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Summer 2012 issue (pdf)

Alumni News wants to publish news of your professional and personal accomplishments and activities.

1960s | 1970s | 1980s | 1990s | 2000s | 2010s

1960s

George M. Bohigian, MD, GME ’66, was awarded the 2012 Citizenship and Community Service Award by the Missouri State Medical Association. Dr. Bohigian practices ophthalmology in St. Louis.

1970s

James T. Breeden, MD ’70, was sworn in as the 63rd President of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) in May. Dr. Breeden is President of the Carson Medical Group in Carson City, Nev., where he has practiced OB/GYN for 35 years. He also has held a variety of positions at the Carson Tahoe Hospital and Sierra Surgery Hospital. Dr. Breeden served as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy and was a staff physician in OB/GYN at the Port Hueneme Naval Hospital in California before moving to Nevada.

Clarence P. Chou, MD ’77, Fel ’83, was re-elected to a two-year term as a Wisconsin Medical Society delegate to the American Medical Association. Dr. Chou is a psychiatrist in the Behavioral Health Division of Milwaukee County’s Department of Health and Human Services. He is also an Associate Clinical Professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Sridhar V. Vasudevan, MD, GME ’77, has been appointed to the Medical Examining Board of the State of Wisconsin. Dr. Vasudevan is Clinical Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Medical College of Wisconsin and serves as Medical Director of the Center for Pain Rehabilitation at Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls, Wis. He is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, pain medicine, electrodiagnostic medicine and independent medical evaluations.

A. John Capelli, MD ’78, GME ’81, received a 2012 Physician Citizen of the Year Award from the Wisconsin Medical Society. Dr. Capelli was honored for his community leadership, his energetic fundraising and the way he balances life and service to his patients, community and family. Dr. Capelli is an internal medicine physician with Aurora Medical Group in Kenosha.

1980s

Robert Rohloff, MD ’81, GME ’84, received a 2012 Physician Citizen of the Year Award from the Wisconsin Medical Society. Dr. Rohloff was honored for his commitment to developing and instituting a medical home model at Children’s Medical Group Southwest Pediatrics, where he practices in New Berlin, Wis. Dr. Rohloff also formed a parent advisory board for families of children with special health care needs and hosts an ADHD support group.  He is an Associate Clinical Professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Cliff Titcomb, MD, GME ’81, was appointed Vice President and Chief Medical Director of Hannover Life Reassurance Company of America. Dr. Titcomb previously served as vice president and secretary for International Medical Risk Consultants. He also has served on numerous industry committees including the Morbidity and Mortality Liaison Committee, the Board of Insurance Medicine and the American Academy of Insurance Medicine.

David C. Gregg, MD ’82, GME ’87, was appointed Medical Director of Imaging at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Dr. Gregg is Assistant Professor and Vice Chief of Pediatric Radiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He has special interest in scoliosis, vascular interventional radiology, neuroradiology, nuclear medicine, cardiac CT and MRI.

Robert Rushakoff, MD ’82, MS ’80, is Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism and Medical Director for Inpatient Diabetes. Dr. Rushakoff also is a member of the UCSF/Mount Zion Diabetes and Endocrinology Research Lab, where he is investigating the use of the Internet to train physicians, nurses and patients in diabetes management.

Steven Weinshel, MD ’83, GME ’89, is entering his third year of law school at Marquette University in Milwaukee. Dr. Weinshel maintains a neurological surgery practice at the BayCare Clinic in Green Bay, Wis., with special interest in disc replacement surgery. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Brown County Medical Society, Wisconsin Medical Society and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

Randall Kuhlmann, MD ’84, PhD ’81, was named Program Director of the Fetal Concerns Center of Wisconsin. The center is a joint program of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Kuhlmann is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Chief of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the College.

Philip S. Clifford, PhD ’85, was chosen to receive the National Postdoctoral Association’s 2012 Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Clifford is Professor of Anesthesiology and Physiology and Associate Dean of Postdoctoral Education at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He regularly conducts career planning workshops at national meetings and regional postdoc conferences, and serves as a guest speaker at numerous local institutions.

Gail McNutt, MD ’85, Fel ’91, moved to Madison, Wis. to accept a position as Associate Chief of Staff at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital. Dr. McNutt previously served for 11 years as a program manager for the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center’s northern community-based outpatient clinics.

Emily Grade, MD ’87, GME ’91, joined the staff of Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert, Ariz. Dr. Grade is board certified in therapeutic radiology and specializes in oncology and radiation oncology. She has a special interest in brachytherapy for breast and prostate cancers and partial breast irradiation.

Dennis Han, MD, GME ’87, was appointed to the Prevent Blindness Wisconsin Board of Directors. Dr. Han is the Jack A. and Elaine D. Klieger Professor of Ophthalmology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. His interests include age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, hereditary and degenerative eye disease and eye trauma.

