James Allen, MD ’59, was named one of the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation’s 2008 Physician Citizens of the Year at the Society’s annual meeting in Madison in April. Dr. Allen is a retired ophthalmologist living in Madison. He helped change federal law to improve benefits for disabled veterans who lose their vision during their military service.
Michael A. Stocker, MD ’68, GME ’69, MPH, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the United Hospital Fund, a health services research and philanthropic organization in New York City. Dr. Stocker was President and Chief Executive Officer of Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield from 1994 to 2005. Before joining Empire, he was President of CIGNA Health Plans and, earlier, Medical Director and then Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Greater New York Region of US Healthcare. Dr. Stocker served as Associate Chairman and Program Director in the Department of Family Practice at Cook County Hospital, and then as Medical Director of Anchor HMO/Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, both in Chicago.
Mahendr S. Kochar, MD, MS ’72, of Brookfield, Wis., was re-elected to the Wisconsin Medical Society Board of Directors and also elected alternate delegate to the American Medical Association. Dr. Kochar is Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, and Professor of Medicine and of Pharmacology & Toxicology at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Steven C. Bergin, MD ’74, GME ’78, of Stevens Point, Wis., was inaugurated the 155th President of the Wisconsin Medical Society. Dr. Bergin’s campaign focuses on ways to improve health care quality, controlling costs and increasing access to health care. He succeeds Clarence Chou, MD ’77, GME ’83, of Milwaukee.
George M. Lange, MD ’75, of River Hills, Wis., was elected to the Wisconsin Medical Society Board of Directors. He specializes in internal medicine and geriatrics at Columbia St. Mary’s in Milwaukee.
Harold Harsch, MD ’76, received the Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Residents from the American Psychiatric Association at their annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Dr. Harsch is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Neil Kurtz, MD ’76, was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Golden Living, a provider of long-term health care headquartered in Fort Smith, Ark. Previously, he held executive positions with Torrey Pines Therapeutics, Worldwide Clinical Trials and Ingenix Pharmaceutical Services. His career also includes senior positions with Boots Pharmaceuticals, Bayer Corporation, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Merck. His area of expertise is in central nervous system drug discovery and development.
Clarence P. Chou, MD ’77, GME ’83, of Mequon, Wis., was elected to the Wisconsin Medical Society Board of Directors. Dr. Chou, the Society’s immediate past president, is a staff psychiatrist in the crisis service of the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division.
David H. Harder, PhD ’77, Kohler Co. Professor of Cardiovascular Research and Director of the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Cardiovascular Center, has been promoted to Associate Dean for Research. Dr. Harder, who is also a Professor of Physiology, of Medicine, and of Pediatrics, is internationally recognized as an expert in the regulation of blood flow in the brain. His pioneering research has implications for the treatment of stroke, heart disease and cancer.
Sridhar V. Vasudevan, MD, GME ’77, was chosen as the 2008 recipient of the Spirit of Caring – Contributions to the Medical Profession Award by Community Memorial Hospital, Advanced Healthcare and Medical Associates Health Centers in Menomonee Falls, Wis. He was chosen for his hard work and dedication to the advancement of physical medicine and rehabilitation through leadership with state and national organizations. Dr. Vasudevan also received the Distinguished Clinician Award from the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at their 2007 annual assembly in Boston, Mass. He was recently re-elected to the Wisconsin Medical Society Board of Directors. Dr. Vasudevan is Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Kesavan Kutty, MD, Fel ’79, of Menomonee Falls, Wis., was re-elected to the Wisconsin Medical Society Board of Directors. Dr. Kutty also recently began a three-year term as a Regent of the American College of Physicians. He is Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary/ Critical Care Medicine) at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Robert B. Anderson, MD ’83, Fel ’89, was installed as President of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society at the Society’s 24th Annual Summer Meeting in Denver, Colo. In this position, he also serves on the Board of Directors of the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Outreach & Education Fund. Dr. Anderson, of Charlotte, N.C., is Chief of the Foot and Ankle Service in the Department of Orthopaedics and Vice-Chief of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Carolinas Medical Center. He is founder of the O.L. Miller Foot and Ankle Institute at OrthoCarolina. Dr. Anderson is Assistant Team Physician for the NFL Carolina Panthers football team as well as a consultant to Major League Baseball and a number of professional sports teams. He is editor-in-chief of the journal, Techniques in Foot and Ankle Surgery.
Tom P. Aufderheide, MD, GME ’86, was recently recognized as a Hero of Emergency Medicine by the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Aufderheide is Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin where he co-directs the adult translational research unit. He is also a senior attending staff member at Froedtert Hospital. Dr. Aufderheide is one of only a handful of nationally recognized physician/scientists actively engaged in National Institutes of Health-supported, out-of-hospital cardiac resuscitation research that is significantly improving national and international CPR education, training and clinical practice.
Mark E. DeCheck, MD, GME ’88, was re-elected to the Wisconsin Medical Society Board of Directors. Dr. DeCheck is a family medicine physician in private practice in Racine, Wis.
Randall L. Beatty, MD, GME ’89, is a colonel serving on active duty at the military trauma center in Balad, Iraq. Upon return from overseas he will resume his private practice of orbital/oculoplastic surgery at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Penn.
Benson T. Massey, MD, Fel ’90, has been selected as the 16th president of the Dysphagia Research Society for the 2008-2009 academic year. He previously served as president-elect, secretary treasurer and councilor for the society, and currently serves on the editorial board of Dysphagia, the society’s journal. Dr. Massey is Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology & Hepatology) at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Jeffery Molkentin, PhD ’94, a Professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, has been named one of 56 new Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators. Dr. Molkentin’s research team studies the signaling mechanisms that control cell growth, differentiation and death.
