UC Davis School of Medicine

A Publication of UC Davis School of Medicine

Volume 13 • No 2 • Fall 2016

Alumni updates


UC Davis School of Medicine Alumni Association happenings

Your feedback

As UC Davis medical alumni, your input and your feedback are so important to us as we work to build and energize our alumni community. In May we sent a survey to all our School of Medicine (SOM) alumni­ — M.D., residency and fellowship graduates — for whom we had emails. We’re thankful to all those who took the time to respond. While the percentage that did was not huge, it was enough to provide us some sense of what our SOM alumni are looking for from the Alumni Office and the UC Davis School of Medicine Alumni Association.

Judging from survey responses and comments we’ve received from alums over the past few months, it’s clear that one size will not fit all when it comes to planning activities and programs which will interest and engage our alumni. So we’re listening, and we will work to provide a wider variety of opportunities and activities that will be of interest to all of you.

If you haven’t weighed in, please do. Let us know what we can do to engage you in the life of your medical alma mater. Please email us at medalumni@ucdavis.edu and share your thoughts.

New website

Soon we will be launching what we hope will be a more useful, more attractive, and more robust UC Davis School of Medicine Alumni Association website at ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/medalumni. Please let us know what you think and what we can do to continue to improve the site.

Alumni Weekend 2017

We’ve set the date for next year’s Alumni Weekend — October 27– 29, 2017. Plan to come back and celebrate. We’ll do our best to offer something for everyone. Let us know if you have ideas to make the weekend a success.

Expanded board

In an effort to better represent the interests of alumni and more accurately reflect the diversity of our alumni body, we are expanding the School of Medicine Alumni Association (SOMAA) Board of Directors. Let us know if you are interested in joining the board or participating on a SOMAA committee.

Help us build the UC Davis SOM network – your network!

Topher Stephenson, M.D.
President, UC Davis School of Medicine Alumni Association
M.L. Farrell
Director, Alumni Engagement

M.D. Alumni

Geoffrey A. Smith
Geoffrey A. Smith with students in Myanmar

I continue my international volunteer work with the charity Americans Helping Asian Children (AHAC).

In addition to funding elementary schools and medical testing facilities and providing scholarships and a hearing aid program for disabled children, I teach an “updates in medicine” class to the local doctors and residents. This is a photo of the students and medical school facility in Myanmar, Burma.

Thomas (Tom) C. Koch

Thankfully, I am still in good health. Active: hiking, biking, skiing, fishing, kayaking. Life is good. Still working a wee bit, part-time, as always. Our urgent care businesses are seeing almost 100,000 patient visits a year. I travel a lot in America, and to Europe. Lots of opera, particularly Wagner. Our cabin on the Klamath Marsh is a constant joy of wildlife, beauty and tranquility.

Philip Brosterhous

We stayed in Sacramento to complete my family medicine residency, then moved back to the Bay Area so my wife, Chris, could return to Stanford for graduate school. We have raised two wonderful daughters, Lisa and Leslie. I started working for the Sunnyvale Clinic and was active in the group as a primary care physician until 2002, when I was asked to be the medical director. In 2008, we integrated with the Palo Alto Clinic and the Santa Cruz Medical Clinic, and I was chosen to be chief medical officer of the new group. After six years as CMO, I retired. Like my classmates, I have witnessed tremendous changes in the science and the sociology of medicine. It has been an exciting, challenging and ultimately rewarding career. In retirement we keep busy with our family and friends, traveling and reading. We are excited that Leslie will give us our first grand-child in July.

Jeanne Larson

Greetings, classmates! I retired July 2015, and our first grandchild was born four months later, so I was able to be a live-in nanny and cook until baby started daycare. His mom and dad are both in year three of their residencies, with long days and plenty of call nights, but the other set of grandparents live nearby and can help out. I have plenty of time again for reading, hiking, socializing, travel (Alaska and the Balkans coming up), and sketching (the art portfolio of our classmate Sandra Smith inspired me). I am still glad I chose family practice for its variety, but I do not miss the emergency medicine room or government mandates one bit. Maybe all that busywork is the reason so few had time for our 40th year reunion... Best wishes to all of you.

