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Spring 2013 issue (pdf)

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

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

1970s

William V. Dolan, MD ’74, was recalled to active military duty as a general surgeon with a forward surgical medical detachment in Afghanistan. Dr. Dolan is a captain in the U.S. Navy and attending surgeon with the Phoenix VA Health Care System in Phoenix, Ariz.

Stuart Eisendrath, MD ’74, is the recipient of a National Institutes of Health/National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine grant to investigate the effects of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for major depressive disorder. Dr. Eisendrath is investigating alternative approaches to treating depression. He is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Director of the Depression Center at the University of California, San Francisco.

John A. Weigelt, MD ’74, was selected as one of 18 Giants of Parkland Surgery. Parkland Hospital is located in Dallas, Texas, and is affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where Dr. Weigelt completed his surgical residency. Dr. Weigelt is the Milton & Lidy Lunda/Charles Aprahamian Professor of Trauma, Professor of Surgery, Chief of Trauma and Critical Care Surgery, Associate Dean for Clinical Quality and Medical Director of the Joint Quality Office at the Medical College of Wisconsin. The 18 Giants of Parkland Surgery represent the most outstanding teachers and leaders in the history of the Parkland Hospital and the UT Southwestern Department of Surgery through the decades.

Lawrence M. Ryan, MD, GME ’75, was elected a Master in the American College of Rheumatology. A Professor of Medicine and Director of the Arthritis Institute at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), Dr. Ryan was recognized for his pioneering contributions to the understanding of calcium pyrophosphate deposition disease, his exemplary patient care and his profound influence on several generations of medical students.

Larry S. Perry, MD, GME ’78, Fel ’81, is now retired from private cardiology practice after 31 years in Baltimore, Md. Dr. Perry is now a staff cardiologist at the W. G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury, N.C.

Zeljko J. Bosnjak, PhD ’79, was named President-Elect of the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER), Academy of Research Mentors in Anesthesiology. The FAER Academy of Research Mentors in Anesthesiology recognizes individuals who through their activities as mentors have significantly contributed to the development and advancement of academic anesthesiologists in the area of research and have promoted the activities of mentoring. Dr. Bosnjak is Professor of Anesthesiology and Physiology and Vice Chairman for Research in the Department of Anesthesiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. To date, he has mentored well more than 100 individuals, including 18 faculty, 52 postdocs and graduate students, 15 visiting professors and 26 medical students and residents..

1980s

Dale K. Heuer, MD, GME ’82, was one of nine ophthalmologists nationwide to receive the 2012 Life Achievement Honor Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Heuer is Chairman and Professor of Ophthalmology at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Joseph O’Grady Jr., MD, GME ’82, Fel ’91, received the Special Achievement Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. O’Grady is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He was honored for his leadership in launching a series of webinars on the assessment and treatment of child and adolescent mental disorders for primary care providers. The series provides guidance for non-psychiatrists who are often the first to evaluate a child or adolescent with a potential mental health issue.

Mark C. Olesen, MD ’83, recently retired from the Medical Department of the U.S. Navy. Dr. Olesen practices at the VA Albemarle Primary Outpatient Clinic in Elizabeth City, N.C.

Beth A. Erickson-Wittmann, MD ’84, GME ’88, was chosen as a 2012 Fellow of the American Society for Radiation Oncology. Dr. Erickson-Wittmann is Professor of Radiation Oncology at the Medical College of Wisconsin and treats patients with gynecologic, gastrointestinal and orbital cancers. She specializes in the use of brachytherapy.

1990s

Mary Kathryn Ellis, MD ’95, Fel ’01, MS ’03, was appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care) at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). She sees patients at Froedtert Hospital. Dr. Ellis’s clinical interests include general pulmonary medicine, pulmonary transplantation, and cardiopulmonary exercise training. She previously practiced at several hospitals in the Milwaukee area while also serving as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at MCW.

Bryce Kerlin, MD ’96, Fel ’02, was elected to the Society for Pediatric Research in 2012 and recently was appointed as an Investigator at Nationwide Children’s Research Institute in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Kerlin is Director of the Hemostasis and Thrombosis Program at Nationwide Children’s Research Institute and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus.

Adrian Miranda, MD ’98, GME ’01, received the Neurogastroenterology and Motility Prize from the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition for his study titled Salivary Amylase as a Biomarker for Functional Abdominal Pain in Children: Role of Sleep and Melatonin. Dr. Miranda is Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Gastroenterology) at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
 

Some notable alumni from the ’90s participated in the Medical College of Wisconsin Military Medical Student Association’s Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 12, 2012. Pictured L-R are Michael A. Borkowski, MD ’90, MPH ’98; Kenneth K. Lee, MD ’93, GME ’97; and Michael F. McBride, MD ’92, Fel ’97. Dr. McBride delivered the keynote address at the event.

 

Some notable alumni from the ’90s participated in the Medical College of Wisconsin Military Medical Student Association’s Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 12, 2012. Pictured L-R are Michael A. Borkowski, MD ’90, MPH ’98; Kenneth K. Lee, MD ’93, GME ’97; and Michael F. McBride, MD ’92, Fel ’97. Dr. McBride delivered the keynote address at the event.

2000s

Alumnus named to new endowed hematology chair

Parameswaran Hari, MD, Fel ’04, MS ’06Parameswaran Hari, MD, Fel ’04, MS ’06, Associate Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Oncology), has been named the first Armand J. Quick/William F. Stapp Professor in Hematology at MCW. Dr. Hari is an internationally renowned researcher in multiple myeloma, and serves as director of the adult Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at Froedtert Hospital.  He is also the scientific director for the plasma cells disorder working committee at the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research.

