Vol. 33, No. 2     Fall 2010
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M.D. Alumni

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About residency: do we know your residency specialty? We’d like to confirm your specialty, location and year, whether or not your residency was conducted at UW Medicine. Help us improve our records. (And if we’ve made any errors about your training in the notes that follow, please let us know.)
 

UW Alumni at Work for Haiti

Lyle Sorensen, M.D. ’88, Res. ’93, was among the first wave of orthopaedic surgeons who left in January 2010 for Port-au-Prince. He was joined in February by Edwin Tingstad, M.D. ’93, and Robert Veith, M.D. ’76, Res. ’81 (orthopaedics). Others requesting deployment were David Barei, M.D., Fel. ’00 (trauma surgery), and Richard Bransford, Res. ’00, Res. ’01 (orthopaedics). Efforts stateside included Ann Marie Kimball, M.D. ’76, Res. ’80 (internal medicine), professor of epidemiology and health services, who offered to match her students’ donations to relief agencies. Brian Granvall, PA-C (Seattle, Class 34), headed to Haiti two days after the earthquake with the International Medical Surgical Response Team. Director of UW Medical Center Emergency Services Kathleen Jobe, M.D., Res. ’89 (internal medicine), Res. ’90 (emergency medicine), who left for Haiti in February, has volunteered in Haiti every year for the past decade to provide food, medical supplies and health care in the town of Leon. Her UWMC emergency department colleague Elizabeth Dorn, M.D. ’95, joined Global Health Ministries in Haiti.

 

1951

The Class of 1951 celebrates its 60th reunion at the 11th Annual All-School Reunion Weekend, June 3–4, 2011. Please mark your calendar. If you’d like to join the reunion committee, please contact UW Medicine Alumni Relations at medalum@uw.edu.

1955

  • Nelly Auersperg, M.D., was honored with an honorary degree (doctor of science) from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. Auersperg has received many honors, including the creation of the Nelly Auersperg Award in Women’s Health Research from the British Columbia Women’s Hospital and Health Centre in 2003. In 2007, the University of British Columbia recognized her with a lifetime achievement award recognizing medical faculty.
  • John “Jack” Lein, M.D., received the 2010 UW Medicine Alumni Association Alumni Service Award. He was presented the award at the All-School Celebration on June 5, 2010. Please see the brief biographical sketch in this issue.

1956

The Class of 1956 celebrates its 55th reunion at the 11th Annual All-School Reunion Weekend, June 3–4, 2011. Please mark your calendar. If you’d like to join the reunion committee, please contact UW Medicine Alumni Relations at medalum@uw.edu.

1957

  • John Vogel, M.D., was honored in May 2010 by the American Heart Association (Tri-Counties Division) of Santa Barbara, Calif., at the annual Heart Ball. The organization recognized his pioneering efforts in cardiology.

1959

  • Roger E. Moe, M.D., Res. ’68 (general surgery), received the 2010 UW Medicine Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award. He was presented the award at the All-School Celebration on June 5, 2010. Please see the brief biographical sketch in this issue.
  • William H. Swanson, M.D., was among the physician-researchers honored at the 2010 LA BioMed Legends event in May 2010 at Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. Now retired, Swanson was Harbor-UCLA Medical Center’s medical director and an associate dean and professor of medicine at UCLA School of Medicine from 1967–1997. He received the Distinguished Service and Leadership Award from Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in 1993.

1961

The Class of 1961 celebrates its 50th reunion at the 11th Annual All-School Reunion Weekend, June 3–4, 2011. Please mark your calendar. If you’d like to join the reunion committee, please contact UW Medicine Alumni Relations at medalum@uw.edu.

