P&S Journal: Spring 1994, Vol.14, No.2
News and Notes
Lawrence Withington of Watertown, N.Y., was one of 22 physicians honored with a "best doctor award" in the November issue of Prevention health magazine for "performing above and beyond the call of duty." Doctors were selected from around the country from letters submitted by their patients. Now 83, Dr. Withington still makes $15 house calls. His son, Richard'66, is an orthopedist in Watertown.
Leonard Brandt, professor of clinical anesthesiology at P&S, retired in December 1993....Edward Reisner writes he has been retired for five to six years and enjoys relaxing and traveling. He does, however, miss the gratification of being able to help people in distress.
Madison Thomas of Salt Lake City, Utah, is chair of a statewide task force to develop guidelines of functional ability in the workplace. The guidelines will follow the model he developed for the state in 1980 as chairman of the Driver License Medical Advisory Board.
Homer Peabody, an internist specializing in pulmonary disease, is the recipient of two awards, the Yater Award given by the American Group Practice Association and the Eldercare Award for contributions to the San Diego community. ...Gary Piccione, a family practitioner in Manhasset, N.Y., received the 1992 Annual Physician of the Year Award given to a member of the medical staff of North
Shore University Hospital. ...Robert Steinsieck of Meriden, N.H., and his wife received the Margaret Sanger Award from Planned Parenthood of Northern New England.
James Holland has been named Distinguished Professor of Neoplastic Diseases at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
Marion Merrill, who "semi-retired" from general practice in 1986, is now working in the emergency department at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles, Ore....Blair Rogers, professor of clinical surgery at New York University Medical Center, was elected president of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery at the 12th Congress of that society in Paris in September 1993. Dr. Rogers also serves as editor of the society's journal.
Elizabeth Davis received the Barnard College Medal of Distinction at graduation ceremonies in May 1993.
Leonard Brandon has been joined in his practice of family medicine in Starkville, Miss., by his son, Steven Brandon....Samuel Hoch is a training and supervising analyst at the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute and chairman of its education committee....Munro Proctor, who claims he finds retirement "great," has received funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development for public health projects in West Africa and Nepal. Joseph Shipp'52
...Joseph Shipp, professor of medicine in residence at the University of California, San Francisco, has been appointed to the board of directors of the UCSF Foundation. He also was appointed to the board
of trustees of the Sansum Medical Research Foundation of Santa Barbara. Dr. Shipp continues to work in research and education in diabetes....Robert Silbert
is in the practice of psychoanalysis in New York City and writes that he is still enjoying it in spite of all the obvious interference. He says, "It's OK, but not what it was, nor will it ever be."
Eric Plaut, a practicing psychiatrist and professor of psychiatry at Northwestern University Medical School, has a new book, "Grand Opera: Mirror of the Western Mind," recently published by Ivan R. Dee Inc. This book explains how human motivations of the composers influenced the words and music of 18 operas....John Ramsdell received the World Fellowship Award of the YMCA of Central and Northern Westchester in recognition of his role in establishing a YMCA in Spanish Town, Jamaica. In addition to his activity at the YMCA, which he served as president from 1987 to 1989, Dr. Ramsdell is a practicing surgeon in White Plains, former chief medical officer of Civil Defense in White Plains, and attending surgeon at Burke Rehabilitation Center. He is also a member of the P&S Alumni Council.
Henry Buchwald, professor of surgery in bioengineering at the University of Minnesota, has been appointed by Minnesota's governor to the Minnesota Board of Invention....Stan Rosenberg, professor of surgery (urology) at Rutgers Medical School, has established a urology residency program in central New Jersey. He is affiliated with Princeton Hospital.
