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1975
 

Rich Wageman
I Just a quick note to send a few Denali photos. We had a site inside the park at the Tekla-nika campground. Our site was about 20 yards from the river. Beautiful. After purchasing one trip on the bus we were given a pass for our entire visit to take any bus, space available. We had no trouble getting on and off anytime we wanted.

We rode the bus three different days. The first one was cloudy. We saw Dall sheep, moose, caribou and grizzly bears. The mountain was mostly obscured with clouds. The next day we got a late start but had a good view of the mountain. There was a little haze in the afternoon sun so we decided to take one more day but leave on the first available bus. That first bus leaves the visitor's center at 5:15 in the morning but picked us up at our campground 29 miles inside the park at 6:25. We kept seeing the top of the mountain and then we got to the Stony Hill Overlook, the first place where one gets a full view of the mountain. And there it was, The Great One, Denali (also called Mt.McKinley), in all it's glory. It is an awesome sight. Wow!! We hope you enjoy the picture.

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1976
 

Jack Funamura
I continue on as a diagnostic radiologist at an outpatient imaging center, Stockton MRI and Molecular Imaging, interpreting MRI, CT and ultrasound exams. I just completed my fifth year here after spending nearly 20 years with a hospital-based practice. I have achieved Medical Nirvana ... no call and loving it. My hobbies include nature photography, rudimentary musicianship, movie buff (DVD collection growing), racquetball, and, of course, softball (alas, no more Suture Self ... but plenty of city league and senior league action).
 

Janwyn Funamura
Since completing my pediatric residency and ambulatory pediatrics fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, I have had multiple jobs, including working at the county hospital, in private practice, and at Kaiser. Because all the jobs were in the Stockton-Lodi area, we have been able to live in the same house for 24 years. In 2003 I went "back to school". I completed a Master of Public Health for Health Professionals program by commuting monthly to UCLA for two years. I have worked at San Joaquin County Public Health Services the past 2 1/2 years as an assistant health officer in the areas of Emergency Public Health and Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health. I am on call only for disasters and bioterrorism — it's wonderful! Our three children, Justin 25, Jamie 22, and Joshua 20, are almost all on their own.

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1977
 

Robert Lehman
I quit private Ob/Gyn practice after 22 years when the malpractice premiums doubled and made it impossible to stay in practice. Now I am a flight surgeon in the Air Force, and having more fun than in many years. I spent 4 months last year in Iraq doing aeromedical evacuation. Here is a nice picture. Best to all!  



Scott P. Smith
Attached is a picture of self on my trip last year to Ethiopia. I leave again on 1/26/06 for another two weeks of short term medical mission work with Global Health Outreach. We will be in a free clinic in Awasa working with national physicians treating the poorest folk in that city.   Taken in January 2005 on my second trip. The first trip was in January 2004 to Addis Ababa.
Taken in January 2005 on my second trip. The first trip was in January 2204 to Addis Ababa

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1978
 

Neal Halfon
I am Professor of Pediatrics, Public Health and Public Policy Director, UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families & Communities. Our web site and newsletter: http://healthychild.ucla.edu
 

Laurel Waters
Please check out my website: http://perinatalpath.org/index.html

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1979
 

Brian O'Neill
Taken in January 2005 on my second trip. The first trip was in January 2004 to Addis Ababa.I have now completed 23 years with the VA, 19 years as Chief of Staff at what is now called the VA Northern California Health Care System (what used to be VAMC Martinez). Our new hospital has been built at Mather Field in Sacramento and has provided a great opportunity for a much closer relationship with UC Davis School of Medicine in academic programs, including research, and training medical students and residents. It has been very fulfilling to continue to work with Dean Pomeroy and current Chairs and faculty to build and enhance new programs. It has been a thirty year affiliation with me with UCD where I serve as Assistant Dean for VA Affairs. Recently I had the opportunity to be sent on a temporary detail for 13 months to Honolulu as the Acting Director of the VA Pacific Islands Health Care System, covering Oahu, the Neighbor Islands, and the Pacific Rim (Guam/Saipan/American Samoa). It was a great experience but I am happy to be back in Sacramento. My son, Tim, graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA and is now living in NYC as a budding film maker. I am currently living in Folsom.

