Updates on classmates
Pat Sanders, BA ‘59, wife of the late Bob Sanders, M.D., MD ‘55, reports that she is continuing the effort begun by her husband to protect their farm property from being considered as a site for a Superconducting Super Collider. She lives in Rutherford County, Tenn., in the home that Bob’s mother was born in. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Graham Vance, M.D., FAC ‘53-’54, retired 19 years ago and remains quite active by reading and tending to a small garden and orchard in West Plains, Mo.
William Elias, M.D., MD ‘65, HS ‘65-’66, practices Internal Medicine in Roanoke, Va., and is planning the Neurology curriculum for first-year students entering the Virginia Tech Carilion Medical School, scheduled to begin classes in September.
*James O. Finney Jr., M.D., BA ’60, MD ‘64, is the reunion chair for the Vanderbilt undergraduate class of 1960. He and Pattie Perry celebrated their 50th anniversary in June.
*Cauley Hayes, M.D., BA ‘57, MD ‘61, HS ‘62-’66, was honored during the Seventh Annual Baroness Erlanger Foundation Distinguished Physicians’ Brunch in Chattanooga, Tenn., in March. He was one of three people recognized for “their unquestionable character, as well as their commitment and excellence in medicine to the region’s medical community.” Hayes is a professor of Plastic Surgery and director of Research at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Chattanooga.
Barbara Albers Jackson, Ph.D., ‘69, reports that the stage play adaptation of her script “The Marriage Contract” received the 2009 Spirit of Moondance Award for Best Stage Play at the Moondance International Film Festival in Boulder, Colo.
*Emanuel Doyne, M.D., MD ‘71, is a pediatrician in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has two children and two grandchildren, all of whom live in Atlanta.
*Charles Huddleston, M.D., MD ‘78, HS ‘79 - ‘86, is chief of the section of Pediatric Cardio-Thoracic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine. He was appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. His daughter, Laura, graduated from Harvard Business School in May 2009. He also has a 3-year-old daughter, Sophia.
*Randal Hundley, M.D., MD ‘79, HS ‘79-’82, is the medical director for Practice Plus, a division of Baptist Hospital, the largest private medical system in Arkansas. He is involved with quality, electronic medical record implementation, risk management and coding. Prior to accepting this position in December 2009, Hundley practiced Interventional Cardiology for 23 years before serving as associate medical director for Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
*W. Ben Kibler, MD., MD ‘72, received the 2010 Education Merit Award from the International Tennis Hall of Fame for contributions to the education of tennis players, coaches, and sports medicine doctors. He received a 2010 Achievement Award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons for being editor of “Orthopaedic Knowledge Update: Sports Medicine and Complications in Shoulder Surgery.”
Russell Leftwich, M.D., MD ‘78, HS ‘78-’81, FAC ‘84-’06, works with the State of Tennessee as the chief medical informatics officer for TennCare and is chair of the clinical workgroup for the Health Information Partnership for Tennessee, which is developing
the statewide Health Information Exchange.
*W. Bedford Waters, M.D., MD ‘74, professor of Urology at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, is a Trustee Emeritus of the American Board of Urology, Inc. He served as president in 2008-2009, secretary- treasurer, chairman of the executive, finance and recertification committees and representative to the American College of Surgeons. Waters has been asked to remain on the ABU as a non-voting trustee and will serve as chairman of the maintenance of certification committee from 2009-2012.
Marilyn Brock Lemos, M.D., MD ‘77, and Debra Atkinson Cutler, M.D., MD ‘77, practice Pediatrics with the Kelsey-Seybold Clinic in Houston, Texas, and are among the “Texas Super Doctors 2009” listed in December 2009 issue of Texas Monthly.
John Sutphin, M.D., MD ‘74, professor and chair of Ophthalmology at the University of Kansas Medical Center, was named the Luther and Ardis Fry Professor and Chair in Ophthalmology. Sutphin is a nationally recognized leader in cornea, external diseases and refractive surgery. While serving in the U.S. Navy, he pioneered laser eye surgery for the Navy SEALS.
Chris Cates, M.D., HS ‘82-’85, FE ‘86-’89, a cardiologist and small business owner in Blairsville, Ga., is running for a congressional seat in Georgia’s 9th District. Cates has served the medical needs of North Georgia for the past 21 years with weekly clinics in Hiawassee, Blairsville and Dahlonega and has been actively involved in the national debate on health policy and health care quality for 20 years. Named one of Atlanta’s top physicians in 2009 for Interventional Cardiology, Cates was the first physician to perform a cardiac stent procedure in Georgia in 1995.
Agnes Fogo, M.D., MD ‘81, HS ‘82-’87, was named the John L. Shapiro Professor of Pathology at Vanderbilt in July 2009.
Eduardo Fraifeld, M.D., HS ‘88 – ‘91, was installed as president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine at the 26th annual meeting. Fraifeld is a leading expert in coding and reimbursement issues in pain medicine and has served as a specialty adviser to the AMA’s CPT and RUC committees. He also serves on the board of directors of the Virginia Society of Anesthesiologists and the Southern Pain Society. He practices in Danville, Va., where he is medical director of Southside Pain Solutions. He and his wife, Joan, have two sons, Ben and Sam, a freshman at Vanderbilt University.
