Stuart L. Rusnak, ’64 MD, retired from active practice in Dec. 2009. He was an allergist/clinical immunologist at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children in Honolulu. He was also a clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Hawaii and is still the medical director of a company on the mainland.
Alan T. Marty, ’66 MD, and his wife, who is French, live part time in Paris but moved back to Chicago in November. He has retired from his practice of cardiac and vascular surgery. He has published approximately 600 articles in medical journals, along with having been on on the editorial boards of Chest and Critical Care Medicine for several decades. Dr. Marty writes that he looks forward to attending Grand Rounds at Northwestern.
Robert Montgomery Craig, ’67 MD, ’72, ’75 GME, writes: “Since I retired from medicine on Jan. 12, 2012, Joanne and I have moved to Lake Geneva, Wis. We are snowbirds for four months yearly in Naples, Fla. I spend my time reading, writing, playing tennis, playing bridge, visiting our three children and five grandchildren, and traveling. I published my first book, ‘The Good Life and other Philosophical Essays on Human Nature” (Tate Publishing, Sept. 2014). Two additional essays are in press ‘Diet, Nutrition, and Obesity, and Governmental involvement,’ (J. Clin Gastroent), and ‘Bias, Prejudice, and Racism,’ (Chicago Literary Society). I have submitted other single essays, which will be incorporated in my second book. I have had limited success in publishing my poetry, but I have not given up. I continue to review manuscripts for journals but no longer continue medical practice. Joanne and I remain in good health.”
Scott Aksman, ’71 MD, writes: “I retired from a clinical ophthalmology practice a year and a half ago. I have been using my time to travel and reconnect with friends. I married Donna while in medical school, and we are approaching 48 years together. Here’s a photo of us taken at Acadia National Park in August.”
Steve Greenberg, ’71 MD, writes: “I had retired for a year but came out of retirement this past July due to a combination of my missing the clinical work and the dire lack of psychiatrists practicing in western Massachusetts. I now work three days a week at a mental health clinic and schedule three to four months of vacation during the year. My wife, Rea, is a psychiatric social worker with an outpatient practice. Our daughter Alissa has a PhD in developmental psychology and is clinical director of an autism clinic in Oakland, Calif.
“I also entered the realm of professional photography and have had two shows of my Maine images, taken over the past 10 years around our second home in Down East Maine.”
James E. Bourdeau, ’73 MD, ’74 GME, retired from Nephrology Specialists of Oklahoma and as medical director of the Kidney Transplant Program at Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Okla., on May 1. He is now practicing as a locum tenens nephrologist and serving on the nephrology test writing committee for the American Board of Internal Medicine. His wife, Teri, has recently been named a member of the executive management team of PracticeWise, and they have relocated to Satellite Beach, Fla.
Mark Nolan Hill, ’77 MD, former chairman, commissioner and citizen advisor of the Natural Resources Commission for over 30 years, was chosen to address the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (GLSLCI) Annual Meeting on behalf of the city of Highland Park on June 19, in Sarnia-Lambton, Ontario. The GLSLCI recognized Highland Park’s 2013 Water Conservation and Efficiency Initiative; Highland Park also received the Wege Small Cities Sustainability Best Practices Award. This was the first time Highland Park was ever invited to formally address the GLSLCI and the first time any Illinois city has ever received this award.
The GLSLCI is a U.S./Canadian coalition of 114 mayors, founded by former Mayor Richard M. Daley in 2003, which works with federal, state and provincial governments to advance the protection and restoration of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin.
The Wege Award recognizes and rewards cities in the U.S. and Canada (less than 100,000 population) with practices that protect and improve economic vitality, social equity, and environmental stewardship for the world’s largest source of surface freshwater. The prestigious award is accompanied with a generous monetary stipend.
In addition to his involvement with the GLSLCI, Dr. Hill has been very engaged volunteering for Highland Park community events with his band, Dr. Mark and the Sutures. In August, they performed at Port Clinton Square in commemoration of the late Dan Kornblut, the Elm Place Middle School Principal for 36 years and a Highland Park community leader.
After completing medical school, Dr. Hill was appointed as an ensign in the U.S. Public Health Service (U.S. Navy) in Bethesda, Md., from Jan. 1977 through June 1977, doing clinical activities and research at the National Heart and Lung Institute, National Institutes of Health (NIH) as part of the COSTEP program (Commissioned Officers Student Training Externship Program). In July 1977, he began his internship and residency in surgery at Harvard Medical School, Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston.
