Alumni and Student Updates

Connecting With Students Through SAID and HOST

Jane Lester, M.D. ’86, hosted students Ariell DeSure, Jessica Keesee and David Marriott to talk about her work as a pediatrician

Student-alumni Informational Discussions (SAID)
“The alumni I met were so down-to-earth and tremendously caring toward me and the other students…it was great to get their insights into fields I have an interest in.”
— SAID participant

Food brings people together — including students who want to talk with alumni about life after medical school, work-life balance and their professional journeys. In November 2015 and February 2016, 120 students and 48 alumni — in 25 different specialties — participated in SAID. Special thanks to our 22 new volunteers!

Help Our Students Travel (HOST)
“Thank you, HOSTs, for all your help throughout the interview season! This program is a lifesaver, and I look forward to doing the same in the future for other medical students!”
— Katie Liu

Fourth-year students do a lot of traveling for residency interviews, and over the past few months, 135 alumni in 83 cities — from Baltimore to Portland and many points in-between — volunteered to host students. Our students interviewed with more than 100 residency programs, representing about 20 specialties. And they received more than 300 free nights of accommodation!

Volunteer for SAID and HOST!
“Fellow alumni, answering questions from these students will remind you why you chose your field,” writes one volunteer. “Talking with them refreshes your perspective on your own work.”

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Getting Happy at Happy Hour

Alumni enjoy happy hours in Madison, Wis. (top), and Salt Lake City, Utah (bottom).

Last fall, UW School of Medicine alumni gathered in Boston, Chicago, Madison and Salt Lake City for happy hours: to meet and greet each other and to welcome new graduates to their cities. “I had a great time meeting new people from UW, eating delicious food, and going out on the town!” said Janessa Lawhorn, M.D. ’13, of Madison, Wis.

We’d like to extend a special thanks to the local hosts, who helped coordinate the events and made sure everyone felt welcome: Donald Bergstrom, M.D., Ph.D. ’00, Julien Pham, M.D. ’04, and Jenny Trieu, M.D. ’10, in Boston; Alex Farnand, M.D. ’13, in Chicago; Janessa Lawhorn, M.D. ’13, in Madison; and Marilyn Corbett, M.D. ’87, and Karissa Keenan, M.D. ’15, in Salt Lake City.

Would you like to host an event for UW School of Medicine alumni in your city? Contact us at 206.685.1875 or The alumni office will take care of most of the planning; all you need to do is serve as our local contact!

Meet Our New Council Members

We’re pleased to introduce you to Ettore Palazzo, M.D. ’98, Res. ’01, Chief Res. ’02, and Julie Vath, M.D. ’00, who are among the newest members of the UW School of Medicine Alumni Leadership Council. Want to learn more about the council? Please contact us at

Ettore Palazzo, M.D. ’98, Res. ’01, Chief Res. ’02
Originally from Covington, Wash., Palazzo graduated from Kentwood High School and earned a B.S. in biochemistry from the UW. A hospitalist at Evergreen Hospital, he and his wife, Setareh, live in Kirkland with their children, Luca, 13, and Elena, 9.

Why did you decide to join the council?
President Scott Stuart, M.D. ’01, Res. ’04, Chief Res. ’05, told me about its wonderful work. I was quite impressed and very much wanted to be a part of it.

How have you stayed connected with the School?
After residency, I became an acting clinical instructor and worked as an attending physician in the ER at Harborview Medical Center. Since 2004, I have taught third-years at Evergreen Medical Center for their internal medicine clerkship.

What do you do in your spare time?
My father is originally from Italy, and I have a love for Italian automobiles. I enjoy tinkering with a few cars that I have collected. In fact, I probably enjoy working on these cars more than I do driving them!

Julie Vath, M.D. ’00
A native of Seattle, Vath has a B.A. in English from the UW. She lives in Seattle with her husband, Brian Vath, M.D. ’00, their children, Ethan and Sara, two golden retrievers and two chickens. She is a staff anesthesiologist at Virginia Mason Medical Center.

Why did you decide to join the council?
I had an amazing experience as a student at the UW School of Medicine, and I wanted to stay connected and contribute to the alumni community. The council is filled with alumni who are passionate about the future of medicine, the students and the legacy of the School.

What do you like best about your career?
I get a lot of satisfaction in providing care to surgical patients and enjoy collaborating with excellent colleagues who I’m privileged to work with.

What do you do in your spare time?
I try to be outdoors as much as possible; it’s the Northwest, after all! We ski, swim, hike and bike — and we are perpetually planning the next perfect camping road trip. So much blacktop, so little time!

Save the Date: UW Medicine Night at the Mariners

Angela Tenkley, B.S. ’00 (occupational therapy), and her family pose during last year’s game.

Join us again this year at Safeco Field’s Lookout Landing for 300-level seats and a private barbeque with baseball favorites. Mark your calendar and stay tuned for more details!

Seattle Mariners vs. the St. Louis Cardinals
Sunday, June 26 • 1:10 p.m.

To learn more, contact the UW School of Medicine Alumni Relations office at, 206.685.1875 or toll free at 1.866.633.2586.

Reunion Weekend

The 2016 UW School of Medicine Reunion Weekend takes place Friday, June 3 –Saturday, June 4, 2016, in Seattle. Learn more and register today!

Idaho Alumnus Honored

Pathologist and teacher Larry Knight, M.D. ’58, was honored with the Idaho WWAMI Alumni Award for Excellence in Mentoring, Teaching, Leadership and Patient Care during the Idaho WWAMI Legislative Reception in February. The award, presented by Mary Barinaga, M.D. ’95, Res. ’98, honored Knight, who took a leadership role in pathology at local hospitals, a civic role in the U.S. Army Reserve (Active) Medical Corps, and a teaching role as a clinical instructor in pathology for the UW School of Medicine from 1980–1996. Knight also served for more than 20 years on alumni, foundation and college boards at the University of Idaho.

Correction. In the last issue, we indicated that Boise was the first-year site for Idaho WWAMI. The first-year site is located in Moscow.

Match Day

Fern Delgado, right, celebrates Match Day in Seattle with Diane Dy.
Photo: Clare McLean

At 9 a.m. on March 18, 2016, 202 fourth-year students at the UW School of Medicine joined students across the country to open an important envelope and learn where they would complete their residencies.

This year, 42,370 applicants nationwide vied for more than 30,750 residency positions. At the UW School of Medicine, 31 percent of the graduating class matched into residency programs in the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) region; their classmates will be taking positions in other parts of the country.

Celebrations were held across WWAMI for students and their families. In Seattle, students gathered with friends, family and faculty members in South Campus Center, where they celebrated with refreshments and a photo booth.

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