Paul J. Rosen, ’51 MD, recently turned 90 and would like to hear from any of his classmates. He lives in Sacramento, Calif., and says he “…would be especially appreciative to hear from any old timers who live near me.”
Gerson Bernhard, ’53 MD, ’59 GME, is a regular attending in the rheumatology clinic, supervising fellows at the University of California–San Francisco. He says, “They teach me the hot new stuff, and I provide historical perspective and help with the art of medicine. I have also been engaged as a volunteer doing tele-consultations and seminars for a non-profit MAVEN project. Recently I had the pleasure of talking to another classmate, William “Bill” Johnson, ’53 MD, who lives in a retirement complex in Medford, Ore. He was well, alert and engaged. I hope to see him when we go to Ashland for theater in April.”
Lawrence “Larry” Linder, ’56 MD, writes, “My wife, Joan, and I have moved from Cincinnati to a retirement community, Freedom Village Brandywine near Philadelphia, to be closer to our children. It has been quite an adjustment, but it’s a good facility with a lot of interesting, nice residents. Drop us a line, or give us a call, we’d like to hear from you.” (484-288-2296, firstname.lastname@example.org)
William “Bill” Ziering, ’56 MD, has been participating in triathlons since the early 80s. He says, “I can’t remember ever finishing in the top half and have had lots of bike falls and crashes. I still managed to be the Age Group World Champion in Chicago in 2015. I am now ranked number one for the age group 85-89 in California.”
Ziering belongs to the Triathlon Club of Monterey. His favoritetriathlon distance is Olympic, and he is participating in several 2017 USAP triathlons. His favorite saying is: “Start off slowly then ease up!”
Michael J. Moore, ’62 MD, writes, “Since our last medical school reunion, Ellen and I continue to enjoy excellent health. I retired as clinical professor of Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine in 2011, but continue to teach weekly seminars for the third- and fourth-year medical students. These bright young people are a great stimulus for me to keep up with all the new developments in the field, and they are a pleasure to be with. In addition, I will be starting my 45th year in the private practice of Neurology at Emerson Hospital in Concord, Mass., but I’ve cut back to half time with no more emergency department coverage.
Ellen and I continue to appreciate our cottage at Deer Isle, Maine, in the summer. Our son Chris, a radiologist, his wife Michele and both grandsons join us there for one or two weeks every summer. We continue to day sail in the Gulf of Maine, Eggemogin Reach, East Penobscot Bay and Jerico Bay aboard our sloop, Viceroy.
We visit our condominium in Naples, Fla., at least twice a year during the winter months, and enjoy meeting with old friends from Iowa, Boston and even Deer Isle — some visiting and some who own vacation homes. Our best regards to the medical class of 1962.”
John Nanninga, ’63 MD, ’70 GME, recently authored a book titled “The Gland Illusion,” published by McFarland & Company. The book explores the early history (late nineteenth to early twentieth century) of the discovery of glands and their use in rejuvenation. The subject matter focuses on the use of the sex glands and how they might make a person younger. Despite the pseudoscientific nature of the practices, the work was a stimulus to the eventual discovery and use of testosterone and estrogen.
Robert Young, ’66 MD, of Pueblo, Colo., is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon in private practice and clinical associate professor of Family Medicine at University of Colorado School of Medicine. In October, he entered the Pueblo Central High School Hall of Honor. A former Eagle Scout, Young has been active in the Boy Scouts of America for 35 years and runs the Eagle Scout board of review program for the district. He received the District Award of Merit and the Silver Beaver Award, the highest awards to an adult volunteer. Young is also a volunteer senior health insurance information program counselor.
Michael L. Friedman, ’67 MD, received his commission in the U.S. Navy in 1964, while attending medical school at Northwestern. Freidman writes, “I am still practicing medicine in California and will always remember my days at NU and with the Navy. We took care of the Marines from Vietnam, who we affectionately called grunts, and they called us swabbies.”
His daughter delivered her twins 14 years ago at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and also obtained her PhD in psychology from Northwestern.
