Updates on classmates
*John Boldt, M.D., MD ‘54, HS ‘59, was recognized at a surprise gathering in February in Austin, Texas. Boldt thought he was going to Austin to ask for funding for the Blood and Tissue Cord Blood Project, but instead, State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte introduced Senate Resolution No. 88 in the Senate of the State of Texas recognizing Boldt for “his many outstanding contributions to the field of medicine and for exceptional care to his patients, for serving as a mentor and guiding medical students, in particular for his legacy of compassion and dedication.” In attendance were colleagues, family and friends, his medical students and residents. After the events at the capital, a reception was held at the Texas Medical Association building. In other news, Boldt became a great-grandfather on Jan. 28 with the addition of Luke William to his family.
Angus W. Graham Jr., M.D., MD ‘55, is the owner of the Manatee Diagnostics Center. He opened the fifth site in Arcadia, Fla., one year ago. They are a full-service imaging center with 80 employees and see about 250-300 patients a day. He and his wife, Wylene, have five children, all of whom are married and work in the medical field. They have 17 grandchildren. Their latest trip was in February to Churchill Manatoba, Canada, to see the Aurora.
*Norman Hoffman, M.D., MD ‘50, 86, retired from the practice of colorectal surgery. His surgical group, Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates, continues with five surgeons. His son, Gary Hoffman, M.D., MD ‘78, is the senior surgeon in the group. His daughter, Andrea, is a homemaker and retired part-time ballerina. Hoffman and his wife, Rachael, are enjoying retirement. They spend their days enjoying hobbies, trips to the beach, and walks in the park. They have six grandchildren.
*David Hong, M.D., MD ‘67, HS ‘72, is a retired Navy captain. He recently traveled on a monthlong exploration in Egypt. He has a granddaughter, Isabele, age 15.
*James King Jr., M.D., MD ‘61, was appointed to the medical school admissions committee at the University of Kentucky Medical School in Lexington, Ky.
*John Neeld Jr., M.D., MD ‘66, HS ‘67, retired after 37 years of practice at Northside Hospital in Atlanta in December 2010. He was chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology for 22 years and a member of the hospital board for 18 years. He continues to chair the American Society of Anesthesiologists delegation to the AMA and to serve on the board of the Medical Association of Georgia Mutual Insurance Co.
J. Michael Reinhart, M.D., MD ‘67, HS ‘68, retired from the practice of Psychiatry in 2005. He spends his time hanging out with his wife, singing old songs with senior citizens suffering from dementia, and taking swimming classes. He says that his five years at Vanderbilt were “the best educational experience of my life.”
*William Schaffner, M.D., HS ‘62, FE ‘64, FAC ‘69 – present, a professor and chairman of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt, received the prestigious Duncan Clark Award from the Association for Prevention Teaching. The award is given to a senior-level person with a distinguished record of achievement in the areas of teaching, research and advocacy in preventive medicine and public health.
*Andrew Walker, M.D., MD ‘60, reports that his son, Bruce (VU ‘89), is attending McCall School of Business, pursuing his MBA. His daughter, Heather, has been promoted with AT&T while her husband flies executive jets.
Freemont P. Wirth, M.D., MD ‘66, is actively practicing Neurosurgery and is surgical director of the Brain Tumor and Movement Disorders Program at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah, Ga. He and his wife, Lynn, have six grandchildren, ages 2 to 6, and a seventh on the way.
*Jeffrey B. Carter M.D., DMD, MD ‘78, HS ‘80, recently delivered the 5th Annual Pinson Memorial Lecture in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Howard University School of Dentistry. The presentation was entitled: “Megatrends in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: Healthcare Reform, Technology, Diversity, Subspecialization, and Educational Debt.”
*David M. Gershenson, M.D., MD ‘71, FE ‘70, was appointed co-chair of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Cancer Steering Committee for a three-year term. He is a professor and chairman of the Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
J.W. Hendricks, M.D., MD ‘76, has left the practice of primary care pediatrics to become medical director of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma.
Joseph W. Huston, M.D., MD ‘71, HS ‘77, FE ‘78, joined Vanderbilt’s faculty in October 2007 as assistant professor of Medicine.
John M. Mathis, M.D., MSc, MD ‘76, HS ‘80, has authored three books: “Percutaneous Vertebroplasty and Kyplioplasty” (Mathis, Deramond, Belkoff); “Image-Guided Spine Interventions,” second edition (Mathis,Golovac); “Neuroimaging Clinics of NA – Image Guided Spine Intervention” (Mathis).
*Ed Settle, M.D., MD ‘71, HS ‘73, has two grandchildren and a third on the way. He and his wife recently purchased a new house to give the grandchildren more room to play.
*Kathy Bertram, M.D., MD ‘86, HS ‘90, is now employed by Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She practices general internal medicine and geriatrics. She is the medical director of two skilled nursing facilities and is also an active member of the hospital ethics committee. Her daughter, Amy, and her husband, Matt, live in Nashville. Amy is completing a Ph.D., in French film and teaching part time at Watkins Institute. Matt is a real estate agent and photographer.
Melanie Hinson, M.D., MD ‘82, HS ‘85, received the 2010 Physicians’ Exceptional Contribution Award which is the highest recognition for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group physicians. It has about 5,300 physicians in the southern California area. Each year 12 exceptional contribution awards are given to physicians who have made significant contributions to the SCPMG medical group or the community.