Moses Rodriguez, ’77 MD, writes: “After 34 years of practice, I am retiring from the clinical care of multiple sclerosis patients at the Mayo Clinic. This will allow me to concentrate on my research efforts as emeritus professor of neurosciences and immunology at the Mayo Medical School. I remain very active in music, playing my trombone in various ensembles around Rochester, Minn. This includes Trombones Anonymous, a group I helped organize almost 30 years ago, which includes 10 to 12 trombonists for whom I write and arrange most of the music.”
Alicia (Brooks) Christy, ’81 MD, a reproductive endocrinologist in the Contraception Discovery and Development Branch at the National Institutes of Health and medical officer for the Contraceptive Trial Network, recently became co-editor of a new journal, Contraception and Reproductive Medicine. A launch is planned in January. Dr. Christy writes: “We welcome submissions in the subject area.”
Bert Liang, ’88 MD, PhD, MBA, CEO of Pfenex Inc., was recently elected as the chairman of the board of directors of the Biosimilars Council, the trade group under the Generics Pharmaceutical Association representing the biosimilars industry. In addition, Pfenex Inc. was recently awarded a contract from the Department of Health and Human Services of up to $143.5 million for the clinical development of the next generation anthrax vaccine.
Sonja Boone, ’90 MD, a faculty member in the Department of Medicine, has been chosen as chief medical officer for Alegis Care, a subsidiary of Cigna HealthSpring, specializing in the care of homebound, chronically ill patients. Over the past 21 years, she has worked as a physician for the Rush Center for Women’s Medicine, as medical director for the Women’s Center at Edward Hospital in Naperville, as Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s (NMH) Director of Diversity & Medical Director of Physician Recruitment, and as director of Physician Health and Healthcare Disparities at the American Medical Association in Chicago. Most recently, she was senior director of community-based practices for the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System, charged with enhancing community engagement, managing the strategic growth of 13 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and participating in research to eliminate healthcare disparities. In addition to these duties, she also served as interim chief operating officer.
Dr. Boone has achieved the level of Fellow in the American College of Physicians, is a member of several medical associations and societies and is a visiting assistant professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. She has authored multiple articles related to diversity, inclusion and healthcare equity, as well as and written community engagement strategies for various studies at the AMA and UI Health.
Ernani Sadural, ’92 MD, of Teaneck, N.J., an obstetrician and gynecologist, was appointed director of global health at Barnabas Health. Sadural will coordinate the system’s widespread national and international humanitarian outreach and help to assess future initiatives. He maintains a private practice at Regional Women’s Health Group.
Erik K. Alexander, ’97 MD, was appointed chief of the Thyroid Section, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, in Boston.
Anita Bhandiwad, ’98 MD, and husband Karthik Ramaswamy, MD, celebrated the birth of daughter, Ellora, in May. Dr. Bhandiwad is assistant professor of medicine-cardiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Christopher Rehm, ’98 MD, vice president of medical informatics at LifePoint Health, was promoted to chief medical informatics officer.
Marc Levsky, ’00 MD, was selected vice chair of the board of directors of The Mutual Risk Retention Group, Inc., a medical malpractice insurer rated “A” by A.M. Best. He practices emergency medicine in the San Francisco Bay area.
Ashvin Sangoram, PhD, ’02 MD, completed a pediatric residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in 2005. It was in Boston that he met his wife, Cynthia. They later moved to Palo Alto to begin their careers (she as a pediatric nephrologist and Ashvin as a fellow in neonatology, both at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford). He stayed on as an instructor in the School of Medicine for one more year, completing research in developmental neurobiology and practicing neonatology at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View.
Dr. Sangoram writes, “Completing fellowship training during a time of limited NIH funding forced me to rethink how to use my neuroscience PhD. Realizing it would be more fun to use my expertise in a way that didn’t involve constantly seeking outside funding, I approached the Stanford men’s golf coach Conrad Ray with an idea for bringing applied neuroscience to the training of his high-performance athletes. For two years I served as a volunteer assistant coach, bringing my data-driven approach to the team’s practice habits. Working with such phenoms as Patrick Rodgers and Cameron Wilson, I gained an appreciation for the immense skill of these athletes.”
