Dr. Reginald F. Baugh, professor of surgery, chief of otolaryngology and assistant dean for admission in the UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences’ Department of Surgery, has received the exclusive Hinton-Gladney Award.
“It’s been years now since somebody has been given the award, so it’s not given out all the time,” Baugh said. “I’m very humbled and honored to have received the award.”He was presented the award Aug. 2 during the 113th annual Convention and Scientific Assembly hosted by the National Medical Association, the largest and oldest organization representing physicians and patients of African descent in the United States.
“The award is given to someone who has made substantial contributions, has recognizable accomplishments in his or her respective field, and has been a positive force in the African-American community,” Baugh said.
For most of his career, Baugh has been an academician on staff at the University of Kansas, Henry Ford Health System, Texas A&M University and most recently at The University of Toledo. He served as a quality and process improvement consultant for the Food and Drug Administration, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, and the American Academy of Otolaryngology.
“I’ve been fortunate to serve the people and my specialty for the development and implementation of head and neck guidelines,” Baugh said.
Working to improve patient safety, he has chaired efforts in identifying and implementing national guidelines on tonsillectomy, Bell’s palsy, and benign paroxysmal positional vertigo treatments.
During the past year, Baugh has been working on developing a machine to assist in the assessment of patients’ swallowing function through mechanical receptor function testing in the throat.
“We have a working prototype that’s patent-pending,” Baugh said. “We are working on the final approvals now from the FDA and Institutional Research Board. In early fall, we hope to begin testing.”