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CLASS NOTES

1972

James Joye
The Joye family together in Tahoe. Jim, Nancy (UC Davis Medical Center, '78), Mathew and Sarah.
 



 
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1974

Matt Zwerling
After completing residency I settled in Santa Rosa, CA where I practiced with the Santa Rosa Orthopaedic Medical Group for 19 years. I then opened a collaborative practice with my wife, an RN and holistic health nurse, where we offered holistic education and health care for both our patient populations. We closed the practice in 2002, and I am now focusing my attention on writing a book (stories of physician healing and transformation) and helping physicians reconnect with the art and essence, as well as the meaning of medicine through talks, teaching and in workshops.
 

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1975

Tom Koch
All is well here in Oregon. Our Urgent Care business in Medford is expanding. Our business here in Klamath Falls is doing well. I am enjoying part time — early retirement work, as I have for 25 plus years. Traveling, still skiing on the Patrol at Alpine Meadows at Lake Tahoe, sailing, hiking and backpacking, opera, college visits, etc. etc. Too much life, too few years.


Robert Mrak
I am launching a new biomedical journal, the Journal of Neuroinflammation. 'Neuroinflammation' is an encapsulation of the idea that microglial and astrocytic responses and actions in the central nervous system are fundamentally inflammatory in nature, and that these innate immunological responses are central to the pathogenesis and progression of a wide variety of neurological diseases and conditions.

The new publication will be an open access, online journal, available at www.jneuroinflammation.com, with Robert Mrak and his longtime collaborator Sue Griffin as co-Editors-in-Chief.



Rich Wageman
Becky and I continue to enjoy retirement and travel. We did travel to Ireland on the 1st of May and spent 6 months, returning on the 24th of October. We traveled the entire country, seeing many beautiful sights and playing many links golf courses. We took two side trips, one to London and one to Prague, for 4 days each. We are back in our 20 foot trailer, currently in San Diego, but in January we will start heading back to the east coast. We plan to travel up the east coast, visiting Washington, New York and Boston and then heading to Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland for the summer. We will then turn around in the fall and head back down towards Florida as the leaves change color. We plan to return to Davis in '05 for any reunion that is in the planning stages.
 

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1974

Alan Cohen
My news is that I am moving back to California. After four years, two of them as Associate Program Director, at the VA Hospital in Danville, IL. In May of this year my wife and I will be moving to Fresno where I will begin as Chief of Primary Care at the VA and Associate Professor at UC San Francisco. I look forward to being closer to classmates and to finally getting to attend a reunion.
 

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1977

Ann Hazelton
One of the wonderful things about having an MD is the variety of work out there. After being laid off by Qwest/Sedgwick in September, I found work to do from my home office, reviewing medical cases for disability questions. In addition, I am being tutored by a professor in Mechanical Engineering at CU to learn about low-speed (under 5 mph) collisions. I hope to then be able to give my opinion about medical conditions as to causality. My undergrad in Chem Engineering and graduate work in Biomedical Engineering (and perhaps the Master's in Public Health for epidemiology) are finally becoming relevant!

Kids are fine, oldest in medical school here at CU Health Sciences in Denver, son is senior in Mechanical Engineering at CU Boulder, and youngest is graduating from high school this year, with honors too.  


Rob Lowe
I am Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, with secondary appointments in Public Health & Preventive Medicine and in Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology at Oregon Health and Science University. I am director of OHSU's new Center for Policy and Research in Emergency Medicine, where my research passion is access to medical care for vulnerable populations. I am the father of the best young lady in the world, and I am getting better at hiking up tall hills.



Joan Rubenstein
Alex Sherriffs and I recently sold our private practice of 20 years to Selma Hospital and became a 95-210 clinic. Predictably, it's a mixed bag, but we are generally comfortable with the decision. One daughter is out of college and one is a sophomore at UC Davis. We are proud of them both, but do not expect either one to pursue a career in medicine.
 