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1980
 

Dave Bressler
My wife, Sue Adler-Bressler, Class of 1984, and I are doing well. We've had many joys in 2005, including our son Jason graduating from Brandeis University in May, and our daughter Julie getting accepted early-decision to Washington Univ. in St. Louis, then turning 18 three days later. Sue and I are part of Muir-Diablo Primary Care (soon to be renamed as John Muir Medical Group) which includes over 100 FPs, IMs, Peds, and Hospitalist with offices throughout Central and Eastern Contra Costa County. We're in the Concord office with 12 other physiciians and we loved our practice, except for being TOO BUSY. I've been on the Board of Directors since the groups formation ten years ago. We really enjoy hiking,raquetball, gardening, being with friends and family, and being very active members of Temple Isaiah in Lafayette. Sue is completing her 14th year on the Board, having serve a two year term as President. We look forward to more travel time as we become, empty-nesters this fall, although we will miss the daily contact with our children. We would love to hear from any of our classmates (the alumni office has our contact info).
 

Rick Caesar
After 20 years of full-time Emergency Medicine in Portland (OR.), I got certified in Addiction Medicine and moved to Eugene, where I am medical co-director of a residential chemical dependency treatment center. Perhaps more interestingly, my wonderful wife is pregnant and this Spring I will become a father (for the first time) while most of my friends are becoming grandparents.

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1981
 

Julius P. Krevans
I have just retired from the U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps after 20 years in Bethel Alaska (a rural tribal hospital 400 miles off the road system). Our family will be moving down state with a goal of settling in Coastal Maine near my parents.

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1982
 

Aaron Cook

Anita and I experienced our latest joy in our lives together and that was the birth of our twin daughters, Elizabeth Anne and Emily Nicole on September 4, 2004. We are all well. I have learned to balance fatherhood with orthopaedic surgery. It's working for all. Taken in January 2005 on my second trip. The first trip was in January 2004 to Addis Ababa.


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1983
 

Jerry Radich
Still in Seattle, where I work at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. I'm happy, but soggy. I also wonder why I am still writing grants after all these years.
 

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1984
 

Gary Mishkin
Hope all is well!
Taken in January 2005 on my second trip. The first trip was in January 2004 to Addis Ababa.


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1985
 

Noachim S.Marco
I accepted the position of Vice President of Medical Affairs at Northridge Hospital. I will be leaving Kaiser Permanente at the end of March.
 

Sara McIntire
Taken in January 2005 on my second trip. The first trip was in January 2004 to Addis Ababa.I moved to Pittsburgh in 1990 to join the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics. I work full-time in the Diagnostic Referral Service where I take care of hospitalized children and follow medically complex children as a general consultant. I am actively engaged in teaching medical students and am a clerkship director. I love everything about my job except the hours. I have two wonderful daughters (Franny age 17 and Maddie age 11) who are the joy of my life. I would love to hear from anyone from the class of 1984, as I have great memories of medical school.

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1987
 

Louise Beckett-Thurman
(Reprinted with permission from WorldNow and KFOR-TV Oklahoma City)
Alzheimer's disease seems to be a terrifying freight train. Once it starts, there's no stopping it, but now there is medical testing that is going on and there is nothing else like it on the planet. The cutting edge research is going on right here in Oklahoma City. Lajune Ury is in the moderate stages of Alzheimer's and she is now part of a test group at IPS Research in Oklahoma City. Lajune and her daughter Subeth have been more than mother and child they have been best friends, but now the monster called Alzheimer's is trying to steal that relationship. Dr. Louise Beckett-Thurman is in charge of the new drug study and says the results will have consequences around the globe. "This is a unique treatment. There is nothing else like this out there in the world. In the world," says Dr. Beckett-Thurman. One can look at a healthy brain and then look at a picture when the cells of the brain are affected by the chemicals that produce Alzheimer's. The new drug is designed to ward-off a disabling protein. "Amoloid proteins are one of the, shall we say, devils in Alzheimer's disorder that appears to damage to the nerve cells. If you can decrease the production of this protein, it may in fact decrease the progression or even stop the progression of Alzheimer's," explains Dr. Beckett-Thurman. Through an instrument that is about an inch long a spaghetti-like piece of medicine is delivered just under the skin of the abdomen. It dissolves after eight weeks and another one is inserted. It could mean a way to keep someone from ever getting Alzheimer's. For family caregivers of Alzheimer's patients it could also mean staving off the nightmare last stage symptoms of the disease. "When they want to rip their clothes off all the time it would be a blessing," Dr. Beckett-Thurman says. The testing is in its early stages, but if you would like more info about the study you can contact IPS Research at (405) 235-8188.
 