C. Ray Zeiss, ’67 MD, ’70, ’72 GME, and his wife attended the World Allergy Association/Allergists for Israel conference in Jerusalem in December 2016, where Zeiss gave a presentation on occupational immunologic lung disease. The meeting included tours to many beautiful, historic parts of Israel.
Ferdinand Ofodile, ’68 MD, received the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York Regional Society of Plastic Surgeons. In 2015, he retired from the practice of plastic surgery after serving as a clinical professor of Surgery at Columbia University and chief of Plastic Surgery at Harlem Hospital Center. He now serves as a clinical professor emeritus at Columbia.
Sheldon Rabin, ’69 MD, is one of the founding members of Precision Biologics, a clinical stage biotechnology corporation focused on developing therapeutic and diagnostic products for the early detection and treatment of cancer. The company, formed in 2012, will work on basic technology for the Cancer MoonShot 2020 program.
Ralph Levitt, ’73 MD, has been a clinical professor of Medicine at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine for the last nine years and co-director of clinical skills for two years. He is recently semi-retired from his clinical position as attending physician at the Roger Maris Cancer Center at the Sanford Health Center in Fargo, N.D., where he was on the staff for 37 years, previously serving as chairman of Hematology/Medical Oncology and principal investigator for the Community Clinical Oncology Program. He lives with his wife, Helen, in Fargo.
Elliot Francke, ’75 MD, released his first novel, “Upon a Time – the Darkness behind the Tales.” It is a historical fiction/murder mystery based on prototypes for many fairy tale characters, with a theme of how such stories might have developed. It also highlights the effects of abuse not only on individual lives, but also on society as a whole. The book is available in print and e-book format at www.elliotfrancke.net or on Amazon.
Francke is also developing the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program for the Waconia Ridgeview system in Waconia, Minn.
Richard Ferkel, ’77 MD, released the second edition of his textbook, “Foot and Ankle Arthroscopy,” in November 2016. His son, Eric Ferkel, ’08 MD, now practices with him at the 40-physician Southern California Orthopedic Institute. Richard and Michelle are enjoying their two young grandchildren, who were born one month apart.
David H. Watt, ’80 MD, received the 38th Annual Northwestern Medicine Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award for extraordinary contributions to the community and for embodying Dr. King’s legacy of humanitarianism. Watt was recognized for more than 30 years of international and local volunteer work.
Watt took his first medical mission trip while he was studying to become a doctor at Feinberg. His volunteer work, including with the group MedSend, has taken him around the globe to places like the Ivory Coast, China and Mexico. He also has found ways to contribute at home, serving his community through volunteering as a team physician, providing free surgeries to international patients in need, mentoring students and, with his wife, donating an anatomy lab to Wheaton College. After 30 years of providing orthopaedic care to Chicago’s underserved West Side, Watt retired from his volunteer position at the Lawndale Christian Health Center in 2016.
Steven Isono, ’82 MD, of Berkeley, Calif., is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine. He is the team physician for the NBA’s Golden State Warriors and multiple U.S. Olympic teams. He covered the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in summer 2016 and the Pan American Games in Toronto in July 2015.
Benjamin Kanter, ’82 MD, ’85 GME, previously with Extension Healthcare, has joined Vocera Communications as chief medical information officer.
Bob Bielski, ’85 MD, was in the bleachers when the Cubs beat the Dodgers to finally go to the World Series. Dave Walden, ’85 MD, flew in from Colorado the night before to see the game as well. Luckily, they ran into each other in the bleachers and had a mini reunion.
Grace Downing, ’85 MD, writes, “Nothing has changed except I’m enjoying retirement.”
Greg Kalemkerian, ’85 MD, ’88, ’89 GME, is a professor of Medicine and associate division chief for faculty development and education in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the University of Michigan. He recently served as the lead editor for the “Handbook of Lung Cancer and other Thoracic Malignancies.” His wife, Mary Varterasian, MD, ’90 GME, built the successful consulting firm, Ann Arbor Drug Safety, which is involved in all phases of clinical drug development. Greg and Mary live in Ann Arbor, Mich., with their two teenage sons.
Todd Engstrom, ’86 MD, joined Sansum Clinic as an internist.
