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Leslie Chen, MD ’59, recently retired from a part-time private psychiatric practice in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia because of ill health.

George J. Korkos, MD ’59, DDS, was recently appointed to the board of directors at Fibrocell Science, Inc., a biotechnology company based in Pennsylvania that focuses on the development of autologous cell therapies for aesthetic, medical and scientific applications.


Roger H. Strube, MD ’68, recently completed a manuscript for a book titled Creative Design for Health Care Reform. It was expected to be available by September 2010. According to the author, the book identifies the causes for the American health care crisis and offers a business plan for developing and implementing the cure.

Alexander N. Gunn II, MD, GME ’69, retired from his surgical career in February 2010, and resides near New Haven, Conn. He has two grown daughters and is active as an alumnus in Yale University affairs.


Eric Jacobson, MD ’72, is Medical Director of Behavioral Health Services at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula in Monterey, Calif. Before becoming a medical director, he was Chairman of the hospital’s department of medicine and the division of psychiatry. He was also President of the Monterey County Medical Society. His daughters, 24 and 26, are both married. He has one grandson.

Carlyle H. Chan, MD ’75, was elected by the Council of Medical Specialty Societies to serve on the Board of Directors of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). He will begin a three-year term in January. The ACCME identifies, develops and promotes standards for quality continuing medical education. Dr. Chan is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at The Medical College of Wisconsin.

George M. Lange, MD ’75, recently became President-elect of the Wisconsin Medical Society for the 2010-11 term. An internist and geriatrician, Dr. Lange lives in River Hills, Wis.

Thomas Garthwaite, MD, GME ’76, Fel ’79, has been named Chief Operations Officer for the Clinical Services Group of Hospital Corporation of America, Inc., (HCA) in Nashville, Tenn. He will help support HCA’s efforts to improve quality of care, patient safety and clinical performance. For four years prior, Dr. Garthwaite served as Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Catholic Health East in Newtown Square, Pa. He was previously the Director and Chief Medical Officer of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services and spent eight years at the Veterans Health Administration in Washington, D.C.

Irwin Rosenfeld, MD ’76, has been practicing psychiatry in Laguna Hills, Calif. for 30 years. His first two grandchildren, Siena and Caleb, were born during the last year.

Eric M. Wilner, MD ’76, recently traveled to South Africa as part of a radiology delegation to exchange ideas regarding the ways in which radiology health care is delivered in South Africa and the United States. He was also honored in the Radiological Society of North America Research and Education Foundation’s quarterly publication for his work ethic and rewarding career.

Thomas M. Krummel, MD ’77, has been elected to the California Water Service Group board of directors. Companies under the auspices of the group provide water service to about 2 million people in more than 100 California, Washington, New Mexico and Hawaii communities. Dr. Krummel is the Susan B. Ford Surgeon-in-Chief at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, in Palo Alto, Calif., and the Emile Holman Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. He recently received the Outstanding Achievement in Medicine award from the Santa Clara County Medical Association.

Sridhar Vasudevan, MD, GME ’77, is a new member of the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation Board of Trustees and Scholarship Committee. He recently honored his mother, Rukmini Vasudevan, who died in 2000, and his wife, Joyce, by establishing the Rukmini and Joyce Vasudevan Scholarship through the foundation. His fund will provide annual scholarships to assist and encourage female medical students who show confidence, strength and hard work despite adversity.


Edmund Duthie, MD ’80, received the 2010 Froedtert Hospital Thomas Smallwood Award for Patient Care Excellence. The award recognizes an individual whose efforts have contributed significantly to the establishment of state-of-the-art programs at Froedtert Hospital. Dr. Duthie is Professor of Medicine and Chief of Geriatrics/Gerontology at The Medical College of Wisconsin.

Brian L. Peterson, MD ’80, was recently promoted to Medical Examiner for Milwaukee County. Dr. Peterson worked as pathologist in a private practice in California and as a deputy examiner in San Diego County, Calif., from 1989 to 1991. Most recently, he served as Assistant Milwaukee County Medical Examiner.

George Dawson, MD ’82, was recently awarded a Distinguished Fellowship in the American Psychiatric Association and was elected President of the Minnesota Psychiatric Society. He resigned from Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., after 21 years as an inpatient psychiatrist teaching residents and medical students. This fall, he began working for Hazelden Center for Youth and Families as an addiction psychiatrist.

Colleen Lawton, MD ’83, GME ’87, has been recognized as an Educator of the Year by the Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology in partnership with the American Society for Radiation Oncology. Dr. Lawton is Professor of Radiation Oncology at The Medical College of Wisconsin.
William J. Pao, MD ’83, has recently been inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Radiology. Dr. Pao is Vice President of Radiation Oncology Associates, Ltd., in Mequon, Wis., is on the medical staff of St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee and is Medical Director of Radiation Oncology at St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan, Wis.