William Reichel has co-authored with David Doukas, M.D., a book titled "Planning for Uncertainty: A Guide to Living Wills and Other Advance Directives for Health Care." The book is published by Johns Hopkins University Press....Lou Sherwood is senior vice president of U.S. Medical and Scientific Affairs at Merck & Co. He was elected president of the American Physician's Fellowship, a U.S. charitable organization that supports medical programs in the state of Israel....Hugh Clark of Seattle, Wash., has been elected to a second term on the board of governors of the American Board of Internal Medicine.
William Duncan is serving a term as president of the Portland, Ore., Vascular Society....Mary Kreek is engaged in research at Rockefeller University on the biology of addictive behavior.
Robert Burd has been named Physician of the Year by the Bridgeport Medical Society. He has been promoted to associate clinical professor at Yale's medical school and is adjunct professor of medicine at New York Medical College....Dilworth Cannon, professor of clinical orthopedic surgery and director of sports medicine at UCSF, is the current president of the Arthroscopy Association of North America....Barbara Jo Chaffee is a pathologist at St. Mary's General Hospital in Lewiston, Maine.
William Vetter has been named president-elect of the Sacramento-El Dorado County Medical Society.
Michael Shulman, who is now working with Sandoz Pharmaceuticals in East Hanover, N.J., represented the corporation at a meeting of the Society for Advancement of Women's Health Research.
For a note about Richard Withington, see the Class of 1936 entry.
Richard Winickoff is associate professor of medicine at Harvard University, based at the VA hospital where he is in charge of ambulatory programs and primary care. Two of his children are also affiliated with Harvard Medical School. He currently is editing a national VA newsletter titled "SIG" (Strategies in Geriatrics) that covers material on prescribing for the elderly.
Peter Stringham was a workshop leader at the first meeting of the Professionals' Handgun Epidemic Lowering Plan (HELP) network, held in Chicago in October 1993 under funding from the Joyce Foundation.
Robert Schmidt, professor and director of the Center for Preventive Medicine at the California Pacific Medical Center and San Francisco State University, was advanced to fellow status in the American Geriatrics Society and the Gerontological Society of America.
Barbara Zeller is medical director of H.E.L.P./Project Samaritans Inc., a 66-bed long-term care facility in the Highbridge section of the Bronx for AIDS patients receiving drug treatment.
David Blackman, professor of chemistry at the University of the District of Columbia, has published a book called "The Logic of Biochemical Sequencing," published by CRC Press.
Joseph Korn is head of rheumatology and professor of medicine and biochemistry at Boston University Medical Center....Robert Ryder has joined the faculty of Yale University School of Medicine as the John Rodman Paul Professor in Epidemiology. He was previously at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where he was professor of medicine and epidemiology and directed Mount Sinai's epidemiology division in the Department of Community Medicine. He and his colleagues demonstrated that heterosexual HIV accounts for 90 percent of all cases of HIV infection in Africa.
Daniel Von Hoff, professor of medicine and head of the drug development section of the oncology division at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio, is also director of research at the Cancer Therapy and Research Center of South Texas.
His primary interest is the development of new anti- cancer agents. Last summer he presented the Myron Karon Memorial Lecture at Childrens Hospital in Los Angeles.
Wesley Jones has been accepted into the 1994 Leadership Memphis Class, a nine-month community education program for individuals with community leadership roles.
Henry Fein and Thomas Maroldo, both members of the U.S. Army Medical Corps but serving in different parts of the country, were promoted to rank of colonel in October 1993. Dr. Fein, associate professor of medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and an endocrinologist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., is also chief of the Facilities Transition Office at Walter Reed Army Institute. Dr. Maroldo is chief of cardiology at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Ronald Cohen, chief of neonatology and clinical professor of pediatrics at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, writes that after he and his wife performed unauthorized experiments in recombinant human DNA last year, they now have a 15-month-old 46, XX tax write-off by the name of Rebecca....Woodson Merrell, associate in clinical medicine at P&S, has been named course director for a new elective for second-year students in alternative/complementary medicine. P&S has joined with the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation to establish the center dedicated to the study of alternative medicine (see P&S News).
