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1972

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Robert Forster
Hello everyone: This is a picture of my family three days before our grandson left. The month before, Nancy and I bought a home in Sacramento, so it is when and not if any more re: returning to the area. As I look for a job in Sacramento, it has been a pleasure to talk with many of you. It really occurred to me how precious the memories and the people were and are during this phase of my life. I have been doing health-care consulting for Wall Street for five years. It has given me great pleasure to write (understandably) and to share my knowledge and major mistakes. Nancy has a fulltime job keeping me in line and the Florida house looking good for a buyer. Take care and, if able, step back and consider that your friends, memories, faith and family are the only things that really count in the end. The saying "don't sweat the little things" has its merits. See Y'all!!

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1974

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Ranya Alexander
After a stint in the 80s on teaching faculty at UCLA and the Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital in LA, my wife Kamala, pediatric nurse practitioner, and I moved south and raised two great kids. Daya finished neuroscience at Pomona College, now on a master's in sports psychology and Gyan, like Barack O, studies basketball and politics at Occidental College. No "silliness" like medicine for those guys! Ranya has completed three decades in pediatric endocrinology and emergency medicine and retires this year to be medical director of a small nonprofit group helping treat HIV sufferers in Togo, Africa. We have recently founded Treyan, LLC, a biotech startup in San Diego which will launch the world's first "mitochondrial resuscitation beverage" called "CPR®". Ranya is still laughing, loving, losing hair and spiritually striving. Still longingly think of lost classmates and great early days at UCD Med before it went to the (gorilla) pits! It has been a great ride!

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1976

Peter Yaholkovsky
I've not actively practiced medicine for almost 15 years. I have come by a circuitous route to a very challenging and satisfying career as a coach to executives and senior managers in the corporate world, and to high net-worth families. I concentrate on communication and trust-building skills, essential for high performance and for family unity. My special interest is building trust in relationships characterized by steep relative power gradients. I live with my wife in rural Nevada County, near Grass Valley.

 

Nanette Gartrell
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On this Web site, www.nllfs.org, you can find my latest media appearances related to my research – NY Times Magazine, NPR and the Advocate). Also, on the awards/acknowledgments page of that same Web site, I was just named the recipient of Division 44's (of the American Psychological Association) Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award for 2008. Finally, I authored a bestselling book that came out in January – MY ANSWER IS NO... IF THAT'S OKAY WITH YOU: How Women Can Say NO and (Still) Feel Good About It (Simon & Schuster, 2008) www.myanswerisno.com.

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1977

Lisa Keller
I am leaving this job at Providence Medford after only one year – I love the job but miss my family too much. I accepted a position in the OBGYN department at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in Martinez, a UCD-affiliated F.P. residency program with a great reputation. Have never done formal residency teaching though teach informally all the time. I'm really looking forward to it!

 

Scott P. Smith
Janis and I are celebrating 35 years of marriage by her having accompanied me on my seventh short-term medical mission, from which we just returned. We went to Zambia with a team from Global Health Outreach, the missions arm of the Christian Medical and Dental Society. I was the medical director/ internist on the 30-member team, which provided primary care to the "shanty compound" of Mulenga, on the outskirts of Kitwe in Zambia's Copperbelt District. We spent two weeks at the nurse-run clinic there and served more than 2,000 patients. One of the reasons I moved into teaching at this point in my career was to make summers available for these trips. I have been to Ethiopia four times; this was my third trip to Zambia. Janis worked with the children while I was in clinic. It was a great way to spend our anniversary! (We did stop in London on the way home for some R&R. We spent our 10th anniversary in England as well.)

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1981

Steven Prescop
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Bonnie Jean Prescop, wife of alumnus Steven Prescop, died April 28 in Mountain View. Bonnie was born in San Francisco Jan. 23, 1955, and grew up on the Peninsula. She chose to be bused to an experimental high school in the predominately Afro-American community of East Palo Alto where she studied languages including Russian, Italian, Latin and Hebrew. While at Ravenswood High, her Italian class made a ground breaking field trip to Italy in 1972 at a time when state law did not allow field trips outside of the U.S. except to Canada and Mexico. Then-U.S. Sen. Alan Cranston lobbied on her class's behalf for a bill that was signed by then-California Gov. Ronald Reagan allowing California school groups to travel anywhere in the world. After getting her degree in Slavic languages at UC Berkeley where she met husband Steven, she moved to Davis initially working at the billing office of the UCD/Sacramento County Hospital. Her first child, Ted, was the first baby born during med school for the class of 1981 which, as many students may recall, was celebrated by passing out bubble gum cigars to the entire class. Instead of returning to clerical work Bonnie decided to become a licensed home daycare provider, which she did for 20 years, taking care of up to eight children at a time. She was dedicated to children and those in need; running charity programs for three different churches in the South Bay Area. Bonnie's three children all graduated from UC Berkeley. She especially enjoyed returning to campus for football games to watch her daughters play in the Cal Marching Band. Bonnie was an avid reader all of her life. She continued to take online classes from the local community college on a wide variety of subjects consistently making the Honors List. She also enjoyed traveling and dancing. She is survived by her husband Steven, son Ted, daughter Julianne and daughter Mary. She is also survived by her parents and several siblings of whom her twin sister, Betty Jane Burri, Ph.D, works at UC Davis doing nutrition research for the FDA.

