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  1. William G. Franklin, MD ’71, has published a book titled, “What IS UP, Doc? Ruminations of a Solo Cardiologist.” The book describes the education and life of a solo cardiologist. It includes numerous stories of encounters with patients, many of which are humorous. It also describes various aspects of our diverse health care system. In addition, the book contains poems which are relevant to good health, longevity, and quality of life. The book is available on Amazon.

  2. Joseph Gascho, MD, is a cardiologist and professor in the Division of Cardiology at Penn State University School of Medicine. He also has a passion for writing and photography. He has recently written articles for the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) about his own experiences as a patient:

    “The Spot on My Wrist” – JAMA Cardiology, published August 30, 2017

    “The Lower Seven-Eighths” – JAMA, published September 19, 2017

  3. Debara L. Tucci, MD, MBA, a professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at Duke University Medical Center, is the 2017 recipient of the Jerome C. Goldstein, MD Public Service Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. The award is given annually to recognize an outstanding member for his or her commitment and achievement in service within the United States, either to the public or to other organizations, when such service promises to improve patient welfare.

    Dr. Tucci is co-principal investigator (PI) on an NIH-funded grant focused on establishing a national network of research sites to conduct clinical research in hearing and balance disorders and is PI of a grant to study healthcare policy related to hearing healthcare in adults. She recently served on the Committee on Accessible and Affordable Hearing Health Care for Adults convened by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Beyond her work in the United States, Dr. Tucci has an interest in international hearing healthcare and has worked with international colleagues to improve infrastructure and services in developing countries.

    She earned her medical degree from University of Virginia School of Medicine and completed her residency at University of Virginia Health System. She completed an MBA with a certificate in Health Sector Management from the Duke Fuqua School of Business in 2013.

    Dr. Tucci received the award in recognition of her dedication, passion, and many contributions to enhance translational research and educate the next generation of physician-scientists. The Academy commended her work with the CHEER network, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, federal regulatory boards, the World Health Organization, and her support of global hearing healthcare initiatives.

  4. Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS, the John F., Jr. and Carolyn Bookout Presidential Distinguished Chair of the department of surgery at Houston Methodist Hospital, is president-elect of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

    A Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) since 1989, Dr. Bass has been a leader within the ACS for many years. She was a member of the College’s Board of Regents (2001-2010) and its Executive Committee (2003-2004, 2005-2009). She served two terms as Chair of the Board of Governors (1999-2001); Chair of the Program (2003-2005, 2006-2011); and Chair of the Education Committee (2002-2004, 2005-2007).

    Dr. Bass was the recipient of the 2013 ACS Distinguished Service Award, the College’s highest honor. She currently serves as a surgeon champion of the ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) at Houston Methodist. A longtime champion of ACS NSQIP, Dr. Bass helped launch the program in the VA Health Care System and later served as a member of the national trial that developed ACS NSQIP in the private sector. She served on the ACS NSQIP Steering Committee from 2004-2010.

    Dr. Bass is widely recognized for her contributions to surgical education. She serves as executive director of the Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation and Education, a state of the art simulation and research center at Houston Methodist Hospital built to create a new infrastructure to support the retooling of surgeons in practice over the course of their careers. Most recently she has been appointed to Co-Chair the Committee on Skills Training for Surgeons in Practice with Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS, FRCSC, Director, ACS Division of Education. She is a senior director and past –chair of the American Board of Surgery and past president of the Society of Surgical Chairs and Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract.

    Dr. Bass’ first research award was the ACS Faculty Research Scholarship (1986-1988) and currently focuses her research on clinical trials in breast cancer, surgical performance, health care education policy, and computational surgery. Her efforts have been funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and the VA Research Service, along with multiple endowments.

  5. Valerie M. Harvey, MD, MPH, has moved her practice from Norfolk to Newport News, joining the Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group.

    Board certified by the American Board of Dermatology, Dr. Harvey earned her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Virginia, and completed an internship and dermatology residency at University of Maryland Medical Center. She received her MPH degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2012.

    Her primary clinical interest is general medical dermatology, with a special interest in pigmentary disorders and skin conditions which disproportionately affect minority patient populations.

    She is an active member of multiple local and national organizations including the Skin of Color Society and American Academy of Dermatology. She has published numerous academic papers and serves on the editorial review board of various dermatology medical journals.

  6. David Goldman, MD ’88, was promoted to Rear Admiral and Assistant Surgeon General in the US Public Health Service on January 1, 2017.

    RADM David Goldman is currently the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Public Health Science at the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s public health agency. In this role he is one of approximately 20 executives managing FSIS and its nearly 10,000 employees and budget of $1 billion. He was formerly Director of the Human Health Sciences Division at FSIS. He served as the FSIS Acting Administrator from January 2007 through July 2007. He also serves, since 2011, as one of the USDA Secretary’s designees to the National Prevention Council.

    RADM Goldman joined the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service, and FSIS, in February 2002. Prior to that he spent 3 ½ years at the Virginia Department of Health, first as a District Health Director in Fredericksburg, Va., then briefly as the Deputy State Epidemiologist. As District Health Director, he led a staff of approximately 100 public health professionals serving 250,000 people in five jurisdictions, providing a full range of public health services. While Health Director, RADM Goldman began volunteering at the local free clinic, and continues to see patients there one day a month.

    RADM Goldman started his medical career with 10 years in the US Army Medical Corps, practicing both family medicine and preventive medicine. He is board-certified in both Family Medicine and General Preventive Medicine/Public Health. His assignments in the Army included Officer-in-Charge of a Troop Medical Clinic, faculty for a Family Medicine residency program, and Command Surgeon for a Department of Defense agency that monitored the U.S. arms control treaties with other countries.

    RADM Goldman was an original member of PHS-1 Rapid Deployment Force, from 2006-2009, and is currently a member of the Regional Incident Support Team-3.

    He has participated in two major emergency response deployments: the USNS Mercy response to the tsunami in Indonesia in 2005; and the response to Hurricane Ike at the Federal Medical Station in College Station, TX, September 2008, during which he served as food safety supervisor and then as chief medical officer.

    RADM Goldman has been the Surgeon General’s Policy Advisory Committee representative for USDA since 2005, and is the senior Commissioned Corps officer at USDA. In addition he served a four-year term on the Physicians Professional Advisory Committee (PPAC), 2008-2011, and was the Chair of the PPAC Promotion Guidelines subcommittee for three years. In 2013, the Surgeon General appointed him as the Chief Professional Officer for Commissioned Corps physicians, for a four-year term.

    He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia in 1979, a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Virginia in 1988, and his Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Washington in 1996.

    RADM Goldman and his wife Frances live in Alexandria, Va. Their son, Joshua, daughter-in-law, Maureen, and grandson, Caleb, live in Arlington, Va. Their daughter, Hannah, lives in New York City.

  7. Dr. Patrick LaRochelle recently returned to the States with his family after spending two years providing medical care at Centre Médical Évangélique hospital in a village called Nyankunde in the northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Patrick, a med-peds physician, attended on the internal medicine and pediatrics services, and his wife, Anna, a family nurse practitioner (MSN, UVA 2011), split her time between caring for internal medicine patients and training nursing students. Luke (5 years old) and Miriam (2 years old) spent their time eating mangos, playing soccer, and learning Swahili and French from their Congolese friends. The LaRochelles plan to return to Nyankunde in 2018.

  8. Dr. Wood celebrated his 92nd birthday on August 3, 2017. He is still practicing orthopedic surgery and was recently honored for 55 years on staff at St.Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta.

  9. Peter Thompson, MD ’07, completed his plastic surgery training and is joining the plastic surgery faculty at Emory University. His wife, Jennifer Kawwass, MD ’07, is also a member of the Emory faculty; she is the medical director of the Emory Reproductive Center. They are settling in Atlanta with their two children.

  10. Andrew G. Lee, MD (CLAS 1985 and MED 1989) was elected president elect of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society for 2018.

