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Richard Kitz, MD ’54, received the All-University Award for Professional Achievement from Marquette University in Milwaukee. Now retired, Dr. Kitz was Faculty Dean for Clinical Affairs at Harvard Medical School. He still holds the title of Henry Isaiah Dorr Professor of Research and Teaching in Anesthesia and Anesthetics, Emeritus at Harvard. Previously, Dr. Kitz was Co-Director of the Harvard–MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, Chair of the Anesthesiology Department at Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Professor for Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Kitz established the Dr. Richard Kitz Endowed Scholarship Fund and Dr. Richard Kitz Athletic Scholarship Fund at Marquette.


George M. Bohigian, MD, GME ’66, delivered the Snyder Lecture at the annual meeting of the Cogan Ophthalmic History Society in Monterey, Calif. His presentation was titled, “Our Ophthalmic History and the Art of Medicine: Superstitions, Symbols and Magic”. Dr. Bohigian is a Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo.

William A. Neal, MD, GME ’67, is retiring after 40 years on the faculty in pediatric cardiology at West Virginia University. Dr. Neal served as a navy flight surgeon aboard the U.S.S. Constellation following an internship at Milwaukee County General Hospital in 1967.


Jeffrey M. Kraut, MD ’70, retired from emergency medicine in 2013 and pediatrics in 2011 in Fort Bragg, Calif.

Richard E. Peterson, PhD ’72, received the 2014 Society of Toxicology (SOT) Distinguished Toxicology Scholar Award at SOT’s 53rd annual meeting and expo in Phoenix, Ariz. The award honors Dr. Peterson for his body of research around 2, 3, 7, 8-tetrachloridibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD or dioxin). Since 1977 he has published more than 275 articles investigating the development and reproductive toxicity of dioxin. Dr. Peterson is the Charles M. Johnson Chair and a Professor in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Division at the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy.

Alan A. Wartenberg, MD ’72, GME ’80, is the Past President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). Mostly retired from clinical practice, Dr. Wartenberg continues to serve as a consulting physician for the Providence Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He contributed a chapter on alcohol intoxication and withdrawal to the ASAM textbook Principles of Addiction Medicine, and a chapter on pain management in patients with addiction for Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center’s Principles and Practice of Pain Medicine.

Jack Leeland Greider, MD’ 74, retired after more than 30 years in private practice as a hand surgeon in Jacksonville, Fla.

Harvey Marchbein, MD ’75, joined the full-time staff of North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y. as director of labor and delivery. Dr. Marchbein previously spent 35 years in private practice in obstetrics and gynecology.


Mary Horowitz, MD ’80, GME ’89, MS ’91, received the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation. The award recognizes her involvement and support of the blood and marrow transplant community, and her past, present and current stewardship of the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research® (CIBMTR®) and the Clinical Trials Network. Dr. Horowitz is the Robert A. Uihlein, Jr. Chair in Hematologic Research, Professor of Medicine and Chief of Hematology and Oncology at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Chief Scientific Director of CIBMTR. She studies the effectiveness of transplantation as a treatment for life-threatening diseases such as leukemia, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and other cancers.

Betty Pace, MD ’81, GME ’84, is the first recipient of the Francis J. Tedesco Distinguished Chair in Pediatric Hematology Oncology at George Health Science University (GHSU). Dr. Pace was recently appointed Interim Chief of the Hematology/Oncology Division. Before joining the faculty at GHSU in 2010 she worked in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University Texas at Dallas. She also served as the Chief Medical Officer for the National Sickle Cell Disease Association of America and the Director of the Dallas Sickle Cell Disease Research Center. Dr. Pace is the editor of the textbook, Renaissance of Sickle Cell Disease Research in the Genome Era. She provides leadership for a National Institutes of Health-funded basic research laboratory focused on studies related to globin gene regulation and the design of drugs to induce fetal hemoglobin to treat sickle cell disease.

Beth Erickson Wittmann, MD ’84, GME ’88, received the Ulrich Henschke Memorial Award at the annual meeting of the American Brachytherapy Society in San Diego, Calif. and presented the keynote address. Dr. Wittmann is a Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Her clinical interests include gynecologic cancers, brachytherapy, pancreatic, liver, colorectal and anal cancers and cancers of the orbits.

Katherine Lauer, MD ’84, GME ’87, received the Helen Way Klinger College of Arts and Sciences Professional Achievement Award from Marquette University in Milwaukee. Dr. Lauer is Professor, Director of Quality and Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs for the Department of Anesthesiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She is co-investigator in a study that uses functional MRI to explore the mechanisms of consciousness.

