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Updates on classmates


January 2010

 

 

 

 

 

50s
*Paul Barnett, M.D., MD ‘58, FAC ‘67-’03, and his wife are working with veterinarians to bring to Nashville a state-of- the- art medical facility for animals, where they can get 24-hour care, particularly those that are seriously ill.

*Oscar Beasley, M.D., MD 52 saved the negatives of his photographs over the years, and in his retirement is digitally scanning some of them. This 1977 photo shows Kirkland Hall in the background. Beasley and his wife, Betty, have five children, two of whom also live in Iowa City, home of the University of Iowa, which is where he did his residency in Internal Medicine. He was in private practice there from 1959 until 2002.

*Oscar Beasley, M.D., MD 52 saved the negatives of his photographs over the years, and in his retirement is digitally scanning some of them. This 1977 photo shows Kirkland Hall in the background. Beasley and his wife, Betty, have five children, two of whom also live in Iowa City, home of the University of Iowa, which is where he did his residency in Internal Medicine. He was in private practice there from 1959 until 2002.

*Robert Dorton, M.D., MD ‘59, received the Volunteerism and Community Service Award from the American College of Physicians – Missouri Chapter – for teaching second- and third-year medical students at St. Louis University School of Medicine where he is a clinical professor in Internal Medicine.

Richard Lester, M.D., MD ‘53, HS ‘54, writes that his daughter, Patricia Lester, M.D., is an assistant professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UCLA where she is the director of the FOCUS program, which addresses stress-related problems among military families.

Marvin Schwartz, M.D., MD ‘55, retired to Los Altos, Calif., after practicing Urology for 34 years.

George Scott, M.D., MD ‘52, a gastroenterologist, lives in Santa Barbara, Calif., and has enjoyed conducting interviews for prospective Vanderbilt University freshmen for the last four years.

Oscar Crofford, M.D., MD 55, emeritus professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt, was named Honorary Member of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes for lifetime achievement in the field of diabetes research.  The ceremony was held recently in the Palais Liechtenstein in Vienna, Austria. Crofford made major contributions to the design, funding, conduct and translation of the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT).  This landmark study proved that strict control of the blood glucose will prevent or slow progression of the vascular complications that damage the eyes, kidneys, nerves and heart of people with Type 1 diabetes.  Crofford and his wife, Jane (BN57), continue to manage their cattle and timber farm in the Ozarks of North Arkansas.

Oscar Crofford, M.D., MD 55, emeritus professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt, was named Honorary Member of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes for lifetime achievement in the field of diabetes research. The ceremony was held recently in the Palais Liechtenstein in Vienna, Austria. Crofford made major contributions to the design, funding, conduct and translation of the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT). This landmark study proved that strict control of the blood glucose will prevent or slow progression of the vascular complications that damage the eyes, kidneys, nerves and heart of people with Type 1 diabetes. Crofford and his wife, Jane (BN57), continue to manage their cattle and timber farm in the Ozarks of North Arkansas.

*Walter Stone, M.D., MD ‘57, recently published “Contributions of Self Psychology to Group Psychotherapy: Selected Papers of Walter Stone” (Karnac Books). He also welcomed his 11th grandchild and second grandson, Nathaniel Stone, in August.


60s
Robert Alford, M.D.,
MD ‘61, HS ‘66-’67, FAC ‘67-’86, retired as chief medical officer at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville after 22 years. He is an active member of the Board of Faith Family Medical Clinic. He and his wife, Marceleen, and their three sons, Stephen, Andrew and Daniel, are doing well. Stephen and his wife, Saana, recently adopted a baby girl, Madelyn.

(left to right)  *Jim Callaway, M.D., MD 56, HS 60-64, *Henry Callaway, M.D., MD 54, HS 54-55, *John Boldt, M.D., MD 54, HS 54-59, *Carl Grote, M.D., MD 54 and *Swan Burrus, M.D., MD 54, HS 54-58 gathered in San Antonio, Texas, in July 2009 to celebrate Boldts 80th birthday and to attend a reception. The John Wesley Boldt, M.D., Chair in Gynecology is honoring the establishment of University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio where Boldt continues to provide patient care and guidance to medical students and residents.

