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Eli A. Ramirez, MD ’42, GME ’49, served as Chief of Cardiology-Medical Service at San Juan VA Hospital from 1949-74; Chief of Staff from 1974-87; and University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine Professor of Medicine from 1952-1996. He retired from practice in 1987. Dr. Ramirez is an American College of Physicians Life Member, Fellow, and was Governor of the Puerto Rico chapter in 1970. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and was Governor of the Puerto Rico chapter in 1968. He is Fellow, Emeritus President and Chairman of the Board of the Puerto Rico Heart Association from 1965-68. He authored more than 125 professional articles and was principal investigator for a Veterans Administration Cooperative Studies Group on anti-hypertensive drugs. He is married to Elizabeth Henk, RN, in 1943 and has four children, 11 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. 


George M. Bohigian, MD, GME ’66, was elected President of the Cogan Ophthalmic History Society for 2010-2012. The society is established to foster communication, scholarship and fellowship among individuals interested in ophthalmic history.
James G. Fleming, MD ’66, recently retired from full time OB/GYN practice and returned to California to work part time after living on Guam for the last 11 years.


Irwin I. Rosenfeld, MD ’76, in January became the first psychiatrist in southern California to receive a Neurostar Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation system, an FDA-approved treatment for treatment-resistant depression. Through August, Dr. Rosenfeld has successfully put four out of four patients into complete remission using the device. In July, Dr. Rosenfeld took an 18-day trip to the British Isles. On Aug. 3, his daughter Elayna gave birth to his first grandchild, a girl named Siena Bay.

Robert M. Schwager, MD ’76, has accepted a new position as the in-house otolaryngologist for Rocky Mountain Urgent Care and Family Practice, with nine centers in the Denver area. He was also remarried in September and honeymooned in the Mediterranean on a cruise.

Eric M. Wilner, MD ’76, has had two professional articles published of note: “Are we really practicing medicine today,” published in Radiology in 2007; and “The myriad faces of imaging today (and implications for tomorrow),” published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology in July 2009. Dr. Wilmer is a partner with Northeast Radiology Associates in Newburyport, Mass. He is married with two daughters, one stepdaughter and one stepson.

Sridhar V. Vasudevan, MD, GME ’77Sridhar V. Vasudevan, MD, GME ’77, was installed as President of the Waukesha Medical Society in June. Dr. Vasudevan is a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation and practices pain rehabilitation at Community Memorial Hospital, the new Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin physical medicine and rehabilitation clinic at Community Memorial Medical Commons in Menomonee Falls, and at St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan. He is Clinical Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Medical College. He is a member of the board of directors of the Wisconsin Medical Society and a trustee of the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation.


Mary E. Cronin, MD, GME ’84Mary E. Cronin, MD, GME ’84, received the Arthritis Foundation of Southeastern Wisconsin’s 2009 Health Professional Award. The award is presented annually to honor an individual who has a personal commitment to the mission of the foundation and who has outstanding professional performance in professional education, public education and patient services programs. Dr. Cronin is Associate Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology) at The Medical College of Wisconsin. She directs the Medical College’s rheumatology fellowship program and has maintained a partnership with the Arthritis Foundation for 12 years.

Paul S. Pagel, MD ’86, PhD ’94, GME ’90, Fel ’93, has been appointed to the editorial board of Anesthesia & Analgesia for a three-year term that began in April. Anesthesia & Analgesia is published monthly by the International Anesthesia Research Society and includes peer-reviewed, original clinical and research articles. It has been published for 88 years and was the first scholarly publication dedicated to anesthesiology. Dr. Pagel is Professor of Anesthesiology at The Medical College of Wisconsin.

Kurt Hegmann, MD ’87, MPH, is the first person to hold the newly created Dr. Paul S. Richards Endowed Chair in Occupational an Environmental Health and Safety at the Rocky Mountain Center (RMC) for Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Utah. Dr. Hegmann has served as Director of the RMC for five years. The RMC is one of 17 National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Education and Research Centers and the first to have an endowed chair for its director. Dr. Richards was a pioneer in occupational medicine and national advocate for workplace safety reform.

Joseph O’Grady Jr., MD, GME ’89, was recently elected President of the Wisconsin chapter of the American Association for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) for a two-year term. Dr. O’Grady is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at The Medical College of Wisconsin. AAIDD promotes effective practices, sound research, progressive policies and universal human rights for persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities.


Ramesh Sachdeva, MD, PhD, MS ’93, Fel ’93Ramesh Sachdeva, MD, PhD, MS ’93, Fel ’93, has been named Corporate Vice President and Chief quality Officer of Children’s Hospital and Health System. In this newly created position, he will lead quality improvement efforts at Children’s Hospital and throughout the health system’s 14 entities. In addition, he will represent the organization in national venues and in the national health care reform debate and implementation. Dr. Sachdeva is Professor of Pediatrics (Critical Care) at The Medical College of Wisconsin. He also serves as medical director of quality initiatives for the American Academy of Pediatrics.

