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1950s

William L. Winters, Jr., ’53 MD, writes: “I have been a cardiologist since 1958. I left the practice of medicine at the end of October, after 58 years. It’s been quite a ride. Along the way, I have been privileged to serve as president of the American College of Cardiology, the Texas Affiliate of the American Heart Association and the Houston Methodist Hospital Medical Staff. I have received many awards, including the Texas Laureate Award of American College of Physicians, Master of the American College of Cardiology, Master of the American College of Physicians and, most recently, have been honored with the Beverly and Dan Arnold Presidential Distinguished Chair in Cardiology in the Department of Cardiology at Houston Methodist Hospital. I have been named a Houston icon and legend, but none are more important than my family, who has played an integral part of my career, including my wife of 63 years, three sons and five grandchildren — now all grown.”

“I am in awe of the accomplishments of Northwestern graduates, which I attribute, in part, to the superb education provided to its students. I do not attend reunions as often as I would like, although my spirit is always there. And I did make it to our 60th reunion in 2013. Thanks to you all.” 

Howard Kurland, ’59 MD, of Kenilworth, Ill., received the American Psychiatric Association’s 50-year Distinguished Life Fellow Medallion last year. In his practice, Kurland uses laser biostimulation to relieve neurologic pain problems and transcranial direct current stimulation for the treatment of severe depressive disorders. 

William O. Rossing, ’59 MD, enlisted in the U.S. Army Medical Corps after medical school and completed an internship and three years of residency in internal medicine. Then, he did three years of  “payback time” serving as a member of the medical staff at the U.S. Army Hospital in Nuremberg, Germany. After completing his time in the military, Rossing returned to live in Sioux Falls, S.D., where he practiced general internal medicine for 30 years.

Rossing writes, “I retired from medical practice in 2007 and have engaged in local community and church activities. My wife, Ihlene, and I purchased a tract of land in northwestern Montana 40 years ago, and we spend about three months there each year, from June into September. Our four children and their children visit us regularly there. We live about 35 miles south of Big Fork, Mont., and do much of our major shopping at Kalispell, 50 miles north of us. We are both in good health and look forward to more years of pleasant retirement living. Greetings to all!” 

1960s

Steve Roberts_150Steven Roberts, ’61 MD, spent a couple of years in the U.S. Navy after finishing residency training in New York, and then he settled in East Texas to practice urology and raise a family of three children, all of whom practice medicine in Texas. He writes, “We retired several years ago and now spend most of our leisure time being spoiled aboard Regent Seven Seas cruise ships. I have fond memories of my time in medical school. My best to all.”

Conway_150James J. Conway, ’63 MD, ’64 GME, of Glenview, Ill., past president of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging bestowed its inaugural fellowships on all of its past presidents. Conway retired in December from his position as professor emeritus of Radiology at Northwestern.

 

Patrick D. Sullivan, ’65 MD, ’70 GME, says, “Hello to all my classmates of 1965. I am winding down my practice in sports medicine orthopedics. I am still healthy. I went so far as chief of staff at Winter Haven Hospital. I started arthroscopy in 1977, when I was the only one in Polk County to enter that specialty. I have one wife, two kids and two grandkids. I hope to show up soon to a reunion and surprise some.” 

Robert S. Young, ’66 MD, an orthopedic physician, was entered into the Central High School Hall of Honor in Pueblo, Colo.

1970s

Bruce F. Scharschmidt, ‘70 MD, most recently senior vice president and chief medical and development officer at Hyperion Therapeutics, joined the newly formed scientific advisory board at Poseida Therapeutics, Inc.

John C. Lieske, MD, far right, and James (Jim) E Bourdeau, ’73 PhD, ’74 MD, standing second to right, in Philadelphia while serving on the Nephrology Board Exam Committee of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

John C. Lieske, MD, far right, and James (Jim) E Bourdeau, ’73 PhD, ’74 MD, standing second to right, in Philadelphia while serving on the Nephrology Board Exam Committee of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

James (Jim) E Bourdeau, ’73 PhD, ’74 MD, of Satellite Beach, Fla., writes, “I am approaching full retirement after a fulfilling career that has spanned academic, clinical and administrative medicine. In September, I served on the Nephrology Board Exam Committee of the American Board of Internal Medicine in Philadelphia with John C. Lieske, MD, who received his BS in biochemical engineering from Northwestern University (McCormick) in 1986. John and I share our enthusiasm for the Northwestern’s Wildcats’ football team and get together for games in Evanston. We both are proud of our Northwestern roots!”

