P&S Journal: Winter 1997, Vol.17, No.1
Alumni News And Notes
By Marianne Wolff'52
After Edmund Goodman retired from the Department of Surgery in 1982, he concentrated on pain management. The most common conditions he treats are headaches, lower back syndromes, and reflex dystrophy. He utilizes topical injection of anesthetic agents into the sphenopalatine ganglion and other trigger points. He says this treatment is painless, harmless, inexpensive, and 75 percent to 90 percent effective.
J.S. "Budd" Prince published his findings on sustainability of health, population, and nutrition projects in Ghana as a chapter in "Sustainable Development Programs in Third World Countries--Practical and Theoretical Concepts." The book was issued by Valentine in 1996.
The King Albert Memorial Foundation awarded the King Albert Medal of Merit to Charles Houston for his 40 years of work on man's acclimatization to high altitudes. Charles has climbed the Alps, the Himalayas, and the Alaskan mountains. He led the first reconnaissance group to the Nepal approach of Mount Everest. His scientific contributions are in the fields of high altitude pulmonary edema, decompression sickness, acute mountain sickness, high altitude cerebral edema, and retinal hemorrhage.
Homer Peabody, a pulmonologist and medical director of Rees-Staley Research Foundation, retired from the active practice of internal medicine in 1986. He is a lifelong tennis and basketball player and heads the fund-raising drive for the new George E. Barnes Family Tennis Center. He was selected as one of five persons to carry the Olympic Torch in San Diego in 1996.
Gabriel d'Amato became a member of the International College of Pediatrics and the International Academy of Transdisciplinary Education. He was honored for his "ongoing dedication, service, and inspiration to agency staff" at the Children's Home of Wyoming Conference in Binghamton, N.Y. In 1995 a resource center was dedicated to him....The fourth edition of "Cancer Medicine," co-edited by James Holland, was published by Williams & Wilkins in September 1996....Francis Russo retired from active practice of general and pulmonary chest surgery in 1993. He had been part of a mixed multispecialty group in Janesville, Wis....Arthur Epstein's book, "Dreaming and Other Involuntary Mentation: An Essay in Neuropsychiatry," was published in 1996 by International Universities Press, Madison, Conn....Arizona psychiatrist William Offenkrantz was listed in The Best Medical Doctors in America, a peer-reviewed annual. Only one other name made the list in psychiatry in the entire state!....John Peck is associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Southern California and has become director of the Department of Psychiatry at the Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center. He also serves on the board of trustees and the executive committee of the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute....Alfred Knudson is special adviser to the director of the National Cancer Institute. In 1995 he received the Bertner Award from the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and the Charles Rodolph Brupbacher Foundation Prize (Zurich). In 1996 he was honored with the Robert J. and Claire Pasarow Foundation Award and the Selikoff Cancer Award from the Ramazzini Institute.
The American Academy of Pediatrics selected Melvin Grumbach as the 1996 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes outstanding contributions to and accomplishments in the development of programs and materials appropriate for the instruction of physicians and other health care professionals....Herbert S. Peyser, also a graduate of Columbia College (1945), has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the American Psychiatric Association for Area II (New York state). His daughter, Karen Seligman'79, a pediatric cardiologist at Westchester Medical Center-New York Medical College in Valhalla, continues the tradition begun with Dr. Peyser's late uncle, George Baehr'08, an internist and also a Columbia College graduate. Dr. Seligman has three children--Dr. Peyser's grandchildren--ages 9, 6, and 4, and it is not yet certain which one will go to Columbia and P&S.
Lila Wallis was elevated to Master of the American College of Physicians in recognition of her contributions as a teacher, researcher, and mentor in the area of women's health....Walter Wood is professor emeritus at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine and senior attending at the Hines VA Hospital in Illinois. He considers it a privilege to make rounds with students, residents, and fellows half a day each week.
Monroe Alenick is associate clinical professor of medicine at the University of California School of Medicine in San Francisco. He is chairman of the Ethics Committee at St. Luke's Hospital and president of the San Francisco Society of Internal Medicine....Joe Shipp, professor of medicine at the University of California at San Francisco, is involved in patient care, teaching, and research, particularly at the UCSF-associated Central California Diabetes Center in Fresno. He also serves as president of the UCSF-Fresno Foundation, in which capacity he and his wife work actively on development of the Fresno campus. In addition, Joe is a board member and consultant to the Sansum Medical Research Foundation in Santa Barbara. In May of 1996 he received the P&S Alumni Gold Medal for Excellence in Clinical Medicine....John Ultmann is "retired" in the legal sense but is working full time and teaching more than ever. He teaches history-taking and physical examination (using the Atchley outline as a model) and clinical pathophysiology. John is the attending on service three times a year and conducts two half-day clinics. He has four grandchildren. His R.N. wife, Ruth, is also still working.
