I’ve been retired from the state of California for the past couple of years. I have a home in a cohousing community [this is not a commune] in Davis. And I’ve spent time in New York as well as doing some very part-time consulting at the VA in the Boston area (which includes some teaching of trainees from Boston University School of Medicine – med students, residents and other disciplines. Also involved with a couple of family therapy groups. I am on the board of directors of one of them, which is having its annual meeting in Prague this fall.
My 23-year-old daughter is still an ice hockey goalie working for minimum wage. Her older brother just completed four years in video game design in a top program in Massachusetts.
This photo looks something like a fake scene but it is truly real. It was taken during a hike this spring in Marin County around a lake with a lot of waterfalls. As you can see, there was even water running.
Perry A. Pugno
As of May 23, I retired after 15 years as staff of the American Academy of Family Physicians in Leawood, Kansas, for which I was the vice president for education. Although I will continue my involvement with a number of national projects and do a bit of consulting, I expect to be able to spend a lot more time with my family.
I continue to practice full-scope family medicine in southern Monterey County (King City and Greenfield), California. We are a clinical site for the UC Davis Rural-PRIME program and enjoy teaching students. I also started a program called Bridge Across the Sea (El Puente a Traves Del Mar), which provides for med student exchanges between California and Puerto Rico, and some UC Davis students have expressed interest in rotating at one of the rural hospitals on the island.
We finally finished our 10-year-long project of building a vacation home in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, on the land where my wife, Ana Maria, was born. It turned out even better than expected. We are going to make the house available for vacation rentals, so if you’re interested, look us up at www.caribereality.com. We will also be donating time at the house to nonprofit groups and organizations to hold retreats or to raffle off or auction in order to raise funds.
We are planting memorial palms along our driveway there. I promised the family of one of my classmates who passed away last year that we would plant a tree in his memory. So, one of our trees is in honor of all of our UC Davis friends and colleagues who are no longer with us. It’s in a beautiful spot that looks out over lush green hills and is bathed in a gentle Caribbean breeze.
I am working part time, as I have all my career. Now, more focused on the business end of things, but I still see patients about five or six days a month at our urgent care clinics. Playing with telemedicine as it seems to be exploding into medical practices everywhere. Lots of tech innovation with check-in, efficient patient flow and wait times. EMR has been a huge disappointment from all aspects – basically it has destroyed the doctor-patient relationship, the meaningful chart, and the fun of medical practice. Maybe I am just getting old! We still see 60 thousand to 70 thousand visits a year in our businesses, and helping to keep that dog-and-pony show running is sheer delight.
I am enjoying my OB/GYN practice more than ever. I am delivering babies of babies’ frequently now. It is a joy and privilege to be involved with happy young families. I am starting my 10th year as medical society president. Ellensburg is like Tolkien’s Hobbiton. We don’t work to get away from it all – we are away from it all. Dave Stangland is up a couple of hundred miles north. We get together periodically. Kathy and I are too busy, but loving life. The kids are gainfully employed in computer programming, physics and "dishwasher management" (Brett, our son with Down’s syndrome, lives with us and is a great guy). One kid yet to launch, Beth – now 12 – is remarkably fleet of foot. We just finished Little House on the Prairie. We’re having Laura Ingalls withdrawal.
Robert A. Lowe
I tell people that I am "moving toward retirement," a phrase that obscures the fact that I don’t really know what I’m doing. True, I am working on the resubmission of a (NIDA) grant application, but I also hiked over a hundred miles last summer, including summiting Mount Whitney. Michelle and I traveled to Thailand in November, and in January I hiked in New Zealand, where this photo was taken. Oh, and I just finished my second semester of Biblical Hebrew. Another highlight of the year was reconnecting with Steve Taplin when I was in Bethesda; it was great to see the similarities in our paths. Hoping to see more alumni in the year to come.
Scott P. Smith
I am in my fifth year of teaching full time at DeVry University in Chicago. I am now a professor in the College of Health Sciences, where I teach preclinical biology courses for BSN students and upper division biology classes, such as anatomy, physiology, nutrition and microbiology. I also have an appointment as a visiting professor at Chicago’s Chamberlain College of Nursing, where I teach pathophysiology and pharmacology part-time.
My wife, Janis, is still teaching full time as an early childhood specialist. We have been married 41 years this summer. Our eldest son, Joshua (born when I was a medical student), and his wife, Audrey, have two children (therefore I have two grandchildren), Ransom, age 11, and Aletheia, age 4. They live near Portland, Oregon, where Joshua is a high school humanities teacher.