William E. Kobler, ’74 MD, of Rockford, Ill., was re-elected to the 21-member board of trustees of the American Medical Association. Kobler, a family physician, was first elected in June 2012 and has been an AMA delegate since 2000. He is married with two sons and five grandchildren. 

Karen R. Schoene, ’75 MD, a solo practicing ophthalmologist, joined the practice of Atwal Eye Care.

Philip Weinerman_150Philip M. Weinerman, ’77 MD, and Julia D. Weinerman, ’77 MD, of Columbus, Ohio, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on May 29 — they married two weeks before graduation. They write, “35 years of medical practice, 5 children and 13 grandchildren later, we have good memories from 40 years ago.” Both continue to practice part-time, Philip in radiology and Julie in physical medicine and rehabilitation. They have three more grandchildren due this May to July.  

1980s

Mark Bibler, ’80 MD, and Lindsay Wilson Bibler, ’80 MD, both retired after 36 years. Mark was on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati (UC) Division of General Internal Medicine and maintained a private practice at UC. He performed medical expert work in his spare time. Lindsay was in private practice in general ophthalmology and is happy to be out of dark rooms. They will spend the summers near Traverse City, Mich., and the ski seasons in Taos, N.M. They ask that classmates look them up, if you frequent either place. 

Mark V. Danielson, ’81 MD, will be joining DuPage Medical Group’s medical staff as a result of it acquiring Surgical Consultants of Joliet, LTD. 

Carey Z. August, ’82 MD, of Advocate Health, received the College of American Pathologists (CAP) Outstanding Communicator Award for her public outreach and advancement in the field of pathology. She currently serves as director of Anatomic Pathology, associate chair for the Department of Pathology and is a member of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago.

Outside the laboratory, August has served on several CAP committees while also completing CAP spokesperson training and participating in communication efforts such as videos, interviews and speaking engagements. Her work advances pathology by highlighting its importance throughout the healthcare industry, and informs everyday patients about their diagnoses and the professionals who work to ensure accuracy and quality in the laboratory. August is featured in a recent video, “How to Read a Pathology Report.” 

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Nolan Karp, ’83 MD

Nolan Karp, ’83 MD, director of Plastic Surgery Service at Tisch Hospital, was promoted to professor of Plastic Surgery at NYU School of Medicine in 2016 and, most recently, was appointed vice chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery at the school.

Boris D. Lushniak, ’83 MD, professor and chair of Preventive Medicine and Biostatics, and professor of Dermatology at the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, has been appointed dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland.

Robert L. Grzonka, ’85 MD, ’85 GME, urologist from Geisinger Health System Urology, has joined the medical staff at the Haven Urological Professionals practice at Lock Haven Hospital.

Tapan K. Daftari, ’88 MD, of Atlanta, was named in Atlanta magazine’s list of “Top Doctors” for 2016.

Emmet Hirsch_150Emmet Hirsch, ’88 MD, ’92 GME, vice chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at NorthShore University HealthSystem and clinical professor at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, is an alumnus of HPME and a former resident in obstetrics and gynecology.

His novel, “The Education of Doctor Montefiore” was recently published and can be purchased online. The story follows Robert Montefiore, who graduates from medical school and plunges into the sink-or-swim world of a residency in obstetrics and gynecology. Kirkus Reviews says, “The lively, warmhearted novel is peopled with vibrant secondary characters…Hirsch achieves a nice balance between medical procedures, raunchy set pieces…romance and humor…” To learn more about this work and other writing, visit www.emmethirsch.com.

Mantu Gupta_150Mantu Gupta, ’89 MD, was promoted to chairman of Urology at Mt. Sinai Roosevelt and Mt. Sinai St. Luke’s in New York City, leaving his cherished position of 18 years as professor and director of the Kidney Stone Center at Columbia-Presbyterian. He is now professor of Urology at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and heads the busiest kidney stone center in midtown Manhattan, which he founded two years ago. He is a Castle Connolly Top Doctor and an international authority on kidney stone disease and management. He has advanced his field by pioneering breakthrough techniques in minimally invasive endourology.

Lopa Gupta_150Lopa (Shah) Gupta, ’89 MD, Mantu’s wife of 25 years, is a Castle Connolly Top Doctor as well and has a niche, boutique practice on Manhattan’s Park Avenue, with satellite offices in Westchester and Miami. After a residency in ophthalmology at Stanford and a fellowship in oculoplastics, Lopa decided to focus solely on cosmetic surgery. For the past 20 years, she has been fine-tuning the art of laser blepharoplasty and non-surgical facial rejuvenation with injectables, lasers and avant-garde treatments. Her clientele hail from different states and countries, all seeking a natural look.

