence in Community Service recognize community leaders in a variety of fields who have made significant contributions to the quality of life in Dallas and the surrounding area. Award recipients are chosen by a Dallas Historical Society selection committee, led in 2011 by chair Stewart H. Thomas. The latest awards honor individuals in 10 categories. 

Dr. Rod Rohrich, Chairman of Plastic Surgery, was honored as New York University (NYU) Langone Medical Center’s Kazanjian Visiting Professor, and lectured at NYU’s Institute of Reconstructive Surgery Nov. 28-30 on pioneering work in secondary rhinoplasty. “Rhinoplasty is a surgery of millimeters, and the margin for error is very small,” Dr. Rohrich said. “It is both an art and a science, so it’s very important that the surgeon has expertise, experience and overall ability to judge what can and can’t be done.” Rhinoplasty typically results in an average revision rate of 15 percent to 20 percent, while Dr. Rohrich has a personal revision rate of just 3 percent and receives many referrals for corrective rhinoplasty. Among the topics he covered during the visiting professorship were nasal/facial analysis; new types of invisible grafts he has developed; grafts from the patient’s own body; the role of component dorsal exposure; the use of hyaluronic acid fillers as a temporizer; and shorter times within which secondary rhinoplasty can be performed. Dr. Rohrich, who is also a Professor of Cell Biology and Orthopaedic Surgery, previously served as president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.