Jordan H. Perlow, ’86 MD, completed serving as the division director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Banner University Medical Center and is a clinical professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. He is in his 25th year of maternal-fetal medicine practice with Phoenix Perinatal Associates.
He writes, “I have three beautiful grandchildren, two of whom live overseas in Jerusalem, and one in Orange County, Calif. I am looking forward to retiring from weekends, 24-hour hospital shifts and night call this year, but otherwise am maintaining a full workload of clinical bedside practice! My wife, Ana, is from Rio de Janeiro, and we travel there annually to enjoy both the excitement and the relaxation of that beautiful city. I go fishing each year up into the Northwest Territories of Canada with my father, who will turn 87 this year. Hiking, swimming, weightlifting, photography, travel and reading are my pastimes. It is amazing how many children of very sick mothers, that I delivered years ago, contact me on Facebook to express their gratitude. I have not regretted a single day of my wonderful career. Northwestern University Medical School will always hold a special place in my heart for giving me the opportunity to pursue my dreams!”
Perlow has been a career-long volunteer with the March of Dimes, serving in many capacities, including the National Office of Volunteers, and was awarded the organization’s 2002 Distinguished Volunteer Service Award. He recently spoke on their behalf in Anchorage, Ala., at the 2016 Alaskan Native Health conference. In addition, he has participated as a volunteer for medical missions to Asia and South America.
He has received much recognition for his work as a maternal-fetal medicine physician, including past honors of being chosen as president of the Phoenix Obstetrical and Gynecological Society and being listed as one of the “Best Doctors in America,” “Top Docs” of Phoenix, Ariz., and “Who’s Who in Healthcare and Medicine.” A scholarship has been funded in his honor at the University of California-Irvine School of Medicine. He is frequently the subject of local and national radio and television interviews relating to women’s health topics.
Perlow has numerous research interests and has published extensively on high-risk pregnancy topics. A primary interest has been the increase in the numbers of pregnancies complicated by maternal obesity, and it is on this topic that he has been sought out as a speaker at many national conferences. Perlow’s interest in umbilical cord blood stem cell use and preservation has taken him around the world, lecturing on the importance of cord blood stem cell banking.
Wayne Saville, ’86 MD, married Laura Silverstein Colban of San Diego, on July 20, 2015.
Scott Zeller, ’86 MD, released a new textbook, “The Diagnosis and Management of Agitation,” published by Cambridge University Press. The book debuted in January and became the #1 hot new release for mental health textbooks on Amazon, as well as a top seller in the emergency medicine category. It is the seventh book Zeller has collaborated on.
Neelofur R. Ahmad, ’88 MD, joined the faculty of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center as an associate professor of Radiation Oncology. She was previously in private practice in Houston for 18 years. She will now be practicing in MD Anderson’s Bay Area Regional Care Center.
Brian J. Bear, ’91 MD, was named one of Castle Connolly’s “Top Doctors 2017.” Since his election in 2000 as president of OrthoIllinois, the practice has grown from eight physicians and 50 support staff to 32 physicians and over 400 staff. It now includes four clinical facilities, an ambulatory surgery center, a research department, a cadaver training lab and serves as a training site for orthopedic residents, medical students, family practice residents and physician assistants.
Mehdi “Matti” Vazeen, ’92 MD, a Carson City, Nev., ophthalmologist, traveled to Bangladesh in March for two weeks. There, he performed charitable cataract surgeries at Bangladesh Eye Hospital and lectured beginner surgeons about cataract procedures at the Ispahani Islamia Eye Institute. He introduced an updated version of his textbook to the seminars as a part of his established teaching exchange program. His goal was to help enhance training and increase capacity at these institutions, on top of conducting 50 free surgeries at the hospital. He travels to pursue charitable work every few years.
Because of his commitment to altruistic work and to his patients around the world, Nevada U.S. Senator Dean Heller — also a longtime patient — recognized Vazeen in November. In the tribute, Heller describes Vazeen as a figure who “exemplifies the highest standards of leadership and should be proud of his hard work that highly benefits many Nevadans” and is “a true example of someone who has spent many years dedicated to the Silver State.”