Shawn Shianna, MD, GME ’89, was designated a certified physician executive (CPE) by the Certifying Commission in Medical Management (CCMM). Dr. Shianna is Chief Medical Information Officer with the healthcare system FHN in Freeport, Ill. She was honored with the CPE designation for educational achievements, demonstrated stature as a physician leader and experience in the field of medical management. The CCMM is the national certifying body for physicians specializing in medical management. It is chartered by the American College of Physician Executives.


Thomas Shieh, MD ’92Thomas Shieh, MD ’92, was awarded the 2014 Small Business Association (SBA) Business Person of the Year for Guam. A navy medical officer and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Dr. Sheih has owned and operated a private obstetrics and gynecology practice on the island of Guam for more than 15 years. Dr. Shieh, along with other SBA winners from every U.S. state and territory, will travel to Washington, D.C. for a special ceremony with President Obama at the White House.

Harry J. Morris, DO, MPH ’94Harry J. Morris, DO, MPH ’94, was installed as President of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Family Physicians Society (POFPS). Dr. Morris is Professor and Chairman of the Family Medicine Department at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, (PCOM) and a staff member at Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia and Mercy Suburban Hospital in Norristown. He has been a member of the POFPS Board of Trustees for 12 years and serves as a delegate to the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.  Dr. Morris is a past recipient of the POFPS Frederick J. Solomon DO Award of Merit and the PCOM Osteopathic Primary Care Physician of the Year Award.

Laura E Marusinec, MD ’95, is an urgent care pediatrician at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Her specialty is pediatric dermatology. She is studying medical writing and is a member of the American Medical Writers Association.

Marc Moon, MD, GME ’95, is the new Chief of the Section of Cardiac Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. Dr. Moon specializes in endocarditis, heart valve repair and replacement, coronary artery bypass surgery and surgery to repair aortic aneurysm. He directs the Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Program at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and is Secretary of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery. Dr. Moon is co-principal investigator of a National Institutes of Health grant to investigate surgical treatments for cardiac arrhythmias.

John A. Schneider, MD ’95, received the College of Health Sciences Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award from Marquette University in Milwaukee. Dr. Schneider is a surgeon at the Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center in Greenfield, Wis., where he specializes in treating hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder injuries. He is also a co-founder of the award-winning Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital in Franklin, Wis.


Jennifer Connelly, MD ’03, GME ’08, received the College of Engineering Young Alumna of the Year Award from Marquette University in Milwaukee. Dr. Connelly is an Assistant Professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin, specializing in neurology and neuro-oncology. Her expertise includes the diagnosis and treatment of tumors and cancers of the brain and spine. She also evaluates and treats neurologic complications of cancer and its treatment. Her research interests include molecular pathology and the development of advanced MRI imaging techniques for diagnosing and treating tumors.

Braden Hexom, MD ’05, is the Associate Medical Director of the Libertas Center for Human Rights in Queens, N.Y. and an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medical Education at the Icahn School of Medicine. Dr. Hexom also was appointed Clerkship Director and Director of Undergraduate Medical Education for the Department of Emergency Medicine for the Mount Sinai Health System.

R. Starr Knight, MD ’07, is Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of California-San Francisco and serves as Emergency Ultrasound Director at San Francisco General Hospital. Dr. Knight completed an emergency ultrasound fellowship at the University of California-San Francisco in 2012.

Mary (Buckler) Cairns, MD ’08, received the Arnold P. Gold Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The award, administered by AAMC’s Organization of Student Representatives, honors a medical school faculty physician who exemplifies the qualities of a caring and compassionate mentor in the teaching and advising of medical students, and the ethics, empathy and service necessary for the practice of patient-centered medicine.


Yvonne Chiu, MD, GME ’10, received a three year Pediatric Dermatology Career Development Award by the Dermatology Foundation. The award will be applied toward her project, “Clinical and Genetic Investigations of Pediatric Morphea”. Also known as localized scleroderma, morphea is a rare fibrosing disorder that causes significant morbidity through atrophy and scarring of the skin and underlying structures. Dr. Chiu is Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Jordan Shapiro, MD ’10, received the Arnold P. Gold Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The award, administered by AAMC’s Organization of Student Representatives, honors a medical school faculty physician who exemplifies the qualities of a caring and compassionate mentor in the teaching and advising of medical students, and the ethics, empathy and service necessary for the practice of patient-centered medicine.

Jonathan Wiese, MD ’10, is a captain in the U.S. Army and an emergency medicine doctor at Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, N.C.


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