ClassNotes: M.D. Alumni
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Gerald L. Baker, M.D. ’52, writes, “Kathryn (Tinker) and I are 91 years old and STILL HERE in our 25 year old Connecticut house. Hello to All!”
Walter H. Maloney, M.D. ’52, is a retired OBGYN in Colorado Springs.
Henry Kuharic, M.D. ’54, Res. ’60 (Internal Medicine), writes, “Henry Kuharic has a Croatian cousin in Jacksonville, FL, where she lives with her husband and has been named best Physician in Northern Florida for the last 6 years. Henry has traveled to visit his family on the Istrian Peninsula of Croatia where he witnesses the olive harvest, making of wine, eating truffles and prosciutto. The family always has an all-day barbecue for him at his father’s birthplace – a long stone house from the 1700’s with the family housed on the second floor and the cows, chickens, tools and equipment on the lower downhill side of the house. He is working hard with Health Care for All to be the first state to achieve it.”
Eldon E. Lee, M.D. ’55, writes, “We are keeping the faith up here in B.C. My class members are all over 90 years and I will be 95 in May. I teach Attic Greek, ride my ATV and generally keep active with my wife of 65 years, 6 children, 11 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren. I think the U.W. has the greatest medical school in the world, and I am eternally grateful that they choose me to be a member of the fourth class.”
Orval Dean, M.D. ’56, writes, “At 90, I officially retired from position of pastor to the seniors at my church after 18 1/2 years. I’m leaving this position (volunteer) after closing medical practice at age 71. Remaining active, but at a reduced schedule.”
Richard H. Woods, M.D. ’57, Res. ’64 (Internal Medicine), Chief Res. ’65, writes, “No change, we still live in the same place. We have been unable to travel because I have Parkinson’s disease. I would love to have any of my classmates to stop by for a visit or dinner.”
Ed Hopfner, M.D. ’57, writes, “I’m still providing medical care at free clinics in Port Angeles and Sequim and for Veteran’s Stand Down across the Olympic Peninsula in addition to chairing Volunteer Hospice of Clalloum County. My wife Phyllis and six children are alive and well!”
Henry Kleinberg, M.D. ’58, writes, “Still going after 58 years of practice, presently as an IR radiologist at Kaiser Permanente Hospital, San Jose, California.”
Patrick L. Conner, M.D. ’61, writes, “I’ve been retired now for 20 years but loved general practice medicine – a most rewarding career for 35 years. Thanks!”
C. Gordon Strom, M.D. ’61, writes, “Still sailing, singing, skiing, and working for the Joint Commission.”
Michael R. Smith, M.D. ’62, Res. ’67 (Obstetrics & Gynecology), writes, “We live in a wonderful life care retirement facility in Carmel Valley California called Carmel Valley Manor. Aside from hiking with the Half Fast Walker group, I spend a fair amount of time in the art room painting. I have had three shows and truly love it. Greetings to all — come and visit!”
Albert L. Jones, M.D. ’63, writes, “One of the many wonderful things about retirement is your freedom to travel. Our own UW Alumni Association has an outstanding array of tours. My wife, Sussan, and I took one to Africa. Our group found in a village in Zambia where many of the children had severe cases of ringworm. Fortunately, our tour guide had a supply of anti-fungal ointment. If prepared, it is not difficult in some small way to make a difference as you travel.”
JJ. Donald Easton, M.D. ’64, writes, “Here I am at nearly 80 and still having fun working (thanks to the NIH, i.e., you taxpayers) doing stroke prevention clinical trials here at the University of California-San Francisco. If this is work, I don’t need retirement.”
Lorin Lee, M.D. ’68, writes, “Been totally retired since 2011. Board certified in OBGYN. Married for 45 years to Barbara. Have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. Involved in 2 Bible studies, golf, and enjoy playing bridge. Our kids and grandkids all live in Indianapolis. We enjoy their sports activities.”
Thomas W. LaGrelius, M.D. ’69, writes, “Still in full time FP/ Geriatics/ Concierge practice at SPFC. Still running the Amerian College of Private Physicians. Get to DC couple times a year with NPCHCP. Still flying two planes (not at the same time), N83KL and N9787E. Stay in shape biking and a little jogging, I’m a lot slower at that. Patti and I fly to Mexico a lot, usually San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico. Love it there. Kids Piper, Mike, Kim doing well. Grandkids Ellen, Nora, Lydia and Barrett also doing well in SF. Life is good, health is good. Hope that continues, but at this stage we all know nothing lasts forever.”