Mantu and Lopa have three children, ages 22 (at Harvard), 20 (at Columbia) and 14 (in high school). The Guptas founded the non-profit foundation, SaDilKa, to help those less fortunate around the world by offering free medical/surgical care.

1990s
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From left to right, class of 1990 alumni Jay Schwartz, Al Koike, Deep Singh, Tom Rehring, Greg Masters, Ryan Hagino and Tom Parker.

Jay Schwartz, ’90 MD, gathered with fellow Class of 1990 physicians. He writes, “Drs. Ryan Hagino, Eric Isaacs, Al Koike, Greg Masters, Tom Parker, Tom Rehring, Jay Schwartz and Deep Singh convened in Seattle in September for their biennial get together. Politics filled the air and the lone true Republican, Dr. Schwartz, held his own in each and every debate. Pictured here is the group prior to being thrown out of a winery for refusing the Merlot.”

David L. Levine, ’91 MD, vice president of advanced analytics and informatics and medical director at Vizient, was promoted to senior vice president.

Y. Ralph Chu, ’92 MD, ’93 GME, founder and medical director of Chu Vision Institute and Chu Surgery Center, received a 2016 Alumni Achievement Award presented by the District 128 Foundation for Learning.

Michael H. Goldstein, ’93 MD, MBA, chief medical officer and vice president of clinical research at Eleven Biotherapeutics, has been appointed chief medical officer at Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation.

Julie Levitt_150Julie Levitt, ’94 MD, ’98 GME, celebrated 18 years in obstetrics and gynecology private practice with The Women’s Group of Northwestern this summer. She shared: “I have enjoyed training and running my 17th marathon since I was an undergraduate at Northwestern. I have the great perspective of watching how the Northwestern campuses in Evanston and Downtown have gone through a beautiful evolution over the decades. I am so proud to be a part of the undergraduate and graduate student experience working with medical students and residents throughout my vibrant career. I have had the privilege of showing my daughters what discipline and fitness can mean to your health and future in the setting of this beautiful city.”

With Elena and Perry Kamel, both MD, ’88 GME, Levitt has raised funds to benefit children’s running programs and breast cancer research.

Laurence D. Lo, ’94 MD, a trauma medical director for Sparks Health Systems and surgeon with Surgeon Associates of Fort Smith, has joined Baptist Health Surgical and Specialty Clinic-Conway as a general surgeon. 

Rebecca Parker_150Rebecca Bollinger Parker, ’95 MD, senior vice president of practice and payment integration for Envision Healthcare, emergency physician for Vista Health and president of Team Parker LLC, was elected president of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). Parker plans to fight the insurance industry for fair payment and fair coverage for our patients, and she also has made diversity and inclusion a cornerstone of her plans for her one-year tenure as president.

Parker has been active with ACEP on both the state and national levels. She has been a member of both the Illinois Chapter and the Texas Chapter Board of Directors and chaired both Chapters’ education committees. She has served in a variety of leadership positions on the Illinois ACEP Board, including president-elect, when she was elected to the national ACEP Board of Directors for the first time in 2009.

For national ACEP, Parker has served as chair of the Coding and Nomenclature Advisory Committee, chair of the Young Physicians Section, board liaison to the Clinical Emergency Medicine Data Registry subcommittee and chair-elect of the ACEP Foundation. Prior to becoming president-elect, she served as chair of ACEP’s Board of Directors.

Parker has received many awards for her leadership roles, including the AMA’s Foundation Leadership Award and the AMA’s Women’s Physician Congress Mentor Award. She also received the Bill B. Smiley Meritorious Service Award, the Illinois Chapter of ACEP’s highest honor.

Samer A. Kanaan, ’97 MD, ’00, ’04 GME, thoracic surgeon, will be honorably mentioned in “The Leading Physicians of the World.”

Rolando Toyos, MD, ’98 GME, just released his latest book, “Dry Eye Disease Treatment in the Year 2020.” It is available on Amazon.com and is receiving good reviews.

2000s

Mukul Balaji Patil, ’07 MD, and Pallavi of Pittsburgh, became the proud parents of Vyan Balaji, on Dec. 5, 2015. 

Geetha Mary Nampiaparampil, ’08 MD, assistant professor of Psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine, joined the Miami Cancer Institute as a psychosomatic psychiatrist.

Usha Periyanayagam, ’09 MD, ’09 MPH, ’13 GME, director of research at Global Emergency Care (GEC), was named one of the top 10 social impact professionals under 35 by LinkedIn, as part of #LinkedInNextWave. LinkedIn calls honorees the “10 stars changing our world.”

