Progress Notes


Gerson Bernhard, ’53 MD, ’59 GME, writes, “I am still an attending, precepting rheumatology fellows in clinic. I do some utilization reviews and volunteer for a tele-medicine project and at the San Francisco Free Clinic. It has been great fun and free of administrative burden, and it keeps me mentally active. If osteoarthritis of back and knees was less, I would still be playing tennis and skiing. As an alternative, I bike about 25-35 miles/week and am a regular at the gym. Both daughters and seven grandchildren are flourishing.

I have recently been in touch with Simon Myint, ’53 MD, now 92, and still playing competitive tennis. I tried to match him. I hope to see Bill Johnson, ’53 MD, when we go to Ashland, Oregon, for theater. He is in a retirement facility in Medford.

So, despite global warming, societal disintegration, guns and global chaos, life is good.”

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Paul Palmberg, ’69 PhD, ’70 MD, professor of Ophthalmology at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, received the Outstanding Educator Award for 2018 from the American Glaucoma Society (AGS) at its annual meeting. He was previously the AGS’s Surgery Day lecturer in 2014 and received the World Glaucoma Association Prize in 2000 for work demonstrating that glaucoma damage could be halted in most cases. He was in the initial class of the Honors Program in Medical Education at Northwestern in 1961 and the initial group of the Medical Scientist Training Program in 1965. He is still actively teaching residents and fellows, vice-chair of the University of Miami’s IRB and medical monitor for an FDA trial of a new glaucoma operation.


Richard F. Gillum, ’70 MD, published an article in the medical humanities quarterly journal, The Pharos. He wrote about the long career of surgeon, community health pioneer and family advocate Harold L. May, MD, MPH, which provides insight into the two-century-long process by which African-Americans struggled to gain improved access to quality education.

Gillum is a professor of Medicine at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC. He was the first African-American internal medicine intern at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston and the only African-American in his medical school class at Northwestern.

Leo Gordon ’73 MD, senior consultant in clinical surgery at the Surgery Group of Los Angeles, achieved the rank of professor of Surgery at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center last July.

Above: Howard Woodward, ’73 MD

Howard Woodward, ’73 MD, orthopedic spine surgeon, retired in December 2017 after 38 years of practice in Omaha, Nebraska. Woodward is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, North American Spine Society and Scoliosis Research Society. He was a founder and president of Nebraska Spine + Pain Center, as well as founder and chairman of the board of the Nebraska Spine Hospital. Sons Kiel Woodward, MD, and Chase Woodward, ’12 MD, also attended Northwestern University. Chase will join Nebraska Spine + Pain Center as an orthopedic spine surgeon in August 2018.

Louis Claybon, ’76 MD, MS, retired from practice in clinical anesthesia after 35 years in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. He is so grateful for being groomed for anesthesia at Northwestern. He is now a part-time physician advisor for St. Elizabeth Healthcare, where he practiced for the past 12 years. The scope of his new “fun job” is “fascinating and beyond eye opening” after all those years in the operating room. The part-time schedule is perfect for visiting grandchildren in Brooklyn and Nashville with Kathy, his spouse of 45 years.

Barbara Pettitt, ’76 MD, received the Evangeline T. Papageorge Award for Distinguished Teaching at the 2017 commencement of Emory University School of Medicine. Since 2001, she has been the director of medical student education for Emory’s Department of Surgery, where she oversees the M3 clerkship, the M4 surgery sub-internship and M4 surgery electives program — a month-long intensive review of anatomy and surgical and clinical skills every March for students entering surgery residencies — and the M4 Applicant Prep program. She is also a faculty advisor for the annual medical student surgery trip to Haiti.

Pettitt is on many committees at Emory, the Association for Surgical Education and the National Board of Medical Examiners. She serves on the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Board of Governors, is incoming chair of that group’s surgical training workgroup and serves on several ACS education task forces and committees. She was awarded the Association for Surgical Education’s Philip J. Wolfson Outstanding Teacher Award in 2009 and the Association for Women Surgeons’ Olga Johasson Distinguished Member Award in 2014.

Stanford L. Gertler, 78 MD, celebrated 34 years as a partner in the Southern California Permanente Medical Group in December, having served as chief of the Division of Gastroenterology there for 32 years. Gertler’s early retirement will include part-time work, teaching at the University of California, Irvine, and traveling with his wife, especially to visit their two granddaughters.

Ernest E. Ertmoed, ’79 MD, received the A. Raymond Eveloff Award for Clinical Excellence, for his work in patient care and dedicated leadership at the Springfield Clinic in Springfield, Ilinois. Ertmoed has served on the board of directors and numerous committees for the Springfield Clinic since joining the organization in 1987.

Above: Ernest E. Ertmoed, ’79 MD

Ernie Nitka, ’81 MD, ’82, ’85 GME, writes, “I will be in semi-retirement starting June. I will be doing rural neurology in southwest Kansas. That being said, I am not totally crazy so I will maintain my residence in Denver, Colorado. This will allow me to expand my photography portfolio and spend time with my wife, Vicki, doing motorsport-related activities.”