Paul A. Larson, MD, GME ’87, was elected Vice President of the American College of Radiology (ACR) in April. Dr. Larson was chair of the ACR Commission on Quality and Safety from 2006 until 2012. He has been in practice with Radiology Associates of the Fox Valley in Neenah, Wis., since 1987.

Patrick D. Conway, MD ’88, GME ’92, was inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Radiology (ACR) in April. Dr. Conway is a radiation oncologist in the radiation oncology department at Gundersen Lutheran Health System in La Crosse, Wis., and specializes in radiation oncology, cancer and blood disorders. He is co-chair of the joint ACR/American Society for Therapeutic Radiation and Oncology Committee on Radiation Oncology Practice Accreditation.

Philip Redlich, MD, PhD ’89, was re-elected to a one-year term as the representative of the Medical Schools Section of the Wisconsin Medical Society’s Board of Directors. Dr. Redlich is Associate Dean for Curriculum and Professor of Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Ann K. Rosenthal, MD, Fel ’89, was appointed Chief of the Division of Rheumatology at the Medical College of Wisconsin and named the Will and Cava Ross Professor of Medicine. She will assume the new position of Vice Chair for Faculty Development in the Department of Medicine. Dr. Rosenthal was also selected to participate in the 2012-13 Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM) Program for Women. ELAM is a core program of the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. It prepares senior women faculty for leadership at academic health centers.

1990s

Larry Teuber, MD, GME ’91, is the Physician Executive of Black Hills Surgical Hospital in Rapid City, S.D., which he founded in 1997. He also is founder and managing partner at the Spine Center in Rapid City and President of Medical Facilities Corporation.  Dr. Teuber provides consultative services and expertise for physicians on developing surgical facilities and centers of excellence for spine and neurosurgical care.

Kenneth Sparr, MD ’93, GME ’98, joined Ministry Medical Group Urology Services in Stevens Point, Wis. Dr. Sparr is a board-certified urologist whose interests include cystoscopy, bladder cancer, ureteroscopy and stone treatment and laparoscopic nephrectomy for benign or cancerous disease.

Tosha B. Wetterneck, MD ’95, was inaugurated in April as the 161st President of the Wisconsin Medical Society, after serving on the society’s Board of Directors for several years. Dr. Wetterneck is an internal medicine physician and hospitalist at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, and an associate professor at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. She is a researcher at the Center for Quality and Productivity Improvement and an associate faculty member in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. As a member of the Systems Engineering Initiative for Patient Safety at UW-Madison, she is leading a study evaluating the use of a pre-visit planning intervention to improve the care of elderly patients in primary care clinics.

Judy E. Kim, MD, GME ’96, received a 2011-2012 Faculty Vitality Award from the Medical College of Wisconsin for her scholarly work. Dr. Kim is developing a Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Eye Institute Diabetic Eye Program incorporating Teleophthalmology. She is testing the feasibility of telemedicine for wider use as a screening and education tool for diabetes care. Dr. Kim is Professor of Ophthalmology at the Medical College.

2000s

Dean A. Grove, MD, MPH ’00, was recently presented the Meritorious Service Award from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). He was honored for his membership on the Board of Directors for nearly a decade and his service as President from 2001-02. Dr. Grove is a corporate medical consultant in Bellevue, Wash.

Tara Sander, PhD ’00, was named to The Business Journal’s 2012 Forty Under 40 list, honoring people in the greater Milwaukee area under the age of 40 who are making a difference in their professions and communities. Dr. Sander is Associate Professor of Pathology at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Scientific Director of Molecular Diagnostics at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. She investigates hereditary responses to drugs and directs the development, operation and expansion of the new Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory at Children’s Hospital.

Roger Fons, MD, GME, ’97 and ’10, was appointed Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Fons is board certified in anesthesiology and family practice. His clinical interests include pain management and regional anesthesia, as well as providing health care in underserved areas both locally and internationally.

Sameer Pathare, MD ’01, was appointed Division Chief of the Pediatric Hospitalist Division at CHOC (Children’s Hospital in Orange County), Calif., this year. Dr. Pathare is Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, University of California-Irvine and Adjunct Clinical Professor, Dartmouth Medical School. He was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Pediatric Subspecialty Faculty group at CHOC and to the Joint Governance Committee of the CHOC Medical Foundation last year.

Xiulu Ruan, MD, GME ’02Xiulu Ruan, MD, GME ’02, has achieved seven medical board/subspecialty board certifications in the United States, setting the world record for the most medical board certifications, according to the World Records Academy. His U.S. certifications are: Diplomate, American Board of Pain Medicine; Diplomate, American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation; Diplomate, American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians; Diplomate, American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine; Diplomate, American Board of Addiction Medicine; Diplomate, Subspecialty of Pain Medicine by American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation; Diplomate, Subspecialty of Neuromuscular Medicine by American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Since 2003, Dr. Ruan has been practicing interventional pain management in Mobile, Ala., where he is co-owner and Medical Director of Physicians’ Pain Specialists of Alabama.

