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Class Notes

Updates on classmates

August 2013

Phyllis Davidson Corbitt, M.D., ‘52, HS ‘52, retired from family practice in Wilmore, Ky., in February.

William Fleet, M.D., ‘58, and his family have a Vanderbilt connection that spans more than 60 years: brother-in-law, Gordon Petty, M.D., ‘50; nephew, Mike Maggart, M.D., ‘78; son, William Fleet III, M.D., ‘90; and great-nephew, Michael Maggart, VUSM Class of ‘15.

Gerald Stone, M.D., ‘57, placed the Doctor of Medicine hood over his grandson David Clay (VU ‘09) during his graduation from the Ohio State School of Medicine. Stone and his wife, Lois, also attended the wedding of Clay and Nicole Poulin in Cincinnati.

King Holmes, M.D., HS ‘64, received the 2013 Gairdner Global Health Award for his scientific contributions to the field of sexually transmitted diseases. Holmes is head of the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health.

Richard Johnston Jr., M.D., ‘61, HS ‘63, received the Godfrey Oakley award, given to those who have made significant contributions in the field of birth defects, during the National Birth Defects Prevention Network annual meeting in Atlanta. Johnston is serving in his second year as a community member and adviser to the Medical Center Affairs committee of the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust.

Harold Moses, M.D., ‘62, HS ‘65, FAC, professor of Medicine and Pathology, acting chair of Cancer Biology and director emeritus of Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, has received the 10th annual American Association for Cancer Research Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research.

David Patterson, M.D., ’85, was recently elected to a four-year term on the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust. Patterson is the immediate past president of the Vanderbilt Medical Alumni Association and served on the Vanderbilt Medical Center Affairs Committee in 2012. A busy practicing internist in the Washington, D.C., area, Patterson also serves as an associate clinical professor of medicine at George Washington University Medical Center. In addition, he was honored in February by Kentucky’s Franklin-Simpson High School as an inaugural Hall of Fame award winner.


Samuel Brody, M.D.
, ‘77, HS ‘80, has written the book “Voice of Experience: Stories about Health Care and the Elderly,” in collaboration with his wife, Jane Brody, R.N., MSN, ‘79.

Stephen Hines, M.D., ‘77, HS ‘80, became certified in hospice and palliative care medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine in December 2012. He continues his full-time faculty position in the internal medicine residency program at Methodist Dallas Medical Center and works part time as a team physician for VITAS Innovative Hospice.

Gary Hoffman, M.D., ‘78, recently returned from Guatemala on a surgical mission with son, Jordan, a second-year general surgery resident at Emory University, and a team of 90 people. Over the course of nine days, they performed 120 operations. Hoffman has also been nominated as a Southern California SuperDoctor for the second consecutive year, nominated by his peers in recognition of his contributions to the field of colorectal surgery.

John Neblett, M.D., ‘77, HS ‘83, was the featured physician spotlight in the West Tennessee Medical News in March. He is practicing in Jackson, Tenn., as part of West Tennessee Neuroscience and Spine, with a focus on adult neurosurgery.

Thomas Nygaard, M.D., ‘78, has been named chief medical officer of Centra Health. Nygaard was previously the chief operating officer of the Centra Medical Group (CMG), and transitioned to this new role on June 1.

Keith Nolop, M.D., ‘79, HS ‘84, FE ‘88, has been named chief medical officer for Kite Pharma, Inc., a clinical stage biotechnology company focused on developing engineered autologous T cell therapy (eACT) products for cancer. Nolop was previously senior vice president of development and chief medical officer at Plexxikon.

Michael Trueblood, M.D., ‘73, HS ‘76, recently retired from his orthopaedic surgery practice at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Victoria Vetter, M.D., HS ‘75, a pediatric cardiologist, was awarded the prestigious Edward S. Cooper, M.D. Award at the American
Heart Association of Southern Pennsylvania’s annual Heart Ball. She is the first female and first pediatric cardiologist to receive this award.