  • James Dalen, M.D., received the 2010 Harvard Alumni Award of Merit on Sept. 25 in Boston. This is the highest award for alumni of the Harvard School of Public Health. His classmate, William Foege, M.D., won the award in 1994.
  • Sigvard Hansen, M.D., Res. ’69 (orthopaedics), was awarded the Harborview Mission of Caring Award for exemplifying Harborview’s compassion and excellence at the UW Medicine Salute Harborview Gala on Feb. 27, 2010.
  • Richard Rahe, M.D., Res. ’65 (psychiatry), has moved to Salem, Ore. “My Husky cap gets lots of frowns around here,” he says. Rahe works half time at the Salem VA Clinic treating veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

1962

  • Sharon Johns “Shay” Bintliff, M.D., FACEP, has published a book of poetry, Soular Energy, inspired by and dedicated to her only granddaughter, Ileiana, who passed away from cancer at 11. All proceeds from the book are donated to Camp Anuenue, a summer camp for children with cancer. Find out more at Bintliff’s website www.SoularWellness.com.

1964

  • Larry D. Hull, M.D., Res. ’73 (orthopaedics), was presented the 2010 Humanitarian Award by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons at its annual meeting in New Orleans. This award honors fellows of the academy who have distinguished themselves by providing outstanding musculoskeletal care in the United States and abroad.
  • James A. Margolis, M.D., is hoping to retire from practice next year. At present, he’s working 20 hours a week in community mental health and teaching second- and third-year medical students. He has retired from active ski patrolling after 25 years of service, but continues to teach first aid. In 2009, he received the Golden Stethoscope Award from the Sacramento Valley Sierra Medical Society.

1966

The Class of 1966 celebrates its 45th reunion at the 11th Annual All-School Reunion Weekend, June 3–4, 2011. Please mark your calendar. If you’d like to be on the reunion committee, please contact UW Medicine Alumni Relations at medalum@uw.edu.

1967

  • David Bearman, M.D., has spent 40 years working in substance and drug abuse treatment and prevention programs. A pioneer in the free and community clinic movement, Bearman is also the author of the book Demons, Discrimination and Dollars.
  • David Eckert, M.D., retired on Dec. 1, 2009, after more than 11 years with Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento, Calif., and a total of 42 years in emergency medicine and family practice. Eckert now resides in Goodyear, a suburb of Phoenix, close to NASCAR events held at Phoenix International Raceway and the University of Phoenix’s new stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals.
  • William Hancock, M.D., is retired after a 32-year career at the practice he started in 1975, Northwest Eye Surgeons. The practice continues in six Western Washington Surgery Centers with 13 doctors covering most eye subspecialties. Hancock’s specialties were cataract and refractive surgery.  He enjoys his beach home on San Juan Island and keeps busy with church, island politics, entertaining nine grandkids, traveling and reading. Cheri, his wife of 42 years, works with high-school youth.

1968

  • Dan A. Andrews, M.D., retired after 42 years of medicine from the University of Michigan in May 2010. Andrews says, “It’s a strange feeling to have every day be Saturday — would love to hear from folks.”

1969

  • William J. Bremner, M.D., Ph.D., Res. ’72 (internal medicine), UW Medicine professor and Robert G. Petersdorf Endowed Chair in Medicine, was elected to fellowship in the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh). The college is a professional membership organization established by royal charter in 1681.
  • Charles A. Pilcher, M.D., FACEP, is mostly retired from emergency medicine. In November 2009, he was elected to the board of commissioners at Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland, Wash., where he enjoys being the only physician on the five-person governing board of King County Public Hospital District No. 2.

1971

The Class of 1971 celebrates its 40th reunion at the 11th Annual All-School Reunion Weekend, June 3–4, 2011. Please mark your calendar. If you’d like to join the reunion committee, please contact UW Medicine Alumni Relations at medalum@uw.edu.

1973

  • Erick M. Davis, M.D., MPH, MBA, has returned to part-time clinical practice in addiction medicine as the chief medical officer for Schick Shadel Hospital. His return to clinical practice follows a 10-year career as an independent consultant; prior to that, he spent 10 years as a senior physician executive for several healthcare organizations. Davis was the medical director and full-time attending physician at Schick Shadel Hospital early in his clinical career, from 1970 through 1988.

