Alumni Notes | Summer 2017


George M. Bohigian, MDGeorge M. Bohigian, MD, GME '66, received the Presidential Award from the St. Louis Ophthalmological Society. This award is presented to physicians to recognize distinguished contributions and service to the ophthalmic community, both locally and throughout the world. Dr. Bohigian serves as professor of clinical ophthalmology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.


Stuart J. Eisendrath, MDStuart J. Eisendrath, MD, '74, edited the book, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy: Innovative Applications, which was published by Springer. He and his co-contributors describe the evidence-based psychiatric applications of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. Although originally developed as a depression relapse prevention treatment, its applications have broadened to include a wide spectrum of disorders, such as insomnia, somatoform conditions, cancer and generalized anxiety disorder. Dr. Eisendrath has specialized in using mindfulness-based cognitive therapy with patients suffering from treatment-resistant depression. This work has led to several NIH-funded grants to investigate its clinical efficacy as well as effects on the brain viewed via functional magnetic resonance imaging. Dr. Eisendrath is professor of psychiatry emeritus at the University of California, San Francisco.

Michael F. Nolan, PhDMichael F. Nolan, PhD '75, was appointed assistant dean for basic science education at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. He previously served the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine as professor and vice chair of the department of biomedical science after joining the faculty in 2009. Dr. Nolan was named MCW's Graduate School Alumnus of the Year at the MCW/Marquette Alumni Association's 2016 Alumni Weekend. In 2014, he received the Master Teacher Award from the International Association of Medical Science Educators in recognition of his scholarship in neuroanatomy education.


Mark W. Burlingame, MD, FEL '82, joined WellSpan Cardiothoracic Surgery in York, Pennsylvania. He is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.


James D. Thomas, MDJames D. Thomas, MD '91, was elected as a member of the American Board of Emergency Medicine's (ABEM) Board of Directors. Dr. Thomas practices emergency medicine at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton, Massachusetts, and has served as a senior oral examiner with ABEM since 2014. He began serving as an ABEM oral examiner in 2002 and as an item writer for the ConCert™ Examination in 2012. ABEM develops and administers the emergency medicine certification examination and has certified more than 33,000 practicing emergency physicians.

Donald C. Hofheins, DDSDonald C. Hofheins, DDS, GME '96, was recognized as a "Give Kids A Smile" hero for his service and commitment to the Give Kids A Smile organization, which has delivered more than $8.2 million in free comprehensive dental services to more than 15,000 children in the St. Louis, Missouri, area. For more than a decade, he has driven over 100 miles from Rolla, Missouri, to volunteer his services at Give Kids A Smile's clinics in St. Louis each February and October. Dr. Hofheins was honored during the Greater St. Louis Dental Society's annual installation event on January 28, 2017.

Cathleen M. McCabe, MDCathleen M. McCabe, MD '96, received the newly created Castle Connolly Exceptional Women in Medicine Award. She also made a return appearance on Castle Connolly Top Doctors List for 2017. Dr. McCabe practices ophthalmology at Eye Associates in Bradenton, Florida.

Shawn K. Nelson, MD '96, formed Wellmont Medical Associates Mountain Empire Neurology along with two physician partners to provide specialty care in neurology throughout the Tri-Cities region of northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia. Dr. Nelson has served on the medical staff of Bristol Regional Medical Center (Tennessee) since 2000. Prior to joining Wellmont Medical Associates, Dr. Nelson and his partners provided care as part of Mountain Empire Neurology Associates and consulted with patients at their office in Bristol.

Melissa Y. Macias, MD '02, PhD '97, GME '09, joined the South Texas Brain and Spine Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. As a neurosurgeon, she treats every type of spinal disease and disorder, including disc herniations and spinal stenosis. She also treats complex degenerative conditions such as acquired adult scoliosis and basilar invagination, as well as trauma, infections and tumors of the brain and spine.

Laura L. Minikel, MDLaura L. Minikel, MD '97, marked her 10th year as program director of the Kaiser-Permanente Oakland obstetrics and gynecology residency program in Oakland, California. Dr. Minikel has been involved in teaching throughout her career and, in 2015, was awarded the Permanente Medical Group Teaching Award for Excellence in Medical Education. She was one of two recipients in Northern California.


Ellen C. Hayes, MDEllen C. Hayes, MD, GME '01, joined the Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine's Minneapolis practice. Dr. Hayes is a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist with experience in assisted reproductive technology as well as advanced laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery. During her residency training at MCW, Dr. Hayes was selected as the Outstanding Resident in Laparoscopic Surgery.

Taft Parsons III, MDTaft Parsons III, MD '01, was named chief medical officer for Molina Healthcare of Michigan. He manages the health plan's clinical operations throughout the state. Dr. Parsons joined Molina Healthcare in 2013 as vice president of behavioral health plans.

Rebecca M. Reim, MDRebecca M. Reim, MD '02, joined the emergency department at Holy Family Memorial Medical Center in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. She is a family medicine physician with extensive experience in obstetrics and in providing inpatient and hospitalist care, as well as serving in urgent care and emergency medicine settings. Her work in emergency medicine includes service at the Arctic Slope in Alaska, where she routinely stabilized and prepared patients for transfers that required a nine-hour plane ride.


Phillip J. Keith, MDPhillip J. Keith, MD '11, was named a partner at Dermatology Consultants, one of the largest and most historic dermatology practices in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. He treats general dermatology, cosmetic dermatology and skin cancer patients in St. Paul and Vadnais Heights, Minnesota.

Rachel R. Johnson, MDRachel R. Johnson, MD, GME '13, joined the University of Nebraska Medical Center faculty in July 2016 as assistant professor of internal medicine (pediatrics). Her clinical interests include preventive care for both adults and children, lifestyle medicine for chronic illness, women's health and transitional care for children with chronic diseases. Dr. Johnson served as chief resident in MCW's internal medicine-pediatrics residency program from 2013-14.

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