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Spring 2014 issue (pdf)

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

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

1960s

John Thomas, MD ’68, GME ’73, was awarded the Milwaukee Academy of Medicine’s Humanitarian Award at its 128th meeting on Jan. 21. Dr. Thomas, Associate Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology) at the Medical College of Wisconsin, was honored for his volunteer work with the Milwaukee homeless shelter, Repairers of the Breach.
 

Veronica Bonales, MD ’03 and William Lattos, Jr., MD ’69Veronica Bonales, MD ’03, an emergency medicine physician at Redwood Memorial Hospital in Fortuna, Calif., had been working alongside her colleague for several weeks before she learned he was also an alumnus. She and William Lattos, Jr., MD ’69, also an emergency medicine physician, have enjoyed sharing stories of their time in Wisconsin and as part of the Marquette Medical School/Medical College of
Wisconsin heritage.

1970s

Philip D. Szold, MD ’72, GME ’75, has retired after 36 years of pediatric private practice. Dr. Szold lives in La Mesa, Calif. with his wife, Cindy. He has four children and four grandchildren.

Carlyle Chan, MD ’75, was elected 2014 chair of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Dr. Chan is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine as well as Bioethics and Medical Humanities in the Institute for Health and Society at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Chan has directed his department’s CME programs for the past 27 years and chaired the Medical School’s CME Committee for more than a decade.

Stephen Hargarten, MD ’75, MPH, was invited to discuss firearm safety at a special meeting of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs. Discussions centered on new technology related to the marking, record-keeping and tracing of personal weapons. In 1997, Dr. Hargarten established the nation’s first Firearm Injury Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He was instrumental in establishing MCW’s federally designated Injury Research Center in 2001. He is Professor and Chairman of Emergency Medicine and Associate Dean of Global Health in MCW’s Institute for Health and Society.

Irwin I. Rosenfeld, MD ’76, was installed as a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association last year. Dr. Rosenfeld founded the Orange County Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy Center in Laguna Hills, Calif., in 1980. He also reached life master status in the American contract Bridge League in 2013.

1980s

Edmund H. Duthie, MD, GME ’80, was honored with the 2013 Practitioner of the Year Award by the Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. He received the award for his leadership as a clinician, educator, collaborator and resource to families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Dr. Duthie is Professor of Medicine and Chief of Geriatrics and Gerontology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He also serves as section leader, geriatric medicine, at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee.

Janis Orlowski, MD ’82, recently joined the Association of American Medical Colleges as a senior director in health care affairs. She will serve as a senior clinical leader in the Clinical Transformation Unit and will lead the Chief Medical Officers Group, the Integrating Quality Initiative and support development of a Cost of Care program. Dr. Orlowski is chief operating officer and chief medical officer at Washington Hospital Center, the largest trauma center in Washington, D.C.

Steven Weinshel, MD ’83, GME ’89, graduated from Marquette Law School in Milwaukee in May 2013 and moved to Bradenton, Fla., in August. Dr. Weinshel returns to Wisconsin each month to work part time as a trauma neurosurgeon at Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah and practices law as a special prosecutor in the Brown County District Attorney’s Office.

Jeff M. Michalski, MD ’86, was elected secretary/treasurer of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) board of directors. Dr. Michalski is the Carlos Perez Distinguished Professor and Vice Chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo. He is also the medical director of Siteman Cancer Center’s Clinical Trials Core.

Erik Stene, MD, GME ’86, is practicing as a full-time pediatric anesthesiologist at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. Dr. Stene stepped down after 16 years as Medical Director of Anesthesia for Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.  

Christopher J. Coffey, MD ’88, was awarded the 2013 Physician of Excellence Award by North Shore Medical Center (NSMC) in Boston, Mass. Dr. Coffey serves as medical director for minimally-invasive gynecological surgery and practices at North Shore Physicians Group. He became a designated surgeon with the Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology, Surgical Review Corporation earlier that year.

Paul Boeder, MD ’89, is Chair-elect of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Auburn Medical Center in South Puget Sound, Wash.

1990s

Steven A. Harvey, MD, GME ’90, is serving on the board of the Center for Communication, Hearing & Deafness in the greater Milwaukee area. Dr. Harvey is Associate Professor of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Joseph Kerschner, MD ’90, Fel ’98, was named founding secretary of the International Society for Otitis Media, established in 2013 to advance the frontiers of research, education and patient care as they relate to otitis media, or ear infections. Dr. Kerschner is the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Dean of the Medical School and Executive Vice President as well as Professor of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences. A review by the World Health Organization identified more than 700 million annual episodes of acute otitis media and 21,000 deaths from complications.

Karl A. Poterack, MD, GME ’90, Fel ’91, passed the first board certification examination in clinical informatics administered by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in October 2013. Dr. Poterack is Assistant Professor in the anesthesiology department at Mayo Clinic Arizona in Phoenix, where he has practiced since 1997.

