Progress Notes

1940s

Albert J. Miller, ’46 MD, writes, “I was the class representative, but there are very few of us left now that my classmate, R. Drew Miller, ’46 MD (no relation), has died. Drew and I sat next to each other for most of our medical classes. He was a fine student, a committed physician and a gentleman; he was a credit to Northwestern and the Mayo Clinic, where he spent most of his career. He personified the concept of a caring physician and should be an idol for those who are coming along.”

Benjamin Kenagy, ’55 MD, writes, “This summer I celebrated my 90th birthday. At the prodding of my wife and two daughters, I published my life story: “BEN KENAGY: Through 90 Years.

1950s

Simon Myint, ’53 MD, shared that he volunteers as a surgeon in remote northwestern Nepal, at his own expense. He has also worked with LIGA International (the Flying Doctors of Mercy) in Mexico. In October 2016, he played in the World Medical Tennis Society meeting in Lima, Peru. No one was in his 85-90 age group, so he played in the 76-80 age group instead and won a bronze medal.

Nicholas Demos, ’54 MS, ’55 MD, ’58 GME, writes, “I finished surgery with Dr. Loyal Davis in 1963. Then I got my boards in surgery in 1964, thoracic in 1965 and peripheral vascular in 1983. After I retired in 2013, I started teaching medical students. I now paint one or two times a week.” Demos started painting in acrylics after learning from one of his patients. Pictured, some of his work inspired by images in previous issues of Northwestern Medicine magazine.

Simon Myint, ’53 MD, at Lima, Peru meeting.

Nicholas Demos, ’54 MS, ’55 MD, ’58 GME, shared his paintings (first row, left to right) “Immunity,” “Epileptic Brain” and “Amyloid Regulation” and (second row) “The Genes of Immunity,” “Aging Brain” and “Autoimmune Target.”

Kenrad Nelson, ’58 MD

Kenrad Nelson, ’58 MD, professor of Epidemiology, International Health and Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, attended the first European Union/Mongolian Hepatology Conference in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, in August. Mongolia has the highest rate of mortality from liver cancer of any country in the world. The high hepatocellular carcinoma rate is related to extremely high rates of infection with hepatitis viruses. The purpose of the conference was to develop an effective medical and public health program to reverse the epidemic of liver-related morbidity and mortality in Mongolia.

Nelson is also a member of the Technical Advisory Group to control the hepatitis C virus epidemic in the Republic of Georgia, another country that has developed a public health intervention program to deal with a large epidemic.

1960s

Kevin Glynn, ’61 MD, released his book, “Gasping for Air: How Breathing Is Killing Us and What We Can Do about It,” Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, in August. He writes, “The book tells stories of the men and women who lead the fight for healthy breathing. Several of the anecdotes draw on my experiences at Feinberg.” According to the publisher, “’Gasping for Air’ is the dramatic story of how infections, toxins, carcinogens and air pollution strike against one of our basic body functions.” The book is available online through Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Kevin Glynn, ’61 MD

David Kerns, ’68 MD, a retired professor of pediatrics, journalist and novelist will be releasing a new book, “Fortnight on Maxwell Street,” in early 2018 with Bay Tree Publishing. The novel is set in the Chicago Maternity Center in the spring of 1968.

Kerns writes, “The Maternity Center was overseen by the Northwestern Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and for 75 years was the source of home deliveries in the inner city. My experience there as a senior medical student was the inspiration for the novel. It is steeped in the history of the center and its association with the medical school. At the heart of the story is the collision of the center’s mission and the chaos that ensued following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. The fictional protagonist is a senior Northwestern medical student.”

1970s

John Dunne, ’70 MD, writes, “I am now living in Bellingham, Wash., where we moved after closing my practice, and semi-retired. I still work two days a week providing child psychiatric consultations. I remain active in the American Academy of Clinical Psychiatrists, as well as Rotary, and play trombone in two orchestras. I have started volunteering in two middle schools, coaching new trombone players. We live two blocks away from our grandchildren, ages six and three, and see them frequently. My wife, Joy, and I are both in good health (all things considered) and like to travel.”

John Neale, ’70 MD, writes, “I enjoyed the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and 40 years of emergency room work in California. Now I am in Princeton, N.J., with frequent visits with my medical school roommate, Rich Gillum, ’70 MD.”

Howard Weiss, ’71 MD, of Baltimore, received the 2017 Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Weiss has been on the clinical faculty of the Neurology department at Hopkins since 1977. He is chairman of the medical advisory board of the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area.