Our second son, Joel, lives in Chicago and is in law enforcement. Not married yet. Our youngest son, Jonathan, just got engaged to be married next summer. He and his intended bride live in Bloomington, Illinois, where he is a music teacher and gymnastics coach, and she is a music teacher.
Our latest family addition, Sonny, a green-winged macaw, is likely to outlive both of us. Still making it work after all these years! Hope to get back to Africa before too long for another short-term medical mission.
For the past dozen years, I’ve divided my time between working at Mae Tao Clinic, a Burmese refugee clinic in Thailand, and doing primary care locally at the Davis Community Clinic. Different worlds but medicine is a great bridge, and international medicine has brought me great rewards. I toured the National Medical School in Mandalay earlier this year and had a chance to talk about medical education. To support refugee health workers returning to their villages inside Burma, I started a nonprofit organization, Metta Calana, that focuses on maternal and infant health, family planning and safe childbirth.
On the local front, after a hiatus of more than a few years, it’s been fun to work with pre-med students again. I spoke about the future of primary care at last year’s UC Davis Pre-Medical and Pre-Health Professions National Conference, and continue to meet with students to discuss their future medical careers in primary care or international health. There is a generational divide, though. I recently asked a group of about 40 undergraduates what they knew about the Bakke case. Only one hand went up. Rather than explain the case, she just told her classmates to "look it up in Wikipedia."
It has been a great run, but after 33 years as an orthopaedic surgeon I am ready to pursue other interests. I left a wonderful and fulfilling practice at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in South Sacramento on April 24, my 60th birthday, after almost 29 years there. At 5 p.m. that day David J. Manske, M.D., became just plain Dave Manske! I’ll pursue my interests in Buddhism, theoretical physics, U.S. history and genealogy. I hope to cross the Atlantic for the first time, to visit ancestral homes in Scotland, Germany and Denmark. I want to see Italy! I want to see Bora Bora again! I’d like to go to Washington, D.C., visit Boston, go to Gettysburg. I need to start in on the 1,000+ books on my Kindle. I hope I have time. But I’ll give it my best shot. UC Davis and UC Davis School of Medicine, thanks for a wonderful career and a pretty great life!
Lloyd H. Smith
I will be 67 this year, and in July will give up clinical practice. I will, however, not yet be retiring. I am planning to return to the lab for a year or so to pursue research interests and continue some teaching activities. I am well and plan on enjoying this coming year and subsequent retirement years, whenever that may come. I send my fondest regards to the Class of 1981.
I’m still working in a solo practice here in Davis, Advanced Valley Eye Associates, and loving the freedom to be flexible with all the changes in modern health care. There’s still growing pains in our new location, and I learn more every day about how to run a business. Certainly not what I thought I’d be doing when we graduated 32 years ago! Still, life is full of great challenges. My son is in the midst of dental school in San Francisco, and it’s fun to relive the medical education through his eyes. Seeing other programs sure makes me appreciate our beloved UC Davis Medical Center more and more. Of course, I still enjoy our cataract mission trips, which we’re now doing three times yearly. We do 70 to 80 cases in a whirlwind weekend, and come home exhausted, but so deeply satisfied! Puts everything in perspective.
I recently put together my estate planning documents, and am proud to have included my UC Davis Medical Center Eye Center in those plans. All of us should be donating back to the program that set us on our successful paths. Medical education is extraordinarily expensive these days, and there are so many deserving students and residents here at UC Davis. I’m looking forward to seeing lots of familiar faces on Alumni Day.
Hello colleagues. Hope this finds you all healthy and fulfilled. Life in the great Northwest couldn’t be better. Personally, my wife Rhenae and I will celebrate our fifth year of wedded bliss this fall. We just added a second grandchild (Lily An Tran) to our extended family and spend as much time as we can with my stepdaughter Hoa, husband Ken, Lily and her brother Brandon. Professionally, I formed my own company, Global Radiologic Consultants LLC. I contract with practices for coverage, predominantly hospital-based but also at freestanding interventional centers. The freedom and independence have been great, and in spite of the current medical climate, I am as busy as I want to be. Rhenae and I are also toying with the idea of a short, and possibly longer, position in Australia in a year or so. Musically, I continue to record in the studio and perform live at venues here in Washington. Hopefully I will have a double "album" of original and cover acoustic and electric blues out by early next year. Stay well.
David R. Vinson
I had coffee with Joe Mele recently. It was fun to catch up with an old medical school buddy. I’m now co-chair of the Kaiser Permanente CREST Network (http://www.kpcrest.net).