  11. The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) selected Haakon Ragde, MD, as its 2016 Honorary Member, the highest honor ASTRO bestows on distinguished cancer researchers, scientists and leaders in disciplines other than radiation oncology, radiobiology or radiation physics. Ragde was inducted during an awards ceremony at ASTRO’s 58th Annual Meeting, September 25-28, 2016, in Boston.

    The first ASTRO Honorary Membership was awarded in 1989. Ragde is the 33rd physician to be chosen for the honor.

    “Dr. Ragde is a luminary in the field of medicine,” said ASTRO Chair Bruce D. Minsky, MD, FASTRO. “His work has become the standard of care in a number of areas. As a board certified urologist, he has an impressive array of achievements, including introducing seed implantation for prostate cancer into the U.S., introducing transrectal ultrasonography and introducing the transrectal ultrasound-guided prostate biopsy method now used. He also took part in bone marrow transplant research that earned researcher E. Donnall Thomas, MD, the Nobel Peace Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1990. ASTRO thanks Dr. Ragde for his outstanding accomplishments.”

    Ragde has received numerous honors and awards, including first prizes for scientific presentations at urological society meetings. He holds a professorship in urology at the University of Virginia, his alma mater. He has authored more than 100 scientific papers, written several textbook chapters and been invited to speak across the globe at scientific conferences and universities.

    He was born in Norway and immigrated to the U.S. in 1948. He served in the U.S. Army as an artillery forward observer with the 2nd U.S. Infantry Division in the Korean War, receiving a Silver Star, two Bronze Stars with V and Oak Leaf Clusters and a Purple Heart.

    Following his service, he entered the University of Virginia in 1952, where he graduated with a medical degree in 1957. He completed post-graduate training at McGill University in Montreal, Canada; Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York; Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland; and Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

    He accepted a staff position in 1965 in general surgery and urology at the University of Washington. There, Ragde and a colleague performed the first successful kidney transplants in the state of Washington. However, following these procedures, he was unable to raise money for continuing research. So when Thomas, the hematology professor who would ultimately win the Nobel Prize, approached Ragde with an offer to join Thomas’ bone marrow transplantation research team, Ragde agreed.

    The team—Thomas, Ragde and two internists, Ranier Storb, MD, and Robert Epstein, MD—studied how bone marrow transplantation might cure leukemia and other cancers of the blood by replacing the diseased marrow with healthy marrow.

    Ragde said the Nobel Peace Prize for the research did not surprise him. Not only did the five years of work change his life, but he also became good friends with Thomas.

    According to Ragde, his greatest career accomplishment was template-directed brachytherapy for prostate cancer. He opened a private practice in urology in Seattle following his work with Thomas and became an expert in transrectal ultrasonography of the prostate. Ragde was trained in the technique by physicians at the University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark and Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan. His mentor in Denmark called him to Copenhagen to see the accurate placement of ultrasound-directed radioactive seeds into a cancerous prostate. Ragde then took the technique back to his practice in Seattle.

    He said that bringing new ideas into medicine is not always easy and, in the 1960’s, was especially difficult.

    “Though the safety of the brachytherapy procedure had been verified by both the Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the University of Copenhagen, the end-points were readily discernible, thus pre-empting the need for a larger population study,” he said.

    “The Food and Drug Administration, however, disagreed, claiming we had no reliable data to justify that contention,” he said. “But, as more and more patients sought brachytherapy as a treatment for their prostate cancers, and physicians, in increasing numbers, followed suit by learning the implant technique, the FDA approved the template-directed prostate brachytherapy procedure.”

    Ragde established the Pacific Northwest Cancer Foundation (which created Northwest Biotherapeutics, Inc.) and the Haakon Ragde Foundation for Advanced Cancer Studies. He retired from active practice in 2003 and now researches immunotherapy. He is conducting a study on immunotherapy on advanced prostate cancer patients at the University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway.

    He said he was “greatly honored” to be chosen as ASTRO’s 2016 Honorary Member.

  12. Amer Z. Aldeen, MD ’02, FACEP, has been named chief medical officer by US Acute Care Solutions (USACS).

    USACS Chief Executive Officer Dominic J. Bagnoli, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, said, “Dr. Aldeen has been with our company for a number of years and continues to demonstrate the finest qualities of a USACS physician. Namely, he is committed to delivering the best patient care, preserving and growing great hospital partner relationships, and he possesses an unwavering dedication to quality, clinician education and wellness. I am very proud to name Amer our Chief Medical Officer.”

    Dr. Aldeen commented, “With this extraordinary opportunity I intend to ensure USACS is the industry leader in quality and cost effective services, providing for the best patient experiences. I am grateful to all my colleagues at USACS for their trust and support in this new role.”

    Aldeen is currently vice chair of the National Clinical Governance Board of USACS and executive medical director of the Center for Emergency Medical Education. He previously served as ED chair and medical director from 2014 to 2016 at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Chicago. Aldeen joined USACS from Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago where he had been associate medical director and associate residency director of emergency medicine.

    Aldeen graduated from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where he received his BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Religious Studies in 1998 and his MD degree in 2002. He completed his EM residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, serving as chief resident in 2006. Aldeen led the Geriatric Emergency Department Innovations team at Northwestern, where he developed protocols to improve the care of older adults in the ED. He also serves as founder and director of the Chicago Cardiac Arrest Resuscitation Education Service, which trains the Chicago Police Department in lifesaving skills. He has authored three books and multiple peer-reviewed publications, and the Amer Aldeen Junior Faculty Teaching Award at Northwestern is named after him.

  13. Dr. Maddock has published a two-volume work entitled, The 1300 Years’ War: The evolution of Judeo-Christianity and Islam and their associated warfare. It is currently available at Barnes and Noble or Amazon.

    In addition, he is working on several other books. He still has an active medical license and does free work including pre-mission physical examinations for the LDS Church. He and his wife are both active in their Missionary Department and are ordinance workers in the Salt Lake Temple. This work requires total and precise memorization of over 100 pages of script. As Dr. Maddock himself describes it, “I still have my marbles.”

  14. Erik Christensen, MD, was appointed Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Utah in July 2016. As a part of the Utah Department of Health, the Office of the Medical Examiner is responsible for the investigation of sudden, unexplained and non-natural deaths occurring within the state. The data gathered from these investigations is used to identify public health prevention efforts in reducing suicides, drug-related deaths, and other public health issues.

  15. Lisa Boyette, MD, PhD, was named a 2016 PharmaVOICE 100 honoree. The PharmaVOICE 100 is an annual list of inspirational and innovative individuals recognized for their positive contributions to the life-sciences industry. Boyette is the co-founder and CEO of Curable, a non-profit research accelerator that applies engineering approaches to medicine to develop solutions for rare diseases.

    “I am proud to join such distinguished colleagues in the 2016 PharmaVOICE 100,” said Boyette. “We founded Curable in 2014 to accelerate medical research and develop a cure for primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) in time to save the life of my brother Jon and other patients with this disease. Thanks to our team’s dedication and determination, we are making great strides toward our goal of getting new therapeutic options and an early diagnostic for PSC in Phase II clinical trials in five years.”

    Boyette was also named to Pittsburgh Magazine‘s 40 Under 40 list for 2016.

  16. The University of Virginia Health System’s William A. Petri Jr., MD, PhD, has been named one of Virginia’s Outstanding Scientists. The award, recognizing scientists who have made globally significant contributions to their field, was announced in February by Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Richard C. Conti, chief wonder officer at the Science Museum of Virginia.

    “It’s a wonderful honor and, really, I feel it’s a product of being at Virginia,” Petri said. “I’ve been at the University of Virginia since I was a student. So everything I’ve accomplished is a reflection of the scientific environment at UVA.”

    Petri is the chief of UVA’s Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health. He conducts pioneering research in the field of gastrointestinal infections and their consequences in children in the developing world, paving the way for better interventions and improved vaccine effectiveness. The focuses of his research lab at UVA include molecular parasitology and C. difficile infection, and he works in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan to study infant vaccines and undernutrition.

