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30s
*John M. Salyer, M.D., MD'38, HS'38, of Indian Wells, Calif., had a series of firsts during his career as an Army surgeon, which included a two-year stint as a surgical consultant for the Far East command during the Korean War from 1952-54. In 1955, as a guest surgeon, he performed the first two direct open-heart surgeries at Walter Reed Army Hospital using the deep hypothermia technique. And in 1956, he performed the first open heart surgery using a pump bypass in an Army hospital, at Fitzsimmons General Hospital in Denver. He performed that same procedure as a first in Orange County, Calif., in 1961, and implanted the first cardiac pacemaker there as well. Salyer was promoted to full colonel in the USA Med. Corps. at age 39, and served as chief of the Department of Surgery at Fitzsimmons for a year prior to Army retirement in August 1959. Another claim to fame, he says, was convincing Gen. Dwight Eisenhower to abstain from cigarette smoking in 1948.

40s
Albert B. Finch, M.D., MD'46, continues to practice medicine (and enjoys it) five days a week in the location from which he's practiced since 1957. He also owns Midessa Motorcycles and sells Iron Horse, Big Dog and Wild West Motorcycles.

*Fred Goldner Jr., M.D., MD'48, HS'53, CF-'61-'06, joined the emeritus faculty in 2006. He reports that his daughter, Cynthia Goldner, has been featured in USA Today for her art of making clocks from recycled computer parts. His son, Fred, lives in Costa Rica, where he works with the transport of mail and packages to Latin American countries.

James R. Hamilton, M.D., MD'46, retired from the private practice of dermatology in 1995 and from Vanderbilt's Department of Dermatology in 2004. His wife of 60 years, Ruth E. Hamilton, died March 15, 2006.

50s
John M. Clariday, M.D., MD'51, retired in 1985, after living in the same community since 1957. His first patient in 1957 was also his last on the day of his retirement. He is 82, his health is good, and he shot his age three times in 2006 while playing golf. He has four self-employed children.

Eugene Taylor Davidson, M.D., MD'56, FE'59, was co-chairman of the organizational committee of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists for the organization's first meeting in 1992, and served as the organization's president during its second year, during which time the American College of Endocrinology was formed. In 1998, he was president of the College. Davidson and the masters of the College were recently honored at the annual meeting of the College and AACE in Seattle.

Fay M. Gaskins, M.D., MD'56, HS'64, FE'68, CF'85-'89, is 81 and in good health. She quit a 50-year smoking habit this year and is pursuing her hobbies of gardening, cooking, piano and meditation. She is retired from Vanderbilt and the VA Hospital in Murfreesboro, Tenn., where she treated Vietnam veterans in individual and group therapy suffering from posttraumatic stress syndrome. She volunteers as a consultant with senior citizens, is a member of his church choir, and assists the leaders of the youth choir. Gaskins has three sons, Abe, Richard and Joe, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Murray Heimberg, M.D., Ph.D., MD'59, is now Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology and Medicine, Emeritus, at the University of Tennessee. Although he is retired, he is still enjoying his professional life at age 82, working part-time in the Lipid Clinic seeing patients with metabolic disorders, particularly diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome. He says that although he and his wife, Polly, have more leisure time, they still don't have enough. She spends some of her free time painting and he likes to work in the garden.

James C. Price, M.D., MD'51, retired in November 2004 after 57 years of family practice in Gonzales, Texas. Gonzales Health Care Systems named their rehabilitation and exercise facility "The James C. Price Wellness Center" in his honor.

60s
Bob Alford, M.D., MD.'61, HS'66, CF'68-'00, is chief medical officer at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville.

*Kenneth L. Brigham, M.D., MD'66, FA'70-'02, has been appointed associate vice president at Emory University and director of its Predictive Health Initiative. He has led the initiative since it was established in 2005 as a new model of health care that focuses on health maintenance rather than the treatment of disease. Brigham joined the Emory faculty in 2002 as vice chair for research in the Department of Medicine, director of the Center for Translational Research of the Lung, and associate director for research in the McKelvey Lung Transplant Center.