Bob Schultz

After completing an ob/gyn residency in Fresno, I went to work for Kaiser Permanente in Santa Rosa in 1981. Of my 30-year career there, I spent the first 15 years as a practicing ob/gyn and the second as physician-in-chief for the medical center. I retired in 2011. In 2013, my wife, Priscilla, and I built a house on my daughter’s 20-acre parcel west of Winters. I built an observatory and am enjoying my astronomy hobby. I believe I have the two best toys: a tractor by day and a telescope by night. My daughter, Tamsen, and her husband, plus two sons ages 13 and 15, live about 150 feet from our house. My son, Brandon, lives in Santa Rosa and he and his significant other are expecting their first child soon. All in all, life is good!

Fred Bogott
Fred Bogott with Chinese students

After medical school I moved away from California. I retired from family practice and emergency medicine about five years ago. The last decade and half of my time in practice was spent at an institution associated with the Mayo Clinic. I have been teaching English skills to a number of foreign-born scientists, and have been helping to edit scientific papers written by people for whom English is not a native language. Because of the connections I have here, I have been invited to China on several occasions, and have ended up giving lectures at half a dozen different medical schools in that country. So, no golf, but a lot of really interesting and smart people and teaching in a place far from my rural Minnesota home.

Anne Hazelton
Anne Hazelton

I retired from the VA on Halloween and spent most of the month of February traveling in Costa Rica and Panama! I LOVE not having to be at work! All is good with friends, family and health. Skied 152,000 vertical feet this season, and will be camping a few times this summer. I’m playing Mah Jongg and Pickleball, as well as dancing Argentine tango, 1–2 times a week. Three grandchildren are 1.5 miles away, so I ride my bicycle over to see them; parents are amazing — daughter is a published endocrinologist, and my son-in-law, a nephrologist. My other two kids were married last summer, so it’s a very happy time! Most exciting thing is that I pre-ordered a Tesla Model III, so in about 2018 I’ll have the fastest and greenest car of my life. This photo is in the old part of Panama City.

Joan Rubinstein

Discouraged by the impediments to care imposed by the EMR in its current form, and looking forward to spoiling my grandsons and indulging my creative side, I have decided to RETIRE at the end of the year. Still happily married to Alex Sherriffs, UCD SOM ‘78, enjoying a little clinical teaching, life in the rural San Joaquin Valley, and frequent hikes in the Sierra.

Michael Soman
Michael Soman and son, Nick

Hello to my UC Davis classmates! Life is not always easy but always rich and full. Sara and I are both retired — I retired in 2014 after serving as president of Group Health Physicians in Washington. Time is filled with exercise, playing music, yard and house projects, being an active climate warrior, and hanging out with grandson Boone, 3. Son Nick, 36, a businessman/entrepreneur (pictured with me here), and his wife Anna live with Boone in San Francisco. Daughter Kristina is married to Michael and lives in Seattle and is a third-year medical student. Sara and I enjoy spending time together, especially slowly waking up in the a.m. and relaxed evenings reading and snuggling in bed. We have a house in Baja on the Sea of Cortez and spend lots of time there.

Michael (Mike) Peterson
sketch by Mike Peterson

I found two sketches I did while in my first year of medical school at the old Surge IV campus in classes. One was one of my lab partners in our anatomy dissection class (left to right, Al Gjedsted, Jeff Brown, and Tom Rolle — Tom refused to turn around). The other is a typical classroom scene, don’t remember the names, but I was sketching when I should have been paying attention!

