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Alumni Association Board of Directors

Barbara B. Calkins, MD '96, President

Barbara B. Calkins, MD '96, President

Representing Alumni Region 4 – Wisconsin

I have been practicing general pediatrics in an outpatient setting since 1999.  My education started at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where I have made lifelong friends and colleagues. After completing my residency at The Children’s Hospital of Colorado, I served as a Chief Resident, and then joined Aurora Pediatric Associates. After practicing there for three years in Colorado and then in Kansas City at Child Care Limited for two years, I settled in Wisconsin in 2005, and joined Westbrook Pediatrics. I am proud to be a part of Children’s Medical Group (CMG) within the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, caring for children ages birth to 21.  I have been fortunate to return to the community I grew up in, work in the community I live, and live near my extended family.

I have also been fortunate to have multiple leadership positions within Children Hospital/Children’s Medical Group.

Career Highlights

  • Board of Directors for the AAP, Colorado Chapter, and Editor of the Chapter Newsletter
  • American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatric Board Certification Examination Committee (10 years)
  • Quality Committee Board/ CMG/CHW
  • Finance and Strategy Board/CMG/CHW
  • Executive Board: Children’s Medical Group 
  • Physician Leadership Academy Participant
  • CHW and CMG Media Liaison
  • Medical College of WI: Alumni Association Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and current President Elect and 10/20 year reunion chair
  • “Top Doctor” M Magazine: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
 
Matthew I. Goldblatt, MD '97, GME '04, Vice President

Matthew I. Goldblatt, MD '97, GME '04, Vice President

Representing Alumni Region 4 – Wisconsin

I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and moved to the United States when I was 2 years old. My parents instilled in me the concepts that education and giving back to your community are extremely important. Because of that, I decided to serve in the US Air Force as a way of paying back for everything this country as allowed me to do. I also feel that being active with committees at MCW allows me to give back to this medical school.

I grew up in the Milwaukee area and went to the University of Wisconsin for undergrad. I went to MCW for medical school and Surgery residency. After completing a fellowship at the Ohio State University (don’t worry, I’ll always be a Badger), I completed my military commitment. Thankfully, I was able to come back home to continue my career and raise my children in Milwaukee.

Career Highlights

  • Awarded the Meritorious Service Medal from the United States Air Force in 2009
  • Hired as Assistant Professor by the Medical College of Wisconsin and named director of the Condon Hernia Institute in 2009
  • Appointed the Medical College of Wisconsin General Surgery Residency Program Director in 2014
  • Appointed the Chair of the Residents and Fellows Training Committee for the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) in 2015.  
  • Promoted to the rank of Professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2017
  • Appointed Program Co-Chair for the 2020 SAGES national meeting
 
George M. Lange, MD '75, Secretary-Treasurer

George M. Lange, MD '75, Secretary-Treasurer

Representing Alumni Region 4 – Wisconsin

After serving patients in my internal medicine/geriatrics practice, first in private practice and then with Ascension-Columbia St. Mary’s Westgate Clinic since 1978, I retired in 2018. My practice included inpatient, nursing home, hospice and clinic care as a primary care physician.  I have provided extensive professional and lay education on End of Life care and decision-making. Holding leadership positions in hospital and nursing home quality improvement has allowed me to contribute to better health care for patients.  I have been very active in my local, Wisconsin, and American Medical Associations, speaking on behalf of Wisconsin’s physicians and patients.
 

Career Highlights

  • Caring for patients who trusted in me as their internist and geriatrician practicing in Milwaukee from 1978 to 2018
  • President, Westgate Medical Group, an internal medicine practice of 9 physicians
  • President, Wisconsin Medical Society
  • Laureate Award, Wisconsin Chapter of the American College of Physicians
  • Delegate of the American Medical Association
  • Clinical Professor of Medicine, MCW
 
Jonathan M. Bock, MD '01

Jonathan M. Bock, MD '01

Representing Alumni Region 4 – Wisconsin

I am currently an Associate Professor in the Division of Laryngology & Professional Voice in the Department of Otolaryngology & Communication Sciences at the Medical College of Wisconsin. My clinical practice focuses on care of voice and swallowing disorders, and involves care for a multitude of teachers, pastors, lawyers, actors, singers, and other people who use their voice extensively for vocation or avocation. My research work has included both clinical and translational science protocols. I am currently the Otolaryngology Clerkship Coordinator for our department at MCW. I am an active performer and musician and perform both solo and with my band regularly around the greater Milwaukee area. I live in Milwaukee with my wife and 4 very musical and dramatic children.

