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P&S Journal: Spring 1997, Vol.17, No.2
Alumni Association Activities
Alumin News and Notes

By Marianne Wolff'52



Ernest M. Burgess has retired from private practice but is still aaapractice but is still active in research. He has an outreach foundation that supplies prostheses to Southeast Asian amputees. The foundation has already fitted 6,000 amputees in Vi

etnam, most of them war casualties.



Edgar Housepian'53 Edgar Housepian has been appointed special adviser to Vo Vice President and Dean Pardes for international affiliations. With his considerable background and experience in medical matters worldwide, he will explore international education, research,

and clinical affiliations and will help develop and facilitate new affiliations. He will work closely with the administration of the University and with the faculty and administration of the Health Sciences. He also will work with individual faculty memb

ers to explore and develop interactions with their counterparts abroad and will assist in identifying resources to strengthen the systems that facilitate international collaborations.



Nathan S. Taylor is still actively practicing surgical pathology at Rochester General Hospital in Rochester, N.Y., and publishing papers on the subject. For 10 years he headed the education section of the New York State Pathology Society, o

rganizing clinicopathological symposia on prostate, gastrointestinal, and breast disease. He took a tour through central and eastern Europe and risked death at the hands of Iraqi revolutionaries. His adventures constitute the basis of numerous stories (so

me of which have been published in local newspapers as op-ed pieces), an autobiography, and several poems.



Mary-Jeanne Kreek is professor, head of the laboratory, and senior physician at Rockefeller University.



Story Musgrave tied one world record by participating in six missions in space and broke another by being the oldest astronaut in space during the recent mission of the space shuttle Columbia.



Keith Brodie, the James B. Duke Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University, is developing a behavioral science course for law students, serves as an adviser for students doing independent study projects, and teaches

undergraduate and graduate students. With Leslie Banner, he has co-authored a book, "Keeping an Open Door," a historical account of the eight years (1985-1993) of his tenure as president of Duke....Dorothy S. Lane is professor of preventive medicin

e and associate dean for continuing medical education at the medical school of the State University of New York at Stony Brook. The American College of Preventive Medicine honored her with its Distinguished Service Award. In 1996 she was elected president

of the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine for a two-year term.



Robin Cook'66 Robin Cook was a luncheon speaker at the annual meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges in San Francisco Nov. 7. Addressing a filled-to-capacity crowd of medicccd of medical fans, Dr. Cook, whose latest novel, "Chromosome 6," is a B

ook of the Month Club selection, warned tongue-in-cheek: "You better behave yourselves, or you just may really get my attention." Dr. Cook gave a brief run-down of his career from medical student to best-selling author. Each of his medical thrillers has r

aised public consciousness concerning a pressing medical issue. As to the theme of his latest opus, he simply smiled: "You better watch out!" Another book, "Invasion," scheduled for original paperback release, is also the basis for a TV movie.



Barry Eisenstein is vice president for science and technology at Beth Israeel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston....

Bruce Scotton is senior editor of the "Textbook of Transpersonal Psychiatry and Psychology," co-edited with Chinen and Battista, published by Basic Books, N.Y., in 1996. It is the first textbook to address spiritual development and functioning a

s a normal part of human existence and, therefore, as a natural part of the purview of the sciences of the mind and brain.



Yvonne S. Thornton'73 Yvonne S. Thornton received her executive master's degree in health policy and management from Columbia in November 1996. Her first medical textbook, "Primary Care for the Obstetrician and Gynecologist," has been p,Ó has been published. The

American Library Association has voted her book, "The Ditchdigger's Daughters," one of the best books for young adults in 1996. This best seller is available in paperback and hardcover and inspired a world premiere movie shown on the Family Channel.

el Feb. 23, 1997. A new book about women's health care, "Woman to Woman," has been completed and is scheduled for publication this summer. The New Jersey Education Association presented Yvonne with its Award for Excellence in Literature in November 1996.

The written word is not the only area in which she excels; she won the Daniel Webster Oratorical Competition, held in Washington, D.C., in July 1996. This competition, sponsored by the International Platform Association, has been running for 165 years. Yv

onne is the first woman to win it!