John Markley, MD ’92, GME ’99, recently was appointed Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital in Columbia, Mo. In 2012, Dr. Markley completed 10 years of active duty military service with the U.S. Army.
David Margolis, MD, Fel ’93, is serving on the board of the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center in the greater Milwaukee area. Dr. Margolis is Professor of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Program Director of Bone Marrow Transplant at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

Mona Li, MD ’96, GME ’03, and Joseph Hart, MD, GME ’03, joined Vascular Care of Maine at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

Stephen W. Meldon, MD, GME ’93, is serving as Director of the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus Emergency Department and Vice Chair of the Emergency Services Institute of the Cleveland Clinic Health System.

Matthew Lee, MD, GME ’99, was awarded the Milwaukee Academy of Medicine’s President’s Award at its 128th meeting on Jan. 21. Dr. Lee, Associate Adjunct Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, was honored for his dedication and hard work on behalf of the Academy.

Charles Cady, MD ’97, is among the nation’s first board-certified emergency medical services (EMS) physicians. Dr. Cady is Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Assistant Director of Medical Services for the Milwaukee County EMS. The American Board of Emergency Medicine recently recognized EMS as a formal subspecialty of emergency medicine and administered its first certifying exam in September.

2000s

Joseph Carroll, PhD ’02, was named the Richard O. Schultz, MD/Ruth Works Professor of Ophthalmology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Carroll is Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, of Biophysics, and of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy. He is also the co-director of the Advanced Ocular Imaging Program at MCW. Dr. Carroll is a pioneer in the use of adaptive optics to study the eye at the cellular level. He currently serves on the Medical College of Wisconsin/Marquette Medical Alumni Association Board.

Joseph Hart, MD, GME ’03, and Mona Li, MD ’96, GME ’03, joined Vascular Care of Maine at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

Kelly (Chmielewski) Milewski, MS ’06, welcomes son Daniel Robert, born Jan. 7, 2014. He joins brother Anthony, 3.
 

Michael Clark, MD ’06, was appointed to the Board of Directors of Special Olympics Wisconsin in December. Dr. Clark has served as the organization’s medical director for the past nine years, coordinating medical coverage at all five state games held throughout the year. He also serves as the MedFest Clinical Director, a Healthy Athletes® discipline he helped launch in Wisconsin to ensure athletes have access to a free physical exam once a year. Dr. Clark is an emergency medicine physician at Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital in Weston, Wis.

Veronica Bigornia, MD ’07, is serving in the U.S. Navy as a staff family physician. Dr. Bigornia provides primary and obstetric care to members of the Navy and Marines and their families.

Claude Nguyen, MD ’07, was named Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Nguyen also serves as Stroke Director at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia. In June, he completed a two-year research fellowship in vascular neurology at the University of Texas at Houston, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.

Sachin Pawar, MD ’07, GME ’12, has been appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences’ Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Pawar previously completed a fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.

Jason Liu, MD, MPH ’09, is among the nation’s first board-certified emergency medical services (EMS) physicians. Dr. Liu is Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Associate Director of Medical Services for Milwaukee County EMS. The American Board of Emergency Medicine recently recognized EMS as a formal subspecialty of emergency medicine and administered its first certifying exam in September.

2010s

Blake Buchan, PhD, Fel ’11, was certified as a diplomate of the American Board of Medical Microbiology, the highest credential that a doctoral-level clinical microbiologist can earn. Dr. Buchan is Assistant Professor of Pathology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Associate Director of Clinical Microbiology and the Director of Safety for Dynacare Laboratory.

Ashley Rietz, MD ’11, received a 2013 Robert C. Cefalo House Officer Award from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Rietz was selected by residents and faculty to be a fourth-year chief resident in the Department of Family Medicine. Recipients of Robert C. Cefalo awards must demonstrate a sincere empathy for patients and their families, effective communication and the highest standards of patient care.

Rodney Sparapani, PhD ’11, was appointed Assistant Professor of Biostatistics in the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Institute for Health and Society. Dr. Sparapani previously served as manager of statistical and computational operations in the Medical College’s Center for Patient Care and Outcomes Research.
 

Laura Tisch, Class of 2014Laura Tisch, Class of 2014, received the 2013 Walter Zeit Fellowship Leadership Award for her superior qualities of leadership, loyalty, selfless service, initiative and compassion. It is the highest student honor bestowed by the Walter Zeit Fellowship, the Medical College of Wisconsin’s premier donor recognition society.

Tisch was born in Clarendon Hills, Ill., and earned her undergraduate degree from Boston University. She volunteered at the Saturday Clinic for the Uninsured during her first two years at MCW. She has served on the MCW student assembly for four years, including as vice president. She was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha and recently elected to a three-year student directorship on the AOA national board of directors. Tisch has declared a specialty interest in dermatology. The Walter Zeit Fellowship was founded in 1980 by the late Derward Lepley, Jr., MD ’49.

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