Progress Notes

1940s

Charles “Dale” Collins, ’47 MD, retired last month from Maricopa Integrated Health System in Phoenix after an illustrious 70-year career in obstetrics and gynecology. Collins delivered more than 8,000 babies since first opening his practice in Chicago in 1947. Read MIHS’s article on Collins’ retirement.

1950s

Simon Myint, ’53 MD, at age 90, was ranked No. 1 national doubles player and doubles team, and No. 3 singles player for the United States Tennis Association sanctions for his age group (90 and over) in 2018. Myint was a tour-de-force last year, competing in four different states (California, Ohio, Massachusetts and North Carolina) on four different court surfaces between May and October.

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1960s

Paul Knepper, ’68 MD, ’73, ’74 GME, ’80 PhD, was named a 2019 gold fellow by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology for his exemplary contributions and dedication to the organization.

1970s

David Skorton, ’74 MD, was selected as the next president and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges. A board-certified cardiologist, president emeritus of Cornell University, past president of the University of Iowa and member of the National Academy of Medicine, Skorton was selected after a yearlong, nationwide search. His appointment will take effect on July 15.

Bonnie Typlin, ’74 MD, a pediatrician, retired in February 2019 after 40 years of practice. “The corporatization of my practice took all the fun out of being a pediatrician,” she writes. Over the last nine years, Typlin journeyed from Chicago to Tucson and Prescott, Arizona, and has returned back to Tucson.

On November 4, Feinberg hosted a get-together in Austin, Texas, for alumni and friends of the medical school who were attending the Association of American Medical Colleges Conference. Diane Wayne, ’88, ’91 MD, posed for a photo with John Cluley, MD, ’12 GME, and Cluley’s adorable little wildcat, Cannon, who was proudly sporting Northwestern purple.
Simon Myint, ’53 MD
Kimberly Bass, ’75 MD, an ophthalmologic surgeon, gave up her lucrative private practice in Saint Paul, Minnesota, to pursue humanitarian efforts in ophthalmology in developing countries. In 2007, Bass began to volunteer for two organizations that sponsor medical missions — SEE International and Medical Ministry International. Since that time, Bass has operated on over 400 patients in five countries. Her crusades have also become a family affair. In 2013 and 2018, her husband, Benjamin Gulli, ’87 MD, joined her on a medical mission to Peru as an orthopaedic surgeon, alongside their two children who assisted Bass in the eye clinic and observed eye surgeries.

Nick Retson, ’75 MD, a facial reconstruction surgeon, was featured in the Chicago Tribune for his work helping children with physical abnormalities around the world. He has organized 50 medical mission trips to several countries and was recently awarded the humanitarian award by the Indian Medical Association of Northwest Indiana.

1980s

Jeff Unger, ’80 MD, has published his third medical textbook on diabetes management in primary care. He directs the Unger Primary Care Concierge Medical Group in Rancho Cucamonga, California, as well as the Catalina Research Institute. Unger is the former team physician for the Anaheim Angels baseball club and the World Wrestling Federation.

Len Yaffe, ’82 MD, his wife Ruth and friends recently had a great time visiting Bordeaux. “The tours of the vineyards and caves were so impressive that I found the wine tasting at the end practically unnecessary, but I did not want to insult the hosts,” he wrote. In the meantime, his healthcare fund is a top-tier performer for the sixth consecutive year. He can be reached at len@kessefcapital.com.

Jane Schwebke, ’84 MD, ’87 GME, was appointed to the scientific advisory board of Talis Biomedical Corporation. Schwebke has also served as a faculty member at the University of Alabama for over 20 years.

Kristine E. Ensrud, ’85 MD, was inducted as a master of the American College of Physicians at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American College of Physicians. She joins her father, E. Richard Ensrud, ’52 MD, and her husband Timothy J. Wilt, MD, who are also masters of the American College of Physicians.

Janet Prokop Pregler, ’88 MD, was named the Iris Cantor Endowed Chair in Women’s Heath at the David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles. Pregler currently serves as director of the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center and is on the Women’s Health Policy Council.

David Skorton, ’74 MD
Jane Schwebke, ’84 MD, ’87 GME
Kimberly Bass, ’75 MD
Len Yaffe, ’82 MD
Jeff Unger, ’80 MD
Kristine E. Ensrud, ’85 MD

1990s

Raymond Sanchez, ’94 MD, was recently profiled in Pharm Exec, in its “Emerging Pharma Leaders 2018.” Sanchez, who is senior vice president of global clinical development at Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development and Commercialization, was chosen from a pool of over 100 candidates for his many contributions to the field.

