Alumni Notes | Fall 2016


Eugene M. Bozymski, MD '60, GME '66Eugene M. Bozymski, MD '60, GME '66, became emeritus professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He will continue to work at the Durham VA Medical Center and serve as adjunct professor of medicine at Duke University School of Medicine.


Clarence P. Chou, MD '77, FEL '83Clarence P. Chou, MD '77, FEL '83, received the Wisconsin Medical Society's Presidential Citation. Dr. Chou serves as an associate clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral medicine at MCW, and as a staff psychiatrist with the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division. Dr. Chou served the Wisconsin Medical Society as president in 2007 and 2008. He also served as a member of the Society's Board of Directors for 11 years, including as chair and vice chair. Dr. Chou previously served as president of the Medical Society of Milwaukee County.

Steven Leven, MD '79, GME '82, FEL '84Steven Leven, MD '79, GME '82, FEL '84, is professor of medicine, division of pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of California Irvine School of Medicine (UCISOM). He also is medical director of the medical intensive care unit and medical director of respiratory therapy at the University of California Irvine Medical Center. Dr. Leven was voted Subspecialist Attending of the Year by internal medicine residents at UCISOM in June 2016, for the fifth time.


Stephen D. Boren, MD, GME '80, MBA, wrote a book chapter about Milwaukee Braves pitcher Max Surkont, which was published by the Society for American Baseball Research, Inc., in the book From the Braves to the Brewers: Great Games and Exciting History at Milwaukee's County Stadium. Dr. Boren described how Surkont struck out eight pitchers in a row in a game against the Cincinnati Reds on May 25, 1953 – a feat that stood as a modern consecutive strikeout record until 1970.

Michael Ostrov, MD, GME '81Michael Ostrov, MD, GME '81, was promoted to chief medical officer for WPS Health Insurance and Arise Health Plan, based in Madison, WI. He joined WPS in February 2015 and previously served as medical director, network and quality. In April 2016, the Wisconsin Medical Society named Dr. Ostrov as its 2016 Physician Citizen of the Year for his work in the areas of advance care planning and end-of-life care in Wisconsin.

Laurel M. Bear, MD '84, GME '87Laurel M. Bear*, MD '84, GME '87, was recognized by the Steve and Shari Sadek Family Camp Interlaken JCC (Eagle River, WI) for 25 years of service, including as medical director and a member of the Camp Committee, which she chaired from 1998–2001. In addition to scheduling physicians for the eight weeks of camp, Dr. Bear has prepared personalized care plans based on each camper's records, and has been instrumental in improving the health center facilities.

Mark Harlow, MD '86, GME '91Mark L. Harlow, MD '86, GME '91, received the South Dakota State Medical Association 2016 Community Service Award, which is given "in recognition of exemplary involvement in community affairs." He was selected for his years of service to the Pine Ridge Indian Hospital and as a director of the Cornerstone homeless mission, and for his work as the chair of Special Olympics South Dakota.


Bryce A. Kerlin, MD '96, was promoted to professor of pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus. He is a pediatric hematologist-oncologist at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, and also serves as the director for The Joan Fellowship in Pediatric Hemostasis-Thrombosis. In addition, Dr. Kerlin is a principal investigator in the Center for Clinical and Translational Research at the Nationwide Children's Research Institute; his laboratory's research includes the study of kidney diseases and their effects on blood flow.

Kyja Stygar, MD '97, joined the faculty for the new Mayo Clinic Family Medicine Residency Program in Eau Claire, WI. The program is recruiting its first class of residents for 2017. Dr. Stygar practiced family medicine in Mayo Clinic Heath System – Red Cedar clinic in Menomonie, WI., for 16 years and is thrilled to have a formal role in graduate medical education.


Babu S. Doddapaneni, MD, GME '01, will see patients in a new cardiology department at Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health – Crawfordsville (IN) hospital. He is a member of Franciscan Physician Network Indiana Heart Physicians, a group based in Indianapolis that serves communities throughout the region. Dr. Doddapaneni focuses on nuclear cardiology, diagnostic catheterization and echocardiography.

Parameswaran Hari*, MD, FEL '04, MS '06, was appointed associate division chief for hematology and oncology in the department of medicine at MCW.

Nicole Lohr*, MD '06, PhD '04, FEL '12, was appointed chief of the division of cardiology at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee. She will oversee the VA's ongoing investment in cardiology and has extensive clinical, research and administrative experience contributing to the innovative care of cardiology patients.

Alison J. Kriegel*, PhD '08, was awarded a five-year $1.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to investigate the underlying principles of chronic kidney disease and its correlation to cardiovascular diseases. Dr. Kriegel serves as assistant professor of physiology at MCW.


Paul Stellmacher*, MD '12, is assistant professor of medicine, divisions of hematology and oncology and general internal medicine, at MCW. He specializes in hospice and palliative medicine as well as hospitalist medicine.

Johnathan Ebben, PhD '16, and his fellow members of the biotechnology startup company, NanoRed Therapeutics, were among 10 winners of the Center for Advancing Innovation's Nanotechnology Startup Challenge in Cancer. Participating teams proposed ideas for utilizing one of eight inventions identified for use in the challenge. Winners were selected by a panel of expert judges. NanoRed Therapeutics is working on a new therapy for childhood rhabdomyosarcoma, in which tumors grow in muscle and connective tissue. Dr. Ebben is a current medical student at MCW in the Medical Scientist Training Program.

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