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Peter M. Sanfelippo, MD ’65, is Medical Director of the Occupational Medicine Center in Tyler, Texas. He has earned board certification by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in the specialties of preventive medicine and occupational medicine. He is also board-certified in general surgery, thoracic and cardiac surgery and general vascular surgery.


James G. Schwade, MD ’73James G. Schwade, MD ’73, was reappointed to the Florida Cancer Control and Research Advisory Council for a second term. Dr. Schwade is the Executive Director of the CyberKnife Center of Miami and the CyberKnife Center of Palm Beach. An internationally recognized radiation oncologist, he is Clinical Professor of Radiation Oncology at the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami, where he was the first Chairman of Radiation Oncology. He also holds appointments as Clinical Professor in the Department of Radiology and Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Florida International University.

Rodney W. Malinowski, MD ’75, has been elected President of the Wisconsin Surgical Society – Wisconsin Chapter of the American College of Surgeons for the 2010-2011 term. He currently practices general and hand surgery at the Mile Bluff Medical Center in Mauston, Wis. He and his wife, Mary, recently welcomed their first grandchild, Greta Claire, who was born in Columbus, Ohio, to their daughter, Laurel Slaughter, MD, GME ’06, and son-in-law.

Michael A. Love, MD, GME ’76, Fel ’78Michael A. Love, MD, GME ’76, Fel ’78, of Cardiovascular Care Consultants has joined the University of Tennessee-Erlanger cardiology physician practice. Dr. Love is board-certified in cardiovascular diseases and internal medicine and will be practicing at the Erlanger Baroness Campus in Chattanooga, Tenn.


Mary Horowitz, MD ’80, GME ’89, MS ’91Mary Horowitz, MD ’80, GME ’89, MS ’91, was the 2010 recipient of the American Society of Hematology Mentor Award. The award recognizes scientists who have dedicated their life to the process of guiding, supporting and promoting the training and career development of junior colleagues. Dr. Horowitz studies the effectiveness of transplantation as a treatment for life-threatening diseases such as leukemia, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and other cancers. She is the Robert A. Uihlein Jr. Professor of Hematologic Research and scientific director of the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research at The Medical College of Wisconsin.

Thomas Zoch, MD ’83, was recently named Associate Medical Director of Network Health Plan in Menasha, Wis. He served as Medical Director of Miller Electric from 2005-2010, as team physician for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers minor league baseball team from 1995-2005, and as Medical Director of Theda Clark Medical Center emergency department in Neenah, Wis., from 1997-2003. He has lived in the Fox Cities area of Wisconsin for more than 15 years.

Philip S. Clifford, PhD ’85, co-wrote an article that was selected by Science Careers as one of the top career-related articles of 2010. The article, titled “Perspective: Top 10 Tips for Mentors,” was co-written with Joan Lakoski, PhD, of University of Pittsburgh, and originally published on Oct. 8, 2010, on the Clinical and Translational Science Network. Dr. Clifford is Professor of Anesthesiology and Physiology and Associate Dean of Postdoctoral Education at The Medical College of Wisconsin. The Science Careers blog is published by the journal Science.

Theodore G. MacKinney, MD ’85, MPH, was awarded the Wisconsin chapter of the American College of Physician’s 2010 Addis Costello prize. The award honors the memory of Dr. Addis Costello, a Milwaukee physician leader who worked to address socioeconomic factors affecting the practice of internal medicine. Dr. MacKinney has traveled to Nepal to develop health services in resource-poor settings as founder and director of Living River Health Services. His work in Nepal includes starting a teaching and mission hospital, directing two hospitals, managing hospital staff and establishing the first diabetes specialty clinic in the country. Dr. MacKinney is Associate Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine) at The Medical College of Wisconsin. He directs the continuity clinic experience for the Internal Medicine Residency Program and practices primary care at the General Internal Medicine Clinic at Froedtert Hospital.

Gail Jacobson McNutt, MD ’85, Fel ’91, accepted an Associate Chief of Staff position at the William S. Middleton Memorial VA Hospital in Madison, Wis. She is relocating from the VA Appleton Clinic in Appleton, Wis., where she has lived for the past 10 years. She is an internist specializing in allergy and immunology.

