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Peter M. Sanfelippo, MD ’65, opened an occupational medicine practice in Tyler, Texas, after recently earning a Master of Science in Environmental Sciences. He had been in surgical practice for 40 years. He became certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in Occupational Medicine in 2010.


John M. Amatruda, MD ’70, was appointed Chair of the Science and Medical Advisory Board of Metabolic Solutions Development Company in Kalamazoo, Mich. The drug discovery and development company exploits novel molecular targets to treat metabolic diseases. Dr. Amatruda was previously Vice President of Clinical Development for Metabolism, Atherosclerosis and Cardiovascular at Merck & Co., Inc., and also served as Vice President at Bayer Corp.

James T. Breeden, MD ’70James T. Breeden, MD ’70, has been elected President-elect of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Breeden is President of the Carson Medical Group, in Carson City, Nev. He has practiced as an OB/GYN there for 35 years, and for the past eight years, has specialized in women’s office care and gynecologic surgery. Dr. Breeden was also Chief of Staff at Carson Tahoe Hospital, Chair of its OB-GYN department, and a 10-year member of its executive board.

Philip Lucas, MD ’73, recently received Rhode Island Hospital’s Milton Hamolsky Physician Award for leadership commitment to patient care and hospital and community service. He is an orthopaedic spine surgeon at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, R.I. Dr. Lucas has clinical interests in treating patients with severe injuries and deformities. In addition to his practice, Dr. Lucas is Associate Clinical Professor of Orthopaedics at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and an examiner for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Stephen Hargarten, MD ’75, MPH, has been selected as a Johns Hopkins Scholar. The Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars honors former postdoctoral fellows and junior or visiting faculty of Johns Hopkins University who have shown distinction and excellence in their fields of study. Dr. Hargarten is Chairman and Professor of Emergency Medicine, Director of the Injury Research Center and Associate Dean of the Global Health Program, all at The Medical College of Wisconsin.

Anthony “Ty” Linn, MD ’75, a surgeon, received a “Touching Lives Award” for lifetime achievement in the community from the Horizon Grief Resource Center of Brown Deer, Wis.

Lyle Henry, MD, GME ’77, a surgeon, received a “Touching Lives Award” for lifetime achievement in the community from the Horizon Grief Resource Center of Brown Deer, Wis.

Sridhar V. Vasudevan, MD, GME ’77, received a Meritorious Service Award from the Wisconsin Medical Society on April 7, 2011. Dr. Vasudevan received the award for six years of service on the Wisconsin Medical Society Board of Directors, including six years on its finance committee, three years as vice-chair, and three years on the audit committee. Dr. Vasudevan also was selected for “Best Doctors in America” for 2011-12.

Laurel Preheim, MD, GME ’76, Fel ’78, of Omaha, Neb., is a recent winner of Bethel College’s 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award. He was Chief of Medicine at the Department of Veterans Affairs Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System and retired in July 2010 after 32 years. As a physician, researcher, scholar and professor, Dr. Preheim has served in numerous leadership capacities at both the Creighton University School of Medicine and the University of Nebraska College of Medicine (now part-time at each), particularly in infectious diseases, medical microbiology and immunology.

David Clough, PhD ’79, joined the intellectual property practice of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, in Chicago. Dr. Clough will do transactional patent work and litigation for the Philadelphia-based firm. His clients’ technologies include gene therapy, genetic engineering, genetically engineered plants and animals, and medical devices.

Steven Leven, MD ’79, GME ’82, Fel ’84, is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California at Irvine, Intensive Care Unit Director and Director of Pulmonary and Clinical Care Training for residents and fellows, both at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center in Long Beach, Calif. He was named Long Beach Memorial Medical Center’s Physician of the Year in 2009. He has three adult children and enjoys photography and traveling with his wife, Sue.


Janis Orlowski, MD ’82, was honored with the College of Engineering Service Award from the Marquette University Alumni Association in April. Dr. Orlowski is Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. There, she is developing a regional distributed care network by integrating several clinical, research and educational programs from Washington Hospital Center, Georgetown University Hospital and two other medical facilities. Additionally, she is bringing an obstetrical program to an underserved area in the district with the nation’s highest infant mortality rate.

Carol Meils, MD ’83Carol Meils, MD ’83, was awarded a Champion in Women’s Health Award for excellence in cardiovascular disease by the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation. Dr. Meils is the retired former Chief of Cardiovascular Services at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-All Saints in Racine, Wis. She helped develop the system’s congestive heart failure program in Racine and later in Milwaukee. She has served as Director of Cardiac Catheterization at Wheaton Franciscan-St. Joseph Campus in Milwaukee and Director of the Cardiovascular Institute at All Saints. She was also Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at The Medical College of Wisconsin and board member of Physician’s Insurance Company of Wisconsin.

