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The ClassNotes below were received through August 2011; any received afterward will appear in the next issue.



Aubrey C. Tanner, M.D., writes, “I still live on a golf course and attempt to play the game (with limited success but much appreciation of the real golfers). I spent Christmas in the Yukon with two daughters, their spouses and five grandchildren — the next stop is Newfoundland with daughter No. 3, her husband and three grandchildren. My son, Mark, lives nearby and visits often with his wife, Susan, and two more grandchildren. Life is good! I’m looking forward to news of my classmates.”


The Class of 1952 celebrates its 60th reunion at the 2012 Reunion Weekend, June 1–3, 2012. Please mark your calendar. If you’d like to join the reunion committee, please contact UW Medicine Alumni Relations at

Glen R. Stream, M.D. ’82, Res.’85 (family medicine), MBI, FAAFP, a physician in Spokane, Wash., became president of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) on Sept. 14, 2011. The AAFP represents more than 100,000 physicians and medical students; as president, Stream will advocate on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide to inspire positive change in the U.S. healthcare system.


Lowell E. (Bud) White, M.D., is the author of Toward a Healthy Tomorrow, published in January 2011 by Trafford Press and dedicated to his UW School of Pharmacy and UW School of Medicine classmates.


Henry A. Kuharic, M.D., Res. ’60 (internal medicine), now lives in downtown Seattle. He’s thankful to have easy access to events downtown and at the University of Washington, noting they’ve both grown into major communities during his lifetime. This spring, on the way to the American College of Physicians meeting in San Diego, Calif., he had a wonderful visit with classmate James C. Caillouette, M.D., and his wife, Joan, in Pasadena. Kuharic still makes volunteer rounds on former patients when they’re in nearby hospitals and says, “Once a physician, always a physician.”


In early July 2011, Jack E. Games, M.D., Res. ’61 (psychiatry and behavioral sciences), received the 50-Year Life Medal from the 55th Convocation of Distinguished Life Fellows and Life Members of the American Psychiatric Association. He was especially pleased to find some of his colleagues in the same listing.

Alan W. Gunsul, M.D., will be attending his 11th Summer Olympic Games next year in London and is signed up for Rio de Janeiro in 2016. His primary interest is track and field. He also plans to visit Rome in 2011, followed by a cruise of the Eastern Mediterranean, visiting historical cities such as Naples, Messina, Athens and Ephesus.


Douglas O. Corpron, M.D., Res. ’58 (general surgery), continues to be active with the UW Medicine Alumni Association and enjoyed celebrating with classmates at their 55th anniversary last June. Corpron is board chair of Community Health of Central Washington, and he traveled to Thailand in January with a Whitworth College student group led by his daughter, Pamela Corpron-Parker. While there, he celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Kwai River Christian Hospital, which he helped establish.

This last year has been a difficult one for Orval Dean, M.D. He spent more than three weeks in the hospital with a MRSA infection, which left him with permanent kidney damage and chronic anemia. After nursing him back to a reasonable level of health, his wife, Josephine, passed away on April 11. They had been married nearly 53 years. Dean was able to resume pastoral ministry to the seniors in his church, which has been his primary pastime for the past 13 years.

Donald E. Engstrom, M.D., and his wife, Arliss, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on March 18, 2011. The celebration was hosted by their three children and their spouses at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane, Wash.


The Class of 1957 celebrates its 55th reunion at the 2012 Reunion Weekend, June 1–3, 2012. Please mark your calendar. If you’d like to join the reunion committee, please contact UW Medicine Alumni Relations at


Helen Rotous Rockas, M.D.
Helen Rotous Rockas, M.D.