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1983

Tim Hamill
I started a residency in Pathology at UCD after graduation. Transferred to UCSF in 1985 and completed a residency in lab medicine, then a hematopathology fellowship at the Martinez Veterans Administration facility. When the VA closed in 1992, I took a position at UCSF and have been there ever since. Currently I'm professor and vice chair in Laboratory Medicine and director of the UCSF Clinical Laboratories. I also chair the Clinical Laboratory Technology Advisory Committee for the state and am on the Board of Directors for the California Society of Pathologists.....that's the professional stuff. I married my wonderful wife, Sue, in 1986 and we have one daughter, Natalie who just completed her first year at Fresno State. Nat got the horse bug when she was little and stated riding at age 6....and much to our amazement stuck with it.....she was on Fresno's equestrian team last year. We lived in San Francisco during my residency and fellowship and then moved to Vacaville after our experience in SF during the Loma Prieta earthquake. Moved to Walnut Creek in 2000 when I took on being the lab director at UCSF. Sue and I love travel, backpacking, skiing and at least for the last nine months have enjoyed being "empty nesters"! I took up fencing a few years back and hope to qualify for the Nationals this next year. That's the high points.....hope everyone is well.

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1987

Bonnie Sand
I am on a sabbatical from Group Health. The time away from doctoring has allowed me to fulfill a dream of market farming. I currently have 60 pastured chickens, now all hens. The roosters are in the freezer; another skill, another dinner, sustainably raised. I will be selling eggs, whenever the chickens begin to lay, lettuce, basil and tomatoes. Hopefully sans salmonella. It took me 15 years to realize that health care has nothing to do with health, but farming has nothing to do with money. I am content beyond what I ever could have hoped for.

 

Jeff Shimoyama
Current Position Kaiser Permanente, West Los Angeles (Culver-Marina Medical Office Building)

Specialty primary care internal medicine. Since medical school graduation:
1) intern/residency in internal medicine at the UCLA-San Fernando Valley Program, 1987-1990;
2) private (group) practice, 1990-1992;
3) Kennamer General Internal Medicine Fellowship (UCLA School of Medicine), 1992-1993;
4) UCLA School of Medicine Faculty Member, 1993-2000;
5) Kaiser Permanente Internal Medicine, 2000-present

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1989

Lisa Pascual
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Greetings from the Pascual-Meads!! Other than coordinating our busy work schedules, Dave (Anesthesiology, 1992) and I mostly coordinate our kids' schedules! Here's "mini-me" (Gabby, 12, who is now taller than me!) and Matt, 9, hard at work. Dave continues at Children's Hospital Oakland while I'm across the bay at UCSF/SFGH, "chiefing" in Rehab.

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1990/1991

Katherine L. Gregory
I had a glorious "mini-med school reunion" with great friends, Drs. Ali Moiin, Marisa D'Angeli and Nina Dinh. We met at the phenomenally beautiful home of Dr. Moiin and his partner, Dr. Bill Kupsky, in Detroit. Their garden was breathtaking and hospitality unsurpassed. What a wonderful experience, and we owe it all to UCD Med School!

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1991

Kathy Love-Osborne
After almost nine years at Denver Health, the outcomes paper from my research on metformin use in obese insulin-resistant adolescents was published in the June edition of the Journal of Pediatrics. The length of my long road to publication is partially attributed to my wonderful kids Connor and Jillian, now 5 and 3; I wouldn't change a thing!

 

Mark Packer
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Mark Packer (left) portrayed Dr. "Bones" McCoy in a send up of Star Trek, performed at this year's American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery Symposium in Chicago. Playing Capt. Kirk is Steve Dewey, a University of Missouri medical school grad.

