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Alumni Weekend at Feinberg School of Medicine
CHICAGO, IL – OCTOBER 13: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine hosted Alumni Weekend 2023 with events on Friday, October 13, 2023 on the Chicago campus of Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo credit: Randy Belice for Northwestern University)


Roger N. Rosenberg, ’64 MD, a professor of Neurology and renowned expert in Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases, has been named professor emeritus after 50 years at the University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW). Prior to joining UTSW as its inaugural chair of Neurology in 1973, a position he held until 1991, Rosenberg had been a member of the faculty at the University of California, San Diego. For over 30 years, he served as director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Center, a patient-care and research center. Rosenberg also served as president of the American Academy of Neurology from 1991 to 1993, during which time he created the AAN Education and Research Foundation (now the American Brain Foundation). He retired from UTSW on January 1, 2023.


Robert S. Feder ’76, ’78 MD, ’95 MBA (’12 P), was awarded Northwestern Medicine’s Gary A. Mecklenburg Distinguished Physician Award during the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Medical Staff Quarterly Meeting. One of the hospital’s most prestigious awards, the peer-nominated Mecklenburg Award is presented each year to a physician who “embodies professionalism and humanism and who demonstrates a strong commitment to enriching the lives of others through research, teaching, patient care, or community outreach.” Feder is director of Cornea Service in the Department of Ophthalmology and professor of Ophthalmology at Feinberg.

Mark Nolan Hill, ’77 MD, is the 2023 recipient of the Daughters of the American Revolution Community Service Award for his extensive volunteer work. In addition to a commemorative plaque, the organization bestowed upon him a hand-sewn Quilt of Valor in recognition of his service as a veteran of the Navy. For decades, Hill has been a pillar of the Highland Park community in Illinois, representing the city of Highland Park in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative for 20 years; serving as member, former chair, and citizen advisor of the Highland Park Natural Resources Commission for 30 years; volunteering at a free medical clinic; serving as a member of the Highland Park Division Lake County Medical Reserve Corps (LCMRC); coordinating the Highland Park Middle School’s Project Citizen; and organizing Warriors and Art: A Path to Healing at the Highland Park Art Center, representing therapeutic veteran’s art to the public. Additionally, Hill’s Beatles cover band, Dr. Mark and the Sutures, has played pro bono for 36 years at local benefits, charities, and community events. Hill is professor of Surgery at The Chicago Medical School, adjunct professor of Surgery at the Kansas College of Osteopathic Medicine, and president and chief executive officer of North Shore Surgical Associates.


Charles S. Modlin, ’83, ’87 MD, was recently interviewed on Fox 8 News Cleveland for his work on the MetroHealth Minority Men’s Health Fair. The Health Fair featured over 30 free health screenings for men. As reported by Fox 8 News, Dr. Modlin founded the event over 20 years ago and is passionate about helping men take control of their health by finding concerns early and getting treatment. For more information visit metrohealth.org/mmhf

Steven J. Price, ’84, ’86 MD, ’91 GMER, was recently appointed to the board of trustees of ThedaCare. Price is founder and managing partner of the Neuroscience Group, an indepen­dent practice working closely with ThedaCare. Composed of 17 physicians and surgeons and a total of 48 providers, Neuroscience Group is currently seeking more neurologists. To be connected with the Neuroscience Group, please email the MAA. Price also is an active member of the American Academy of Neurology and the National Headache Foundation.

Steven R. Deitcher, ’86, ’88 MD, will be featured in Top 100 Innovators & Entrepreneurs magazine. As founder, chief executive officer, and chair of Bespoke Biotherapeutics, a B-cell bioengi­neering company, Deitcher’s work in finding solutions for solid-tumor cancers is sup­ported by 14 granted and several pending patents. “Our goal is to dramatically improve patient outcomes and reduce the side effects of anti-cancer therapies,” he shared.

Anita K. Lane, ’87, MD, ’94 GME, has been announced as an alumni recipient of the Joliet Catholic Academy’s 2023 Hall of Champions: Business and Industry. The mission of the Hall of Champions: Business and Industry is to honor graduates for their accomplish­ments throughout their professional careers ranging from medicine, law, education, entertainment, business, technology, and more. Lane is the owner and co-founder of Touchstone Internal Medicine in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Norman A. Paradis, ’84 MD, founder and chief executive officer of CPR Therapeutics, Inc., a medical device startup company, has received a $1.6 million federal funding award as part of the National Institutes of Health National Heart Lung and Blood Institute Direct-To-Phase II Small Business Innovation Research Award. The award is in support of a multimodal integrated system for improved cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). This advanced-technology automated CPR system will be the first of its kind to integrate and synchronize multiple technological innovations into a single system. The project will be a collaboration with Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Paradis is an emergency medicine physician and professor of Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College.

