It’s been less than three years since Dr. Jason Wigand graduated from The Ohio State University with a Doctor of Audiology and joined the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (COMD), but the clinical assistant professor’s impact on the state has already been profound. The latest evidence surfaced in January. It took the form of the inaugural Bright Beginnings Award from the South Carolina Academy of Audiology (SCAA).
[Photo: Dr. Jason Wigand]
Presented at the SCAA annual convention, this prestigious award has been created to honor S.C. audiologists who have worked in the field for five years or less, yet have distinctively embraced the profession. It is designed to recognize those who have provided excellent clinical care, participated in advocacy, volunteered their time, and otherwise demonstrated superior commitment to the field of audiology.
“Dr. Wigand exhibits his passion for the field every day and constantly looks for new opportunities to advocate for both patients and professionals,” says COMD clinical assistant professor Ms. Beth Hulvey. “His knowledge spans much farther than five years, and he embraces leadership opportunities wholeheartedly.”
“Dr. Wigand is something we needed in this state but didn’t know we needed until he was here,” adds Dr. Meredith Holcomb, clinical assistant professor of audiology and clinical director for the Cochlear Implant Program at the Medical University of South Carolina. “He is nothing short of a unicorn. He is this ridiculously talented, smart male audiologist who not only commits his time to his patients, but also gives 110 percent for advocacy. He immediately jumped head first into committees and boards and organizations because helping others and facilitating positive change is of utmost importance to him. He has an enormous desire to make the state better. His patients love him, the state loves him, and I cannot wait to see what he does in the next five years.”