Elizabeth Phillips, M.D. ’69, writes, “I’m still practicing Hematology/Oncology but am now employed by Montefiore Medical Center.”
Paul M. Worrell, M.D. ’69, writes, “Retired in Anchorage, AK. I don’t land my plane on ice glaciers anymore, but I did land in a few swamps. No landings on takeoffs in rivers or ponds with a 90 degree turn in the middle, lately. I was a STOL Landing/Takeoff Judge in Valdez Contest last May. I run a 501(c)(3) charity named Third World Missions if you have too much money.”
Paul M. Puziss, M.D. ’71, writes, “I am still practicing office orthopedics, having retired from surgery in 2004. I have four children and four grandchildren ages 7 to five months and they are adorable! My wife and I enjoy some traveling and our family. Sherry is a retired dentist, and she enjoyed her profession very much. We still live in Portland.”
Phillip O. Haines, M.D. ’71, writes, “At least through ’17 working full time with Mercy Radiology Group Inc. in Sacramento, CA.”
Kenneth Matcda, M.D. ’73, writes, “Still practicing!”
William R. Phillips, M.D. ’75, Res. ’78 (Family Medicine), was honored with the Distinguished Research Mentor Award by the North American Primary Care Research Group at its 2017 annual meeting in Montreal. Bill has retired from the Theodore J. Phillips Endowed Professorship in Family Medicine at the UWSOM and completed his term on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. He continues teaching and research at UW as clinical professor emeritus and serves as senior associate editor of the Annals of Family Medicine.
Marie Rusher Kelley, M.D. ’76, writes, “After 35 years of practicing general pediatrics in Los Angeles (residency at UCLA), my husband and I have retired and moved to beautiful Anacortes, Washington.”
Stephen G. Rice, M.D. ’77, MPH, was awarded a 2017 Citation Award by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) for his significant lifetime contributions and innovations to the fields of sports medicine and exercise science at the college’s annual meeting in Denver, Colo.
Jennifer H. Christian, M.D. ‘77, writes, “Sorry to have missed the reunion and catching up with you all. I live in a Boston suburb, but was in Vancouver BC at a conference that weekend. I had planned to sneak away for a few hours between obligations — but realized I had forgotten the reality of the distances.
How y’all doin’? How many of us are still working in medicine? I am — and in fact recently made an affirmative decision to keep going and keep being “full of life” and staying true to my commitment to making the world a better place through the healthcare lens for a while longer. I had a bit of an existential crisis during the run up to turning 70 last November, but did decide that golf and travel just don’t hold much attraction for this particular dyed-in-the-wool Puritan ethic person. Nor for this “change the world and leave it better than you found it” hippie either! Nor for this daughter of a public servant physician father.
In the last few years, I’ve become very interested in patients who have unexpectedly poor outcomes — especially working people who end up losing their livelihoods due to gaps and dysfunctions in the healthcare, workers’ compensation and disability benefits systems. I have become more visible in Federal disability policy in Washington DC, by introducing decision-makers, policy wonks, government bureaucrats and disability rights advocates to the reality that doctors see: it’s often not the diagnosis that makes people withdraw from work, it’s the interplay of many non-medical factors in their situation. The “so what” is that loss of livelihood is a terrible health outcome AND that it can often be prevented!
Am thrilled to say that the President’s 2018 budget includes $50 million dollars to test out an idea our team proposed as a way of reducing inflow onto Social Security Disability Insurance. We proposed the establishment of a nationwide capability (Community-Focused Health & Work Services) that would provide expert stay-at-work and return-to-work services to working people with weeks after their lives have been disrupted by illness or injury. Our proposal is modeled in part on Washington State’s COHE program for workers’ compensation.
On the personal front, David Siktberg and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary last week. We have worked together every day in Webility Corporation for 18 of those 20 years! David has been dealing with prostate cancer for the last 5 years; courtesy of excellent care at Dana Farber and experimental trials at NIH, he feels and acts entirely well. Bill Christian is a good role model; he has been living with the same disease for 20 years!