Eleni (Helen) Rotous Rockas, M.D., recently celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary with her husband, Chris. Rockas retired in 2004 and worked as a volunteer at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece, where her ability to speak her native language was an asset. Retirement also has increased her interest in geriatrics. Through the Fresno County Medical Society, Rockas has developed a presentation on “The Causes, Prevention and Treatment of Stroke,” which she presents at senior centers. She’s also busy having coffee with girlfriends, attending Greek Orthodox Church choir conferences, singing with the Fresno Community Chorale, giving concerts in Italy, China, France and Israel, and meeting with her book club and the Daughters of Penelope; additionally, she has three grandchildren. Rockas welcomes classmates to stop by for a visit.

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In March 2011, Kenneth L. Casey, M.D., received the Mitchell B. Max Award for Neuropathic Pain, sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and endowed by the United States Cancer Pain Relief Committee, the Mayday Fund and friends of Dr. Mitchell Max.

James E. Dalen, M.D., writes, “I keep busy as the executive director of the Weill Foundation, as associate editor of the American Journal of Medicine and with teaching in the University of Arizona Colleges of Medicine and Public Health.”

Frank W. Ogden, M.D., recipient of the 2011 UW Medicine Alumni Association Humanitarian Award, is planning to return to Kibuye Hospital in Burundi in early 2012 to teach medical students at the school named after him: the Frank Ogden School of Medicine of Hope Africa University.

Richard H. Rahe, M.D. ’61, Res. ’65The Stresses of War: Richard Rahe

After 20 years of service in the U.S. Navy, with many academic appointments, a fellowship in Sweden and numerous awards, Richard H. Rahe, M.D. ’61, Res. ’65, is now a staff psychiatrist for the Veterans Administration in Salem, Ore. He counsels servicemen and women returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, specializing in those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

During his time in the military, Rahe helped to set up evaluation and treatment programs for POWs returning from Vietnam and Americans held hostage in Iran in the late 1970s. He later served as a consultant for the U.N.’s War Crimes Tribunal — on how best to handle witnesses — and he worked with the World Health Organization in Zagreb, Croatia.

“It has been extremely rewarding to have a career in stress research and therapy for more than 55 years — and still counting!” says Rahe.

Michael K. Reedy, M.D., writes, “Here is an image of me in spring 1972, in a group portrait of the Duke anatomy department that only turned up in local archives two weeks ago. I’m afraid the corduroy jacket is not up to the standard of my former tweed. I’m puzzled that we are not all wearing bell-bottom trousers. I am pretty sure I wore some one-and-a-half years later, when Mary and I were wed. I’m still hoping for five more NIH-funded years, but it is much tougher now, even though we (we think) have solved the mechanism of stretch-activation in the asynchronous fibrillar type of insect flight muscle. (See the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published Jan. 4, 2011.) Mary knew we were on this trail and starting to make progress just a few days before she died of metastatic breast cancer in California in 2008. I’m only 77 — how can I quit until we prove ourselves right or wrong, one way or another? It might offer a key to a mechanism and therapy for congestive heart failure.”

Michael K. Reedy, M.D., corduroy jacket, circa 1972.

Michael K. Reedy, M.D., corduroy jacket, circa 1972.


The Class of 1962 celebrates its 50th reunion at the 2012 Reunion Weekend, June 1–3, 2012. Please mark your calendar. If you’d like to join the reunion committee, please contact UW Medicine Alumni Relations at

Shay Bintliff, M.D.
Shay Bintliff, M.D.

Shay Bintliff, M.D., writes, “I was the only female in a class of 75. Wow, have times changed!! Aloha, classmates! I know this is a really crazy photo, but so much fun. This is my shark hat — I wear it when I am racing Hawaiian canoes in the open ocean.”

Frank I. Backus, M.D., Res. ’68 (psychiatry/behavioral sciences), and his wife, Mary Lee, have recently downsized. They enjoy visiting their children and grandchildren in Bend, Ore., and travel in other parts of the world. They continue to be involved in creek and riparian habitat restoration, environmental advocacy, playing bridge, hiking, birding and reading.

Since leaving an active nephrology practice and moving to Bainbridge Island, Robert W. Fortner, M.D., and his wife, Nancy, owned and operated a bookstore, and graduated a daughter with a master’s degree in women’s studies. They now run Sweetlife Farm, and they welcome visitors.