Kathleen (Kay) Taylor

After 20 years in practice and 10-plus years as founder and director of Prevention International: No Cervical Cancer, I’ve retired at the young age of 72. While it was exhilarating and rewarding to be training doctors and nurses in devel-oping countries, and expanding our outreach, the long hours and increasing administrative work became too much. I still am involved as PINCC’s ambassador and consultant. Life is filled with family; two grandsons, ages 13 and 11; travel, art, gardening and community involvement. I’ve added being arrested at a protest for voting reform in Washington, D.C. to my resume, and am learning French. Where did I ever find time to work? I wish you all the same fulfillment.

Kathleen (Kate) Jennison Goonan
Kathleen (Kate) Jennison Goonan and family

All is well and thriving, grateful for good health and happy family. We moved to Bel Air, Maryland, three years ago when Tom took a job as a chief legal counsel with an Army command based at Aberdeen Proving Ground. Thoroughly enjoying Maryland and the Chesapeake area. I built a consulting firm over the last 12 years, initially based at Massa-chusetts General Hospital, then private as Goonan Performance Strategies and sold my company to Navigant Consulting, Inc. this past January where I will be working for four more years. Our daughter Kelly Marie graduated from Cornell in biology in May, after rowing for the varsity crew team there. She’s heading to Southern California where she will be taking a gap year, studying for the MCAT and applying to medical schools to be a “real doctor, not like my mom.”

David H. Wisner

I’ve turned into a “lifer” at UC Davis. After surgery residency, including a research stint in Germany, I joined the Department of Surgery under Bill Blaisdell as a trauma surgeon. With the exception of a sabbatical in bioethics, I’ve been on the faculty ever since. I was the chief of the trauma service for many years, the vice chair of the department and even the acting chair for a while. I set up a trauma center at Mercy San Juan in Sacramento and also worked for a while for a surgical hospitalist company. I recently took over from Jim Goodnight as associate dean for Clinical Affairs, and I am loving that job. I live in East Sacramento, a bike ride away from the now enormous UC Davis Medical Center, close enough that I can take trauma calls from home. I am married to a wonderful woman and have two great kids, ages 12 and 14.

Henry B. Cramer
Henry B. Cramer

Lanna and I will celebrate our thirty-fifth wedding anniversary on June 27, 2016, with all three of our daughters married to great guys raised outside of California. We failed to lure even one of these families back to the greater Los Angeles area, so we will be moving to State College, PA (home of Penn State), in the early summer to be closer to our grandchildren. Besides clean air and no traffic, this new locale also affords tremendous fly fishing and bow hunting. We loved living in Palos Verdes these last 16 years after founding the 55-provider Pioneer Medical Group in 2000. I was the only ENT for most of this time frame, and it was a blast! Starting August 1, I will be joining the much larger Geisinger at 1,600 providers. I will be partnering with a wonderful ENT who shares my birthdate — just 24 years later.

Anna Macias

I retired from Kaiser South Sacramento last year. I worked as an ob/gyn there for 22 years. I have resumed my love of travel and last year traveled to China, the Philippines, Italy and France. I volunteer at the SPCA and have done one medical mission. What a long, strange trip it’s been!

Douglas Gross

Biggest news is the arrival of my first grandchild, Andilyn Joy. What a blessing. And having all five of my children, including the two who are married, still here in Davis is wonderful. And although everyone I know is retiring, I continue to teach gross anatomy and neuroanatomy and practice pediatrics at UC Davis Medical Center, and am still actively heading the pediatric training program at the Haiti State University Hospital. I was recently awarded the Emil M. Mrak International Award recognizing my work in Africa, Central America and Haiti. Still doing disaster medicine with the California Disaster Medical Assistance Team and have joined the medical board of Direct Relief International, one of the largest charitable organizations in the world, strengthening fragile health systems and increasing access to quality care in 74 countries.

Emma Garforth

I am still living in Davis and working with Sutter Medical Group. My oldest just graduated from college. My son, who was born during medical school, is finishing his second year of college. Our youngest is now in 10th grade. I swim a few times a week and attempt to grow things in the garden despite the lack of rain and heavy clay soil!

