I continue to teach two mornings a week, and perform legal consulting three half-days weekly. Southeast Asia work with impaired kids goes well, and we are grateful for those who are giving of their time and money to help the needy in Laos, Burma, Cambodia and Vietnam. I am continuing my work as a trustee now for the Museum of Man in Balboa Park, San Diego – now a Smithsonian Institution affiliate – and for the Museum of the Desert. I will be back in Egypt for some more archaeological study with a small group. And with all of this, Heidi and I still have a lot of time for our kids and grandkids.
Still practicing pediatrics and enjoying it. Now I am the chair of the board of directors of Sierra Health Foundation.
Hard to believe another year has gone by, and several have passed since I last updated the magazine. My husband Michael Cutaia and I have an absolutely beautiful 18-month-old granddaughter, Misa Grace. Her daddy (Nick, our son) and mommy Erika live 10 blocks from us in Brooklyn, so we get to see her a lot. Nick is a lawyer doing a clerkship with a federal district judge in Manhattan. Erika is finishing her Ph.D. work and then they both need to figure out what’s next. Our younger son Jesse (29) also lives in Brooklyn and does project management for a solar company, and we get to see him a lot as well. I was diagnosed with very early-stage breast cancer in September, had a lumpectomy and radiation – all very easy – and feel great. And, I retired on Jan. 31 (planned well before the breast cancer diagnosis) after 14 years as chief medical officer of the VA New York/New Jersey Network. I’ve got a bunch of stuff planned – but no "next career," at least for now. This last job has been really exciting, but I just want to relax and enjoy things I haven’t had time to do.
As always, we have plenty of room in our house in Brooklyn, if anyone is on the East Coast and wants to stop by. Hope all is well with everyone.
After 32 years, I’m still in King City doing rural family practice. We continue to teach UC Davis students, especially those from Rural-PRIME. We’ve added a few new physicians to the practice over the past couple of years, and it has been helpful. Our daughters are fine and the grand-children are growing. My wife, Ana, is running a volunteer program that provides instruction in cooking and nutrition to people with diabetes and hypertension, and she is hoping to receive a grant to continue this work.
We returned recently from another trip to Puerto Rico. We took a step forward on our project by having a crew with heavy equipment clean the jungle-like vegetation off of our land and level it. This should motivate us to start constructing a vacation home there, hopefully, within the next couple of years. Stay tuned for upcoming chapters.
I’ve been retired from full-time practice since 1999. I keep my license for volunteer medicine. Most of my time is spent doing my artwork (oil painting) and building banjos. These sales give me enough to live a quiet life. My wife, Janet, and I have lived near Columbia, Calif., for 35 years. We now have our first grandchild, Charlie, who constantly delights his grandparents.
Good news and bad news! First the bad news: I am becoming demented. I am still able to cope with daily life, but I can’t tolerate much stress, and that includes, for me, large groups of people. So I ask that my classmates think of the "Liz-that-was" rather than wondering about the Liz-that-is. I have various things to help me out, including a small GPS unit if I need to get around, and of course a pay-as-you-go, always-turned-off cell phone. I hope to be able to manage for a few more years yet.
The good news: In February I turned 75, and after a very uncomfortable, large family gathering for my 70th, I was trying to figure out how to dodge another blowout – and then I got a registered letter from KQED [announcing] that I was the Early-Bird Sweepstakes winner of six days and five nights in Puerto Vallarta in February, [with] air travel via Aeromexico. My daughter went with me – and I was thrilled to have one last vacation. Of course, I don’t swim nor golf nor tennis nor – fill in the blanks – but I relax just fine. I defy anyone to imagine a more welcome surprise, given all the circumstances. My brother said I should think of someplace to go (this before the letter came) and my son-in-law said I should go to the Falklands for the waffles. I knew immediately what he meant, but for anyone who doesn’t, there was a war there involving the Brits trying to convince Argentina to give up their claim, and one of the British newspapers, apropos the battles in Parliament, came up with the classic headline "British Left Waffles On Falklands." I did look "Falklands" up, but they seem mostly to offer long walks in the fresh air and penguins. So, classmates, I think of you at reunion time, but I’m not going to try to make it again. My father was demented, and despite it remained very sweet to the end of his life. My goal is to try to do as well as he did. And while I’m at it, lift a glass to our classmate Bob Miller at each reunion.
I retired in December after 31 years in the pediatric department at Kaiser Permanente, Sacramento. I was fortunate to have been able to do a variety of NICU, pediatric hospital, ER and clinic work during my career there. In 1990, I started the Kaiser Permanente Green Team, and have enjoyed helping it develop into an environmental stewardship program that is now being implemented in all KP facilities nationwide. I miss my pediatric and Green Team colleagues, but am looking forward to new adventures, which started in February with volunteer work at a pediatric clinic in Kenya.
I still enjoy whitewater boating, and led a raft trip with my 26-year-old daughter, Maria, through the Grand Canyon last summer. Margie and I are still living within walking distance of UC Davis Medical Center. I hope you are well, and I would love to see you at Alumni Day this May.
Fred Bogott, M.D.