John Anderson, M.D.,
‘86, HS ‘89, has been named president, Medicine & Science, for the American Diabetes Association.

Daniel Burch, M.D., ‘84, HS ‘87, MBA, was appointed as a new therapeutic area head for Pharmaceutical Product Development LLC. He is a pharmaceutical and biotech research and development executive with 20 years of experience in general management, global drug development, global medical affairs and business development.

Kevin Churchwell, M.D., ‘87, FAC ‘10, has been named chief operating officer and executive vice president of Health Affairs at Boston Children’s Hospital, effective Aug. 5. Churchwell was previously the CEO of Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del. In his new dual role, he will have responsibilities for clinical and operating functions across Children’s Hospital.

Patrice Colbert, M.D., ‘88, is a full-time pediatrician at St. Luke’s Pediatric Care Center in St. Louis, She has four children, including one attending Vanderbilt. She has also been voted a Top Doc in the St. Louis area by Castle Connolly and is a Top Ladies of Distinction award recipient.

Michael Diamond, M.D., ‘81, HS ‘85, associate chair for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wayne State University School of Medicine, has been named chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical College of Georgia and inaugural vice president for Clinical and Translational Sciences at Georgia Health Sciences University.

Billy Hutchings, M.D., ‘82, earned his doctorate in theology from Christian Life School of Theology in 2010.

Landon King, M.D., ‘87, has been appointed the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine’s executive vice dean. He is also the David Marine Professor of Medicine and Biological Chemistry, director of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, and vice dean for research.

Paul Kountz Jr., M.D., ‘84, Ph.D., ‘84, was inducted as a fellow in the American College of Radiology (ACR) at a formal convocation ceremony during the recent ACR Annual Meeting in May.

Richard Johnston, M.D., ‘85, was named chief of the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at Missouri Baptist Medical Center.

David Patterson, M.D., ‘85, (BA ‘81) and his wife, Linda Young (BA ‘81), recently traveled through China on the VUAA/VMAA-sponsored trip.

Willie Ross, MPH, M.D., HS ‘87, was awarded the Samuel Goldstein Leadership Prize for teaching at Washington University.

Valerie Short, M.D., ‘85, works part-time at Jackson Hinds Comprehensive Health. She is pursuing a Master of Public Health degree in Health Education at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Mark Werner, M.D., ‘84, HS ‘88, has been selected president and chairman of the board for the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE). His one-year term as president began during the 2013 ACPE Annual Meeting in New York.


Ahmed Badr, M.D.,
HS ‘97, FE ‘99, was named chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at West Penn Allegheny Health System, effective June 1. He was previously at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

Juli Horton, M.D., HS ‘90, FE ‘93, joined TriStar Centennial Medical Center as chair of the board of trustees. Horton is an infectious disease physician at TriStar in Nashville.

Dora Hughes, M.D.,’96, joined the firm of Sidley Austin LLP as senior policy adviser in its government strategies group in Washington, D.C.

Scott Murkin, M.D., ‘92, is board chair for Hospice of Randolph County in Asheboro, N.C., having recently received certification
in hospice and palliative care medicine.

Roanne Selinger, M.D., ‘98, and her husband Todd Patrick welcomed son Ryker Samuel Carey on Jan. 7. He joins big sister, Hayden, 4. Selinger is a gastroenterologist practicing in Bellevue, Wash.

Robert Steele, M.D.
, ‘93, was named president of Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Mo. Steele, who has been a practicing pediatrician for 15 years, is the first physician in Mercy’s history to step into the role of hospital president.

Muyibat Adelani, M.D.,
‘08, is finishing his chief residency in orthopaedic surgery at Washington University in St. Louis. He will then become a fellow and clinical instructor in orthopaedic surgery at Stanford University.

Jose Alvarado, M.D., ‘09, HS ‘12, FAC, completed his general pediatrics residency at Vanderbilt in 2012. He splits his time between Nashville and Salisbury, Md., where he is the owner of a pediatric private practice that was his father’s. He married Maria Maguire, M.D., ‘10, HS ‘13, in October 2010. Maguire will be starting a Master of Public Policy at Princeton University in July.

