P&S Journal: Spring 1995, Vol.15, No.2
Alumni News and Notes
Virginia Lubkin continues to work at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in the Aborn Bio-Engineering Laboratory, which she co-founded. She invented the first sophisticated device for corneal topography, used worldwide for corneal surgery.
The New England Deaconess Hospital recently established an award to honor Ivy DeFriez for the numerous contributions he has made to teaching programs over the years and specifically because of his extraordinary service as the director of the chief residents' clinical activities. The award is for outgoing chief medical residents in the medicine department. His wife, Amy, has noted that this award is "...given to outgoing chief medical residents-leaders of a group of young physicians in whom Ivy has been vitally interested for many years. He has tried to pass on to them, both in his direction of their clinical activities and in many other ways, the importance not only of medicine as a constantly growing science, but also of the concern and understanding of the art of medicine. Ivy has exemplified both these aspects so creatively and conscientiously in his own practice that this award is an especially suitable way to honor him." ...Georgetown University's medicine department has established a fund in honor of Wesley Oler , who served on Georgetown's clinical faculty for 41 years before retiring recently. The fund will be used to enrich the clinical and educational experiences of Georgetown University's medical residents.
Fred Kern Jr. writes that after 40 years at the University of Colorado, he retired two years ago and is "having a ball."...At its annual meeting in September 1994, the Utah Medical Association presented a distinguished service award to Madison Thomas "in recognition of extraordinary service to Utah patients and physicians in leading the development of Functional Ability Medical Guidelines." Dr. Thomas was chairman of a 28-person task force that developed workplace medical guidelines for use by all specialties in facilitating the beginning or return to work of workers with a wide variety of medical conditions.
John MacGregor has retired from the practice of general and thoracic surgery and is the liaison physician for North Iowa Mercy Health Center.
Caryl Potter Jr. , a fourth generation physician and founder of Internal Medicine Associates of St. Joseph, Mo., retired in December 1988 and is "living happily ever after."... Albert Stunkard , emeritus professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, has received the American Psychiatric Association's Distinguished Service Award for exceptional meritorious service to American psychiatry, as well as the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Society of Behavioral Medicine in recognition of his distinguished career and for his contributions to the advancement of behavioral medicine. Dr. Stunkard has been a pioneer in the study of human eating disorders and in the development of behavioral therapy for the treatment of anorexia nervosa and obesity.... Warren Taylor, a thoracic surgeon living in Franconia, N.H., is now fully retired.
The address has changed for the publisher of "MOMENTS, A Collection of Short Stories" by Philip E. Duffy . The book, reviewed in the Winter 1995 issue, was published in 1990 by Chase Publishing. The publisher's new address is P.O. Box 1200, Glen, NH 03838. The telephone is (603) 383-4166.
Richard Lester of Norfolk, Va., recently spent three weeks with a Southern Baptist-sponsored medical mission in Zaire caring for the Rwanda refugees....For the past 20 years, Ted Merrill has been alternating between general practice and emergency medicine. He is now phasing toward retirement in a part-time job at a walk-in clinic. He writes, "When I delivered a baby, both of whose parents I had delivered, the handwriting was on the wall!"
Bob McKenna retired from solo practice of internal medicine in September 1992 and is now a part-time consultant with the Social Security Disability Evaluation Unit in Denver.... Frank Trudeau was honored by the board of directors of the Trudeau Institute at a testimonial dinner in New York City Jan. 19. The citation for the event read: "In recognition and gratitude to the founder and guiding spirit of the Trudeau Institute, the members of its Board of Trustees commemorate Francis B. Trudeau's 40 years of devoted service. Physician, gentleman, and friend of science, Francis Trudeau's vision and steady leadership created a bridge between an illustrious family tradition of medical care and a new era of basic biomedical research conducted in a tranquil setting. This center of contemplation and discovery is his enduring legacy."
George Nicklin of Garden City, N.Y., participated in founding the Dictionary Committee, whose goal is to provide, through legislative action, all eighth grade students with a pocket-size dictionary....Last fall, the College of American Pathologists selected Donald Senhauser as 1994 Pathologist of the Year. He has been a member of the academy for 35 years and is its immediate past president. In his role as president from 1991 to 1993, Dr. Senhauser was an advocate for an active role for residents in the academy's committee structure. He is professor and chairman emeritus of pathology at the College of Medicine at Ohio State University in Columbus.
John Ultmann has received the Alumni Association University of Chicago Golden Key Award and has had a professorship named in his honor by a major contributor to the medical center.