Vazeen is very busy in his hometown as well: He and his staff have performed at least 20,000 surgeries in the Carson City area. He is a first-generation eye doctor in his family and also is involved with the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He is married to Ashley Vazeen, a nurse practioner at Carson Surgical Group. They have two children, Cameron and Isabella.
In August 2016, Will Harper, ’95 MD, opened a private internal medicine practice, Harper Health, back “home” in the shadow of Northwestern at 737 N. Michigan Ave. He invites his classmates to come by and say hello!
Jamie Loggins, ’96 MD, medical director of Central Maine Bariatric Center and chief of Surgery at Central Maine Medical Center, writes: “Hello Northwestern! Its been awhile since I graduated from medical school, but sometimes it seems like just yesterday that I was getting advice from Dean Snarr and TA’ing anatomy with Dr. Cochard. It’s been a long journey since then, and I thought you might find the following interesting, especially as it may help to create awareness and better understanding of an epidemic disease!”
Loggins, an expert in robotic and laprascopic surgery, was working on a fellowship in minimally invasive and robotic surgery at University of California Davis – Sacramento, when he was recruited to build the bariatric center from scratch at Central Main Medical Center. He was in charge of designing the facility, obtaining equipment and choosing staff. Since then, Loggins has performed over 2,000 bariatric surgeries. In late 2016, he made headlines performing the procedure on Maine governor, Paul LePage, and his wife, first lady Ann LePage.
Erik K. Alexander, ’97 MD, has been appointed director of Medical Student Education and the executive director of the Brigham Education Institute at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
Mickey Y. Kim, ’97 MD, director of partnering and strategy at MedImmune, has been elected to the board of directors at Virginia Bio, a non-profit representing the life science industry in Virginia.
Kevin J. Bohnsack, ’98 MD, MPH, was recently appointed system chair for the Department of Family Medicine at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, Ann Arbor, Mich. He is also a colonel in the Michigan Air National Guard and serves as commander of the 110th Medical Group in Battle Creek, Mich. As the class representative for the Class of 1998, he also hopes that everyone is saving the date for their 20th reunion!
Dave A. Rengachary, ’00 MD, senior vice president and chief medical director of the Reinsurance Group of America, has joined the board of directors of the Memory Care Home Solutions.
The American Urological Association has selected James Michael Dupree, IV, ‘07 MD, ‘09 MPH, ‘13 GME, assistant professor of Urology at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, as the 2017 Gallagher Health Policy Scholar.
E. Charles Osterberg, ’09 MD, recently accepted a position at the University of Texas Dell Medical School as assistant professor of Urology. He completed fellowship training in genitourinary reconstruction at the University of California – San Francisco, prior to moving to Austin, Texas. He recently married Melissa Gerdung in Sonoma County, Calif.
LinkedIn named Usha Periyanayagam, ‘08 MS, ‘09 MD, ‘09 MPH, ‘13 GME, of San Francisco, director of research at Global Emergency Care, one of the “Top 10 Social Impact Professionals Under Age 35.” Periyanayagam is an emergency medicine physician in Napa County and an affiliate faculty member of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. She has worked in more than ten countries around the world in emergency departments, rural primary health clinics and refugee camps. She is pioneering the use of bioinformatics and big data in addressing challenges in providing global healthcare. Global Emergency Care is a nonprofit health organization dedicated to increasing access to emergency care in low-resource settings.
Ali Habib, ‘15 MD, a resident in Radiology at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, attended CanceRx at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology last fall. The invitation-only conference brought together scientists, economists and other stakeholders to discuss new approaches to financing biomedical innovation. He writes:
“Innovation in life sciences has long been a challenging enterprise. From the early days of Genentech to recent developments in cancer immunotherapy, countless lives have been saved, prolonged and improved. However, as scientists across the globe take steps to move human health forward, the cost to society for the development, production and distribution of medications has become tremendous. Capital allocation has proven extremely challenging in drug development, due to our inability to predict probability of success and properly allocate resources. Though many companies are using machine learning and artificial intelligence to aid in identifying promising compounds and disease targets, few individuals are innovating at the crossroads of science and economics.
