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1960s

Richard Weisel, MD ’69, is Professor and Chairman of Cardiac Surgery at the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. He is also Director of the Toronto General Research Institute.

1970s

Paul E. Hankwitz, MD ’74, GME ’78Paul E. Hankwitz, MD ’74, GME ’78, has been appointed Associate Professor of Medicine (Geriatrics) at The Medical College of Wisconsin. His clinical interests include development of the Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Senior Health Program at Community Memorial Medical Commons in Menomonee Falls, Wis., and to provide state-of-the-art prevention, assessment and treatment options for older adults. Dr. Hankwitz has been teaching at the Medical College since 1977, when he was appointed Instructor of Medicine and Associate Chief of Service in Internal medicine. Prior to his full-time faculty appointment, he served as Medical Director for the Village at Manor Park, a family of senior living facilities.
 

David R. Harder, PhD ’77, the Kohler Company Professor in Cardiovascular Research and Associate Dean for Research at The Medical College of Wisconsin, earned the 2009 American Physiological Society Cardiovascular Section’s Carl Wiggers Award, the section’s highest honor. Subsequently, Dr. Harder delivered the 2009 Carl I. Wiggers Annual Lecture at the society’s annual meeting in April. His lecture was titled “The Role of the Brain Lipids in Cerebral Function.” One of the country’s foremost vascular biologists, Dr. Harder is also Director of the Cardiovascular Center and Professor of Physiology, of Medicine, and of Pediatrics.

Dennis J. Maiman, MD ’77, PhD, GME ’82, Fel ’84, an internationally recognized expert in spinal disorders and spinal cord injury, has been appointed Chairman of The Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Neurosurgery. He has also been appointed Director of Clinical Neurosciences at Froedtert Hospital. Dr. Maiman is Professor of Neurosurgery at the Medical College and specializes in the management of complex spinal disorders. Prior to his appointment, he served as Medical Director of the Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin SpineCare Clinic and Director of the Spinal Cord Injury Center at Froedtert Hospital, all of which he helped create. Dr. Maiman’s research efforts focus on spinal injuries and the use of pulsed magnetic fields and stem-cell based therapies for the management of spinal cord injury. He has been on the Medical College faculty since 1982.

NYU faculty Zuckerman elected AAOS President
Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD  ’78Internationally recognized orthopaedic surgeon Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD  ’78, has been elected President of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). Dr. Zuckerman is Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases and the Walter A.L. Thompson Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the NYU School of Medicine in New York.

Dr. Zuckerman said he plans to expand on practice management as AAOS president. He also will focus on emergency care, diversity, advocacy and funding for orthopaedic research.

An expert in shoulder surgery and hip and knee replacement, Dr. Zuckerman has served on the AAOS board of directors as member-at-large, second, and first vice president. He also has been President of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons. He has published more than 250 scientific articles, and the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation presented him with its Clinical Research Award in 2002.
He was Medical College of Wisconsin Alumnus of the Year in 2004. He and his wife, Janet, have two sons.

1980s

Nicholas B. Couper, MD, GME ’81, remarried his ex-wife Libby in June 2008 after being divorced for almost four years. Dr. Couper is an attending anesthesiologist at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, Mo.

Arthur R. Derse, MD, GME ’83, JD, has been appointed Interim Director of the Center for the Study of Bioethics at The Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Derse is also Director of Medical and Legal Affairs for the center and has served as Associate Director since 1992. He is Professor of Bioethics and of Emergency Medicine and Director of the College’s Medical Humanities Program.

Michael E. Klein, MD, GME ’85, has been in solo private practice in Glendale, Calif., for the past 19 years, specializing in internal medicine and gastroenterology. He also serves as Assistant Professor of Clinical medicine at the UCLA School of Medicine.

1990s

Elizabeth Gore, MD ’90, has been elected chair of the Full Member Principal Investigators Committee for the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG). She is the first to hold this newly created position. Dr. Gore, Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology at The Medical College of Wisconsin, is the RTOG principal investigator for the College. RTOG is a National Cancer Institute-funded national clinical trials group and is administered by the American College of Radiology. In her position, Dr. Gore will serve on the RTOG Executive and Steering Committees representing the interests of the full member institutions, and she will chair the RTOG Bylaws Committee.

Diane S. Book, MD ’91, GME ’95, is Associate Professor of Neurology at The Medical College of Wisconsin and co-founder and Medical Director of the Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Stroke and Neurovascular Program. Along with an active academic neurology practice, Dr. Book is active in teaching medical students and residents. She has been named to several “best doctors” lists. She has been married for 22 years and has two children.

Erik K. St. Louis, MD ’93, recently joined the staff of Mayo Clinic Rochester as Senior Associate Consultant in the Center for Sleep Medicine, departments of Neurology and Medicine. He was selected by peers in 2008 as one of the Best Doctors in America and has completed graduate studies in clinical investigation at the University of Iowa College of Medicine and Public Health through the support of a National Institutes of Health K12 Mentored Research Scholar Award. His research interests include sleep, epilepsy and cognition. Dr. St. Louis lives in Rochester with his wife, Kerith; children Aren (14), Kjersti (12) and Siri (9); yellow Labrador Bebe; and Norwegian forest cats Sigvart and Astrid.