*Joyce Johnson, M.D., MD ‘86, HS ‘91, FE ‘92, was recently promoted to professor of Pathology at Vanderbilt. Her son Matt is a junior in college and daughter Anna is a freshman. Her youngest child, Margaret, is 9 and in the fourth grade.
Philip A. St. Raymond, M.D., MD ‘82, closed his Sterling, Va., urology practice after 23 years and moved to Scottsdale, Ariz., to open a reduced hours solo practice in Lake Havasu City. He and his wife, Barbara, now live within three miles of their daughter Kristin, 28, who was born before Raymond’s graduation from VUSM. Their son Marc, 27, lives and works in downtown San Francisco. The Raymonds are enjoying the warm desert climate and being closer to their children.
*Marc Shelton, M.D., MD ‘84, HS ‘87, has been elected governor of the Illinois division of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), a position he will hold for three years. He currently serves as the president of Prairie Cardiovascular Consultants in Springfield, Ill., and is a physician at the Prairie Heart Institute at St. John’s Hospital.
Dennis M. Smith, M.D., FE ‘82, has been tapped to serve as the chief executive officer for RedPath Integrated Pathology, Inc., a molecular diagnostics company dedicated to the effective diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
W. Terry Stallings, M.D., HS ‘89, has joined HCA West Florida Healthcare as its senior vice president for Medical Affairs and chief medical officer. In his new role, Stallings will oversee the functions of the medical staff, including credentialing, quality initiatives, education and research activities, assist in implementation and enforcement of hospital policies and medical staff development.
Anne Marie Amies, M.D., MD ‘97, opened a new clinical service at Seattle Children’s in pediatric and adolescent gynecology two years ago.
Michael Bobo, DDS, M.D., MD ‘97, HS ‘00, is practicing oral and maxillofacial surgery with offices in Murray, Ky., and Union City, Tenn. He opened a new office in Murray and added a second surgeon in 2010. He and his wife, Sharon, are celebrating 20 years of marriage in 2011. They have three active sons ages 10, 9 and 7. They live on a farm near Murray, breeding and shoeing black Clydesdale horses.
*Sam S. Chang, M.D., MD ‘92, HS ‘94, assistant professor of Urology at VUSM, was recently named the 2011 recipient of the prestigious American Urological Association Gold Cystoscope Award. He and his wife, Michelle, have three girls ages 15, 13 and 9.
T. Chadwick Eustis, M.D., MD ‘96, HS ‘01, has accepted a position with Roper Saint Francis Healthcare in Charleston, S.C. He is the first chair of the Department of Surgery at the newly opened Mount Pleasant Hospital. He and his wife, Elaine, moved with their three children to Elaine’s hometown of Mount Pleasant where Elaine is practicing Gynecology at Mount Pleasant Hospital. Their daughter Sarah attends Elaine’s alma mater, Ashley Hall. Their sons, John and William, attend the University School of the Lowcountry.
*Benjamin Peeler, M.D., MD ‘91, HS ‘98, moved to Charlotte, N.C., one year ago to become the head of the Children’s Heart Center at Levine Children’s Hospital / Carolinas Medical Center. He was previously head of pediatric cardiac surgery at the University of Virginia.
Richard Ramnath, M.D., MD ‘96, is an associate professor of Radiology at the newly formed University of Central Florida where he has had the privilege of working with former VUSM senior associate dean, Deborah German, M.D., and witnessing her great leadership as she works diligently to make UCF a premier medical school. He recently ran into classmate, Madhav Boyapat, M.D., MD ‘96, and his family at Disney World.
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 in the nation. The honorees were recognized for making notable contributions to clinical skills, innovation, community involvement, work flow and other areas.
Justin Bachmann, M.D., MD ‘06, was elected chair of the American Medical Association’s Resident and Fellow Section. His one-year term began in June. As chair he’ll be interacting with the ACGME regarding work hour rules and other issues of interest to residents. Bachmann is a cardiology fellow at UT-Southwestern Medical Center.
Behin Barahimi, M.D., MD ‘07, and Brett Inglis, M.D., were married in 2010. They met when she was an intern and he was a senior resident in the intensive care unit at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. She is a fellow in oculoplastics at the University of Minnesota, and he is an attending in Gastroenterology.
Andrew S. Camarata, M.D., MD ‘06, just completed a tour of duty at the NAVY Experimental Diving Unit as an undersea medical officer. He was stationed at NEDU from 2008 – 2011. He moved to Atlanta, Ga., to begin Radiation Oncology training at Emory University as a PGY-2. He was married in Watersound, Fla., to Molly Martin of Wetempka, Ala., on March 5.
Allison Floyd, M.D., MD ‘10, is engaged to marry Brian Wasserman, M.D., MD ‘09. She is a Pathology resident and he is a Medicine resident, both at Vanderbilt.
Lynn M. Holliday, M.D., MD ‘07, joined Primary Care Partners, PC in Grand Junction, Colo., in August 2010. She is enjoying a great job doing office and hospital family medicine including low-risk obstetrics. She now has a family of three, having celebrated her son, Weston’s, first birthday in August 2010.
Greg Munson, M.D., HS ‘08, completed the VA Quality Scholars Fellowship in Tennessee in 2008, during which he did his MPH at Vanderbilt, followed by a GI fellowship at the Mayo Clinic where his research focused on quality in endoscopy. He recently joined Northwest Gastroenterology, a single specialty private practice with eight physicians and two physician assistants in Bellingham, Wash.
Victor Soukoulis, M.D., MD ‘07, has moved to Boston, Mass., for a Cardiology fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.