    Petri’s honor came as part of the announcement of Virginia’s 2017 Outstanding STEM Awards, which celebrate statewide efforts to strengthen the Commonwealth’s position as a leader in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. In addition to Petri, Virginia Tech’s Marc A. Edwards, PhD, and Shuhai Xiao, PhD, were named Outstanding Scientists.

    The Governor’s Award for Science Innovation went to HemoShear Therapeutics, a biotech company launched in Charlottesville in 2009.The company focuses on discovering much-needed drugs to treat metabolic disorders. HemoShear is collaborating with UVA Health System to develop advanced models of cancer tumors, among other efforts.

    “It is an honor to continue the tradition of celebrating professionals, businesses and citizens who have made significant contributions to cutting-edge STEM disciplines,” McAuliffe said. “These winners represent Virginia’s dedication to the academic excellence and entrepreneurial spirit we need to remain competitive nationally, globally, and build the new Virginia economy.”

  17. Donald Arey, Jr., MD ’66 was recently on the cover of Central Florida Doctor magazine. The feature included a look at his life and career, including his work post-retirement as a medical expert witness and a volunteer teacher at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. You can read the story here.

  18. Edward T. Wolanski, MD ’82, was recently featured on the nationally-televised program CBS Sunday Morning. The Charlottesville-based physician has delivered more than 10,000 babies during his 30-year career and recently retired from obstetrics. 

    You can watch the clip here.

  19. President-elect Donald Trump has appointed Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove, MD ’66, to a newly established panel that will advise the incoming president on how the government influences job and economic growth.

    The panel of 16 business leaders, called The President’s Strategic and Policy Forum, will provide Mr. Trump non-partisan advice, according to the report, which cited a Trump team news released obtained through the Cleveland Clinic.

    “This forum brings together CEOs and business leaders who know what it takes to create jobs and drive economic growth,” Mr. Trump said in a news release. “My administration is committed to drawing on private sector expertise and cutting the government red tape that is holding back our businesses from hiring, innovating, and expanding right here in America.”

    The group is expected to convene for the first time in early February, according to the report.

    “I am truly honored and privileged to take part in President-elect Donald Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum designed to grow and strengthen the United States’ economy,” Dr. Cosgrove said in a statement. “I applaud his efforts to bring together leaders across industries to gain insight that will assist the new president in making important decisions that will impact every American. I am deeply committed and take this role very seriously.”

    The other panel members include:

    Stephen A. Schwarzman (Forum Chairman), Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of Blackstone
    Paul Atkins, CEO, Patomak Global Partners, Former Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission
    Mary Barra, Chairman and CEO, General Motors
    Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co
    Larry Fink, Chairman and CEO, BlackRock
    Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company
    Rich Lesser, President and CEO, Boston Consulting Group
    Doug McMillon, President and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores
    Jim McNerney, Former Chairman, President and CEO, Boeing
    Adebayo “Bayo” Ogunlesi, Chairman and Managing Partner, Global Infrastructure Partners
    Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President and CEO, IBM
    Kevin Warsh, Shepard Family Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Economics, Hoover Institute, Former Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
    Mark Weinberger, Global Chairman and CEO, EY
    Jack Welch, Former Chairman and CEO, General Electric
    Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer Prize-winner, Vice Chairman of IHS Markit

  20. C. Michael Valentine, MD, FACC is an interventional cardiologist at Centra Health in Lynchburg, VA. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where he was named the outstanding senior, and the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He completed his medicine and cardiology training at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.

    Valentine currently serves as the vice president of the Board Of Trustees for the American College of Cardiology. He has previously served the College in many roles, including ACC Treasurer and Secretary, as well as chair of the ACC Board of Governors, and governor of the ACC’s Virginia Chapter. He was co-chair of the ACC Advocacy Committee and served on the task force to develop the Cardiac Cath Lab Quality Tool Kit. He chaired the ACC Medical Directors Institute, promoting collaboration between payers and physicians and the concept of appropriate use. He is co-chair of the College’s annual Cardiovascular Summit and is incoming ACC Vice President.

    He is married to Shannon Valentine, a former member of the Virginia House of Delegates, and has three active college-aged children.

  21. On March 2, 2016, William A. Jiranek, MD ’85, FACS took office as the 26th President of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) during the Board of Directors meeting in Orlando.

    Dr. Jiranek is Chief of Adult Reconstruction in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Chief of Musculoskeletal Health in the Neuro-skeletal Center for Health and Performance and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System (VCU Health).

    Dr. Jiranek began his association with VCU Health in 1992 – working first as clinical faculty in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, as a full-time Associate Professor in 2004 and as a Professor in 2009. He helped establish the molecular section of the Orthopaedic Research Laboratory in 1998 and the fellowship in Adult Reconstruction in 2003. He continues to mentor medical students, orthopaedic residents and PhD candidates in orthopaedic research.

    Dr. Jiranek served previously as Chair of the AAHKS Membership and Publications committees. He has served as Hip Program Chair for the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), and has also served on the Biologic Implants Committee, and the CME Committees. He was President of the Orthopaedic Learning Center (OLC) in 2014-2015 during its inaugural year in the newly-constructed Orthopaedic Headquarters in Rosemont, Illinois. He is an active member of The Hip Society, The Knee Society and the American Orthopaedic Association.

    Dr. Jiranek has concentrated his practice on the treatment of hip and knee joint disorders. In addition to hip and knee replacements, he also performs early intervention surgeries such as pelvic, femoral, and tibial osteotomies, hip arthroscopies, and allograft transplantation.

    He has remained active in clinical and basic science research with primary research interests in the diagnosis of prosthetic joint infection, mechanisms of periprosthetic fracture, and immune response to biomaterials. He has published over 100 manuscripts, book chapters, and reviews. Dr. Jiranek served as a section editor for Orthopaedic Knowledge Online (OKO) since 2004, and currently serves as a reviewer for six orthopaedic journals.

    Dr. Jiranek has provided leadership on a local level by serving as the President of the Richmond Orthopaedic Club, as well as President of the Virginia Orthopaedic Society. Along with other joint surgeons in the state, he established The Virginia Joint Registry (VJR), a 501 (c)(3) corporation formed to provide surveillance of joint replacements done in the state, and has served as its President since 2004.

  22. Elizabeth (Bette) Kaufman McNamara, MD (CLAS ’01 MED ’07) and her husband, Robert S. McNamara, PhD, are happy to announce the birth of their son, Robert John McNamara, “Jack”, born July 18, 2016, in Roanoke, VA. Jack’s big sister, Belle(4 years old), has taken to her new role!

    Jack is the grandson of Linda G. Sargent (Med Tech ’69) and John P. Kaufman(MED ’70).

  23. Members of the Class of 2011 attend the wedding of classmate Bristol Savage, MD, who married Benjamin Eggers in North Carolina in May 2016.

    Photo (L to R): Scotty Crimm, Anastasie Dunn-Pirio, Jimmy Casey, Kevin Sullivan, Matt Kohler, Bristol Savage, Ben Heyman, Tucker Mudrick, Jennifer Bromley, Lauren Wood, Jessica Scriver, Brynne Archer, Daniel Sheeran

  24. George Minor Meredith, II, MD ’66 has published his second eBook, “On Improving Obstructive Sleep Apnea Surgery,” a Kindle publication. The eBook outlines techniques that aim to reduce post-operative morbidity, increase perioperative safety, while increasing operative success rates twofold, by employing non-surgical maxillary expansion often combined with partial resection of the inferior turbinates.

  25. “After a year in St. Louis training in colon and rectal surgery at Wash U/Barnes-Jewish Hospital, I accepted a position as an assistant professor in general surgery at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. We are circling Charlottesville!

    In other news, we are expecting our second little girl in September. Our first is a flower girl in her godfather Cullen Carter’s (MED ’08) wedding at the beginning of April.”

