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- Categorized in: January 2012
James G. Smirniotopoulos, MD, recently was honored as “Outstanding Educator” by the Radiological Society of North America (USUHS). Smirniotopoulos is a neuroradiology expert and a pioneer in electronic and online radiologic education. He is professor, chair and director or co-director of various courses at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. While at USUHS, Smirniotopoulos co-developed MedPix — a web-based teaching file application that allowed cases to be shared with military physicians all over the world. He was awarded a patent in 2006 for MedPix, which receives more than six million hits per month. He also is creator of the Washington Neuroradiology Review Course, designed for radiologists, neurologists, neurosurgeons and pathologists. Smirniotopoulos also is editor of the American College of Radiology Learning File, developed under a grant from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to standardize radiologic education nationwide.
Cmdr. Calliope E. Allen, a Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) ophthalmologist who was deployed as an Individual Augmentee to Afghanistan as of last month, won the 2012 Building Stronger Female Physician Leaders in the Military Health System Award, Junior Navy category. The award will be presented during the annual MHS Conference from Jan. 30 through Feb. 2. According to NMCSD, Allen is the sole NATO Role 3 Ophthalmologist and Oculoplastic Surgeon in southern Afghanistan. She deployed in June of 2011 and performed more than 240 surgical cases in her first two months at Kandahar, Afghanistan, and performed life-changing reconstructive surgeries to war-wounded patients daily.
On Dec. 2, Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta announced the nomination of Army Col. Jimmie O. Keenan for appointment to the rank of major general and for assignment as chief of the Army Nurse Corps. At the time of the nomination, Keenan was serving as commander, U.S. Army Medical Activity, Fort Carson, CO. According to her bio, Keenan entered the Army as a Nurse Corps Officer in July 1986. She was commissioned from Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, AR, with a Baccalaureate of Nursing. She also holds a Master of Science in Nursing Administration from the Medical College of Georgia and a masters degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. Her military education includes the Army Medical Department Officer Basic and Advance Courses, the U. S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College.