Career Highlights

  • Member of the “Best Doctors in America” list continuously since 2011.
  • NIH Loan Repayment Program award recipient
  • Completed Clinical Research Scholars program at MCW 2013
  • Highest Patient Satisfaction Scores Award – Froedtert Specialty Clinics
  • MCW Outstanding Medical Student Teaching Award
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Honors Award 2018
  • Harris P Mosher Award for Best Triologic Thesis 2018 – Triological Society
  • Member of American Laryngological Association
 
Mark W. Bosbous, MD '05, GME '11

Mark W. Bosbous, MD '05, GME '11

Representing Alumni Region 4 – Wisconsin

I am a board certified plastic surgeon practicing in the West Bend area for Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin Community Physicians since completing my fellowship in 2012. My patient care focus is a balance of the latest cosmetic and reconstructive surgery techniques with a passion for delivering each patient natural results in a safe and thoughtful manner.

Currently serving as a preceptor in Plastic Surgery for students from the Marquette University PA program and an adjunct faculty in the MCW Department of Plastic Surgery serving as a preceptor for the cosmetic surgery rotation.

Career Highlights

  •  Plastic Surgeon, Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin Community Physicians
  • Plastic Surgery Board Certification 2012
  • St. Joseph West Bend Hospital Surgery Clinical Service Unit Director 
  • Board of Directors West Bend Surgery Center
  • 2017 St. Joseph Hospital West Bend Excellence in Medicine award recipient
  • 2018 Milwaukee Magazine Top Doctors
  • Wisconsin Society of Plastic Surgeons Board member
 
Bruce H. Campbell, MD, GME '85

Bruce H. Campbell, MD, GME '85

Representing Alumni Region 4 – Wisconsin

I completed the MCW otolaryngology residency in 1985 and a fellowship in head and neck surgical oncology at MD Anderson in Houston TX. I have been on the MCW faculty since 1987.

I love working with students and residents who are our soon-to-be alumni. Over the years, I have been clerkship director, pathway director, and residency program director. In addition, I have been privileged to work with many MCW alumni, both on campus and in the community.

I have a special interest in narrative medicine, and how it can help our learners be resilient and establish healthy physician-patient and collegial relationships.

One of my sons is an MCW alumnus (Class of 2016) and will complete his MCW otolaryngology residency in 2021.

Career Highlights

  • I received one of the MCW Distinguished Service Awards in 2018.
  • I work and operate each year with the ENT physicians at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya.
  • I have served on over 100 MCW, VA, and Froedtert committees, task forces, and searches during my career. 
  • I am part of the Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education, serving on the Faculty Pillar.
 
Nicole M. Chase, MD '07

Nicole M. Chase, MD '07

Representing Alumni Region 3 – Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio

As a board-certified Allergist/Immunologist, I provide outpatient care to children and adults in the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area. I joined my 50+ year old practice, St. Paul Allergy & Asthma, in 2013 and became a partner in 2014. I am a frequently-invited lecturer for the University of Minnesota Pediatrics and Internal Medicine residency programs, post-graduate clinical updates, and Grand Rounds for both Children's Minnesota and the University of Minnesota, where I hold adjunct faculty positions. I have served on several pharmaceutical advisory boards and national speaker bureaus. I am a fellow of both the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology and the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.

Career Highlights

  • Recognized annually since 2013 as a Top Doctor (Mpls | St. Paul magazine) or Best Doctor (Minnesota Monthly magazine)
  • NIH Loan Repayment Program recipient, 2010-2012J.C. Peterson Pediatrics Award, Department of Surgery Achievement Award, and The Millmann Award, Medical College of Wisconsin, 2007
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Medical College of Wisconsin, 2007
  • Iron Cross Society, University of Wisconsin, 2001  
 

 

Michael D. Curtis, MD '89

Michael D. Curtis, MD '89

Representing Alumni Region 4 – Wisconsin

I am a residency trained and board-certified emergency physician with over 30 years of professional experience and a notable record of contributions, impact and leadership in emergency medical services (EMS). I have more than 25 years of combined experience providing medical direction for the EMS systems associated with Ascension St. Michael’s Hospital in Stevens Point and Ascension St. Clare’s Hospital in Weston.

