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Portrait of Dr. Gayle Woodson
Portrait of Dr. Jan Rakinic

November 10, 2010

Two faculty physicians at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine have received professional honors.

Dr. Gayle E. Woodson, professor and division chair of otolaryngology head and neck surgery, has received the Olga Jonasson Distinguished Member Award at the annual meeting of the Association of Women Surgeons (AWS).  Each year, an AWS member is recognized who exemplified professional growth and advancement of female surgeons.  Her professional activities include chairing the resident education committee of the American College of Surgeons and serving as the first woman on the American Board of Otolaryngology and past president of the American Laryngological Association and the Society of University Otolaryngologists.  She has authored more than 100 articles and is internationally known for her work in laryngolgy.

Woodson joined SIU in 2003 and was named chair in 2005.  She completed a fellowship in laryngology at the Institute of Laryngology and Otology in London, England (1982), her residency in otolaryngology at Baylor College of Medicine (1981) and her general surgery residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital (1978).  She received her medical degree from Baylor (1975) and her bachelor’s from Rice University (1972).  Woodson is board certified in otolaryngology.

Dr. Jan Rakinic, associate professor and division chief of colorectal surgery, has been elected to the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery for a four-year term.  The group determines whether physicians have the proper qualifications for becoming board certified and conducts the examinations to determine the ability and fitness of candidates to practice the specialty of colorectal surgery. 

Rakinic joined the SIU faculty in 2002.  She completed a one-year fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (1990) and a combined residency in general surgery at University of Illinois/Cook County Hospital (1989).  She received her medical degree from Tulane University Medical School (1983) and her bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University (1978).  Rakinic is board certified in surgery and colon and rectal surgery.