Gordon Gill, M.D., MD'63, HS'63, retired, joined the emeritus faculty, then returned to "active duty," as Dean for Translational Medicine and director of the College of Integrated Life Sciences at the University of California, San Diego. He is currently vice president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and admits he has failed at retirement. He has seven grandchildren, two of whom were born in December 2006.

*John D. Hutcherson, M.D., MD'60, HS'64, lives in Englewood, Colo., is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, a trustee of Central Methodist University and served on the VUSM alumni board from 1992-1996.

*John Neeld Jr., M.D., MD'66, HS'66, received the Ninth Annual John McCoy, M.D., Award from Atlanta's Northside Hospital in March. The award is given to a physician who consistently demonstrates outstanding leadership, dedication and service.

*Warren F. McPherson, M.D., HS'66-72, current VMAA Board president, is a senior adviser with Compass Executives LLC, a West Nashville-based management company formed earlier this year. McPherson spent more than 30 years practicing as a neurosurgeon and also served for 11 years as chairman of the board for State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company.

70s
James T. Ettien, M.D., HS/FE'71-'72, has established Centennial Surgical Associates at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. Prior to joining Centennial, Ettien spent 27 years at Largo Medical Center where he was chief of the Division of Surgery. He was also physician liaison for the hospital's committee on cancer.

Doug Heimburger, M.D., MD'78, his wife, Beth, and their 16-year-old daughter, Betsy, were on sabbatical in Lusaka, Zambia, from July 2006- January. He was working with University of Alabama, Birmingham's Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) initiating nutrition research in a large population of patients with HIV/AIDS that CIDRZ is treating, along with the Zambian Ministry of Health. The cohort under treatment now totals about 80,000 patients. Heimburger's focus was to initiate nutrition research in the CIDRZ cohort and to examine the effects that the chronic undernutrition has on the outcomes of treatment for HIV/AIDS.

*Everette James Jr., M.D., FA'75-'00, reports that the St. James Place Museum, a private folk art museum housed in the restored Robersonville (N.C.) Primitive Baptist Church and featuring pieces from his personal collection, received the Gertrude S. Caraway Award for Historic Presentation, and has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

*Col. Stephen L. Jones, M.D., MD'78, has been nominated for promotion to the rank of brigadier general in the U.S. Army. He is currently serving as command surgeon in the United States Army Cadet Command in Fort Monroe, Va.

John D. Matthew, M.D., MD'71, was profiled in an article in Vermont Business Magazine. Matthew established The Health Center in central Vermont, practices at Central Vermont Medical Center/ Dartmouth Hitchcock Alliance, and teaches at Dartmouth College of Medicine and the University of Vermont College of Medicine.

T.D. McKinney, M.D., MD'73, has retired from an academic career and is living on a mountaintop in Deep Gap, N.C. His son, Jared McKinney, M.D., is a faculty member in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Vanderbilt.

*Albert W. Morriss III, M.D., MD'72, has retired from clinical practice. His oldest son, Whit, is marrying Vanderbilt nursing student Blaire Barnes in August.

Betsy Jennings Powell, M.D., MD'76, is living in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. She is no longer in an active medical practice, and is instead pursing a different path of healing. She was ordained into the priesthood in May 2006. She is married to the Rev. David B. Powell, and participated in a medical mission trip to a village in the Guatemalan highlands last January.

Noreen Rossi, M.D., HS'78-'81, is Assistant Dean for Clinical Research at Wayne State University, where she has been on the faculty since 1985. She has also been program director for the Nephrology Fellowship. Her research focuses on the effect of exercise on neural regulation of renal sodium excretion.

James Schumacher, M.D., HS'77-'79, FE'92, is a neuroradiologist for the Center for Diagnostic Imaging (CDI) in the Puget Sound, Wash., community coming from the Department of Medical Imaging at Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville where he served as medical director and chief of radiology for four years. Schumacher has worked as an instructor for vertebroplasty for Stryker Medical Corporation, an innovator of this pain management procedure.