Scott Van Valin, MD ’93, has been appointed Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery (Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery) at The Medical College of Wisconsin and to the medical staff of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Dr. Van Valin’s clinical emphasis includes musculoskeletal aspects of children and adolescents, with a strong interest in sports medicine, pediatric hip and foot problems and trauma. His research interests include pediatric foot disorders and trauma/fracture issues. A decorated Iraq War naval veteran, he served in a combat region as staff orthopaedic surgeon in 2003 at Fleet Hospital Three in Jalibah, Iraq. He also served on the orthopaedic surgery staff of the Pensacola Naval Hospital in Florida, and as a regimental surgeon for the Fifth Marine Regiment, and as a battalion surgeon for the Second Marine Battalion at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Kirk Ludwig, MD, GME ’94Kirk Ludwig, MD, GME ’94, has been named the first Vernon O. Underwood Professor in Colon Cancer Research at The Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Ludwig is Associate Professor and Chief of Colorectal Surgery and Associate Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology) at the Medical College. He specializes in sphincter-sparing techniques for rectal cancer, laparoscopic colorectal surgery and treatment of benign and malignant diseases of the lower gastrointestinal tract, including fecal incontinence. He conducts research on gastrointestinal motility, multidisciplinary approaches for the treatment of rectal cancer, fecal incontinence and the mechanisms and treatment of post-operative intestinal dysfunction.

Florence Sandmann, MD, GME ’94, recently started work on the Gila River Indian Reservation in Sacaton, Ariz., at the Hu Hu Kam Memorial Hospital, in the outpatient pediatric department. She moved to Arizona in 2005 after practicing pediatrics with Harwood Medical Associates, Covenant Health and finally with Westbrook Pediatrics, Children’s Medical Group, all in Wisconsin. Dr. Sandmann enjoys the challenges of working with the Pima Indians, who have the one of the world’s highest rates of type 2 diabetes, obesity and a high rate of heart disease. She also enjoys attending pow wows and rodeos.

Catherine Drexler, MD ’95, GME ’99, has been appointed Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at The Medical College of Wisconsin and to the medical staff of Froedtert Hospital. Her clinical interests include obstetric anesthesia. She was previously a staff anesthesiologist at St. Mary’s Anesthesia Associates and Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital in Milwaukee for eight years.

Tom Siepmann, PhD ’98, has joined Affymetrix, Inc., in Santa Clara, Calif., as Intellectual Property Counsel. Previously, he was at Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch, LLP, in Falls Church, Va., a small intellectual property boutique law firm. Affymetrix is the maker of the GeneChip™ and specializes in genetics research.

Sapna Bamrah, MD ’99, is working at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination. She previously was working with the International Emergencies and Refugee Health Branch.

Marshall Beckman, MD ’99, GME ’06, has been appointed Assistant Professor of Surgery at The Medical College of Wisconsin and to the medical staffs of Community Memorial Hospital and Froedtert Hospital. Dr. Beckman previously was with the Mayo Health System where he served as medical director for the trauma, neurosurgery and neurology unit at Luther Midelfort Hospital in Eau Claire. Dr. Beckman’s clinical interests include general and vascular surgery. His research interests include vascular disorders and critical care medicine.

Candice S. Klug, PhD ’99, was selected by The Business Journal to be in its 2009 Forty Under 40 list. The annual list honors 40 people in the Greater Milwaukee area under the age of 40 who are making a difference in their professions and communities. Dr. Klug is Associate Professor of Biophysics at The Medical College of Wisconsin. The list was published in the March 6, 2009, issue of The Business Journal.

2000s

Stacey Gardiner, MD ’01, GME ’04, Fel ’08, has been appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular) at The Medical College of Wisconsin and to the medical staff of Froedtert Hospital. Her clinical emphasis is on cardiovascular diseases, including coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, valvular disease and arrhythmia management.

Kevin D. Walter, MD, GME ’01, was selected by The Business Journal to be in its 2009 Forty Under 40 list. The annual list honors 40 people in the Greater Milwaukee area under the age of 40 who are making a difference in their professions and communities. A pediatric primary care sports medicine physician, Dr. Walter is Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and of Pediatrics at The Medical College of Wisconsin. The list was published in the March 6, 2009, issue of The Business Journal.

Stephen M, Miller, MD ’04, completed an internal medicine residency with University of Alabama-Birmingham in 2007 and is currently a gastroenterology fellow at University of Illinois-Chicago.

Christopher Zoumalan, MD ’04, finished his ophthalmology residency at Stanford University in 2008 and has accepted the position of Clinical Instructor while completing an ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship at New York University School of Medicine and Columbia University School of Medicine in New York from 2008-2010.