Maryalice Stetler-Stevenson, 81 PhD, ’84 MD, ’87 GME, received the 2017 NIH Director’s award for her role developing highly effective immunotherapy for children and young adults with refractory acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Stetler-Stevenson is acknowledged as an expert in leukemia detection and lymphoma post antigen directed therapy, namely antibody-based and chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy and molecularly-targeted therapy, with associated phenotypic changes. She is on the forefront of minimal residual disease detection. Stetler-Stevenson is director of the Clinical Flow Cytometry Laboratory in the National Cancer Institutes (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health.

She resides in Kensington, Maryland, with her husband, William Stetler-Stevenson, ’83 PhD, ’84 MD, ’87 GME, chief of Extracellular Matrix Pathology at the Radiation Oncology Branch of the NCI

Maryalice Stetler-Stevenson, 81 PhD, ’84 MD, ’87 GME, and team receiving an NIH Director’s award last year.

Ukeme Umana, ’85 MD, was part of a medical and surgical mission to Liberia from March 8 to 19. The mission was the sixth for Umana through the Hands of Hope Foundation since 2011. They were also joined by a team from Nigeria, ProHealth International. Together, they performed more than 200 general and eye surgeries over the week. Liberia is a West African country that was ravaged by a 15-year war and recently Ebola.


Erik O. Gilbertson, 92 MD, 93 GME, received the Health Professional Volunteer of the Year Award from the National Psoriasis Foundation. Gilbertson is chief of Dermatology at Scripps Clinic Rancho San Diego in La Mesa, California.

Paul T. Giboney, 96 MD, has been appointed associate chief medical officer for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Giboney previously served as director of specialty care at the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services and as medical director of Clínica Monseñor Oscar A. Romero, a non-profit community health center in Los Angeles.

Arthur Ollendorff, ’93 MD, ’97 GME, was elected to a three-year term as secretary-treasurer of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

Shirley Jean-Baptiste, 99 MD, 03 GME, joined Pinnacle Dermatology following Pinnacle’s acquisition of Southwest Dermatology. Jean-Baptiste is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology, and her practice interests include advanced therapy for psoriasis, eczema and skin cancer surgery, including Mohs.

Daphne E. Schneider, 99 MD, was accepted into the International Association of Healthcare Professionals with her upcoming publication in The Leading Physicians of the World. She is a physician in geriatrics serving patients in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Shirley Jean-Baptiste, ’99 MD, ’03 GME

Daphne E. Schneider, ’99 MD

Michael Ujiki, ’00 MD, ’07 GME

Stephanie Hartselle, ’07 MD


Michael Ujiki, 00 MD, 07 GME, was named the Louis W. Biegler Chair of Surgery at NorthShore University Health System in Evanston. Ujiki is vice chair of Surgery for Innovation and Program Development, chief of Gastrointestinal and General Surgery, director of Minimally Invasive Surgery and director of Surgical Simulation.

My four years [at Northwestern]were some of the best of my life. … I was surrounded by brilliance and personally aimed to embody the imperative clearly communicated by the school … I am so proud to talk about my alma mater.

Stephanie Hartselle, ’07 MD

Stephanie Hartselle, ’07 MD, writes, “My four years [at Northwestern]were some of the best of my life. From Dr. Cochard in anatomy to my college mentor, Dr. Brisson, I was surrounded by brilliance and personally aimed to embody the imperative clearly communicated by the school — that my role in each interaction is to use your incredible training to its fullest and to never lose sight of the human you are honored to be treating. Every learning experience underscored this aspect of Northwestern’s culture. I am so proud to talk about my alma mater when asked.

Since graduation, I trained at NYU and Bellevue in adult psychiatry, finished a child fellowship at Brown University and now remain in Providence on Brown’s faculty. This year, I won the Dean’s Award for teaching from Brown, for lecturing on neuropsychiatry, and I am active at the state and national levels of my professional academies in changing the legislature on mental health. I lecture nationally, giving keynotes on psychiatry, and I am writing a book in addition to running my full-time private practice. Northwestern gave me the foundation and confidence to be the doctor I am today.”


Richard D. Zorowitz, MD, 81, 89 GME, was named a 2017 Top Doctor in Washington, DC. He is a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician with the MedStar National Rehabilitation Network.

Michael H. Salinger, MD, 82, 84 GME, joined Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Health Network in the Division of Cardiology. Salinger previously served as co-director of the Endovascular Center and director of the Comprehensive Cardiac Care Center at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare/NorthShore University HealthSystem.

Randall M. Toig, MD, 82 GME, was appointed to the board of directors of CTD Holdings, Inc., a clinical stage biotechnology company. Toig is currently a physician with Gold Coast Gynecology of Chicago and on faculty at Feinberg.