Since joining the staff at Ascension St. Michael’s Hospital in 1992 (then known as Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital), I have dedicated my career to working with EMS, fire service, law enforcement and emergency management.

I have served on several local, regional and statewide initiatives ranging from emergency medical services to community preparedness for hazardous materials releases, and disaster and terrorism preparedness.

Career Highlights

  • At just 18 years of age, Dr. Curtis began his career in the field of emergency services as a member of the Volunteer Fire Department in his hometown of Elm Grove, Wisconsin. After completing firefighter training, he began working as an EMT in the summer of 1977 while attending Marquette University.
  • After completing his board certification in emergency medicine, I became a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
  • During my tenure as the EMS Medical Director at Ascension St. Michael’s and Ascension St. Clare’s, I served as the medical director for several area EMS services.
 
Thomas deHoop, MD ’90, GME ’91

Thomas deHoop, MD ’90, GME ’91

Representing Alumni Region 6 - Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota and Washington

Like many of my classmates, I moved to Milwaukee from California.  I came to love the Midwest where I  spent the next 25 years. Milwaukee and MCW will always hold a special place in my heart because there I was able to fulfill my dream of practicing medicine. I owe a debt of gratitude to Dr. David Foley, Ob/Gyn at St. Joseph’s, for inspiring me to go into Ob/Gyn.

I loved the Midwest enough to stay there for the next 20 years in Cincinnati for residency and then on fulltime faculty at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. I had the privilege of teaching about 1000 medical students and 100 residents in my time there.

I decided it was time to move back west and to focus more time on my practice, so for the past nine years, I have lived and practiced at the foot of Glacier National Park in Kalispell, Montana. I am part of a 5-person group that does a majority of the deliveries in our town. I am currently a volunteer faculty at University of Washington and the current WWAMI Ob/Gyn Site Coordinator for Kalispell.

Career Highlights

  • Kalispell Regional Medical Center, Montana
    • Vice Chief and Chief of Staff Elect
    • Chair Department of OB/GYN
    • Chair Robotic Surgery Steering Committee
  • University of Cincinnati (UC)
    • Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
    • Chair of Medical Student Education and Clerkship Director for OB/GYN
    • UC College of Medicine Silver Apple Award for Teaching 2006-11
    • “Top Doctor” Cincinnati Magazine 2005-11
    • Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
    • APGO Excellence in Teaching Award
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
    • Reunion Committee Volunteer, Class of 1990
  • Committed to underserved patient populations
 
 
José Franco, MD ‘90, GME ‘93, FEL ’94

José Franco, MD ‘90, GME ‘93, FEL ’94

Representing Alumni Region 4 – Wisconsin

After growing up in Spain and then New Jersey, I graduated from Rutgers University and moved to Milwaukee to attend MCW. I thought I would be here for four years, but after falling in love in Milwaukee, I stayed for both my residency in internal medicine and fellowship in gastroenterology, and then joined the faculty here alongside my wife. In addition to teaching students, residents, and fellows, my clinical duties include the care of patients with liver disease. Over the last 15 years, I have had the privilege to hold various leadership roles related to medical education and working with the students here at MCW has been the highlight of my career.
 

Career Highlights

  • Professor of Medicine with secondary appointments in Surgery, Pediatrics and Physiology, 2010
  • Medical Director of Liver Transplant, 1995-2010
  • Curriculum and Evaluation Committee Chair, 2008-11
  • Medicine Clerkship Director, 2008-11
  • Discovery Curriculum Director, 2011-14
  • STAR Center Director, 2012-present
  • GI Director of Education, 2014-present
  • Michael Bolger Standing Ovation Award, 2014
  • Associate Dean for Educational Improvement, 2014-present
  • Community and Institutional Pillar Director in the Kern Institute, 2017-present
  • Ernest Henschel Best Teaching Clinician Award, 2011
  • MCW Distinguished Service Award, 2013
  • Leonard Tow Humanism Award, 2018
  • Harry Beckman Best Teaching Basic Scientist, 2018
  • America’s Top Doctors, 2005-2020
  • Walter Zeit Fellow
  • Student Assembly advisor
 
Ronald J. Gerrits, PhD '99

Ronald J. Gerrits, PhD '99

Representing Alumni Region 4 – Wisconsin

Since graduating from MCW in 1999 I have served on the faculty at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), my undergraduate alma mater. My specialty is teaching health-science courses such as physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology and similar.