(left to right)  *Jim Callaway, M.D., MD 56, HS 60-64, *Henry Callaway, M.D., MD 54, HS 54-55, *John Boldt, M.D., MD 54, HS 54-59, *Carl Grote, M.D., MD 54 and *Swan Burrus, M.D., MD 54, HS 54-58 gathered in San Antonio, Texas, in July 2009 to celebrate Boldts 80th birthday and to attend a reception. The John Wesley Boldt, M.D., Chair in Gynecology is honoring the establishment of University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio where Boldt continues to provide patient care and guidance to medical students and residents.

Robert Carey, M.D., MD ‘65, FE ‘70-’72, completed his term as president of the Endocrine Society in June 2009. He is immediate past president and chair of the society’s Advocacy and Public Outreach Core Committee. In May 2009 he received the Robert Tigerstedt Distinguished Scientist Award of the American Society of Hypertension. Carey is the David A. Harrison III Distinguished Professor of Medicine; Dean, Emeritus of the School of Medicine and University Professor at the University of Virginia. Carey’s son, Robert Josiah, entered medical school at the University of Virginia in fall 2009.

*Thomas Chesney, M.D., MD ‘69, HS ‘69-’70, president of the Pathology Group of the Midsouth, was recognized as the dedicated and distinguished honoree at the American Cancer Society’s fundraising Zodiac Ball, held at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis. Chesney is board certified in Dermatopathology and Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. He is also director of laboratories at Baptist Memorial Hospitals and a professor of Dermatology and Pathology at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine.

Andrew Bell Benedict III, VU 66, submitted this composite photo of the Vanderbilt Pharmacy School class of 1904. His grandfather was a member of the class, pictured in the second row, third from the left. Vanderbilts School of Pharmacy existed from 1879-1920.  It was a small department, adjunct to the Department of Chemistry.

Andrew Bell Benedict III, VU 66, submitted this composite photo of the Vanderbilt Pharmacy School class of 1904. His grandfather was a member of the class, pictured in the second row, third from the left. Vanderbilts School of Pharmacy existed from 1879-1920. It was a small department, adjunct to the Department of Chemistry.

*Michael Clarke, M.D., HS ‘69-’71, and William Sistrunk, M.D., HS ‘90-’93, were honored by the Springfield, Mo., Area Chamber of Commerce with their 2009 Salute to Health Care. Clarke is founder and president of Clarke Orthopedic Clinic. Salute to Health Care awards honor direct providers of health care services who have demonstrated leadership in making the Springfield area a healthier place. Honorees are recognized for going above and beyond the scope of their day-to-day jobs to improve the health of area residents, either by pioneering a health care field or by bringing about significant change in the way area health care is delivered.

Charles Emerson Jr., M.D., FAC ‘68-76, is working as an orthopaedic consultant for the Nashville VA Medical Center and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Anthony Vine, M.D., MD 89, (center) from New York City, recently connected with John Sawyers, M.D., HS 50-58, FAC 61-09, and his wife Julia Sawyers,M.D., MD 60, HS 61-64, in Florida.

Anthony Vine, M.D., MD 89, (center) from New York City, recently connected with John Sawyers, M.D., HS 50-58, FAC 61-09, and his wife Julia Sawyers,M.D., MD 60, HS 61-64, in Florida.

*Bill Goodson, M.D., MD ‘60, HS ‘60-’61, has returned to part-time practice at the mental health center in Huntsville, Ala., after being retired for four years. A grandson, Hamilton, is also working in Huntsville, while a granddaughter, Emily Snowden, is president of her sorority at Vanderbilt University. Goodson and his wife, Elise, celebrated their 53rd anniversary in June 2009.

James Goolsby, M.D., MD ‘69, HS ‘72, practiced Cardiology in Austin, Texas, for 27 years and retired with his wife, Judi, to Santa Fe, N.M.

*John Hutcherson, M.D., MD ‘60, HS ‘64-’66, is on the Board of Trustees for Central Methodist University in Fayette, Mo. He laments that there were only 21 days of skiing during the 2008-2009 season.

Larry Parrott, M.D., HS ‘60–’62, a retired surgeon, has been teaching for 15 years at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He and his wife, Joy, were blessed with their sixth grandchild, May Parrott Harrigan, on Sept. 5, 2009. He reports that he is playing golf again after successful cataract surgery.

*James Finney Jr., M.D., MD 64, grew this oak tree from an acorn taken from Vanderbilts campus. He took custody of it 11 years ago when it was an 18-inch twig and grew it in a large tub for several years before transplanting it to Guntersville, Ala.

