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Frederick Osborne, MD ’63, has joined the staff of the Angels Camp Family Medical Center in Calaveras County, Calif. He joined the Mark Twain St. Joseph’s Hospital system in 2003 and most recently was practicing at the Valley Springs Family Medical Center. Prior to that, he was in private practice as a pediatrician in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 35 years.

Stuart D. Wilson, MD, GME ’65, received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Wilson is Professor of Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Donald Gore, MD, GME ’68, retired in December from a 43-year career in orthopaedic surgery. Dr. Gore treated patients at Sheboygan Orthopaedic Associates in Sheboygan, Wis. He also spent time teaching residents at the Medical College of Wisconsin and performing clinical research. He remains active at the Medical College as the alumni representative for the Admissions Committee. Dr. Gore estimates that he completed more than 600 cervical spine surgeries and 13,000 other orthopaedic-related operations during his career.


Carlyle H. Chan, MD ’75, received the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Academic Psychiatry. He is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, and Bioethics and Medical Humanities in the Institute for Health and Society at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Chan also was appointed Co-Chair of the Joint Working Group for Maintenance of Certification Continuing Medical Association, a joint effort of the American Board of Medical Specialties and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.

Stephen Hargarten, MD ’75, MPH, was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors in the field of health and medicine. Dr. Hargarten is Professor and Chairman of Emergency Medicine, Director of the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Injury Research Center and serves as Associate Dean for Global Health. He joined the Medical College faculty in 1989. Dr. Hargarten also is the founding president of the Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research and a past president of the Association of Academic Chairs of Emergency Medicine. He has published more than 100 research articles, editorials and chapters.

Steven E. Larson, MD ’75, GME ’78, Fel ’80, was elected Chair of the California Medical Association Board of Trustees. Dr. Larson is the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Riverside Medical Clinic. He also is Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and a Clinical Professor of Biomedical Sciences at the University of California at Riverside. Dr. Larson is board-certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases and serves as a delegate to the American Medical Association. He enjoys mountain climbing and traveling with his wife and three children.

Clarence Chou, MD ’77, Fel ’83, is President-Elect of the American Medical Association Foundation Board of Directors. Dr. Chou is a staff psychiatrist at the Behavioral Health Division, Milwaukee County and an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is board-certified in general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry.  He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and serves on numerous boards and committees including the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Wisconsin Medical Society, Medical Society of Milwaukee County and the United Way of Greater Milwaukee. Dr. Chou also served on the City of Milwaukee’s Mayor’s Commission on Crime.

Sridhar V. Vasudevan, MD, GME ’77, was awarded the Distinguished Member Award by the Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Vasudevan is Clinical Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Medical Director of the Center for Pain Rehabilitation at Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls, Wis. He is currently Chair of the Occupational Medicine Section of the Wisconsin Medical Society and the Wisconsin Medical Society Political Action Committee. Dr. Vasudevan is Past President of the Wisconsin Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the Waukesha County Medical Society and the American Board of Pain Medicine. He has authored numerous publications including 18 chapters as well as his own book, PAIN: A Four Letter Word You Can Live With.


Bruce F. Corsello, MD, GME ’80, Fel ’83, has completed 25 years of medical practice in Rochester, N.Y., where he resides with his wife (former WAMH RN Marguerite Muntean). Their two sons are physicians. Steven completed his internal medicine residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital in 2011, where he is now a subspecialty fellow. Paul is a second-year internal medicine resident at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor.

Mary Horowitz, MD ’80, GME ’89, MS ’91, received a 2011 Women Pioneers in Research award from the Medical College of Wisconsin.  Dr. Horowitz is Chief Scientific Director of the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research and the Robert A. Uihlein, Jr. Professor in Hematologic Research at the Medical College.

José Luna, MD ’80, was a nominee for 2011 Person of the Year in El Paso, Texas. Dr. Luna is Chief Medical Officer at Centro San Vicente, which operates three health care clinics including one for the homeless. He also serves as Chair of El Paso County’s University Medical Center Board of Managers. Dr. Luna received the Oak of Justice Award in 2006 by the El Paso Catholic Diocese.

Martin Bergman, MD ’82, was awarded the Joseph Lee Hollander, MD Award for Excellence and Achievement in Rheumatology from the Pennsylvania Arthritis Foundation. Dr. Bergman is Chief of the Section of Rheumatic Diseases at Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park outside Philadelphia. He is board-certified in internal medicine and rheumatology. Dr. Bergman has worked to develop several patient outcome tools in rheumatology, including RAPID 3, which is recognized by the American College of Rheumatology. He is also a clinical associate professor at Drexel University.