I have served as the program director for the Master of Science in Perfusion program since 2001, led our faculty governance body for multiple years and have worked with a variety of educational programs for both high school students and high school faculty.

Professional projects have generally been curriculum and educational research focused. This includes developing curriculum for the Open Learning Initiative Physiology project, Pearson foundation, Tophat Corporation, and others.

Career Highlights

  • Received the Oscar Werwath Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award in 2006, my first year of eligibility.
  • President of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society, 2017-18.
  • Perfusion program graduates have achieved a 100% pass rate on their board exams during my time as program director.
  • Initiated many changes to institutional policies, record retention, and communication methods as chair of faculty governance.
Donald A. Hackbarth, MD '77, GME '82

Donald A. Hackbarth, MD '77, GME '82

Representing Alumni Region 4 – Wisconsin

I have spent the better part of 45 years in and around the MCW campus. I was accepted to MCW in 1973. Following graduation from MCW in 1977, I matched into the MCW Orthopaedic surgery residency graduating in 1982. I spent 2 ½ fulfilling and exciting years in general orthopaedic practice in Burlington, WI. I was accepted into the Orthopaedic Oncology Fellowship at the University of Florida in 1985 where I was educated by William Enneking, MD and Dempsey Springfield, MD. I was invited to return to Milwaukee and MCW by my old Chief, Bruce Brewer, MD in July 1986 to establish a Division of Musculoskeletal Oncology at MCW. I was busy building and running the section until November 1993 when I took a hiatus and re-entered private Orthopaedic practice with colleagues from MCW.

In May 2000, I was invited by Jeffrey Schwab, MD to return to the MCW residency faculty to re-establish the Orthopaedic Oncology section and a multi-disciplinary musculoskeletal oncology group. Dave King MD joined me in 2002. He became our chair of Orthopaedic Surgery in 2016. J.C. Neilson MD joined us in 2010. Recently Adam Wooldridge MD has joined our Orthopaedic Oncology section.

It has been an exciting journey over the past 19 years as we built a nationally recognized Musculoskeletal Oncology program. The highlight of each week has been our very well attended (standing room only), Musculoskeletal Oncology Tumor Boards at both Froedtert/MCW and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin as well as our multi-disciplinary tumor clinics. We participate in many studies, and our group has published over 30 studies and articles.

Career Highlights

  • Recipient of the MCW Distinguished Service Award in September 2014.
  • Recipient of the MCW Alumni Association Humanitarian Award in May 2017.
  • Received the MCW Orthopaedic Surgery Resident Education award 5 times between 1987 and 2017.
  • Recipient of a “Health Care Hero” award by the Business Times in 2005.
  • Participating in medical and surgical missions in Leogane, Haiti from 1997-2001 and Matagalpa, Nicaragua from 2007-2017
  • Developing an M-4 medical school elective to Nicaragua giving many students their first experience with humanitarian medical and surgical missions.
 
Ann H. Klopp, MD '03, PhD '02

Ann H. Klopp, MD '03, PhD '02

Representing Alumni Region 5 – Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah

I graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2002 where I completed both my MD and PhD degree. I subsequently went to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston where I completed my residency in Radiation Oncology and have specialized in the treatment of gynecologic cancers. I grew up in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin and have family that lives in the Milwaukee area that I visit frequently. I have three kids 15, 11, and 6. I enjoy playing traveling, swimming and playing tennis when I can.

 

Career Highlights

  • Section Head of gynecologic radiation oncology at MD Anderson cancer center
  • Center Medical Director for Mays Clinic at MD Anderson
  • Co-lead the HPV cancers moonshot program at MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Researching the microbiome and immune response in HPV cancers treated with radiation therapy.
  • President Elect for 2021-22 of the American Brachytherapy Society
  • Co-chair of the Corpus Committee at the NRG.
Beth B. Krippendorf, PhD '93

Beth B. Krippendorf, PhD '93

Representing Alumni Region 4 – Wisconsin

I have dedicated my teaching service to MCW for more than 20 years. During that time, I taught and served as laboratory director for several courses including Cell and Tissue Biology, Medical Neuroscience and Clinical Human Anatomy. I am currently the course director for Medical Neuroscience, and help students learn anatomy in the School of Medicine and School of Pharmacy.