*James Finney Jr., M.D., MD 64, grew this oak tree from an acorn taken from Vanderbilts campus. He took custody of it 11 years ago when it was an 18-inch twig and grew it in a large tub for several years before transplanting it to Guntersville, Ala.

Larry Scott, M.D., MD ‘69, HS ‘69-’72, has returned to the University of Texas Medical School in Houston where he began his academic career. He has assumed the role of director of Gastroenterology at the Lyndon Baines Johnson General Hospital, one of two hospitals in the Harris County Hospital District and a major teaching hospital for the medical school.

*Gerald E. Sullivan, M.D., MD ‘62, is an ophthalmologist in Bowling Green, Ky. “Still plugging along giving good care for 40 plus years,” Sullivan writes.

Robert White Jr., M.D., MD ‘65, lives in Ocala, Fla., and retired from his Ophthalmology practice in January 2007. His wife, Carley, passed away in August 2008. His son, Robert, is a senior analyst with the FBI. His daughter, Ashley, is a pharmaceutical representative.

 

70s
*Robert Bashinsky, M.D.,
MD ‘74, celebrated the 2008 graduation of his daughter, Lisa Bashinsky, from Vanderbilt Law School. He and his wife also have two grandsons, Brannon, 5, and Grayson, 3, who are “true blessings.”

*Gerald Fenichel, M.D., FAC 69-present, professor of Neurology and Pediatrics, has authored Clinical Pediatric Neurology  A Signs and Symptoms Approach (Saunders Elsevier).

*Gerald Fenichel, M.D., FAC 69-present, professor of Neurology and Pediatrics, has authored Clinical Pediatric Neurology  A Signs and Symptoms Approach (Saunders Elsevier).


Sidney Bondurant, M.D., MD ‘71, HS ‘80-’83, an Ob/Gyn, is in his second term as a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives and is the only physician in the legislature. He will be running for re-election in 2011.

William Crump Jr., M.D., MD ‘79, is a family physician with the Trover Health System and serves as the Associate Dean for the University of Louisville Trover Medical School campus in Madisonville, Ky. Crump was presented the 2009 faculty award for Community Engagement, an honor bestowed on the faculty member who best puts into practice the concept of service learning. Crump was honored for his work with the Hopkins County Community Clinic, his leadership in providing free school physicals in Mclean and Webster counties and for his work as the only provider of prenatal services in Caldwell County.

Woody Van Meter, M.D., MD 79, has been featured in the documentary Sight and Insight. When he received a call in 1986 to go on a medical mission to Baghdad during the Iran-Iraq war, Van Meter, who practices Ophthalmology in Lexington, Ky., seized the opportunity. For the past 23 years, he has traveled to a developing country where he performs sight-restoring corneal transplants on people in need. Sight and Insight is a half-hour documentary narrated by actress Ashley Judd that follows Van Meter from his roots in Bourbon County and his job teaching at the University of Kentucky to distant, dangerous lands like Sudan, Cuba and Syria. He says he never fears for his safety aboard the Orbis Flying Hospital, an international humanitarian operation dedicated to preserving and restoring sight in the developing world.

Woody Van Meter, M.D., MD 79, has been featured in the documentary Sight and Insight. When he received a call in 1986 to go on a medical mission to Baghdad during the Iran-Iraq war, Van Meter, who practices Ophthalmology in Lexington, Ky., seized the opportunity. For the past 23 years, he has traveled to a developing country where he performs sight-restoring corneal transplants on people in need. Sight and Insight is a half-hour documentary narrated by actress Ashley Judd that follows Van Meter from his roots in Bourbon County and his job teaching at the University of Kentucky to distant, dangerous lands like Sudan, Cuba and Syria. He says he never fears for his safety aboard the Orbis Flying Hospital, an international humanitarian operation dedicated to preserving and restoring sight in the developing world.

*James Gray, M.D., HS ‘76-’80, joined the Tennessee Department of Health, Upper Cumberland Region, as a primary care physician in January 2005. His special interest areas are family planning, breast and cervical cancer screening, colposcopy, diabetes management and women’s health. His son, Chris, is a software engineer at Microsoft, Inc., and resides in Redmond, Wash., with his wife, Melinda. Gray’s daughter, Janet, is an instructor in chemistry at Tennessee Tech University. She and her husband, Daniel, have two children, Emily, 4, and Sarah, 2

*Ming Robinson, M.D., VU 84, MD 88, HS 88-92, was inducted into the Vanderbilt Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009. Robinson excelled as a swimmer and scholar in the pool and in the classroom with equal success. Considered at the time as the greatest swimmer in the schools history, Robinson arrived on the campus from California during an era when womens varsity athletics were in their infancy. She was an NCAA All-American (81-84), NAIA All-American (81), Vanderbilt Female Athlete of the Year (83, 84), captain of the swim team, and competed in four national championships. She helped the Commodores to an NCAA Division II championship while preparing for a career in medicine, graduating cum laude. She is now in private practice as an Ob/Gyn in Laguna Hills, Calif.