Robert A. Behar, MD, 88 GME, was named a 2018 Top Doctor in Cypress, Texas. He is a radiation oncologist, founder and chair of the board, and chief executive officer of North Cypress Medical Center. Behar is also an international lecturer and published author.

Lynn M. Koehler, MD, 89 GME, will practice in Homer Glen and Plainfield with DuPage Medical Group. She previously practiced with the group in Lockport.

Lyle L. Berkowitz, MD, 95 GME, has been appointed chief medical officer and executive vice president of product strategy for MDLIVE, as well as president of the MDLIVE medical group. Berkowitz is founder and director of the nonprofit Szollosi Healthcare Innovation Program, which partners with the Northwestern Medicine health system. Berkowitz most recently served as director of innovation for Northwestern Memorial HealthCare.

Lynn M. Koehler, MD, ’89 GME


Andrew M. Evens, MD, ’03 GME, ’04 MS

Timothy Richard Smith, MD, ’08, ’14 GME, PhD, MPH

Eric David Hansen, MD, ’16 GME

Daniel McCormick, MD, 97 GME, has been named president and chief executive officer of Franciscan Health Crown Point in Crown Point, Indiana. McCormick was formerly vice president of medical affairs for the hospital.

Andrew M. Evens, MD, ’03 GME, ’04 MS, has been named associate director for Clinical Services at Rutgers Cancer Institute. Evens also will work as director of the institute’s Lymphoma Program in the Division of Blood Disorders. Most recently, he served as director of the Cancer Center at Tufts Medical Center and was on faculty at Tufts University School of Medicine. Evens is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Lymphoma Research Foundation.

Timothy Richard Smith, MD, 08, ’14 GME, PhD, MPH, joined Milford Regional Medical Center. In partnership with two fellow neurosurgeons, Smith has also recently opened a new practice, Brigham and Women’s Neurosurgery of Milford, in the Hill Health Center at Milford Regional in Milford, Massachusetts. He is also an assistant professor of Neurological Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Eric David Hansen, MD, ’16 GME, joined the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Buffalo as an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine. Hansen is a palliative care physician at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, where he cares for patients with advanced cancer. Hansen completed an internal medicine residency at Northwestern with a research focus on advanced care planning in underserved populations and a palliative care fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital with research focuses in immunotherapy toxicity and advanced care planning in patients living with HIV.


Barbara Cone Knebelkamp ’69 PT, reports slowly sliding towards retirement as she approaches 50 years as a physical therapist. Beginning at Cook County Hospital in the days of no air-conditioning and progressing through multiple inpatient, outpatient, rehab, nursing home and homecare settings, she provided direct care, managerial, unit design and marketing services in Illinois, Kentucky and with several national corporations.

She writes, “During this time, I have been a vocal advocate for exercise in all forms for fun, health and mental acuity. My own personal passion is dance — recent studies are proving its effectiveness in maintaining function and longevity. This past year, at the age of 82, I competed successfully in the Naples, Florida, Swing Into Summer National Ballroom Competition and, most recently, danced in the Louisville Ballet School’s Spring Showcase with my 10-year-old granddaughter. Although we obviously danced in different segments, it was a very special shared activity.

“I am currently heading the Physical Therapy Department at the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women three days a week. It is really interesting, and I feel I am providing healing services over and beyond the traditional rehab. My advice for happy aging is to keep working with challenges as long as possible and to dance every chance you get!”

Barbara Cone Knebelkamp, ’69 PT, with her granddaughter, Lily Gardiner, at the Louisville Ballet School’s Spring Showcase.

“My advice for happy aging is to keep working with challenges as long as possible and to dance every chance you get!”

Barbara Cone Knebelkamp, ’69 PT



After reading a perspective piece by William Weber, ’17 MD, ’17 MPH, in the winter 2018 issue of Northwestern Medicine magazine (Check One or More Boxes: A young alumnus debates the utility of clustering patients into demographic categories), Dennis A. Greene, MD, 73 GME, wrote:


“The essay by Dr. Weber, describing an octogenarian with an STD, at the end of an issue that highlights advances in precision medicine, laboratory testing and machine-driven diagnoses, offers important lessons for clinicians, especially younger ones.


First, the continuing importance of taking a good history. In this case, one’s prejudices about “old people” was likely the cause of not asking a simple question about sexual health. It may be an uncomfortable moment between a young doctor and someone old enough to be a grandparent, but a moment not to be neglected.


Second, even in the age of advanced technology, it is still important to know something about a patient’s living conditions. Is there a stable home? Is the patient all alone? Are conditions such that no amount of advice and good wishes on the part of the physician can actually be followed, due to income, lack of shelter, or physical or mental abuse? When we see patients only in our examining rooms or hospitals or, with telemedicine, from far away, are we losing something that a simple house-call used to inform?


Third, who really gets to know our patients these days, when we are separated from them by technicians, mid-level practitioners and other intermediaries and spend so little time face-to-face?”