  26. Alumnus Frederick H. Lovejoy, Jr., MD ’63, has published a book, “The Transformation of Pediatrics: How a Pediatric Department and Its Residency Influenced American Pediatrics.” A history of Boston Children’s Hospital, the book is available now on Amazon.

    Dr. Lovejoy is associate physician-in-chief and deputy chair of the Department of Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. He has served there since his residency and directed the residency training program for 27 years.

  27. Benet Kolman, MD, has published his debut collection of short stories, Dark Matters: Seven Variations on a Theme. The collection is an opportunity for readers of literary fiction and its theological underpinnings to explore themes related to what Immanuel Kant called the “crooked timber of humanity.”

    Kolman, a retired cardiologist, has mined the depths of Jewish tradition, Dualism, Humanism, and Western thought to create seven distinct worlds in which he examines human nature and the struggle between good and evil. Although each of the stories creates a distinct world of its own, Kolman’s characters share a tendency toward human disarray, the “dark matters” in the title. Love, confusion, doubt and hope coincide in deeply felt tales that ultimately convince readers that our struggles, however individual, are universal as well.

    Learn more at or by following Benet Kolman on Facebook.

  28. Gordon Archer, MD, has retired from the VCU School of Medicine. His contributions have been honored through the establishment of a Research Day in his name. Archer received his M.D. from the University of Virginia in 1969. After training at the University of Michigan, he came to VCU’s MCV Campus in 1975.

    Following is an excerpt from a feature story about Dr. Archer from VCU’s website:

    “For nearly 40 years Gordon Archer, MD., has been an important part of the MCV Campus. Throughout his career he served the VCU School of Medicine in many ways: conducting groundbreaking research, mentoring medical and Ph.D. students and coordinating research opportunities throughout the school.

    To mark Archer’s retirement in August and the long legacy he built, the inaugural Gordon Archer Research Day in Infectious Disease, Microbiology and Immunology was presented by the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Department of Internal Medicine. The event’s topics echoed the fields to which Archer devoted himself over the course of his research career by featuring presentations on a wide-range of issues, such as difficult-to-treat infections like Clostridium difficile and Staphylococcus aureus.”

    Read the full story here.

  29. Alumna Dorothy Tompkins, MD ’66 is one of the founders of Georgia’s Healing House, a nonprofit home in Charlottesville for women struggling with substance addiction that was inspired by a woman named Georgia who dealt with an alcohol addiction before committing suicide in jail.. “We felt that if she had had a safe place for recovery, this might not have happened,” says Tompkins.

    Read about Georgia’s Healing House here.

  30. Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., a nonprofit educational organization honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals and encouraging youth to pursue their dreams through higher education, has announced that Delos “Toby” Cosgrove, MD, president and CEO, Cleveland Clinic, has been selected for membership in the prestigious organization. Dr. Cosgrove joins 12 other accomplished business and civic leaders from across North America in receiving this honor in 2016. Since its establishment in 1947, the Horatio Alger Award is annually bestowed upon recognized leaders who have succeeded, despite facing adversity, and who are committed to both philanthropy and higher education.

    Dr. Cosgrove grew up in Watertown, NY, and struggled as an adolescent to earn C’s and D’s in his public school classroom. However, with determination and strong work ethic he was later able to attend Williams College, where he studied history. It wasn’t until much later in life that Dr. Cosgrove was diagnosed with dyslexia, which he credits with helping him develop a knack for creative problem solving. After college, he applied to 13 medical schools and was only accepted to one – the University of Virginia School of Medicine, from which he graduated in 1966. Dr. Cosgrove was told during his residency that he did not “have what it takes” to pursue cardiac surgery as a specialty, but through hard work and perseverance, he would later become a world renowned heart surgeon, performing more than 22,000 operations throughout his career. Early in his career, Dr. Cosgrove served as a U.S. Air Force surgeon in Da Nang, Vietnam, and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Republic of Vietnam Commendation Medal in honor of his service. In 1975, Dr. Cosgrove joined the Cleveland Clinic, a “nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education.” In 1989, Dr. Cosgrove was named chairman of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and in 2004, he was appointed president and CEO of the Cleveland Clinic. Under his leadership, the Clinic has been ranked as one of the nation’s top hospitals for more than a decade, and 2015 marks the 21st consecutive year that its heart program has ranked as the best in the United States. Dr. Cosgrove retired from surgery in 2006 as one of the most distinguished and accomplished cardiac and thoracic surgeons of all time. He continues, however, to lead the Cleveland Clinic.

    “Dr. Cosgrove exemplifies the principles upon which Horatio Alger Association was built,” said Byron Trott, president and CEO, Horatio Alger Association and 2011 Horatio Alger Award recipient. “His determination to succeed – even after others told him his dreams were impossible – is inspirational, and his dedication to philanthropy and bettering the lives of others is admirable. We are proud to welcome such an outstanding individual as a lifetime Member of the Association, and I have no doubt that Dr. Cosgrove will serve as an exceptional role model to our Scholars.”

    As an active civic leader, Dr. Cosgrove believes that philanthropy is crucial to both the future of medicine and the nation. With his encouragement, the Cleveland Clinic supports hunger centers, local schools and apprenticeship programs in nursing and biology. He is a trustee at Dar Al Fouad Hospital, a healthcare facility that provides outpatient care to communities in Egypt and the Middle East.

    In accepting this award, Dr. Cosgrove commented, “I have always believed that with hard work, one can overcome any obstacle. It is my honor to accept membership in an organization that is so deeply committed to helping deserving young people who show great promise in striving for their fullest potential. I look forward to meeting and interacting with the Association’s Scholars and supporting them as they discover their own personal and professional paths to success.”

    Dr. Cosgrove and the Member Class of 2016 will be officially welcomed into the organization during the 69th Annual Horatio Alger Award Induction Ceremonies in Washington, D.C., from March 31-April 2, 2016. In addition to recognizing these tremendous leaders, Horatio Alger Association will also honor its 2016 National Scholarship recipients, affording both groups the opportunity to meet and learn from one another.

  31. Mark E. Easley, MD ’92,of Duke University Medical Center,has been named president of the 2,100-member American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS). In addition to leading the Society as president, Easley will also serve on the board of directors of the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Foundation.

    Easley will focus much of his term on AOFAS strategic development and optimizing education for orthopaedic surgeons and patients as it relates to disorders of the musculoskeletal system of the foot and ankle.

    “I am honored to serve our membership as AOFAS president,” Easley said. “I am following a tremendous line of leaders, mentors and role models, all of whom remain committed to the AOFAS. Moreover, I have the benefit of an active and motivated membership. It’s a good combination, one that will ensure the continued success of our rapidly growing society.”

    Easley earned his medical degree from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., and completed his orthopaedic residency at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C. He spent his year of dedicated orthopaedic foot and ankle fellowship training at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore.

    Easley is an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke University Medical Center in Durham. He serves as one of the Directors of the Duke Foot and Ankle Fellowship Program.

    During his 16-year career at Duke, Easley has enjoyed teaching residents and fellows in their orthopaedic foot and ankle curriculum. He contributes to furthering orthopaedic foot and ankle knowledge through original research and editing orthopaedic foot and ankle textbooks and other educational resources.

    As a longtime member of the AOFAS, Easley has been program chair and faculty for AOFAS meetings, served on AOFAS committees and presented his primary research at AOFAS meetings. He has been recognized by the American Orthopaedic Association as an American-British-Canadian Traveling Fellow and has served as guest lecturer for numerous national and international orthopaedic foot and ankle meetings.

  32. Mark H. N. Corrigan, MD ’84, has been elected to the Board of Directors of Pamlico BioPharma, Inc.a research-stage biopharmaceutical company developing fully human monoclonal antibody (hmAb) therapeutics and diagnostics for infectious disease and cancer.

    “Mark brings extensive experience in clinical research and development of novel therapeutic agents that have successfully navigated clinical testing and FDA filing,” stated Clayton Duncan, Pamlico’s Chairman and CEO. “His knowledge, combined with his experience in guiding the growth of biopharma companies, will be vital as we continue to advance our lead programs through development and into clinical testing.”