*Ming Robinson, M.D., VU 84, MD 88, HS 88-92, was inducted into the Vanderbilt Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009. Robinson excelled as a swimmer and scholar in the pool and in the classroom with equal success. Considered at the time as the greatest swimmer in the schools history, Robinson arrived on the campus from California during an era when womens varsity athletics were in their infancy. She was an NCAA All-American (81-84), NAIA All-American (81), Vanderbilt Female Athlete of the Year (83, 84), captain of the swim team, and competed in four national championships. She helped the Commodores to an NCAA Division II championship while preparing for a career in medicine, graduating cum laude. She is now in private practice as an Ob/Gyn in Laguna Hills, Calif.

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Bruce M. Kauder, M.D., HS ‘79-’82, has published a book titled “Daddy Tell Me a Story About When You Were Little.” Written for his daughters, the book includes a host of stories Kauder told his children when they were young. He retired from clinical practice in 2006 after developing lymphoma. Now a two-year bone marrow transplant survivor, Kauder documents his journey at www.caringbridge.org/ visit/brucekauder.

Michael Sineway, M.D., MD ‘79, a pulmonologist, just hired a seventh full-time partner and has two offices north of Atlanta in Lawrenceville, Ga., and Duluth, Ga.

R. Bruce Williams, M.D., MD ‘77, was recently elected to his first full term as a member of the Board of Governors of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and was sworn in at a ceremony held in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 10, 2009, at the College’s annual meeting. Williams is a partner and executive committee member for several laboratories in Shreveport, La., including The Delta Pathology Group, LLC, Omega Diagnostics, LLC, and the Pathology Resource Network.

Daniel Winstead, M.D., MD ‘70, is president of the Louisiana Psychiatric Medical Association, first vice president of the American College of Psychiatrists and president-elect of the Southern Psychiatric Association. He lives in New Orleans, and has a 1-year-old grandson, Sebastian.

 

80s
Thomas Smiley Burgoon, M.D.,
MD ‘85, served as chairman of the 21st annual symposium of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture in Fort Worth, Texas, in April 2009. It is the largest professional organization of physicians practicing acupuncture in the United States. In 2008, Burgoon was the keynote speaker at the International Symposium on Techniques and Clinical Applications of Acupuncture and Moxibustion in Beijing, China.

*John Jeffrey Carr, M.D., MD ‘89, has been inducted as a fellow in the American College of Radiology. The induction took place at a formal convocation ceremony during the recent 86th ACR Annual Meeting and Chapter Leadership conference in Washington, D.C. Carr is vice chair of Clinical Research and professor of Radiologic Sciences, Internal Medicine-Cardiology and Public Health Sciences at Wake Forest University School of Medicine where he specializes in cardiovascular imaging with CT and MRI.

Chris Cates, M.D., HS ‘82-’85, FE ‘86-89, an interventional cardiologist at Emory University School of Medicine, was listed in the July 2009 Atlanta Magazine as one of Atlanta’s top physicians. Cates holds honorary membership in the International Andreas Gruentzig Society. Gruentzig was the inventor of the coronary angioplasty procedure.

*Daniel James Diekema, M.D., MD ‘89, clinical professor, departments of Internal Medicine and Pathology at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, is now a certified Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Microbiology. The ABMM certification is the highest credential for doctoral-level microbiologists.

*Eddie Hamilton, M.D., MD ‘85, HS ‘85-’88, FAC ‘88-’00, is president-elect of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, effective Jan. 1.

William R. Macon, M.D., HS ‘84-’88, FE ‘90-’91, has been promoted to professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the Mayo College of Medicine. Macon serves as the head of the Lymph Node Working Group in the Division of Anatomic Pathology at the Mayo Clinic.

