Progress Notes


Richard D. Sheehan, ’55 MD, writes, “I enjoy reading the ‘Progress Notes’ especially about the classes near mine and about people I know. So in that vein … I’ve been retired 25 years after working at an Obstetrics and Gynecology practice for over 35 years in San Jose, Calif. Enjoy playing bridge, golf and walking with my buddies. Keep up the good work.” 

Robert M. Eisendrath, ’57 MD, received the Massachusetts Medical Society’s 2017 Senior Volunteer Physician of the Year Award.


Guy S. Clark, ’63 MD, recently published “Sharkbait…A Flight Surgeon’s Odyssey in Vietnam,” now available on Amazon. Clark had 90 combat missions in the Phantom F4-C from 1966 through 1967. He writes, “I dedicated the book to Al Alekna, ’64 MD, my Phi Chi fraternity brother. We both served as flight surgeons in Vietnam. He was a dear friend, who died later after the war.”

Marlene Goodfriend, ’69 MD, works for Mèdecins Sans Frontières – Global First-Responders (MSF) as a mental health advisor based in Amsterdam with frequent trips to the field. She writes, “MSF considers mental health and psychiatric care a priority for populations who experience conflict, displacement and chronic diseases such as HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. It is an honor and privilege to work for MSF. The first quarter of 2017, I visited projects in Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and Tajikistan. For any of you looking to do humanitarian medical work, consider work with MSF. You will feel needed, appreciated and not bored!” She is looking forward to her 50th medical school reunion in 2019.


David Green, MD, ’74 PhD, professor emeritus of Medicine in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at Northwestern, recently authored a book entitled “Linked by Blood: Hemophilia and AIDS.” He writes, “It describes the transit of the HIV virus from Africa to the U.S. in the late 1970s and its contamination of the United States’ blood supply. Clotting factor concentrates made from this blood infected almost everyone with severe hemophilia. The book describes the epidemic and its aftermath and makes recommendations for increasing awareness of emerging infectious diseases, developing safer blood products and improving access to essential medications.” 

Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, ’79 MD, senior vice president and U.S. medical leader with Eli Lilly, was named president of Oakland University, effective July 1, 2017.

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) recognized two Feinberg alums at the 2017 clinical meeting held in Orlando, Fla., in April: Paul M. Palevsky, ’81 MD, chief of the renal section of the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and professor of Medicine and Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, received the J. Michael Lazarus Distinguished Award, which was established to recognize individuals whose research has yielded novel insights related to renal replacement therapy. Palevsky serves as deputy editor of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology and is a member of the NKF’s scientific advisory board. His research is primarily focused on acute kidney injury and critical care nephrology.


Jeffrey Kneisl, ’81 MD, ’87 GME, medical director of Surgical Services at the Levine Cancer Institute and professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Carolinas Health System, came to Feinberg May 11 and 12 as the visiting professor for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Resident-Alumni Thesis Day and graduation dinner.

He writes, “I have a long NU legacy. I started in Evanston in September 1975 in the HPME program, transitioned downtown in September of 1977 and was president of the student senate at the medical school. I matriculated a bit early in December 1980 to enter the U.S. Navy in January 1981; however, I did return to go through the graduation ceremony with Dean Eckenhoff and the remainder of my class in June 1981. Following some sea time with the Navy, I returned to the medical school for my orthopaedic residency with Michael Schafer, MD, from 1983 to 1987. I had further military obligations, but eventually returned to join him on the Northwestern Orthopaedic faculty in 1990. I left Chicago for Charlotte, N.C., in 1992 and have been here for 25 years. A few years ago, I initiated an endowment in the name of Dr. Schafer for the purposes of advancing orthopaedic education at Feinberg. I was invited back to the medical school as the graduation speaker on my own 30th anniversary from graduating from Dr. Schafer’s program. The prodigal son returns, so to speak.”

Katherine Tuttle, ’82 MD, ’85 GME, executive director for Research at Providence Health Care in Spokane, Wash., received the Garabed Eknoyan Award, which recognizes an individual who has promoted the mission of the NKF in improving the lives of people with kidney disease through exceptional contributions to key initiatives of NKF or clinical research in the field of kidney disease. Tuttle is also associate editor for the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology and a member of the board of directors for the Kidney Health Initiative for the American Society of Nephrology and the United States Food and Drug Administration. Her major research interests included diabetic kidney disease, hypertension, renal vascular disease, nutrition in chronic kidney disease and transitional care.

Laurie Gutstein, ’85 MD, ’90 GME, practices teleradiology in locations ranging from Florida to New Zealand, ran her own gourmet food company (Calamondin Café) and has recently joined the board of PatientsDB (which provides operational management and accounting software to hospitals), with fellow classmate, founder and CEO, John Novotny, ’85 MD. She writes, “Drop us a line, we’d love to hear from you.”

