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P&S Journal: Spring 1996, Vol.16, No.2
Alumni News And Notes

By Marianne Wolff'52


Helen Wallace published two books in the past two years: "Maternal and Child Health Practices" and "Health Care of Women and Children in Developing Countries," both brought out by Third Party Publishing Company.


Guest lecturer at the National Museum of Medicine in Washington, D.C., Oct. 17, John Lattimer discussed the forensic details of President Lincoln's assassination for the Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia.


Frank Iaquinta has retired as president of the Association for Hospital Medical Education, a national organization of 400 hospitals and more than 700 members representing directors of graduate and continuing medical education. One possible explanation for his retirement may be the arrival of his seventh grandchild! . . . John McGiff, professor and chairman of pharmacology at New York Medical College, is serving a two-year term as chair of the Cardiovascular/Renal Study Section of the NIH, whose function is to appropriate funds to support research in the areas of heart and kidney diseases. He has been awarded a five-year, $2 million extension to his MERIT award, directed toward research involving prostaglandins, particularly kinin-angiotensin interaction. The funding extends to the year 2000. . . . George Nicklin is associate clinical professor of psychiatry at NYU, where he teaches psychiatry to medical students and residents.


Donald Gent retired from full-time practice of psychiatry. In 1995 he was elected a life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. . . . Following retirement, Peter Kornfeld moved to California. He is volunteering at Stanford as clinical professor of medicine and is in charge of one of the medical ward services for two to three months a year. . . . Gus Prinsell was a member of a medical/dental team to serve outlying areas in Haiti. The team takes along all its own supplies, including medicines. Since no public health services exist in the area, this is the only care these mountain people receive. He comments that he has never seen more grateful patients.


Horton Johnson has been named Paul Brindley Visiting Professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.


William Muir, now retired from the private practice of surgery, is working at the Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, N.M., in the capacity of a staff surgeon.

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Paul Kaunitz was honored with a Lifetime Service Award from the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University for his 40-plus years of teaching clinical theory and practice of psychiatry.


The September 1995 issue of Ophthalmology World News featured a profile of Harold Spalter. The emphasis was on his association with Research to Prevent Blindness, a voluntary organization for whose Scientific Advisory Panel Dr. Spalter serves as secretary. The article also detailed his contributions to clinical ophthalmology and his service to the Columbia Retina Division; he is much in demand on the international lecture circuit.


Ellyn Jones was one of 50 physicians chosen from a nationwide pool of nominees as representing the ideal physician role model for the year 2000 by an organization called Positive Medicine. . . . Thomas Plaut's booklet, "One Minute Asthma," has come out in its second edition from Pedipress Inc. The pamphlet is also available in Spanish.

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Gordon Kaye, the Alden Maerch Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Albany Medical College, is co-author of "Histology: A Text and Atlas," published in its third edition by Williams & Wilkins in July. A German text, "Atlas der Histologie," also co-authored by Dr. Kaye, was published in 1995 by Stein-Mosby Publishing.


Rolf Barth received the Ohio State University Distinguished Scholar Award for 1995 in recognition of his contribution to cancer research and to the university. As professor of pathology and veterinary pathobiology and head of the Comprehensive Cancer Center, his work is directed at selective treatment for glioblastoma multiforme, using monoclonal antibodies in conjunction with Boron 10, a stable isotope that concentrates in the tumor cells. Normal cells are not affected. The technique is known as Boron Neutron Capture Therapy.
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Jay Levy is the author of volume four of "The Retroviridae," published by Plenum Press in 1995.


Stephen Heffler has been serving as president and medical director of the Princeton I.P.A. for the past eight years. He is also president of the Physicians' Health Care Associates, a 24 I.P.A. P.P.D. comprising more than 6,200 physicians throughout New Jersey. At present he is involved in forming a true health-care cooperative "Justcare," in which providers and purchasers along with consumers arrange for health care using state-of-the-art information technology. This includes an electronic data exchange, fund transfers, claims submissions, and a medical credit card for patients. . . . The Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians has named John Rush "Outstanding Psychiatrist of the Year." Dr. Rush holds the Betty Jo Hay Distinguished Chair in Mental Health at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and also serves as vice chairman for research in psychiatry. He is a nationally recognized leader in the treatment of depression.


Carol Wilson Garvey has been appointed county health officer of Montgomery County, Md. She is a family physician for the George Washington University Health Plan, where she holds the title of associate clinical professor of health care sciences. She is also an assistant professor of community and family medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine.


Alan Cross is one of 50 physicians nationwide elected by "Positive Medicine" to represent an ideal role model for medical students. . . . Gary Foulks is director of the cornea service and professor of ophthalmology at Duke University Eye Center. He is president-elect of the Castroviejo Cornea Society. He is also a member of the Visual Sciences Study Section of the NIH and the board of directors of the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists. The Foulks have three children. . . . Harold Osborn has been named chairman of emergency medicine at New York Medical College in Valhalla. He is professor of clinical emergency medicine and had served as acting chairman since the department was created in 1993.


