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Chicago surgeon, Skin Inc. magazine author and medical editor of Skin Inc. magazine's sister publication, Merge magazine, Steven Dayan, MD, FACS, has been honored with the 2009 Chicago Medical Society's Annual Henrietta Herbolsheimer, MD, Public Service Award.
Dayan was recognized for the Henrietta Herbolsheimer, M.D., Public Service Award for his dedication to the Chicagoland area. The Chicago Medical Society (CMS) Award Committee noted Dr. Dayan's leadership role as an advisory board member of the Chicago Public Schools' Education to Work program with students who are part of the Medical Health Academy. Through this, Dayan speaks to students on the importance of education, offers mentoring opportunities and inspires a commitment toward academic excellence.
Dayan has worked with students at Dunbar Career Academy High School, Percy Julian High School, Sullivan High School, Whitney Young High School and others, taking time out of his practice and research to advise and ignite positive examples at these schools. The committee recognized Dayan's corporate citizenship and his ability to raise funds through the Enhance Educational Foundation, which was born out of his passion for education, his love for children and a commitment to the future of the city of Chicago.
Dayan founded it more than three years ago, believing education is the key to breaking down barriers, defeating prejudice and enhancing self-esteem. To date, the foundation has helped 15 inner city Chicagoans go to college with scholarship funding. Enhance raises money and resources necessary to make professional and academic dreams a reality.
The committee noted Dayan's active role in planning, developing and bringing people and resources together, making Enhance Educational Foundation possible. They also applauded him for his creation of DeNova Research Center and College of Cosmetic Medicine. "These achievements have set a standard to which all CMS members might aspire and be proud of," stated William A. McDade, MD, PhD, president of CMS.