Arnold R. Eiser, ’74 MD, was named a Lifetime Achiever by Marquis Who’s Who. He is an adjunct senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Healthcare Economics and Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. Eiser also authored “The Ethos of Medicine in Postmodern America,” available online through Amazon.

Michael Shannon, ’70 MD, was featured in Readers Digest (December 2016/January 2017 issue) in the “Miracle in Real Life” section. The article, entitled “I Don’t Know if He Knows How Lucky He Was,” details a serious car accident Shannon was in that connected him with a young paramedic whom he had cared for as a severely ill premature baby 30 years earlier. 

Richard A. Moscicki, ’76 MD, joined the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America as chief medical officer and executive vice president.

Mark Nolan Hill, ’77 MD, and his band Dr. Mark and the Sutures.

Mark Nolan Hill, ’77 MD, professor of Surgery at the Chicago Medical School and president of North Shore Surgical Associates, recently celebrated the 30th year anniversary of his rock band, Dr. Mark and the Sutures. Their World Tour began at their annual Highland Park concert on Aug. 12.

The band, made up of North Shore physicians and businessmen, formed in 1987 for a neighborhood party. Mark Hill’s son, Dr. Adam Hill, who played guitar with the band since he was seven years old, now is a professor at the University of Derby, England.

Dr. Mark and the Sutures always donate their time, only performing for charities, benefits, service organizations and community events. Some of those events have included fundraisers for the American Cancer Association, Misericordia, Tsunami Relief and the Haiti earthquake. In addition, they organized, hosted, coordinated and performed at Warriors and Art — a first-time national initiative displaying therapeutic veterans art. Mark Hill was an Ensign in the U.S. Navy.

The band has performed at venues including Allstate Arena, Ravinia Festival and Taste of Chicago, as well as opened for national celebrities including Tim McGraw, Randy Travis and Martina McBride. The late Chicago Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Victor Aitay played with the band during its Annual Highland Park concert for two years, and was dubbed by the media as the “Rock and Roll Concertmaster.”

Dr. Mark and the Sutures have received a good deal of press and many honors and accolades, among them, two Mayoral Proclamations from Highland Park, including Keys to the City and a Named Day in honor of the band. In addition, they received a Mayoral Proclamation, Keys to the City and a Named Day from Galena, Ill., where they have played multiple community benefits and fundraisers such as the annual Fourth of July Celebration and founding the annual Labor Day “Twist and Shout in Galena.” Their World Tour begins and ends in Highland Park.

Peter Geittmann, ’77 MD, ’81 GME, mentored Northwestern medical students in the 80s at Northwest Community Hospital, where he worked for 35 years, delivering 6,000 babies. He retired last October and started a foundation to continue helping underinsured mothers and babies who suffer catastrophic events. The Dr. Peter Geittmann Foundation is online at drpetergeittmann.org or drpetergeittmannfoundation.com.

Howard J. Fullman, ’79 MD, of Malibu, Calif., has served as medical director and chief of staff at Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles since 2004. He is also a professor of Medicine at the University of Southern California and associate clinical professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. He and his wife, Sandra, have two adult children, Alex and Casey. He would love to hear from his classmates.

Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, ’79 MD, a member of the National Academy of Medicine, was named the seventh president of Oakland University. She is a renowned pediatric endocrinologist and scientist who has published more than 190 manuscripts and books. She also serves as professor of Biomedical Sciences at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.

In October, she and her daughter, Naomi, a Northwestern University journalism graduate, opened the Marilyn K. Glick Women’s Enrichment lecture series at the Indianapolis Propylaeum. They discussed their steps toward success in the medical and television journalism fields and how they have negotiated their relationship through the growth of their careers.

Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, ’79 MD, and daughter, Naomi.

1980s

Lydia P. Howell, ’81 MD, professor and chair of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UC Davis Health, will receive the American Society of Cytopathology’s Papanicolaou Award at the annual scientific meeting in Phoenix on Nov. 12. Howell has pioneered methods for cervical cancer screening and advocates for high quality screening, early detection and diagnostic services for breast and cervical cancers. She has held many American Society of Cytopathology leadership roles, including foundation chair from 2005-2009 and president from 2011-2012.

Among her many accomplishments, Howell she has contributed to the development and application of liquid-based, thin-layer Pap testing and computer-assisted Pap screening, methods that have become standard cytologic practice. She continues to collaborate with scientists in biophotonics, engineering, radiology and other disciplines to develop innovative tools and programs to improve health and access to care. Howell is also recognized nationally for her leadership and innovative approaches to improve work-life balance for faculty and staff.