The Armand J. Quick/William F. Stapp Professorship was established this year by MCW from an endowment provided by the late William F. Stapp, MD ’51, and his family to honor the memory of Armand J. Quick, MD, and to provide support to a leader in hematology research and practice.

The late Dr. Quick was Chairman of Biochemistry at Marquette University School of Medicine (MCW’s predecessor) from 1944-1964. His research in the fields of blood clotting and the diagnosis and treatment of bleeding disorders brought him international recognition.  He is best known for developing the “Quick Prothrombin Time,” a clinical blood test to diagnose bleeding disorders and monitor dosage of anticoagulation therapy that was a critical driver of research in the field and is still used widely.

Nicole Lynn Lohr, MD ’06, PhD ’04, was appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine) at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). She sees patients at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee. Dr. Lohr’s clinical interests include peripheral artery disease, women’s cardiovascular health and congestive heart failure. She is currently studying how low level light therapy may help prevent or reduce tissues damage that can occur when blood flow is restored following a heart attack. Dr. Lohr received MCW’s internal medicine Top 10 Teaching Housestaff award and MCW Affiliated Hospitals’ Housestaff Research Award. She also helped co-found a Women in Cardiology group at MCW.


R. Starr Knight, MD '07

R. Starr Knight, MD ’07, was named Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Knight previously completed an Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship at UCSF. She completed her residency training at the Alameda County Medical Center at Highlands Hospital in Oakland, Calif.

Kathryn Lambourne, MD ’07, was married to Justin Riesenberg on Sept. 1, 2012. They live in South Bend, Ind., where Dr. Lambourne is an anesthesiologist with St. Joseph Valley Anesthesia. She completed her residency at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in 2011.

Mark J. England, MD ’08, was appointed Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He sees patients at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center and Froedtert Hospital. Dr. England’s clinical interests include non-operative management of musculoskeletal conditions using therapy, medication, injections or bracing, as well as electromyography.

Alison J. Kriegel, PhD ’08, was appointed Assistant Professor of Physiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Her research focuses on cardiovascular and renal physiology and molecular biology. Dr. As a fellow in the Department of Physiology, Dr. Kriegel received the Kern Innovation Award and the Edward J. Lennon, MD, Outstanding Woman Postdoctoral Researcher Award.

Erica Y. Chou, MD ’09, was appointed Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Hospital Medicine) at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She sees inpatients at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Dr. Chou’s clinical interests include metabolics and medical education. She completed her residency in pediatrics at the University of California at Irvine.

Patrick Drayna, MD, GME ’09, was appointed Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine) at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He sees patients at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Dr. Drayna’s research has involved pre-hospital care and emergency medical services for children, quality improvement, investigations of the effects of ketamine sedation, the reliability and effectiveness of near-infrared spectroscopy in critical settings, and the association between rainfall and pediatric emergency department visits for gastrointestinal illnesses. His clinical interests include prehospital care and the resuscitation and stabilization of critically ill and injured children. Dr. Drayna completed a pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.

B.J. Lanser, MD ’09, is serving as Pediatric Chief Resident at UT Southwestern/Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Lanser plans to pursue an allergy and immunology fellowship in July at National Jewish Health and the University of Colorado in Denver, Colo.

Sara Lauck, MD ’09, was appointed Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Hospital Medicine) at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She sees inpatients at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Dr. Lauck’s clinical interests include general inpatient pediatric medicine and clinical medical education. Experienced in international health care, she worked in Matagalpa, Nicaragua, and in Manila, Philippines, in 2009. She completed her residency at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

2010s

Benjamin Lerner, MD, Fel ’10, married Allegra Saving, MD, GME ’12, on Jan. 26, 2013. Both are in private surgical practice in Seattle, Wash.

Izabela Jugovac, MD, GME ’11, was appointed Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). She provides care at Froedtert Hospital and the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center. Dr. Jugovac completed a cardiothoracic anesthesia fellowship at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, before joining the MCW faculty. Her clinical interests include cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesia.

Carol M. Smith, MD, MPH ’11, received the National Association of Country and City Health Officials and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation “Survive and Thrive” Fellowship for new public health commissioners. Dr. Smith is the Health Commissioner of the Ulster County Public Health Department in Kingston, N.Y.
 

Neenah native receives MCW’s student leadership award

Medical College of Wisconsin M4, Emily Sweet, Class of 2013, received the 2012 Walter Zeit Fellowship Leadership Award. This prestigious award is presented to the senior student who has consistently displayed superior qualities of leadership, loyalty, selfless service, initiative and compassion toward his or her peers and the Medical College. It is the highest student honor bestowed by the Walter Zeit Fellowship, MCW’s premier donor recognition society.

Born in Neenah, Wis, and a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago, Sweet has volunteered regularly at the Saturday Free Clinic for the Underinsured in Milwaukee. She has tutored other medical students and as an M3 was elected a class representative on the Student Assembly. She also served as co-president of the American Medical Women’s Association.

Sweet is attending medical school through the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program and is a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force Reserve (USAF), Medical Service Corp. She will serve three to four years of active duty with the USAF following graduation from medical school. In 2012, Sweet was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha national honor medical society. She plans to pursue a career in surgery.

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