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1978

Frank Baudino
I have partially retired from Family Medicine and now work only 4 hours a week in my office. But I have a new position on the teaching faculty of Merced Family Practice Residency — and I love it. It is quite stimulating to work with young, energetic, and (still for a time) idealistic resident physicians. I continue to pursue my avocation of black and white photography. In 2003 I won an International Photography Award in the category of People-Culture.
 

 

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1980

Tumani Leatherwood
I have been with Kaiser for 20 years now (Family Medicine and Geriatrics) and am truly enjoying my experience with a great practice and wonderful coworkers. My husband is a jewel as are my 3 children (20,17,12). My eldest is pre-med at UC Berkeley. I have been blessed with good health and happiness and I pray the same for my former comrades.
 

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1981

Dean B Berkus
Work is good. I've been quietly doing my job of anesthetizing patients since graduating from the UCD anesthesia residency in 1981. I'm working in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles.


Heather Folsom
Greetings. My first book of short stories, Philosophie Thinly Clothed, is in its second printing and available in bookstores around the country. I am working on my second book, scheduled for release in January 2005. Still, of course, practicing psychiatry in Berkeley. Life is good.
 

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1982

J.B. Stieglitz
I ranch in Idaho on the banks of the Snake River with my third wife Bridgette. Bridgette is due in June with my 6th child. I continue to practice Emergency Medicine in Idaho Falls. I am also a partner in a string of Urgent Care centers and manage a 200 member IPA.


Robin Rhinehart Miller
I'm back to skiing in the Sierras. We have a lot of snow and I hope for a great season. Give me a call if you want to ski with me on the Backside or on Lookout Mountain at Northstar. Think snow!


Steven Edelman
Picture in Newsweek June 30th, 2003 of Steven Edelman, Jaime Wolosin, Bill Downey, Tinka Hrountas. The story was about Affirmative Action.
 

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1983

Jerry Radich
What to say? Beyond all odds I have been promoted to Full Member (equivalent to Professor) at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and have the dubious honor of being the Director of the Research Trials Office. Our lab had a pretty significant paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine, and it was a good and bad news type of thing: the good news is that the paper was published, the bad news is that I was the "senior" author. Good lord, has it been that long since I was a fumbling, mumbling medical student?
 

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1984

Robert F. McLain
2003 2004 finds all McLain's well and hearty. As most know — there are three now. All are older than they were before. That's only good for the newest one.

Becky and I spent our 25th anniversary in Hawaii last year, at the North American Spine Society meeting (no points awarded), then alone in Laguna Nigel for a few days, (big points). We drove around LA just enough to remind ourselves not to move there.

We actually love Cleveland. The Cleveland Clinic (CCF) is in reasonably good shape, the community is wonderful, and we have lots to do. Becky works hard keeping Robbie and I on time and out of trouble. I work hard at finding trouble. Professionally, things could hardly be better. I have accumulated enough titles, appointments, pub's etc. to satisfy the most compulsive "gunner." I have a good practice, taking care of really wonderful people with really terrible diseases. And we've established the first truly integrated Ortho/Neuro Spine Surgery Program in the country (nine surgeons, five fellows, ten non-op MD's, research lab, etc.) at the Clinic last year, with great results. Building bridges, not...

I see Teri McGillis (CCF Derm) at every Christmas party, and occasionally in the halls, and we've almost got our schedules arranged where we could get together again, socially. Maybe at the reunion...? And I saw Roz Epstein at the Academy a year — two years?? — ago. Oh, and I ran into Rene Epstein (remember little Rene?) at the NASS meeting in Hawaii (see, it was worth going). She no longer sells Girl Scout cookies in class. Now she's selling spinal implants in Japan. Small world — she'll be our host in Tokyo in July.

Becky and I are really looking forward to the reunion, and a chance to see our old friends — I hope a lot of you are coming. I know there will be a couple who definitely won't be there, and they will be sorely missed.
 



 

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1985

Lauri M. Costello
I left my practice after 12 years last August. We lost to a frivolous lawsuit that was over our policy limit. Now I am free-lance surgical assisting and going over seas 4x/yr to serve the poor. I am also involved in tort reform.
 