    Dr. Corrigan is the former president and chief executive officer of Zalicus, Inc., which in 2014 merged with EPIRUS Biopharmaceuticals, a developer of biosimilar agents for global markets. He currently serves as chairman of EPIRUS’ Board. Previously, Dr. Corrigan was executive vice president of research and development at the specialty pharmaceutical company Sepracor Inc., and prior to this, he spent 10 years with Pharmacia & Upjohn, most recently as group vice president of global clinical research and experimental medicine. Before entering the healthcare industry, Dr. Corrigan was in academic research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, where he maintains a faculty appointment as adjunct professor in the Psychiatry Department. Dr. Corrigan holds an MD from the University of Virginia and received specialty training in psychiatry at Maine Medical Center and Cornell University.

  33. Susan M. Pollart, MD ’82, is the recipient of the 2015 Sharon L. Hostler Women in Medicine Leadership Award from the UVA School of Medicine. Pollart is the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development and Ruth E. Murdaugh Professor of Family Medicine. She also serves on the UVA Medical Alumni Association’s Board of Directors.

  34. Rick Greene, MD ’70, is the host of “Recovery Room,” an audio conversation with experts in surgery, medicine, ethics, and public health about the latest developments in medicine and health care. Greene is a surgical oncologist based in Charlotte, NC. The first 18 episodes of the show can be downloaded as podcasts from the American College of Surgeons website.

  35. Sherita Hill Golden, MD, MHS, FAHA, the Hugh P. McCormick Family Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, has been named Executive Vice-Chair of the Department of Medicine (DOM) assisting in the oversight of the DOM’S tripartite mission of patient care, teaching and scientific discovery. In this role Dr. Golden, working closely with administrators and clinical leaders throughout Johns Hopkins Medicine, will play a major role in department policy formation and implementation, plan effective partnerships between various JHM constituencies, assist in faculty recruitment and retention, and serve as Acting Director in the director’s absence.

    Dr. Golden graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a B.S. in Biology from the University of Maryland, College Park where she was recipient of 16 scholarships and awards as an undergraduate. She then attended the University of Virginia School of Medicine, to which she was awarded a full scholarship and where, among other honors, she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, recognized by NIDDK as one of the “Ten Most Outstanding Medical Students of 1994,” and received the C. Richard Bowman Scholarship which his awarded annually to a single fourth year student on the basis of excellence in performance and professional attitude during the third year clerkships. Dr. Golden came to the Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1994 for residency on the Osler Medical Service, and in 1997 she became a Clinical and Research Fellow in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism. Her exceptional performance and extraordinary academic promise led to recruitment to the faculty in 2000. She holds joint appointments in the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research and the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. The author of more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, 12 book chapters, and four monographs, she is known nationally and internationally for her exceptional investigative work using the tools of epidemiology to elucidate the pathophysiological basis for the hormonal relationships between depression, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, as well as her program development and clinical research related to inpatient management of diabetes at Johns Hopkins. She serves as the Principal Investigator of the Johns Hopkins site of the Diabetes Prevention Program Outcome Study. Dr. Golden is also a devoted mentor and currently serves as Director of the Epidemiology and Clinical Research in Diabetes and Endocrinology Training Grant and Director of the Training Core for the Johns Hopkins Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities.

    Throughout Dr. Golden’s 20-year career at Johns Hopkins, including her more recent roles as director of the Inpatient Diabetes Management Service, chair of the Glucose Steering Committee, and as leader of the Diabetes Clinical Community at the Armstrong Institute for Quality and Patient Safety, she has demonstrated her ability to lead in complex environments, to integrate large-scale operations and to develop constructive relationships across diverse groups. Her remarkable scholarly productivity as a clinical researcher and faculty member led to her appointment to a prestigious endow chair at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Golden is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Diabetes Association, the Endocrine Society, the American Heart Association, and most recently in 2013, she was elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation.

  36. Dr. George W. Vetrovec (Col’66, Med’70, L/M) has been named a Master in both the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and in the Society of cardiology and Interventions (SCAI) and awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the C3 Interventional International Conference in 2014 for his contributions to these organizations as well as the field of cardiology and interventional cardiology. In 2013 Dr. Vetrovec presented the Founder’s Lecture at the SCAI Annual Meeting.

    In 2013 through the support of a grateful patient, the George W. Vetrovec, MD endowed Cardiology Chairmanship was established. In 2014 Dr. Vetrovec received the VCU Presidential Medallion for his contributions to VCU.

    Dr. Vetrovec remains in a fulltime academic cardiology clinical and research practice at the VCU Pauley Heart Center at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.

  37. As a retired United States Army Reserves Medical Corps Colonel and a psychiatrist, Dr. Robert S. Brown served his country as a soldier, doctor, and university professor. He graduated from the University of Virginia Medical School in 1967 and holds a PhD in education. In his new book, “Sacred Ground: The Psychological Cost of Twenty-First Century War,” he writes about his encounters with active duty soldiers, most of whom suffer from PTSD.

    The book is available now on at

  38. Miriam Sophia LaRochelle was born on October 9, 2014 to Patrick (Med ’10) and Anna (Coll ’05, FNP ’11) LaRochelle. Miriam’s older brother Luke is now 2. Patrick finished his residency in combined internal medicine and pediatrics at UC-San Diego in July. Patrick and Anna and the kids will be moving to France in late December for 6 months of language training after which they will be moving to the northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo to work for Samaritan’s Purse at CME Nyankunde Hospital.

  39. Gregory C. Townsend, MD, has been appointed as the associate dean for Diversity and Medical Education at the UVA School of Medicine. In this role, he will share the responsibility of promoting the educational mission of the School of Medicine and provide leadership, information, and counsel to students, faculty, and staff to facilitate a positive experience for all as part of a diverse community.

    Townsend is an associate professor of internal medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases whose primary clinical interest is in the care of HIV-infected persons. He graduated from our School of Medicine in 1986, performed residency training in internal medicine and pediatrics at West Virginia University Hospitals, and completed a fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of Virginia.

    Townsend has been a mentor, supervisor, lecturer, and leader at UVA for more than 20 years.

  40. Roberta Lynn DeBiasi, MD, MS, has been appointed chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Children’s National in Washington, D.C. Dr. DeBiasi has been serving as acting chief of the division during a national search for a new chief.

    Dr. DeBiasi is the professor of pediatrics and microbiology, immunology, and tropical medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She also serves as a principal investigator in the Center for Translational Science at the Children’s Research Institute.

    Dr. DeBiasi’s research expertise includes basic science as well as clinical/translational research related to severe viral infections of the brain and heart, including congenital infections. She is the author of original research, review articles, and book chapters focusing on severe viral infections such as viral myocarditis, encephalitis, meningitis, and infections in immunocompromised hosts. She is the prior recipient of the Infectious Diseases Society of America Young Investigator Award, and maintains funding from the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID). She is currently principal investigator for clinical research trials that focus on improved treatments for viral encephalitis, influenza, neonatal herpes simplex virus, congenital cytomegalovirus, and adenovirus in normal and immunocompromised children. She is an active investigator in the NIAID Collaborative Antiviral Study Group.

    Dr. DeBiasi treats immunocompetent and immunocompromised children hospitalized with severe infections at Children’s National. She served as the former fellowship training program director in the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, and greatly enjoys teaching and mentoring graduate and medical students, residents, and fellows in the classroom as well as on the hospital wards. She is also actively engaged in continuing medical education for community physicians and outreach to the community.

    After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Boston University, she received her Doctorate in Medicine at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, and completed her internship and residency in Pediatrics at the University of California, Davis Medical Center. She completed her fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Colorado/Denver Children’s Hospital and served on the faculty there prior to joining the Children’s National faculty in 2006.