Clinical-stage biotechnology company, PharmaCyte Biotech, appointed Mark L. Rabe, ’87 MD, as director of cannabis program development. He will be responsible for developing and managing a cannabinoid-based therapy that targets cancerous cells.

Jesse Fann, ’89 MD, MPH, professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and adjunct professor of Rehabilitation Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of Washington, and colleague Jeanne Hoffman, PhD, were awarded a $12.7 million grant by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, an independent nonprofit established by Congress in 2010 to improve patient outcomes. With the grant, they will conduct a comparative effectiveness study to improve post-acute care for patients with a traumatic brain injury.

Karen M. Sheehan, ’89 MD, ’92 GME, has been named medical director of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Healthy Communities, a new initiative designed to maximize the positive impact the medical center has on children’s health in the community.


Aamir Siddiqui, ’90 MD, ’93 GME, was recently awarded the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel’s Thomas Stewart Founder’s Award at the organization’s 2017 biennial conference. This award recognizes Siddiqui as a leader in the wound care provider community.

William Small, Jr., ’90 MD, ’91, ’94 GME, chair of Radiation Oncology at Loyola Medicine, was named to the board of directors at Loyola University Health System.

Brad A. Racette, ’92 MD, ’93 GME, was named the inaugural Robert Allan Finke Professor of Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He was recognized for his work on manganese neurotoxicity.

Annie Huang, ’95 MD, of Wheaton, Ill. recently published “My First Music Book: Instruments,” featuring photographs of different instruments from A to Z. Her previous book, “My First Music Book: Notes and the Keyboard,” highlights music notes and the piano keyboard in rainbow colors. Both can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, or Huang still practices general pediatrics in Glen Ellyn, Ill., with the DuPage Medical Group.

Timothy Pritts, ’95 MD, PhD (left), who served as director of the Division of General Surgery at the University of Cincinnati, will lead the new Section of General Surgery there. This section includes the divisions of trauma, acute care surgery, surgical critical care, general surgery and bariatrics. Pritts will continue to serve the Department of Surgery in his current role as vice chair of compensation and finance.

Michael Gallentine, ’96 MD, urologist at Great Plains Urology in Nebraska, joined the staff of St. Mary’s Medical Group in Indiana.

Risha Raven Fennell, ’97 MD, writes, “Thank you for a delightful Alumni Weekend.

I gave up the rush hours of Chicago and have lived in rural Illinois since residency. We have been on a farm with livestock and family since the twins turned one. Four of six kids are still home, with the son born during my residency going to Bradley next year and the daughter born while I was in medical school becoming a senior next year at Northern Illinois University, majoring in Spanish education. My husband, Alan, gave up IT and travel for the family when we married on Leap Day. He added substitute teacher to his titles of dad, scoutmaster and farmer when our six year-old started school.

This year I gave up the title “Dr. Risha O’Connor Raven” and stopped delivering babies after 20 years of loving it. I’ve merged my personal and professional names after many years of my second marriage and taken “Dr. Risha Raven Fennell” (professionally)… but some patients just call me doc.

I started by opening a satellite clinic in a rural town in Northwestern Illinois, straight out of residency, and stayed there until I was asked to join the faculty onsite at the rural track for the residency in Lee County, Ill. Then, I moved on to a rural critical access hospital in Whiteside County, Ill., doing urgent care, primary care and whatever inpatient was needed.

We are parting ways this summer, and the future is yet to be discovered. Being a family physician that was trained at Northwestern gives me the option to re-create my life with my family, with professional possibilities not limited by standard models.”

Ali Moinzadeh, ’97 MD, was appointed chair of Urology at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center.

Ronald J. Homer, ’98 MD, and Suzanne Yoon Homer, ’99 MD, of Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., became the proud parents of Kai S. Homer, on Aug. 18, 2016.



Leigh “Chip” Halpern, ’00 MD, ’04 GME (right), writes, “My wife, Dr. Brooke Perl Halpern, and I moved to Austin, Texas, in July 2016, where I am an attending emergency medicine physician with TeamHealth at St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center and Brooke is completing her post-doctoral work in psychology for a private practice group. Most importantly, we adopted our daughter Calliope Hartley Halpern in April 2017. We are so happy to have her in our lives! While we miss Chicago, we’ve developed a great group of friends here in Texas. If any of my old classmates visit Austin, please feel free to contact me for a BBQ get-together or just a few memories over tacos.

Larry Zeidman, ’04 MD, ’08 GME, of Chicago, is a neurologist at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His wife, Miriam Lieberman Zeidman, is a civil rights attorney at a nonprofit organization. The Zeidmans were thrilled to welcome their son, Theodore “Teddy” Avi, into the world on Sept. 25, 2016.