My educational scholarship has focused on the development of teaching materials and assessment methods. Topics for my educational publications and presentations include virtual microscopy, an online interactive laboratory manual, computerized examinations and grading, and video examination questions.

Career Highlights

  • The Harry Beckman Basic Science Teaching Award – selected by the MCW senior class (2004, 2008, 2013, 2017)
  • National Medical Honor Society – Alpha Omega Alpha – awarded by newly elected members of the MCW Beta chapter in recognition of gifted teaching (2009)
  • MCW Society of Teaching Scholars – in recognition of teaching excellence and outstanding contributions as an educational scholar and leader (2010)
  • Promotion to Professor in the Clinician Educator / Educator Pathway (2018)
Thomas M. Krummel, MD ‘77

Thomas M. Krummel, MD ‘77

Representing Alumni Region 7 - California and Nevada

I feel privileged to have started my career at MCW. Following surgical and pediatric surgical training over a decade, I have held academic posts at MCV/VCU, Penn State and Stanford Universities.

The surgical care of infants and children has been my primary clinical focus throughout a 40-year career. Other areas of interest/contribution include neonatal ECMO, fetal tissue repair, simulation and VR based surgical training and robotic surgical device development and use.

For more than 15 years, I have co-directed the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign. This program is designed to teach the invention and implementation of new technologies through interdisciplinary research and education at the emerging frontiers of engineering and the biomedical sciences.

I have served in leadership positions in many surgical societies, and was the President of the American Pediatric Surgical Association from 2013-2014.

Career Highlights

  • Stanford University School of Medicine
    • Emile Holman Professor/Chair Surgery (1998-2015) - Now Emeritus
    • Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign Program Co-Director
  • Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Susan B. Ford Surgeon in Chief (2002-2016)
  • AAP-William E Ladd Medal Award 2020
  • Fogarty Institute for Innovation Board of Directors Chairman
  • International Scientific Committee at IRCAD, University of Strasbourg, France President
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
    • Millman Award, 1977
    • Alumni Association Alumnus of the Year, 2003
Marlene D. Melzer-Lange, MD '75, GME '78

Marlene D. Melzer-Lange, MD '75, GME '78

Representing Alumni Region 4 – Wisconsin

I currently serve as a pediatric emergency medicine physician at Children’s Wisconsin and was the medical director of the Emergency Department/Trauma Center at Children’s. Having served many children and adolescents sustaining violent injuries in my clinical setting, I partnered with stakeholders to develop Children’s Project Ujima, one of the first hospital-based violence intervention programs in the country.

As faculty at MCW, I have had experiences on the Rank and Tenure Committee, and currently serve on the medical school Admissions Committee. My scholarly work is focused on care of the violently injured, adolescents, and emergency care. I chair Children’s Domestic Violence Committee which supports efforts to screen, identify, and support those who are exposed to domestic violence.

Career Highlights

  • Medical Director, Project Ujima
  • Recipient of MCW’s Distinguished Service Award and the American Academy of Pediatrics Michael Shannon Award for Compassionate Emergency Care
  • Past-President of Children’s Medical Staff
  • Served teen mothers and their children at Teen Pregnancy Services of Milwaukee for 18 years
  • Caring for children and adolescents in Children’s Emergency Department/Trauma Center
  • Chair the American Academy of Pediatrics Violence Prevention Subcommittee
 
Elizabeth A. Nietert, MD '06

Elizabeth A. Nietert, MD '06

Representing Alumni Region 4 – Wisconsin

I am an MCW graduate, MD class of 2006. After graduation, I complete my internship and dermatology residency at Southern Illinois University in 2010. I have been in private practice dermatology in Wisconsin, now practicing in my hometown of Wausau. I also travel back to my residency in Illinois as part-time faculty and help teach the dermatology residents. I love having students in my private practice and work with the local family practice residents. I am volunteer faculty at Wausau Family Medicine Residency Program.  Most days of the week you will see a PA student, college kid home for a break, or even high school student following me around. Teaching my art, as per the Hippocratic oath we took, has kept me up to date and contributed to my love of being a physician. I have also served as President of the Wisconsin Dermatologic Society.