80s
Samuel DeMent, M.D., MD'82, CF'90, of Lexington, S.C., has been promoted to clinical associate professor of Pathology at the Medical College of Georgia.

Margaret (Peggy) France, M.D., MD'81, worked for 12 years as an attending neonatologist/ assistant professor of Pediatrics at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and following that, as an attending neonatologist at Alexandria Hospital in Northern Virginia. For two years, France and her husband, Roger Hart, a veterinarian, have lived in a log house in the woods backing up to a large park on the Occoquan River. France's twins, Katie and Abby, will be 26 in December.

*George Holcomb III, M.D., MD'80, HS'80-'86, FA'88-'98, presented the 14th Loren R. Chandler Memorial Lecture at Stanford University School of Medicine in January. His topic was "Current Thoughts about Laparoscopic Fundoplication in Infants and Children." He is surgeon-in-chief at Children's Mercy Hospital and the Katherine B. Richardson Professor of Surgery at the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Medicine. In addition, he is director of the Pediatric Surgery Residency Training Program at Children's Mercy.

Joel Koenig, M.D., MD'82, reports that after 17 years as chief of Pediatrics at the Missouri Baptist Medical Center, he is associate professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Washington University and practices pediatrics at Town and Country Pediatrics in St. Louis. His book, "Cherokee Chronicles" sold out, but copies are still available through Amazon.com.

Peter Marshall, M.D., MD'83, says his Vanderbilt medical education prepared him for a varied medical career – five years of rural family practice in Wisconsin, then eight years of urban family practice and urgent care in St. Paul, Minn., followed by seven years in occupational medicine on the faculty of the University of Minnesota occupational medicine residency. Now he's entered a new phase – a medical disability evaluator for compensation and pensions at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. Marshall, who says retirement might be next, still plays the fiddle, and is looking forward to a trip to Morocco with his 17-year-old daughter, Madeline, and helping her with her college search.

Theodore Miller, M.D., MD'87, was awarded the President's Medal of the International Skeletal Society at its annual meeting in September 2006. It is awarded for significant achievement in and contributions to the field of musculoskeletal imaging by someone who has not yet passed their 45th birthday. After working at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System as chief of Musculoskeletal Radiology, he began a new job last year, as an attending radiologist at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. He was also inducted as a fellow of the American College of Radiology at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

*J.D. Rosdeutscher, M.D., MD'87, was voted No. 1 for "Best Nip and Tuck," and his wife, Kim Rosdeutscher, M.D., MD'88, was voted No. 3 for "Best Pediatrician" in the Nashville Scene's annual "best of" survey.

Robert Sahl, M.D., MD'82, is living in Avon, Ct., with his wife of 16 years, Beckie, and their three children, Cassie, Jessa and Sam. After psychiatric training at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, he remained on the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry faculty for 11 years, before moving to Connecticut. He is currently the division chief of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry group at the Institute of Living in Hartford, Ct.

Eric Senn, M.D., MD'88, is vice chief of staff at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center and will become chief in 2008. He is on the board of directors of his corporation, Carolina Health Specialists, as well as the Carolina Center for Medical Excellence. He and his wife, Angelica, have a very talkative 3-year-old son, Aleksander. Senn is joined at Grand Strand by three other class members, Jarratt and Janet Lark and Derek Horstemeyer.

Valerie A. Short, M.D., MD'85, is with a practice group in Laurel, Miss., that is currently under South Central Regional Medical Center's ownership. She has a 14-year-old daughter, who is completing the eighth grade and plays on the Laurel-Jones County under-15 girls select (competitive) soccer team. Mother and daughter recently returned from a competitive soccer trip to England.