Shelly Flais, ’99 MD, ’02 GME, published her third parenting book with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in 2018, serving as editor-in-chief of the AAP’s “Caring For Your School-Age Child: Ages 5-12 Years.” She also authored the award-winning “Raising Twins,” which is now in its second edition, and served as co-editor of “The Big Book of Symptoms.”

Flais is a spokesperson for the AAP and has spoken on behalf of the organization in multiple national public service announcements in 2018 and 2019. She is also a clinical assistant professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. In 2018, Flais joined the Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators. She actively practices pediatrics as a partner with Pediatric Health Associates, an independent practice based in Naperville, Illinois. She is mom to four teenagers, including twins, who are growing up way too fast.​

Shelly Flais, ’99 MD, ’02 GME
Jeanette Bauchat, ’02 MD, ’03, ’07 GME, ’16 MS

2000s

Jeanette Bauchat, ’02 MD, ’03, ’07 GME, ’16 MS, has joined the faculty at Vanderbilt University. Bauchat was recently profiled on Vanderbilt’s website and described the journey that led to her new appointment as associate professor of Anesthesiology. 

Van Krishnamoorthy, ’03 MD, is the physician co-founder of health tech startup trineOMICS, which was formed to end surprise heart attacks. Their consumer brand, Tap Clarity, develops and commercializes innovative DNA and RNA tests for heart disease so that self-insured employers, consumers and wellness clinics can learn about individual risk for heart disease in order to improve outcomes while reducing costs. Their scientific collaborators are at LA BioMed and Georgia Tech. They recently accepted their first investor and went live with a wellness company that will offer the DNA test to its 200,000 users, spread among 1,000 self-insured U.S. businesses.

Margaret Wong Gribble, ’04 MD, ’08 GME, was recently featured on the cover of Atlanta Magazine, in its “Top Doctors” issue. A triple alumna of Northwestern, Wong is an ophthalmologist in Atlanta, specializing in diseases and surgery of the retina, vitreous and macula, as well as inflammatory diseases of the eye, including uveitis.

Robert M. Saltzmann, ’05 MD, was elected by his peers as co-president of Charlotte Eye Ear Nose and Throat Associates, PA (CEENTA), in Charlotte, North Carolina. Saltzmann previously served two terms as chair of Ophthalmology and a member of the board of directors within the practice. Founded in 1923, CEENTA is one of the oldest and largest multispecialty groups in the Southeast and one of the largest ophthalmology groups in the nation.

In 2017, Saltzmann served on the steering committee and was a founding member of the North Carolina Glaucoma Society, which worked closely with the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Glaucoma Society to fight a scope-of-practice battle in the state. He also remains active on the operations committee for the Charlotte Surgery Center, on the finance committee of Carolinas Physician Alliance (a local clinically-integrated network), and as a board member and membership vice-president for the NU Club of Charlotte. Salzmann has helped cultivate a growing cadre of Northwestern-connected physicians to his practice, which now boasts six providers with undergraduate, medical school, GME and/or former faculty affiliations (…as well as one spouse who commutes from Charlotte to Chicago weekly and remains on faculty at Kellogg).

Margaret Wong Gribble, ’04 MD, ’08 GME
Robert M. Saltzmann, ’05 MD
Karuna Dewan, ’09 MD
Alex Strauss, ’05 MD, continues to be a partner at Centra, PC, a multidisciplinary mental health private practice in Marlton, New Jersey, outside of Philadelphia. He was recently selected to be the consulting sport psychiatrist for the Temple University Athletics Department. In his new role, he’s excited to be working with the sport psychology team at the TUWell Mental Health, Wellness and Performance department in this growing field of mental health sports medicine.

Karuna Dewan, ’09 MD, has authored the book “Dysphagia Evaluation and Management in Otolaryngology.” Dewan is an assistant professor of Otolaryngology in the Divisions of Head and Neck Surgery for the Medical Center Line at Stanford University Medical Center.

Brandi Jackson, ’15 MD, and her twin sister, Brittany Jackson, MD, were recently featured on “NBC Nightly News” with Lester Holt and “Windy City Live” to promote their question-and-answer website, www.medlikeme.com, which seeks to “support and inspire those traditionally underrepresented” in the healthcare professions. Through this online resource, Jackson and her sister hope to change the face of medicine and encourage women of color to pursue a career in the medical field.