Len Yaffe, ’82 MD, and George Daniels, ’82 MD, ’88 GME, shared a photo (right) with their wives Ruth and Kathleen, respectively, at a wine tasting in Napa.

Len Yaffe, ’82 MD, and George Daniels, ’82 MD, ’88 GME, with their wives.

James B. McAuley, ’85 MD, ’87 MPH

James B. McAuley, ’85 MD, ’87 MPH, internist, pediatrician and adult and pediatric infectious disease specialist, and his wife Amy McAuley, MD, relocated in 2016 to Whiteriver, Ariz., as employees of the USPHS Indian Health Service, where they provide healthcare for the White Mountain Apache Tribe. Jim serves as the clinical director of the Whiteriver Indian Hospital. From 2011 through 2016, he served in Zambia with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) leading HIV, TB and malaria work funded through the President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief. During his time in Africa, he twice served as the CDC team leader for Ebola control in Sierra Leone. Any classmates traveling to the Southwest are welcome to visit him on the Rez!

1990s

James Guevara, ’90 MD, resides in the Philadelphia area along with his wife, Cindy, and two college-age boys. He works as a professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and is an attending pediatrician at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

James Guevara, ’90 MD

Eva Krevchuck-Villejo, daughter of Ron Villejo, ’93 PhD.

Ron Villejo, ’93 PhD, writes, “Forty years ago I began my first day of classes at NU. Today, my wife Karen Krevchuck and I are proud to say that our wonderful daughter, Eva Krevchuck-Villejo, is also starting her first day of classes at NU! Here is a recent cheerleading photo of her.”

John M. Santopietro, ’95 MD, was named president and medical director of Silver Hill Hospital, a mental health facility in New Canaan, Conn. He began in September.

Isaac Yi Kim, ’96 PhD, ’97 MD, received his MBA from the Wharton School in May 2017. He is currently serving as the acting chief of Urology at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He is working on a study exploring the mechanism of therapy resistance in prostate cancer, titled “TCF4 and enzalutamide-resistance in prostate cancer.”

Sharon Mowat, ’99 MD

Sharon Mowat, ’99 MD, pediatrician hospitalist, was named in May 2017 as the new co-physician-in-chief of Kaiser Permanente’s Diablo Service Area. Mowat will serve alongside Kenneth Grullon, MD, overseeing a team of more than 950 physicians, 8,000 staff, two hospitals and 12 clinic sites in Central and East Contra Costa County and the Tri-Valley Area of Alameda County. She is married with two children and her family lives in Danville. Mowat writes, “I am super excited to lead the medical group and focus on physician and staff engagement.”

2000s

Abraham Tzou, ’04 MD, was named vice president of regulatory affairs for Freenome, a San Francisco-based health technology company that focuses on early detection and intervention of cancer and other diseases.

Abraham Tzou, ’04 MD

Neelam A. Vashi, ’08 MD, ’09 GME, recently published a book as lead editor, entitled “Dermatoanthropology of Ethnic Skin and Hair,” available on Amazon. This comprehensive text extensively examines cutaneous disease in persons with skin of color and serves as a guide to the diagnosis and treatment of skin disorders for those populations with darker skin types. Vashi is an assistant professor at Boston University, founding director of the BU Center for Ethnic Skin and director of the BU Cosmetic and Laser Center.

Brad Allen, ’11 MD, ’16 MS

2010s

Brad Allen, ’11 MD, ’16 MS, chief resident of Radiology at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, was selected as the first North American Society for Cardiovascular Imaging Rising Star Fellow.

Nancy Curdy, ’14 MS, of Snellville, Ga., system director of patient safety at Piedmont Healthcare, is president of the board of directors for the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ). NAHQ’s mission is to serve the healthcare quality profession by creating a competent, qualified healthcare quality workforce.

Morgan Kathleen Hoke, ’17 PhD, ’17 MPH, joined the University of Pennsylvania as an assistant professor of Anthropology. Her specialty is biocultural anthropology.

Nancy Curdy, ’14 MS

Robert Buckingham, MD, ’79 GME

GME

Robert Buckingham, MD, ’79 GME, recently published his second book, “Rejuvenation! How the Capillary-Cell Dance Blocks Aging while Decreasing Pain and Fatigue, ” available on Amazon. The book discusses how to prevent illnesses rather than waiting to treat them. It calls for a reassessment of the traditional disease treatment model and replacement with a model that stages chronic inflammation.