David Sweatt, Ph.D., Ph.D.'86, has been appointed associate director of the Center for Aging at University of Alabama, Birmingham, and director of the center's Neuroscience and Aging Research Program. He will work closely with the Center for Aging leadership to enhance programs involving the more than 175 faculty members affiliated with the center. He joined UAB as Department of Neurobiology chair in February 2006. An internationally-recognized expert on biological mechanisms underlying learning and memory, he holds the Evelyn F. McKnight Endowed Chair for Learning and Memory. From 1989 to 2005, he was professor of neuroscience and director of the neuroscience graduate program at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston.

Curtis Tribble, M.D., MD'80, has been named vice chair of the Department of Surgery and chief of its Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He will oversee the entire Department of Surgery and train medical students practicing cardiothoracic surgery. In 1991, he helped perform the first lung transplant in Virginia, while on the faculty at the University of Virginia.

Terri Vrtiska, M.D., MD'87, was recently recognized by her peers with the 2006 Mayo Clinic Diagnostic Radiology Carmen Award for Clinical Excellence. The annual award recognizes excellence in clinical radiological care. Since completing her residency in 1994 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., she has been a member of the Mayo Clinic medical staff, becoming assistant professor in 2004. She is physician director of the clinical 3D and post-processing lab and recently collaborated with a large medical team including 18 surgical colleagues in the separation of conjoined twins. Her primary research and clinical activities are directed toward imaging of the kidneys and blood vessels as well as advances in CT technology.

*John Wadlington, M.D., MD'88, welcomed his first child this year, a daughter, Anna Louise, born Jan. 25.

90s
Jeffrey F. Bleakley, M.D., MD'93, is an interventional cardiologist at the New England Heart Institute of Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, N.H.

Judd Brandeis, M.D., MD'95, is a partner in Pacific Urology in Walnut Creek, Calif. He and his wife, Anjali, a dentist, have three daughters – Sydney, Sabrina and Olivia – and a son, Owen.

Jasminka Vukanovic-Criley, M.D., MD'95, HS'95-'98, has been promoted to Adjunct Clinical Professor of Medicine at Stanford. She is helping organize the 30th annual Society of General Internal Medicine meeting on Cardiac Exam, this year, in Toronto, which will focus on "Virtual Patient Examinations: Improving Cardiac Skills Teaching for Clerkships and Residency Programs."

Alexander Fan, M.D., MD'96, received the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Department of Psychiatry.

Evander Fogle, M.D., MD'98, is an instructor of orthopaedic trauma at the Naval Trauma Training Center, where training takes place for military personnel who are preparing to deploy overseas. In August, he will be returning to civilian practice at Resurgens Orthopaedics in Atlanta. He and his wife, Robin, have welcomed their second son and are looking forward to moving to Atlanta where Robin will join a reproductive endocrinology/infertility practice at Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine. He is looking forward to the Class of 1998 reunion in October.

John Hill, M.D., HS'97-00, and his wife, Stacy, welcomed a son, Brock Alexander, on Sept. 3, 2006. He joined big sister, Madelyn, 3. He is practicing with Henderson Hematology and Oncology in Hendersonville, N.C.

Mei Chris Huang, Ph.D., Ph.D.'92, has joined the faculty of Southern Illinois School of Medicine as assistant professor of Internal Medicine, specializing in gastroenterology. She is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology. Her research interests include colorectal cancer. She is married to William Yu, Ph.D., associate professor of Computer Science at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. They have two children.

James N. Johnson, M.D., MD'93, has been a team physician for the USA Swimming National Team since 2001. He is a sports medicine specialist at Nashville Orthopaedic Specialists, PC in Nashville. He and his wife, Catherine, are expecting their second child in August. Their son, James, will be 2 in December.

Esther Maksymovich Penn, M.D., MD'98, and Daniel Penn, M.D., MD'98, sadly report that they lost their newborn daughter, Maya Lauren Penn, when she was stillborn at 38 weeks gestation on Dec. 17, 2006.

Michael "Adam" Kremer, M.D., MD'97, HS'97-'98, is currently practicing neurosurgery in Joplin, Mo. His third child, Amelia, was born in December 2005.