Derrick Colmenar, MD ’05, is starting his first year of anesthesiology residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Va., in July 2009 after serving as a Naval flight surgeon with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 162. He returned from deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in October 2008. He married Michelle Toledo Colmenar on Sept. 15, 2007.

Kelly Pucillo, MD ’05, recently joined a family medicine practice in Waupaca, Wis., doing full-scope family medicine, including obstetrics. She has a 2-1/2-year-old daughter and was expecting a second child this spring.

Krysta Fluman, MD ’06, was recently engaged to Bill Voegtli, CPA. Their wedding on the beach in Jamaica was planned for this May. Dr. Fluman will complete her emergency medicine residency in 2010. The couple plan to make their home in St. Louis, Mo.

Joseph Bovi, MD, GME ’07, has been appointed Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at The Medical College of Wisconsin and to the medical staff of Froedtert Hospital. His clinical interests include general radiation oncology and tumors of the central nervous system. He was previously Instructor of Radiation Oncology at the College.

Sandra Ettema, MD, GME ’07, has joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield as Assistant Professor in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Her clinical interests include disorders of the thyroid, sleep apnea and sleep disorders, sinusitis, and speech and swallowing disorders. Her research interests include disorders of the voice and swallowing, disorders of sleep, and cleft palate speech and swallowing.

John LoGiudice, MD, GME ’07, has been appointed Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at The Medical College of Wisconsin and to the medical staffs of Froedtert Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Hospital in West Bend, Wis. Dr. LoGiudice is a fellow of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. His clinical interests include breast reconstruction, head and neck reconstructive surgery, carpal tunnel syndrome, plastic and cosmetic surgery, reconstructive surgery, microsurgery, hand surgery, breast surgery and aesthetic hand rejuvenation. In 2008, he won the national Best Microsurgical Save of the Year award from the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery for a scalp replant.

Christopher A. Taylor, MD, GME ’07, has received the Ernest W. Johnson Excellence in Research Writing Award from the Association of Academic Physiatrists for his May 2008 publication, The Incidence of Peripheral Nerve Injury in Extremity Trauma. Dr. Taylor is currently in the second year of a spine and sports medicine fellowship at Portner Orthopedics in Honolulu, Hawaii. The award is sponsored by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins/Wolters Kluwer Health, publisher of the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. It recognizes outstanding research by investigators-in-training.

Guennady Tchekanov, MD, GME ’07, has been appointed Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at The Medical College of Wisconsin and to the medical staff of Froedtert Hospital. He also practices at Community Memorial Medical Commons in Menomonee Falls and at Lakeview Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. Tchekanov’s clinical interests include patients with spasticity and movement disorders due to stroke, cerebral palsy, brain injury, spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.


Cindy Salm, MD ’07, and Anderson Bauer, MD ’07, were married Sept. 6, 2008, in Little Chute, Wis. Parents of the bride are Richard and Margaret Salm, and parents of the groom are Mark Bauer, MD ’73, GME ’87, and Cynthia A. Bauer, MD ’74, GME ’75. The couple is pictured above with their wedding party, which includes maid of honor Toni Salm, MD ’01, GME ’06; Whitney Bauer; Maria Gray, MD ’07; Kate Palisch, MD ’07; Paula Cody, MD ’07; Katie Beno; Amy Fisco, MD ’07; Stephanie Manning; best man John Bauer; Dr. Chris Bauer; Aaron Bauer, MD ’02; Dr. Richard Salm, Jr.; John Benson, MD ’07; Steve Williams; Andrew Palisch, MD ’07; and Ryan Tilot. Ushers included Chris Burnett, MD ’07; Dr. Andrew Sheean; and Michael Williams. The bride is an internal medicine resident with Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee and matched into the allergy/immunology fellowship at the Medical College. The groom is a radiation oncology resident at Froedtert Hospital.

Nilay Kumar, MD, GME ’08, MPH, has been appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine (General Internal) and section of Hospital Medicine at The Medical College of Wisconsin and to the medical staff of Froedtert Hospital. His clinical interests include management of inpatient diabetes, metabolic syndrome and hepatobiliary diseases. His research interests include technological advances in modes of insulin delivery and improving the standards of diabetes care. His public health research is focused on developing database models for secondary and tertiary prevention of diabetes and other chronic diseases.

Matthew Buelow, MD ’09, received the 2009 Houghton Award from the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation. He earned the award while still a senior medical student at the College. It honors students who excel in their knowledge of both the socioeconomic and scientific issues related to medicine.

Paul O’Connor, PhD, Fel ’09, has been appointed Assistant Professor of Physiology at The Medical College of Wisconsin. His research interest is in the control of blood pressure and how sodium transport and the production of oxygen free radicals may be altered in the kidneys of salt-sensitive individuals. He completed an American Heart Association physiology fellowship at the Medical College earlier this year.

View the entire summer 2009 issue of Alumni News. (opens as a pdf)

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