All three Christian kids are now married (the last one tied the knot in Anchorage Alaska on July 1 of this year). None are in Boston: Sam lives in Ketchum, Idaho, Peter in Oakland, CA, and Annie in Mahopac, NY (outside NYC). We have two grandchildren, ages 2 and 1.
Life has had ups and downs, and I am delighted to say that at this particular juncture, it is very good. But I sure don’t have the goal of living as long as possible. Courtesy of my courses from Landmark Worldwide, my intention is to keep creating a life that is fulfilling, satisfying, and enjoyable. Bodily health is not my main mission in life, especially because dementia runs in my family. My own doctor has a concierge practice. I keep reminding him that his job is to make sure I take advantage of any opportunity that presents itself to leave this plane of existence once I lose the capability to live an independent and interesting life!”
Nora Chestnutt Gerrity, M.D. ’79, retired on December 31, 2017. Arriving in her hometown of Great Falls, MT, in the fall of 1983, Nora practiced outpatient pediatrics for 27 years with the Great Falls Clinic before transitioning to a pediatric hospitalist in 2010 with Benefis Health System. She was the Great Falls WWAMI site coordinator in pediatrics for 14 years. Benefis Health System recently recognized Nora as the Outstanding Physician for 2017. Nora and her husband Tom have a son, Michael, and a daughter, Meghan, and will remain in Great Falls traveling whenever and wherever the spirit moves them.
Robert L. Bridges, M.D. ’80, writes, “It has been a good year for scientific presentations, first at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging in Denver and later for SNMMI Southwest Tech chapter in Las Vegas on cobalt toxicity related to joint replacements. In past years, I have been involved with publications, webinars and presentations on F-18 FDG PET and F-18 PET bone imaging, some commissioned by Siemens. In the last 30 months, however, I switched gears to additional PET brain imaging research. This is basic research coming out of Alaska (bloom where you are planted) by UW School of Medicine graduates.”
Janet S. Chinn Chu, M.D. ’81, Res. ’84 (Internal Medicine), writes, “I retired from my GI practice last fall and am enjoying resuming hobbies and reconnecting with friends. My husband continues his emergency medical practice. My daughter just started her clinical rotations in medical school. I still have my son at home but he’s a senior so the nest will be empty soon.”
Paula Ann Terhaar, M.D. ’81, Res. ’84, writes, “After a long and rewarding career as a family practice physician doing primary care for my Group Health (now Kaiser Permanente) patients, I retired on July 5, 2017.”
David Spiro, M.D. ’83, writes, “Still delivering babies and taking care of families in Edmonds, WA at Swedish Birth and Family Clinic.”
John Steven Jarstad, M.D. ’84, writes, “We recently returned from a 10-day medical mission, organized by Charity Vision, with Mitt and Ann Romney. Teaming up with Indonesian eye doctors, we screened 750 patients and performed 150 cataract and six cornea transplant operations on several islands in Indonesia.”
Randall S. Fowler, M.D. ’84, Res. ’88 (Family Medicine), officially retired from Emergency Medicine in 2015 after 25years with Rocky Mountain Emergency Physicians. He is employed part-time with Portneuf Medical Center as their Medical Director of Employee Health and Occupational Medicine.
He has been enjoying his free time with summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2015, Mt. Hood last month and a trip planned to Everest Base Camp in 2020. He and his wife Keri, celebrated her 60th birthday with a 60 mile trek through the Andes en route to Machu Picchu. The highlight of his retirement has been to become a grandparent to three awesome grandkids with another on the way!
The practice of medicine has been a blessing to him personally & professionally and he attributes this in large part to his education, training and mentors at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Randy sends his greetings and best wishes to all of you.
John S. Jarstad, M.D. ’84, an associate professor at University of Missouri, had his paper, “High dose dietary riboflavin and sunlight treatment of keratoconus and post-refractive surgery ectasia,” voted Outstanding Presentation from 200 authors representing 44 countries at the International CXL Experts Meeting Zurich, Switzerland, on December 2, 2017.
