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The ClassNotes below were received through January 2012; any received afterward will appear in the next issue.

Many classes have special reunion gatherings this year, as noted below. They — and ALL of our alumni, faculty and friends — are invited to the 2012 Reunion Weekend, June 1 –3, 2012. We hope to see you there!

1950s

1952

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 medalum@uw.edu.

1957

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 medalum@uw.edu.

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1960s

1962

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 medalum@uw.edu.

George Lavenson, Jr., M.D., is still on call all over the world. Today’s Army is short of vascular surgeons, and the Society for Vascular Surgery organizes volunteers to help. A veteran of the Vietnam War and the first Gulf War, Lavenson recently volunteered at the U.S. Army’s Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. He and his wife, Judy, a medical technician, have volunteered in northern Guatemala, and Lavenson spent three weeks working in American Samoa in summer 2011. He has done three tours to treat wounded GIs from Iraq and Afghanistan and is gratified to see that some of the methods he and his colleagues developed in Vietnam are still in use.

1966

Donald H. Mott, M.D., was awarded the Greater Tacoma Peace Prize in 2011 for his work with the medically underserved in China. On a different note, he and his wife attended the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway, on Dec. 10, 2011 — “a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” writes Mott.

1967

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 medalum@uw.edu.

1968

Joel A. DeLisa, M.D., Res. ’75 (rehabilitation medicine), has been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. DeLisa served as professor and chairman of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at New Jersey Medical School for the past 25 years. His textbook, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: Principles and Practice, is now in its 5th edition and has been translated into multiple languages.

Roger M. Oakes, M.D., Res. ’74 (family medicine), turned in his scrubs in September 2011 after 37 years of service in Port Angeles, Wash. Oakes said he is most proud of his service as an infantry battalion surgeon in Vietnam and for raising, with his wife, Martha, two sons who became family physicians.

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1970s

1970

Kaj Johansen, M.D. ’70, Ph.D., a clinical professor at the UW School of Medicine, has been elected to a twoyear term as chief of vascular surgery at Swedish Medical Center. A nationally known vascular specialist and surgical educator, Johansen is widely recognized throughout the Pacific Northwest not only for his technical skills, but also for the consultative assistance he provides surgical colleagues in remote and rural areas. After graduating from the UW, he completed his surgery training and a Ph.D. in physiology/pharmacology at the University of California San Diego in 1978. Johansen joined The Polyclinic in 2008.

1972

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 medalum@uw.edu.

1975

William R. Phillips, M.D., Res. ’78 (family medicine), MPH
William R. Phillips, M.D., Res. ’78

William R. Phillips, M.D., Res. ’78 (family medicine), MPH, has been named the 2011 American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation Philanthropist of the Year. Phillips (no relation) holds the Theodore J. Phillips Endowed Professorship in Family Medicine at the UW School of Medicine.

1977

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 medalum@uw.edu.

Glen A. Halvorson, M.D., Res. ’80 (rehabilitation medicine), an active supporter of orphan and widow ministries, has adopted five children. This year, Halvorson and his 15-year-old daughter will travel to an orphanage in Addis Adaba, Ethiopia, to bring home Samuel, a 5-year-old who lost his parents to malaria last year. As a rehabilitation resident at UW Medicine, Halvorson diagnosed a patient with malaria and another with borrelia recurrentis within one week of each other while rotating through emergency services. The chief of medicine was surprised that a rehab intern made those diagnoses. Says Halvorson, “Guess he forgot I was a UW student . . . I still marvel at how incredibly great an education I received in Seattle.”

Glen A. Halvorson, M.D., Res. ’80, and his famiily.

Glen A. Halvorson, M.D., Res. ’80, and his famiily.

Lawrence D. (Larry) Grouse, M.D. ’72, Res. ’73, Ph.D.A Bill of Rights for COPD: Lawrence D. (Larry) Grouse, M.D. ’72, Res. ’73, Ph.D.

“Now that I’m spending more time as a patient than as a physician,” says Lawrence D. (Larry) Grouse, M.D. ’72, Res. ’73, Ph.D., “I realized that more attention needs to be paid to patient preferences and outcomes.”

Grouse is the executive director of the International COPD Coalition (ICC), a global organization that supports access to care for people suffering from COPD. Although chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is most often caused by smoking, it also can be caused by pollution and biomass fuel use.