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1987

Jeff Shimoyama
I served as Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA from 1993-2000. I left at the rank of Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine in 2000. I am currently at Kaiser Permanente, Culver City-Marina del Rey office and became a "partner" in August 2003. I was listed as one of the "Best Doctors of America" for 2003-2004.
 

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1990

David King
Has entered private practice and is serving as the Surgery Department chairman at Los Gatos Community Hospital. I am happily newly remarried and moved to the Los Gatos mountains.
 

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1991

Paul Mayer
My wife Debbie and I just had identical twins November 2nd, that brings us up to 4 kids total. I'm still working as the medical director for La Clinica Del Valle a migrant health clinic in Medford, Oregon.


David B. Spitler
Please see the In Memoriam page
 

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1992

June Lee
I am still at UCSF in the Pulmonary and Critical Care division doing research and some attending. I am also the director of the High Risk Asthma Clinic at San Francisco General Hospital. Last April, had our third baby who joins his brother Zachary (6) and sister Charis (2).
 

 

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1993

Roy Holeyfield, Jr.
Still in private practice in the world famous Bellevue, Nebraska — wooohoo!
 


1995

Devin Gattey
Closing in on 40, Dylan is 10 and my younger son Quin is now 7. I've joined the faculty in the department of ophthalmology at O.H.S.U. here in Portland. I hope my classmates are happy and healthy and I hope to see some of you in the coming years.
 

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1993

Kristin van Konynenburg
"Why Work in Antarctica?"
 

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1996

Jennifer Holden
My husband Mike and I live in Martinez with our son Nate who turned 1 in November. I am working part-time at a practice in Concord, and Mike just started teaching mechanical engineering at SF State. We love the East Bay, and love spending time with our baby and our dog Sherman and cat Tiger. We're expecting baby #2 in June! Would love to hear from anyone...my e-mail is jen@holden.org.


Shannon McCune
Dan and I welcomed our daughter,Laurel McCune Fink into the world on October 28th, 2003. I am on extended maternity leave from my job at a 3 doctor private practice in Hayward.
 

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1997

Peter Mathews
2003 was a busy year — finished a sports medicine fellowship in Los Angeles, moved to Granite Bay near Roseville to join Kaiser ortho, and, most importantly, delivered our daughter Emma Makena Mathews in October! Her brother Christopher (age 3) is in preschool and gymnastics, and loving life. My wife Jessica and I are very happy and proud.
 

 

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1996

Brian Miller
Who knew my OB rotation would be useful even though I'm a psychiatrist? Well, more accurately it was useful because I'm a dad again. Our first son Drew will be five in May. Alison had been pregnant a while, but wasn't due until the end of December. Early in the morning on Dec 4th Alison woke me up to say "I'm not sure this is it, but we should get ready just in case." About twenty minutes later we were making a mad dash for the car...forget about timing contractions, forget about shoes and socks, no time to call 911. We made it to the ambulance bay of the closest hospital (never felt so justified in breaking all traffic laws), but that was it. We ended up delivering our second son Adam Davis in the backseat! A nurse and some paramedics who happen to be there helped out, but it happened so fast we were essentially on our own. I even had hemostats and used some blue handled Fiskas scissors to cut the cord. Glad to say everyone is fine, Drew gets a big kick out of his "little bro", and leather seats really paid off. I still have a parttime academic position at UCSD, but work mostly for Sharp Healthcare as Director of the locked inpatient unit. I'd love to hear from any of you, my e-mail is: bpmiller@ucsd.edu.
 



Jonathan Scheffer
reetings from Alaska! Here's my update: 2000-02 Family Medicine on Navajo Reservation; 2003 rural medicine, locums work Alaska and California; 2004 Doctors Without Borders, Burma, Malaria Control Project.
 

