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Parnell Donahue, MD ’64, GME, 69, wrote a book titled Messengers in Denim: The Amazing Things Parents Can Learn from Teens. The book is being used in conjunction with an initiative called “READS” (Reality Education for Adolescent Development and Success), designed to help parents talk to their children about the dangers of drinking alcohol. Dr. Donahue is a pediatrician in Nashville, Tenn., and previously served as a general medical officer in the U.S. Air Force. He and his wife, Mary, raised four children.

Donald O. Allen, PhD ’67, is doing medical and legal consultation, primarily in malpractice cases. He has participated in nearly 75 cases dealing with pharmacology. Dr. Allen retired after being involved in academic medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine and University of South Carolina School of Medicine.


Harvey Hashimoto, MD ’84, and Alan Kohlhaas, MD ’71 Two Medical College alumni were surprised to find themselves on the same river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam this June. Harvey Hashimoto, MD ’84, and Alan Kohlhaas, MD ’71, enjoy the summer serendipity.

Lawrence Livingston, MD ’75, was named Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in Englewood, N.J. He previously served for 12 years as Chief of Orthopaedics at Pascack Valley Hospital in Westwood, N.J. Dr. Livingston’s practice focuses on knee and shoulder arthroscopic surgery, knee and hip replacement and general adult orthopaedics.

Gregory Rajala, PhD ’76, recently earned the highest teaching honor from Marquette University in Milwaukee, the John P. Raynor, S.J., Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence. Dr. Rajala is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences at Marquette who teaches gross anatomy to professional students in the College of Health Sciences and School of Dentistry. The award commends him for his commitment to students and his ability to communicate anatomical principles. Dr. Rajala is a former member of the U.S. Speed Skating Sports Medicine Team.

Morris T. Reagan, MD ’76, PhD ’65, GME ’80, retired from private practice in radiation oncology in Jackson, Miss., in 1999. Dr. Reagan enjoys traveling, cooking, reading and listening to music.


William Reed, MD ’82William Reed, MD ’82, is a heart surgeon at Harrison HealthPartners Bremerton Cardiothoracic Surgery, which received a top three-star rating by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. It is the second year in a row that Harrison HealthPartners, based in Bremerton, Wash., has received the top rating. Dr. Reed specializes in adult cardiac surgery and belongs to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, American College of Surgeons and American College of Chest Physicians.

Colleen A.F. Lawton, MD ’83, GME ’87, was chosen to be President-Elect of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). She was named a Fellow of ASTRO in 2007. Dr. Lawton has been a faculty member of The Medical College of Wisconsin’s Department of Radiation Oncology since 1987. She currently serves as Clinical Director of Radiation Oncology at the Froedtert & The Medical College Clinical Cancer Center and Director of the Radiation Oncology residency program.  

Brian Bear, MD ’84, GME ’89, received an Alumni Citizenship Award from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, where he earned a BMS Medical Science in 1980. Dr. Bear is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Medical College of Wisconsin and specializes in obstetrics, gynecology and infertility at Aurora Advanced Healthcare in Wauwatosa. He travels to Honduras regularly with the Global Medical Brigade, a program that provides medical services in areas of the world with limited access to health care.  

Paul Knudson, MD ’88, GME ’91, has been appointed Co-director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) of Southeast Wisconsin biomedical informatics key function. Dr. Knudson is Associate Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology, Metabolism and Clinical Nutrition) at The Medical College of Wisconsin.


Jose Franco, MD ’90, GME ’95, Fel ’95, was named the New Curriculum Director at The Medical College of Wisconsin after previously serving as a leader of the New Curriculum and Evaluation Committee. Dr. Franco joined the Medical College faculty in 1995 and is Professor of Medicine and of Pediatrics and Director of Hepatology in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. He will work with the New Curriculum Steering Committee and other faculty groups to focus on the Medical College’s new curriculum. Dr. Franco has received numerous teaching recognitions and awards, including the Ernest O. Henschel Clinical Teaching Award this year.

Robert E. Dedmon, MD, MPH ’91, was inducted as a Fellow of the Faculty of Travel Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, Scotland. Dr. Dedmon is also a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. He practiced general internal medicine at Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah, Wis., from 1964 until 1976. Dr. Dedmon is active in Public/Global Health education and rabies prevention around the world. He is also Clinical Professor at The Medical College of Wisconsin’s Institute for Health and Society’s Global Health Program.

Judith F. Baumhauer, MD, MPH, Fel ’95, was installed as the first woman President of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS). The presidency also includes a seat on the Board of Directors of the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Outreach & Education Fund (OEF). Dr. Baumhauer is Professor of Orthopaedics and Associate Chair of Academic Affairs in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. In 2010 she traveled to Vietnam as a surgical volunteer with the AOFAS Overseas Outreach Project.  