Ken Kobayashi, ’86 MD, ’91 GMER, has been appointed to the Medical Strategy Advisory Board of Dr. Evidence, an evidence-based insights platform for life sciences. Kobayashi has a deep background as a clinician-scientist, regulator, scientific diplomat, and drug developer across the U.S., Europe, Latin America, and Japan/Asia. As a senior executive in top-tier pharmaceutical

companies including Pfizer, Daiichi Sankyo, AstraZeneca, Janssen, and Novartis, he has successfully overseen the introduction of more than 28 investigational agents and been directly involved with 60 programs, including in the areas of signal transduction inhibitors, epigenetic modifiers, and inflammation/immunotherapy. His experience also includes roles at the National Cancer Institute and the Food and Drug Administration.

Charles S. Modlin Jr. ’83, ’87 MD, former Medical Alumni Association Board member, has been named a 2023 recipient of the Northwestern Alumni Medal — the highest honor given by the Northwestern Alumni Association. Since 1932, the Alumni Medal has celebrated alumni who have made a transformative impact in their fields, performed exemplary volunteer service to society, or demonstrated an outstanding record of support for the University. This year’s Alumni Medalists join a distinguished group of more than 100 past recipients who truly exemplify the ideals of the University through their life, work, and service.


Cate M. Yashar, ’91 MD, and Diane Bronstein Wayne ’88, ’91 MD (’18, ’20 P), both assumed chief medical officer (CMO) roles in July 2023. Yashar is CMO at University of California San Diego Health and Wayne is CMO at Northwestern Memorial Hospitals. Yashar and Wayne are close friends and MD ’91 classmates.


Josh Levitsky, MD, ’08 MS, has been appointed president of the 2023–2024 board of directors of the American Society of Transplantation (AST). Levitsky is professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology), Medical Education, and Surgery (Organ Transplantation) at Feinberg.


Sadiya Khan, ’05, ’09 MD, ’14 MSc, ’12 GMER, ’16 GMEF, is the lead author of a new Northwestern Medicine study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that finds that CT scans are better at predicting a middle-aged person’s risk for a heart disease, such as a heart attack, than genetics. According to Khan, the results of this study “can help doctors and patients in managing risk for heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the U.S.”. Khan is assistant professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology and of Preventive Medicine and a Northwestern Medicine cardiologist.

Murad Alam, MD, ’15 MS, MBA, has been appointed president of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. Alam is vice chair of Dermatology, professor of Dermatology, Otolaryngology, and Surgery, and chief of the Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery section at Feinberg.

Brian J. Miller, ’11 MD, MBA, MPH, was recently appointed by the U.S. Government Accountability Office to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) and the Federal Trade Commission. Miller is assistant professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University and a nonresident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. His research focuses on the Medicare Advantage program, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s regulation of pharmaceutical products and medical devices, and competition in healthcare markets. His research leverages his previous experience at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Federal Trade Commission.


Dale A. Patterson, MD, ’20 MS, has been named to the board of directors of the Center for Hospice Care, a not-for-profit, community-based organization. Recently, Patterson also assumed the role of pres­ident of Beacon Medical Group within Beacon Health System. He began this new role on January 1, 2023.

Andrea M. Rustad, ’23 MD, recently appeared on Minnesota Live to promote her book, “Skin-vincible: A Story of a Superstar with Ichthyosis,” a children’s book about a young girl with the rare genetic skin condition ichthyosis, written with Amy S. Paller, MD, ’83 GMER. Rustad spoke about ichthyosis, Camp Discovery, and sunscreen on the show.

Scott Zeller, MD, was featured in The New Yorker article “Reinventing the E.R. for America’s Mental-Health Crisis”. The article delved into Zeller’s life’s work, highlighting his invention, the EmPATH unit (Emergency Psychiatric Assessment, Treatment and Healing unit). Recognized as a humane, cost-effective, and scalable reimagining of hospital emergency departments (ED), the EmPATH unit is specifically for people experiencing behavioral health emergencies. There are currently several dozen EmPATH units operating in hospitals throughout the U.S. and around the world, including in Singapore, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Scotland, Australia, and South Africa.


Sara Stotts, ’98 MPT, DPT, is co-writer and co-producer of MotherFreakingHood!, an “irreverent, original musical comedy following three unlikely—and uncensored—friends as they take on the world from pregnancy tests to empty nests…one bottle at a time!” BroadwayWorld describes the show as “…without a doubt the funniest musical comedy of the theater season.” The musical closed its most recent run on June 11, 2023 at the Mercury Theater’s Venus Cabaret in Chicago.