(PHILADELPHIA) – David W. Kennedy, MD, professor of Rhinology, Department of Otorhinolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine, has been selected to receive Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.’s “Clinical Excellence Award.” The award, from the creators of America’s Top Doctors ® guide, is designed to recognize physicians who exemplify excellence in clinical medical practice and is part of their National Physician of the Year Award honors.

"We congratulate Dr. Kennedy on receiving this very prestigious honor," said Bert W. O'Malley Jr., MD, Gabriel Tucker Professor and Chair of Otorhinolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at Penn. "Dr. Kennedy is a pioneer in sinus surgery in the U.S., and has taught its techniques throughout the world. His leadership in the field of otorhinolaryngology – head and neck surgery has led to new standards of patient care, and advances in scientific discovery, education, and clinical innovation.”

Dr. Kennedy is widely noted for bringing endoscopic sinus surgery to the United States – fundamentally changing how these procedures – used to remove blockages in the sinuses – are performed. He created the first international course dedicated to teaching endoscopic trans-nasal techniques and the first rhinology academic fellowship – thus promoting rhinology as a sub-specialty. In addition to other achievements, Dr. Kennedy helped advance image-guided surgery, minimally invasive endoscopic skull base surgery, and trans-nasal endoscopic orbital surgery, and continues to define and develop these techniques.  He has contributed approximately 200 articles to the medical literature, largely related to sinusitis and research involving its management, and is the author of several books in this field.

Past recognition of Kennedy’s achievements includes a Presidential Citation from the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), the Practitioner Excellence Award from the AAO-HNS, and the Lyons Memorial and Fitzsimmons Medals for Surgery.  He has also been previously elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Kennedy will accept the honor at Castle Connolly’s 6th Annual National Physician of the Year Awards event on March 28, 2011 at the Hudson Theatre in New York City.


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