Lawrence Pan, PhD ’83, directs the Marquette University Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) in Milwaukee, a federally funded program that provides opportunities for disadvantaged students who are interested in health professions. In 2011, 14 HCOP programs were awarded $9.7 million in federal funding to increase diversity in the health professions work force. Dr. Pan is Professor and Chair of Marquette’s Department of Physical Therapy. He has been involved with HCOP since 1989, as a  young faculty member.  

Tom Zoch, MD ’83, was inducted into the Wisconsin State Baseball League’s Hall of Fame. Dr. Zoch played for the Oshkosh Giants, Green Bay Blue Ribbons and Marshfield Chaparrals. He was named Rookie of the Year in 1978 and is ranked among the top two or three long-ball hitters in the history of the league. The league is one of the premier semi-professional/amateur baseball leagues in the Midwest. Dr. Zoch is the Associate Medical Director for the Network Health Plan. He is board-certified in internal medicine, emergency medicine, sports medicine and clinical lipidology. He and his wife, Suzanne, live in Neenah, Wis., with their three children.

Robert Holland, MD ’85, recently moved to Boise, Idaho, to work at a family medicine clinic at St. Luke’s Hospital and be closer to relatives and friends. He previously spent 23 years treating patients in John Day, Ore., as well as serving as the Grant County Medical Examiner, Grant County Health Officer, Blue Mountain Nursing Home Director and Blue Mountain Hospice Medical Director. Dr. Holland was named Oregon Family Doctor of the Year in 2008. He and his wife, Karin, have two grown children.

Stephen Noltner, MD ’85, received the 2011 Distinguished Service Award from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Dr. Noltner graduated from Luther in 1981 before earning his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He served his residency at the U.S. Naval Hospital in San Diego and was named chief resident in 1990. He was awarded the Neuroanesthesia Fellowship from Mayo Clinic. Dr. Noltner is currently an anesthesiologist with Aurora Medical Group in Milwaukee. He is team captain for “Kari’s Cadets,” a group of family and friends who ride in the MS 150 Bike Ride from Milwaukee to Madison for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The group has raised nearly $250,000 for MS research since 2004.

Diana W. Braza, MD’ 87, GME ’93Diana W. Braza, MD’ 87, GME ’93, was appointed Interim Chairman of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Medical College of Wisconsin. A member of the Medical College faculty since 1992, Dr. Braza serves as Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Associate Professor of Neurosurgery. She is also Residency Program Director for the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Medical Director of SpineCare. Dr. Braza is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine. She has been inducted into the Medical College’s Society of Teaching Scholars.

Sheldon Wasserman, MD ’87, has been elected Chair of the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board.


Kevin J. Kelly, MD, GME ’92Kevin J. Kelly, MD, GME ’92, was appointed Interim Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Kelly serves as Professor of Pediatrics (Allergy/Immunology) and Medicine and was Vice Chair of the Department of Pediatrics. He is also a member of the Children’s Specialty Group Board of Directors and the group’s former Chief Medical Officer. He is a past director of the Fellowship Training Program in Pediatric Critical Care and Allergy/Immunology. He is a prominent researcher in the fields of pediatric asthma and latex allergy, receiving grants from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and the Centers for Disease Control, NIH and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Anne Camber, MD ’95, was appointed to the State of Montana Board of Alternative Health Care. Dr. Camber specializes in obstetrics and gynecology at Saint John’s Lutheran Hospital in Libby, Mont. She is board-certified and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Conrad Nievera, MD, GME ’96, was appointed head of a new comprehensive epilepsy program at Rockwood Clinic in Spokane, Wash. Dr. Nievera is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the American Board of Disability Analysts and the Philippine Neurological Association. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the America Epilepsy Society and the American Heart Association.

Christopher Wolfla, MD, Fel ’98, was elected President of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. Dr. Wolfla is Professor of Neurosurgery and Director of the Residency Program in Neurological Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He has been with the College since 2005. Dr. Wolfla also serves as Chairman of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves. He sees patients at the Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin SpineCare Clinic, where he specializes in the comprehensive management of spinal disorders.

Kurt Pfeifer, MD ’99, GME ’03, received the Clinician Educator Award at the annual meeting of the Midwest Regional Society of General Internal Medicine. Dr. Pfeifer is an Associate Professor of Medicine and the Associate Program Director of the Medicine Residency Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He has received several teaching awards from the Medical College since joining the faculty eight years ago. Dr. Pfeifer practices medical co-management of surgical patients at Froedtert Hospital.