A few months ago, I had the privilege of attending one of the largest such meetings of scientists, government regulators, life science executives, financial analysts and economists. Hosted by Andrew Lo, PhD, of MIT, the CanceRx meeting was an opportunity to share findings and have an open dialogue about new ways to finance drug development. Lo and colleagues have spent years working on financial engineering models relating to drug development and have published in high impact medical journals such as Science Translational Medicine, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Nature Biotechnology. The central theory behind CanceRx is to diversify risk by investing in a large drug portfolio, thereby guaranteeing a certain rate of return over an acceptable time frame. Using established historical probability for success based on different drug features, a drug portfolio can be selected and risk can be quantified. The magic number of programs to effectively diversify cancer drug development risk is approximately 150. Financing of 150 drug development programs would cost approximately 30 billion dollars. If the programs selected are all related to orphan diseases, fewer programs and less capital are needed. If a disease like Alzheimer’s is chosen, it is possible that even more capital may be needed due to the high failure rate.
Spending a few days in a conference room overlooking the Charles River in Cambridge, Mass., I had the pleasure of learning from a variety of experts ranging from a Nobel Laureate to hedge fund managers, all sharing their unique experience and a vision of the future. However, to encourage transparent discourse, Chatham House Rules were in effect, and no members of the press were invited to attend. A recurring theme within the conference was that of the inevitable evolution of drug development financing in the coming decade. As physicians and scientists continue to innovate, we must continue to keep abreast of developments in financial engineering that will grant us the freedom and support to continue exploring and expanding all frontiers relating to human health.
Thanks to my program director, Senta Berggruen, MD, ’04 GME, for encouraging me to go to the conference and to learn about innovations in our field.”
Paul Pasulka, MD, ’83 GME, ’85 PhD, of Chicago, is a clinical psychologist on faculty at the Feinberg. About ten years ago, he stumbled into a playwriting class, where he says he felt at home from the moment he hit the door. Since then he has written more than a dozen plays, including “Skin for Skin,” which ran at Chicago’s Rivendell Theatre from Feb. 28 to April 2. (Read a Northwestern magazine Q&A with Pasulka here.)
James Wheless, MD, ’88 GME, professor and chief of Pediatric Neurology at the University of Texas, has joined the Scientific Advisory Board of CombiMatrix Corporation.
Richard D. Zorowitz, MD, ’89 GME, was promoted to professor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine at Georgetown University. He is an outpatient neurorehabilitation physician at MedStar National Rehabilitation Network in Washington, D.C.
Annabelle Santos Volgman, MD, ’90 GME, McMullan-Eybel Chair for Excellence in Clinical Cardiology and medical director for the Rush Heart Center for Women, was granted the rank of professor in July 2011 and endowed chair in November 2014.
Jeffrey Altman, MD, ’91 GME, is pleased to announce that after more than 20 years in private practice, he has joined Mercy Health at their Woodstock and Barrington locations to run the dermatology services on the Illinois side of their operations.
Bernard R. Canlas, MD ’99 GME, recently joined the VA Puget Sound Health Care System to become the medical director of Pain Medicine at the American Lake Division in Tacoma, Wash. He was also appointed as the medical director of one of the few Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities-accredited outpatient functional restoration pain programs in the VA system and medical director of the only domiciliary-based residential functional restoration pain program in the United States. These unique programs have been a tremendous help to veterans suffering from chronic pain.
Canlas is acting assistant professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He recently became a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Clinical Anesthesia and Pain Medicine and the Journal of Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine.
Canlas writes, “Thank you so much to the Northwestern Family! I am so proud to be a part of it.”
Aimee Caroline Smidt, MD, ’08, ’09 GME, associate professor at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, has been named chair of Dermatology.
Gildasio S. De Oliveira, Jr., MD, ’11 MS, clinical coordinator of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, was named chief of Anesthesiology at Lifespan, as well as head of Anesthesia at Lifespan Physician Group.
Roger Gertenrich, ’62 DDS, of Portland, Ore., is a retired dentist and former mayor of Salem, Ore.