In 2009, the ICC developed a bill of rights for COPD patients. Grouse and his colleagues are using the bill — which includes the right to safe air and a safe environment — as a tool. For instance, the ICC is working with Prof. Nanshan Zhong and the Chinese Health Ministry in a global initiative to diagnose the disease early, when there may be a better chance of stopping or reversing its course. The ministry is motivated, in part, by the rise of COPD cases and related deaths in China, one of the side effects of the country’s rapid industrialization.

“We obtained the strong support of the Chinese Health Minister, Dr. Zhu Chen, for our program,” says Grouse. And on Nov. 6, 2011, the ICC presented an achievement award to Dr. Chen and the Chinese Health Ministry for their work in combating COPD.

Read more about the ICC’s recent conference.

 

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1980s

1982

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 medalum@uw.edu.

1984

John S. Jarstad, M.D., a former faculty member in the Department of Ophthalmology, was selected to serve as the team leader of a humanitarian mission for the U.S. Naval Mercy Pacific Partnership in 2012 by Latter-day Saints (LDS) Charities. In May, Jarstad and his wife, Patricia, will deploy to Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia to oversee 120 LDS volunteer physicians, nurses and paramedical personnel on ship and in clinics on shore.

LeeAnna Muzquiz, M.D., a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation, has returned home. A family physician, her practice is based in the new, three-story Tribal Health Clinic in Polson, Mont.

 

1987

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 medalum@uw.edu.

W. Conrad Liles, M.D., returned to the Department of Medicine as associate chair for research in January 2012.

 

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1990s

1990

Marshall S. Horwitz, Ph.D, M.D.
Marshall S. Horwitz,

Ph.D, M.D.

Marshall S. Horwitz, Ph.D. ’88, M.D. ’90, Res. ’92 (internal medicine), conducted the U.S. portion of a study that discovered a new genetic defect, one that predisposes people to acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplasia. The findings — the result of an international collaboration in Australia, Canada and the U.S.— were reported in the advanced online publication of Nature Genetics.

Emily Y. Wong, M.D., has joined the Li Ka Shing faculty of medicine at the University of Hong Kong. She will teach, practice and participate in research within the university’s Department of Family Medicine and Primary Care.

1992

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 medalum@uw.edu.

1996

Frederica C. Overstreet, M.D., was accepted into the Department of Medical Education and Biomedical Informatics Teaching Scholars Program, which fosters academic leadership.

1997

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 medalum@uw.edu.

Nassim P. Assefi, M.D. ’97The Thrillionaire:

Nassim P. Assefi, M.D. ’97

What’s a thrillionaire? Someone who enjoys giving simply for the thrill of it. The word was coined by philanthropist Ruth Ann Harnisch, but School of Medicine alumna Nassim P. Assefi, M.D. ’97, has embraced it as her own.

“I came to realize early in adulthood that I had won the lottery of birth — in North America, to educated and supportive parents…and this perspective has fueled my deep desire to give back,” says Assefi, a second-generation Iranian- American. One of the ways she gives back is her medical practice; Assefi works at Country Doctor Community Health Centers in Seattle, which serves people whether or not they can pay for care. She also volunteers for human rights clinics through Health Rights International and Physicians for Human Rights, networks of volunteer physicians that evaluate and advocate for torture victims.

Assefi is a novelist, too — Say I Am You, her second book, explores privilege, the promises and perils of humanitarianism, and what two young Muslim women in post-Taliban Afghanistan do with their lucky lot in life. And soon, she’ll be adding another accomplishment to a long list of accomplishments: the birth of her first child.

“The practice of medicine is more of a hobby for me these days than my professional livelihood, and I’ve never been happier,” says Assefi. Read more about Assefi at www.nassimassefi.com or follow her on Twitter at @nassefi.

 

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2000s

2002

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 medalum@uw.edu.

2003

Research by Jared M. Baeten, M.D., Ph.D., is included in TIME magazine’s new book, 100 New Scientific Discoveries: Fascinating, Unbelievable and Mind- Expanding Stories. Baeten is medical director of the UW International Clinical Research Center, which coordinates multi-center infectious disease prevention trials.

 

2007

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 medalum@uw.edu.

Mark Uranga, M.D., and Becky Gannon Uranga, M.D., are back in Boise, Idaho. Mark works at St. Luke’s Boise and Becky works for OB/GYN Associates in Meridian, Idaho. They hope to attend the 2012 reunion depending on their call schedules and their new baby boy, Joseba Gannon Uranga.

2011

Blaise Bellows, M.D., is a member of the inaugural class of a new, fouryear residency in UW Medicine’s Division of Emergency Medicine. Residents will train at UW Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle Children’s and Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett.

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