*C. Wright Pinson, M.D., M.B.A., MD ‘80, is the deputy vice chancellor for Health Affairs and CEO of the hospitals and clinics for Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He has oversight for all Vanderbilt patient care facilities and programs, both on campus and off, including Vanderbilt University Hospital, the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the Psychiatric Hospital at Vanderbilt, the Vanderbilt Clinics, Vanderbilt-Williamson County and Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks. He remains president of Vanderbilt Health Services and serves as senior associate dean for Clinical Affairs, with continued responsibility for the Vanderbilt Medical Group.

Barbara Buechy Rankin, M.D., MD ‘84, has a full-time family practice with Sutter Gould Medical Group in Stockton, Calif. She and her husband, Brandon Rankin, HS ‘85, are raising three children, ages 19, 17 and 11.

Gregory Shields, M.D., MD ‘80, HS ‘80-’83, FE ‘83-’85, lives in Dothan, Ala., where he is medical director at Southeast Alabama Medical Center. He completed the Iron Man Triathlon in Clermon, Fla., in 2006 and 2007.

Curtis Green Tribble, M.D., MD ‘80, has joined the University of Mississippi Medical Center as professor of Surgery. Tribble, a longtime thoracic surgeon, directed the LVAD/transplant team at the University of Virginia and later helped develop and lead the Lifeflow LVAD Project at the University of Florida. He is currently serving a six-year term as director of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

 

90s
Rudolph Agosti, M.D.,
MD ‘99, and his wife, Rhiannon, have a 2-year-old daughter, Siena Rose. He is working at the Veteran’s Hospital in Brockton, Mass.

Suresh Antony, M.D., FE ‘94-’95, clinical professor of Medicine at Texas Tech University School of Medicine, was recently

Sheela Bhat, M.D., MD 98, and husband, Kiran, are the proud parents of three children (from left) Anand, Pavana and Anita. Bhat lives in Pittsburgh and practices at Childrens Community Pediatrics - Allegheny.

Sheela Bhat, M.D., MD 98, and husband, Kiran, are the proud parents of three children (from left) Anand, Pavana and Anita. Bhat lives in Pittsburgh and practices at Childrens Community Pediatrics - Allegheny.

awarded the Decade of Service Award by the Texas Chapter of the American College of Physicians. Anthony has also served as chairperson of Polo for AIDS, an exhibition polo tournament held in El Paso to raise money for HIV/AIDS patients.

Carolyn Oats Ballantine, M.D., MD ‘99, is married, living in Raleigh, N.C., and practicing Psychiatry.

Craig Brener, M.D., MD ‘99, was recently appointed vice-chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at the Kingston Hospital in Kingston, N.Y. Brener also serves as medical director for the Kingston Ambulatory Surgical Center and is an attending anesthesiologist for Cross River Anesthesiologist Services. He and his wife, Alyson, a freelance literary proofreader, just celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary. They have two children, Eric, 2, and Abigail, 10 months.

A. Scott Pearson, M.D., FAC 99-00, 05-present, has published a new novel, Rupture (Oceanview Publishing). In this thriller, Pearson tells the tale of Eli Branch who, while investigating the suspicious death of one of his patients, uncovers an elaborate web of lies spun by his late father, a longtime professor of anatomy at Mid-South Medical College in Memphis. Instead of finding answers, Eli only finds more questions, and more victims, each meeting a sudden, violent end.

A. Scott Pearson, M.D., FAC 99-00, 05-present, has published a new novel, Rupture (Oceanview Publishing). In this thriller, Pearson tells the tale of Eli Branch who, while investigating the suspicious death of one of his patients, uncovers an elaborate web of lies spun by his late father, a longtime professor of anatomy at Mid-South Medical College in Memphis. Instead of finding answers, Eli only finds more questions, and more victims, each meeting a sudden, violent end.

Katherine P. Brundage, M.D., MD ‘91, and husband, Dan, had a baby boy, John Andrew “Jack” Brundage, on Oct. 1, 2009.

Stephen Cina, M.D., MD ‘92, was recently elected president of the Florida Association of Medical Examiners and chair of the Anatomic Pathology Cluster of the College of American Pathologists.

Gregory Esper, M.D., MD ‘99, is the director of General Neurology at Emory University in Atlanta. He and his wife, Christine, also a neurologist at Emory, have one child, Julianna, and welcomed a son, Nicholas James, in September.

