Dermatologist elected Association President
The Medical College of Wisconsin/Marquette Medical Alumni Association confirmed the election of its new officers on May 4. Kathleen S. Stokes, MD ’87, GME ’91 (second from right), takes on the role of Alumni Association President previously held by John T. Bjork, MD ’71, Fel ’76 (second from left). They are pictured with Medical College President and CEO John R. Raymond, Sr., MD (left), and Executive Director of the Alumni Association William A. Schultz, MS.
Her transition into leadership of the Medical College of Wisconsin/Marquette Medical Alumni Association places Kathleen S. Stokes, MD ’87, GME ’91, in her preferred position: at the convergence of patient care, teaching and academic opportunities.
For 20 years, Dr. Stokes has practiced dermatology with Affiliated Dermatologists SC in Brookfield, Wis., where she currently serves as President. It has been a strong fit due to the group’s academic interest. It has allowed her to practice clinical dermatology as well as be involved with the Medical College as a Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology. In this capacity, she teaches dermatology residents once a month at the VA Medical Center. In her role as the new Alumni Association President, Dr. Stokes encourages other Medical College alumni to discover their own opportunities to lead in service.
“What role can you, the individual, play in promoting and supporting the Medical College?” she asks her peers. “Every volunteer effort is composed of numerous individuals. I believe every joint effort starts as a group of individuals acting together. Your role is vital. Get involved. There are wonderful things happening at MCW. This is a decade of growth and expansion. Be part of that change.”
Dr. Stokes is encouraged by the new era of leadership at the Medical College, believing that President and CEO John R. Raymond, Sr., MD, and Dean of the Medical School and Executive Vice President Joseph E. Kerschner, MD ’90, Fel ’98, are the right people to move the school forward. She is equally enthused about the growth of her specialty and its important role in preserving health.
As a dermatologist, Dr. Stokes interfaces regularly with primary care physicians in the dermatologic cutaneous manifestation of systemic disease. She is often the first line of defense in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer for her patients. She enjoys that her field encompasses both diagnostic and procedural work.
“I love being a dermatologist. I see all ages and care for a wide variety of medical issues throughout the age spectrum,” Dr. Stokes said. “In my field, I think the current advances in genomics will be critical. When we understand disease on a molecular level, then we can target new and novel therapies.”
A relevant example, she said, is the new drug vemurafenib, approved just last year by the FDA for the treatment of metastatic melanoma in patients with a mutation of the BRAF gene. Another medication, vismodegib, may offer promise for advanced, locally destructive basal cell cancer.
Dr. Stokes stays connected to emerging issues in her field through her involvement in state and local organizations. She has served as President of the Wisconsin Dermatological Society as well as its Executive Board. She is a current state Vice Chair for the Dermatology Foundation, a member of the Milwaukee Academy of Medicine and TEMPO.
Outside of medicine, Dr. Stokes enjoys dance and travel. She and her husband, William Greaves, MD, MPH, an Associate Professor in the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Institute for Health and Society, have three sons.
Association Board update
President: Kathleen S. Stokes, MD ’87, GME ’91
President-elect: Paul E. Hankwitz, MD ’74, GME ’78
Secretary/Treasurer: Timothy A. Crummy, MD ’97
Directors elected to three-year terms: Joseph Carroll, PhD ’02; Jeffrey S. Mayer,
MD ’94; and Stuart J. Wong, MD ’90, Fel ’98.
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