Kathryn (Johnston) Meier

As of August 2015, I am working at SF Bay Pediatrics, a group pediatric practice with offices in Mill Valley and San Francisco and with privileges at California Pacific Medical Center. I took some time off last summer before the transition to recertify in general pediatrics and to spend quality time with family sailing the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia and traveling through Italy. It was too short of a break! It has been lovely to run into UC Davis medical school alumni in San Francisco. Best wishes.

Estella “Este” M. Geraghty
Estella “Este” M. Geraghty

After eight years as faculty at UC Davis and 15 months as a Deputy Director at the California Department of Public Health, I’ve moved to the private sector. I’m currently the chief medical officer at Esri and focus my efforts on helping people do more with their data by thinking geospatially. My job takes me all over the world and I meet terrific people doing amazing work in health. Colin and I are happily living in Southern California with our crazy but cute kitty, Ellie. We have one granddaughter and another on the way. Life is good.

Sukhjeet Batth
Sukhjeet Batth and fiancée, Nitasha

I’m living in downtown Los Angeles and will be in my final year of radiation oncology residency at USC. I recently got engaged in Kauai to my fiancée, Nitasha, a neuroradiologist in private practice. In my spare time, I continue to enjoy rock climbing in Joshua Tree and Yosemite. My fiancée and I also had a couple big trips, including ice climbing at Viedma Glacier in Patagonia and deep water soloing in Thailand. She
and I are looking forward to getting married in Virginia this fall.

Kabir Matharu

I’m currently at Mass General in my final year of residency. Upon graduation I’ll return to California to deliver primary care within a maximum security men’s state prison. I’ll be treating patients longitudinally given my focus on underserved care, including HIV and hepatitis C.


Sara Faulkner
Michael Soman and Sara Faulkner

Family Practice Residency

See Michael Soman, M.D. Class of 1978

Douglas Gross

Pediatrics Residency

See M.D. Class of 1990

Topher Stephenson

PM&R Residency

I recently left my position with Mercy Medical Group and started a solo private practice focused on general PM&R, including regenerative injection therapies, prolotherapy and platelet rich plasma, and medicolegal consulting. I am currently the chairman of the board of directors for the Brain Injury Association of California and continue to work as the president of the UC Davis School of Medicine Alumni Association. I live and work in East Sacramento and am looking forward to connecting with other UC Davis alumni in California.


Andrew John Gabor, Professor Emeritus
Andrew John Gabor

died peacefully on March 11 in Davis after a brief hospital stay. His family members were with him in person and in spirit, and are exceedingly grateful that he is at eternal peace.

Andy was born in Budapest in 1935. His family soon immigrated to the U.S., settling in New York. At Duke University Andy later met his wife, fellow graduate student Judith Anne Bailey.

They headed west in 1969 to join the faculty of the new medical school at Davis. Andy’s first job was assistant neurology professor and director of the EEG laboratory (a position he held until retirement). He became department chair in 1981 and served for a decade, also holding joint appointments in veterinary medicine and behavioral biology.

During 45 years in medicine Andy published many papers, with a particular focus on seizure disorders and neural networking. He served on NIH study groups, as president of the American EEG Society and chair of the American Board of Qualification in Electroencephalography.

Upon retirement as professor emeritus Andy volunteered at the medical center and locally with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Davis Community Church and Davis schools.

Andy leaves behind Judith Bailey Gabor, his wife of 55 years; and children Elizabeth Anne Gabor of Davis; Christopher David Gabor and wife Robin of St. Simons Island, Ga.; and Margaret Gabor Jacobo, her husband Juan Ernesto Jacobo, and their children Olivia Jacobo, Maya Jacobo and Nicolas Jacobo, all of San Diego.

Should one wish to make a charitable contribution in Dr. Gabor’s memory, consider Davis Community Church, 412 C St., Davis 95616; or UC Davis Department of Neurology in memory of Andrew J. Gabor, checks payable to UC Davis Foundation, Health Sciences Development, 4900 Broadway, Suite 1150, Sacramento 95820. There are hundreds of other excellent causes.