  41. Jennifer Kawwass Thompson (”07) Peter Thompson (’07), and Henry (3) welcomed Caroline Archer into their family on March 1st, 2014. Jennifer completed her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and joined Emory faculty as an Attending physician and Professor at the Emory Reproductive Center in Atlanta. She will also continue her role as a CDC researcher. Peter completed general surgery residency and is a Plastic Surgery fellow at Emory.

  42. Howard L. Taubin, MD, of Woodbridge, Conn., is the recipient of the 2014 American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Distinguished Clinician Award in the private practice category for his outstanding leadership and excellence in the practice of gastroenterology.

    The award is one of only two Distinguished Clinician Awards presented by the AGA annually, with the other going to a gastroenterologist in clinical academic practice. Taubin was formally recognized at the national Digestive Disease Week convention in Chicago May 4.

    “We take great pride in honoring your outstanding contributions and abilities to combine the art of medicine with the skills demanded by the scientific body of knowledge in service to patients,” said Loren A. Laine, MD, chairman of the AGA.

    Taubin has been in practice with Stratford-based Gastroenterology Associates and on the attending medical staff of Bridgeport Hospital since 1973. In that time, he has held several roles at the hospital and has been an integral part of the gastroenterology section, serving for many years as chief and a key faculty member in the hospital’s gastroenterology fellowship program. He is also an associate clinical professor of medicine at Yale University School of Medicine.

    Taubin graduated with a degree in biology from Boston University and continued on to graduate study in biology at Columbia University in New York. He graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 1965. After receiving his medical degree, he served his internship and began his residency at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. Following service as a captain in the U.S. Air Force from 1967 to 1969, Taubin completed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital in 1970. He concluded his training with a fellowship in gastroenterology at Yale School of Medicine.

  43. Roger K. Harned II, MD, of Greenwood Village, Colo., has been inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Radiology (ACR). The induction took place at a formal convocation ceremony during the recent ACR Annual Meeting and Chapter Leadership conference April 26–30, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

    Harned is an interventional pediatric radiologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado and the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, Colo. He is a member of the ACR, the Society for Pediatric Radiology and the Society of Interventional Radiology. Harned received his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 1988.

  44. Colin Pieter Derdeyn, MD has been inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Radiology (ACR). The induction took place at a formal convocation ceremony during the recent ACR Annual Meeting and Chapter Leadership conference April 26–30, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

    Derdeyn is a professor of radiology, neurology and neurological surgery at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He directs the Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center at Washington University and Barnes Jewish Hospital. He is a member of the ACR, the Missouri Radiological Society and the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery (SNIS) and is a past president of the SNIS. Derdeyn received his medical degree from the University of Virginia in 1988.

  45. David F. Butler, MD has been inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Radiology (ACR). The induction took place at a formal convocation ceremony during the recent ACR Annual Meeting and Chapter Leadership conference April 26–30, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

    Butler is the chief of the department of radiation oncology at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, MO. He is a member of the ACR, the Missouri Radiological Society and the St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society. Butler received his medical degree from the University of Virginia, School of Medicine in 1989.

  46. Timothy R B Johnson, MD ’75 was inducted into the Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars on April 7, 2014. The Society was founded in 1967 by then President Milton Eisenhower to recognize former postdoctoral fellows, housestaff and junior faculty who “gained marked distinction elsewhere since their Johns Hopkins affiliation”.

    Johnson was a fellow in Maternal Fetal Medicine (1979-1981) and faculty (1985-1993) at Hopkins. Since 1993, he has been Bates Professor and Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Professor of Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan.

  47. Derrick Barnes, MD of the Novant Health Bradford Clinic has been named as one of 2014’s “Top Forty Under 40” by the Charlotte Business Journal.

    The award recognizes an elite group of Charlotte area professionals in the business community who have made a significant impact in their respective professions and demonstrated exemplary leadership and community service.

    “I am overwhelmed and extremely humbled by this recognition,” said Dr. Barnes. Having joined the Novant Health Bradford Clinic in 2008, Barnes has taken a keen interest in reducing the cesarean section rate in North Carolina and been instrumental in the clinic’s implementation of the cutting-edge EPIC electronic health record system. He is also a Perinatal Quality Control Physician Champion and a skilled practitioner and educator in da Vinci robotic surgery.

    “Certainly none of my accomplishments would have been possible without the wonderful support and camaraderie of my fellow physicians and staff at the Novant Health Bradford Clinic. My sincere thanks to them and to God for the amazing opportunity to practice medicine and to be a healer,” added Barnes. “I also wish to congratulate my fellow ‘Forty Under 40’ recipients. It is indeed an honor to stand with them.”

  48. Dr. Bridget Bryer and her husband, David Groff, welcomed Maren Emillie Groff on September 13, 2013. She joins older brothers, Lucas (4 years old) and Derrick (2 years old).

  49. Ravi Rao, MD ’98 has joined Novartis Pharmaceuticals as Development Strategic Projects Director. He is based in Switzerland at Novartis global headquarters. In this role, he will be working with clinical trial operations and key initiatives to shape the future of drug development. Ravi comes to Novartis following 13 years in consulting, first as a member of McKinsey’s Healthcare Operations Group and later as an independent management consultant. In addition to being a graduate of the UVA School of Medicine, he received training in pediatric neurosurgery at Children’s Hospital of Boston and a Doctorate in Child Health Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

  50. Dr. Lee Todd Miller (‘82) was honored by the Association of American Medical Colleges for his outstanding contributions to academic medicine. The AAMC presented him with its Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award, which recognizes a faculty physician who provides compassionate mentorship and practices patient-centered care.

    Chosen by AAMC’s student representatives’ organization, the award praises Miller for his passion as a respected role model and award-winning teacher in addressing health care disparities in underserved communities, both at home and abroad. Miller is vice chair of education in the pediatrics department at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He also is a director of the school’s global health education program, which he co-founded in 2010.

    Miller oversees UCLA’s pediatric medical education programs, with a special interest in medical student/resident counseling and international health. Over the past 25 years, he has helped nurture the careers and global health interests of countless students and residents.

    His impact on medical education and child health extends around the globe. He completed a sabbatical with the World Health Organization in Geneva, establishing training programs on managing diarrhea and dehydration, then the leading killer of children worldwide. Over the years he has taught in Egypt, Ethiopia, Zambia, Mozambique, South Africa, Myanmar and Peru, as well as wartime projects in Afghanistan and Rwanda.

    Miller founded a nonprofit, Partners for Pediatric Progress, which trains medical providers in low-resource communities overseas to address health care disparities in children.

  51. The Foundation for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation has announced the inaugural winner of the Gabriella Molnar, MD Pediatric Lifetime Achievement Award: Michael A. Alexander, MD ’73. This award will be given annually to a physiatrist who has made exceptional contributions to pediatric rehabilitation medicine.

    Dr. Alexander was the chief of rehabilitation medicine at the Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE for over 26 years and has two decades of experience as a professor at Thomas Jefferson Medical College. Dr. Alexander was selected as Physician of the Year by the Pennsylvania Governor’s Committee on Employment of the Handicapped in 1986 and received the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation’s 2010 Distinguished Clinician Award.

    Dr. Alexander received his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 1973 and completed a combined residency of pediatrics and physical medicine from Ohio State University and Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He is board certified in pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, electrodiagnostic medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation.

  52. Tovia Martirosian Smith (MD ‘06) and husband Steven Christopher Smith (MS ’06, PhD ’08 and MD ’09) joyfully welcomed their second baby Tovia Virginia McMillian Smith into the world August 6, 2013. Lee, who just turned 2 years old, loves his new role as big brother. Lee is able to see much more of his Godmother Kori L. Wallace (PhD ’09 and MD ‘11) as they recently moved to Los Angeles, CA where Steven is completing his medical training in Genitourinary Pathology at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. They also hope to see more of good friends and Godparents Katie Rohyans Overdevest (COM ‘05) and Jon B. Overdevest (PhD ’10 and MD ’12) who are also now on the west coast.