Dirk Hamp, M.D., MD ‘91, HS ‘91 – ‘94, a Wake Forest pediatrician, continues to volunteer with Embrace Uganda. Hamp teamed up with another North Carolina physician to find a way to get treatment for Patrick, a young Ugandan patient who was born with two major heart problems. It took two years, but in May the young man underwent surgery and Hamp reports that Patrick is doing well. For more information, please visit www.embraceuganda.org.

Jeff Holzbeierlein, M.D., HS ‘94-’00, is an associate professor of Urology at the University of Kansas where he has been since completing his fellowship in Urologic Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He holds the John W. Weigel Chair in Urology and is the director of Clinical Research and the Urologic Oncology Fellowship Program. He is the assistant editor of the Journal of Urology. He and his wife, Jill, have four children: Helen, 7, Max, 6, Cate, 5, and Louisa, 16 months.

Kristian Olson, M.D., MD 98, is the program leader for the Global Health Initiative for Integration of Medicine and Technology, a nonprofit consortium of Boston teaching hospitals and engineering schools. For the past 20 years, he has dedicated much of his time and effort to bringing medical technology to developing countries with the hope of improving neonatal care. He has seen an alarming rate of stillborn deaths in his travels to Burma, Thailand and Darfur. He is focused on educating local health care providers on the use of less expensive medical equipment that has resulted in saving the lives of countless newborns. For example, he provided midwives in Aceh with $7 bag mask valves and trained them how to use them.  He is also the principal investigator on a project that builds incubators from car parts. He is determined to create inexpensive incubators and medical training in places like Meulaboh, Indonesia.  Olson was recognized as one of the Scientific American 10 by Scientific American Magazine.  He was recognized as one of 10 researchers, politicians, business executives and philanthropists who have recently demonstrated outstanding commitment to assuring that the benefits of new technologies and knowledge will accrue to humanity.

Kristian Olson, M.D., MD 98, is the program leader for the Global Health Initiative for Integration of Medicine and Technology, a nonprofit consortium of Boston teaching hospitals and engineering schools. For the past 20 years, he has dedicated much of his time and effort to bringing medical technology to developing countries with the hope of improving neonatal care. He has seen an alarming rate of stillborn deaths in his travels to Burma, Thailand and Darfur. He is focused on educating local health care providers on the use of less expensive medical equipment that has resulted in saving the lives of countless newborns. For example, he provided midwives in Aceh with $7 bag mask valves and trained them how to use them. He is also the principal investigator on a project that builds incubators from car parts. He is determined to create inexpensive incubators and medical training in places like Meulaboh, Indonesia. Olson was recognized as one of the Scientific American 10 by Scientific American Magazine. He was recognized as one of 10 researchers, politicians, business executives and philanthropists who have recently demonstrated outstanding commitment to assuring that the benefits of new technologies and knowledge will accrue to humanity.

Elizabeth Johnson, M.D., MD ‘90, was named chief medical officer at Martin’s Point Health Care. She previously served as chief of Internal Medicine and Adult Urgent Care at the Kenmore Center, part of Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, in Boston, Mass. She lives in Cumberland, Maine, with her husband, Dan Soroff, M.D., a cardiologist at Central Maine Medical Center, and their two children.

Thomas Meyer, M.D., MD ‘97, is a cardiologist in Lynchburg, Va. His wife, Sherri, is a corporate dietitian for Meriwether-Godsey. They have a son, Oakley Henry, who was born May 25, 2009. He joins big brother, Oliver, 2.

Jennifer Halpern Moore, M.D., MD ‘99, HS ‘99 -’00, welcomed third child, Ethan Lucas Moore, who joins sister Grace, 4, and brother Matthew, 2. Moore is an orthopaedist in Nashville.

Tjuan L. Overly, M.D., HS ‘99-’01, was appointed clinical assistant professor at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville in 2008. Overly recently celebrated his second wedding anniversary with wife, Sara.

Dipen Parekh, M.D., HS ‘98-’05, FE ‘99-00, recently received a $2 million endowment from the Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance in the Rio Grande Valley. Parakh is a former Vanderbilt Urology resident and Rotary Ambassador Scholar.

*Robert Rosenfeld, M.D., MD ‘94, HS ‘94-’99, is in his fourth year at Skagit Valley Medical Center in Mount Vernon, Wash., where he is a general Ob/Gyn working with midwives and family practice. He served as chairman of the Ob/Gyn department at Skagit Valley Hospital for three years. His wife, Becky, is a skilled quilter and a volunteer on multiple hospital committees. Their son, Brad, is in the marketing department at Duckhorn Vineyards Winery in the Napa Valley. In his spare time, Rosenfeld continues to fly cast for steelhead and salmon and work in his yard.

