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Class Notes

Updates on classmates

February 2013

Henry McGill, M.D.
‘46, HS ‘47, delivered the Kritchevsky Lecture at the joint meeting of the American Heart Association Council on Epidemiology and Prevention and the Council on Physical Activity and Nutrition.

Fred Goldner Jr., M.D. ‘48, has published the book “Practice, Practice, Practice, Slices of Life from a Career in Medicine” (Armour and Armour Publications), a compilation of patient stories, pearls of wisdom and true tales from the daily practice of medicine.

Robert Gotcher, M.D. ‘49, visited the Chesmann Church in St. Petersburg last year. Gotcher also is a former VMAA board member and hosted a VMAA dinner event in conjunction with the AAMC meeting in November.

Arthur Freeman III, M.D. ‘67, gave the Presidential Address at the Annual Southern Psychiatry Association Meeting. Also on the program was his daughter, Katie Freeman Sherry, M.D. ‘01, who addressed the group on the topic of traditional and non-traditional psychotherapies for children.

Stuart Mackler, M.D., HS ‘68, FE ‘71, a retired orthopaedic surgeon in Franktown, Va., is vice-president of the Virginia Board of Medicine, having just finished his first term. He is also an orthopaedic consultant for Operation Smile.


Robert Carey, M.D. ‘65, FE ‘72, received the 2012 Research Excellence Award (sponsored by Novartis) of the American Heart Association Council for High Blood Pressure Research at its annual fall meeting in Washington, D.C. in September 2012. This is the highest award
of the Council.

Bedford Waters, M.D. ‘74, was featured in the March/April 2012 edition of Cityview magazine as one of the top doctors in the Knoxville, Tenn., area.

Jeffrey Carter, M.D. ‘78, HS ‘80, delivered the 5th Annual Walker-Sinn Lecture in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in October 2012 at Parkland Hospital at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. Carter practices in Nashville and recently had another VUSM alum, Adam Pitts, DDS, M.D. ‘07, join him at the Oral Surgical Institute.

John Cobb, M.D. ‘78, reached the summit of the Matterhorn in August.

Ronald Rosenthal, M.D., FAC ‘78, (right) made a trip to Antarctica in January 2012 and met up with fellow alumnus, Mike Wilhoit, M.D. ‘63, (left) and his wife, Trish. The Rosenthals live in Wayland, Mass., and the Wilhoits live in Tallahassee, Fla.

William Petrie, M.D. ‘72, professor of Clinical Psychiatry, has joined the board of directors of Acadia Healthcare Company, Inc.

Achilles Demetriou, M.D., HS ‘82, retired as chief operating officer at the Northeast Ohio health system, University Hospitals, on Dec. 31, 2012. He joined University Hospitals in 2005 and has been credited with leading numerous initiatives that garnered national recognition for quality outcomes, operating efficiencies, financial performance, strategic positioning and system integration.

Gerald Hickson, M.D., HS ‘81, FE ‘83, FAC, assistant vice chancellor for Health Affairs at Vanderbilt, has been named chairman of the National Patient Safety Foundation Board of Directors as well as chairman of the Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety.

Ann Reilley, M.D., HS ‘85, was elected the first female president of the Southeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons. Reilley is a plastic and
reconstructive surgeon with Associates in Plastic Surgery in Baton Rouge, La.

Jeffrey Prinsell, DMD, M.D. ‘86, HS ‘88, was invited to chair and lecture at a surgery symposium in Rome at the World Congress on Sleep Apnea, which is held once every three years.

Robert Mericle, M.D.
‘93, has been named a Compassionate Doctor honoree for 2011. The Patients’ Choice annual Compassionate Doctor recognition program honors the top 3 percent of U.S. physicians. He is a neurosurgeon in Nashville.

Rodney Hamilton, M.D., HS ‘99, was appointed chief medical
information officer for ICA, a leading provider of interoperability technology that enables care management and health information exchange.

Gregory Martin, M.D. ‘94, FE ‘01, has been named director of the Center for Health Discovery and Well Being at Emory University. Martin is an associate professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine and associate division director for critical care in the division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care.

