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Updates on classmates

January 2011

*Paul Barnett, M.D., MD ’58, FAC ’67-’08, and veterinary surgeon Trey Calfee collaborated to design an animal hospital that will be open 24 hours a day to care for critically ill pets. Barnett had lost two beloved pets in recent years and identified the need for such a facility. The new hospital opened on Sidco Drive in Nashville in October.

Saul Haskell, M.D., MD ‘55, is bicycling across southern Spain.


*John B. Neeld Jr., M.D., MD ’66, HS ’67, received the Crawford W. Long Award of the Georgia Society of Anesthesiologists. The award is the highest recognition of a GSA member and honors people who have made exceptional contributions to society. Neeld is a past president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, a member of the board and past chair of AMPAC, the American Medical Association Political Action Committee, a past chair of the board of directors of Northside Hospital in Atlanta and past president of VMAA.

William G. Wheeler, M.D., MD ’60, HS ’67, has an Orthopaedics office practice in Lexington, Ky. He has eight children and eight grandchildren.


John Michael Conoyer, M.D., MD ’75, president of Midwest ENT Center, P.C., in St. Peter’s, Mo., is pleased to announce the fifth partner in his practice, his son, Matt Conoyer, M.D., MD ’03, who completed his ENT residency at Vanderbilt in 2008 and then joined his father’s practice. Benjamin Conoyer, M.D., HS ’08, is training in ENT at St. Louis University and plans to join his father and brother in 2013.

*H. Edward Garrett Jr., M.D., MD ’79, was honored for his legacy of service to Baptist Memorial Health Care with the dedication of the Baptist Memphis Education Center and the Dr. H. Edward Garrett Sr., Auditorium. Located on the campus of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis, the auditorium was named for the elder Garrett, a renowned cardiovascular surgeon who helped perform the world’s first successful coronary artery bypass operation in 1964 and performed the first one in Memphis in 1968 at Baptist Hospital.

Steve Jones, M.D., MD ’78, visited classmate Tom Nygaard, M.D., MD ’78, in Virginia and together they hiked Mt. Pleasant Wilderness in July 2010. Jones recently left Hawaii and is now working on the merger of Walter Reed and Bethesda Medical Centers.

Steve Podgorski , M.D., MD ’ 78, HS ’81, was named one of the best Ophthalmologists in 5280 (Denver’s Magazine) annual list featuring more than 280 of Denver’s best physicians.


John Anderson, M.D., MD '86, HS '86, has been named vice president of Medicine & Science for the American Diabetes Association. Members who are elected to this position must have demonstrated the ability to translate scientific findings into clinical care and be a leader in the medicine and science profession.

Robert D.B. “Jake” Jaquiss, M.D., MD ’86, has been named chief of Congenital Heart Surgery at Duke Children’s Hospital. Jaquiss joined Duke from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences where he served as the professor and chief of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Neal Meropol, M.D., MD ’85, is the new chief of Hematology and Oncology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University of Medicine. He is also the associate director for clinical research at the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, where he is also a researcher. Meropol joined UH and CWRU in August from Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia.

Marc Shelton, M.D., MD '84, HS ‘87 has been elected governor of the Illinois division of the American College of Cardiology (ACC). Shelton will act as the ACC Governor for Illinois for a three-year term. He currently serves as the president of Prairie Cardiovascular and is a physician at the Prairie Heart Institute at St. John’s Hospital.


Maria Aaron, M.D., MD '95, received the Parker J. Palmer award, given to 10 residency program directors in all specialties in the country. She also received the Straatsma Award for Excellence in Resident Education this year, which goes to one Ophthalmology Residency Program Director in the country each year.

Jasminka Criley, M.D., HS '98, Associate Director of St. Mary’s Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the UCLA School of Medicine, was recently chosen by the American College of Physicians as one of the top 10 hospitalists throughout the nation. Criley was recognized for her clinical skills, leadership, mentorship and involvement in quality improvement projects which include efforts to decrease falls, improve medication reconciliation at discharge and facilitation of handoff communication.

Richard Gustafson Jr., M.D., MD '98, a pediatrician who was a 1993 graduate of Washington State University (WSU), is a winner of the school’s Alumni Achievement Award, which honors graduates who have proved significant service and contributions to their profession, community and/or WSU.

Albert Holt IV, MBA, M.D., HS ’97, has been appointed chief medical officer for Paradigm Management Services, a leading provider of catastrophic medical management services. Holt is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Critical Care. He has faculty appointments to Harvard Medical School, Georgetown Medical School, and the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Henrietta Ukwu, M.D., FE ’90, is senior vice president of global regulatory affairs for PPD, Inc., a leading global contract research organization, celebrating 25 years of providing drug discovery, development and lifecycle management services. Ukwu most recently served as vice president of global regulatory affairs at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


Robert Boykin, M.D., MD ’06, is finishing up a five-year Harvard combined Orthopaedic Surgery residency and will begin a Sports Medicine fellowship at the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colo., this year.

Nancy Louise Dubuisson, M.D., HS ’06, and Zachary Jacob Barker were married June 26, 2010, in New Orleans, La. Nancy is an anesthesiologist with the Surgery Center in Lafayette, La.

Anita Gupta, M.D., MD ’06, moved to Boston, in September and is working as a newborn nursery hospitalist at Cambridge Hospital, one of the Harvard teaching hospitals.

Bennett Hooks, M.D., HS ’05, started his practice in Gastroenterology after finishing a fellowship in Advanced Endoscopy. He joined the Diagnostic and Medical Clinic at Mobile Infirmary in Mobile, Ala., in July 2010.

William Lea, M.D., MD ’08, and his wife, Kerry, welcomed a son, Bradford James, on Sept. 9, 2010. He entered the world at 9 pounds, 11 ounces and 22 inches long.

Cindy McCloskey, M.D., MD ’04, HS ’04, a pathologist, has established her practice with OU Physicians in Oklahoma City, OK. McCloskey is board certified in Clinical Pathology and Medical Microbiology. She came to OU Physicians from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, where she completed fellowships in molecular genetic pathology and medical microbiology.

Karen Meredith, M.D., MD ’02, HS ’06, and her husband, Todd, welcomed their third child, Elise, in March 2010. She joins big sisters, Ava, 5, and Claire, 2.

Lynn Bunch O’Neill, M.D., MD ’02, and her family moved to North Carolina in the September. O’Neill has accepted a position as a palliative medicine physician at Duke Hospital and Durham Regional Hospital. She is an assistant professor, Division of Geriatrics, at Duke University School of Medicine.

Amy Whigham, M.D., HS ’04, is a Pediatric Otolaryngology fellow at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

John Belletti, M.D., MD ’06, and Alexandra Linden were married on Oct. 16, 2010, at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan. Belletti is a consultant in the Florham Park, N.J., office of McKinsey & Company. Linden is the policy officer for the Australian Consulate in Manhattan.

Autumn Jackson, M.D., HS ’08, and Aaron McRee were married July 17, 2010, in Nashville. They will reside in Chapel Hill, N.C., where she is employed with the University of North Carolina’s Cancer Hospital, completing a fellowship in Hematology and Oncology.




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