Raymond E. Vath, M.D., Res. ’69 (psychiatry/behavioral sciences), former president of the UW Medicine Alumni Association, retired from his psychiatric practice on July 1, 2011.


The Class of 1967 celebrates its 45th reunion at the 2012 Reunion Weekend, June 1–3, 2012. Please mark your calendar. If you’d like to join the reunion committee, please contact UW Medicine Alumni Relations at

Retired in December 2009 after a 42-year career in emergency medicine, David W. Eckert, M.D., worked the last 12 years for Northern California Kaiser in Roseville and Sacramento. Now living in Arizona in the West Phoenix Valley, he enjoys access to NASCAR races at Phoenix International Raceway as well as NFL football at University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals. Golf is a major pastime, and the weather allows for several rounds per week.


Andras G. Lacko, M.D., Ph.D., professor of molecular biology and immunology at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, jointly developed nanoparticles loaded with small interfering RNA to silence cancer-promoting genes which selectively shrank or destroyed ovarian cancer tumors in mice.

As of January 2011, G. Thomas Ruebel, M.D., is retired from full-time practice. He still does some breast cancer diagnosis work in Everett. He and his wife, Diane, have lived on Camano Island, Wash., since 2002, and they recently returned from a trip to Italy involving a choral music festival and cooking school.

Hugh L. Straley, M.D., Res. ’68, and his wife, Linda, live in Seattle. Straley retired from Group Health in 2008 after almost 30 years of practice in oncology and administrative medicine. They spent a year traveling the world and returned to Seattle, where he took a job as the chief medical officer for a small Medicare health plan, Soundpath Health. The Straleys have family in Seattle, and they spend as much time as they can with the kids. Straley plans to retire permanently in 2011, and the couple has plans for more travel in the next year.


Ronald A. Miller, M.D., a physician with Glacier Medical Associates, is retiring after approximately 40 years of practicing medicine. During much of his career, Miller served as a preceptor for students from the UW School of Medicine. He was named the Montana Family Physician of the Year in 2008.

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Peter J. Adesek, M.D., celebrated his engagement to Sun Hui Creecy of Colorado Springs, Colo., in November 2010 in South Korea.

Peter J. Adesek, M.D., and Sun Hui Creecy

Peter J. Adesek, M.D., and Sun Hui Creecy


The Class of 1972 celebrates its 40th reunion at the 2012 Reunion Weekend, June 1–3, 2012. Please mark your calendar. If you’d like to join the reunion committee, please contact UW Medicine Alumni Relations at


Jeanette Mladenovic, M.D. ’74, Res. ’78, Fel. ’81, MBA, MACPBack in the Northwest:
Jeanette Mladenovic

Jeanette Mladenovic, M.D. ’74, Res. ’78, Fel. ’81, MBA, MACP, was named the new provost at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Ore. Mladenovic, who completed a chief residency and fellowship in hematology and oncology at UW Medicine, is joining OHSU this fall.

Before taking her current post, Mladenovic held administrative positions at the State University of New York, the University of Colorado, the State University of New York at Stony Brook, the University of Minnesota and, most recently, the University of Miami, where she was the senior associate dean at the Miller School of Medicine.

“What I’ve enjoyed most about my career is the privilege of working with such talented faculty and students,” says Mladenovic. “In Oregon, I am joining a wonderful institution with a bold vision in a great part of the world — the Northwest.”

Susan M. Ott, M.D., Res. ’82 (internal medicine), UW adjunct faculty in the Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, was featured with her husband, David Ralph, in The Seattle Times on Feb. 25, 2011. The couple spent a year climbing every public-use outdoor stairway in Seattle, covering at least 100 miles.


The American Academy of Family Physicians has named William R. Phillips, M.D., Res. ’78, MPH, UW professor in the Department of Family Medicine, and the holder of the Theodore J. Phillips Endowed Professorship in Family Medicine, the Philanthropist of the Year.


