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Class Notes

Updates on classmates

August 2012

Robert Carey, M.D. ‘
65, FE ‘72, Harrison Distinguished Professor of Medicine at the University of Virginia, received the Edward H. Ahrens Jr., Award from the Association for Patient Oriented Research in April 2012. The award is given for distinguished career achievement in clinical and translational science. In addition, Carey has been elected a member of the board of directors of the American Heart Association.

James Maddy, M.D. ‘63, and his wife, Judith Knight Whitsitt, R.N., celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in June. Maddy had a private practice in internal medicine at Casper Clinic in Casper, Wyo., for the last several years of his practice, while Judith worked in the clinic as a nurse. The couple has six children.

Fremont Wirth, M.D. ‘66, is the neurosurgery co-director of the movement disorders program at St. Joseph’s/Candler Health Systems in Savannah, Ga., and associate clinical professor of surgery/neurosurgery at the Medical College of Georgia. He served as president of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, director of the American Board of Neurological Surgery and co-director of Neuro-Oncology at the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion at St. Joseph’s/Candler.


Ralph Wesley, M.D.
‘72, HS’73, FAC, presented the keynote Wendell Hughes Memorial Lecture in ophthalmic plastic surgery at the American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting in Orlando, Fla., in October 2011. He is founding director of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and clinical professor of Ophthalmology at VUMC. He serves as chairman of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery Foundation and is a member of the advisory board of the Vanderbilt Eye Center. He is married to the former Julia Arterberry (MA ‘71) and they have four children.


Timothy Givens, M.D.
‘87, has been associate professor of pediatrics and medical director of the Emergency Department at Children’s Hospital Colorado, since 2009. He was recently named section head of pediatric emergency medicine, in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is married to Patricia Givens, R.N., associate chief nursing officer at Children’s Hospital Colorado and former chief nursing officer at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. They have four children: Elliott, 25, Jacquelyn, 23, Daniel, 21, and Sam, 18.

Michael Kaleko, M.D., Ph.D., HS ‘86, has been appointed scientific director of Synthetic Biologics, a developer of synthetic DNA-based therapeutics and innovative disease-modifying medicine.

Art Klose, M.D. ‘83, HS ‘85, was named Physician of the Year in Carteret County by the medical staff at Carteret General Hospital.

Thomas McLeod, M.D. ‘88, is the volunteer medical director of the Salvation Army’s Good Samaritan Medical Clinic in Rochester, Minn., which serves uninsured residents and has 3,000 patient visits per year. He is also a primary care physician at the Mayo Clinic, a position he’s held for 20 years.

Robert Means, M.D. ‘83, FE ‘89, professor of Internal Medicine and executive vice dean at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, was installed as the 66th president of the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation at its annual meeting in New Orleans in February.

Mary Dekker Nettleman, M.D.
‘81, has been appointed vice
president for health affairs and dean of the Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota. Nettleman is a nationally-recognized expert in epidemiologic and health outcomes research and has served as chair of the Department of Medicine at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine since 2003.

David Reagan, M.D. ‘85, HS ‘88, Ph.D. ‘82, has been named chief medical officer for the Tennessee Department of Health. In this position Reagan will serve as an adviser to the commissioner on matters of health policy and assist in setting priorities for the department.


Michael Bobo, D.D.S., M.D.
‘97, HS ‘00, maintains private practice of oral and maxillofacial surgery in Murray, Ky., and Union City, Tenn. He recently completed construction on a new office and brought in an associate surgeon to the practice. He and his wife, Sharon, celebrated 20 years of marriage and have three sons: Christian, 12, Clayton, 10, and Carson, 8. The family owns and operates Deeply Rooted Farms, where they raise Angus cows, Highland cows and Clydesdale horses.

Scott Gibbs, M.D. '92, was elected president of the West Virginia Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery in October 2011. In August he will serve as the chief of Otolaryngology at the V.A. Medical Center in Huntington, W.Va.

George Goldin, M.D., HS ‘94, joined the Redmond Regional Medical Center’s board of trustees in January. Goldin has practiced in the Department of Gastroenterology at the Harbin Clinic since 1997.

Richard Hackett, M.D. '95, left the White House in January 2011, where he served on the National Security staff as director of medical preparedness, to rejoin the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as chief medical officer and deputy director of biomedical advance research and development authority.

Renee B. Iacona, Ph.D. ‘98, has been promoted to section director of statistics and programming for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals where she will manage a staff of more than 100 across Wilmington, Del., and Sodertalje, Sweden.

Kimberly Klippenstein, M.D. ‘90, HS ‘94, FE ‘97, is an oculoplastic surgeon in Nashville and was recently named a Kentucky Colonel by Gov. Steve Beshear for care rendered to patients from Kentucky. She is a member of the Canby Robinson Society and a clinical instructor in ophthalmology at Vanderbilt. Her oldest son, Cole, is playing hockey in the Junior League in Canada.

Martin Newman, M.D. ‘97, has been ranked among the top physicians in the nation and was honored with the prestigious 2011 Patients’ Choice Award, given to physicians who receive top scores by their patients and top quality measures.


Rachel Bloch,
a third-year Vanderbilt medical student, and Michael Wolf, M.D. ‘12, were married May 18 in Nashville. Wolf is an intern at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital.

D.J. Campbell, M.D., FE ‘07, has joined the board of directors of Chattahoochee Bank of Georgia (CBG). Campbell has been a board-certified plastic surgeon at the Aesthetic Center of Gainesville and Braselton, P.C. since August 2007. He resides in Gainesville with his wife, Jennifer, daughter, Hannah, and son, Blevin.

Rob Isaak, M.D. ‘07, has joined the University of North Carolina Department of Anesthesiology as a clinical assistant professor and as a member of the liver transplant anesthesiology team.

Sean Kelly, M.D., HS ‘00, has been named chief medical officer by Imprivata. He will work closely with clinical and IT leadership to identify trends that drive innovative new products for improving physician efficiency.

Jonathan Kim, M.D. ‘04, began a fellowship in cardiology at Emory University in July 2011. His study “Cardiac Arrest in Long Distance Running Races” was published in the Jan. 12 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. He and his wife, Angela, welcomed a son, Benjamin, who was born Nov. 4, 2011.

Andrew Lautz, M.D. ‘10, and Kara Moranski, Ph.D., are engaged to be married. Lautz is a pediatric resident at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia.

Kelly Moore, M.D. ‘00, MPH, the medical director of the Tennessee Immunization Program, received the 2012 Natalie J. Smith, M.D., Memorial Award for outstanding program management, at the annual meeting of the National Association of Immunization Managers in February.

John Phillips, M.D. ‘10, and Catherine Hawley, M.D. ‘12, were married April 7 in Winston-Salem, N.C. Hawley is a resident in diagnostic radiology at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Phillips is a resident in radiation oncology at the Harvard Radiation Oncology Program.

Daniel Stover, M.D. ‘08, HS ‘12, was awarded a fellowship in medical oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in July. In addition, he was given the Hold Young Physician Leadership Award by the Southern Medical Association in December 2011.

Julie Thwing, M.D. ‘02, HS ‘06, and her family moved to Dakar, Senegal, where she has accepted a position as resident technical adviser with the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative. She will be helping to oversee a budget of $20 million in malaria control interventions and will be providing technical assistance to the National Malaria Control program. She will be the only Centers for Disease Control and Prevention staff in the country. She and her husband, Ed, had baby boy, Jeremiah, on Aug. 7, 2011.



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