1975

  • William R. Phillips, M.D., UW clinical professor in the Department of Family Medicine, is the new Theodore J. Phillips Endowed Professor of Family Medicine at UW Medicine. The endowment recognizes the accomplishments of the founding chair of the department and helps to cement strong links between the academic department and community physicians. Phillips is a senior associate editor of the journal The Annals of Family Medicine.

1976

The Class of 1976 celebrates its 35th reunion at the 11th Annual All-School Reunion Weekend, June 3–4, 2011. Please mark your calendar. If you’d like to join the reunion committee, please contact UW Medicine Alumni Relations at medalum@uw.edu.

1979

  • Mary L. Wilson, M.D., is an area medical director for Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles. She lives in Santa Monica.

1980

  • Rick Angelo, M.D., will serve as president of the Arthroscopy Association of North America in 2011–2012.  His Kirkland, Wash., practice focuses on sports medicine and arthroscopy.

1981

The Class of 1981 celebrates its 30th reunion at the 11th Annual All-School Reunion Weekend June 3–4, 2011. Please mark your calendar. If you’d like to join the reunion committee, please contact UW Medicine Alumni Relations at medalum@uw.edu.

  • Reginald Finger, M.D., is now in his fourth year researching and lecturing for the National Embryo Donation Center. When not traveling, Finger works from home in Colorado Springs, Colo. He and Annette have been married for 28 years. Their son, Dawson, graduated this summer from Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, Idaho (Finger’s undergraduate alma mater). Daughter Monica graduated from high school and is now heading for Roberts Wesleyan College in New York.
  • Ann McKee, M.D., Res. ’84, is in her 26th year as a family practice physician at Group Health Cooperative on Capitol Hill in Seattle. She had a wonderful adventure serving as the ship’s physician for a Semester at Sea trip for 650 college students in spring 2009. She also took her husband and three college-age children on this 110-day, around-the-world voyage.
  • Diana Yu, M.D., was the recipient of the Healthcare Champion Distinguished Service Award for Thurston Mason County in 2010 for serving as health officer for the last 20 years.
Diana Yu and family. Left to right: Angela Klaassen, Theresa Klaassen, Diana Yu, M.D. ‘81, Tony Klaassen, M.D. ’81, John Klaassen.

Diana Yu and family. Left to right: Angela Klaassen, Theresa Klaassen, Diana Yu, M.D. ‘81, Tony Klaassen, M.D. ’81, John Klaassen.

1983

  • Diana Farmer, M.D., Res. ’87 (general surgery), UCSF Children’s Hospital surgeon-in-chief, was inducted as a fellow into the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCSE) on Jan. 20, 2010 — becoming only the second U.S. female surgeon in the U.S. to receive this prestigious honor. The world’s first female fetal surgeon, Farmer is currently the principal investigator of a multicenter National Institutes of Health trial for the treatment of spina bifida in the womb. Previously, her laboratory showed that the primary brain injury associated with spina bifida (the Chiari II malformation) was the result of leaking spinal fluid.
  • Brian Ross, M.D., Res. ’79 (pulmonary critical care), Res. ’87 (anesthesiology), provided a tour of the Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies (ISIS) in March for U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Sen. Patty Murray. Locke and colleagues were in Seattle to announce an $84 million federal investment in building new broadband lines in Washington state.

1984

  • Richard Sargent, M.D., was named the 2010 Montana Family Physician of the Year by the Montana Academy of Family Physicians. Sargent was honored for his work in tobacco control.