  53. Greetings from Houston, Texas. My name is Andrew G. Lee, M.D. (UVA CLAS ’85 and MED ’89). I received the faculty teaching award at The Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas and I have been fortunate to have received the teaching award now from four different institutions (Baylor College of Medicine, The University of Iowa, The University of Texas Medical Branch, and now The Methodist Hospital). I live in Houston with my wife Hilary A. Beaver MD (MED ’91)and our two aspiring future UVA wahoos to be, Rachael Lee (age 11) and Virginia Lee (age 9)


  54. I married Jessica Meskin May 26, 2013 in Baltimore, MD. She is an elementary school teacher originally from Los Angeles, CA.

  55. Accepted a position as a clinican educator at Heath Care Associates at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston,Ma.

  56. George P. Garmany, Jr., MD ’74, received the 2009 Harold E. Williamson Award from the COPIC Medical Foundation on March 11, 2010. This award is presented each year to recognize a physician for volunteer medical services and contributions to the community that extend beyond day-to-day activities. This honor includes a $10,000 grant from the COPIC Medical Foundation to the 501(c) (3) organization of the recipient’s choice, which Dr. Garmany directed to the Colorado Chapter of the National MS Society.

    Dr. Garmany is a board certified neurologist who maintains a private practice with Associated Neurologists in Boulder, a community he has served more than 30 years. He has held a lifelong interest in multiple sclerosis (MS) and has provided pro bono medical services to uninsured and underinsured persons diagnosed with MS in the Boulder community throughout his career.

    He received his medical degree from the University of Virginia and is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Neurology, the Colorado Medical Society, and the American Epilepsy Society. As an involved community member he is also active with the Boy Scouts and the Boulder Rotary Club.

    “Dr. Garmany is an exceptional physician whose patience, compassion, and communication skills help people who are dealing with the emotional reality of an MS diagnosis,” said Carrie Nolan, president, Colorado Chapter, National MS Society. “We are honored that he chose to direct his award to the Colorado Chapter, as the funds will allow us to continue to address the challenges of individuals and families affected by this very unpredictable disease,” she added.

  57. Bob Silverman, MD, ’77 is the Dermatology Foundation’s 2012 Clark W. Finnerud Award recipient.

    Each year, the Dermatology Foundation pays tribute to the specialty’s leaders and role models through its honorary awards. The Finnerud Award is established to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of dermatology through clinical practice and part-time teaching. Dr. Silverman has done that; he has a very busy clinical practice in Fairfax, Va., but still manages to find time to contribute in numerous ways. Dr. Silverman is also a faculty member at both Georgetown University and the University of Virginia where he has made academic contributions by mentoring students and residents. He has provided continuing medical education for his colleagues through participation at regional and national forums and through contributions to the medical literature. In additional to his other activities, he serves as a reviewer for several important journals including the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, the British Journal of Dermatology and has been a member of the editorial board of Pediatric Dermatology.

    Dr. Silverman’s leadership is evidenced by his prior service as Head of the Section on Dermatology of the American Academy of Pediatrics and President of the Society for Pediatric Dermatology and current service as a Director of the American Board of Dermatology. Moreover, he has advocated on behalf of our specialty and children in need of our services, through his role as a consultant at the National Institute of Health and presentations to the FDA on issues relating to dermatology.

    Dr. Silverman was presented with the Finnerud Award at the Dermatology Foundation’s Annual Meeting held on March 2, 2013, in Miami Beach, Fla.

  58. Frederick L. Greene, MD (Coll’66 Med’70) has been elected president of the Southeastern Surgical Congress for 2013-14. Dr. Greene also serves as secretary of the UVA Medical School Foundation.

  59. I have recently published a book of poetry, Sweet Spot,there are some medical poems, some directly about UVA, but most concern life and the living of it. I am happy to send a free copy to any med alumni who send their address to me [email protected].

  60. Dr. Elizabeth “Bette” Kaufman McNamara and Dr. Robert Stanley McNamara joyfully announce the birth of their daughter Elizabeth “Belle” Brynn McNamara. Belle was born May 25, 2012 in Roanoke, VA.

  61. Dr. Ravi Rao recently published the book, “Emotional Business: Inspiring Human Connectedness to Grow Earnings and the Economy.” He has spent most of 2012 working for clients in Switzerland, and is looking forward to returning to the US as part of a national book signing tour.

  62. Donald Briscoe, MD, of Houston, Texas, was awarded the Exemplary Teaching Award by the Texas Academy of Family Physicians during TAFP’s 63rd Annual Session and Scientific Assembly in Austin on July 14. This award honors individuals with outstanding teaching skills, and those who have developed and implemented innovative teaching models.

    Dr. Briscoe is the program director of the Methodist Hospital Family Medicine Residency, chair of their Department of Family Medicine, and medical director of Houston Community Health Center, Inc. Denver Harbor Clinic. He also serves as a clinical assistant professor of family medicine at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Previously he served as associate residency director and full-time residency faculty for the Christus St. Joseph Family Medicine Residency, which became Methodist. Before entering academia, Dr. Briscoe practiced full-time private practice with Physicians of Family Medicine in Midlothian, Virginia.

    He currently serves as a member of the Texas Association of Community Health Centers Medical Education Committee, member of the Methodist Hospital Academic Council, and member of the Graduate Medical Education Committee at the Methodist Hospital. In addition, he was recently appointed to be an ombudsman for the GME system.

    Dr. Briscoe has been recognized with numerous teaching awards including twice with the Methodist Hospital Graduate Medical Education Teaching Faculty Award, four times as Faculty of the Year, and as Preceptor of the Year. He was also named one of the Best Doctors in America in 2011. He is known as an excellent leader and mentor, working hard to create a robust learning environment for the residents and motivating them to pursue lifelong learning with his own enthusiasm for the specialty.

    “Dr. Briscoe has a natural aptitude as an educator,” wrote a colleague in a nomination letter. “He has the ability to gently determine the limits of a student’s knowledge and will use that to form a bridge toward new knowledge for the learner. Dr. Briscoe’s capacity as a self-learner informs his colleagues of the standards family physicians need to meet.”

    “On a personal level, Dr. Briscoe is pragmatic, inquisitive, collaborative, insightful, and humorous,” she continued. “He manifests the best qualities of family medicine and is a source of personal inspiration.”

    Dr. Briscoe was awarded his medical degree by the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, Virginia, and completed a family medicine residency with Shadyside Hospital Family Practice Residency in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

    Family physicians like Dr. Briscoe are qualified to work in all major medical areas and trained to treat more than 90 percent of all cases they encounter. Family physicians care for patients of all ages.

    The Texas Academy of Family Physicians is the premier membership organization dedicated to uniting the family doctors of Texas through advocacy, education and member services, and empowering them to provide a medical home for patients of all ages. It has 33 local chapters and is a chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Visit for more information.

  63. On June 6th, Dr. Steven Christopher Smith (MS ’06, PhD ’08, MD ’09), now resident in Pathology at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, was awarded the John Horsley Memorial Prize by the UVA Department of Surgery for his manuscript, “A 20-Gene Model for Molecular Nodal Staging of Bladder Cancer: Development and Prospective Assessment,” published in Lancet Oncology in February 2011. The prize, established in February 1925 by Dr. J. Shelton Horsley of Richmond, VA, is awarded to a medical alumnus of the past fifteen years based on the merit of a manuscript tendered for competition. Dr. Smith’s work, performed during his postdoctoral fellowship at UVA, was in close collaboration with UVA MD/PhD student and subsequent alumnus, Dr. Alexander Baras (PhD ’09, MD ’11) now of the Johns Hopkins University Department of Pathology.

  64. I was honored in early May to be selected by Governor Bob McDonnell for the 2012 Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Award recipient as the outstanding Senior Volunteer in Virginia. This was mainly recognizing my work with Tri-Cities Habitat for Humanity and the Petersburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority in addition to service at St Pauls Episcopal Church.