Jim Creighton
After recently finishing Law School at UNC Chapel Hill, I'm currently living in South Africa working for the CDC. My wife, Gene and I have five children including twin girls born last year (Caroline and Palesa), a son Sean (age 2), and two older children, Beth (age 12) and Ruthmarie (age 15). I couldn't ask for much more....
 

Denise Satterfield
Taken in January 2005 on my second trip. The first trip was in January 2004 to Addis Ababa.I still live in Davis and have the same phone number I had in medical school! Dale is still at the Woodland Clinic. Our daughters, Megan and Lindsey, are in college! My private practice of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus in Sacramento thrives. I am on the Volunteer Clinical Faculty at UC Davis. I am currently the President of the School of Medicine Alumni Association Board of Directors. Please come to the Alumni Reunions! It is a great opportunity to reconnect with your classmates and see what's new at UC Davis!

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1990
 

Katherin Gregory
I have been in private practice in San Francisco for 8 years with a wonderful group called Golden Gate OBGYN, Inc. I am happily married to my wonderful husband Philip who has taught me a ton about baseball, football and other sports! I enjoy competitive tennis and vegetable gardening.

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1991
 

Mark Packer
Taken in January 2005 on my second trip. The first trip was in January 2004 to Addis Ababa.Greetings! Jennifer H. Smith, M.D., FACS and I married on May 21, 2005 at the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs.Jennifer is Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Northwestern University. She has two children, Charlie (7) and Henry (4), so with my two, Jef (15) and Jordan (9) we have a full house! Actually, two full houses: we are enjoying our homes in Glenview, Illinois, and Eugene, Oregon, as well as our travel. Last March we performed live cataract surgery at the Asia Pacific Ophthalmology Society meeting in Kuala Lumpur; and taught cataract surgery at the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Symposium in Lisbon (with some time for sight-seeing on the Portuguese coast). By the way, Jennifer and I met as participants in the American Academy of Ophthalmology Leadership Development Program — a tangible benefit of involvement in our professional organizations!

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1993
 

Faye Jamali

Hello to all classmates ... I'm still living in San Francisco. My husband Andrew Posselt accepted a position at UCSF as a transplant surgeon so it looks like we'll be in the city for awhile. We had baby number two, a boy, Lukas in July 2005. Liana is now 3 years old (going on 16...). Life is going well and we feel very fortunate. Hope to get back in touch with old classmates!
Taken in January 2005 on my second trip. The first trip was in January 2004 to Addis Ababa.

 

Vu Vuong
Hurricane Katrina has effected us much. We evacuated to Lafayette for two and a half weeks. We came back home on September 15 to clean up our fortunately-high-and-dry home. Our office re-opened again on Sept.19 to a mostly-emptied metropolitan area. We have decided to return to help with the rebuilding efforts of our adopted hometown. Life is slowly returning to normal... We now have two sons; Christopher is 4 and Matthew is 2. They are doing very well with respect to the storms. If you somehow find yourselves in town, please don't hesitate to give us a call. Love to hear from everyone.

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1994
 

Eric Lewis
Taken in January 2005 on my second trip. The first trip was in January 2004 to Addis Ababa.

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1995
 

Art Chapa
Taken in January 2005 on my second trip. The first trip was in January 2004 to Addis Ababa.I graduated from UC Davis in 1995. Did a Family Practice residency in 1995 at UTHSC in San Antonio, Texas. I joined the US Air Force and was on the teaching staff at David Grant Medical Center Family Practice Residency at Travis AFB in California. I was also on the teaching staff at UC Davis as we had UC Davis medical students rotate at Travis. I was stationed at Ramstein AFB in Germany Aug 2002 through July 2005. I will be returning to Travis to be on the teaching staff again in July 2005. I am currently a Major in the USAF. I have 3 children, Larisa (10), Talisa Marina (8) and Alejandro (5). Marisela and I have been married for 13 years. I had a great time and a great education at UC Davis. I am licensed in Texas, but plan on getting my California license just to be able to volunteer at Clinica Tepati.
 

Mia Matias
Hello everybody. Sorry I missed the reunion. I was postcall and couldn't drive safely to Davis. The last 10 years have flown by too quickly. As for me, I finished General Pediatrics residency at Children's Hospital Oakland in 1998. I also did a clinical fellowship there in Pediatric Infectious Diseases the following year. I have been a pediatric/neonatal hospitalist for the past 6+ years serving several East Bay Area hospitals. There is nothing more exciting than taking care of patients ranging from 500 grams to 80 kilograms within a 24 hour shift. As far as my life outside of medicine, I have a wonderful little family living in a small island outside of Oakland, Alameda. I married Michael (non-medical thank God) in May 2003. I have a 10 year old stepdaughter, Madison, and a 4 year old four-legged hairy son, Tiger, who are anxiously waiting to welcome the arrival of their sister this winter. I hope all is well and would love to hear from everyone. The alumni office has my contact information.