Randall M. Minor, M.D., MD'91, moved home to Paris, Tenn., in 1998 where he is an emergency medicine physician at Henry County Medical Center and his wife, Christy, is a pediatrician. They have three children: Garrett, 12; Andrew, 9; and Anna, 4.

Brian Mullaney, M.D., MD'93, Ph.D.'92, has moved to Indianapolis as director of the oncology pharmacogenomics group working on targeted drugs for Phase 2-3 trials at Eli Lilly.

Susan Pearce Pikal, M.D., MD'97, married Robert Pikal, M.D., in August 2004. She is an internist at North Woodward Internal Medicine Associates and is on staff at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich.

Leopoldo Rodriguez, M.D., HS'96-'00, has been promoted to chief of the Department of Anesthesiology at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center in Aventura, Fla.

*Robert Rosenfeld, M.D., MD'94, HS'94-'98, is currently practicing obstetrics and gynecology at Skagit Valley Medical Center in Mount Vernon, Wash. His duties include supervising nurse midwives and working with family practice physicians who do deliveries. He is department head at the medical center and chief of staff at the hospital. He and his wife, Becky, live in a 100-year-old home on a small lake in Northwest Washington, close to hiking, skiing, fishing and kayaking, the Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the San Juan Islands. Their son, Brad, is graduating this year from the University of Denver.

*Tyler Staelin, M.D., MD'96, recently joined Tennessee Orthopaedics Alliance in Nashville, specializing in hand surgery. He and his wife, Katie, have added two children in as many years, Fielding and Tess.

Stephen F. Stanziale, M.D., MD'97, joined Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Md., in 2006. He and his wife, Amy, will welcome their second child in May, joining brother Lucca, who will be 2 in June.

Peter Swarr, M.D., HS'99-'01, married Elizabeth Calhoun on April 8 in Cheraw, S.C., He is a partner with Cool Springs Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and is on the faculty at Vanderbilt. She is a senior consultant with Vanderbilt Center for Better Health.

Dennis Szurkus Jr., M.D., MD'98, was elected to the executive committee of the Medical Staff at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Pensacola. He was a gynecologist in Kuwait as part of the U.S. Naval Service coalition forces as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom March- September 2006. He and his wife, Kristina, who is completing a two-year term as a law clerk for the 11th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals, are expecting their first child in June.

Tom Talbot, M.D., MD'96, FE'03, FA-03- , and Helen Keipp Bredenburg Talbot, M.D., HS'99-'03, FE'06, FA'06- , welcomed their second child, a daughter, Anna Kathleen, on Nov. 16, 2006.

Elizabeth Tyler-Kabara, M.D., Ph.D., MD/Ph.D.'97, assistant professor of Neurological Surgery and Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh, welcomed a daughter, Isabelle Christine Kabara, in November, 2005. She also directs the Neural Enhancement Laboratory in the Department of Neurological Surgery. Current research projects in this laboratory include stem cell therapies in the treatment of both adult and pediatric traumatic brain injury.

Karen Wasilewski-Masker, M.D., MD'99, HS'99-'02, married Kenneth Masker, vice-president of Marketing for Assurgent Medical Solutions on Dec. 2, 2006, in Atlanta. She recently completed training in pediatric hematology oncology at Emory University and has joined the faculty there.

Kathleen Crews Williams, M.D., MD'93, is an endocrine surgeon in Nashville specializing in thyroid and parathyroid surgery. She and her husband, Brad Williams, M.D., HS'81, have two sons, Matthew, 4, and Nathan, 2.

2000-
Lynn Bunch, M.D., MD'02, is completing the Integrated Fellowship in Geriatrics and Palliative Care at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. In July she will join the faculty of the Department of Geriatrics at Mount Sinai as assistant professor, focusing primarily on inpatient palliative care and medical student education in the areas of palliative care and geriatrics.