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1998

Jon M. Baker
Cardiothoracic Surgeon at VA Mather Hospital in Sacramento and Fort Miley VA Hospital in San Francisco California. I am married and have 5 children. I try to do an interesting event every two years. Last year was the war with Iraq as an Army reservist, not for fun. Two years ago, Mount Everest base camp for fun. Three years ago, the John Muir Trail, kinda fun. Next year who knows.


Donald Kalman
No new news which I guess is good news, except becoming more bald by the minute.


Ben Leavy
Working for UCD Primary Care Network in Elk Grove. Borring.


Karen Nern
Happy New Year!!!
Sorry about the form letter, but I have now realized that if anyone is to get a letter before next year, it will have to be typed. We hope that you had a wonderful holiday, and will have a happy 2004. Here are the highlights of our year:

We welcomed Hannah Marie Nern on October 18, 2003 at 3:45 a.m. We were fortunate to have our friends the Schalins staying with us, so Grace never knew that we were gone, and we didn't have to take my mom up on her offer to come in the middle of the night. We left for the hospital at 2:00 in the morning, and Tom was able to be home before Grace woke up. Hannah weighed 6 pounds, 9 ounces and was 19 1/4 inches long. She is a wonderful baby! She has almost doubled her weight, and is sleeping and eating like a champ. Hannah means gracious in Hebrew, so we now have two daughters named Grace :).Grace turned 4 in December.

We had a princess party, where all of the girls wore dress-up clothes and shoes. Dress-up is currently her favorite game. Her favorite characters are Mother Mary, Mommy and "much older sister (age 7)." She is enjoying being a big sister, but frequently tells us that she wishes that she was a baby again. She attends pre-school, and is learning to write her name. Her imagination has always been wonderful, and it has continued to develop. She has endless games of pretend, and brings so much joy to our lives! We are enjoying being in Colorado! We took Grace skiing twice last winter, and plan more outings this spring. We also visited the Haase family in Michigan this summer, and enjoyed a week on the lake at their cottage in Traverse City. Grace had a blast playing with the Haase girls. We also enjoyed visitors this year from San Diego, Michigan and Oklahoma. We have become good friends with our neighbors, the Tornillos who have two little girls as well. Grandma Dorothy has been an enormous help, and comes to help with the girls several times per week. Tom continues to work for Danka. He is doing well, and can't wait to get the girls into golf and skiing. I changed Dermatology practices this year to work with a group closer to home. I am still on a 2 1/2 day work schedule, and am going back to work after a 3 month maternity leave next week. We hope that you have a healthy and happy 2004.

— Tom, Karen, Grace and Hannah
 

 

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2000

Nathanael Horne
I passed the internal medicine boards, Aug 2003. I am still doing my fellowship at Nassau University Medical Center and SUNY Stony Brook in Allergy and Immunology.


Corey J. Wallach
I am alive and well, over the hump of my orthopaedic residency at the University of Pittsburgh and half way through the fourth of six years. I spent a year doing research involving gene therapy and intervertebral disc degeneration, and have somehow manged to win a few awards along the way — The Founder's Award from the Eastern Association of Orthopaedics presented this year in Dublin, Ireland, and the Eugene Nordby Award from the IITS presented in Seoul, Korea — as well as a few national presentations (New Orleans, Dallas, San Diego) and published articles (Spine). I certainly did not see any of that coming as a wide eyed medical student back in Davis...

Unsurprisingly, I am leaning towards a fellowship in Spine, after some formative years shadowing Dr. Benson back at UCD and my work here. I am also very pleased to have come to Pittsburgh for training, though I will hunt down warmer climates when it is time to settle.
 

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2001

Richard Lasslo
Received Masters of Science degree in Medical Informatics from UC Davis, June 2003. Third Year Family Practice Resident at UC Davis; Volunteer to work in a medical clinic in Mexico.


Karin Shavelson

Still in San Francisco, finishing Peds residency this June. Then will stay on for a year as Chief Resident (peds, of course!) at UCSF/Moffitt. Applying for a peds Critical Care (ICU) fellowship that would start 2005...maybe, just maybe, I'll finish one of these days! Happy New Year!
 

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