During the past year or so I've published half a dozen more papers in professional journals, become president-elect of the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians, and anticipate joining the Board of a small liberal arts university. I continue to teach at several Texas medical schools, do clinical work, and work with lawyers and courts as a psychiatric expert witness around the U.S. I'm a middle-level senior tennis player who has yet to win a tournament, but that could change at any moment. I'm attaching a couple of photos taken during our summer activity of climbing, hiking, and fishing in northern New Mexico. They're more interesting than ones in suits or scrubs. Check my website at www.psychandlaw.org.
BOSTON — Barbara B. Kahn, M.D., Chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School has been elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences to honor professional achievement in the health sciences and to serve as a national resource for independent analysis and recommendations on issues related to medicine, biomedical sciences and health, the IOM this year celebrates its 35th anniversary. "Election [to the IOM] recognizes those individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health," said IOM President Harvey V. Fineberg in announcing the newly elected members. "It is considered one of the highest honors in these fields." Kahn joined BIDMC in 1986 and served as Chief of the Diabetes Unit from 1990 to 2000 before assuming her current position. She received both B.A. and M.D. degrees from Stanford University and an M.S. degree in Health and Medical Sciences from UC Berkeley. After completing training in internal medicine at the UC Davis, Kahn began her career in molecular research as a Fellow at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). One of the country's leading diabetes investigators, Kahn's research has had a major impact on understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying type 2 diabetes and the cellular and physiologic processes that render obesity a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes. Her lab has identified novel pathways by which specialized cells in the brain respond to nutrients and hormones and send out signals that regulate food intake and body weight. Most recently, the Kahn lab identified a novel protein secreted from fat cells that may be a new target for treatment or prevention of type 2 diabetes. For more information, visit www.bidmc.harvard.edu.
Greg and Carolyn have four kids, ages 10 to 17. Carolyn uses her MBA to manage the kids and household. Greg is a professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington where he directs the Muscular Dystrophy Association clinics. He also serves as a medical director for Providence Health System in Southwest Washington. Greg is now also playing music again with his old musical partner and fellow UC Davis Medical School and residency alumnus Dr. Steve Lengle. Steve is an interventional radiologist in Olympia, WA, having moved there from Redding, CA last year. They may have to sing in a lower key these days but they're still having fun and rocking out.
Arun K. Gadre
Just got word that I was promoted to Associate Professor. My wife Rupa passed her pathology boards and is a fellow in Surgical Pathology at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Samir is 10 and Sonia is 8. She is quite an accomplished pianist, and he the scientist. Also this year got in touch with three of my co-residents when I was an intern. Dr. Lauren Kosinski, Dr. Ruth Bush and Dr. Janice Chen. I met Ruth Bush quite by accident at Regan Airport.
I have passed the California Bar and have been admitted to the California State Bar and the United States District Court, Central District of California as an attorney.
I left N.Y.C last month to come back to California. I am now an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Stanford.
I was married at Lake Tahoe on July 30, 2005 to Heidi Skupien. We live in San Francisco, CA and spend as much time as possible skiing in Tahoe. I volunteer patrol for Alpine Meadows Ski Area. I have recently been promoted to Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at UCSF School of Medicine.
John R. Benfield
I received the Dallas B. Phemister Professional Achievement Award from the University of Chicago on October 17, 2005. The award honors the memory of the founding chairman of the university's Department of Surgery. There have been 5 previous recipients of this award. I have also become emeritus at UCLA. Since 2003, I have been the president of the Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education.
Michael P. Sherman
Joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine as a professor of pediatrics, specializing in neonatology.