Alumni and Student Updates

Celebrating Reunion Weekend

From the wine-tasting at Urban Enoteca, to the trip to Woodland Park Zoo, to a night to remember at the Space Needle, alumni and their families enjoyed the 2012 Reunion Weekend, held in early June. We hope that you enjoy some of the photos from a memorable few days!

The Class of 1962

Class of 1982 graduates gather for some fun on Reunion Weekend: Dale Reisner, M.D., Linda Vorvick, M.D., Res. ’85, and Grady Hughes, M.D., Res. ’86.

Saman Naficy, M.D., Brian Cameron, M.D., Tracy Cameron, M.D., Derek Palmer, M.D., and Anita McIntyre, M.D., share a “Class of 1992” moment.

Photos: Jennifer Richards, Team Photogenic

We’d also like you to save the date for the 2013 Reunion Weekend: May 31–June 1, 2013. All classes are invited, and we will be holding reunions for the classes of 1953, 1958, 1963 (their 50th reunion), 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2008. We’ll see you there!

Great BeginningsNew WWAMI connection, new alumni director

Annie Pontrelli
Annie Pontrelli

We have exciting news to share about staffing at UW Medicine. First, the director of alumni relations, Annie Pontrelli, has taken on a new role: director for regional programs. In this position, Pontrelli will build upon the many relationships she’s already made, all while connecting alumni with a vital part of our mission — educating students from the WWAMI region for the WWAMI region. “I can’t believe I’ve been here for almost 12 years,” says Pontrelli. “Everyone has been so supportive, and I have had the opportunity to work with wonderful alumni. I’m looking forward to meeting many more in the months ahead!”

Sarah Brown Rothschild
Sarah Brown Rothschild

Our new alumni relations director, Sarah Brown Rothschild, joined us in September. Rothschild has a decade of experience in alumni and media relations, with positions at the University of Arkansas Alumni Association, the University of Virginia and the Atlantic Coast Conference in Greensboro, N.C. Rothschild, who has a B.A. in psychology from the University of Virginia, is excited to be at UW Medicine. “I am thrilled to join the UW Medicine family, and I look forward to meeting and working with alumni to continue building a vibrant and relevant alumni association for you,” she says.

Both Rothschild and Pontrelli would enjoy hearing from alumni, and they can be reached at or We welcome them to their new roles!

Notable Alumni — and a Notable EducationThis year’s award recipients; nominate for next year

This year’s notable alumni, from left to right: David Wolter, M.D. ’52, Res. ’58, and Samuel Tarica, M.D. ’52 (with Dean Paul G. Ramsey, M.D., in the middle), John Kendall, Jr., M.D. ’56, Melissa Smith, M.D. ’87, Res. ’91, and Bradley Bernstein, Ph.D. ’97, M.D. ’99, with his daughter, Sophia.

Photos: Jennifer Richards, Team Photogenic

In June, five exemplary UW School of Medicine alumni were celebrated through the UW Medicine Alumni Association with major alumni awards. This year’s alumni award recipients include John Kendall, Jr., M.D. ’56, a worldrenowned endocrinologist who received the Distinguished Alumni Award; Bradley Bernstein, Ph.D. ’97, M.D. ’99, a genomic investigator who received the Alumni Early Achievement Award; Melissa Smith, M.D. ’87, Res. ’91, recipient of the Humanitarian Award, who has dedicated her career to underserved populations; and Samuel Tarica, M.D. ’52, Res. ’55, and David Wolter, M.D. ’52, Res. ’58, co-recipients of the Alumni Service Award for decades of service to the alumni association.

Want to nominate an excellent alumnus or alumna for the 2013 alumni awards? We’d like to hear from you; submissions are due by Dec. 31, 2012. Learn more at, or contact UW Medicine Alumni Relations at, 206.685.1875 or toll free 1.866.633.2586.

WWAMI Celebrates its 40th: In Photos!

In honor of the 40th anniversary of our regional medical education program, states in WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) scheduled a number of celebrations. Missoula, Mont., probably wins the prize for best costumes: see below for the 70s-themed photos from their celebration in May 2012.

Far left: Margaret (Peggy) Schlesinger, M.D., Res. ’81, left, is the WWAMI track director in the WWAMI Missoula program office; with her is former colleague Megan Twohig.

Above: Mary Helgeson (left) and Suzie Thomas, representatives from the Area Health Education Center (AHEC), enjoy the festivities.