While I officially retired about three years ago, I have, perhaps foolishly, continued working part time. That will finally finish this spring, after the completed installation of a large computer project here in the Mayo Health System. I have been involved in that for a long time, as well in as in emergency medicine. In the meantime, in my semiretirement, I have been involved with a research institution here in the guise of an English language instructor and coach for a large number of foreign-born molecular biologists. This has become a great deal of fun, as I work with these very bright people on a scientific subject in which I previously had fairly little background. I help them with their English verbal skills, and also with their writing of papers in a language quite foreign to them. I have a couple of granddaughters nearby, and Carolyn and I spend a lot of time with them and in a lot of other very pleasant leisure activities, as well as in helping with the care of an increasing number of elderly folks here in town ("elderly" as in barely older than I am.) The weather in Minnesota, unlike that in my native California, is sometimes quite brutal, but life here is very pleasant, and I have enjoyed my career here.
Sara Faulkner and I have been married for 32 years how and have son Nick (30) and daughter Kristina (27) actively engaged in their lives. Sara is retired and exploring life’s many rich offerings. I am still working as the president of Group Health Physicians, which serves almost half a million patients in Washington state. Our medical group of a thousand clinicians received the 2010 Acclaim Award from AMGA as the medical group in the country best embodying the six aims of the Institute of Medicine. AMGA represents more than 100,000 physicians who care for more than 100 million Americans, so we are very proud of this acknowledgement. Life is rich and full, and always an adventure.
We now have five married daughters and 15 grandchildren, with another little girl coming soon. I continue to practice family medicine four and half days a week, as I have since I started. We take some time to snow ski together in the winter and waterski and wake-surf in the summer at Bear Lake, where we have a cabin. It’s quite the scene when the entire family joins together there. By and large we are all well and enjoying life. We recently went to Florida to visit our youngest daughter and her husband, who is in law school there, and to help celebrate their son’s first birthday. We hope to get back to UC Davis for one of the reunions in the future.
Hi to everybody. Long time no talk. My husband and I and our three kids moved from L.A. to Ashland, Ore., in 1992. I’m working part time in my GYN practice – two days a week. I am working at Ashland Community Hospital as a wound clinic physician one day a week, and I’m the Medical Director of the wound clinic about a half day per week. All my kids have grown up and are out of the house. My daughter, Daniela, is 29, lives in Boston and works at MIT doing fund raising and development for the Sloan School of Business alumni fund. She was married in October. Maybe there will be some kids coming down the road apiece. Max is 27, and is married to a lovely woman from Ecuador. They live in Las Vegas and run the family bakery business (www.freedsbakery.com). No kids yet, but maybe soon. David is 24, and he’s just finished a six-month stint in South Korea teaching English. He’s heading to Borneo to complete a PADI certification in teaching scuba diving. After that he’s going to work for Broadreach with teens on summer adventure. I’ve been learning to play the concertina for the past five years, in Irish traditional style. It’s a great diversion and a lot of fun. Hope all my classmates are doing well. Finding ourselves at this time in our lives with memories of some really great post-test parties our freshman year of med school. We were all such achievers.
My husband, Charlie, and I took our two daughters on a medical outreach to the Solomon Islands through the Help a Friend Foundation this past Thanksgiving. Shona worked as Charlie’s assistant while he pulled teeth, and Megan worked in the "lab" and in the "pharmacy" and played with the kids a lot. It’s a group of doctors and dentists who bring medical and dental care and education to one of the most beautiful but unknown places in the world; they leave us with leis, songs and an appreciation of the fine people who live there. While there we got to dive and snorkel the best coral reefs I’ve ever seen. Listening to those medical lectures on obscure diseases has finally paid off.
Life continues to be exciting but hectic in the world of international medicine! I’m director of Prevention International: No Cervical Cancer (PINCC); we are continuing to establish and explore new sites for our training in cervical cancer prevention. I went to Uganda and Kenya to participate in training at four hospitals and evaluate a new site in Nairobi’s Kibera slum, the second biggest in the world. We welcome volunteers with experience in women’s health. You can follow the campaign on our blog at www.pincc.org.
I am continuing to do family practice in my solo office in the foothills, in Pine Grove. I bought an old building last year, which I have been slowly renovating to make an office of my own, since I have rented for the past 18 years. And I may have a partner or two in the future. My son Alex is a first-year medical student at UC Davis Medical Center in the Rural PRIME program. His brother Philip has been accepted to several medical schools, and is waiting to interview at UC Davis. It would be totally awesome if they both wanted to return to Amador County and join my practice (of course, they might have other ideas). My two youngest daughters are 7 and 9. I am going to practice for a few more years before they are on their own.
Jerry Radich remains in Seattle at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. He spends nearly equal time at his desk, typing away and consuming far too much espresso, or at some airport, searching in vain for free wireless access and a decent meal. He still has more hair than Valente.
My older daughter will graduate from UC Santa Cruz this summer. My younger daughter is hoping to get into either UC Davis or UC Berkeley – and if she does, we will have a family in which all received an undergraduate degree from a UC institution.