Elena M. Kamel, MD, ’88 GME, received an award from Susan G. Komen Chicago at the second annual Gala of the Chicago Komen Foundation for her work with breast cancer and her efforts to help improve access to care for African-American and Latino women. She writes, “I have spent many years dedicated to breast cancer awareness and evening the playing field for women from all backgrounds to have a fighting chance to survive this devastating disease, breast cancer. There is a huge disparity in access to high-quality breast health services and treatment in Chicagoland.”

Santiago A. Candocia, MD, ’89, ’90 GME, joined Chicago North Shore concierge medical practice Dedication Health as a primary care physician.

Mark S. Slaughter, MD, ’91 GME, professor and chair of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at the University of Louisville, co-authored a new text on mechanical circulatory support and was recently named a councilor for the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association.

Joseph Adashek, MD, ’93 GME, clinical associate professor of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and University of Nevada, Las Vegas, School of Medicine, as well as chairman of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Summerlin Hospital and Medical Center, was elected president of the Clark County Medical Society, the medical society for Las Vegas and Henderson, Nev.

Joseph Adashek, MD, ’93 GME

Lil Surfer Girl, bloodhound of Laura Peterson-Boldt, MD, ’95 GME

Laura Peterson-Boldt, MD, ’95 GME, has been married 25 years and has four children, two of whom are hoping to pursue a career in medicine. She visited the McGaw Medical Center last July and loved the new buildings. Peterson-Boldt works at the Pregnancy Help Center of San Gabriel Valley serving the poor during crisis pregnancies. She is the avid owner of a minor champion bloodhound, McGuire’s Lil Surfer Girl, who is named after Kelly Slater.

Adam R. Silverman, MD, ’95 GME, vice president for population health at Saint Francis Health Care Partners and Southern New England Health Care Organization LLC, has joined the clinical advisory team of Life2, Inc., a healthcare analytics and clinical data services company.

Jean Christophe Lapiere, MD, ’99 GME, has a healthcare startup, SkinIO, which was featured in Built in Chicago. SkinIO uses a computer mapping system to assess pictures that patients take of their skin, flagging any aberrations. The flagged images are then passed to a team of in-house dermatologists for review.

Guilherme Dabus, MD, ’05 GME, was named a 2017 Top Doctor in Miami. He works in interventional neuroradiology.

Erinn Tuck Gardner, MD, ’06 GME, who practices at Atlanta Allergy & Asthma, was named a top doctor in Atlanta.

Hyde McKinney Russell, MD, ’07, ’09, ’10 GME, was named the Owen L. Coon Chair of Cardiothoracic Surgery at NorthShore University HealthSystem.

Daniel Choi, MD, ’11, ’14 GME, ’14 MS, of Evanston, married Janet Lee, in Northbrook, Ill., on Oct. 1, 2016. He is an assistant professor of Pediatrics at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, in the Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology. Choi participates in the care of children with all types of blood and cancer disorders.

DPT

Gail (Butler) Elliott, ’80 BSPT, lives and works in Fort Wayne, Ind. She works in an outpatient private practice, Mallers and Swoverland Orthopedic Manual Therapy. She received her MHS from the University of Indianapolis in 1993, Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Certification in 2005, fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Therapy from NAIOMPT in 2015, and is pursuing her DSc at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich. Gail has a husband, Gary Elliott, and two sons, Daniel and Matthew.

Carmelo Tenuta, ’87 BSPT, is married to Kristie A. Tenuta and owns Sports Physical Therapists, which has nine locations in Southeast Wisconsin. 

Gail (Butler) Elliott, ’80 BSPT

Mary Catherine Casey, ’13 DPT, recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of her Chicago physical therapy private practice, The FIT Institute. She writes, “We are a training facility focused on bridging the gap between physical therapy and sports performance. We increase the longevity of an athlete’s career by teaching proper movement patterns that often lead to overuse injuries. Our process begins with a thorough examination and plan of care to address muscle imbalances, strength and flexibility deficits. As founder of The FIT Institute, I believe we can create a multidisciplinary location where an athlete can address all of their needs.

“As a former National Champion Lacrosse Player, I believe the adolescent athlete needs specialized care and we are prepared to develop programming that meets their needs and helps reduce risk of traumatic injuries such as ACL and UCL injuries as early sport specialization becomes more prevalent.

“Most recently, Stephanie Ferro, ’17 DPT, joined my team. Stephanie is a former collegiate soccer player and brings a great deal of knowledge to TFI and shares our vision in educating today’s youth and parents about healthy sports participation and the steps to preserve one’s body for years of competition.”