Charles Dabbs, ’10 MD, ’11 MA, and Danielle Fisher Dabbs of Dublin, Ohio, parents of Audrey and Grant, welcomed their newest addition, Bridget Faith, on Oct. 16, 2016.


Muthu Vaduganathan, ’12 MD, ’12 MPH, of Boston is a fellow in cardiovascular medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a clinical research fellow at Harvard Medical School. He was recognized as a Journal of the American College of Cardiology Heart Failure Fellow and has received many young investigator awards for his work. His research interests focus on drug development and clinical trials in the areas of heart failure and antiplatelet therapy. He married Amulya Nagarur, in Atlanta, on Nov. 25, 2016.


Kenneth G. Busch, MD, ’75 GME, was elected to the Illinois State Medical Society Board of Trustees during its recent annual meeting. On staff at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill., Busch is board certified in psychiatry and is a distinguished life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He served on the Council on Medical Services and currently holds membership in the American Medical Association, the Illinois Psychiatric Society, where he is a past president, and the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. Busch is a member of and has served in various leadership roles at the Chicago Medical Society as well, including as president from 2014-2015.

Yeongchi Wu, MD, ’75 GME, is third from left.

Yeongchi Wu, MD, ’75 GME, retired from Northwestern at the end of March after almost 40 years of service. Wu has mentored and positively influenced generations of physicians, researchers, and Prosthetics and Orthotics clinicians. Throughout his career as a specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Wu has improved the rehabilitative care of patients. His rigid removable dressing system for post-amputation patients has become a best practice at Northwestern Medicine, nationwide and internationally. Wu patented a device for the management of neurogenic bladder and developed a communication board for nonverbal, severely disabled patients. He conducted innovative research in dilatancy technology to reduce time and cost in prosthetics and orthotics fabrication.
Wu’s work has been recognized with honors that include a Presidential Award and lifetime achievement awards. Last October, he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the U.S. National Society of the International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics. Wu is also a gifted sculptor and artist. Some of his artwork was recently on display at the Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center, along with a career retrospective slide show.

Glenn W. Drumheller, MD, ’77 GME, of Everett, Wash., retired in October after practicing medicine in otolaryngology and allergy from 1978 to 2016. He has travel plans in his future. 

Henry Perkins, MD, ’78 GME, recently published “A Guide to Psychosocial and Spiritual Care at the End of Life.” His book for health professionals, patients, families, clergy and social workers addresses topics ranging from end-of-life prognostic quandaries, to care for family caregivers, to beliefs about death and the afterlife. Perkins draws on his experiences practicing medicine among the poor of Kenya, Mexico and Texas. In 2012, he retired after 27 years of teaching internal medicine and medical ethics at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He continues as a consultant in bioethics at the Ecumenical Center for Religion and Health in San Antonio.

Emma Nicole Ross was born March 30 to Michael Ross, ’06 MD, ‘12 GME, and Eleanor Ross, ’07 MD, ’13 GME. Michael practices non-invasive cardiology with DuPage Medical Group in Chicago’s western suburbs and serves as the co-director of cardiographics at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital. Eleanor practices pediatric cardiology and serves as the associate director of the pediatric echocardiography laboratory at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, Ill. 

John J. Millichap, MD, ’10, ’11 GME, is a pediatric neurologist and epileptologist at Lurie Children’s and assistant professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at Northwestern. He and his wife, Maria Millichap, became the parents of Nina Nancy on Dec. 27, 2016.

Sarah Barnes Kinsella, MD, ’13, ’14 GME, and Mike Kinsella of Shoreview, Minn., became parents to Edward J., on Dec. 17, 2016.

James Matthew Saucedo, MD, ’13 GME, MBA (left), became partner at the Hand Center of San Antonio. He and his wife, Tiffany Saucedo, welcomed their precious daughter, Gabriela, on Sept. 20, 2016.

Craig Press, MD, ’16 GME, of Englewood, Colo., started as a pediatric neurointensivist at Children’s Hospital Colorado last July. He completed a fellowship in pediatric neurocritical care at Lurie Children’s.

Ann Jayaram, MD, ’15 GME, oculoplastic and reconstructive surgeon at Mid-Peninsula Ophthalmology Medical Group, is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and is fellowship trained in medical and cosmetic eyelid surgery. She advocates for women pursuing careers in surgery, saying, “Women are incredible healers — we pay attention to detail, we are compassionate, we have a gentle, woman’s touch. View being a woman as an asset in the operating room, not a handicap.” She was recently featured in Beauty Refined and Inspire Women in Surgery.


Tom Essig, ’74 BSPT (left), says he is “forever indebted to my education at Northwestern and my profession. I am enjoying the fruits of my labor.”


Alexis Olsson, ’87 DDS, ’88 GME, professor and chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery has been elected as a fellow into the American College of Surgeons (FACS). Olsson is a member of the first class of single degree oral surgeons to be elected into the FACS.