Holly Maes, MD ’85, GME ’88, recently relocated to Danville, Ill. with her husband, Rich, to practice at Danville Pediatric Center in general and behavioral pediatrics. She has four children who live across the Midwest.

Tom P. Aufderheide, MD, GME ’86, received the 2010 DeVilbiss Literary Award for his paper titled, “Implementing the 2005 American Heart Association Guidelines, Including Use of the Impedance Threshold Device, Improves Hospital Discharge Rate After In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest.” The literary award recognized the best paper to address new technology or a new application of current technology published in the science journal Respiratory Care. The award was presented by the American Respiratory Care Foundation at the American Association for Respiratory Care’s 56th International Respiratory Congress in December 2010.

Erik Stene, MD, GME ’86, is in private practice with Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, Minn., and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He is also Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Anesthesiology. He recently resigned as the Medical Director of Anesthesia at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and the Chief of Pediatric Anesthesia after 16 years in these roles. In his spare time, Dr. Stene enjoys bird watching and time with family. He and his wife, Lisa, have three adult daughters.

Varonica Barr Dixon, MD ’87, is currently the Chair of a nine-person pediatric department in an independent practice organization in southern California consisting of more than 120 physicians. She is currently overseeing the initiation of an electronic medical records system.


Neil Farber, MD ’90, PhD ’88, GME ’93 

Neil Farber, MD ’90, PhD ’88, GME ’93, recently published a book titled The Blame Game: The Complete Guide to Blaming: How to Play and How to Quit, with Bascom Hill Publishing. The book instructs readers how to improve their health, well-being, relationships and careers by accepting responsibility and avoiding the placement of blame. Dr. Farber is Associate Professor of Pediatrics, of Pharmacology and Toxicology, and of Anesthesiology at The Medical College of Wisconsin. He practices pediatric anesthesiology at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Dr. Farber writes the “blaming” section for the Psychology Today Web site and is involved in international medical missions for children, to which a portion of all book profits are donated.

Jon Lehrmann, MD ’90, GME ’94Jon Lehrmann, MD ’90, GME ’94, was appointed Interim Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at The Medical College of Wisconsin in September 2010. It is expected to be a two-year appointment. Dr. Lehrmann joined the Medical College faculty in 1999 and is Associate Professor of Psychiatry. His leadership and program development experience includes: Acute Care Program Manager (Managed Mental Health Inpatient Unit and Mental Health Consultation-Liaison Service at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center) Mental Health Division from 1996-2005; Division Manager, Mental Health Division at the VA Medical Center since January 2009; Director of Junior Clerkship from 1995-1998; Associate Director of Residency from 1998-2005; Director of Residency Training 2005-2009 in Psychiatry and Behavioral Health. His research interests are in the pharmacologic treatment of bipolar disorders, schizophrenia and psychiatric education.

Elizabeth Ashworth, MD, Fel ’91, was hired at Hays Medical Center in Hays, Kan., as a cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon in January 2011. She will perform many types of heart procedures, including bypass, valve and lung surgeries. Dr. Ashworth comes to Hays from Indianapolis but practiced as a heart surgeon in Wichita, Kan., in the early 1990s.

Hara Levy, MD ’91, GME ’96Hara Levy, MD ’91, GME ’96, has received a prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s New Innovator Award accompanied by a five year, $2.25 million grant from the NIH Office of the Director to study genetic factors that impact severity of cystic fibrosis.
Dr. Levy is Assistant Professor of Pediatric Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine at the College and a clinician-researcher in pulmonary diseases at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. While the median age of survival is only 38 years, there is a range of disease severity among patients with cystic fibrosis, an inherited disorder caused by mutations in the CFTR gene. Using modern genetic typing and innovative genomic technologies, Dr. Levy will identify the genetic factors that play a major role in lung disease severity among patients with identical CFTR mutations. The resulting data will help characterize the genes involved in the early development of lung infections.