Lauren Peters Fulkerson, M.D., MD'03, completed residency training in Pediatrics at UCLA in June 2006 and joined a multi-specialty private practice in Palos Verdes, Calif., in August 2006. She is currently practicing general pediatrics and is working with another general pediatrician, a pediatrics allergist/immunologist and a pediatric neurologist. She and her husband, Mike, welcomed twin boys, Jack and Luke, on March 13. They are living in Manhattan Beach, Calif. Mike, a 2001 graduate of Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management, is working for Activision, Inc., as director of marketing.

Laura K. Green, M.D., MD'02, will complete a fellowship in Cornea, Refractive and Anterior Segment Surgery at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins in June. She finished an ophthalmology residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear at Harvard in June 2006. She will be joining the full-time faculty at the Kreiger Eye Institute at the Sinai Hospital of Baltimore in August. She and her husband, Basil Rousos, welcomed their first child, Anna, in June 2005.

Igen Hongo, M.D., HS/FE/04-'06, is an infectious diseases attending at Musashino Red Cross Hospital in Tokyo.

Bridget Mikysa Lauro, M.D., MD'01, is finishing her radiology residency at the University of Washington in Seattle in June and is doing a six-month fellowship in musculoskeletal imaging at the University of Colorado. She will begin a new job with Rocky Mountain Radiology in West Denver this year. In August of 2006 she married Joe Lauro in Whistler, B.C., with classmates and fellow VUSM alumni in attendance. The couple is living in the mountains of Evergreen, west of Denver.

Nicole Streiff McCoin, M.D., MD'03, HS'03-'07, is completing her chief resident year at Vanderbilt, and will stay on as an assistant professor of Emergency Medicine. She and her husband, Patrick, welcomed a baby girl, Catherine Ann, on St. Patrick's Day, 2007. She weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces, and was 20 ? inches long. The family lives in Franklin, Tenn.

Allan Frederick Moore, M.D., MD'03, married Rebekah Elizabeth Gee, M.D., daughter of Vanderbilt Chancellor Gordon Gee, on Oct. 7, 2006. They were married in Nashville. Moore completed an internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where the couple met as medical residents, and is currently a fellow in endocrinology at Massachusetts General. He is also enrolled in the Scholars in Clinical Science Master's Program at Harvard Medical School. Gee, an obstetrician and gynecologist, is a Robert Wood Johnson clinical scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, studying health policy at the university and working for increased access to contraception and improved health care for women.

Kimberly Vinson, M.D., MD'03, will return to Vanderbilt as an Otolaryngology Head and Neck fellow in July 2008.

Christopher Williams, M.D., Ph.D., Ph.D.'00, MD'02, HS'02, will be joining the Vanderbilt faculty as an assistant professor of Medicine and Cancer Biology in July.

   
 
KEY

MD - Medical School Graduate
HS - House staff
FE - Fellow
FA - Faculty
CF - Clinical Faculty

   
 

book focus

Dwaine Rieves, M.D., HS/FE'80, has published a book of poems, "When the Eye Forms," a work that evolved from his experience as a public health physician in the county health department in Natchez, Miss., and in the Gay Men's VD Clinic in Washington, D.C.

   
 

worthy of note

Using virtual reality technology, physicians can now practice risky catheter-based procedures, such as carotid stenting, on a virtual patient simulator, using the patient's exact anatomical data — and then perform the exact same technique on the live patient once the procedure has been mastered.

This procedure was done by Christopher Cates, M.D., HS-'82-'85, director of Vascular Intervention at Emory Hospitals, and was highlighted in the Jan. 17 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. This "mission rehearsal" is the same idea that the aviation industry and military use in preparing for military missions or practicing landings in flight simulators, but this represents the first use of this concept in medicine.

The first procedure involved a patient with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, who underwent a virtual reality mission rehearsal of the carotid stenting on a simulator, immediately followed by the operator performing the actual procedure on the live patient. Magnetic resonance angiogram images of the patient's aortic arch vessels and cerebral anatomy were converted into a standard Digital Imaging and Communications (DICOM) in Medicine format, loaded on the simulator, and used to recreate the patient's vascular anatomy in virtual reality.