Periyanayagam is a practicing board-certified emergency medicine physician in Napa County. She is also an affiliate faculty member of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. She is being honored for her work educating nurses, paramedics, doctors and other public health professionals around the world in disaster and emergency medical care and for finding solutions to the challenges of providing emergency care in resource-limited settings.

Periyanayagam 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 healthcare globally. In her role as director at GEC, she is using analytics to improve the effectiveness of emergency care in rural Uganda. She leads a team of on-ground research personnel and manages a database of 50,000 rural East African patients, a first in this area of the world.

Global Emergency Care is a non-profit global health organization dedicated to increasing access to emergency care in low-resource settings. In conjunction with local hospitals in Uganda, GEC runs a train-the-trainer program for nurses and clinical officers in emergency care and collaborates with the government and universities to build the healthcare workforce and strengthen the health system. 

2010s

Chazz Dabbs, ’10 MD, of Dublin, Ohio, graduated from the surgical residency program at Wright State University in Dayton. In August, he joined Central Ohio Surgical Associates at Mount Carmel Hospitals in Columbus as a general surgeon.

Muthu Vaduganathan, ’12 MD, ’12 MPH, and Amulya Nagaru, MD, married on November 25 in Atlanta. Vaduganathan is a cardio fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and a clinical research fellow at Harvard Medical School. 

Tyler Gene Wells, ’15 MS, Hangar Clinic resident, competed in a utility terrain vehicle event in the Power Triumph Games which aired on Nov. 7. Wells served in the Air Force, and lost his left leg below the knee as a result of a traumatic motorcycle accident. 

GME
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Ann M. Barber, ’81 MD, holds a poster of her mentor, Jadwiga Roguska-Kyts, MD, ’60, ’63 GME.

Jadwiga Roguska-Kyts, MD, ’60, ’63 GME, was honored with a named scholarship by her mentee Ann M. Barber, ’81 MD. “Dr. Roguska’s commitment to excellence, her compassion for her patients, and her devoted medical work at Northwestern have helped many medical students—including myself— to accomplish more than we ever imagined. In my gratitude to her, I created this scholarship to extend her legacy for future generations,” Barber said.  

Donald Sullivan

Donald C. Sullivan, MD, ’64, ’65 GME, being sworn into the House of Representatives (his grandson is holding the bible).

Donald C. Sullivan, MD, ’64, ’65 GME, of Tampa, Fla., spent two years at Clark Air Base in the Philippines after his orthopedic surgery training at Northwestern, taking care of casualties from Vietnam. Returning to the states, he practiced in St. Petersburg, Fla., and spent time in Dhaka, Bangladesh, teaching orthopedic surgery. In 1992, he was elected to the Florida Senate, spending ten years specializing in education issues. He served as a member of the appropriations committee for eight years, two of which he was chairman of the committee and six years as head of appropriations for education. He also served for one year in the House of Representatives.

In 2002, he joined St. Petersburg College as vice president for community relations and supervised the initiation of several new educational programs for the college. He later served as instructor at State College of Florida and retired several years ago. He currently serves on the board of trustees at Moffitt Cancer Center, frequently plays golf, travels with his wife, enjoys his grandchildren and manages a tree farm in Southwestern Georgia. In December, he enjoyed a reunion of his Sigma Chi pledge brothers in Sarasota.

Howard Cotler, MD, ’84 GME, ’88 GME, of Houston has been an orthopedic surgeon for 30 years, specializing in spinal care. He wrote two patient-centric books, “Accelerated Recovery: How to Recover Your Body After Injury or Surgery” (2016) and “The Empty Chair: A Movement to Limit the Wheelchair and Lead a Healthy Life” (2016), both published by the Atlantic Publishing Group. Cotler recognized Feinberg professor, Michael Schafer, MD, ’72 GME, in the first book and professor emeritus, Paul R. Meyer Jr., ’92 MBA, in the second. 

Jeffrey Sherman, MD, ’84, ’85 GME, chief medical officer and executive vice president of research and development at Horizon Pharma, has been appointed to Strongbridge Biopharma’s board of directors.

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Elena Kamel, MD, ’88 GME, and Perry Kamel, MD, ’88 GME

Elena Kamel, MD, ’88 GME, and Perry Kamel, MD, ’88 GME, celebrated the graduation of their twins: Jonathan from the Weinberg College of Arts and Science at Northwestern University, and Leslie from Brandeis University, this past June. They recently attended parents’ weekend at Northwestern with their son, Aaron, who is in the class of 2019. Go Wildcats!

