Anesthesiology resident inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society

Theodore Black, MD

Theodore Black, MD

Theodore (Teddy) Black, MD, a UNMC Department of Anesthesiology resident, was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society in April.

Founded in 1902, Alpha Omega Alpha is dedicated to “the belief that in the profession of medicine, we will improve care for all by:

  • recognizing high educational achievement;
  • honoring gifted teaching;
  • encouraging the development of leaders in academia and the community;
  • supporting the ideals of humanism; and
  • promoting service to others.”

Members may be elected throughout their career and epitomize professionalism, leadership, academic and clinical excellence, research, community service and “being worthy to serve the suffering.”

Dr. Black said it is an honor to be inducted into the AOA. “It means a lot to be recognized among so many qualified and deserving peers,” he said. “I must thank everyone involved in my training for helping me to succeed and reach my professional goals; in particular, I need to thank my wife, Wendy, who has been my greatest support.”

Residency program director, Andrea Dutoit, MD, praised Dr. Black for this achievement. “Dr. Black has excelled in residency in the realms of leadership, teaching, and academic excellence and is more than deserving of induction into AOA,” she said.  “He is one of only three house officers at UNMC to receive this incredible honor and we are very proud of his accomplishments as an educational program and department.”

Incoming resident Mariah Tessin, MD, also received an award for her senior honors thesis titled, “The Role of RASP Inhibitors in Preventing MAA-Modified Proteins from Initiating Pro-inflammatory Cytokines in Macrophages.”

“I am incredibly grateful to have found a research environment that provides me with the opportunity to navigate the entire research process from start to finish,” Dr. Tessin said. “It is an honor to have my thesis recognized by AOA.”