MDCT Physics cover imageMahadevappa Mahesh, PhD, MS ’94, recently published “MDCT Physics, The Basics: Technology, Image Quality and Radiation Dose” (Wolters Kluwer Health / Lippincott Williams & Wilkins), a textbook that explains the physics behind multiple row detector computed tomography technology. Dr. Mahesh is an internationally recognized expert in CT technology and applications. He is Associate Professor of Radiology and Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Chief Physicist at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Deborah M. Costakos, MD ’98, MSDeborah M. Costakos, MD ’98, MS, has been appointed Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at The Medical College of Wisconsin and to the medical staff at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Her clinical focus is on eye diseases in children and premature babies, and genetic eye disorders. She previously was in private ophthalmology practice in Mequon, Wis., and also was a genetic counselor in Fairfax, Va.


David C. Moe, MD ’00, has been appointed Assistant Professor of Radiology at The Medical College of Wisconsin and an interventional and pediatric radiologist at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Dr. Moe has special expertise in vascular malformations, radiofrequency ablation and malignant pediatric neoplasms and pulmonary interventions. He was previously a staff radiologist at Seattle Children’s Hospital and a consulting radiologist in general practice at Hawkes Bay Hospital in Hastings, New Zealand.

Kevin D. Walter, MD, GME ’01, has been appointed to the National Federation of State High School Associations Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. The appointment is for four years. The advisory committee helps create rules and addresses safety issues in high school sports. Dr. Walter is also a member of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. He is Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and of Pediatrics at The Medical College of Wisconsin and Director of the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Primary Care Sports Medicine Program.

Barbra Fisher, MD ’02, recently began a maternal-fetal medicine fellowship at the University of Colorado in Denver. Her family, which now includes three children – Hannah, Abigail and Theodor – moved to Colorado from Salt Lake City, where Dr. Fisher completed an OB/GYN residency in 2007.

James Gill II, MD ’03, and his wife, Misty, an eighth-grade English teacher, announce the birth of their first child, a baby boy, Porter James on July 21. Dr. Gill is practicing with the largest private practice anesthesia group in northern California, in the San Francisco Bay area.

Amanda M. Brandow, DO, GME ’04, MS ’08Amanda M. Brandow, DO, GME ’04, MS ’08, has been selected to participate in a year-long education and mentoring program as part of the American Society of Hematology Clinical Research Training Institute. The program provides aspiring hematologists with the tools to begin careers in clinical research. Dr. Brandow’s project will explore the neurobiology of pain in children with sickle cell disease. Dr. Brandow is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Hematology/Oncology) at The Medical College of Wisconsin.

Peter Cham, MD ’04, completed his dermatology residency at University of Minnesota in 2009 and has joined a dermatology practice with Kaiser Permanente in San Jose, Calif.

Matthias L. Riess, MD, PhD ’04, GME ’08Matthias L. Riess, MD, PhD ’04, GME ’08, was named the first recipient of the Roizen Anesthesia Research Foundation New Investigator grant from the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists Foundation. Dr. Riess received the award for his study “Free radicals and mitochondrial function – how does genetic predisposition affect cardioprotection by volatile anesthetics?” which aims to investigate why some hearts can handle myocardial ischemia during and after general anesthesia better than others. Through this research, he hopes to discover how different genes influence intraoperative protection against myocardial infarction. Dr. Riess is Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and of Physiology at The Medical College of Wisconsin.

Jonathan M. Fritz, Esq., MS ’05, was elected President-elect of the Wisconsin Intellectual Property Law Association and to the Madison Symphony Orchestra’s Board of Directors. Dr. Fritz is a patent attorney focusing on intellectual property law in the Madison, Wis., office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.

Mohammad O. Almoujahed, MD, MS ’05, has been appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine) at The Medical College of Wisconsin and to the medical staff of Froedtert Hospital. Dr. Almoujahed’s clinical interests include drug-resistant bacteria, methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus, emerging infectious diseases, bloodstream infections, infectious disease epidemiology, systemic fungal infections and antimicrobials. He was previously at St. Michael’s Hospital in Stevens Point and St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee.

Kawaljeet Kaur, MD, GME ’06, Fel ’08, MSKawaljeet Kaur, MD, GME ’06, Fel ’08, MS, has been appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology, Metabolism and Clinical Nutrition) at The Medical College of Wisconsin and to the medical staff at Froedtert Hospital. She specializes in the treatment of endocrine disorders with a focus on pituitary disorders.

Ben Ellingson, PhD ’08, won a poster award at the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in medicine meeting in Honolulu in May. Dr. Ellingson’s paper, “Cytotoxic and anti-angiogenic treatment responses in gliomas using functional diffusion maps in FLAIR abnormal regions,” won first place in the cancer imaging category. He is a postdoctoral fellow in radiology at The Medical College of Wisconsin.

Christopher Pawela, PhD ’08Christopher Pawela, PhD ’08, has been appointed Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery and of Biophysics at The Medical College of Wisconsin. His research, conducted in the College’s MACC Fund Research Center, is focused on the development of new treatments and rehabilitation methods for peripheral nerve injuries based on how the brain responds to the injuries.



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