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

Special note: Our alumni, faculty and friends are invited to the 2012 Reunion Weekend, June 1 –3, 2012. We hope to see you there!


Department of Family Medicine

Tom E. Norris, M.D., Fel. ’89, has been named chair of UW Medicine’s Department of Family Medicine. Norris also was recognized by the American Academy of Family Physicians for outstanding patient care, philanthropy, education and leadership at its annual scientific assembly.

Glen R. Stream, M.D. ’82, Res. ’85, was recognized by the American Academy of Family Physicians for outstanding patient care, philanthropy, education and leadership at its annual scientific assembly.

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Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine

James E. Branahl, M.D., Fel. ’85, received the 2011 Marsha Goodwin-Beck Interdisciplinary Award for Excellence in Geriatric Clinical Care Delivery. The award, given by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, recognizes outstanding geriatric healthcare providers and leaders in the interdisciplinary care of older veterans.


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Division of Hematology

John M. Harlan, M.D., Res. ’77, Fel. ’78, was recently appointed the first Eloise Giblett Endowed Professor in Hematology in UW Medicine’s Division of Hematology. The professorship pays tribute to the memory of scientific giant Eloise Giblett, M.D. ’51, Fel. ’55, a UW research professor and the former executive director of Puget Sound Blood Center. Harlan investigates endothelial cell and leukocyte biology.


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Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition

Kristina M. Utzschneider, M.D., Res. ’96, Fel. ’05, received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the nation’s highest honor for scientists at the beginning of their independent research careers.


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Division of Nephrology

Rahgu Durvasula, M.D., Res. ’02, has been appointed dialysis director for UW Medical Center (UWMC). He also serves as associate medical director for inpatient care at UWMC.


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Department of Pathology

Kimberly H. Allison, M.D., Res. ’07, wrote Red Sunshine, a memoir about her journey from physician to patient after a diagnosis of stage III breast cancer. She continues to initiate women on the same journey in her capacity as director of breast pathology at UW Medical Center.


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Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

Kevin N. Hakimi, M.D., Res. ’00, has been named director of rehabilitation care services (RCS) at Puget Sound Health Care System. RCS provides medical and therapeutic services throughout the hospital, nursing homes and within the VA’s accredited programs.

As medical director of the Amica Seattle Marathon in 2011, Mark A. Harrast, M.D., Res. ’00, was responsible for organizing and coordinating care for participants.

UW Medicine rehabilitation medicine faculty Stanley A. Herring, M.D., Res. ’82, in conjunction with Richard G. Ellenbogen, M.D., the chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery, has helped launch a new online course for healthcare professionals. Heads Up to Clinicians: Addressing Concussion in Sports Among Kids and Teens was supported by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention and the National Football League, and the course appears on their websites.


Mark Jensen, M.D., Res. ’90, has published Hypnosis for Chronic Pain Management: Therapist Guide (Treatments That Work). The guide is written for clinicians who treat patients with chronic pain or clinicians who want to acquire the skills needed to apply hypnosis to pain management.

Botulism Toxin Injection Guide, by Ib R. Odderson, M.D., Res. ’89, is now available in four languages: Chinese, Korean, Russian and English. Published in 2008, Odderson’s book covers the use of botulinum injections for neurologic conditions.

Janet M. Powell, Ph.D. ’01, OTR/L, was recently appointed head of the UW Division of Occupational Therapy. Powell joined the faculty in 2001 after 20 years of clinical practice in pediatrics and adult physical disabilities.

Jelena N. Svircev, Fel. ’06, was appointed the director of the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Fellowship Program at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System.

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