His clinical interests led Dr. Sangoram to join The Permanente Medical Group, where he practices neonatology in a level three NICU in the new Kaiser San Leandro Hospital. He and his wife recently celebrated 10 years of marriage and have two children, Naya (8) and Nikash (4).
Dr. Sangoram continues: “Naya enjoys lacrosse, ballet and reading. Nikash wants to be a dinosaur when he grows up and has begun to pick up the sticks with his dad from time to time. They have provided an enlightening picture of childhood to two pediatric-trained physicians who thought they knew what they were doing.
“I was board certified in neonatology in 2010 and recently voted into senior partnership in TPMG this past spring. I am interested in developing a new visualization model/tool for neonatologists (something I call the Synchronoptic Timeline), for presenting complex and varied data streams for sick premature infants in a unified cohesive infographic form, and working within and outside of TPMG to move this idea forward. This could be extended to high-risk obstetrics or any other subspecialty where a predictable timeline of physiology provides the underlying framework for integration of complex data inputs to aid clinical decision-making.
“In the past year and a half, I have also launched GoaLoGolf (www.goalogolf.com), a vehicle to promote the idea that applied neuroscience can improve your golf game (train your brain to conquer the game!) through three major means.
- TED-style talks to gatherings of golfers as keynote speaker on the neuroscience of golf;
- Individual consulting with elite-level golfers seeking to take their games to the next level. I seek to help elite golfers hone their practice regimens to target those neural systems that need the most work to help them improve (cerebellum and balance, body awareness and the sensory smart-grid, target acquisition and the brain’s GPS);
- A book on the neuroscience of golf is also in the works with Coach Conrad Ray.
“In addition, this past summer I performed some simulation modeling to optimize match-play pairings for the Stanford Women’s Golf team, who wound up bringing home the NCAA Women’s Division 1 Championship in thrilling fashion.
“Ten years in the Bay Area have been remarkably rewarding for my family and me. The rush of stampeding unicorns in the Bay Area have served to inspire us with their pace of innovation and world-changing technology adaptation. It’s fun to raise children in this environment where creativity and technology meet at a unique nexus to make the world better. We have kept connected with a group of Northwestern alums both here and the Chicago area and look forward to many more years of practice and play.
Jordan Dubow, ’03 MD, ’07 GME, vice president of medical affairs at Cynapsus Therapeutics, was appointed chief medical officer and vice president of clinical and medical affairs at Marathon Pharmaceuticals, LLC.
Saravanan Krishnamoorthy, ’03 MD, and fellow alum Shaunak Rana, ’04 MD, created a startup, Radiant Systems, to automate healthcare provider credentialing. Dr. Krishnamoorthy writes, “Partner with us as a beta site to develop the product in an agile manner! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 917-832-1775.”
Seth B. Krantz, ’06 MD, ’13 GME, completed a thoracic surgery fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis in June 2015. He moved back to Wilmette with his wife, Stephanie Linn, a tax consultant at Deloitte, and their son. Dr. Krantz joined the Division of Thoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, at NorthShore University HealthSystem as an attending thoracic surgeon in August. He focuses on benign and malignant disease of the lung, esophagus, mediastinum, trachea and chest wall.
Samara Taher, ’06 MD, married Ajay David in August. She works as a family physician and recently became a candidate for the Masters of Bioethics and Health Policy degree at Loyola University Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics.
Bonnie Hoel Stabrawa, ’08 MD, and her husband, Timothy, of Lombard, Ill., are the proud parents of Audrey Elyse, born Jan. 19, and Kyle.
E. Charles Osterberg, ’09 MD, recently completed his urology residency in New York City at New York Presbyterian Hospital – Weill Cornell Medical College. In July, Dr. Osterberg started a Genitourinary Trauma and Reconstruction Fellowship at the University of California San Francisco. He recently won the Annual Chief Resident Debate at the American Urological Association’s national meeting. He also serves on the Alumni Board and enjoys reconnecting with young alumni.
