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Isabel Estrada, MD’42, and Sanbo Sakaguchi, MD’43
Isabel Estrada, MD’42, and Sanbo Sakaguchi, MD’43, enjoy visiting with each other at a “mini-reunion” in the Los Angeles, Calif., area this spring.


Parnell Donahue, MD ’64, GME ’69, will release a book on July 12, 2010, titled Messengers in Denim, about parenting teenagers, based on his many years practicing pediatric and adolescent medicine. The book discusses drugs, sex, suicide, medical care, financial responsibility, self-image, religion, even the importance of being nice, while revealing how teens feel about these and other subjects and what teens perceive their parents feel about the same issues, through the use of true stories. Dr. Parnell resides in Brentwood, Tenn.

Roger H. Strube, MD ’68, began writing a book titled Creative Design for Health Care Reform in February. He retired in 2000 after being in family practice for 14 years and spending 15 years as a medical director for various managed care organizations. He expects to complete the book later this summer.


Michael E. Dillon, MD ’72, is the founder of Lobola Pharmaceuticals, a company that makes products for the health of horses. He has produced equine products for about 20 years.

Mahendr S. Kochar, MD, MS ’72, was awarded a Juris Doctor degree from Concord Law School of Kaplan University, the nation’s leading fully online law school, on Feb. 27, 2010. Dr. Kochar is Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education at the Medical College. He recently announced his retirement effective June 30, 2010, after 35 years at the College.

George Balfour, MD ’73, is the president of the California Society of Industrial Medicine and Surgery, and recently became a board member of the California Orthopedic Association. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He practices hand and orthopaedic surgery in Van Nuys, Calif.

William B. Campbell, PhD, Fel ’75, is the recipient of the 2010 Paul M. Vanhoutte Award in Vascular Pharmacology. He is a Chairman and Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology at The Medical College of Wisconsin. He received the award in recognition of his substantial lifelong scientific achievements and commitment to the identification of local hormones that are produced in the wall of blood vessels and cause dilation of arteries, decrease inflammation, maintain blood flow and decrease blood pressure.

Stephen W. Hargarten, MD ’75, MPH, Chairman and Professor of Emergency Medicine at The Medical College of Wisconsin, has been appointed to the inaugural six-member board of directors of the Great Lakes Transportation Enterprise Institute. Dr. Hargarten is Director of the Injury Research Center at the Medical College, and is also Associate Dean for Global Health.

Harvey Marchbein, MD ’75, has been an OB/GYN in New York for 31 years. He has also been a certified mohel for the last seven years.

Sridhar V. Vasudevan, MD, GME ’77, was recently selected a “best doctor” by the Best Doctors of America. He was listed in the Wisconsin Business Journal and Milwaukee Magazine as a best doctor in the Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin area. He practices physical medicine and rehabilitation/pain medicine in Menomonee Falls and Sheboygan, Wis.

Foundation establishes spinal cord injury research laboratories
Alumni Dr. Dennis J. Maiman and Dr. Shekar Kurpad with Bryon Riesch at the Spinal Cord Injury Center.Alumni Dr. Dennis J. Maiman and Dr. Shekar Kurpad with Bryon Riesch at the Spinal Cord Injury Center.

The Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation has donated $1 million to The Medical College of Wisconsin to support spinal cord injury research and establish The Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation Laboratories. Bryon Riesch was a 19-year-old Marquette University student in 1998 when a spinal cord injury paralyzed him from the chest down. He received treatment and continues to rehabilitate at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Spinal Cord Injury Center.
Leaders of the Medical College’s spinal cord injury clinical care and research team include alumni Dennis J. Maiman, MD ’77, GME ’82, PhD, Professor and Chairman of Neurosurgery at the Medical College and Director of Clinical Neurosciences at Froedtert Hospital, and Shekar Kurpad, MD, GME ’01, PhD, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at The Medical College of Wisconsin and Medical Director of the Spinal Cord Injury Center at Froedtert Hospital.

John W. Stiller, MD ’79, is the Director of the neurology service and a faculty member in the residency training program at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, D.C. He is also the Chief Physician for the Maryland State Athletic Commission, and is a special volunteer with the National Institute of Mental Health, Clinical Brain Disorders Branch. His current research includes chronic traumatic brain injury in professional boxers, as well as allergies and depression. He is married to Kyung Hee and has a 12-year-old daughter.


Dean E. Klinger, MD ’80, GME ’86, was appointed Associate Professor of Surgery at The Medical College of Wisconsin. He practices in the General Surgery Clinic at Community Memorial Medical Commons in Menomonee Falls, Wis., and serves on the medical staff there. His clinical practice includes general and vascular surgery, with a particular interest in operations for renal failure dialysis access. Prior to coming to the Medical College, Dr. Klinger was a member of Southeast Surgical in Milwaukee for 21 years. He also teaches at Marquette University as a clinical associate professor in the department of physician assistant studies and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is assistant clinical professor of family practice. He is a Past President of the Milwaukee Academy of Surgery and prior Counselor for the Wisconsin Chapter of the American College of Surgeons and the Wisconsin Surgical Society.