Christopher Petit, M.D.
‘99, a pediatric cardiologist, joined the Children’s Sibley Heart Center in Atlanta. He completed his residency at the Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medical School. His areas of interest include interventional cardiology and single ventricle palliation/outcomes.

Kristie Blum, M.D., FE ‘01, associate professor of internal medicine at Wexner Medical Center, was recently elected to the Lymphoma Research Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board.

JP Norvell, M.D. ‘04, joined the faculty at Emory University in September 2012 as a transplant hepatologist and assistant professor in gastroenterology in the transplant center.

Yasmine Ali, M.D. ‘01, FE ‘08, was elected chair of the Tennessee Medical Association Young Physicians Section at the TMA annual meeting in April 2012. She married Keith M. Sturges, Ph.D., on June 30, 2012. The couple reside in Nashville.

Dipen Parekh, M.D., FE ‘00, HS ‘05, has been named chairman of the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Urology. He was previously at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Christopher Paris, M.D., HS ‘07, interventional cardiologist and a Houma native, recently joined the medical staff at Terrebonne General Medical Center in Houma, La.

Tara Schwetz, M.D., FE ‘12, moved to Washington, D.C., in August 2012. The recipient of the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship, she is working at the NIH and National Institute of Nursing Research in their Office of Science Policy and Public Liaison.

Courtney Tibble, M.D. ‘06, and her husband, Adam Tibble, M.D. ‘06, recently completed their medical training and moved to Northern California where she is a clinical endocrinologist with Sutter Medical Center and he is a cardiovascular anesthesiologist at Travis Air Force Base. They recently welcomed their first child, Maxwell Carter, born on July 24, 2012.

Kevin Jo, M.D. ‘03, has joined Hartford Hospital as a gastroenterologist. His areas of interest include inflammatory bowel disease, colon cancer screening, wireless capsule endoscopy and endoscopic treatment of hemorrhoids.

Erin Carney, M.D. ‘08, and Craig Carney welcomed a baby boy, Noah, on Feb. 5, 2012.

Brenessa Lindeman, M.D. ‘09, and her husband, Richard, welcomed son, Rykard Evan, on July 12, 2012.

Gus Davis, M.D. ‘11, and Sarah Hooper Davis, M.D. ‘11, are the proud parents of Elizabeth Garnie, born April 23, 2012.

Vikas Shah, M.D. ‘07, Ph.D. ‘05, lives in Lafayette, Calif., where she is a staff pediatric anesthesiologist with Medical Anesthesia Consultants Medical Group, Inc.

Stephen Kappa, M.D. ‘12, and Ariel Waters, MSN ‘10, were married June 9, 2012, in Nashville, where she works as an acute care nurse practitioner at Vanderbilt and he is a resident in urology.

Everette James Jr., M.D., FAC ‘00, has written the novel “Knights in White,” a work of fiction about the competitive nature of American academic medicine. He and his wife, Nancy Farmer, M.D., reside in Chapel Hill, N.C., and are active in civic and community affairs.

Aaron Dawes, M.D. ‘11, was selected as a 2013 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar, supported through the Department of Veterans Affairs. He will begin his fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles in the fall.

Gavin O’Mahony, M.D. ‘06, is a fellowship-trained hand surgeon at Oklahoma University.

Jonathan Shoopman, M.D., FE ‘11, has been appointed assistant
professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He provides care at Froedtert Hospital and the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center.

Eddy Yang, M.D., Ph.D., HS ‘10, was recently named the inaugural holder of the ROAR Southeast Cancer Foundation Endowed Professorship in Radiation-Oncology.

Hani Bleibel, M.D., FE ‘10, has joined Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center in Leitchfield, Ky.

Beth Riviello, M.D. ‘06, her husband, Robert Riviello, HS ‘06, and their three-year-old son, Zachary, are living in Rawanda for five months. Beth is working on research of the epidemiology of critical illness, and Robert is helping to lead the surgical portion of a new USAID grant that funds U.S. academic physicians to live in Rawanda and train residents and attending physicians.


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