Franklin B. Saksena, MD, ’65, ’67, ’68 GME, recently had two cardiology books published: “Patient Studies in Valvular, Congenital and Rarer Forms of Cardiovascular Disease: An Integrative Approach,” (Wiley, May 2015)—a study of 65 patients with an additional 24 on the website; and “The Art and Science of Cardiac Physical Examination – With Heart Sounds, Jugular and Precordial Pulsations on CD – Includes 12-Lead ECG Interpretation,” Ranganathan N., Sivaciyan V., Saksena F. (Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers, 2nd edition, August 2015).
Michael Roy Treister, MD, ’68, ’71 GME, FAAOS, FACS, FICS, completed his orthopaedic surgery residency and hand surgery fellowship in December 1971. After 40 years, he sold his private practice in Chicago and retired on June 30, 2014.
Dr. Treister writes, “I now have a small business office trying to wrap up past due collections and doing some part-time medical-legal workers compensation and personal injury review work. My wife, Dana, and I have been traveling more than in the past and spending more time at our vacation home in the Indiana Dunes. Shortly after my retirement, I joined the Ridgeville Concert Band of Evanston and have been busy playing the flute, with frequent rehearsals and performances. I have also had time to do a number of solo concerts – mostly flute music from the Baroque period – that I have been studying for the past several years. I play golf and tennis, enjoy my children and grandchildren, and so on. I remain a trustee of the Chicago Medical Society and am active in medical politics at the local and state levels.”
Denise DeFrias, MD, ’76 GME, retired in June from Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) and Northwestern University after 41 years of distinguished service in the departments of Pathology and Obstetrics and Gynecology.
She joined the Department of Pathology in 1974, as a senior resident. She stayed for an additional year as a fellow before joining the faculty as an assistant professor in pathology and then in obstetrics and gynecology in 1976. Dr. DeFrias rose through the ranks to tenured full professor by 1994. While highly accomplished in all areas of anatomic pathology, her passion was in the area of cytopathology. She established the Division of Cytopathology at NMH when it was still a relatively new subspecialty. Through her leadership and outstanding diagnostic abilities, she quickly established its utility and importance in patient management.
Dr. DeFrias contributed enormously to the clinical, teaching, and research missions of the pathology department. She was well known in the Chicago area and beyond for her diagnostic acumen. She was a frequent invited speaker at national meetings and at medical centers throughout the world. Dr. DeFrias has trained and mentored hundreds of residents, fellows and medical students, and she has mentored the entire junior faculty at Northwestern, each of whom appreciated learning from her many years of experience. She demanded attention to detail and excellence from herself and all around her.
Jerome Kolavo, MD, ’89 GME, of Warrenville, Ill., an orthopaedic surgeon, “returned home” with the merger of Cadence Health and Northwestern Memorial HealthCare in 2014.
Guiseppe Del Priore, MD, ’91 GME, national director of gynecologic oncology and Southeastern regional director at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, was appointed to the medical advisory board at Tyme, Inc.
Robert O. Wright, MD, ’92 GME, vice chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine and director of the Division of Environmental Health at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, was promoted to chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine.
David Mathison, MD, ’06 GME, assistant professor of pediatrics and emergency medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and faculty member in the emergency department at Children’s National, was appointed Mid-Atlantic regional medical director at PM Pediatrics.
Brooke Vanderby, MD, ’13, ’14 GME, board-certified anesthesiologist and pain management specialist, joined the physician team at the Illinois Bone & Joint Institute.
Brian Weatherford, MD, ’13 GME, orthopaedic surgeon, joined the Illinois Bone & Joint Institute.
Brian Clay, MD, ’14 GME, physiatrist and interventional pain management specialist, joined the physician team at the Illinois Bone & Joint Institute.
Jay Aldous, ’59 DDS, ’61 MA/MS, of Salt Lake City, retired as professor emeritus after 49 years at the University of Utah School of Medicine, where he directed the dental residency program.
Charles J. Maseredjian Jr., ’66 DDS, of Burbank, Calif., is coordinating the 50-year reunion celebration for the Northwestern University Dental School Class of 1966, which will be held April 22–24, 2016, in Chicago. For more information, e-mail email@example.com.
Robert S. Dolgow, ’74 DDS, of Boca Raton, Fla., welcomed a granddaughter, Orli Tova Belleli, in March.
Scott Jameson, ’05 CERT (PROS), director at West Texas Rehabilitation Center, was promoted to chief operating officer.