Timothy R. Franson, MD, Fel ’84, has been elected President of the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) Convention. USP is a non-governmental organization that sets standards for prescription and over-the-counter drugs and other health care products manufactured or sold in the U.S. Dr. Franson is Senior Vice President of Baker & Daniels Consulting in the health and life sciences practice and leader of its regulator team. He has also served as Vice President of Global Regulatory Affairs at Lilly Research Laboratories.

Leighton Mark, MD, GME ’84, received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Board of Radiology (ABR) for his ongoing service in fulfilling its mission. Dr. Mark has been an oral board examiner for the ABR neuroradiology section for more than a decade. Dr. Mark is a Professor of Radiology (Neuroradiology) at The Medical College of Wisconsin.

Mark Tomski, MD ’84, GME ’88, Fel ’89, a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician, recently started a new position with Swedish Medical Center’s Swedish Pain and Headache Center in Seattle. Dr. Tomski’s clinical interests include rehabilitation services, pain and injury management, work and motor vehicle injuries.

Thomas Grist, MD ’85, was elected President of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. He is also Professor and Chairman of Radiology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Gail E. Butterfield MD ’86, was appointed Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at The Medical College of Wisconsin and to the medical staff at Froedtert Hospital. Prior to coming to the College, Dr. Butterfield worked as an anesthesiologist in private practice at various locations, including North Shore Surgery Center in Glendale, Wis., and at the East Mequon Surgery Center in Mequon, Wis.

William G. Buchta, MD, GME ’88, MS, MPH ’90, was installed as a Director of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine for a three-year term. Dr. Buchta is a Medical Director of Occupational Health Service at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He is also an instructor of Preventive, Occupational and Aerospace Medicine at Mayo Medical School.

David C. Riley, MD ’89, GME ’92, MS, is an attending physician and Director of Emergency Ultrasonography and Ultrasound Research at New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. He was appointed Oral Board Examiner for the American Board of Emergency Medicine in 2008, and is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Medicine in London.


Elizabeth Gore, MD ’90, has been elected to serve on the Leadership Board of Directors for the American Lung Association of Wisconsin. She was one of four physicians in the state elected to this board. Dr. Gore is Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology at The Medical College of Wisconsin.
Donald Laub, Jr., MD ’90, has been promoted to Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Vermont, and has been serving as interim chief of that division for the past year. He also volunteers regularly at the Hospital de la Familia in Guatemala. Dr. Laub resides in Burlington, Vt., with his wife, Sharon, and three children.

Kevin Kelly, MD, GME ’92, was elected to serve on the Leadership Board of Directors for the American Lung Association of Wisconsin. He was one of four physicians in the state elected to this board. Dr. Kelly is Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine (Allergy/Immunology) and Vice Chair for Finance in the Department of Pediatrics at The Medical College of Wisconsin.

Charles M. Yarborough, III, MD, MPH ’92, was installed as a Director of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine for a three-year term. Dr. Yarborough is Corporate Medical Director and Director of Health & Wellness Medical Strategies for Lockheed Martin in Bethesda, Md. He is also an advisor for the occupational and environmental medicine residency programs at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Natalie P. Hartenbaum, MD, MPH ’93, is the new president of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. She is Chief Medical Officer at OccuMedix, an occupational health company in Dresher, Pa., and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also Medical Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and Chief Medical Review Officer of FirstLab in North Wales, Pa.

Daniel M. Janiga, MD, MPH ’93, recently became an officer of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine House of Delegates. Dr. Janiga is President and CEO of Occupational Health Consultants of Minnesota and Chief Medical Officer for Canadian Pacific Railway. He is also Medical Director of Federal Cartridge in Edina, Minn.; of Hoffman Engineering, in Anoka, Minn.; and of State Fund Mutual in Bloomington, Minn.

Jeffrey Wesson, MD ’94, GME ’97, Fel ’98, will serve a four-year term as a member of the Center for Scientific Review’s Urologic and Kidney Development and Genitourinary Diseases Study Section. Dr. Wesson is an Associate Professor of Medicine (Nephrology) at The Medical College of Wisconsin.

Jill M. (Pagels) DeVries, MD ’96, and her husband, Mark J. DeVries, MD, announce the birth of their twin sons, Alexander John and Ryan Anthony, on July 30, 2010. They join four siblings. The Drs. DeVries continue to share one full time position in family medicine at the Family Care Center in Taylorsville, N.C.

Elena J. Holak, MD, PharmD, GME ’96, received the Best Scientific Award at the International Anesthesia Research Society 2010 annual meeting for a collaborative multi-media presentation with the departments of anesthesiology at Harvard University and the University of California-San Francisco. Dr. Holak is a Professor of Anesthesiology at The Medical College of Wisconsin.

