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Class Notes

Updates on classmates

February 2014

William Fleet, M.D., ‘58, recently published “Sawdust and Turnip Greens,” a collection of essays based on his 40 years as a pediatrician. He began his creative writing after retiring and has been published in literary journals and in his local newspaper.

Angus Graham Jr., M.D., ‘55, medical director of Manatee Diagnostic Center in Bradenton, Fla., received the Sen. Edgar H. Price Jr., Lifetime Achievement Award from the Manatee County Rural Health Services Foundation.

Clifton K. Meador, M.D., ‘55, (BA ‘52), HS ‘60, FE ‘61, author of “True Medical Detective Stories,” recently wrote “Fascinomas,” a collection of 35 true clinical cases. The book sheds light on how doctors and nurses sometimes assume the role of detectives to find evidence in unusual cases.


Stuart Mackler, M.D.
, HS ‘68, FE ‘71, was elected president of the Virginia State Board of Medicine.

Larry Parrott, M.D., HS ‘62, won the Super Senior Golf Championship at Camden County Club in Camden,S.C., in September 2013. He is presently in his 19th year of teaching at MUSC and USC since his retirement. He is the proud father of three and grandfather of six.

William J. Stone, M.D., HS ‘66, FAC, published two books in 2013 - “Medical Limericks I” and “Medical Limericks II.” Stone is a professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt and chief of Nephrology at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Michael Evans, M.D.
, FE ‘76, has been appointed to the Ivy Tech Community College Board of Trustees by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. Evans is president and chief executive officer of AIT Laboratories, which he founded in 1990.



Joseph B. DeLozier III, M.D.,
‘89, assistant clinical professor at Vanderbilt and chief of plastic surgery at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital, was recently elected to the Board of Regents by the University of the South Board of Trustees. He will serve a six-year term.

Ira Evans III, M.D., ‘83, received the 2013 Department of Surgery Clinical Excellence and Professionalism Award given by North Shore Medical Center (NSMC) in Cape Ann Beacon, Mass. Evans, an orthopaedist with Sports Medicine North Orthopaedic Surgery in Peabody, has been on the medical staff of NSMC for 21 years.

Carroll McWilliams (Mac) Harmon, M.D., ‘83, Ph.D., ‘92, HS ‘91, has been named chief of the division of pediatric surgery and director of the pediatric surgery fellowship at the University of Buffalo (UB) School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Buffalo, N.Y. He will also have a joint appointment as pediatric surgeon-in-chief at Women and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo. His faculty appointment will be professor in the UB Department of Surgery.

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.



Bond Almand, M.D.,
‘99, recently fulfilled a lifelong dream and competed in the Ironman World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Jeffrey R. Balser, M.D., ‘90, Ph.D. ‘90, vice chancellor for Health Affairs and dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, has been elected to the Association of Academic Health Centers Board for a three-year term.

Jack Eades, M.D., HS ‘97, recently published a Christian devotional book, “In a Hurry to Be Holy,” which features short devotionals drawn from all 66 books of the Bible. It is available on Amazon.com and at Barnes and Nobel and Berean Christian bookstores. The proceeds from the sale benefit the Isle of Hope United Methodist Church Missions Committee.

Marc Hungerford, M.D., ‘92, HS ‘93, director of joint replacement and reconstruction at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, has been named the hospital’s new chief of orthopaedics.

Jill Hutton, M.D., ‘96, an American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology-certified OB-GYN practicing in Houston, recently authored “Nameless, Blameless Reproduction.”

Elizabeth Pfaffenroth, M.D., ‘99, an oncologist at Kaiser Permanente in Maryland, recently remarried in 2012 and welcomed daughter Katherine Anne Searight on June 16, 2013, who joined brother Drake Cartwright, 8.

Anna Butters Tanner, M.D., ‘95, HS ‘99, has been named a Top Doctor by “Atlanta Magazine” and was featured on the cover.


Christian Anderson, M.D.
, ‘07, HS ‘12, is currently at Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance. Prior to joining the practice, he completed a fellowship in sports medicine and hip orthroscopy at Standard University Medical Center in Palo Alto. During that time he served as a team doctor for the San Francisco 49ers leading up to and during Super Bowl XLVII.

Rachel Apple, M.D., ‘12, HS (current), and her husband Rick (VU Law and Owen ‘12) welcomed their first child, Warren Dean, on Aug. 19, 2013.

Joey Barnett, Ph.D., FAC, and Keith Churchwell, M.D., FAC, have been named to the American Heart Association’s Greater Southeast Affiliate board of directors for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

Nagesh Chopra, M.D., FE '11, joined the Ohio Health Heart, Lung and Vascular Surgeons Group in April 2013. An electrophysiologist, he is board certified in cardiovascular medicine and internal medicine.

Bradley Corr, M.D., ‘09 and wife Sara Horvitz Corr, M.D., ‘09, moved to Denver where Brad recently began a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the University of Colorado and Sarah is working in internal medicine at Centennial Primary Care. Their family welcomed son Charlie in September 2013, who joined big sister Hannah, 2.