1985

  • Marni Bonnin, M.D., and her children have moved back to the Northwest. She has accepted a position as an emergency physician with Group Health. Excited to be home again, she’d love to know where all her E-’81 classmates are now.
  • Yvonne Cagle, M.D., was featured in an article on pioneering black physicians in Gibbs Magazine, June 2010, for her accomplishments as a NASA astronaut. Selected by NASA in 1996, Cagle is currently assigned to the Johnson Space Center’s Space and Life Sciences Directorate.
  • Curtis Edwards, M.D., lives in Olympia, Wash. He retired from active surgical practice and works part time as a senior aerospace medical examiner with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). A U.S. Coast Guard Master, he passes time sailing his sloop, teaching coastal navigation and boat delivery. He also teaches courses in offshore medicine for crew members sailing the world’s oceans.
  • Elaine Thomas, M.D., Res. ’88 (internal medicine), and Fel.’92 (infectious diseases), is on the faculty in infectious disease at the University of New Mexico (UNM). She enjoys teaching and patient care in HIV and STDs, but likes to get up to Seattle whenever possible to soak up some rain. Her husband, Mark, is a member of UNM’s architecture faculty. Their two children are in college, so they are adjusting to the empty nest. Thomas sends greetings and best wishes to classmates.

1986

The Class of 1986 celebrates its 25th reunion at the 11th Annual All-School Reunion Weekend, June 3–4, 2011. Please mark your calendar. If you’d like to join the reunion committee, please contact UW Medicine Alumni Relations at medalum@uw.edu.

  • Danette Glassy, M.D., Res. ’89 (pediatrics), is co-editor of the third edition of the publication Caring for our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards: Guidelines for Out-of-Home Child Care Programs. The book will be published in January 2011.

1988

  • Brent S. E. Rich M.D., ATC, has been the fellowship director of Utah Valley Sports Medicine since 2005. He is one of the team physicians for Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University, and he and his family live in Provo, Utah.
  • Brian Roth, M.D., Res. ’89 (internal medicine), and his wife, Connie, welcomed son Connor John on December 10, 2009. Brian and Connie have been married for five years and live in Moses Lake, Wash. Roth has been at the Columbia Basin Eye Clinic for 18 years. 
Cecilia (2) and Breanna (4) with their new brother, Connor John: they’re the children of Brian Roth, M.D., Res. ’89 (internal medicine), and his wife, Connie.

Cecilia (2) and Breanna (4) with their new brother, Connor John: they’re the children of Brian Roth, M.D., Res. ’89 (internal medicine), and his wife, Connie.

1991

The class of 1991 celebrates its 20th reunion at the 11th Annual All-School Reunion Weekend, June 3–4, 2011. Please mark your calendar. If you’d like to join the reunion committee, please contact UW Medicine Alumni Relations at medalum@uw.edu.

1995

  • Janet Sjoblom, M.D., is enjoying life as a country doctor in Hood River, Ore. She is “the last of a dying breed — a business owner and doctor who still admits and rounds on her patients in the hospital.” She and her husband, Michael, have two sons, ages seven and four—“perfect ages,” according to Janet. Sjoblom recently enjoyed a mini-reunion with classmates Martha Riggers, M.D., and Stephanie Hodson, M.D. Together, the three graduates have seven children under of the age of six, and six are boys.

1996

The Class of 1996 celebrates its 15th reunion at the 11th Annual All-School Reunion Weekend, June 3–4, 2011. Please mark your calendar. If you’d like to join the reunion committee, please contact UW Medicine Alumni Relations at medalum@uw.edu.

1997

  • Devin M. Shoquist, M.D., has established a private psychiatry practice in Gig Harbor, Wash., after spending 12 years on active duty in the U.S. Navy. He lives in Gig Harbor with his wife and three children.

1998

  • Steven Sohn, M.D., and his wife, Jennifer, welcomed their first child, Eunice, on May 15, 2009. She weighed seven pounds and was 19 inches long. Reports her proud dad, “She’s absolutely a joy!”
Eunice Sohn, born May 15, 2009 to Steven Sohn, M.D. ’98, and his wife, Jennifer.

Eunice Sohn, born May 15, 2009 to Steven Sohn, M.D. ’98, and his wife, Jennifer.

1999

  • Jamal Gwathney, M.D., received the 2010 UW Medicine Alumni Association Humanitarian Award. He was presented the award at the All-School Celebration on June 5, 2010. Please see the brief biographical sketch in this issue.

2001

The Class of 2001 celebrates its 10th reunion at the 11th Annual All-School Reunion Weekend, June 3–4, 2011. Please mark your calendar. If you’d like to join the reunion committee, please contact UW Medicine Alumni Relations at medalum@uw.edu.