I continue to divide my time between teaching, pediatric patient care at UC Davis Medical Center, and global health work. I am in my 35th year teaching gross anatomy to first-year medical students at UC Davis, am the IOR of a large undergraduate gross anatomy course on the Davis campus, and am the co-IOR of the second-year medical school course in neuroanatomy. My conservative estimate is that I have about 12,000 former students, including undergraduates, graduate students, medical students and residents.
I continue as a member of CA-11, California’s federal Disaster Medical Assistance Team. I have deployed to Hurricane Katrina, the earthquake in Haiti, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and the second Obama inauguration as part of its massive security presence.
I have focused most of my global health efforts in Haiti. I was the founding executive director of the University of California’s Haiti Initiative. We partner with the State University of Haiti to bring the expertise of the UC system in agriculture, engineering, health care, education and economics to help with Haiti’s redevelopment efforts. I direct a training project at the Department of Pediatrics of the State University Hospital in Port-au-Prince, the main referral hospital in Haiti.
My family remains my first priority. I have five children ranging in age from 11 to 26. We are very involved in the Yolo County foster care system and have had more than 30 foster children in our home, including two whom we adopted.
After completing my oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at UCSF, I moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, and joined a private practice. I have been actively involved at the Minneapolis Children’s Hospital cleft and craniofacial clinics since then. In collaboration with a pediatric ENT surgeon, we have published numerous papers on distraction osteogenesis in infants for airway obstruction. I am associate chief of surgery-elect at the hospital and on the board of directors for a nonprofit dental organization that serves elderly patients and people with disabilities. This nonprofit organization is working on opening a similar clinic model in California. This fall, I will enter the executive MBA program in health care at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, one year after my son started his college career.
Maria C. Garcia-Rossier
Life has been tough but I’m now in remission from stage 4 metastatic melanoma, diagnosed in 2013. My husband, Patrick, has been my rock. A big "thank you" to Cindy Dirkx (from the class of 1994) for being there for us. Thank you to all my family and friends! Returning to part-time work as a radiologist ’til I get back to speed. Life is good!
Nolan is 2 1/2 going on 3, and Lucy is 3 1/2 going on 7! Emily juggles time between work and taking the kids to gymnastics, ballet and swimming lessons. I founded the first fellowship in clinical informatics at Stanford, and we are looking forward to seeing lots of the grandparents this summer.
I am happy to be in private practice in San Francisco doing sports medicine orthopaedic surgery. Between seeing patients and operating, I have the pleasure of teaching orthopaedic surgery residents at the San Francisco Orthopaedic Residency and fellows at our Sports Medicine Fellowship, where I am the fellowship director. My wife, Lisa, and I had our fourth baby this past December. We are now a family of six, and there is never a quiet moment in the house. If any of my classmates are in the city, please feel free to look me up. I remember all of you quite fondly.
Tania White Fasouliotis
I am working as an emergency medicine physician in Fredericksburg, Virginia. We get back to visit mom often in California, but love the East Coast. Stavros and I are blessed with a lovely family: Alexandra, Costas and Sophia, who I had after residency; teens and toddlers – what a mix. We spend our time between the mountains and coast, and travel as much as my schedule will allow. When Sophia starts school, that will change, but we take advantage of our time off now as much as possible. I am still running and have added tennis to my repertoire. Trying to fit it all in is a challenge, but with Stavros home with the kids, that helps. Just working hard and playing hard to find a balance. I do still love what I do, so I feel blessed.
I was very lucky to spend one year at a teaching hospital in Auckland, New Zealand. My kids attended public primary school there (wore uniforms, walked to school, no shoes while at school, lunch outside). They got to participate in classic Auckland/NZ sports: sailing, triathlon, netball. I was able to practice as a fully qualified EM attending, with students and the equivalent of interns and residents from NZ, Australia, and the greater Commonwealth. Our ED is the busiest in Australia/NZ (Middlemore) in total volume seen. The population of Middlemore included all levels of society and all levels of health literacy, but in particular had a large Pacific Island population and so we would see some rheumatic fever! It was a large tertiary care facility, so not quite the rural NZ ED model that is also very unique to this overseas opportunity.
The photo of Sara (3 months old when I started at UC Davis), Rachel (born at the end of second year) and Amy (born at the end of fourth year) was taken in New Zealand. I am back again to Northern Virginia (where I moved after residency). I work for Inova Health System in both an in-hospital ED and also a freestanding (but very busy) ED.