Gabriel Yiu-Tong Lee, M.D. ’85, Res. ’88 (Internal Medicine), writes, “Working half time as a cardiologist for Washington Permanente Medical Group (Kaiser Permanente) and half time as Assistant Physician in Chief for Medical Specialties in Tacoma region. My main hobby is photography and love to travel within the U.S. as well as internationally. One of my entries won Honorable Mention in the upcoming Washington State Fair. The enclosed picture was my photography group in Guiyang, China in March 2016. I am wearing short sleeve red shirt to the right of the Chinese dancer (looking at the picture face on).”
Michael G. McNamara, M.D. ’87, writes, “Still practice orthopedic hand, elbow and shoulder surgery in Anchorage, Alaska! The WWAMI system really works!! I continue to work to pay for my passion of hunting, fishing and flying Super Cubs and a Cessna 206. My daughter Kirsten (27) is married and works in my office. Shannon (22) is engaged to a hunting guide/contractor, and my son, Jake (21), is completing his last year at Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash. My wife, Joanne, is helping with CPC in town and loves it. Life could not be better. God is good!”
James C. Geyman, M.D. ’87, writes, “Hi classmates. I retired for just 6 months after working 27 years as an outpatient Internist at Kaiser in Denver. I am going back to work part time due to boredom, wife friction and need for more money. Hope you’re all doing well. I missed our recent 30 year reunion but hope to catch up if possible with my friends. The photo is of my recent purchase of a little experimental plane, an RV-12, as I recently got back into flying for fun.”
Douglas L. Clark, M.D. ’88, is the head of radiation oncology at CHI Health Saint Francis in Grand Island, NE and Shu-Ming Wang is Vice President of Medical Affairs at the hospital. They enjoy traveling in their free time, as this picture at the Cape of Good Hope will attest.
Erik Paul Gierke, M.D. ’90, Res. ’94 (Neurology), writes, “I am currently a neurologist in Seattle at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute.”
Martha Leigh, M.D. ’90, writes, “Last year I became board certified in obesity medicine in addition to IM. I’m now the proud mother of a newly graduated MD and the grandmother of three. Enjoying it all!”
Thomas P. Welch, M.D. ’91, writes, “I continue to practice psychiatry, but I have added a second career as a spiritual director at the Franciscan Spiritual Center in Milwaukie, OR.”
Joseph C. Cleveland, Jr. M.D. ’91, writes, “Professor of Surgery, Vice-Chair Faculty Affairs, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center, Surgical Director, Cardiac Transplantation & MCS.”
Dennis R. Kinder, M.D. ’91, writes, “Fellowship in ACP Awarded 2016. Teaching at Rocky Vista University Osteopathic School of Medicine and oversees Internal Medicine Residents Continuity Clinic (all in Parker, CO).”
Michael A. Schwaller, M.D. ’95 and Mona L. Cuthbert, M.D. ’95, writes, “Mike (Pediatrics) and Mona (FamMed) are both practicing in Kalispell, MT where they are raising their 3 children and enjoying the great outdoors with skiing, hiking, backpacking, and camping.”
Sean P. David, M.D. ’95, writes, “SM Public Health (Harvard) 1999; DPHIL Pharmacology (Oxford) 2006; Ross, Dowey Family Medicine (Dartmouth) 1998.”
Lisa L. Sferra, M.D. ’97, Res. ’99 (Internal Medicine), writes, “I enjoyed our reunion and really enjoy medical friends that make their way down to our farm for a visit. We live not too far from UW and KUOW did a story on our farm last fall. I’m also working at Seattle Indian Health Board. Thanks UW!”
Andrew O. Smith, M.D. ’97, writes, “Sorry to miss everyone at our 20th class reunion this summer! We moved to Hood River, OR, last year after dreaming about living there since graduation. It’s so great to be windsurfing in The Gorge right in my back yard. My two sons, Tristan (13) and Aidan (11), love it, as does Corrie. I’ve joined Oregon Anesthesia Group, and am practicing at Legacy Mt. Hood Medical Center in Gresham, commuting through a simply beautiful National Scenic Area every day. It’s a great change, and we love the new lifestyle.”
