MCW Alumni News

2011 Stories

Alumni doctors fill voids across the globe

Some fill openings in their own communities. Others practice medicine across the globe. Some are just beginning their careers. Others are finding new passion post-retirement. In all cases, alumni in locum tenens and other traveling roles enjoy the go-go lifestyle.

Adaptive optics redefines imaging

Conceived first as an astronomy technique to view space more clearly, then as a method for acquiring better satellite pictures, adaptive optics is redefining what is possible in ocular imaging. Dr. Joseph Carroll is helping build a unique program at the Medical College and is a key member of the first team to image the tiny rods of the eye.

New partnership formed in Belize

The Medical College of Wisconsin’s Global Health Program is forging new partnerships to advance education, research, clinical care and public and community health training. A new collaboration joins the College with Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize around the areas of emergency medicine, injury prevention, pediatric intensive care and health professional education.

Curbing AIDS in Haiti

For a quarter century, Dr. Antoine Augustin has helped the underserved in Haiti access critical health care resources. He founded the MARCH Foundation, which is currently engaged in a partnership to prevent the transmission of HIV/AIDS and improve care for those affected.

Alumnus Profile - Arthur W. Kaemmer

Throughout his training and practice, pediatrician Arthur Kaemmer, MD, observed how frightening the hospital experience can be for kids, and he took measures to lessen their worry. He and his wife recently endowed the Kaemmer Professorship in Pediatrics: The “Super Kid” Chair in Special Needs at The Medical College of Wisconsin to inspire and implement creative programs that improve morale and quality of life for hospitalized children.

Alumni discover value in bequests

The most popular planned charitable gift is also the simplest. By establishing a bequest, alumni ensure a lasting legacy while helping the Medical College reach its potential.

Prepare wisely for med school admissions

Although gaining admission to The Medical College of Wisconsin may feel like a daunting task, there are several things an applicant to the medical school can do to be competitive in the application process.

Family physician named trustee

Thomas G. Wittmann, MD, has been appointed the Medical College of Wisconsin/Marquette Medical Alumni Association’s representative on the Medical College’s Board of Trustees. He will serve a three year term.

Getting Out Alive 11 Fall-Winter

Featuring the comic strip series created by Teresa Camille Maatman, MD '11

Alumni Notes 11 Fall-Winter

Professional and personal accomplishments and activities of Medical College of Wisconsin alumni

In Memoriam 11 Fall-Winter

Obituaries of Medical College of Wisconsin, Marquette School of Medicine, and Marquette University School of Medicine alumni

Rad Onc Chair named honorary alumnus

For his exemplary work as a physician and his commitment to education, J. Frank Wilson, MD, was named an Honorary Alumnus of The Medical College of Wisconsin this year. Dr. Wilson is Chairman and the Bernard & Miriam Peck Family Professor in Radiation Oncology at the Medical College.

State medical society president is alumnus

Medical College of Wisconsin alumnus Dr. George M. Lange has been elected President of the Wisconsin Medical Society. Other alumni, faculty and students were also chosen for leadership positions in the Society.

Commencement nuggets

Commencement was held for graduates of The Medical College of Wisconsin on May 20, 2011, at the Milwaukee Theatre. A total of 275 degrees were awarded to students of the Medical School and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, consisting of 206 MD, 21 PhD, 25 MS, 12 MA, and 11 MPH degrees.

Senior Dinner highlights

The Senior Awards Dinner for the Medical School Class of 2011 was held May 19, 2011, at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee. The night was an opportunity to celebrate four years of accomplishment with friends and family.

Match Day results

On Match Day, graduating medical students nationwide found out where they will be serving residency training. Of the 206 graduating seniors at the Medical College, 198 students obtained first-year residency positions through the Match. Of the remaining eight students, three obtained positions outside the match and five students decided to defer their residency.

Concussions in athletics commanding attention

Awareness of sports-related concussions and their potential long-term effects has increased greatly due to emphasis by the National Football League as it pertains to the health of its players and ensuing national media coverage. Athletes of any age risk concussion, and improving outcomes is as much about truthful self-reporting as it is about medical advances. Alumni who treat concussion patients note the challenges of diagnosis and treatment of an injury for which there is no definitive test.

Brain's functional connections hold insight

Born more than 15 years ago at the Medical College, functional connectivity MRI measures the strength of the connection between two functionally related regions in the brain while the body is at rest. Alumni Dr. Bharat Biswal, who helped develop the science, and Dr. Christopher Pawela, who furthered the work, are advancing national interest in the technique and beginning to tap the vast potential of the technology for diagnosis and evaluation of disease.

Education personal for Graduate School dean

Dr. Ravi Misra was appointed Dean of the Medical College’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences last year, but he has been actively working to advance scientific education since he first arrived at the College 17 years ago. He believes strongly in personalized educational experiences and is excited for the continued growth potential of Graduate School programs.

State medical society honors alumni

For three consecutive years, alumni of Medical College of Wisconsin programs have been honored by the Wisconsin Medical Society as Physician Citizens of the Year. Dr. James Allen, Dr. Edward Cody and Dr. Peggy Stickney earned the distinction for different reasons, but each is contributing something unique toward bettering their communities.

Alumnus Profile - Dr. James Thomas

Physician-scientist-entrepreneur and Union Grove native Dr. James P. Thomas has returned to Wisconsin with an unwavering commitment to earning The Medical College of Wisconsin a designation as a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Comprehensive Cancer Center. He will lead the effort to develop the Cancer Center’s Clinical Trials Office.

Kerschner appointed Interim Dean

Alumnus Joseph E. Kerschner, MD, has been named Interim Dean and Executive Vice President of The Medical College of Wisconsin.

Soldiers' laptops replaced after attack

The 911th Forward Surgical Team lost most of its personal possessions in a September rocket attack in Iraq. The Medical College departments of Surgery, Pediatrics, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, however, teamed with Tushaus Computer Services to donate nine computers to the Soldiers who lost theirs.

Z is for the last Marquette medical graduate

Owing to his last name and the alphabetic conferral of diplomas, Herbert J. Zimmers, MD ’70, GME ’76, was the last medical student to receive his medical degree from the Marquette School of Medicine. He retired Dec. 31.

Recent graduate starts diversity projects fund

Dr. Clarence Monteclaro started the Monteclaro Cultural & Community Medicine Annual Grant Fund at The Medical College of Wisconsin to promote local cultural identity and address local health interests among varied ethnic groups in Milwaukee.

Alumni Notes 11Spring

Professional and personal accomplishments and activities of Medical College of Wisconsin alumni

In Memoriam 11Spring

Obituaries of Medical College of Wisconsin, Marquette School of Medicine, and Marquette University School of Medicine alumni

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