Dr. Jason Muesse was recently recognized as one of the UAMS College of Medicine Most Valuable Players.
The following is from his nomination, sent by Dr. Katy Marino:
If a servant’s heart and a big Texas grin (under a mask) qualify you for this award, then look no further than Dr. Jason Muesse. Just ask any of his patients, and they will tell you a story about Dr. Muesse going the extra mile for them. I notice this almost every time I round on his patients and it inspires me to take the extra time with my own patients. Not only does Dr. Muesse give his extra time to his patients, but to his trainees, too. This is evidenced in the fact that two of our surgical residents matched into Thoracic surgery this year. Clearly he has set a strong clinical example that they wish to follow. This competitive match would not have been a success without his hours of mentorship, letter writing, and calling on their behalf. As early physicians, we realize many people may offer to help you along the way, few actually do – and do it to this extent. Finally, while I have extolled his contributions to others, I selfishly want to tell you about why I BELIEVE he deserves to receive this award. Thoracic Surgery is one of the most difficult specialties requiring tedious and hours-long operations. Operations, that often exceed the capability of even the best resident-assistant. When extra hands are needed, Dr. Muesse is always willing to step up and help. Early, late, or even on his days off, Dr. Muesse has been there for me in the operating room. He has bolstered my confidence as an early career surgeon, and I mean it when I tell him, “You are the wind beneath my wings.” He is humble, works hard, and would probably never think of himself as an MVP. His patients, trainees, and partners – however – know that the team could not be successful without him.
Congratulations Dr. Muesse!