GME

Joseph A. Adashek, MD, ’93 GME, in July 2017 became president of the Clark County Medical Society, which covers all of Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada. On behalf of the doctors of Clark County, he accepted numerous awards over the past year for the treatment of those injured during the deadliest mass shooting in United States history, which took place in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017. In a 10-minute span, there were more than 400 patients with gunshot wounds, and every patient that presented to the emergency room alive survived.

Left to right: Sisters, Brandi, ’15 MD, and Brittany Jackson, MD
Venu Akuthota, MD, ’98 GME, was named the University of Colorado Medicine Endowed Chair in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Akuthota leads a department that includes over 90 academic faculty, four residency/fellowship programs, a doctor of physical therapy program, a PhD in rehabilitation science program and a top five rehabilitation research enterprise. He also oversees clinical practices at UCHealth, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Denver Health and the new Rocky Mountain Regional Veterans Administration.

Christopher M. Gonzalez, MD, ’00 GME, ’06 MBA, has been named the Albert J. Jr. and Claire R. Speh Professor and chair of the Department of Urology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Previously, Gonzalez served as chair of Urology and director of the Urologic Institute for University Hospitals of Cleveland.

Parag Bhanot, MD, ’06 GME, is an associate professor of Surgery at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. Bhanot also serves as executive director of the MedStar Georgetown Center for Abdominal Wall Reconstruction and Hernia Surgery.

Samir Patel, MD, ’14 GME, recently competed on “Jeopardy!” Patel is an anesthesiologist and faculty member at Feinberg. Visit the Northwestern Now website to learn more about Patel and hear fun anecdotes from his time on the game show.

Aubrey Bonhivert, MD, ’17 GME, has joined Franciscan Physician Network Pediatric Associates of Greenwood, Indiana. Previously, Bonhivert was a pediatric hospitalist at La Rabida Children’s Hospital and also was on staff at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

Venu Akuthota, MD, ’98 GME

Left to right: Samir Patel, MD, ’14 GME, next to Jeorpardy’s, Alex Trebek
Margaret Danilovich, ’07 DPT, PhD
Jonathan Tsay, ’18 DPT

DPT

Margaret Danilovich, ’07 DPT, PhD, Feinberg faculty member, received grants from the Northwestern Third Coast Center for AIDS Research and the National Institute on Aging. The studies will test high intensity walking interventions for older people with HIV and for citizens of retirement communities, respectively.

Jonathan Tsay, ’18 DPT, received the Foundation for Physical Therapy’s Kendall Scholarship. Tsay is currently a PhD student at University of California, Berkeley.

BSPT 

Lynn Steffes (née Meerschaert), ’81 BSPT, DPT, was awarded the Robert G. Dicus Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Physical Therapy Association’s Private Practive Section (APTA-PPS) board of directors at the 2018 annual conference in Colorado Springs in November. Steffes has served the physical therapy profession for over 35 years as a clinician, teacher, speaker, writer and passionate advocate. Steffes has served the PPS nationally through the board of directors, nominating committee, marketing and public relations committee and as an advocate through the PPS Key Contact Program. She is known to be a consummate educator, from clinician to practice consultant, to payment and contracting specialist. In addition, Steffes is a guest faculty member in five DPT programs. Steffes has also built content that contributes to the success of practices nationwide through regular contributions to PPS’s Impact magazine, and as a co-author of PPS’s “How to Start a Private Practice.”

Steffes has continued to develop clinical passion, including an enthusiasm for the role of physical therapists in lifestyle medicine. Recently she developed a Lifestyle Medicine Certification program for therapists through her affiliation with MedBridge. Her specific passion in lifestyle medicine is brain health, which has been important to her since both of her parents journeyed through Alzheimer’s. In 2014, she launched a proprietary program: BrainyEX, a turnkey program for better brain fitness. Steffes has also traveled to over 40 states to function as a consulting resource for private practices and hospitals. Those who know her say her energy, drive and commitment come from a place of genuine love and caring for the PT profession. She is known as the quintessential business expert who cares deeply about PT and for those she counsels.

MPO

Mike Mullenix, ’18 MPO, is currently pursuing a 12-month orthotic residency at American Prosthetics and Orthotics at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.