  65. Frederick L. Greene, MD, FACS, chair of surgery at Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC, and a member of the Commission on Cancer (CoC) since 2000, received the Jeffrey L. Ponsky Master Educator in Endoscopy Award at the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons’ (SAGES) sixth education and research foundation awards luncheon during SAGES’ recent annual meeting in San Diego, CA.

    The luncheon honors leaders in minimally invasive surgical procedures. Proceeds benefit the SAGES Foundation and its mission to advance endoscopic laparoscopic and emerging minimal access surgical methods and patient care.

    Dr. Greene served as chair of both the CoC and the American Joint Committee on Cancer and continues to work as a surveyor for the CoC accreditation program. He currently serves on the American College of Surgeons Patient Education Committee. Dr. Greene earned a medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, and completed his internship and residency at Yale-New Haven (CT) Hospital.

  66. Dr. Pearman received the John J. Krueger Memorial Lectureship Physician of the Year Award from the medical staff of Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital in recognition for 27 years of outstanding community service to Tidewater Virginia. Dr. Pearman has served as the Medical Director of the Beach Health Clinic providing free medical care to the medically indigent for the past 22 years. He is currently employed as a fulltime family physician by Sentara Medical Group, a multispecialty regional medical group operated by Sentara Health Care. Dr. Pearman serves as one of two Clinical Chiefs for Primary Care for the group.

  67. I attended internship and residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Virginia from 1981-1984. I then practiced general Internal Medicine for 23 years before leaving practice to write a book addressing the extraordinary challenges facing practitioners of primary care in an era of declining resources, aging Baby Boomers, and increased regulatory control over the practice of medicine. The title of the book is Out of Practice: Fighting for Primary Care Medicine in America, to be published by Cornell University Press in March, 2011.

    To learn more, please visit my website:

  68. Dr. William E. Gross, otolaryngologist, ENT, has become one of the first physicians in the nation to perform a TransOral Robotic Surgery (TORS) procedure for the treatment of sleep apnea using the da Vinci robot. Sleep apnea is characterized by abnormally shallow breathing or unusually long pauses in breathing during sleep.

    Initial reports from Europe indicate an 80 to 90 percent success rate in treating sleep apnea, versus the traditional procedures 40 to 50 percent success rate.

    “Two of my patients had previously tried surgery, but the results were unsuccessful,” says Dr. Gross, who has practiced in Murfreesboro since 2003. The technology of the robot allows the surgeon to visualize and operate in spaces that otherwise would not be accessible.

    The procedure involves removing overgrown tissue on the back of the tongue and takes about 45 minutes. Following surgery, patients reported mild to moderate pain, no difficulty swallowing and were able to sleep without a breathing device the first night after the procedure.

    CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) is the standard treatment for sleep apnea, but many patients are unable to tolerate CPAP and many others desire a chance for a normal nights sleep without wearing a device. This could be achieved with successful surgery, says Dr. Gross.

    Dr. Gross received his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville and is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology in Head and Neck Surgery. The first application of the da Vinci robot for ENT surgeons was in the treatment of throat cancer. MTMC also uses the robot for bariatric, gynecologic and urologic surgical procedures.

    Written by Bart Walker, November 2010

  69. Alumnus receives Russian surgical award

    GREENVILLE, N.C. (10/25/11)–Dr. W. Randolph Chitwood Jr. is one of five recipients this year of a prestigious international surgical award.

    Chitwood, director of the East Carolina Heart Institute, professor of cardiovascular sciences and senior associate vice chancellor for health sciences at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., received the Bakoulev Premium Medal from the Bakoulev Scientific Center for Cardiovascular Surgery and the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences. He accepted the award Oct. 12 in Moscow.

    A cardiovascular surgeon, Chitwood is a native of Wytheville, Va. He is a 1968 graduate of Hampden-Sydney College and a 1974 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He completed his surgical residency in 1984 at Duke University Medical Center.

    Chitwood was recognized “for his outstanding contributions to the development of cardiac surgery (and) for new methods of minimally invasive procedures, including the use of robotics,” according to the center. Other recipients were Naina Yeltsin, the widow of the first president of Russia, as well as Professors Alain Carpentier of France for pioneering cardiac valve surgery, Vincent Dor of Monaco for developing methods to remodel destroyed heart muscle, and Adib Jatene of Brazil for first correcting congenitally switched major heart vessels in babies.

    The award was presented by Professor Leo Bokeria, director of the Bakoulev Center and fellow member of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery. Before the award ceremony, Chitwood planted a tree at the center to commemorate the occasion and his scientific contributions to Russia and the world.

    The Bakoulev Award was established in 1998, and Chitwood is the second American recipient, following Dr. Denton Cooley of the Texas Heart Institute in 2010.

    Chitwood is the Jo Allison and Eddie Smith Distinguished Chair at the ECHI. He is a past president of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the largest professional cardiac surgery society in the world. In 2001, he gave the Bourokovsky Lecture at the Bakoulev Center.

    Chitwood is a pioneer in developing new technology for minimally invasive heart surgery. The ECU Robotic Surgical Center has trained hundreds of surgeons from around the world in the robotic surgical techniques. Chitwood also pioneered robotic valve repairs using the da Vinci system and, in 2000, used it to perform the first complete mitral valve repair in North America. He was the lead investigator of the FDA robotic mitral valve trials. Chitwood has special expertise in complex valve surgery including mitral repair as well as aortic valve and cardiac rhythm surgery.

    The Bakoulev Center was founded in 1956 by Soviet surgeon Aleksandr Bakoulev as the Thoracic Surgery Institute of the Academy of Medical Sciences of the USSR. In 1961, the facility was renamed to the Institute of Cardiovascular Surgery and renamed for Bakoulev in 1967 following his death.

    From: East Carolina University News Services, Doug Boyd

  70. Dr. Alexander recently became the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) President. He was appointed in November in Las Vegas, NV, at the organization’s annual meeting. President Clinton gave the keynote address. ASCP has nationally >120000 members including UVA’s Walter Olivera, the UVA Laboratory manager.

  71. Dr. Berry, Chair in Pediatric Anesthesia, received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Pediatric Anesthesia from the Society of Pediatric Anesthesia and American Academy of Pediatrics and the Award for Distinguished Service from Pediatric Society of Great Britain and Ireland.

  72. Dr. Wilson was given the highest honor the British Association of Urologic Surgeons bestows — the St Paul’s Medal. It is given annually to that urologist who has notable contributions to UK or world urology who is not from UK. He was also made an “ad eundum” member of the Royal College of Surgeons (translation: without examination).

    Dr. Wilson continues to travel and teach prosthetic urology two weeks per month. He has a boutique practice in Palm Springs, CA.

  73. In October 2010, Dr. Cubbage was awarded the degree of “Fellow” by the American Academy of Family Practice (AAFP) at the Annual Scientific Assembly in Denver, Colorado.

  74. Dr. Juan “Doc” Montero (Fellow ’71) was be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2010 Celebrate the Nations Gala. President Bill Clinton was also recognized with the Charles E. Horton Humanitarian Award for his work toward global health initiative.

    Dr. Juan Montero has been leading medical missions to the Philippines since 1981 with different groups of Filipino expatriates. As a volunteer team leader Doc has also continuously recruited US-based Filipino doctors to do volunteer work in the Philippines. Under the leadership of Dr. Montero, Physicians for Peace, Philippines established a Walking Free program, conducted surgical and medical missions, helped advance health care in communities, developed a donation program of equipment and eyeglasses, and opened an eye bank for the Seeing Clearly program.

    Physicians for Peace is an international non-profit whose volunteer medical professionals provide training and education in developing countries to promote sustainable healthcare programs and partnerships. The organization has long been an integral thread in the fabric of Hampton Roads.

    Doc is proud to have received the first-ever Physicians for Peace Lifetime Achievement Award.

  75. Dr. Robert Schwab recently published his first novel, Holy Water, a medical coming of age story of how the French Quarter helps a young surgical resident chart his medical career.

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