Walter Bonney retired in the summer of 1993. He had been chairman of OB/GYN at West Virginia University for seven and a half years before opening a private practice in Morgantown. ... John Hobart was inaugurated Oct. 22, 1994, as the Pennsylvania Medical Society's 145th president. At the inauguration ceremony, Dr. Hobart said: "It's time for all physicians to present a unified front to help our patients. Someone has to be supportive of our patients, and someone has to be supportive of our profession. If it's not us, who is it going to be?" Dr. Hobart is opposed to completely overhauling the way we deliver health care and notes that we have a pretty good system right now. He advocates tackling problems such as insurance reform, medical liability, and antitrust reforms to strengthen the current system. He is director of surgery and attending urologist at Easton Hospital and a clinical assistant professor at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia....Having served as chairman and CEO of Merck & Co. for nine years, Roy Vagelos retired from Merck last November and is now chairman of the board of trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.
Norton Kolomeyer of Castro Valley, Calif., writes that in 1987 he received the first new patent given in 57 years for a walking stick design. It has since been successfully produced and marketed.... Al Masi of Peoria, Ill., was a guest editor for a volume of Balliere's Clinical Rheumatology on fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndromes published last November.
Lyman Page recently served three months as a Yale professor in the Saudi-U.S. University Program. He is now living in Providence, R.I., where he is working in pediatrics and pediatric endocrinology.... Ralph Wharton's original work on lithium carbonate, published in 1966, was one of 10 papers on somatic treatment selected from those published from 1850 to the present to be re-published in the 150th anniversary publication of the American Journal of Psychiatry's landmark articles.
Last May, Glen Gresham received the annual Dean's Award from SUNY-Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. The award is presented annually to a faculty member in recognition of outstanding service to the school. Dr. Gresham is professor and chairman of rehabilitation medicine at SUNY-Buffalo and director of rehabilitation medicine at Erie County Medical Center. ... James Jewell and his wife, Ellie, have worked in a bush hospital in Africa for the past four years. He is medical director of Luampa Hospital, which has a training program for medical students and young doctors. His wife is the operating room nurse, and operations are performed every day. They plan to be back in the United States for nine months starting in March 1995.... Harold Stevelman writes: "Still proud to be practicing medicine, despite the government, the lawyers, etc. I'm proud of the education I received at P&S."
Henry Dawes has left private practice in Scarsdale and now works full time as a staff surgeon for Kaiser Permanente in White Plains.
Fred Guggenheim , chairman of psychiatry at the University of Arkansas, is a member of the National Advisory Council, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; the National Advisory Committee, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Clinical Scholars Program; and an ad hoc National Advisory Committee, VA Medical Research Service.
Last fall, Paul Bachner was re-elected to the board of governors of the College of American Pathologists. He is also president of the college's foundation and serves as chairman of the college's Council on Education and Membership Services. Dr. Bachner is director of clinical laboratories, Chandler Medical Center, and professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. ... Geraldine Schechter , professor of medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and chief of hematology at the Washington VA Medical Center, is a member of the executive committee of the American Board of Internal Medicine, having served since 1990 on the board and from 1984 to 1990 on a subcommittee on hematology.
Patricia Donahoe , the Marshall K. Bartlett Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and chief of pediatric surgical services at Massachusetts General Hospital, was elected to the Boston University Board of Trustees last fall. Dr. Donahoe, who joined the Harvard faculty in 1973, became the school's first female full professor in 1986. In 1984, she was honored with a Boston University Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor given to a University graduate. She and her husband, John, have three children.... Michael Gelfand of Niskayuna, N.Y., has been board certified in vascular surgery.
William J. Davis , an allergist, was featured in an article in the New York Times last October, when ragweed season was in full swing. Dr. Davis is affiliated with CPMC Eastside, where he follows several thousand active allergy patients and sees about 200 new patients a month. He treats his patients with antihistamines and decongestants as well as desensitization shots but notes that the best allergy medicine is avoidance. ... Michael Issman of Englewood, Colo., has been appointed editor-in-chief of Tubercle and Lung Disease, a publication of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Paris.... Jay Levy , who is at the Cancer Institute of the School of Medicine at UCSF, had three books on virology published in 1994. "Virology, 3rd Edition," co-edited by Heinz Frankel-Conrad and Robert Owens, is a textbook published by Prentice Hall that covers the entire group of virus families from microorganisms to humans. "HIV and the Pathogenesis of AIDS" is an up-to-date summary of all aspects of HIV transmission, pathogenesis, and antiviral approaches, published by ASM Publishers, Washington, D.C. "The Retroviridae" is the third in a series of four volumes that cover the retrovirus family and is published by Plenum Press, New York.... Eleanor Schuker is president-elect of the Association for Psychoanalytic Medicine. 1966 Last fall, Harold Varmus, director of the NIH, delivered the keynote address, "The Future of Biomedical Research," at the annual meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges.