Judson Davies, M.D., HS ‘13, joined the Urology Center practice in Omaha, Neb., where he lives with his wife, Traci, and their two children, Caroline and Meredith.

Rebecca Dezube, M.D., ‘09, is serving as an assistant chief of service for the internal medicine residency at Johns Hopkins during a one-year sabbatical from her pulmonary and critical care fellowship at Johns Hopkins.

Lesly A. Dossett, M.D., 03, MPH ‘08, will complete her four-year active duty obligation with the U.S. Navy in June, and begin her fellowship in complex general surgical oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center/University of South Florida in July.

Kevin Elias, M.D., ‘08, is hoping to make a go as a physician-scientist as he tackles his second fellowship in gynecologic oncology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston while staying busy in the lab at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He and his wife, Josie, recently completed renovations to their 120-year-old Victorian home.

Sheryl Fleisch, M.D., ‘08, (BS’04) FAC, assistant professor of psychiatry, received the 2013 Organization of Resident Representatives Community Service Award for her work at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, providing mental health services to the homeless. The award was presented by ORR president Brenessa Lindeman, M.D., ‘09, 2009 Founders Medalist.

Dana Warren Hipp, M.D., ‘13, and Dustin Hipp, M.D., ‘13, MBA ‘13, welcomed their daughter Grace Samantha on Feb. 6, 2013.

Nathan R. Hoot, M.D., ‘09, MS ‘05, Ph.D., ‘07, HS ‘12, joined the faculty at UT Houston where he began his academic practice and research in biomedical informatics.

Biren Kamdar, M.D., ‘06, MBA ‘06, HS ‘09, is an attending physician at the University of California-Los Angeles. He and his wife, Navie, welcomed their daughter, Reina Raju, on Aug. 12, 2013.

Ashley Rowatt Karpinos, M.D., ‘07, HS ‘11, MPH ‘13, FE ‘13, was inducted into the Kenyon College Sports Hall of Fame for her accomplishments as a five-time national champion and a 13-time All-American in swimming. Board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics, she holds a fellowship in primary-care sports medicine at Vanderbilt.

Kevin Kozak, M.D., ‘03, Ph.D, ‘01, is the chief medical officer for Novelos Therapeutics Inc. He is also a radiation oncologist and basic scientist at the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center. Kozak is founder of Co-D Therapeutics.

Jon Kropski, M.D., ‘08, HS ‘11, FE, and his wife, Julie Kropski, BS ‘04, Ph.D., ‘10, FE, welcomed son Matthew Jackson on Nov. 16, 2013.

Megan Elizabeth Mignem, M.D., ‘09, HS ‘14, will begin a fellowship in August in pediatric orthopaedics at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas.

Laila Malani Mohammad, M.D., ‘13, and Noman Mohammad were married on May 26, 2013, in Atlanta.

Meredith Montero, M.D., FE ‘13, has joined the staff of Michigan Otolaryngology Surgery Associates in Ann Arbor, Mich. In addition to seeing patients with ear, nose and throat conditions, Montero is a specialist in laryngology.

Will Moore, M.D. ‘08, recently moved to Bomet, Kenya, to work as an orthopaedic surgeon at Tenwek Mission Hospital through World Medical Mission’s Post Residency Program. He is only the third full-time orthopaedic surgeon at the hospital.

Neal Patel, M.D., MPH ‘00, has been named chief informatics officer for Vanderbilt University Medical Center. A professor of clinical pediatrics, he was medical informatics officer for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt for two years before being named inpatient chief medical information officer.

Anup Pradhan, M.D., ‘06, an orthopedic surgeon on the medical staff of Texas Institute for Surgery at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas, was featured with his wife, Sonya Jagwani, MD., in the family issue of “ON Magazine.”

Lindsay Roofe, M.D., HS ’12, FE, and Kyle Lavin, M.D., HS, were married on Oct. 19, 2013, in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. Roofe completed a pediatric residency at Vanderbilt and is a medical fellow in pediatric emergency medicine. Lavin is a medical resident in psychiatry.

Emily Shuman, M.D., ‘03, and her husband, Andy, welcomed daughter Lily Marian on Sept. 28, 2013. She joins big brother Jonah. The family is moving back to Ann Arbor from New York City at the end of the year to start faculty positions at the University of Michigan.

Brent Taylor, M.D., ‘09, completed his residency in dermatology at the Medical University of South Carolina and has begun a Mohs surgery fellowship at Scripps Clinic. He and his wife, Ashley, and their 3-month old son, Beckett, moved to San Diego in June 2013. Brent was a Canby Robinson Scholar at VUSM.

Justin Weiner, M.D., FE ‘07, joined the OhioHealth Heart & Vascular Physicians group in October. An electrophysiologist, he is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and cardiac electrophysiology.


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