Reed Moskowitz is founder and medical director of Stress Disorders Medical Services at NYU Medical Center. His book, "Your Healing Mind," was published in both hard cover (William Morrow) and soft cover (Avon). . . . Martha Welch is clinical director of the Mothering Center in Greenwich, Conn. She has a private practice in psychiatry in New York City and in Greenwich. Her special interest is healthy family attachments and optimal child development. Her book, "Holding Time," has been published in five languages. Middlebury College honored her with its Alumni Achievement Award for her contributions to psychiatry.


Yvonne Thornton was the keynote speaker at Monmouth University's Founders Day, during which she received an honorary doctorate. Dr. Thornton is director of the Perinatal Testing Center at Morristown Memorial Hospital. She is active in the area of women's health issues and has appeared on "Sonja Live," "CBS Morning News," the "Oprah Winfrey Show," and "The Today Show" to discuss some of these issues. Dr. Thornton also authored "The Ditchdigger's Daughters: A Black Family's Astonishing Success Story," published in 1995 by Birch Lane Press.
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Esther Ho-Kung is assistant professor of dermatology at Cornell-New York Hospital. The oldest of her three teen-age offspring is a student at Dartmouth College.


Leonard Krilov is chief of pediatric infectious diseases at North Shore University Hospital and associate professor of pediatrics at Cornell University Medical College. He was elected a Fellow in the Infectious Diseases Society of America.


Virginia Siegfried has relocated from Los Angeles to Exeter, N.H., where she has joined the Exeter-Hampton OB/GYN Associates.


Nancy Anderson completed a five-year assignment in international public health and nutrition in Mozambique, where she was involved in a training program for rural midwives and other health providers. She is now based in Lisbon, Portugal. . . . Laura Fehrs is working for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a medical epidemiologist, training physicians and Ph.D.s in the Epidemic Intelligence Service Program. In September, she became Mrs. B. Keith Magnes. . . . Natalia Kanem, who has been with the Ford Foundation for three years, is the foundation's representative for West Africa, based in Nigeria. Her focus is on institutional development and reproductive health. . . . Valery Morris is in pediatric private practice in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. She has two small children.


Edward Diao is assistant professor and chief of the hand/microvascular surgery service of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of California at San Francisco. He has been awarded one of four Kawasaki-Suzuki Japanese-American Traveling Fellowships sponsored jointly by the Japanese Orthopedic Association, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and the American Orthopaedic Association. The Fellows will travel through Japan, visiting orthopedic care centers and making presentations on orthopedic treatments and procedures to Japanese orthopedic surgeons in hospitals and universities. They also will attend the Japanese Orthopedic Association meeting in Tokyo. The fellowship is for a period of one month. . . . Scott Wilson has been appointed to the faculty of the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies of the Massachusetts General Hospital, where he teaches psychoanalytic psychotherapy technique.


Jonathan Aviv is director of the head & neck surgery division in the Department of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery at P&S. He developed a new device and technique for measuring sensation in the pharynx and larynx. . . . Oth—n Wiltz is in the Miami area, practicing colon and rectal surgery.


Toba Weinstein is on the staff of Schneider Children's Hospital of Long Island Jewish Hospital, practicing pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition. Her personal pediatric creations are two sons and a daughter.


John DiFiore won the Jens G. Rosencrantz competition for research in pediatric surgery awarded by the American Academy of Pediatrics. He will begin a two-year fellowship in pediatric surgery at Boston Children's Hospital in July.


Having completed a fellowship in pulmonary medicine and critical care at UCSF, Laurence Huang is now an attending physician in the divisions of pulmonary and critical care and AIDS/oncology at San Francisco General Hospital, where he is the medical director of the inpatient AIDS unit and in charge of the AIDS Chest Clinic. He is also conducting clinical research involving pulmonary manifestations of AIDS. The Huangs' son, Colin, arrived in October 1995.


Stefano Bini was a volunteer for two months in Bhutan, India-the only orthopedist in the area! His travels through India included an extraordinary trek to a height of 13,000 feet. A fellowship in Bologna, Italy, is his next stop.


Andrew Huang is a fifth-year resident in urology at the University of California, Davis. . . . Andrew Kurtz completed a tour of duty as Navy flight surgeon, spent partly in California, Washington, and Japan. At this time he is an ophthalmology resident at Bethesda Naval Hospital. . . . Edison Wong is co-director of the Traumatic Brain Injury Unit and medical director of the Assistive Technology Center at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, Mass.


Mahmoud Moawad is at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, working in the field of general internal medicine.


Cheryl Huang is in her third year of general surgery residency at the University of California, San Diego.

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