Progress Notes


Jerrold J. Weinstock, ’59 MD, is a psychiatrist and self-published author of “Insult to Our Planet and the Florida Keys.” For over 50 years, Weinstock has lived in the Florida Keys fishing the Atlantic and the Gulf waters off of Key West. In the book, he shares exciting stories and photos of his past in sport-fishing.


Loren Stolle, ’73 MD, has retired after 38 years of internal medicine practice in San Francisco. Stolle’s wife, Barbara, is a 1973 nurse graduate of the former Wesley Hospital Chicago and received her master’s degree in nursing administration from University of California, San Francisco. She also just retired after 38 years as a hospital nurse supervisor. Stolle hopes to have more time to travel, golf and enjoy other hobbies.

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Leo A. Gordon, ’73 MD, is writing a book about medical education from 1960 to 1980, described as a lighthearted memoir of a very specific time in the history of medical education in the United States. One of the chapters describes Gordon’s introduction to clinical medicine as a third-year medical student in the neurology service. This particular chapter has been recorded as a podcast. If any member of that class would like to relive their introduction to clinical medicine, please contact Gordon at for a copy of the podcast.

John R. Lumpkin, ’75 MD, has been named president of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation. Lumpkin most recently served as senior vice president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

George A. Williams, ’78 MD, began his term this year as the 2019 president of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Williams was elected to the position by the Academy’s global community of 32,000 ophthalmologists. Williams is chair and director in the Department of Ophthalmology of the Beaumont Eye Institute at Beaumont Health in Royal Oak, Michigan, as well as professor and chair of Ophthalmology at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. He also is a partner with Associated Retinal Consultants.

Erin Riggle, MD, ’06, ’09 GME (pictured with arrow), embarked on her first mission overseas, serving on an intensive care unit headed to Cambodia and Vietnam. She, along with alumni Norman Wang ’94, ’98 MD, ’02 GME, ’07 GME; William “Willie” Choe, ’92 MD, ’00 GME; and Srikanth Sundaram, MD, ’05, ’06 GME, are working on an international mission dedicated to providing medical care to those in need.


Michael S. Parmacek, ’81 MD, ’87 GME, who serves as the Frank Wister Thomas Chair in the Department of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, was inducted into the National Academy of Medicine in Washington, D.C.

Karen L Kaul, MD, PhD ’84, recently completed her duties as president of the American Board of Pathology (she remains a trustee) and also as a member of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Residency Review Committee for Pathology. She continues to serve as chair of Pathology at NorthShore University HealthSystem, and remains actively involved in molecular pathology and personalized medicine.

Jennifer Lim, ’86 MD, ’87 GME, was one of six women inducted to the McAuley Hall of Honor at Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School in Chicago, Illinois, in April 2019. Lim holds the Marion H. Schenk Esq., chair in Ophthalmology for Research in the Aging Eye as a professor of Ophthalmology and director of the Retina Service at University of Illinois at Chicago, where she specializes in surgical and medical retinal diseases.

Lim has received numerous professional awards and distinctions, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology Lifetime Achievement Award and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Gold Award. She was the inaugural University of Illinois at Chicago Distinguished Sweeney Lecturer and was among those named “Chicago Super Docs,” “Best Doctors in America,” and “Top Doctors.” Lim has authored or co-authored over 300 articles, 30 book chapters and edited several books, including “Age-Related Macular Degeneration,” which is currently in its third edition.

Kimberly Bass, ’87 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. In that time, Bass has operated on over 400 patients in five countries. Her crusades have also become a family affair. In 2018 and 2013, her husband, Benjamin Gulli, ’87 MD, joined her on her medical mission to Peru as an orthopaedic surgeon, alongside their two children who assisted Bass in the eye clinic and observed eye surgeries.

Michael S. Parmacek, ’81 MD, ’87 GME

Karen L Kaul, MD, PhD ’84

Benjamin Gulli, ’87 MD

Martin S. Zand, ‘92 MD, ’90 PhD


Martin S. Zand, ‘92 MD, ’90 PhD, was appointed senior associate dean for Clinical Research at the University of Rochester. Zand is currently co-director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute and has active research programs in B cell immunology, computational modeling and health informatics. He has lived in Rochester, New York, for the last 20 years with his wife, Ellen Ingram, and two daughters, Adrienne and Sonia.

Raymond Sanchez, ’94 MD, was recently appointed chief medical officer at Cerevel Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing new medicines to treat disorders of the central nervous system (CNS). Sanchez is a veteran CNS medicine developer and will oversee clinical development of the company’s pipeline.

John Santopietro, ’95 MD, has been named the first physician-in-chief of Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network in Hartford, Connecticut. He also will serve as senior vice president and remain part-time as psychiatrist-in-chief emeritus at the Institute of Living. Santopietro most recently served as president and medical director of Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut.

Erik K. Alexander, ’97 MD, was named associate dean of Medical Education and professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Alexander currently serves as chief of Thyroid Section, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and as executive director of the Brigham Education Institute.


David A. McClusky, ’00 MD, was named chairman of the board for the Idaho Department of Corrections. McClusky previously served as the director of Surgical Skills Training and Simulation at Emory University and surgical representative to the Emory Center for Experiential Learning Advisory Group.

Maulik Majmudar, ’04 MD, was appointed as chief medical officer of Health and Wellness at Amazon. Prior to joining Amazon, he practiced cardiology and served as associate director of the Healthcare Transformation Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital, and was a visiting scientist and lecturer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He recently located to Medina, Washington, with his family, including his three-year-old son and six-month-old twins.