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1996
 

Gayle Sutcliffe
Taken in January 2005 on my second trip. The first trip was in January 2004 to Addis Ababa.Bill and I were blessed with our 3rd child on 12/5/2005 — William David. Will was born on my birthday (my best birthday present ever!) and weighed 9 lb 6 oz! Big sisters Abby (age 6) and Emily (age 3-1/2) love to give him a lot of enthusiastic hugs and kisses. I am enjoying my maternity leave, but will return to my Family Medicine practice with Sutter in Winters starting in March. Looking forward to seeing all of you Class of 1996 alums at the 10th reunion this summer!

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1997
 

I-Mei Hsiu
I am working part time at Sutter Elk Grove doing family practice medicine. My husband and my son, now 4, are living in Honolulu this year as part of my husband's work at the University of Hawaii. My sister is about to apply at UCD Vet school, so I'm crossing my fingers for her. Here is an update on my colleagues: Susan Gaeta and her two year old boy moved to Houston for her job in critical care/pulmonology. Kim Carter has a new baby boy as of November, and she is living in New York. Suzanne Montoya works at Kaiser Fair Oaks, CA. She's a good catch, so if you are a cute, single, sane, Asian male who is self supporting, write her!! Hope she doesn't kill me. Steve Freedland is apparently at Johns Hopkins: I saw his paper on prostate cancer in JAMA this year. Pete Matthews is practicing orthopedics near Sacramento. Donna Deng was last at UCSF doing research in urology.

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1998
 

Elizabeth Sammond
Our family welcomed a new addition, Nicholas, on May 20th, 2005. Big sister Olivia is now 4 1/2. I am enjoying my group practice with Legacy Health System. We have been in Oregon for 3 years and really love it. Taken in January 2005 on my second trip. The first trip was in January 2004 to Addis Ababa.

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1999
 

Thank you to the Class of 1999
The School of Medicine Alumni Association would like to thank all members of the class of 1999 for their generous donation to support medical student scholarships!
 

Holly Elgas
I've decided to become a locum tenems family physician and travel around the country working at various small communities and different practices. Frequent Flyer miles here I come!

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2000
 

Nathanael Horne
As of March 2006, I started my own allergy and immunology practice in Manhattan. The practice website is: www.newyorkallergyassociates.com.

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2001
 

Matt Arnold
My wife & I (Kate Arnold — formerly Justison Class of 2002) just had our first child, Paige Elizabeth Arnold on Sept 26, 2005. This was fit into Kate's rather busy schedule as an ID fellow at Cedars Sinai/Olive View/ WestLA VA. I am currently finishing a fellowship in Movement Disorders at UCLA.
 

Jason Bromley
I'm working on the inpatient unit at the San Mateo County Hospital. I am also starting a private practice in psychotherapy. I'm single, no kids, and living in San Francisco.
 

Kathryn (Johnston) Meier
I am now happily working in pediatrics at Marin Pediatric Associates in Greenbrae, CA. I finished my peds residency at LPCH Stanford in 2004 and married Michael Meier in September 2004. Friends from med school — such as Hege Grande Sarpa, Fred Wu, Neha Bahadur, and Cinnamon Hampikian — were there for the celebration at Chambers Landing in Lake Tahoe. In fact, Hege's daughter Sofie was our flower girl. Michael and I now live in San Francisco. ER physicians Cinnamon and husband Jason Redd (Class of 2000) just had a baby boy and live in Atascadero. Hege and her husband Tom and Sofie moved from San Francisco to Salt Lake City UT for Hege's training in Dermatology. Fred and Neha and their little girl Maya live in San Diego where Fred is training in Internal Medicine and Neha is completing her Child Psych Fellowship.
 

Pamela Vergara-Rodriguez
(Originally from Class of 2000) will finish Combined Internal Medicine/ Psychiatry Program From RUAH Medical Center in June, 2006.

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2003
 

Danielle Wall
I have bought a house in Portland with my fiancee (Seth Hosmer, chiropractic student), and will be starting a fellowship in pulmonary/critical care medicine this summer at OHSU in Portland.

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