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Medical College of Wisconsin student honored with Houghton Award

Release Date: April 21, 2011
Contact: Lisa Hildebrand - 608.442.3765 lisa.hildebrand@wismed.org

Madison, Wis. (April 21, 2011) – Nicholas Kuehnel, a student at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), received the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation’s prestigious Houghton Award during the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Annual Meeting on April 8.

A fourth-year medical student, Kuehnel “has a calm and purposeful approach to patient care as well as interactions among colleagues,” said Richard L. Holloway, PhD, associate dean for student affairs at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Kuehnel has served as president of the MCW Student Assembly and has been active with the Society’s Council on Medical Ethics, the Medical Society of Milwaukee County and the American Medical Association. He developed a new mentor program at the Medical College of Wisconsin and has performed with the school’s a cappella group. He has chosen a career in pediatrics, and in 2009 he was the first recipient of the Foundation’s scholarship in memory of pediatrician Catherine Slota-Varma, MD.

“It’s a humbling honor to receive this … so early in my career,” Kuehnel said in accepting the award.

The Houghton Award was established by Doctors John H. and William J. Houghton in the 1960s to honor medical students who show promise for becoming what the brothers referred to as “complete physicians” – those who excel in their knowledge of both the scientific and socioeconomic issues related to medicine. Each recipient receives a check for $1,000.

John H. Houghton, MD, who was a general practitioner in Wisconsin Dells, was president of the State Medical Society of Wisconsin (now the Wisconsin Medical Society) from 1965 to 1966. William J. Houghton, MD, who also was active in the Society, was a general surgeon in Milwaukee.

“As The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation strives to support physician leadership, we congratulate Nicholas on this award and hope that he will consider practice opportunities within Wisconsin that enable the continued advancement of health for all residents,” said Foundation Executive Director Rebecca Thompson, CPA.

The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation, chartered in 1955 as a charitable organization, works to advance the health of the people of Wisconsin by supporting medical and health education and statewide public health initiatives.

With nearly 12,500 members dedicated to the best interests of their patients, the Wisconsin Medical Society is the largest association of medical doctors in the state and a trusted source for health policy leadership since 1841.