James Dunford, who has been on the faculty at the University of California in San Diego for the past 16 years, teaching and practicing emergency medicine, won the 1996 National Faculty Prize at the American College of Emergency Physicians S

ociety of Academic Emergency Medicine C.P.C. competition.


1976 Ph.D.

Almira Wilson Cann'76 Ph.D. Almira Wilson Cann, who earned her Ph.D. in molecular biology and genetics, was appointed to the board of trustees of St. Mary's College inÕs College in Notre Dame, Ind., a Catholic women's college ranked No. 1 in the category of Midwestern

liberal arts colleges for three consecutive years by the U.S. News and World Report annual survey of American colleges. She is assistant professor of ophthalmology at the Jules Stein Institute at UCLA and practices at King-Drew Medical Center and Wadswort

h VA Hospital, both in Los Angeles.



Andrea Dunaif has been appointed senior director for diabetes at Parke-Davis Medical Research and will continue as principal investigator on one of her NIH grants. In June 1996, she received the Rhone-Poulenc Rorer Clinical Investigator Lec

ture Award for her contributions in clinical investigation of the interface of reproductive endocrinology, diabetes, and intermediary metabolism. She pursued research focusing on the polycystic ovary syndrome, insulin resistance, and hyperandrogenism at P

ennsylvania State University.



Gloria D. Wiseman, who has dual appointments as assistant professor in pediatrics at Columbia and at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, has been named director of nurseries at the Birth Place of Holy Name Hospital in Te

aneck, N.J., where she will oversee neonatology services. She is board-certified in neonatal/perinatal medicine and pediatrics. Her research interests include fetal response to stress, HIV in children, and calcium metabolism in premature neonates.



Michael Phillips and his wife became the proud parents of a baby girl, Grace Ryan, in September.



Chris Gottschalk is assistant professor of psychiatry and neurology at Yale, with clinical and research appointments at the VA Medical Center in West Haven. Chris, his wife, Katherine Schneider (see Class of 1995), and their two daug

hters are experiencing the joys of country living in Connecticut....Michal Amir has completed her residency training in OB/GYN at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and has gone into private practice in Los Angeles. One of Michal's patients was a patient

of Dr. Linda Lewis' in the 70s. (Small world!)....Attila Mady has settled in Phoenix, Ariz., where she runs an industrial medicine center. Attila has discovered a gift for writing; she has completed three books, one of which revolves around her two

years at LA County Hospital.



John E. Manning has accepted a fellowship in vascular and interventional radiology at UCLA...Joan LaRovere completed her residency in pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital in July. She is embarking on a one- to two-year postdoc in

pediatric intensive care at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children in London, England.



Katherine Schneider is doing her PGYI in family medicine at Middlesex Memorial Hospital in Connecticut.


Honorary Alumnus

Honorary alumnus Gerald E. Thomson, the Samuel Lambert Professor of Medicine and senior associate dean at P&S, was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, effective Oct. 1, 1996. Dr. Thomson was one of two individuals named honorary alumni at Alumni Reunion Weekend last year.


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 A Stirring Reunion

By Peter Wortsman

 Some destinies are intertwined. Twenty-four years after saving an infant's life at Babies Hospital in a risky operation to correct her intussusception (a condition in which part of the intestine is pushed into the lumen of an adjoining segment),

surgeon and patient met again, this time as professor and student.

John N. Schullinger'55 & Valerie Jones'00
John N. Schullinger'55 and former patient Valerie Jones'00
 Emotions always run strong at P&S Parents Day, with new students and their proud progenitors sharing the realization of a cherished moving for Sonia and Gordon Jones and their daughter Valerie, a member of the Class of 2000, when Mrs. Jones suddenly recognized the luncheon speaker, John N. Schullinger'55, as the man who had saved Valerie's life.

 Dr. Schullinger, professor of clinical surgery and recent past president of the Alumni Association, was doubly overjoyed to see his former patient fit and healthy and following in his chosen calling.

 If this seems like the stuff of a true life fairy tale, it is. Sonia Jones, who thanked Dr. Schullinger form the podium, wrote about the experience for the November 1996 issue of Reader's Digest. "It is obvious to me," she wrote, "that at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, you save babies so you can train them later to be doctors who , turn, will save other babies. Isn't that, after all, What medicine is all about?"

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