Christine M. Ives, MD ’96, completed a nephrology fellowship at the University of California, Davis, in 2002. She maintained a private solo practice in Santa Rosa, Calif., from 2002-07 and started a new private solo practice in Ukiah in 2007. She was married in July 2010.

Leslie Tidwell-Pvel, MD ’96, works as an obstetrician/gynecologist at Women’s Healthcare in Warner Robins, Ga. She and her husband, Vincz, are enjoying caring for their toddler, Carl Preston, and their newborn, Ava Jolie.

Maria Elena Lai, MD ’99, became partner of Southern California Permanente Medical Group in August. She practices geriatric medicine in the Department of Continuing Care Services and the Department of Hospice and Palliative Care. Dr. Lai resides in San Diego, Calif., with her husband and three children.


Rebecca Beroukhim, MD ’00, is working at Children’s Hospital Boston specializing in pediatric cardiology with an emphasis on imaging (echocardiography and cardiac MRI). She is married with two daughters.

Marcus Chacon, MD, ’00, GME ’05, and his wife, Wendy Gavidia-Chacon, MD ’02, GME ’05, announce the birth of their second child, Lucas, born in June 2010. He joins their daughter Sofia. Dr. Marcus Chacon has been practicing stroke neurology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for three years.

Veronica Bonales, MD ’03, is returning to the West Coast to begin a career as an emergency physician at Redwood Memorial Hospital in Fortuna, Calif. She is a regular contributor to the American College of Emergency Physicians blog, and she remains heavily involved in emergency medical services and mass casualty disaster planning.

Nevin Uysal, MD, Fel ’03, MS ’03, was appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary & Critical Care) at The Medical College of Wisconsin and to the medical staff of Froedtert Hospital. Prior to coming to the College, Dr. Uysal served as assistant professor in the pulmonary department of Gaziantep University Hospital in Gaziantep, Turkey.

Jennifer Hickman, MD ’04 GME ’10, was appointed Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at The Medical College of Wisconsin and to the staff of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Dr. Hickman has been a fellow in a combined fellowship consisting of pediatric anesthesiology and pain management at the College and Children’s Hospital since 2008.

Vladimir Osipov, MD, GME ’04, accepted a position at a private practice in Auckland, New Zealand. He spent five years in residency and fellowship and five years working as Assistant Professor of Pathology at The Medical College of Wisconsin. He is married with children.

John S. Rhee, MD, MPH ’04, was appointed Coordinator for Research for the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Foundation. Dr. Rhee will facilitate foundation research and quality/patient safety efforts. He will oversee activities of the Research Advisory Board and will create a similar structure for Quality Improvement/ Comparative Effectiveness activities. Dr. Rhee is Professor of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences and Chief of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at The Medical College of Wisconsin.

John G. Linn, MD ’05, was recently appointed Clinical Assistant Professor of Gastrointestinal and General Surgery in the Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery at The Ohio State University Medical Center. He is married to Kathleen A. Linn with one child, Anthony (Ty).

Edsel Salvaña, MD, GME ’05, was one of 11 Filipino scientists 40 and younger recognized by the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) for his contributions in the physical, natural and social sciences. He specializes in tropical medicine, and his work in lymphatic filariasis has been featured by the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. In 2008, he joined the research faculty at the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the National Institutes of Health at University of Philippines Manila.

Michael Clark, MD ’06, recently became the EMS Medical Director of Ministry St. Clare’s Hospital. He serves on the Wisconsin EMS Physician Advisory Committee and the Executive Committee for North Central Regional Trauma Advisory Committee. He is Medical Director of Special Olympics-Wisconsin and served as team physician for the Special Olympics National Summer Games in Nebraska in 2010.

Laura Lemont, MD ’07, completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison this year.

Kelly J. Duffy, PhD ’08, was appointed Assistant Professor of Dermatology at The Medical College of Wisconsin, where she is conducting research focused on vascular anomalies. She will also serve as Administrative Director of the Dermatology Department’s Vascular Tumors and Anomalies Translational Research Center. Her degree is in physiology with an emphasis in human genomics. Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Duffy worked in the Department of Dermatology as a research scientist.

Herodotos Ellinas, MD, GME ’08, was appointed Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at The Medical College of Wisconsin and to the medical staffs of Froedtert Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Dr. Ellinas has held clinical positions in private and non-profit organizations. He worked in internal medicine and pediatrics for five years for Advanced Healthcare in Milwaukee, and also served as medical director of emergency medical services, medical director of a rural health clinic and medical director of the department of pediatrics, all in Carrollton, Ky.

Ayse Kula, MD, GME ’10, was appointed Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at The Medical College of Wisconsin and to the medical staffs of Froedtert Hospital, the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-St. Joseph. Her clinical interests include obstetric and general anesthesiology.


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