Bhavna Sheth, MD ’92, GME ’96, was elected a member-elect of the American Board of Ophthalmology’s Board of Directors. She will serve a four-year term on the board beginning in 2012. She has served the board previously as an examiner for the oral board exam, a mentor for new oral board examiners and an item writer for the maintenance of certification exam. Dr. Sheth is Professor of Ophthalmology at The Medical College of Wisconsin.

Mahadevappa Mahesh, PhD, MS ’94, was recently interviewed about airport scanners by various newspapers and TV stations, including PBS and Voice of America. His book, MDCT Physics: The Basics – Technology, Image Quality and Radiation Dose, which was published in 2009, is now translated into Japanese and being published by Medical Sciences International, LTD, in Tokyo.

Larry Bucshon, MD, Fel ’95 (R-IN), took office in January in the U.S. House of Representatives – 112th Congress. He spent his career specializing in cardiothoracic surgery and has performed hundreds of heart surgeries. He has been President of Ohio Valley HeartCare in Evansville, Ind., and serves as Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Medical Director of the open heart recovery intensive care unit at St. Mary’s Hospital, also in Evansville.

Manish J. Gharia, MD ’96, GME ’01, currently practices Mohs micrographic surgery with Madison Medical Affiliates in Milwaukee. He is Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology at The Medical College of Wisconsin and also the Director of Dermatologic Surgery at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center. He is the outgoing President of the Wisconsin Dermatological Society, dermatology representative to the Wisconsin Medical Society.

Judy E. Kim, MD, GME ’96, received the Senior Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). The award is given to individuals who make exceptional contributions to the academy as an instructor, presenter, by serving on committees, and by assisting in other academy efforts. She was also chosen to give the inaugural Dong Shin Memorial Lecture at the 2010 Korean-American Ophthalmological Society meeting, held in conjunction with the AAO’s annual meeting. Dr. Kim is Professor of Ophthalmology at The Medical College of Wisconsin.


Darcy Lesniak (Fechner), MD ’00, GME ’03, married Dan Lesniak on Aug. 13, 2010. She continues to practice pediatrics in Germantown, Wis.

Dean Olson, MD ’00, is attending Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, where he is completing a NASA Aerospace Medicine residency and masters program.

Sarah C. Campbell, MD ’01, GME ’04, has been practicing with Affinity Health System in Appleton, Wis., as a pediatrician since October 2008, following fulfillment of her four-year National Health Service Corps commitment. She is actively involved with the Wisconsin chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She and her husband, Ben, welcomed their daughter, Stella, in January 2010. They also have two other children, Mason and Sadie.

Nicholas Laffely, MD ’01, an interventional cardiologist, has been appointed to the medical staff of Central Maine Medical Center, in Lewiston, Maine, on the Heart and Vascular Institute team. He recently served as a cardiologist and research fellow at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., and completed a residency in internal medicine at Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He did metabolism and lipid research as a fellow at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo. Dr. Laffely is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology.

Samantha Hill, MD ’03, Fel ’10, was appointed Assistant Professor of Dermatology at The Medical College of Wisconsin and to the medical staff of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Dr. Hill came to The Medical College as a pediatric dermatology fellow in 2009 after completing residencies at St. Louis University Hospital and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. She specializes in the treatment of hyperhidrosis.

Mark Kromer, MD ’03, recently completed a six-month tour of duty at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan with the U.S. Air Force. In addition to his treatment of soldiers’ war-related injuries, he was also involved with outpatient surgery for people in the Afghan community. In November, he returned to his home base in Landstuhl, Germany. Dr. Kromer completed his residency at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, Calif., and the University of California Davis.

James LaBelle, MD ’03, PhD ’01, a pediatric hematologist/oncologist is currently an instructor in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and an attending physician at Children’s Hospital Boston and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Mass.

Melissa M. Agoudemos, MD ’04, PhD ’02Melissa M. Agoudemos, MD ’04, PhD ’02, has joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, specializing in pediatric cardiology. She was recruited as part of St. John’s Children’s Hospital, a joint endeavor of SIU and St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. In 2010, Dr. Agoudemos finished a three-year fellowship in pediatric cardiology at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital in Iowa City, where she also completed her pediatric residency in 2007.