Left: First-year medical student Nick Loomis poses with Katie Adams from St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.

Photos: Marjorie Wenrich

At the University of Idaho-Washington State University, the WWAMI celebration was planned to coincide with another special ceremony: students receive their white coats during their first-year orientation.

Photo courtesy of UI-WSU

Alumni Wanted!
Service learning & more

Student-alumni Informational Days are a great way to help students learn more about medical careers. On the right are gracious hosts Johanna and Darik Taniguchi, M.D. ’88, Res. ’91, who invited students to share a meal and information. They were joined by (left to right): Molly and Patrick Adams, Chisula Chambers, Greta Tubbesing and Stephanie Lukas.

Service learning is an important part of the medicalschool experience for our students, and we invite our alumni to be part of it. Combining community service with medical experience, service learning often involves providing medical care to underserved communities through partnership with free clinics, local community organizations and volunteer physician preceptors. If you would like to become a preceptor, or if you see an opportunity for service learning in your community, contact Lauren Henricksen, the School’s service learning manager, at or 206.685.2009.

There are plenty of other opportunities to help students, too, such as participating in the Student-alumni Informational Days (SAID) program, where students learn what it’s like to be a doctor. Or signing up for HOST, the Help Our Students Travel program, in which alumni offer students a place to stay during residency interviews. Interested? Please contact us at, 206.685.1875 or toll free 1.866.633.2586.

Our Docs are TopsThe annual magazine review is in!

Seattle Magazine published its annual review of top doctors in Seattle — in specialties ranging from cancer, to geriatric medicine, to orthopaedic surgery — and more than 150 of our alumni and faculty were listed.

We congratulate our top docs, and we also congratulate alumni faculty who’ve recently received promotions at UW Medicine. You’ll see some of those promotions listed in the ClassNotes sections; promotions for clinical and affiliate faculty are also highlighted.

Honoring our Veteran AlumniNominations are open for a UW award

This year, the University of Washington Alumni Association inaugurated the Distinguished Alumni Veteran Award, given to a living veteran who has made a positive impact on their community, local or global. Many UW Medicine alumni have served in the military, and we encourage you to honor your favorite vet by submitting a nomination for the 2013 awards (the 2012 nominations closed in August). The award will be presented each year on or around Veteran’s Day. Learn more or submit a nomination.

A Challenge For YouTask force seeks your input on alumni association of the future

Alumni task force

Anna Chavelle, M.D. ’57, the chair of the alumni association’s task force, is issuing you a challenge. Charged with developing a strategic vision and plan for the future of the UW Medicine Alumni Association by past president Trish Raymer, M.D. ’89, Res. ’92, Chavelle and her colleagues — listed below — want to hear from you!

“We’re taking on really important issues,” says Chavelle. “If you’re interested in how we can better serve all our alumni, what the association does for students, or what our philanthropic focus should be, we want to hear from you!”

By gathering data through an alumni survey and focus groups, members of the task force will produce a series of recommendations on these and other topics — such as regional engagement — for the UW Medicine Alumni Board by June 2013.

How can you be involved? Any number of ways! Call us to reserve your spot in a focus group, take a few minutes to take our survey (scheduled for November), talk to a member of the task force, or simply email UW Medicine Alumni Relations at with feedback. We look forward to hearing from you.

The UW Medicine Alumni Task Force

Anna Chavelle, M.D. ’57, Chair

Kenji Asakura, M.D., Res. ’09

Angela Chien, M.D. ’95

Dan Downey, M.D. ’83

Trish Raymer, M.D. ’89, Res. ’82

Terry Scott, PA-C (Seattle Class 25)

Carol C. Teitz, M.D., Res. ’80

Brian Vath, M.D. ’00, Res. ’03, ’06

Julie Vath, M.D. ’00

Task force members, pictured from left to right (above): Anna Chavelle, Julie Vath, Brian Vath, Dan Downey, Terry Scott and Trish Raymer.

Celebrating Our StudentsMilestones shared with family, friends

It’s a popular tradition. Family Day, held in September, helps acquaint new students — and their family and friends — with the rigors of medical school. The Clinical Transition Ceremony, held about two years later in the spring, is also a big attraction: at the completion of their second year of medical school, students receive the white coat that symbolizes their mastery of the classroom and the beginning of their clinical rotations.

Students Alex Salter and Quyen Vu are pictured with thir families on Family Day.

Photos: Amanda Butler, Team Photogenic

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