Dr. Michael L. Carius, of Stratford, chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Norwalk Hospital, has been honored with the 2012 John G. Wiegenstein Leadership Award from the American College

of Emergency Physicians.

Established in 1975, the award is presented to a current or past national leader of the American College of Emergency Physicians for outstanding contributions to the organization and to the profession. The award was named in honor of Dr. John G. Wiegenstein, founding member and first president of the ACEP and past president of the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

Carius is a former president of the American College of Emergency Physicians and was a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians Board from 1996 to 2003.

He was previously honored with an award from the American Board of Emergency Medicine for having served as an ABEM oral board examiner for 32 examinations, with the first one occurring in 1990, and is a senior oral board examiner.

He was elected to the ABEM Board of Directors in 2009 and was re-elected to a second four-year term this summer.

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Carius joined Norwalk Hospital as chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine in 1995.

He is an associate clinical professor in the Department of Traumatology and Emergency Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington.

He holds a bachelor's degree from Trinity College in Hartford and medical degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver. He completed an internship at the Naval Regional Medical Center in San Diego, and emergency medicine residency training at USC/LAC Medical Center in Los Angeles. Carius also fulfilled an aerospace medicine primary course as a flight surgeon at the School of Aerospace Medicine in San Antonio.

He is a diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine and the American Board of Family Practice, as well as the National Board of Medical Examiners.

Carius is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and a member of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut College of Emergency Physicians, where he held posts as secretary, treasurer, president-elect, president and councilor. He is also a member of the Fairfield County Medical Association and Connecticut State Medical Society and is an alternate delegate to the American Medical Association House of Delegates.

Carius is the recipient of several teaching awards and lectures frequently at emergency medicine symposiums. He is a past recipient of the Phil Stent Award for Outstanding Contributions to Emergency Medicine presented by the Connecticut College of Emergency Physicians.