M. Todd Burtis, MD ’04, recently became a staff radiologist at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in Fort Bliss, Texas. He completed his residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, in diagnostic radiology in 2010.

Marty Muntz, MD, GME ’04, was named the 2010 Young Internist of the Year by the Wisconsin Chapter of the American College of Physicians. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to patient care and medical education. It was presented at Wisconsin’s ACP annual meeting in September 2010. He has also received the Medical College Department of Medicine’s Top Ten Teaching Award and the Edward J. Lennon Endowed Clinical Teacher Award. Dr. Muntz is Assistant Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine) at The Medical College of Wisconsin. His educational work has focused on ambulatory medicine and fourth-year students.

Ami Talati, MD ’04, is currently practicing allergy and immunology in a private practice with Oak Brook Allergists in Oak Brook, Ill.

Richard Pretorius, MD, MPH ’05, has been appointed Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio. He previously served as Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Pretorius earned the Innovation Award in Medical Education from the Association of American Medical Colleges in 2009. He publishes and presents extensively in the areas of medical education, rural medicine and family medicine.

Kelly (Chmielewski) Milewski, MD ’06, and Christopher Milewski welcomed their first child, Anthony Christopher, on Dec. 16, 2010. He weighed 7 pounds, 5.5 ounces, and was 20 inches long.

Robert Jeremy Nichols, PhD ’06, recently joined The Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center in Sunnyvale, Calif. Dr. Nichols previously completed post-doctoral training at the Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation Unit in Dundee, Scotland, which is known for its work on signal transduction by kinases. Dr. Nichols’ research focuses on Leucine Rich Repeat Kinase 2 (LRRK2), in which inherited mutations have been shown to cause Parkinson’s disease. He is working to understand the molecular role of LRRK2 to develop therapies that prevent disease onset.

Laurel Slaughter, MD, GME ’06, and her husband, Jon Slaughter, MD, announce the recent birth of their daughter, Greta Claire. The Drs. Slaughter are both pediatric specialists on The Ohio State University medical faculty.

Herman Dave, MD ’07, will begin a musculoskeletal radiology fellowship in 2012 after completing his radiology residency at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee.

Abigail Deyo, MD ’07, GME ’10Abigail Deyo, MD ’07, GME ’10, was appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine) at The Medical College of Wisconsin and to the medical staff of Froedtert Hospital.

Katarzyna (Kasia) Broniowska, PhD ’08, received the Edward J. Lennon, MD Award for Outstanding Woman Postdoctoral Researcher at the fourth annual Women Pioneers in Research awards held in October 2010. The award is part of The Medical College of Wisconsin’s annual Women in Science series. Dr. Broniowska is a postdoctoral fellow in the Medical College’s Department of Biophysics.

Melissa DuBois, MD, GME ’09, was appointed Assistant Professor of Radiology at The Medical College of Wisconsin and to the medical staff of Froedtert Hospital. She completed a fellowship in musculoskeletal radiology and has been an instructor at The Medical College of Wisconsin since 2009.

Gregory Thom, MD ’09, and Lisa (Rhyner) Thom, MD ’09, announce the birth of their daughter, Amelia Ruth, on Dec. 7, 2010. Gregory is a resident in general surgery and Lisa is a resident in psychiatry, both at the University of California Irvine.

Amy Guise, MD, GME ’10Amy Guise, MD, GME ’10, was appointed Assistant Professor of Urology at The Medical College of Wisconsin and to the medical staff of Froedtert Hospital. Dr. Guise specializes in treatment of kidney stones.

Catharine D. Malmsten, MD, Fel ’10Catharine D. Malmsten, MD, Fel ’10, was appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular) at The Medical College of Wisconsin and to the medical staff at Froedtert Hospital. During her cardiology fellowship at the Medical College, she served as chair of the Underrepresented in Medicine Housestaff Committee. Her clinical interests include women and cardiovascular disease, preventive cardiology, oncocardiology, coronary artery disease and heart failure.

Oleg (Alec) Vishnevsky, MD ’10, is currently training in the emergency medicine/internal medicine residency program at Hennepin County Medical Center in Golden Valley, Minn.


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