Alumni scholarships awarded

Thomas G. Wittmann, MD ’84, GME ’87; M2 Elica Inagaki; M2 Lauren Lietzau; M2 Jessica Brown; M1 Jessica Shaheen; College President and CEO T. Michael Bolger, JD; M1 Erin Ruedinger; M3 Nicholas Kuehnel; M3 Cheryl Maenpaa; M1 Jonathan Pace; and M2 Simon Griesbach.

Nine medical students received scholarships from the Alumni Association this year. Pictured (L-R) are Association President Thomas G. Wittmann, MD ’84, GME ’87; M2 Elica Inagaki; M2 Lauren Lietzau; M2 Jessica Brown; M1 Jessica Shaheen; College President and CEO T. Michael Bolger, JD; M1 Erin Ruedinger; M3 Nicholas Kuehnel; M3 Cheryl Maenpaa; M1 Jonathan Pace; and M2 Simon Griesbach.

Mark Hermans, MD ’84, GME ’87, in January was named Vice President of Medical Affairs for Appleton Medical Center and Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah, Wis. He has been a physician in the Fox Cities since 1987, when he joined the Internal Medicine Associates of Neenah/Menasha. In 2002, he joined ThedaCare’s hospitalist program, working with patients at both AMC and Theda Clark.

Angela Nilius, PhD ’88, received a Distinguished Alumna in Clinical Laboratory Science Award in April from Marquette University’s College of Health Sciences and Alumni Association. She is a global project team director for HIV pharmaceuticals for Abbott Laboratories in Illinois. She is a past research technologist at the Medical College of Wisconsin and a civilian scientist at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center near Chicago.


Behrooz Kalantarian, MD ’90, GME ’00, recently started his own practice in plastic and reconstructive surgery in Fountain Valley, Calif.

Padma Doniparthi, MD ’92, GME ’97, has been practicing interventional pain management for the last 12 years. She currently practices at Waukesha Memorial Hospital and Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital. She lives in Hartland, Wis., with her husband and three children.

Gary R. Figge, MD ’92, became president of the Arizona Medical Association in June 2010. He is practicing emergency medicine in Tucson, Ariz., and has been a member of the Arizona Medical Association since 1993.


Mohini S. Rao, MD, GME ’01, recently joined the medical staff of Marion General Hospital in Marion, Ohio. She is certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology and the National Board of Echocardiography in transesophageal echocardiography.

Deidre L. Faust, MD ’01, GME ’04, has recently joined the Mequon location of Madison Medical Affiliates as an Internal Medicine Physician. She and her husband Jerry have three young children.

Matthew C. Carnahan, MD, GME ’02, MS, recently became the Chair of Chiefs of Ophthalmology for The Permanente Medical Group (Kaiser Permanente). His practice is transitioning from Sacramento, Calif. to Santa Rosa, Calif., in July 2010. He has been the chief of eye services (ophthalmology, optometry and optical) for the Sacramento area since 2007. He is married with three children.

Andre Krainik, MD ’02, and his wife, Aimee, along with their son Liam, announce the birth of their daughter, Amelia Zuzu, born on Jan.19, 2010. Dr. Krainik has been practicing as a pediatrician for ThedaCare Physicians in Appleton, Wis., since August 2005.

Casey G. Batten, MD ’03, was appointed as Head Team Physician at the University of California-Berkeley. After completing his residency in family medicine at the University of Tennessee, Dr. Batten completed a sports medicine fellowship at the University of California, Davis. He is now entering his fifth year of providing care to California athletes at the University of California-Berkeley. In addition to providing direct care to student-athletes and coordinating the work of all clinicians in the Cal Sports Medicine Program, Dr. Batten will work in collaboration with the school’s High Performance Initiative.

James A. Foley, MD ’03, GME ’08, joined Arrowhead Orthopedics in Redlands, Calif., in August 2009. His focus is on hand and upper extremity surgery. He has also joined the faculty at Loma Linda University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery as an associate professor. Dr. Foley completed the Mary S. Stern Hand Surgery Fellowship in July 2009. He and his wife, Jessica, had their first child, Lachlan James, on Jan. 11, 2010.

Srinivas Erragolla, MD, GME ’05, Fel ’08, is practicing physical medicine and rehabilitation, pain medicine and electrodiagnostic medicine in Dayton, Ohio, in private practice. He was named an America’s Top Physician in 2009 by the Consumers’ Research Council of America. He is married with one daughter.

Vicki L. Anderson, MD, Fel ’08, has been appointed Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at The Medical College of Wisconsin. She serves as the department director for the Medical College’s spinal cord injury medicine fellowship program. She was a fellow in spinal cord injury at the Zablocki VA Medical Center before joining the Medical College faculty. She recently authored a chapter on physical medicine and rehabilitation in The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Medical Specialty.

Denise Teves, MD, MS ’08, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology) at The Medical College of Wisconsin, was selected by The Business Journal to be in its 2010 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. More than 250 people were nominated this year.


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