Career Highlights

  • President of Wisconsin Dermatologic Society, 2010
  • Part-time faculty at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Dermatology Residency
  • Volunteer faculty at UW School of Medicine and Public Health Wausau Family Medicine Residency
Jessica M. Olson, PhD '15, MPH '17

Jessica M. Olson, PhD '15, MPH '17

Representing Alumni Region 4 – Wisconsin

I am an Assistant Professor in the Institute for Health & Equity. My research is dedicated toward leveraging and integrating the strengths of basic, clinical, and community research to reduce disparities in cancer incidence and mortality.

Currently, I am a member of the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment’s Cross-Cutting Initiative, an eight-year investment focused on reducing breast and lung cancer disparities in the state of Wisconsin. In addition, I am collaborating on projects to identify circulating biomarkers that indicate cancer incidence, tumor progression, or subsequent cancer treatment-induced cardiotoxicity.

Additionally, I currently serve as Chair of the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Women in Science Sciences. I am passionate about scientific educational outreach, pipeline programming, and increasing diverse representation of researchers and clinicians on MCW’s campus.

Career Highlights

  • Named Director of the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Basic and Translational Sciences Program in 2019.
  • Vice Chair of the National Lung Cancer Round Table’s State-Based Initiatives Task Force, a national coalition of public, private, and voluntary organizations dedicated to reducing incidence of and mortality from lung cancer in the United States.
  • Recipient of the 2017 President’s Community Engagement Award.
  • Recipient of the 2017 Milwaukee Academy of Science’s Program of the Year Award.
  • Named Chair of the Women in Science Series in 2015.
  • Mentor to four outstanding students at the undergraduate and medical school level of training.
Betty S. Pace, MD ’81, GME ’84

Betty S. Pace, MD ’81, GME ’84

Representing Alumni Region 4 – Wisconsin

Since 1994, when I established a basic research lab focused on sickle cell disease at the University of South Alabama, my work has been funded by the NIH. Having led other programs and earned national recognition (including a stint as chief medical officer for the National Sickle Cell Disease Association of America), I currently serve as the Francis J. Tedesco Distinguished Chair in Pediatric Hematology Oncology at the Georgia Cancer Center, Augusta. Parallel research efforts, I have dedicated my career to training young investigators at the undergraduate, graduate and faculty levels.  In 2006, I was awarded funding from NIH/NHLBI to train underrepresented minority junior faculty conducting biomedical research related to blood disorders. In the NHLBI-PRIDE Program, we have trained 85 scientists from institutions across the US to increase diversity of the biomedical research workforce.

Career Highlights

Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

  • Tedesco Distinguished Chair in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
  • Professor, Pediatrics
  • Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Professor, Graduate Studies

GRU Faculty Senate Basic Science Faculty Award 2013

University of Texas at Dallas

  • Lifetime Diversity Champion Award 2010

Popular Science “Brilliant 10” US Scientists 2003

Medical College of Wisconsin

  • Walter Zeit Fellow – established The Betty S. Pace, MD Endowed Scholarship Fund

American Society of Hematology, Honorific Award for Leadership in Promoting Diversity 2017

Thomas E. Palmer, MD '71, GME '76, FEL '85

Thomas E. Palmer, MD '71, GME '76, FEL '85

Representing Alumni Region 4 – Wisconsin

After graduation from MCW in 1971, my professional life of 43 years has been dedicated to the clinical practice of medicine, which included seven years in primary care, followed by twenty-nine years in specialty care (interventional cardiology), mostly in the Milwaukee area.

I have been very fortunate to have had the strong support of my wife and three sons during this time. My greatest fulfillment in my medical life has been the opportunity to serve the patients and families entrusted to my care, with skills, insights, and sensitivities taught me by all of my MCW professors and instructors. I am very grateful for all of these experiences.

Career Highlights

  • National Health Service Corp., US Public Health Service, Brownstown, IN, 1972-1974
  • President, American Heart Association (Wisconsin Chapter), 1977-1980
  • Private Practice, Harwood Medical Associates, SC, Wauwatosa, WI, 1977-1982
  • Private Practice, Duchelle, Acevedo, Hess & Palmer, SC, Milwaukee, WI, 1985-1999
  • Private Practice, Cardiology Associates of Waukesha, SC, Waukesha, WI, 1999-2014
Carol E. Ritter, MD '83

Carol E. Ritter, MD '83

Representing Alumni Region 1 – Connecticut, DC, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia

My 30+ years of practicing women`s health medicine has focused on educating women to understand their bodies and be more confident in their lives as a result. I have found that my patients are my best teachers. Collaboration between doctor/patient and teacher/student has been my secret weapon for success. The last two decades I have used this same approach to teaching residents. I find it an honor and a duty to train the next generation of doctors.