Beth Drolet, MD, GME ’95, was appointed Clinical Vice President of Ambulatory Services at The Medical College of Wisconsin. She is Professor of Dermatology and Section Chief of Pediatric Dermatology at the Medical College, and Medical Director of Dermatology and Birthmarks and Vascular Anomalies at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Dr. Drolet is board certified in dermatology and pediatric dermatology.

Conrad Nievera, MD, GME ’96, has been appointed head of the newly formed comprehensive epilepsy program at Rockwood Clinic in Spokane, Wash.

Kimberly A. Bock, MD ’99, an obstetrician/gynecologist, has joined Women’s Care Physicians and Surgeons in Springfield, Ore.


Eric S. Kanter, MD ’00, Fel ’07, is psychotherapy supervisor of psychiatry residents at The Medical College of Wisconsin and a guest instructor in the Pediatric Psychopharmacology Clinic at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. He serves as President of Milwaukee Psychiatric Physicians Chartered, a private practice consisting of nine clinicians. Dr. Kanter specializes in individual psychotherapy for all ages including preschool, grade school, adolescents and adults. He is experienced in psychotherapy and medication management.

Michael J. McCoy, MS ’01Michael J. McCoy, MS ’01, earned the Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) designation from the American Board of Industrial Hygiene. McCoy is a Project Manager/Toxicologist at GZA GeoEnvironmental in Waukesha, Wis. He works on toxicological dose reconstruction, occupational exposure reconstruction and interpretation of medical and toxicological information for the firm’s occupational health and litigation support practices.

Kambiz K. Rezaie, MD ’02, GME ’03, is currently on staff at Kaiser Permanente in Panorama City, Calif. Dr. Rezaie finished a fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at the Los Angeles County – University of Southern California Medical Center/Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles in 2010 and was Chief Fellow in that year.

Jennifer M. Rubatt, MD ’02, joined the Gynecologic Oncology Program at Cancer Centers of North Carolina (CCNC). Her practice focuses on treating patients with gynecologic malignancies. Dr. Rubatt completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Medical College of Virginia and a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Frank Bishop, MD ’04, has joined the practice of Northern Rockies Neurosurgical Associates in Kalispell, Mont. Dr. Bishop specializes in spine and general cranial neurosurgery. He recently completed a spine fellowship at the Neurological Institute at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio.

James Modir, MD ’03, GME ’04, is Director of Interventional Ultrasound for Chronic Pain at the University of California-San Diego Moores Cancer Center. Dr. Modir is also an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology in the Division of Pain Medicine at UC San Diego, where he practices and teaches anesthesiology and pain medicine. He is a father of twin girls.

N. Christian Busk, MD ’04, is in the U.S. Air Force Reserves as a flight surgeon after being on active duty for six years, during which time he served as staff physician at Hill Air Force Base in northern Utah. Dr. Busk currently practices family medicine at the St. George Clinic in St. George, Utah. He and his wife, Becca, have four children.

Julie Otto Laidig, MD ’05, is an Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Hospitalist at Regions Hospital in Saint Paul, Minn. Dr. Laidig completed her residency at the University of Minnesota in 2009.

Matthew T. Gill, MD ’06, joined the staff of Ark-La-Tex Ear, Nose & Throat in Shreveport, La., after completing a residency in otolaryngology – head and neck surgery at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center.

Michael Sanders, MD ’07, was married to Kristen Erickson on Sept. 19, 2011, in Estes Park, Colo. Dr. Sanders is a fourth-year radiology resident at the Kansas University School of Medicine in Wichita. He will begin a neuroradiology fellowship next year at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oaks, Mich.

Lisa Benz, MD ’08, recently began a pediatric hospital medicine fellowship at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, Calif. Dr. Benz completed her residency at the Stanford School of Medicine.

Kristin R. O’Dell, MD ’08, is midway through a fellowship with Via Christi Family Medicine Residency Program. The program includes seven months of specialized study in tropical medicine, trauma, orthopaedics, burn care, anesthesia, radiology, ultrasonography, echocardiology and dental care. Dr. O’Dell will spend the final five months of her fellowship providing medical service at a hospital in Zimbabwe or Kenya. She completed a family medicine residency at La Crosse-Mayo in La Crosse, Wis.

Lance M. Retherford, MD ’08, was appointed Chief Resident in the University of California – San Francisco’s Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care. Following his residency, Dr. Retherford will go to Columbia University Medical Center to complete fellowships in critical care medicine and cardiothoracic anesthesia.


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