*John Gray Seiler III, M.D., HS ‘85-’90, served as president of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery from 2008-2009.
Stephen Cantrell, M.D., D.M.D., MD ‘91, HS ‘91-’93, a craniofacial and maxillofacial surgeon diagnosed with malignant melanoma 10 years ago, has founded NeoPlas Innovation Clinic in Brentwood, Tenn. The story of Cantrell’s terminal prognosis and the reversal of his illness through self-administered alternative therapy was featured on “Fox and Friends” in October.
Jed Gorden, M.D., MD ‘97, joined Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Wash., as an interventional pulmonologist. He is also associated with the Swedish Cancer Institute’s Thoracic Surgery Clinic.
Steve Grosso, M.D., HS ‘91-’97, served as a general and trauma surgeon in the U.S. Army, primarily stationed in Europe. He received numerous commendations for his surgical skill, leadership ability in crisis and marksmanship. He is currently a plastic surgeon with Billings Plastic Surgery in Billings, Mont. He and his wife, Lorinda Grosso, M.D., have two children, Matthew and Megan.
Eric Grogan, M.D., MD ‘99, HS ‘99-’06, MPH ‘04, joined the Vanderbilt faculty in July 2008 after doing a two-year Cardiothoracic Fellowship at the University of Virginia. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Thoracic Surgery at Vanderbilt and the Veterans Administration Hospital and the Institute for Medicine and Public Health. He and his wife, Melanie, have been married for 14 years and have four children, ages 11, 8, 5 and 2. He enjoys playing tennis, coaching children’s sports, hunting and fishing.
*Kim Lomis, M.D., HS ‘92, FAC ‘98 – present, was appointed associate dean of undergraduate medical education at Vanderbilt. She spent five years in a private general surgical practice in Nashville before returning to Vanderbilt to take over the third-year surgery clerkship. A Harvard Macy Scholar in Health Professions Education, Lomis has been honored with several teaching awards, including the Vanderbilt Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Association for Surgical Education Outstanding Teacher Award. She is a founding member of the Vanderbilt Academy for Excellence in Teaching and a Stahlman Scholar in Medical Ethics.
Derek Moore, M.D., MD 99, HS ‘99-’06, MPH ‘04, is an assistant professor of Surgery in the divisions of kidney/pancreas transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery and liver transplantation at Vanderbilt and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital. Derek is married to Robyn Moore and they have three children, Logan, 9, Joshua, 7, and Taylor Anne, 5.
V. Seenu Reddy, M.D., M.B.A., HS ‘95 –’02, cardiac section director of CT Surgery, was promoted to associate professor of Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and was featured on local ABC News affiliate, KSAT 12 San Antonio, for his work with minimally invasive valve surgery.
*Don Rubin, M.D., FAC ‘92–present, is associate chief of staff for research at the Veterans Administration Tennessee Valley Health System and a professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology at Vanderbilt. The company he founded, Zirus, is featured on the National Geographic website. Zirus, based in Buford, Ga., uses its gene trap target discovery engine to provide the keys to conquer viruses.
Beth Baxter, M.D., Ph.D., Ph.D.’90, has been named a Fellow in the American Psychiatric Association by the Board of Trustees. A ceremony to confer the honor was held in May at the APA annual meeting. She has spoken publicly about her dual roles as mental health consumer and provider since 1996. She maintains a private clinical Psychiatry practice in Nashville.
*Morgan Wills, M.D., MD ‘96, HS ‘97-’00, FAC ‘01-’03, is enjoying a sabbatical year in Vancouver, B.C., studying at Regent College, an international graduate school of theology. He and his family enjoyed the Winter Olympics, natural beauty, climate and cultural diversity of the area. He plans to return to Nashville and Siloam Family Health Center this summer.
Christine Donmoyer, Ph.D., PhD ‘01, is teaching physiology at Allegheny College, a small liberal arts college in Meadville, Penn. She continues her research in retinal development.
Kent Hanfield, M.D., MD ‘05, finished his tour as an Undersea Medical Officer at the submarine base in Groton, Conn., and started his residency in Dermatology at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., in July 2009.
Milton Ochieng’, M.D., MD ‘08, Lwala Community Alliance founder, joined a group of international leaders, thinkers and change-makers at the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting in New York City. President Bill Clinton highlighted LCA’s commitment to scale up its maternal and child health programming by expanding its facilities, staff and public health education in Western Kenya.
Nick Pappas, M.D., MD ‘06, is completing an Orthopaedics residency at the University of Pennsylvania and will be pursuing a hand surgery fellowship next year.
Neil Segal, M.D., MD ‘00, joined the University of Iowa six years ago, where he serves patients with musculoskeletal symptoms and directs the Clinical Osteoarthritis Research Program. He was promoted to associate professor in the Departments of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Radiology and Epidemiology. He recently received the Association of Academic Physiatrists Young Academician Award for teaching, research and administration.
Munjal Shroff, M.D., HS ‘03-’07, is board-certified in Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine, and is in private practice in Atlanta, Ga. He has a daughter, Laksha, 2, and a son, Aakash, 3.