ClassNotesPh.D.s, Residents & Fellows

Family Medicine | Genome Sciences | Geriatrics |Internal Medicine | Microbiology | Neurological Surgery| Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine | Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences | Rehabilitation Medicine

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Family Medicine

Stephen L. Tarnoff, M.D., Res. ’81 (family medicine), writes, “In July, I was selected to be the Group Health Physicians president and chief medical executive. I am humbled and honored by the opportunity to serve our patients, our members and my colleagues, and I look forward to helping Group Health fulfill its mission and potential.”

Jay S. Erickson, M.D., Res. ’90 (family medicine), with his granddaughter, Astri. Erickson is the assistant dean for regional affairs, WWAMI Montana.

Frank Batcha, M.D., Res. ’93 (family medicine), was named the Idaho Family Physician of the Year for contributions to his profession and to medical education, and service to his community and country. Batcha served as a brigade surgeon in the Idaho Army National Guard from 2001 to 2009; he was deployed to Iraq for 14 months in October 2004.

Jonathan A. Drezner, M.D., Fel. ’00 (family medicine and sports medicine), and Ashwin Rao, M.D., Res. ’06 (family medicine), both UW Medicine faculty, traveled as team physicians with the Seattle Seahawks to New Jersey for the Super Bowl.

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Genome Sciences

Joanna Kelley, Ph.D. ’08, just finished her first year as a faculty member in the school of biological sciences at Washington State University. She is happy to be back in Washington! Her lab studies the genomic basis of adaptation, with a focus on extreme environments.

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James Branahl, M.D., Fel. ’85, received the Idaho Track Teacher of the Year award.

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Internal Medicine

Carl H. Kjobech, M.D., Res. ’66, writes, “Helen and I revel in the outdoors, particularly Lake Chelan. Health is our greatest asset. Wellness Place Wenatchee provides for cancer patients (wigs, room, gas cards, support groups) and relevance for me. Go, Dawgs!”

Joyce Wipf, M.D., Res. ’87, has been elected governor of the Washington Chapter of the American College of Physicians.

Janice Boughton, M.D., Res. ’89, writes, “I have spent the last few years learning to use bedside ultrasound in my internal medicine practice. I also have been able to teach these techniques to medical students from University of California, Irvine and the WWAMI program — and in Tanzania and South Sudan. Practicing medicine is an ongoing adventure!”

Anna Wald, M.D. Res. ’89 (internal medicine), Fel. ’94 (virology-laboratory medicine), is the recipient of the 2014 Award for Scientific Advancement from the Seattle Association for Women in Science.

Bradley Anawalt, M.D., Res. ’92, Chief Res. ’93, is the 2014 recipient of the Turck Award, which recognizes outstanding career contributions that have enhanced the traditions of teaching and patient care.

In February, J. Carey Jackson, M.D., Res. ’92, was honored by the Washington chapter of the American College of Physicians with the Internist of the Year award.

Gwen M. Bernack, M.D., Res. ’10, writes, “We welcomed our twin boys, Leo and Max, in December 2013. I just completed training in cardiology at Duke and now live in Kirkland with my husband, Mashiur, who works at Microsoft.”

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Alex Berezow, Ph.D. ’10 (microbiology), writes, “After earning a Ph.D. in microbiology studying in the laboratory of Richard Darveau, I became a science journalist and author. I am the founding editor of RealClearScience and a member of the USA Today board of contributors. I also co-authored a book called Science Left Behind. My articles have appeared in CNN, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and The Economist, among other publications.”

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Neurological Surgery

Richard Wohns, M.D., Res. ’82, Chief Res. ’83, J.D., MBA, was named one of the “40 Smartest People in Healthcare” by Becker’s Hospital Review. Wohns is a neurosurgeon in Puyallup, Wash., and was one of the first qualified neurosurgeons in the country to perform a revolutionary technique for minimally invasive lumbar fusions. To date, he has performed more than 3,000 successful outpatient spine surgeries.

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Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

In March, Ted Wagner, M.D., Res. ’73, saw his dream of telemedicine come to life. Wagner was part of a live spine case discussion — complete with encrypted, hi-def video — between Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital in Jakarta, Indonesia, and UW Medicine.

Michael A. Sousa, M.D., Res. ’80, retired in July from the Montana Veteran’s Administration. He and his wife, Jan, recently hosted a reception for Missoula-area alumni, friends, faculty and students.

Jeremy Bauer, M.D., Res. ’10, and his family welcomed baby Graham Bauer.

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Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

Forrest M. Darrough, Jr., M.D., Res. ’69, writes, “I well recall summertimes when we psychiatry residents took our lunches across the fairway behind UW Medical Center and dined by the cut. Ah, yes — halcyon days, eh?”

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Rehabilitation Medicine

Stanley Herring, M.D., Res. ’82 (physical and rehabilitation medicine), was named the inaugural holder of the Zackery Lystedt Sports Concussion Endowed Professorship. The Lystedt Professorship will help Herring and his colleagues at the Seattle Sports Concussion Program continue to educate coaches, school administrators, parents, student athletes and healthcare providers in order to help understand and recognize traumatic brain injuries (including concussions and other serious sports-related head injuries).

Erik Moen, P.T. ’92, runs a business called BikePT that helps physical therapists and bicyclists — from casual riders to professionals — learn more about bodies and bikes. Read the full story.

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