Raymond Sanchez, ’94 MD

Erik K. Alexander, ’97 MD

David A. McClusky, ’00 MD

William Tseng, ’04 MD, was promoted to associate professor of Surgery at Keck School of Medicine at University of Southern California (USC). As a specialist in soft tissue sarcoma, Tseng also leads the Retroperitoneal Sarcoma Surgery Program at USC.

Tseng was also featured in The New York Times, Washington Post and other national and international news outlets for his work as lead surgeon in a rare surgical case with a patient presenting with a cancerous tumor weighing 77 pounds. He writes, “Retroperitoneal sarcomas are very rare (0.2 percent of all cancers), challenging to treat and also the largest tumors in the human body!” Tseng mentions that it is the largest tumor he’s seen (and operated on).


Muthu Vaduganathan, ’12, MD, ’12 MPH, has been named the first place winner of the American College of Cardiology Young Investigator Award in the Clinical Investigations category.

William Tseng, ’04 MD

Amy Rogers, ’16 MD, has been selected as an Internal Medicine chief resident at Stanford Medicine for the 2019–2020 academic year. While at Feinberg, Rogers chaired the Student Committee on Global Health and served as class president during her fourth year of medical school. Rogers intends to pursue a career in Rheumatology-Immunology.


Regan Thomas, MD, ’79 GME, received the Model Mentor of the Year Award by the Young Physician Section of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and was also presented with the Honor Award by the Mexican Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery for contributions to Mexican ear, nose, throat and facial plastic surgery education. Thomas currently serves as professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Amy Rogers, ’16 MD

Robert Buckingham, MD, ’79 GME

Mark Slaughter, MD, ’91 GME

Sangeetha Reddy, MD, ’13 GME, ’14 MS

Robert Buckingham, MD, ’79 GME, has completed his fourth and fifth book, subsequently titled “Rejuvenation 2.0!” and “How Dancing Stops the Clock.”

He writes, “‘How Dancing Stops the Clock’ details the buttressing of pro-inflammatory end organ interstitial space signaling momentum via a robust capillary cell pivot and swing dance. The dance sustains capillary cell pluripurpose with regards to sustaining interstitial space sanitation and restoring its own infrastructure, while providing feedback loop pace and stem quality assurance to its interstitial space partners the mesenchymal and end organ cells. Finally, its anti-inflammatory ricochet and wash-out effect backwashes the interstitial space and then spreads anti-inflammatory signaling momentum into the central circulation back through capillary cell outer membranes to produce an aggregate-systemic anti-inflammatory tsunami that involves all endothelia, end organs and their interstitial spaces.”

Martha Twaddle, MD, ’88, ’89 GME, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine at their Annual assembly in Orlando, Florida, in March 2019. Twaddle is on faculty at Feinberg, serving as medical director of Palliative Medicine & Supportive Care, as well as clinical associate professor of Medicine.

Mark Slaughter, MD, ’91 GME, was recently named the Indiana University Medical Alumni of the Year. Slaughter is currently professor and chair in the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at the University of Louisville.

Brian Silverstein, MD, ’00 GME, was recently appointed director of Strategy Practice for The Chartis Group, a leading provider of comprehensive advisory services to the healthcare industry. Silverstein most recently served as a senior vice president at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield.

Veena Shankaran, MD,’09 GME, is the 2019 recipient of the Gold Award in Achievement in Medical Research, awarded by Seattle Business Magazine. Shankaran, a gastrointestinal medical oncologist, is also featured on the cover of the March 2019 issue. Read the article here.

Sangeetha Reddy, MD, ’13 GME, ’14 MS, received the Recruitment of First-Time, Tenure-Track Faculty Members Award, moving to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She has published in Nature Medicine, and soon, she will publish a paper about the immunoprofiling of inflammatory breast cancer in Cancer Immunology Research. With her new $2 million grant, she will develop novel immunotherapy treatments in breast cancer.

Jillian Stewart, ’14 DPT, HPCS

Pepper Burruss, ’77 BSPT


Jillian Stewart, ’14 DPT, HPCS, is a hypnotherapy clinical specialist and the founder of Surf and Turf Therapy, an organization committed to bettering lives through alternative therapeutic activities, including surfing, climbing and hypnotherapy. She is currently developing best practice recommendations, coursework and clinical specialty standards in surf therapy with the support of the International Surf Therapy Organization.

Pepper Burruss, ’77 BSPT, has retired after a 42-year NFL career, ending a 26-year tenure as head athletic trainer and physical therapist for the Green Bay Packers. Burruss joined Green Bay in 1993 following 16 seasons with the New York Jets as an assistant athletic trainer.

Jim, ’84 BSPT, and Debbie Patrizi, ’84 BSPT, have both earned their post-professional Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees. Jim practices wound healing and edema management at the Veterans Administration in Martinez, California, and Debbie continues as the Pediatric Rehab Services Director at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California. Both serve as part-time faculty in the DPT program at Samuel Merritt University, and Jim also teaches at University of the Pacific. They are expecting their first grandchild in 2019.

Chad Duncan, PhD, CPO, CRC ’97, ’99 CERT, has been named program chair for the United States Member Society of the ISPO Pacific Rim (PacRim) Meeting in 2020. ISPO PacRim will meet January 17-23, 2020 in Lahaina, Hawaii. Duncan writes, “It is an honor to be named the PacRim program chairman. I think this is an ideal platform to engage the Prosthetics-Orthotics field during a pivotal time in our profession. For years, PacRim has been the go-to venue to experience new technology and learn from experts, while being surrounded by the beauty of Hawaii. This is a great place to make something amazing happen.”

Duncan is an associate professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and was named director of the Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center in January 2019.