Robert Blabey , a surgeon on the staff of Greenwich (Conn.) Hospital, was the subject of a career story in U.S. News and World Report last year that discussed problems arising as HMOs penetrate major community teaching hospitals. These include the quality of care and regulation of private practice.... John Bowen has been named chairman of surgery at the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans. Dr. Bowen, who has been at Ochsner since 1976, also is the head of the Ochsner vascular surgery section as program director for general and vascular surgery. He is on the board of trustees at the Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation, on the Ochsner Clinic Board of Governors, and a member of the Ochsner Medical Institution's strategic planning committee. Dr. Bowen is clinical associate professor of surgery and physiology at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine.... Frederick Holschuh is president of the Hawaii Medical Association. He also has a full-time practice in emergency medicine in Hilo, Hawaii.... Peter Wohlauer has become a training analyst at Boston Psychoanalytic Institute.
Karen Hein , professor of pediatrics and professor of epidemiology and social medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, has been named executive officer of the Institute of Medicine and assumed her full duties last January. The IOM is a private, non-profit organization that provides health policy advice under a congressional charter granted to the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Hein is a recognized leader in adolescent medicine and in AIDS programs. In 1987 she founded the nation's first adolescent HIV/AIDS program and was its director. She also served on the U.S. Senate Finance Committee in her capacity as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation health policy fellow from 1993 to 1994 and was one of the few physicians directly involved in writing health care reform legislation. Her special interests in health care reform include the financing of graduate medical education and of academic health centers. ...In addition to his recent election as vice president of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Donald Quest has been elected to the American Board of Neurosurgeons.
Roger Lenke is director of maternal-fetal medicine at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.... Ethel Siris , director of the osteoporosis programs at CPMC's Center for Women's Health, has been appointed to the board of directors of the National Osteoporosis Foundation. ...Last summer, Tom Roberts organized a group of 42 people from the First Presbyterian Church of Spartanburg, S.C., on a medical mission team to the Dominican Republic. His wife, Susie, ran the recovery room and his 16-year-old son, Luke, assisted him in surgery for all plastic and hand surgery cases.... Benjamin White , clinical instructor of medicine at Harvard, is serving on the Interspecialty President's Committee of the Massachusetts Medical Society representing internal medicine. Several years ago, he received a master of public health degree from Harvard.
Francis Dann is doing clinical research on skin disease in HIV-positive patients at UCLA, where he is assistant clinical professor of medicine/dermatology.
David Chiu has been appointed director of the plastic surgery division at Presbyterian Hospital. He returned to P&S in 1989 after eight years at New York University Medical Center, where he was assistant professor in surgery (plastic). He became professor of clinical surgery in 1990 and also professor of anatomy and cell biology in 1992.
Vincent Bonagura has been promoted to full professor of pediatrics and microbiology and immunology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.... Alan Feit has been appointed assistant dean for problem-based learning at the SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn, where he is a tenured associate professor of clinical medicine and director of invasive cardiac services.... Eric Rose has been appointed chairman of surgery at P&S and surgeon-in-chief at Presbyterian Hospital. He has been director of the Columbia-Presbyterian Heart Transplant Service for many years and in 1990 was named chief of the cardiothoracic surgery division. In addition to his interests in cardiac transplantation, he has played a major role in the development of left ventricular assist devices for long-term use in patients with end-stage heart disease.
Jon Lattimer writes that he has been elected chief of staff of Kona Community Hospital in Hawaii, where he is actively promoting the survival of community hospitals under the Clintons.... Paul Orloff of Riverdale, N.Y., is president of the New York State Ophthalmological Society and serves on the American Academy of Ophthalmology's Congressional Advocacy, State Affairs, and By-Laws committees.... Mark Rubin has been appointed assistant professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine.
1978 Julian Allen has been appointed chief of the division of pediatrics in respiratory medicine at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children at Temple University School of Medicine.... Andrew Kaunitz has been promoted to professor of OB/GYN at University of Florida's College of Medicine. He is conducting a clinical research trial on contraception and menopausal hormone replacement. He recently completed a two-year term as chairman of the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals. He and his wife, Karen, have two children.... Jonathan Newmark appears to have achieved the rare distinction of being the only officer on active duty in the U.S. Army who plays in a professional orchestra. He is section violist and substitute pianist of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra. He is also a staff neurologist at Madigan Army Medical Center at Fort Lewis and clinical assistant professor of neurology at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Steven Leibowitz has expanded his practice in ophthalmic plastic surgery to Las Vegas while continuing his practices in Beverly Hills and at UCLA. He and his wife had a child last February.
Matthew Farrell writes that last May he received an added certification of qualification in sports medicine from the American Board of Family Practice after successfully completing the first examination ever given for this specialty. He is also a competitive middle-distance runner.... Ruth Weinstock has been appointed chief of the endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism section of the medicine department at SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse, where she is associate professor of medicine. In addition, she serves as research associate professor of physiology and chief of endocrinology and diabetes at the VA Medical Center, is a member of the Metabolic Bone Disease Center at the SUNY Health Science Center, and a member of the consulting staff of Crouse Irving Memorial Hospital. Dr. Weinstock and her husband, David Brittain'78 , live in Fayetteville with their two daughters.
