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Orengo-Nania Awarded Distinguished Surgeon

October 30, 2007

HOUSTON – Silvia Orengo-Nania, M.D., Eye Care Line executive at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC), will receive the Distinguished Surgeon Award from the Greater Houston chapter of the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN). Orengo-Nania will be honored during the AORN’s annual Triple Star Gala on January 26, 2008.

The first female surgeon and the first ophthalmologist to receive this award, Orengo-Nania joins distinguished company; previous recipients include prominent surgeons Michael E. DeBakey, James H. "Red" Duke, Jr., and Denton A. Cooley. A tenured professor of ophthalmology at Baylor College of Medicine, Orengo-Nania is the executive of the only separate Eye Care Line in the VA health care system. Each year, the MEDVAMC Eye Care Line handles approximately 40,000 outpatient visits and performs more than 2,000 surgical procedures.

AORN is the professional organization of perioperative registered nurses whose mission is to support registered nurses in achieving optimal outcomes for patients undergoing operative and other invasive procedures.

Listed as one of the best doctors in the nation in the field of ophthalmology in 2005 by the medical knowledge company, Best Doctors, Inc., Orengo-Nania’s academic and clinic interests are in the areas of glaucoma and cataracts, their treatment, and prevention. A member of the MEDVAMC team since 1992, she is presently working on improving patient education and compliance with medications in the veteran population.  She is also a dedicated teacher in the Baylor College of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology for resident education.

"Dr. Orengo-Nania is committed to providing state of the art, evidence-based care for our veterans with diseases of the visual pathways. An extremely talented surgeon, she is also dedicated to educating the next generation of leaders in ophthalmology,” said Thomas B. Horvath, M.D., F.R.A.C.P., MEDVAMC chief of staff.

A medical school graduate from Baylor College of Medicine, Orengo-Nania completed her residency in ophthalmology there in 1991 and a fellowship in glaucoma at the prestigious Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia in 1992.

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