Staci Milosavljevic, MD, ’03, GME ’08, was appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine) at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Milosavljevic is board certified in internal medicine and focuses on consultative cardiology and cardiac imaging. She sees patients at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center.

Rowena Punzalan, MD, Fel ’04, was appointed Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin and sees patients at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Dr. Punzalan also serves as a medical director at the BloodCenter of Wisconsin. Her clinical interests include thrombosis in children, bleeding disorders and immune cytopenia.

Kristen E. Holland, MD, GME ’04, was named Medical Director of Dermatology at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Dr. Holland is a pediatric dermatologist and Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Jennifer Knight, MD ’04, was appointed Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine in the Division of Psychosomatic Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Knight works clinically with the Psycho-Oncology program at the Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center, and conducts research on the immunobiologic effects of psychosocial factors in bone marrow transplantation with the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research.

Max Liebl, MD ’05, is completing a fellowship in vascular surgery at Southern Illinois University in Springfield. He will join Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles as a vascular surgeon in August.

Marc Serret, MD ’05, recently completed his residency in the integrated Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery program at Case Western Reserve University. He is returning to Wisconsin to practice plastic and reconstructive surgery in the Fox Valley area, joining the private practice group Fox Valley Plastic Surgery. Dr. Serret was married to Nicole in 2007. Their son, Parker, was born in 2012, and the couple is expecting a daughter this year.

Travis Webb, MD, GME ’05, received the Association of Surgical Education Philip J. Wolfson Outstanding Teacher Award. Dr. Webb is Associate Professor of Surgery (Trauma and Critical Care) at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Webb is Director of the PGY2 curriculum, Co-Director of the Resuscitation and Perioperative Medicine clerkship for third-year medical students, and Co-Director of the Injury Prevention and Control fourth-year Medical Student Selective. Dr. Webb also graduated in May from the University of Illinois at Chicago with his Master of Health Professions in Education degree.

Christopher N. Deyo, MD ’06, GME ’11, was appointed Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He provides care at Froedtert Hospital and the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center.

Travis Fisher, MD ’06, GME ’10, was appointed Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. His academic interests include inpatient psychiatry, mental health care in the primary care setting and education of medical and psychiatric trainees.  Dr. Fisher previously completed a psychosomatic medicine fellowship at the University of California-Davis in Sacramento.

Jorge Marquez de Leon, MD, Fel ’06, was appointed Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Marquez de Leon’s clinical interests include muscle and nerve diseases, epilepsy and disorders of the autonomic nervous system. Dr. Marquez de Leon previously was a staff physician in the neurology department at Immanuel St. Joseph’s Hospital and Marsh Street Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, Minn.

Jeffrey Quintana, MD ’06, GME ’11, was named Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He provides care at the Pain Management Centers at Froedtert Hospital and the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center.  Dr. Quintana’s clinical interest is in pain medicine.

Katherine Recka, MD ’06, GME ’10, was appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hematology/Oncology), specializing in palliative care, at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She previously completed a fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Dr. Recka’s interests include quality improvement and bioethics.

Michael O’Connell, MD ’09, will remain as a junior faculty member at The Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, where he has been a resident in emergency medicine. Dr. O’Connell will continue clinical work in the Emergency Department, while focusing on resident and medical student education, simulation and teaching.

2010s

Parin N. Desai, MD, GME ’11, was appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine) at the Medical College of Wisconsin. His clinical interests include acute medical issues and inpatient hospital medicine. His recent research projects have investigated adenovirus in kidney transplant patients and improving the care of patients suffering from cirrhosis. Dr. Desai sees patients at Froedtert Hospital and the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center.

Thomas Giever, DO, GME ’11, was appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine) at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Giever sees patients at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center. His clinical interests include hematology and oncology.  

Amit Taneja, MD, Fel ’11, was named Assistant Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care) at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Taneja’s clinical interests include various aspects of adult critical care medicine and advanced techniques in bronchoscopy.

Erin Prelonger, MD ’12, was named a recipient of the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation’s 2012 Houghton Award during her senior year at the Medical College of Wisconsin. The award is given to medical students who excel in their knowledge of both the scientific and socioeconomic issues related to medicine. Dr. Prelonger is now serving her pediatric residency at the University of Colorado in Denver.

 

 

Support from the Alumni Association allowed a group of Medical College of Wisconsin students to enter the 18-hour MISSION Adventure Race in Muscatatuck County Park in North Vernon, Ind., this May. Event challenges included running, trekking, biking, kayaking, and rope skills. Team members were (L-R) Cory Siebe, MD ’12; Katelin Engerer, Class of 2013; Katherine Gavin, MD ’12; Arran Seiler, MD ’12; and Jordan Maresh, MD ’12.

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