Career Highlights

  • Director of Women`s Minimally Invasive Surgery at Greater Baltimore Medical Center
  • President of Baltimore County Medical Association
  • Board member of MedChi, Maryland House of Medicine
  • Board Member Center for Healthy Maryland
  • Baltimorean of the year 2005
  • MCW Humanitarian Award 2008
  • Med Chi Distinguished Member Award 2010 for making a documentary, If the Bough Breaks, on efforts to change tort reform in Maryland
  • Maryland Defense Force 2007 Humanitarian Award for working in Bosnia
  • 2011 Real Simple Magazine Recognition in Article: 5 Inspiring People
Malika L. Siker, MD, GME '11

Malika L. Siker, MD, GME '11

Representing Alumni Region 4 – Wisconsin

Since joining the MCW faculty in 2011 immediately after completing residency in the MCW Department of Radiation Oncology, I have devoted my professional career to the care of oncology patients, diversity, inclusion, and health equity.

Within radiation oncology, I am an Associate Professor with clinical interests in hematologic and CNS malignancies and have held national and local leadership positions focused on workforce diversity and developing educational opportunities aimed at improving health equity, including community partnerships.

Within academic medicine, I am Associate Dean for Student Inclusion and Diversity where I oversee pipeline programs and initiatives to improve inclusion for students from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine. As a faculty member of the Kern Institute, we are using human-centered design and considering the role of character and caring as we develop innovative initiatives to address inclusion and diversity.

Career Highlights

  • Awarded 40 Under 40 by Milwaukee Business Journal in 2019
  • Named Young Professional Power Broker by Milwaukee Business Journal in 2019
  • Listed in National Influencers: Rising Stars by The Business Journals in 2019
  • Member of the inaugural class of American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Pipeline Protégé Program for leadership development
  • Chair of the ASTRO Committee for Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (CHEDI)
  • Academic Co-Chair for the Community Advisory Board (CAB) of the MCW Cancer Center
Herbert J. Zimmers, MD '70, GME '76

Herbert J. Zimmers, MD '70, GME '76

Representing Alumni Region 4 – Wisconsin

I am a retired Radiologist having worked in diagnostic radiology for 25 years at St. Michael Hospital in Milwaukee and 10 years at Milwaukee Medical Clinic/Aurora. During my retirement, I frequently attend radiology and general medical lectures and am active in the planning committee for the MCW Symposium for Retired Physicians. Presently my wife and I split our retirement time between Milwaukee and Largo, FL

Career Highlights

Working as a general radiologist in a local community hospital (St. Michael Hospital Milwaukee). In that era before sub-specialization, the general radiologist was involved in all the different modalities as they were being developed. This was a very dynamic time in radiology. I particularly enjoyed angiography and the beginning of interventional procedures.

Alumni Association Directors Emeritus

Cynthia A. Bauer, MD '74, GME '75
Brian J. Bear, MD '84, GME '89
Steven C. Bergin, MD '74, GME '78
John T. Bjork, MD '71, Fel '76
Robert O. Buss, MD '66, GME '68
John O. Chamberlain, MD '52
Donald E. Chisholm, MD '56, GME '64
Timothy A. Crummy, MD '97
Timothy T. Flaherty, MD '59
Walter E. Gager, MD '63, GME '67
Daniel J. Geenen, MD '89, GME '92
Neil Guenther, MD '83, GME '88
Paul E. Hankwitz, MD '74, GME '78
Kathleen M. Hargarten, MD '82, GME '85
Donald J. Heyrman, MD '56
Walter J. Hogan, MD '58
Roger P. Johnson, MD '67, GME '73, MS '65
William J. Listwan, MD '68, GME '74
Marie L. Nakata, MD '89, GME '93
Jane L. Neumann, MD '70, GME '73
James A. Stadler, MD '73, GME '77
Kathleen S. Stokes, MD '87, GME '91
Gilbert S. Wadina, MD '61
Daniel R. Wartinbee, MD '77, GME '82
Thomas G. Wittmann, MD '84, GME '87