Alumni Notes | Fall 2017


William M. Valenti, MDWilliam M. Valenti, MD '72, recently published a memoir titled AIDS: A Matter of Urgency – A Doctor's Memoir. The book recounts his personal reflections and chronicles the HIV/AIDS epidemic from the eyes of someone on the front lines. After graduating from MCW and training in infectious diseases in his hometown of Rochester, New York, Dr. Valenti began treating some of the first HIV/AIDS patients in Rochester in 1981 and became an early leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Since then, Dr. Valenti has actively advocated for his patients as co-founder of the AIDS Community Health Center in Rochester, a medical facility for HIV care. Dr. Valenti also has raised thousands of dollars for AIDS research and has dedicated his life to finding a cure.


Robert B. Anderson, MDRobert B. Anderson, MD '83, FEL '89, joined the Green Bay Packers medical team and is a partner in a new practice at the Bellin Health Titletown Sports Medicine and Orthopedics clinic that is opening adjacent to Lambeau Field. Dr. Anderson is relocating from Charlotte, North Carolina, where he ran an orthopaedic practice and served as an assistant team physician for the Carolina Panthers. He will serve in a similar capacity with the Packers under their head physician, Patrick J. McKenzie, MD '83, GME '88. Dr. Anderson is most recognized for performing foot and ankle surgeries on professional athletes, including Cam Newton, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Derek Jeter.

Thomas Zoch*, MD '83, was named vice president of care management-clinical for Ascension Wisconsin. He will provide leadership and direction for the care and utilization management teams, working in collaboration with Ascension Wisconsin hospitals, clinics and community care providers. Before joining Ascension Wisconsin, Dr. Zoch was chief medical officer of care navigation, clinical documentation and compliance for Ministry Health Care. He is board-certified in internal medicine, emergency medicine, sports medicine and clinical lipidology. In addition, Dr. Zoch serves as assistant adjunct professor at MCW-Green Bay.

Jeffrey C. Whittle, MD, MPHJeffrey C. Whittle*, MD '84, MPH, is the MCW principal investigator on a new precision medicine research project that was awarded $5.3 million by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). MCW physicians and scientists will work with the Marshfield Clinic Research Institute and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health to implement the NIH's All of Us Research Program in Wisconsin. In addition, the BloodCenter of Wisconsin and regional federally-qualified health centers will aid in the engagement and recruitment of research participants as part of an ambitious nation-wide effort to advance research into precision medicine by better understanding how to account for the individual variability in biological makeup, environment and lifestyle of every patient to improve care.

Robert C. Brickner, MD '86, GME '89, FEL '91, recently was awarded the distinction of Fellow of the American College of Endocrinology at the 26th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists in Austin, Texas. Dr. Brickner is chief of endocrinology and metabolism at the Orlando VA Medical Center, which is affiliated with the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Brickner has been a board-certified endocrinologist for 26 years. The American College of Endocrinology is a scientific, educational and charitable medical organization dedicated to promoting the art and science of clinical endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism for the improvement of patient care and public health.


Beth B. Krippendorf, PhDBeth B. Krippendorf*, PhD '93, was awarded the Harry Beckman Basic Science Teaching Award from the MCW School of Medicine Class of 2017. Dr. Krippendorf serves as associate professor of cell biology, neurobiology and anatomy. She teaches extensively in the M1 Clinical Human Anatomy course and the Medical Neuroscience course, and serves as course director for M1 Medical Neuroscience.


Douglas A. Woo, MD '01, GME '05, joined the medical staff of OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital in Athens, Ohio. He is a board-certified neurologist specializing in multiple sclerosis. Dr. Woo is a member of the American Academy of Neurology.

Jennifer May, MDJennifer May, MD, GME '02, joined the Rapid City Medical Center in Rapid City, South Dakota. She is a board-certified rheumatologist and internist. Her clinical interests include treatment of osteoarthritis, gout, tendinitis, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, and she has a special interest in caring for patients with systemic vasculitis. Dr. May is the past president of Black Hills District Medical Society, served as counselor to the South Dakota State Medical Association, and currently is appointed to the South Dakota State Board of Medical Examiners.

Laure DeMattia, DO, MS, FEL '06, has joined Norman (Oklahoma) Regional Health System's Journey Clinic, a comprehensive clinic that also offers surgical weight loss options. Dr. DeMattia works with patients who have either a Body Mass Index (BMI) of more than 30 or a BMI of 27 with medical problems worsened by excess weight. Dr. DeMattia guides patients on food choices, patterns of eating, menu planning, sleep habits and the usage of medication. Her research fellowship at MCW focused on the prevention of childhood obesity.

Leigh Lurie, MD '07, joined Capital Digestive Care's office in Rockville, Maryland. She is board-certified in gastroenterology and internal medicine.


Humera Baig, MD '11, FEL '17, joined the medical staff of Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, Illinois. Dr. Baig is a board-certified radiologist.

Benjamin Beran, MDBenjamin Beran*, MD '11, GME '15, was appointed assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at MCW. Dr. Beran's passion is minimally-invasive gynecologic surgery, which encompasses hysteroscopy, laparoscopy and robotic-assisted laparoscopy. He also specializes in the performance of office gynecologic ultrasound. Dr. Beran has performed research in applications of surgical equipment, operating room procedures and uterine transplantation. He has multiple research awards and has shared his research during many local, national and international conferences and through multiple peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Beran is actively involved in the education of residents and medical students and seeks to improve their surgical knowledge and skillset, especially through surgical simulation.

Ronald G. Thomas, MD, MPH '11, was named chief medical officer at Florida Hospital New Smyrna in New Smyrna Beach. He oversees the hospital's functions related to physicians and patient care, including medical staff services, credentialing, compliance with accrediting bodies, patient satisfaction, infection control and other quality-of-care measures. Dr. Thomas is board-certified in internal medicine and emergency medicine. He most recently served as the chief medical officer at Florida Hospital Flagler in Palm Coast and has extensive prior leadership experience in emergency medicine at hospitals in Connecticut, Chicago and New Mexico.

Kevin J. Townshend, MD '14, GME '17, joined Ascension Medical Group in Wausau, Wisconsin, and practices family medicine at an outpatient clinic.

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