Mitchell Benson, associate professor of urology at P&S and former Irving Clinical Research Scholar, has developed, along with his colleagues, a superior method of predicting the presence of prostate cancer. The test, prostate specific antigen density (PSAD), is a ratio of prostate specific antigen (PSA) in the blood to the volume of the prostate as measured by sonography. A pilot study has shown that PSAD was able to stratify patients according to disease state....Stan Arkow has been promoted to associate clinical professor of psychiatry at P&S. He is director of inpatient psychiatry on Neuro 12 at Presbyterian Hospital. He and his wife, Cindy, live in Scarsdale with their two children.
Jennifer Daly writes that she had the excitement of naming a new species of bacteria, Rochalimaea(now Bartonella) elizabethae. She cultured this organism from a patient with endocarditis. Dr. Daly and her husband, William Cohen, live in Acton, Mass.
Barbara Stark, an internist, has received a J.C. Penney Golden Rule Award for 10 years of community service at Agape Clinic, a free Saturday clinic she founded in Dallas....Jerry Sebag has been promoted to associate clinical professor of ophthalmology at USC. He has been elected to membership in the Retina Society.
George Florakis has been promoted to assistant professor of clinical ophthalmology at P&S. Last October he and his wife, Cathy, had a baby boy.
Marc Odrich and his brother, Steven'88, have returned to Riverdale, where they opened a joint practice in ophthalmology. Marc completed a fellowship in cornea and external disease at Harvard University's Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, while Steven did his fellowship in glaucoma at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.
Both are on the staff of the Harkness Eye Institute at CPMC and the Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital.
Anthony Straceski, a cardiologist at Montefiore Medical Center, recently married Dr. Janine LeBlanc, a research associate at Albert Einstein College of Medicine....Jay Falk, a member of the psychiatry department at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, has been appointed assistant director of residency training and education there.
Stephen Hardy has joined the plastic surgery division at CPMC. Following residency training in general and plastic surgery at CPMC, he went to Childrens Medical Center in Salt Lake City for training in pediatric plastic and cranio-maxillofacial surgery.
Lawrence Hanau is an attending in infectious diseases and internal medicine at the Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Geoffrey Higgs is chief resident in orthopedic surgery at CPMC....See Class of 1984 for information about Steven Odrich. ...Michael Rubin is associate professor of genetics in the biology department at the University of Puerto Rico, Cayey University College.
Lawrence Gordon plans to travel in June 1994 after completion of his residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. ...Laurence Huang is in his second year of pulmonary fellowship training at UCSF. ...Paul Sharek is on the clinical faculty of the pediatrics department at UCSF, having completed a term as chief resident there.
Gregory Gersen and Joanne Shirlaw, a psychotherapist and social worker with a degree in social work from Columbia University, were married in October 1993. Dr. Gersen is a senior radiology resident at the University of Southern California Medical Center. 1991
Shari Hall, who is in the anesthesiology residency program at CPMC, traveled to Guatemala last September under the auspices of Healing the Children Foundation, a non-profit organization that sponsors medical and surgical trips to Third World countries to treat disadvantaged children. She and several other P&S graduates have founded a jazz rhythm and blues band. Among the members are Michael Appel'92, Abdul Giwa'94, Joe Graziano'95, and Dan Ohero, a dental student. They are seeking playing engagements.
Jeffrey Jacobs completed a year of internship at Lenox Hill Hospital and is now an ophthalmology resident at University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville. ...Emil Shieh completed his internship in internal medicine at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco and is now a first-year resident in ophthalmology at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia.
Hugh O'Flynn and his wife, Laura, have announced the arrival of the first member of the Class of 2019, Hannah Kathryn, who arrived July 28, 1993. Hugh is doing a preliminary year in surgery at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital....The fall issue of P&S inadvertently excluded James Storey from the list of results of the 1993 Residency Match. He is doing an internship in medicine at the National Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Md.
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