Norton Kolomeyer utilized his scientific, if not his medical, training when he invented a scatter-free cat litter box, for which he received a U.S. patent. The incentive for the project was a request from his older daughter. He hopes many of the nation's approximately 64 million cat owners will avail themselves of his invention....Dudley Rochester is professor emeritus at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He still conducts research, writes, and volunteers for the American Lung Association of Virginia. He presented a talk, "The Clinical Importance of the Respiratory Muscles," at the annual meeting of the American Thoracic Society. The society in turn presented him with its Award for Scientific Accomplishment. He and his wife, Lois, enjoy traveling, birding, photography, and the shore.
Donald Armstrong was elevated from fellowship to mastership in the American College of Physicians at the annual convocation ceremony in San Francisco.... Allan Jackman is in solo medical practice of internal medicine/rheumatology in the Bay area, trying to survive this era of managed care.
Norman Talal addressed the Instituto Nacional de la Nutricion during its 50th anniversary symposium in Mexico City in August 1996 on the subject of autoimmunity.
Kenneth Forde was honored with the Distinguished Practitioner Award of CPMC's Society of Practitioners. He is attending surgeon and chief of the endoscopy section of gastrointestinal surgery at CPMC.
Thomas Allen is president-elect of the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland, that state's medical society....Robert Waldbaum was elected to the board of directors of the National American Urological Association. He also was named a member of the board of trustees of North Shore University Hospital. In addition, he is president of the North Shore Hospital Physicians' Hospital Organization.
Jost Michelsen, chairman of neurological surgery at the Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, married Martha Reed Leonard, vice president of development at Montefiore.
David Forrest was named president of the New York Clinical Society for 1996-97....A comprehensive textbook on the pathology of breast diseases, "Rosen's Breast Pathology," was published in September 1996 by Lippincott-Raven. Paul Peter Rosen is the author.
Urologist Ronald Allison specializes in men's diseases of age and in eldercare in general. He will add "elderlaw" as soon as he passes the California Bar Examination, having previously received his J.D.
Don Feinfeld is professor of clinical medicine at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He serves as co-director of nephrology and director of the Biomedical Research Facility at Nassau County Medical Center in East Meadow, N.Y. A book of his poems, "What do Numbers Dream of?" was published in the fall of 1996 by University Editions, Huntington, W.Va.....Richard Saunders, professor and vice chairman of ophthalmology at the Medical University of South Carolina, was named the N. Edgar Miles Professor of Ophthalmology at that institution. His subspecialty is pediatric ophthalmology and he has a particular interest in retinopathy of prematurity. The American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus as well as the American Academy of Ophthalmology have honored him for his pioneering work in the field.
Robert Schmidt, professor and chairman of preventive medicine and health research at the California Pacific Medical Center, was named president and CEO of Health Watch International, an organization involving health and outcomes assessment in Asia, Europe, and the Americas....Edward B. Self Jr. is associate director of orthopedics at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J. His practice is limited to diseases of the shoulders. He is an associate member of the American Shoulder and Elbow Society....Alan Tice returned from a lecture tour to Hong Kong and Japan on outpatient therapy of serious infections. Additional information about his work can be found on his World Wide Web page: http://www.idlinks.com.
Thomas Mayer was named senior vice president of medical affairs for Friendly Hills Health Care Network in October 1996. FHHCN is a multispecialty integrated network of 400 physicians based in Southern California.
Edward Tabor was co-editor of the book, "Hepatitis C Virus and Its Involvement in the Development of Hepatocellular Carcinoma," published in 1996....Yvonne Thornton's book, "The Ditchdigger's Daughters," was favorably reviewed by the New York Times Book Review in October 1995 (see "Doctors in Print" in this issue). Woody, son of Yvonne and husband Shearwood McLellan'74, is the national 12th grade chess champion and was featured as one of the "Top High School Seniors" in the July 1996 issue of Ebony magazine. A medical career is in his future plans, hopefully based on a P&S education.