2003

  • Sara Cichowski, M.D., after completing a residency in obstetrics and gynecology, has been practicing at Kijabe Hospital in Kenya for the past two years. With her are her husband, Dr. Malin Friess, a dentist, and their daughters, Amelia (7) and Meredith (3). The couple volunteer through Samaritan’s Purse, and they are grateful to MedSend for paying their student loans while they’re in Kenya. They plan to return to the Northwest next year to practice and re-connect with family and friends. 
  • David Reeder, M.D., is the medical director of the department of anesthesia at Kennewick General Hospital, Kennewick, Wash. He is also adjunct assistant professor of clinical medicine for Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, and he will be serving as a preceptor for fourth-year medical students rotating through the hospital.

2004

  • R. J. Axtell, M.D., completed his family medicine residency in Vancouver, Wash., in 2007 and has been working with Legacy Health System there since graduation. He plans to move back to Boise, Idaho, in November 2010 with his wife and two children and will start family medicine practice with St. Luke’s Health System.

2005

  • Wendy Lorentz, M.D., is a leader of the obstetrics and gynecology team recently added to UW Medicine’s Shoreline Clinic.

2006

The Class of 2006 celebrates its 5th reunion at the 11th Annual All-School Reunion Weekend, June 3–4, 2011. Please mark your calendar. If you’d like to join the reunion committee, please contact UW Medicine Alumni Relations at medalum@uw.edu.

  • Clint Brian Blackwood, M.D., and Lisabeth Hall, M.D. ’03, were married in September 2007 and welcomed a son, Beau, in September 2009.
  • Nathaniel Schlicher, M.D., J.D., was at the White House on behalf of the American College of Emergency Physicians for President Obama’s speech on healthcare on March 3, 2010. Schlicher was in Washington, D.C., to receive an Excellence in Medicine Leadership Award from the American Medical Association.
  • Sana Waheed, M.D., has been married for the last five years and has an amazing 20-month-old daughter.

2007

  • Erik Brand, M.D., is currently the chief resident in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins and serves as president of the Johns Hopkins Staff Council, which represents more than 750 residents at Johns Hopkins. Brand is seeking a sports medicine fellowship which he hopes to begin in 2011.
  • Jasper (J. J.) Chen, M.D., and Tracie Anne Caller, M.D., were married April 22, 2010, on the north shore of beautiful Oahu at Turtle Bay Resort. Classmate Sudershan Singh, M.D., was the groomsman. J. J. and Tracie enjoyed their residency training at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. J. J. has transitioned — after two years of general surgery training and a year of leadership preventive medicine — to psychiatry, his true calling. He’s currently a PGY-2 (PGY-4 overall). Tracie is a PGY-3 in neurology and has done her first year of leadership preventive medicine residency, too (PGY-4 overall).  They hope to amalgamate careers in clinical practice as well as in the emerging field of quality improvement in healthcare. They enjoy living in New Hampshire, and would welcome anyone who would like to visit their neck of the woods. Jason “J. J.” Chen, M.D. ‘07, pictured with his wife, Tracie Anne Caller, M.D.

    Jason “J. J.” Chen, M.D. ‘07, pictured with his wife, Tracie Anne Caller, M.D.

  • Alisa (Baxter) Van Cleave, M.D., finished her pediatric residency at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford this June and is staying on to complete a three-year fellowship in pediatric critical care and a one-year fellowship in pediatric palliative care. She and her husband moved into a house and fulfilled a lifelong dream — getting a dog. Van Cleave says, “Things are going very well for us down here in the Bay Area, but we hope to get back to Seattle soon for a visit!”

2008

  • Tipu V. Khan, M.D., of Anaheim, Calif., was the recipient of the American Academy of Family Physicians’ 2010 Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education in June 2010. Residents are chosen for their demonstrated leadership ability, civic involvement and social commitment, exemplary patient care skills and aptitude for and interest in family medicine.

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