Kamel also attended the annual Northern American Menopause society meeting in Orlando during Hurricane Mathew. She has maintained her national certification as a menopause expert for over 15 years. In addition, she spoke at the Northwestern “Updates in Clinical and Surgical Gynecology” conference in October. Elena and The Women’s Group of Northwestern actively support the I Grow Chicago community house in Englewood. They helped sponsor the Thanksgiving festivities for over 200 people in the community. 

Emily J. Erbelding, MD, ’93 GME, deputy director of the Division of AIDS at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was named director of the Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases there. 

Lyle L. Berkowitz, MD, ’95 GME,internal medicine physician, director of innovation for Northwestern Medicine and a clinical associate professor of Medicine at Feinberg, has been appointed a non-executive director of Oneview’s International Advisory Board and a special advisor on innovation.

David M. Engman, MD, PhD, ’95 GME, was named Medallion Chair of Molecular Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he is professor and chair of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Engman was a professor of Pathology and Microbiology-Immunology at Feinberg from 1990–2016.

CarolynJacob_150Carolyn I. Jacob, MD, ’96 GME, is a board-certified, Harvard-trained cosmetic and laser surgeon. She has published numerous articles and medical textbooks on dermatology, cosmetic and laser surgery. She is a frequent speaker at national and international dermatology and cosmetic meetings, and her expertise has been featured by Dr. Oz, CBS, ABC, FOX News, Chicago Tribune, Esquire, Allure, Forbes and Self Magazine.

She is the director of a cutting-edge medical facility in River North, accommodating patients from general dermatology to cosmetic, injectable, laser resurfacing, body shaping, mohs and plastic surgery.

In 2016, Jacob was recognized by the board of directors of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery with a Lifetime Sustaining Stegman Member Award. This honor is bestowed on individual members who are recognized as leaders within the dermatologic surgery community and advocate for patient safety and care.

Jacob also sees patients in her private practice and is a clinical instructor of Dermatology at Northwestern. She was honored for her dedication to excellence, commitment to teaching and outstanding leadership by Feinberg as Contributory Service Faculty Teacher of the Year in 2015.

Blake Barker, MD, ‘10 GME, and Kim Do Barker, MD, ’11 GME, with their son Benji.

Blake Barker, MD, ‘10 GME, and Kim Do Barker, MD, ’11 GME, with their son Benji.

At the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Kim Do Barker, MD, ’11 GME, was appointed program director of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency, and Blake Barker, MD, ‘10 GME, was appointed associate dean for student affairs. They have an adorable Northwestern baby, Benji.

Alanna Higgins Joyce, MD, ’03, ’12 GME, and Timothy Connors Joyce of Chicago, are the proud parents of Thomas Connors, born March 2, 2016; and Charles Dyar. 

Tracy L. Donahue, MD, ’14 GME, attending physician at Northwestern Medical Group, will join the Madison Medical Affiliates team. 

PT

Eric Hughes, ’06 DPT, became a board certified sports specialist this year. He is currently in private practice outpatient orthopedics as the owner and president of Excel PT, LLC, at Lakeshore Integrative Healthcare in Lincoln Park. 

Konrad Koczwara, '16 DPT, performs a scapular mobilization.

Konrad Koczwara, ’16 DPT, performs a scapular mobilization.

Konrad Koczwara, ’16 DPT, writes, “Chitown Trainer, Inc., the business I started during my second year in graduate school, has grown from five personal trainers to over 24. In addition to our trainers, we also have a registered dietitian, massage therapists, yoga/Pilates instructors and we do meal delivery! We travel to clients near the downtown area to homes, corporate gyms and hotels to help them adopt a healthier lifestyle. Now, after almost two and half years in business in the fitness industry, I will be adding on a physical therapy component by opening a physical therapy clinic in Lincoln Park. It will be under a new company called CounterForce Physical Therapy and located at 1115 W. Armitage Avenue.

DDS

Craig Burtenshaw, ’76 DDS, of Idaho Falls, and Dean Stewart, ’79 DDS, of Brea, Calif., opened a dental clinic in Quezon City, Philippines, in July to serve the humanitarian needs of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints missionaries. The clinic serves missionaries from 32 Asian and Pacific countries who will be serving mostly in Asia and the Pacific Islands, but also throughout the world, including Africa. Burtenshaw and Stewart both obtained their dental licenses in the Philippines after retiring from their dental practices in Idaho and California.

Diane “Betsy” Ulrich, ’95 DDS, ’97 MS, ’97 CERT, of Atlanta, Ill., is an orthodontist and the owner of Sugar Creek Orthodontics, located in Normal and Lincoln, Ill. She also serves as president of the Illinois Society of Orthodontists for 2016–17.