Luke Tremble, MD ’99, joined the staff of ThedaCare Physicians-Pediatrics in Appleton, Wis. Dr. Tremble is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. He earned his undergraduate degree in biology from Marquette University in Milwaukee.


William S. Binder, MD ’03, was appointed Medical Director of the Neonatal Transport Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Dr. Binder is a member of the neonatal faculty at the Maxine Dunitz Children’s Health Center at Cedars-Sinai and an Assistant Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He serves as the Physician Champion for the Pediatric Palliative Care Committee at Cedars-Sinai and is a member of the Bioethics Committee of the Center for Healthcare Ethics. Dr. Binder is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is also a member of the Los Angeles County Medical Association and the California Association of Neonatologists.

Daniel Gehling, MD ’03, and Amy Riese, MD ’04, announce the birth of their son, Anton Curtis Gehling, born Jan. 5, 2012. He joins sister Elsa, 2.

Russell Roloff, MD ’04, GME ’07, was appointed a long-term medical missionary with Africa Inland Mission. Dr. Roloff and his wife are currently studying Portuguese before moving to Africa to work in a government hospital in a rural community. Dr. Roloff specializes in family medicine.

Joshua Ellwitz, MD ’05, joined Bronson Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Spine & Scoliosis Center in Kalamazoo, Mich. Dr. Ellwitz completed his fellowship in adult and pediatric spinal deformity at the University of California-Davis. His research interests include cervical myelopathy, laminoplasty and scoliosis in adults and children.

Kim Stoner, MD, GME ’05, MS ’07, was named Young Internist of the Year by the Wisconsin Chapter of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Stoner is Assistant Professor of Medicine and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. The award recognizes excellence in medicine and her ability to lead by example as a young physician. Dr. Stoner directs Clinical Examination and Reasoning, the required second-year course on physical diagnosis. She also practices consultative medicine and consultative psychiatry at Froedtert Hospital.

Xin Tang, PhD ’05, is a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology. Dr. Tang is Principal Regulatory Affairs Specialist at Teleflex Medical in Reading, Pa. Teleflex is a global provider of specialty medical devices used in critical care and surgery, including devices for vascular access, general and regional anesthesia, urology, respiratory care, cardiac care, and surgery.

Angie R. Taras, MD ’05, holds a fellowship in cosmetic surgery at La Belle Vie Cosmetic Surgery Centers in Tukwila, Wash. Dr. Taras completed her residency in general surgery at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. She is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Advanced Trauma Life Support. She is a member of the American College of Surgeons and American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.

Dennis Diokno, MD ’06, finished his residency in internal medicine in June 2011 at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco and is now a staff physician in outpatient internal medicine at Kaiser Permanente in Santa Clara, Calif. Dr. Diokno also works as a volunteer clinical instructor at Imani Clinic, a student-run clinic affiliated with the University of California- Davis School of Medicine. He was married in September 2011.

Carrie L. Kramer, MD ’06, joined the staff of ThedaCare Physicians in Waupaca, Wis. as a general surgeon, specializing in women’s health and preventive care. She is certified in advanced trauma and life support and advanced cardiovascular life support. Dr. Kramer is a member of the American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association and Association of Women Surgeons. She was named Laparoscopic 101 Master of the Year in 2007.

Anne Killingbeck, MD ’07, joined the staff of Internal Medicine Associates of Redmond, Ore. She completed her residency at Providence Portland Medical Center in Portland. She is board-certified in internal medicine and emphasizes chronic disease management and preventive care.

Kamlesh Kurre, MD, GME ’07, was appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Kurre is board-certified in internal medicine and sees patients at Froedtert Hospital. His clinical interests include arthritis, asthma, general internal medicine, preventive care and thyroid disorders. He previously worked as a primary care physician at Community Memorial Medical Commons, a Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin clinic.

Alison Kriegel, PhD ’08, received the 2011 Edward J. Lennon, MD Award for Outstanding Woman Postdoctoral Researcher at the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Women Pioneers in Research awards, part of the Women in Science program. The award is named in honor of former Medical College Dean and President Edward J. Lennon, MD, GME ’58. Dr. Kriegel is a postdoctoral fellow in Physiology.


Alice Cherqui, MD, Fel ’11, joined the staff of the West Tennessee Neuroscience and Spine Center in Jackson, Tenn. Dr. Cherqui completed her Fellowship of the Complex Spine at the Medical College of Wisconsin after finishing an internship at the University of Kansas Medical Center and a residency at the Louisiana Health Science Center Department of Neurosurgery. She received the Best Research Award from the Louisiana Neurosurgical Society in 2009 is certified by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.


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