Stuart Hamilton is a pediatrician in Columbia, S.C., affiliated with the Eau Claire Cooperative Health Center. This non-profit facility provides outpatient care to pediatric patients (80 percent of the patients) and adult patients in an underserved community. Six physicians, three nurse practitioners, and 40 support staff comprise this facility, which serves as a working model for independent health centers.
William Mitchell was medical director for the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Gymnastics, held in Boston, Mass., in June 1996. In addition to providing medical coverage for the event, he selected presentations for the U.S. Gymnastics Congress Symposium. He is attending orthopedic surgeon at Newton-Wellesley and New England Baptist hospitals. In 1971, Bill was a member of the U.S. Gymnastics Team that competed with the Soviet Union and previously was a consultant for the U.S. Ski Team, the Boston Celtics, and the Cirque du Soleil.
William A. Mitchell'76 at an Olympic gymnastics
competition in 1971 (above) and today
Ross Stone has a patent on a physical therapy device that relieves tension headaches. The clinical research leading up to the device won the "most outstanding research manuscript award" at the 1996 Space Labs AAMI Annual Meeting, selected by the Biomedical Instrumentation and Technology Editorial Board....Ira Goldman was elected vice chairman of the Clinical Practice Section of the American Gastroenterological Association. He was also elected president of the New York Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.
Daniel Sessler, professor of anesthesia and director of thermoregulation research at the University of California at San Francisco, has been appointed professor and vice chair of anesthesia and intensive care at the University of Vienna, Austria. He will hold these positions concurrently. The Thermoregulation Research Lab, funded by the NIH, has published more than 100 papers on perioperative temperature disturbance in such journals as Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine. This year Dan was elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation and received a Fulbright Award.
Bard Cosman is assistant clinical professor of surgery at UC San Diego. Students there gave him honorable mention for the Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching. He and his wife, an assistant professor of electrical engineering, and their two young sons live in La Jolla, Calif....Jeffrey Klein is attending spine surgeon at the Hospital for Joint Diseases, Orthopedic Institute. He is also chief of adult degenerative spine surgery at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn. He received the 1996 Volvo award for lumbar spine research given by the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine. In 1993 he received a research award from the Cervical Spine Society....William Palmer is in general practice, working for the Lahey Hitchcock Clinic in a small community hospital in Windsor, Vt. He does some teaching via his affiliation with the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. The Palmers have two small children.
John Markowitz, associate professor of clinical psychiatry at Cornell University Medical College, received a four-year grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to compare the efficacy of psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy in the treatment of dysthymic disorder. He has become a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association....Thomas Metz Jr. completed his military obligation with the U.S. Army. He is now in the private practice of ophthalmology in Columbus, Ga.
Eric Lazar completed training in general surgery at New York University Medical Center and is now a fellow in pediatric surgery at Babies and Children's Hospital at CPMC. The Lazars are the proud parents of a 2-year-old girl.
Bryan Liang, holder of a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from Harvard in addition to his M.D., is professor at Pepperdine University School of Law, teaching contracts, health care law, and law and economics. He has authored numerous articles; the most recent, published in the University of Chicago Law School Round Table, is titled "Medical Malpractice: Do Physicians Have Knowledge of Legal Standards and Assess Cases as Juries Do?"
Jeffrey Yager is chief resident in plastic surgery at CPMC. He was featured in the August issue of Dialogue for having successfully repaired the severed index finger of one of the hospital's elevator repairmen.
Iliana Robinson and her husband, Gordon Barr, are the proud parents of Gabriel Gordon Robinson-Barr, born in August 1996.
Alistair Philips, resident in general surgery at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, married Pamela Reif'95. Pamela is a resident in pediatrics at Babies and Children's Hospital.
Robin Biggs is a resident in OB/GYN at Yale-New Haven Hospital. In April 1996 she married her classmate, Cyrus Noble'95, a urology resident at CPMC. . . . Having completed his internship at the Naval Hospital in San Diego, Mark Olszyk is scheduled to be a battalion surgeon with the Fleet Marine Force in Okinawa for one year....Kelly Warren has started a residency in dermatology at the Medical College of Wisconsin.... Geoffrey Young, having completed his internship, is embarking on his residency in radiology at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
Julie Lin, an internal medicine resident at CPMC, married Frank S. David, an M.D./Ph.D. candidate in pathology at Columbia.
Julie Lin'96 and M.D./Ph.D. candidate
Patricia Dickson received honorable mention for her essay, "Soranus' Notion of Sympathy and the Modern Patient: Challenges for Medical Mythology." The essay will appear in The Pharos, published by Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society.
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