Beth Erickson Wittmann, MD ’84, GME ’88Beth Erickson Wittmann, MD ’84, GME ’88, was honored for outstanding volunteerism and community leadership by the Women and Girls Fund of Waukesha County in May. Dr. Erickson Wittmann is Professor of Radiation Oncology at The Medical College of Wisconsin and specializes in the treatment of gynecologic cancers, gastrointestinal cancers and tumors of the eye.

R. Matthew Walsh, MD ’85, has been named Chair of the General Surgery Department of the Digestive Institute of Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Walsh served as interim department chair since November 2010 and has been in the Department of General Surgery at Cleveland Clinic for nearly 20 years. His interests are in minimally invasive and pancreatic surgery, as well as surgical education.

Joe Layde, MD, GME ’86, has been elected President of the Wisconsin Psychiatric Association and will serve a two-year term. Dr. Layde is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine and Vice Chair of Education in the department at The Medical College of Wisconsin.

Steven Simonson, MD ’86, was recently appointed Vice President of Clinical Development at Agennix AG, a biopharmaceutical company. Dr. Simonson will lead the company’s sepsis development program with talactoferrin, an oral therapy being developed for non-small cell lung cancer and severe sepsis. Prior to the appointment, Dr. Simonson held several senior positions at AstraZeneca, and also had several academic positions at Duke University Medical Center.

Michael Illingworth, MD ’88, is in private OB/GYN practice in Fresno, Calif. He is also a referee for high school football. He and his wife have four daughters and two grandchildren.


Paul C. McCormick, MD, GME ’90Paul C. McCormick, MD, GME ’90, was named President of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. A member of the organization since 1992, Dr. McCormick previously served one year as President-elect and three years as Treasurer. He has been on the staff of Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center since 1990. In 2006, he was appointed Professor of Clinical Neurological Surgery at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. His research, clinical and teaching interests focus on evaluation and management of disorders of the spine and spinal cord, including tumors and vascular malformations.

Joseph E. Kerschner, MD ’90, was elected President-elect of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology in May. He previously served as ASPO Secretary. Dr. Kerschner is Interim Dean and Executive Vice President and Professor of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences at The Medical College of Wisconsin.

Naomi Shields, MD, GME ’92, was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Shields is in private practice in Wichita, Kan., specializing in the foot and ankle, and serves as Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

David Gourlay, MD ’97, Fel ’06, received the Brave Heart Health Care Award from the American Red Cross in Southeastern Wisconsin. The award honors individuals who have prevented life-threatening situations from occurring, contributed to the safety of others, or saved a life. Dr. Gourlay is Assistant Professor of Pediatric Surgery at The Medical College of Wisconsin and Medical Director of Trauma at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. He is also a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves.

George H. Waxter, MD ’97, spent the last year in Tasmania in a locum tenens position as a hospitalist in outpatient clinics while also teaching medical students and trainees. Prior, he held a year-long locum tenens post in Hawaii.

Adrian Miranda, MD ’98, GME ’01, received the basic science Junior Investigator Award at the 9th International Symposium on Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders held in Milwaukee. Dr. Miranda is Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Gastroenterology) at The Medical College of Wisconsin. His research focuses on visceral pain and functional bowel disorders.

Scott M. Jensen, MD ’99, is in solo family medicine practice in Queen Creek, Ariz. He and his wife, Debra, have five children.


Jeff Huebner, MD ’01, is a full-time family physician and East Clinic Site Chief at Group Health Cooperative in Madison, Wis. He serves on the state legislature’s Special Committee on Health Care Reform Implementation and is a founding member of the National Physicians Alliance.

Matthew C. Carnahan, MD, GME ’02, recently moved to Bodega Bay, Calif., and is Chief of Ophthalmology in Santa Rosa, Calif., as well as Chair of Chiefs of Ophthalmology for Northern California Kaiser, part of The Permanente Medical Group. He and his wife, Erica, have three children.

Amitpal Johal, MD ’03, welcomed his second child on May 3, 2011, a son named Aamar. Dr. Johal is an advanced endoscopist at Geisinger Medical Center near Danville, Pa. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor at Temple University School of Medicine.

Travis Groth, MD, GME ’08, Fel ’09, has been appointed Assistant Professor of Urology at The Medical College of Wisconsin and to the medical staff of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.


Timothy P. Bruce, MD ’10, is finishing his first year of residency at Naval Medical Center near San Diego. He has been selected for Undersea Medical Officer training at the Naval Undersea Medical Institute in Groton, Conn., and Panama City, Fla.


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Dear Dr. Ryan and alumni of all eras
07-29-2011  2:51:53 PM

Alumni News is interested in all of our alumni. We predominantly rely on alumni sending info about yourselves for Alumni Notes, or announcements from employers & professional societies. We encourage alumni of all classes to contact us with your news.

ed ryan
07-28-2011  5:22:35 PM

news from the 50's would be appreciated

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