The Class of 1977 celebrates its 35th reunion at the 2012 Reunion Weekend, June 1–3, 2012. Please mark your calendar. If you’d like to join the reunion committee, please contact UW Medicine Alumni Relations at


Michael B. Henley, M.D., was appointed a leadership fellow program mentor by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) for 2011–2012, and he was invited to help organize the initial meeting of the AAOS Orthopaedic Quality Institute. He also has been appointed chair of the AAOS Coding Classification and Reimbursement Committee. Additionally, Henley was recently awarded membership in the 20th Century Orthopaedic Association.

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Richard (Rick) Angelo, M.D., began serving his one-year term as president of the Arthroscopy Association of North America in April 2011. His practice at Evergreen Orthopedics in Kirkland, Wash., focuses on knee and shoulder repair and reconstruction.

Michael J. Lippman, M.D., was featured in The Seattle Times, March 12, 2011, by columnist Danny Westneat. Twenty-four years after Lippmann had delivered a baby and nursed him through intensive care — at no cost, since the child’s parents had no health insurance — the “baby,” now a 24-year-old-man, paid Lippmann back. After going to college and landing his first job in biomedical engineering, the patient wrote a $1,000 check to North Public Health Center, where Lippmann works.


The Class of 1982 celebrates its 30th reunion at the 2012 Reunion Weekend, June 1–3, 2012. Please mark your calendar. If you’d like to join the reunion committee, please contact UW Medicine Alumni Relations at


UW Associate Professor of Family Medicine Raye Mestas, M.D., Res. ’86 (family medicine), gave the commencement address when the Class of 2011 graduated on June 4.


Randall S. Fowler, M.D., Res. ’88 (family medicine), completed a residency at Spokane Family Medicine and became board-certified in emergency medicine. He is now the senior partner at Rocky Mountain Emergency Physicians in Pocatello, Idaho. Fowler loves emergency medicine, and an interest in global medicine has led him to Honduras, Ecuador and Uganda on medical-mission trips. He has been watching UW Medicine’s partnership with Kenya — the development of a medical training program based on the WWAMI program — with interest. As he enters the next stage of his career, he’d like to become more involved in medical education in East Africa.

John S. Jarstad, M.D., was invited to teach eye surgery at a site in North Korea, where he introduced microincision cataract surgery. Jarstad is currently an adjunct associate professor for surgery at Pacific University College of Optometry, where he is a member of the board of regents.


The Class of 1987 celebrates its 25th reunion at the 2012 Reunion Weekend, June 1–3, 2012. Please mark your calendar. If you’d like to join the reunion committee, please contact UW Medicine Alumni Relations at


Russell G. Maier, M.D. ’88, Res. ’93 (family medicine), has been selected as the Family Medicine Educator of the Year by the Washington Academy of Family Physicians. Russell is an important figure in public health in his community (Yakima, Wash.), spearheading the drive for water fluoridation. He is nationally recognized for his contributions to dental education and training in family medicine residencies.

Brent S. E. Rich, M.D., is entering his seventh year as the director of Utah Valley Sports Medicine and team physician for Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.


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Chris J. Covert-Bowlds, M.D., is now living in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle, with a great 15-mile bicycle or bus commute to Group Health in Bothell, where he’s a family physician. His son, Steven, is a junior at Digipen in Redmond, learning to be a video game programmer. It’s his dream job. His daughter, Sarah, who loves the saxophone and bicycling, entered Western Washington University this fall. Covert-Bowlds’ wife, Debi, is getting ready to move from Ferndale to join him in their Seattle home, hoping to find interesting, inspiring work. The family recently held a weeklong family reunion for Covert-Bowlds’ parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. They also led a family team in the Ski to Sea race in May in Bellingham, Wash.

Anne M. Larson, M.D., Res. ’94 (internal medicine), has been named the director of the Liver Transplant Program at Swedish Medical Center.