Karin Harp, M.D. ’01, Res. ’04 (Dermatology), Fel. ’05 (Dermatology), writes, “We have celebrated our second anniversary of Apex Dermatology in Westlake Village, CA. I am very much enjoying building a thriving private practice where we can take great care of our community’s Medical, Surgical, and Cosmetic Dermatology needs. I am grateful to have added an associate and a certified PA. As a family, my children are loving all that the region offers. We miss our friends and colleagues in Washington but have transitioned well to Southern California. Still using lots of sunscreen!”
Julian Cecilio Perez, M.D. ’04, writes, “Still working at my dream job, as director of sports medicine with Sea Mar Community Health Centers in the newly remodeled White Center clinic. Teaching, catching babies, admitting. Go, family medicine!!! Celebrating 10 years of marriage to my wife, Antoinette. The light of our life is Solea (5), our daughter. Living in Seattle, cultivating community, celebrating our culture and still dancing with Bailadores de Bronce Mexican Dance Company.”
Angela Sparks, M.D. ’05, writes, “Moved to Seattle, working 1/2 time Medical Director at Group Health, 1/2 time Burien Group Health Medical Center.”
Kathryn B. Watts Jones, M.D ’06, is an ER doctor in Billings, Montana.
Melissa Lofgren Molsee, M.D. ’07, Res. ’10 (internal medicine), writes, “Two-and-a-half years after opening our mission hospital in northern Togo, we have seen over 30,000 new patients from 10 different countries across West Africa. It has truly been a roller coaster ride with high highs and low lows. We have experienced two outbreaks of Lassa fever, which killed our surgeon last year and necessitated the medical evacuation of one of our nurses. While it is challenging to continue to provide good medical care in the face of a deadly viral hemorrhagic fever, we count it a privilege to live among and serve the people of Togo.”
Melissa Shein, M.D. ’07, writes, “I work as family physician at Southcentral Foundation in the Anchorage Native Primary Care Clinic in Anchorage, AK.”
Meghan McGarry, M.D. ’09, married Jobe Danganan at Trentadue Winery in Napa Valley before honeymooning in the Maldive Islands. Amanda Shepherd, M.D. ’09, Chief Res. ’13, was a bridesmaid. Dr. McGarry is a pediatric pulmonologist at UCSF.
Elizabeth C. McGuire, M.D. ’09, and husband Shaun welcomed their second son, Brendan, last July 2016. He joins his older brother Cillian and two cats. Elizabeth is practicing child and adolescent psychiatry at a community mental health center in the Los Angeles area. (Photo is of Brendan wearing his UWSOM bib!)
Camille L. Connelly, M.D. ’10, writes, “I completed my residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Cincinnati in 2016 and a Fellowship in Foot and Ankle Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in 2017. I will be starting practice at Skagit Northwest Orthopedics serving Skagit and Island Counties. I am thrilled to be back in the beautiful PNW!”
Jacqueline Malekirad, B.S. ’07 (Medical Technology), M.D. ’11, writes, “I finished my residency in internal medicine at Greenwich Hospital Yale New Haven Health and currently am a 3rd-year hematology/oncology fellow at Scripps clinic/Green Hospital in La Jolla, San Diego, looking forward to eventually starting my real job in July 2018 as an oncologist! I love San Diego and love my cancer patients! I have started my job search and look for a position in CA or Seattle. My area of interest is solid tumors, especially sarcoma and neuroendocrine tumors. I am currently working on a research project on non-pharmacological treatment of cancer-related fatigue. A very exciting phase in my career life!
Also a very happy time in my family life! My son has just started his journey in medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School. He is engaged and his wedding will be next summer in Seattle. My daughter is returning to UW this fall to continue her studies in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations after one year of community service in South Seattle. She is pre-med too.”
Andrew Tegeder, M.D. ’11, writes, “Since 2015, I have been practicing general dermatology in Missoula, MT.”
Alexandra Y. Hunt, M.D. ’12, writes, “Living in the gorgeous Sierra Nevada mountains of California and practicing at a 14-bed critical access hospital. Getting to provide old-fashioned family medicine, cradle-to-grave care with inpatient and obstetrics. It is at times harrowing, but extremely rewarding. I enjoy being a part of such a rich community. Last month I had four generations of women in an exam room. I feel so grateful for the excitement and challenges that rural family medicine brings to healthcare providers.”
Amy Newton, M.D. ’16, married Brandon Malloy on 7/8/17.