Meic H. Schmidt, MD ’94, GME ’01, was promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He serves as Associate Program Director of the Neurosurgery Residency Program and also directs the Neurosurgery Spine Fellowship.
Beth A. Drolet, MD, GME ’95, Professor of Dermatology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, was one of 48 senior female faculty nationwide selected to participate in the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program for Women. The one-year program prepares senior women faculty for leadership at academic health centers.
Suzanne Martens, MD ’95, GME ’99, MPH ’07, an emergency department physician at St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan, Wis., was elected Chairwoman of the Emergency Medical Services Physicians Advisory Committee. She was also elected Chairwoman of the Southeastern Regional Trauma Council.
Diana Kerwin, MD ’96, received the 2008 Outstanding Physician Award from the Alzheimer’s Association Wisconsin chapters. She received the award at the Association’s statewide conference. Dr. Kerwin, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Geriatrics/Gerontology) at the Medical College of Wisconsin, specializes in Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and memory disorders. Her research focuses on identifying risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease.
Frank Sparandero, MD, MPH ’98, was awarded an honorary doctor of science degree from DeSales University in Allentown, Penn. Dr. Sparandero, President and CEO of Sacred Heart Hospital, received the award at the May 2008 commencement exercises. He has participated in a number of community health ventures to address the issues of the uninsured and underinsured populations in the Lehigh Valley area. After working in private practice in internal medicine, Dr. Sparandero served as Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He served as a flight surgeon and medical squadron commander in the U.S. Air Force Reserve (retired). Before joining Sacred Heart Hospital, Dr. Sparandero was Vice President for Medical Affairs and Senior Director of Occupational Medicine and Health Services at Merck & Co.
Greg Orshansky, MD ’99, is currently an attending physician with the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and an Assistant Program Director for the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center-West Los Angeles VA Internal Medicine Residency Training Program. He married Jamie Van Note in 2006 and became a father to Jonah Phillip Orshansky on Oct. 30, 2007.
Jonathan Bock, MD ’01, completed a seven-year, research-intensive residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Iowa in June 2008. He was accepted for a one-year fellowship in laryngology and care of the professional voice at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. Jon and his wife Cristin welcomed Louisa Marianne Bock to their growing brood last fall, joining Charlie (5) and Theo (3). They are looking forward to possibly moving back to Milwaukee in the fall of 2009.
Jamie Costa, MD ’01, Fel 08, completed his vascular surgery fellowship at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin and has accepted a general and vascular surgery position with Surgical Associates in Wausau, Wis. Dr. Costa and his wife, Courtney, have two daughters, Natalie and Brooklyn.
Michael T. Meyer, MD, Fel ’01, was appointed Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Critical Care) at the Medical College of Wisconsin and to the medical staff of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. He returns to the Medical College from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. He was also on the staff at Methodist Children’s Hospital in San Antonio and Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. During his 13 years of service with the U.S. Air Force, he was stationed at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan as a critical care medicine consultant for Operation Enduring Freedom. He also assisted in the evacuation of critically ill patients from New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.
Andy J. Blint, MD ’02, completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Illinois-Chicago in 2007. He is currently finishing an orthopaedic trauma fellowship at Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio, and has accepted a position in orthopaedic traumatology with Rockford Orthopaedic Associates in Rockford, Ill. Casey Batten, MD ’03, accepted a position as Associate Team Physician at the University of California-Berkeley. He will continue on at the University of California-San Francisco as Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopaedics. Recently, he got engaged to Duke University graduate Alison Greenwood.
Heather Stefaniak, MD ’03, was honored with the University of North Carolina (UNC) Health Care’s distinguished 2008 Robert C. Cefalo House Officer Award for exhibiting compassion for her patients and demonstrating clinical expertise in her field of urology. Dr. Stefaniak is currently Chief Resident of Urology at UNC Health Care.
Sean Marks, MD ’04, was appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Neoplastic Diseases and Related Disorders at the Medical College of Wisconsin and to the medical staff of Froedtert Hospital. Dr. Marks completed a palliative medicine fellowship at the Medical College earlier this year. His research interests include investigating the palliative care needs of HIV patients.
Karen L. Meyer, MD, GME ’04, was honored with the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation’s Kenneth M. Viste, Jr., MD Young Physician Leadership Award. She was also elected to the Society’s Board of Directors. Dr. Meyer specializes in obstetrics and gynecology at the Fond du Lac Regional Clinic.
Matthias Riess, MD, PhD ’04, was appointed Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Physiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin and to the medical staff of the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center. Dr. Riess has been with the Medical College since 2000 when he began a postdoctoral research fellowship in anesthesiology, followed by an anesthesiology residency.
Susan Jacquez-Dean, MD, GME ’05, Fel ’07, joined Aurora Medical Group in DePere, Wis., where she specializes in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry.
Michael Levas, MD ’05, completed his pediatric residency at Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Mo., in June 2008 where he is now a Fellow in Pediatric Emergency Medicine. His oldest daughter, Sophia (2), now has a baby sister, Estella, born in December 2007.
Brian Snell, MD, Fel ’05, has joined Mercy NeuroScience Institute in Oklahoma City, Okla., as a neurosurgeon. He has extensive experience in the treatment of cranial and spinal trauma as well as cranial and spinal tumors. Prior to joining Mercy, Dr. Snell practiced for three years in Tyler, Texas.
Marjorie C. Wang, MD, Fel ’06, MPH, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin, was one of 15 junior faculty in the nation to receive a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Physician Faculty Scholars Award. The accompanying grant will support her research to improve surgery for degenerative changes of the cervical spine as well as improve patient knowledge about the condition.