"Although this concept is used by the military and in aviation, this case represents the first implementation in medical practice," he said. "We have performed what we believe to be the first mission rehearsal carotid stenting case using a specific patient's digital vascular anatomy in man, which has vast implications for the future of procedural medicine and the ways procedures are done."

   
 

*James B.D. Mark, M.D., MD'53, enjoyed his time at Reunion 2006. Catching up on old times are (left to right): Mark, Joyce Randolph, Jean (Maxie) Mark, Judson G. Randolph, M.D.'53, HS'54-'55, and Jan and Harry Jacobson, M.D.

   
 

Jim Creely III, M.D., MD'90, (second from left, standing), is enjoying life in Louisville, Ky., with his wife, Ellen, and four daughters: Claire, 14; Maggie, 13; Rachel, 11; and Angela, 7. He is a partner with Louisville ENT Associates and has been spending his free time traveling around the world. In 2004, he climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, and in 2006, tried heli-skiing in British Columbia and climbing Mt. Rainier in Washington State. He would love to hear from lost friends. jimcreely@aol.com.

   
 

Tom McClure, M.D., MD'88, has joined Nashville Orthopaedic Specialists, a practice affiliated with Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. McClure focuses on adult reconstructive surgery and joint preservation of the hips, knees, feet and ankles.

   
 

Nels Gunnarsen, M.D., MD'90, (above) who retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Lt. Colonel last year, has joined North State Radiology in Chico, Calif.

   
 

worthy of note

Gregory S. Henderson, M.D., Ph.D., Ph.D.'92, MD'93, (right) was awarded the College of American Pathologist's first-ever distinguished patient care award at the association's annual meeting in San Diego in September. He was recognized for his outstanding dedication to patient care in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He was the sole physician at the New Orleans Convention Center, which housed more than 20,000 people after the storm. He is currently the associate chairman of the Ochsner Health System Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in New Orleans, as well as head of anatomic pathology at that facility. He is also a member of the Medical Executive Committee at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation. "Dr. Henderson's commitment to the people of New Orleans during and following the storm was exemplary. In addition, he continues to work tirelessly to deliver quality health care as the city rebuilds," said CAP President Thomas M. Sodeman (shown here presenting the award to Henderson).

   
 

Chris Ambrose, M.D., MD'02, is associate director of MedImmune, Inc., a biotechnology company in Gaithersburg, Md. He and his wife, Rose Ambrose, M.D., MD'02, in private practice as a psychiatrist in Columbia, Md., have two children (shown above), Sally, 2 1/2 and Charlie, 3 months.

   
 

Brian R. Lindman, M.D., MD'03, is finishing his first year of fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. He and his wife, Jenny Lark, have a 16-month-old daughter, Manna Caroline (above).

   
 

Christopher Keefer, M.D., MD'01, and Stephanie McAbee, M.D., MD'01, welcomed twins, Elsbeth McAbee Keefer (left) and Henry McAbee Keefer, on Nov. 29, 2006. McAbee is completing a fellowship in gastroenterology at Vanderbilt this year, while Keefer finishes a pediatric infectious diseases fellowship. He is currently studying respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in the lab of James Crowe, M.D.

   
 

James (Matt) Luther, M.D., MD'01, HS'01, FE'07, CF'05-'07, and his wife, Anna, welcomed a son, Andrew Hardin Luther (left) on Dec. 15, 2006. He joins big brother, Marshall, 4. Luther is currently a nephrology fellow at Vanderbilt.

   
 

Alumni attending the St. Louis Vandy Medical Alumni reunion report that it was a huge hit. About a dozen people showed up to meet and reunite with old friends. From left to right are: Brad Kovach, '02, David Smith, '02, Michael Fallucco,'05, Elise Fallucco,'04, Manish Shah, '06, Allison and Will Newman, '06, Travis Henry, '05, his wife, Erin (who received her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt), Rehka Mody,'06, and David Strayhorn, '04.

   
 
 
 
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