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Local doctors praise former protégé
Contact: Julie Busch, regional manager, Public Relations, Adventist Midwest Health, 630-312-7559

Hinsdale – Two local physicians are celebrating the success of their former protégé who has been awarded the highest honor in the field of otolaryngology.

Dr. Richard Wiet and Dr. Arvind Kumar, both neurotologists (ear specialists) who treat patients at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, are praising their former fellow Dr. Philip D. Littlefield, who recently was awarded one of the highest honors in the field of otolaryngology – the Edmund Prince Fowler Award. He will receive his award later this month in Las Vegas.

Littlefield, who has been serving in Iraq for the past nine months, spent two years of his Northwestern University fellowship, from 2005 to 2007, training under Wiet and Kumar at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. He now is chief of the division of neurotology and a surgeon at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

“This is a very prestigious award, one of the highest honors this society endows,” said Wiet. “It validates the exceptional training he received by our team. It’s very unusual for a private practice to contribute to teaching at this level, and we are grateful for our association with the university and hospitals.”

Through an agreement with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, graduate education, Littlefield was able to complete his studies and research at Northwestern and be trained clinically by Wiet and Kumar. “Philip did extremely well in his training and was very research-focused,” said Kumar. “We knew he was going to be an outstanding physician. We’re very proud of his achievement.”

Wiet and Kumar proposed Littlefield’s name for membership into the elite American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society, Inc., or The Triological Society, which was founded in 1895 in New York. The society attracts the best and brightest physicians in academic and clinical otolaryngology by promoting research and the highest standards in head and neck surgery. Littlefield will be inducted as an active fellow and will receive his award during the society’s annual meeting April 30 in Las Vegas.

Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s Center for Hearing Restoration and Ear Research offers patients and their families a comprehensive range of diagnostic services and surgical treatments for ear and hearing problems. This includes profound deafness treated with cochlear implants, perforations of the ear drum, otosclerosis, acoustic tumors, balance disorders and facial nerve problems. Wiet and Kumar, along with other physicians at the center, provide local patients an opportunity to receive expert services close to home. The center also participates in national clinical trials, giving patients an opportunity to be among the first to experience cutting-edge medicine.