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1995

Sunil Bhopale
I have been the assistant chief of the Emergency Department at Kaiser Redwood City for the past six-plus years. My wife and I just welcomed our second child, a daughter, in May, and luckily our 2 year-old son gets along with her quite well. When not changing diapers or trying to maintain some sort of order, Sunil is busy with his work and heavily involved with San Mateo County EMS. Life is busy but good.

 

Charles Lu
Nephrologist at Southern California Permanente Medical Group, Fontana.

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1996/1997

Kim Schrier
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Kim Schrier and David Gowing finally decided to take the big leap, and are expecting a baby boy in October! So far, so good. Hopefully he won't be as big as this 24-inch brown trout Kim caught fly-fishing in Idaho! We'll send a family picture for the next class update! We send our best to everyone.






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1996/1997

Christina Lasich
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The publicity campaign has been going very, very well. Just today, I learned that one of my articles became nationally syndicated. Check it out on FoxBusiness. Since my first book, "High Heels to Hormones: A Woman's Guide to Spine Care," was published, I have been busy with radio and television interviews. All current updates are available at www.christinalasich.com. With the successful release of my book, I was immediately hired by The HealthCentral Network (www. healthcentral.com) as a contracted author for its site, www.chronicpainconnection.com. Life is great as a physician and as an author.

 

Stephen J. Freedland
Steve was promoted to associate professor of Urology and Pathology at Duke University. Besides balancing a hectic work schedule, life at home with Inna and Sasha (6) and Dylan (2), life is going well in North Carolina.

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1999

Thanh Hang Nguyen
I am currently in practice as a transplant surgeon with LifeLink in Tampa, Florida. My husband and I are expecting our first child on July 25, 2008.

 

Aminah M. Najieb-Floyd
Time really flies. It will be nearly six years that I have been at Mercy Clinic Norwood, providing health care to an underserved population. I teach third-year medical students and continue to volunteer as a preceptor at Imani Clinic. Keith and I recently returned from a fantastic trip to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. The weather was perfect and we saw many animals in their natural habitat. including Grizzly and Black Bears with their cubs, herds of Bison and Elk, etc. The canyons, gushing waterfalls, roaring rivers and geothermal activity were breathtaking. Highly recommend. More trips to National Parks planned.

 

Jennifer Wright Oliver and David Oliver
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I continue to develop oncology drugs. One of "my" drugs, Treanda, was recently approved by the FDA for use in patients with CLL and should soon be approved for patients with NHL. It's quite rewarding to bring new oncology drugs to market. I am currently working on a drug for SCLC. I am also a mom to Joshua (15 months) and Eliana (5 years old). Motherhood is great – kids are just about the funniest people on the planet. Attached is a picture of us at Disneyland last year.

 

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2000

Corey Wallach
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I have finally finished my orthopaedic residency, additional year as a trauma surgeon, and orthopaedic spine fellowship, and am now, at last, practicing spine surgery in Northern Virginia at the Anderson Orthopaedic Clinic, www.andersonclinic.com, just outside of Washington, D.C. Who knew it would take so long? Our family is enjoying settling in and hope that this is where we will make our home for some time. My wife, Stacey, and three kids (Zoe, 4 years old, and our 2 year old twins, Cole and Drew) are having the time of their lives, playing in the fall, snow and spring, and we are very happy to be back in Virginia. Changing leaves, nature walks, and the occasional raccoon are all welcome in our backyard – as are any of you who manage to drift over to the east coast.

 

Tanya Nauenberg

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I am still enjoying working as a pediatrician at the Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group, Santa Cruz division, and living in my home town. A year ago I married another UC Davis graduate and we have successfully reproduced! Our baby girl, Sanneke (rhymes with Hannukah), was born June 21, 2008.

 

 

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2001

Christopher A. Longhurst
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Now four years out of residency and seven years from UCD, I have finally adjusted to living in the San Francisco Bay Area! My professional time is split between clinical work attending as a pediatric hospitalist, administrative time as the medical director of clinical informatics (both at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford), and consulting for Google in the development of their Google Health product. On a personal level, I continue to backpack, camp and ski voraciously, and have more recently taken up road cycling (picture right, after cycling around Lake Tahoe in the fall of 2007). I miss UCD days and hope you are all well! Best, Chris.

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2001/

Estella M. Geraghty
Hello everyone. I'm delighted to still be at UC Davis and I love my job! I received my faculty appointment in December 2007. My time is divided among research in spatial epidemiology, clinical internal medicine and teaching at the main campus. Colin and I are happy and constantly enjoying the antics of our three cats.

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2003/2004

Gina Tobalina
I married Jesse Hall on June 21, 2008.

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