I became an associate advisory dean at the Medical School two years ago. It is a formal longitudinal mentoring program. I absolutely love it.
Lastly, after 17 years in Pittsburgh, I became a devoted hockey fan – go Pens!
I recently volunteered in Nicaragua; my original plans to start a clinic for the locals through a resort on the Pacific coast fell through due to false pretenses. I was at Totoco EcoLodge on the island of Ometepe in Lake Nicaragua helping with the Development Program, which funds health care, education and microcredit. I remained there until February, working to secure a portable lab for the local clinic (Rotary is funding it). The quality of health care there is abysmal, and the Ministry of Health very inadequate. Having a lab there will save patients a two-hour bus ride each way, and also, hopefully, provide an opportunity for better interpretation of lab values than is currently being done at the distant lab. I was thrilled to miss a terrible winter in Spokane.
Will Mora is married to Stacy Mora, has two children – Ben and Sierra – and is soon to be a grandfather. He practices integrative holistic medicine at Health Associates Medical Group in Sacramento. His educational website is www.drwillmora.com.
I’m now in my 14th year living and working in Africa, which is hard to believe. My wife, Gene, and our five children have been having a great time exploring the world and learning lots of new and interesting things. Recent highlights include a river gorge swing at Victoria Falls on Valentine’s day and skydiving over the Christmas break. I have been working with CDC as Regional Director for HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa, and have been country director for the Global AIDS Program in Lesotho for the past three years.
Gene, meanwhile, has been working on a water project, private sector development, and the building and refurbishment of more than 140 health sites, including a new National Reference Laboratory. This has made for great working collaboration (and pillow talk) and feeling that we are making some difference in this country. We will likely continue our work in Lesotho for another two years, and then see what new opportunities await.
My new baby boy, Shane Kai, is 1 year old. My daughter, Thai Ha, is blazing to the high school championship wrestling tournament for the state. Next quarter is judo, of which she won the championship last time. Pray for no injuries. My two middle kids are enjoying football (Tommy) and piano (Mina). My wife, Misako, survived intracranial tumor surgery (the tumor was missed for three years, so it was a big ‘un!) and is doing well, but still not allowed to swim. She sings and plays piano beautifully still. My new office in Honolulu is exciting and challenging. My Hilo office is for sale, and is turnkey for any physiatrist or neurologist. We are blessed.
I am a professor of medicine at Duke University and was recently appointed to NCI- Committee B (oversight for cancer centers). I run a 25-person translational research program to identify breast cancer risk, design prevention strategies, and study early events in breast cancer. We have an extensive outreach effort into the Durham community, run a free women’s clinic, and have three navigators who provide education and free screening services. Eric and I have a daughter, Erin, age 14, who loves life and learning. We have a small house in Durham that is overrun with native plants and semi-tropicals, as well as a bunch of feisty chickens. We teach water conservation gardening to school groups, and participate in community mentorships programs and internships. Life is good. That’s me in the photo with Faye Burt, a breast cancer survivor who helped us start the Durham outreach project.
I am an anesthesiologist in private practice in Reno, Nev.
We continue to love and treasure our grandson, Noah. My big news is that, over the past year, I wrote a faith-based memoir about God’s interventions in my life, and it’s going to be published. It’s in production right now, and hopefully will come out in three to four months. Very exciting and a whole new path for me!
I am pleased to announce the opening of my adult psychiatric private practice. I provide cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy and psychiatric medications if indicated to treat depression, postpartum depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety (generalized anxiety disorder, OCD, panic disorder and social anxiety disorder), and life problems resulting from unresolved grief, relationship difficulties, and transitions (new baby, new job, new city). I also continue to treat Spanish-speaking patients. Please see my website: westlosangelespsychiatrist.com.
I’ve been enjoying life back in California after a few years in New England. Lately I’ve been doing family medicine with UC San Diego and also vasectomies for an underserved population in Riverside, Calif. I trained in a "no-scalpel vasectomy technique" in Canada and have been bringing this less-invasive procedure back to the U.S. Also been doing some fun gardening. The local raccoons sometimes let me eat some of my own vegetables. Life is pretty good.
Stephen J. Freedland (John Freedland)
Last June, I was named editor-in-chief of Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, and this past January, I was named North American editor for European Urology. Life is good in North Carolina with my wife, Inna, Sasha, who is 8, and Dylan, who turned 5 in February.
On Sept. 12, 2010, we welcomed Finnegan Michael Blakeslee into the world. His older sister, Sanneke, is excited about having a little brother. In February I returned from maternity leave to my pediatric practice with the Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group in Santa Cruz.
I was promoted to chief medical information officer at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, and my wife and I welcomed our first child, Lucille Rose Longhurst, in September.
I am the newest physician executive at Microsoft. As the director of informatics and integration, I supply professional services to customers of the Microsoft Amalga Unified Intelligence System. I get to work with executives of hospital systems, delivery networks and others to improve patient safety, medical quality and to meet CMS requirements for meaningful use. Please feel free to contact me if you have an interest in informatics or are a budding CMIO to network. I travel all over the country for work, so chances are I’ll be in your area soon.