Dr. David B. Hoyt, the John E. Connolly M.D. Professor and Chair of Surgery, has been awarded with the American College of Surgeons’ highest honor, the 2007 Distinguished Service Award. Hoyt was recognized for his service with the College and for his significant contributions to the field of trauma surgery. The College cited Hoyt as an architect and sustaining force of the San Diego Trauma System and for his natural leadership, integrity, vision and service as a role model to surgeons everywhere. Hoyt came to UC Irvine last year from UC San Diego. He oversees all surgical services and training provided through the Department of Surgery, which encompasses 10 surgical divisions and the highly acclaimed UC Irvine Regional Burn Center and Beckman Laser Institute. He was presented with the award Oct. 11 at the College’s Annual Meeting of Fellows in New Orleans.