William Sistrunk, M.D., HS ‘90, and Michael Clarke, M.D., HS ‘69, were honored by the Springfield, Mo., Area Chamber of Commerce with their 2009 Salute to Health Care. Sistrunk is an Infectious Disease specialist with St. John’s Hospital. Salute to Health Care awards honor direct providers of health care services who have demonstrated leadership in making the Springfield area a healthier place. Honorees are recognized for going above and beyond the scope of their day-to-day jobs to improve the health of area residents, either by pioneering a health care field or by bringing about significant change in the way area health care is delivered.

Dennis Szurkus Jr., M.D., MD ‘98, is a full-time faculty Ob/Gyn for the residency program at Orlando Health and is an assistant professor at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. His wife, Kristina, VU’95, an attorney, is serving as a law clerk for Judge Emmett Cox on the Federal 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. The couple live in Orlando with their son, Alexander, 2.

Jon Tilburt, M.D., MD ‘99, is employed at Mayo Clinic seeing patients one day per week and doing a range of research projects focused on defining and enhancing the role of patients’ values in health care decision making. He and his wife, Jackie, have four children: Jonas, 8, Phoebe, 5, Scarlett, 3, and Henry, 6 months. They occasionally vacation with classmates Jeremy (MD ‘99) and Laura (VU ‘99) Freeman and enjoy seeing Aaron DeVries, M.D., MD ‘99 when they go to “the cities.”

Harrison Warner, M.D., MD ‘94, has joined Anatomic and Clinical Laboratory Associates of Nashville in the practice of Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and Dermatopathology. ACLA has provided inpatient and outpatient Pathology services to the Nashville/Middle Tennessee community for more than 30 years and practices at Baptist Hospital.

 

2000-
Yasmine Subhi Ali, M.D.,
MSCI, MD ‘01, FE ‘04-’08, FAC ‘09, is an assistant professor of Medicine at Meharry Medical College and assistant clinical professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt. She is director of Echocardiography and director of Preventive Cardiology at Meharry. She was recently named chief editor of the atherosclerosis section of eMedicine. She was named to the TennCare Pharmacy Advisory Committee as a representative for the American College of Cardiology Tennessee Chapter.

*John Proctor, M.D., FAC 90 - 00, was designated a Hero of Emergency Medicine by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).  Proctor, an emergency physician and Pediatric Emergency Medicine sub-specialist, serves as regional medical director for Team Health and is assistant clinical professor of Emergency Medicine for the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center.

*John Proctor, M.D., FAC 90 - 00, was designated a Hero of Emergency Medicine by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). Proctor, an emergency physician and Pediatric Emergency Medicine sub-specialist, serves as regional medical director for Team Health and is assistant clinical professor of Emergency Medicine for the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center.

Roberto Blanco, M.D., MD ‘05, completed a General Psychiatry residency at the University of North Carolina in June 2009, and received the Myron B. Liptzin, M.D., Award for Clinical Excellence. This is presented to the graduating UNC Psychiatry resident who has demonstrated the most outstanding potential as a clinician and compassionate dedication to patient care. Blanco will complete his fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UNC in June.

Cindy Chin, M.D., MD ‘06, is a Pediatric Endocrinology fellow at Oregon Health and Science University (Doernbecher Children’s) in Portland, Ore.

Jeanette Chin, M.D., MD ‘04 and Brian Chin, M.D., MD ‘04, have moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, where Brian is doing a fellowship in Neuroradiology and Jeanette is an instructor in Ob/Gyn at the University of Utah. Jeanette plans to do a fellowship in Maternal/Fetal Medicine. They have a son, William, 4.

Robin Hickman Fogle, M.D., MD ‘00, is in her second year with Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine where she is a reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI) specialist. She is board certified in Ob/Gyn and REI. She is married to Evander Fogle, M.D., MD ‘98. He works for Resurgen’s Orthopaedics where he specializes in shoulders, elbows and sports medicine. They have two sons, Fletcher, 4, and Alex, 2.

Alyssa Throckmorton, M.D., HS 02-07, and Thomas Throckmorton, M.D., HS 02-07, welcomed their daughter, Charlotte Emilie, on Aug. 13, 2009. They recently moved to Memphis,Tenn., where they are both in practice full time in breast surgery and shoulder and elbow surgery respectively.