Gabriela Andrade, M.D., ‘12, and her husband, Brady Fish, welcomed son Evan Prentiss, who was born on April 27.

Gustav Blomquist IV, M.D., ‘04, and his wife, Lisa, welcomed daughter, Liv Elizabeth, on Nov. 30, 2012. She joins big brothers, Gus and Lars.

Jonathan Chrispin, M.D., ‘09, finished the Osler Internal Medicine residency program at Johns Hopkins in June 2012. He is in his first year of a cardiology fellowship at Johns Hopkins with a career plan to go into academic electrophysiology. He got married during his intern year to Kimberly Gerdes and they are expecting their first child in July.

Joseph Craft, M.D., HS ‘01, is the president-elect of the St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society (SLMMS). With more than 1,200 physician members, SLMMS is the oldest medical society west of the Mississippi and predates the founding of the American Medical Association.

Jasminka Criley, M.D., HS ‘95, is present-elect and meeting chair for the California-Hawaii Society of General Internal Medicine.

Denis Foretia, M.D., ‘08, and his wife, Lenora, have set up a charitable foundation to spearhead their community work in Cameroon. The Denis and Lenora Foretia Foundation seeks to catalyze Africa’s economic transformation by focusing on public health, small business and entrepreneurship, science and technology and the implementation of progressive policies.

Derek Feussner, M.D., HS ‘13, a resident in internal medicine, and Ansley Sade were married on Feb. 9, in Charleston, S.C.

Atia Jordan, M.D., ‘09, FE ‘13, completed a pediatric residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in June 2012 and finished her fellowship in sleep medicine at Vanderbilt in June.

Michelle Shepard Kiger, M.D., ‘11, married William Kiger on Aug. 12, 2012, at Lake Tahoe. They are eagerly waiting to hear where her first Air Force assignment will take them in June 2014.

Monika Kiripolsky, M.D., ‘04, completed a medicine/critical care internship at the University of California-Irvine, a dermatology and dermatologic surgery residency at the University of Illinois-Chicago, and a fellowship in cosmetic laser surgery. She recently joined Obagi Skin Health Institute of Beverly Hills.

Daniel Koehler, M.D., ‘12, and his wife, Susan, welcomed a daughter, Madeline Mae, on May 1. Koehler completed his intern year in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Iowa while Susan keeps busy as a full-time mom and part-time pediatric physical therapist.

Jason Mann, M.D., ‘08, Ph.D., ‘06, is the managing director of a new emerging market health care fund in Hong Kong, where he lives with his wife, Natalie.

Emily Neely, M.D., HS ‘06, is a board-certified endocrinologist at Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville.

Mario Nieto, M.D., ‘08, is finishing a cardiovascular anesthesia fellowship at Texas Heart, and his wife Kirsten Nieto, M.D., ‘08, is finishing her chief residency year in internal medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. They both moved to Austin to private practice jobs in July.

Victoria Porter, M.D., ‘07, and Paterne Sissinto, M.D., plan to marry in September. Porter is completing a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore.

Meera Reddy, M.D., ‘13, and Jesse Wright, M.D., ‘13 were married on April 20 in Nashville with both a Christian ceremony and a Hindu ceremony in the Music City Walk of Fame park.

Airron Richardson, M.D.
, ‘04, MBA ‘05, is the associate medical director of emergency medicine at the Methodist Hospitals in Gary, Ind., and Merrillville, Ind. He was selected as managing partner of Northwest Emergency Associates in January.

Yaw Sarpong, M.D., ‘08, right, is pursuing an MBA in health care at George Washington University and is doing medical consulting while developing medical technology with Doctors on Demand. He is married to Carlene Pride-Sarpong.

Nicholas Taraska, M.D., ‘06, joined the staff of Eastern Nephrology Associates and is caring for patients at the practice’s Greenville, N.C., office.

Rachel Toney, M.D., HS ‘06, is engaged to Jason Pettie. Toney practices with Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates.

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