Lawrence Widman , a member of the faculty at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, is working in clinical cardiac electrophysiology. He has an NIH grant for expert system development in ECG rhythm analysis and a State of Oklahoma grant to make the software available to rural physicians over the Internet.
Ian Lustbader is assistant professor of medicine in gastroenterology at NYU Medical Center and president-elect of the New York Academy of Gastroenterology. ... John Markowitz , associate professor of clinical psychiatry at Cornell University Medical College and lecturer in psychiatry at P&S, is teaching interpersonal psychotherapy for the treatment of depression and other psychiatric disorders at Cornell Psychotherapy Center, which he helped found and directs.
Robin Koeleveld is in private practice with five other neurosurgeons in Raleigh, N.C., where he specializes in spinal surgery.
Lawrence Bass has opened a practice in plastic surgery in Manhattan and Great Neck and has joined the faculty at P&S.
Minas Constantinides has been appointed director of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at NYU Medical Center. He is also assistant professor of otolaryngology at NYU School of Medicine. ... Henry Davison Jr. has become a partner with the Princeton Medical Group in the surgical department. He and his wife, Oakley Babb, had their first child, Bradley Gerard, in December 1994....Having completed three years in anesthesiology at Lackland Air Force Base, Michael Goldstoff is now in private practice in Schenectady, N.Y. He and his wife, Joan, have a son born in the summer of 1993....Last October, Karen Peterson was promoted to assistant professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts in Worcester. ... John Sharp has relocated to Boston, where he is instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, associate director for inpatient psychiatric services at Beth Israel Hospital, and a teacher in the new Harvard Longwood psychiatry residency training program. ... George Yancopoulos was selected as one of the "Ten Hottest Scientists of 1993" by Science Watch/Institute for Scientific Information. This honor was based on the number of citations of his publications.
Louis Brusco is chief of critical care anesthesiology and co-director of the surgical ICU at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center....A note from Lane Kannegieter of Newport Beach, Calif., mentioned a career change from urology to interventional radiology. At the time he wrote, he was applying for a fellowship position.
Richard Braunstein , having recently completed a fellowship in cornea and external disease at Johns Hopkins, is now practicing ophthalmology at CPMC and Lenox Hill Hospital.... Gerald Hasapes is a second-year resident in radiology at the University of Texas at Houston.
Matthew Chow is training in surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn....Upon completion of an internal medicine residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Muge Erkan spent a year practicing general medicine at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center before starting a fellowship in pulmonary/critical care medicine at NYU last July.... Ron Green neral medicine that included hemodialysis, ICU care, and chemotherapy. He is now back at Stanford for a three-year fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine. ...Having completed his residency in OB/GYN at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, Robert Hecht has started a private practice with two other doctors in Pomona, N.Y. He and his wife have a daughter born in December 1993.... Alan Posta married Ellen Marie Serluco. He is chief resident in orthopedic surgery at the New York Orthopedic Hospital at CPMC. His wife had been an illustrators representative in New York. ... Bryan Steinberg married Ilene Beth Feldman. Dr. Steinberg is a resident in general surgery at New York University Medical Center and his bride is the coordinator of associate programs at a law firm in New York City. She is also a certified public accountant.
Shih-Fen Chang is training in internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic.... Karen Rosen , a fourth-year resident in psychiatry at Butler Hospital in Providence, R.I., married Dr. David Pomerantz, a graduate of the University of Maryland medical school and chief medical resident at the Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence.
Glenn McWilliams is a first-year resident in urology at CPMC. He appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show with 11 other eligible bachelor physicians for whom Ms. Winfrey was matchmaking.
Jonathan Diamant has completed his preliminary year at Overlook Hospital and is now an ophthalmology resident at North Shore University Hospital. Last August he married Dea Athon, a TV news producer for NTV, a Japanese network.... Jeff Staples has put his dreams of an international career on hold while he serves his first USAF assignment for two years as flight surgeon at the Malmstrom AFB in Great Falls, Mont.
Yong-Son Basta was featured in the New York Times and in the "Colleagues" section of the November 1994 issue of the American Medical Students Association magazine for new physicians. The students featured had extraordinary interests and former careers and lives that generally were associated with their desire to become physicians. Born in South Korea, Dr. Basta grew up in poverty and intermittent homelessness and at age 13 was able to come to the United States with her sister. Because of her lack of English, at age 13 she was placed in the fourth grade. Once she learned English she excelled in school and graduated from Bryn Mawr College before entering P&S. She is now a pediatric resident at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and plans to work with abused children.
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