Alyssa Throckmorton, M.D., HS 02-07, and Thomas Throckmorton, M.D., HS 02-07, welcomed their daughter, Charlotte Emilie, on Aug. 13, 2009. They recently moved to Memphis,Tenn., where they are both in practice full time in breast surgery and shoulder and elbow surgery respectively.

Anil Goklaney, M.D., MD ‘00, joined DeKalb Emergency Physicians in Atlanta, Ga., in March 2009. He achieved partner status with C.E.P. America, one of the largest providers of emergency department management for hospitals.

*Patricia Chu Klap, M.D., MD ‘00, HS ‘00-’01, married Guido Klap of the Netherlands in Houston, Texas, in January 2009. Several VUSM alumni attended, including Melissa Chen Myhre, M.D., MD ‘00, Adam Myhre, M.D., MD ‘00, Jason Lewis, M.D., MD ‘00, Aimee Martin, M.D., HS ‘00-’01, Kevin Toon, M.D., HS ‘98-’01, CP Krishnamurthy, M.D., HS ‘02-’05, Sara Habibian, M.D., MD ‘02, HS ‘02-’06, Lynn Bunch O’Neill, M.D., ‘01, Tom Kason, M.D., HS ‘99-’01 and Todd Bell, M.D., HS ‘00-’01.

Theresa Larson, M.D., MD ‘05, is doing a fellowship in uveitis at the National Eye Institute in Bethesda, Md.

Amanda Nelson, M.D., MD ‘02, finished a fellowship in Rheumatology at the University of North Carolina and is now an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology at UNC. She received the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Distinguished Fellow Award at the organization’s annual meeting held in October 2009.

Justin Piasecki, M.D., MD ‘02, works in Gig Harbor, Wash., where he is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon. He did a five-year Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery residency at the University of Wisconsin and then completed a Mohs surgery fellowship at the University of British Columbia. He is one of just a few plastic surgeons trained to perform Mohs Surgery, a treatment for skin cancer with same-day reconstruction. He lives in Gig Harbor with his wife and three young daughters. He continues to kayak recreationally and enjoys spending time outdoors with his family.

Elizabeth Pitchford, M.D., MD ‘04, HS ‘04-’07, and Clovis Pitchford, M.D., MD ‘04, practice Pediatrics and Pathology respectively. They live in Kensington, Md., and have a daughter, Josephine Anabelle, born Feb.
20, 2009.

Mona Potter, M.D., MD ‘03, is an attending child and adolescent psychiatrist at McLean Hospital and clinical instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Airron Richardson, M.D., M.B.A., MD ‘05, finished his primary care sports medicine fellowship at Duke University Medical Center in June 2009. He completed an Emergency Medicine residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center the year prior. He has moved back to Chicago and accepted a position at the Methodist Hospitals in Northwest Indiana as an emergency physician. He will also be setting up a sports medicine practice.

Rima Rusnak, M.D., MD 02, welcomed daughter Elyse Lyla on April 6, 2009. She joins big brother, Joey, 3. Rusnak and her husband, Kevin, live in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she is working as a staff physician in the Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Emergency Department. She is also the head physician for patient safety for the ED and an Urgent Care administrator.

Rima Rusnak, M.D., MD 02, welcomed daughter Elyse Lyla on April 6, 2009. She joins big brother, Joey, 3. Rusnak and her husband, Kevin, live in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she is working as a staff physician in the Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Emergency Department. She is also the head physician for patient safety for the ED and an Urgent Care administrator.

Kelly Sawyer, M.D., MD ‘06, is a clinical instructor at Virginia Commonwealth University Hospital in the Emergency Department. She is also the Emergent Cardiac Care fellow for the next two years. She will be enrolling in a Masters in Clinical Research and Biostatistics program through VCU.

Naveen Seth, M.D., M.B.A., MD ‘04, finished a residency in Emergency Medicine at SUNY Buffalo in June 2009 and has begun a one-year fellowship in EMS at SUNY Upstate in Syracuse, N.Y.

Selina Shah, M.D., MD ‘00, HS ‘00-’01, moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to join the Center for Sports Medicine in January 2009. She is the director of Dance Medicine and is involved in medical outreach to the underserved professional dance population. She co-authored a book chapter for the Team Physician Handbook. She married Michael Peri in May 2008.
 

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