The Class of 1992 celebrates its 20th reunion at the 2012 Reunion Weekend, June 1–3, 2012. Please mark your calendar. If you’d like to join the reunion committee, please contact UW Medicine Alumni Relations at

Justin Osborn, M.D., UW assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine, became the associate program director for UW Medicine’s Family Medicine Residency Program in July 2011.

Mark A. Sutton, M.D., is an assistant clinical professor of urology with Baylor College of Medicine, and he practices at Texas Medical Center in Houston. Twice recognized with a Clinical Faculty of the Year award, he’s also the urology chief at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston. He and his wife, Tiffini, have been married for 24 years, and they have two children.


Pamela A. Sheffield, M.D., Res. ’96 (family medicine), was very excited to return to UW Medicine in July 2011. She’s the chief for a new UW Neighborhood Clinic, one designed to promote team medicine, in Seattle’s Ravenna neighborhood. She says, “I love being a family doctor and thrive on new challenges, so this has been a great opportunity for me. Please come and visit me in my new location!”


Mary E. Barinaga, M.D., became president of the Idaho Academy of Family Physicians in May 2011. Barinaga is part-time faculty at the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho in Boise, and she serves as assistant dean for the Idaho WWAMI program.

Donald J. Green, M.D., was deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan several times, and spent six years at the Navy Trauma Training Center at the Los Angeles County Medical Center. Green is now back home in Tucson, Ariz., with his wife and young son. He will work with his mentor, Peter Rhee, M.D., MPH, Fel. ’95, ’96, at University Medical Center, a Level I trauma center; he also will serve as the medical director of trauma services at the University Physicians Hospital on the University of Arizona’s Kino campus. Read more about this serviceman-surgeon at; search for “battlefield.”


The Class of 1997 celebrates its 15th reunion at the 2012 Reunion Weekend, June 1–3, 2012. Please mark your calendar. If you’d like to join the reunion committee, please contact UW Medicine Alumni Relations at

Anne M. Eacker, M.D., UW associate professor in the Department of Medicine, joined the faculty of UW Medicine’s College Program in July 2011.

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The Class of 2002 celebrates its 10th reunion at the 2012 Reunion Weekend, June 1–3, 2012. Please mark your calendar. If you’d like to join the reunion committee, please contact UW Medicine Alumni Relations at


Margaret L. Jackson, M.D., joined the faculty of UW Medicine’s College Program in July 2011.

Elizabeth M. Topsky, M.D., started a new job as a family physician for the Pueblo of Jemez Health and Human Services in April 2011. She lives with her husband and three children in Rio Rancho, N.M.


The Class of 2007 celebrates its 5th reunion at the 2012 Reunion Weekend, June 1–3, 2012. Please mark your calendar. If you’d like to join the reunion committee, please contact UW Medicine Alumni Relations at

Erik S. Brand, M.D., completed a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins, where he served as chief resident and president of the house staff. Brand began a sports medicine fellowship at Harvard Medical School in August 2011.

Alison D. Madsen, M.D.
Alison D. Madsen, M.D.

Alison D. Madsen, M.D., is back in the city of her birth, fulfilling a dream that took miles into the journey to discover. Like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Madsen discovered there really is “no place like home.” And, perhaps, no place like Walla Walla’s Family Medical Center.

Ashok Reddy, M.D., has been selected to be a 2012 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Clinical Scholar. Through this program, he will learn to conduct innovative research and work with communities, organizations, practitioners and policy-makers in order to take a leadership role in improving health and health care in the U.S. Reddy will begin his fellowship in fall 2012 at the University of Pennsylvania.

Elise (Lisi) Jensen Simons M.D., and Reed W. Simons M.D., recently finished their residencies in Rochester, N.Y., and have moved to Palo Alto, Calif., where Elise is starting a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at Stanford and the University of California, San Francisco. Reed will be working as an emergency physician at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. In the midst of all these changes, the one they are most excited about is the arrival of their new baby!

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