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1972

Robert O. Fontaine
In October 2007, the Chinese Government honored me with the Friendship Award. This is the highest award granted to foreign experts. It was presented on the Chinese National Day in a ceremony that included the Premier, Wen Jiabao. I continue to help the Chinese with the technical development of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention on behalf of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

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Rob Forster
After co-founding and leading during the 90s the Sutter Medical Group as its president, chairman and CEO and, with the independence of my two sons who remained in Sacramento, I started a second career in 1994 with the healthcare industry, initially for Blue Shield of California as regional chief executive. This attempt to have a bigger impact on the quality and cost of care for Americans led me to Jacksonville, Fla., in 1998 to ultimately retirement from "The Blues" in 2005 then as chief medical officer for Florida. Retirement was unpredictably brief as I was recruited to join one of four major companies pursuing retail-based clinics throughout the U.S. Fun has been cruising mostly by bare boat, motorcycling and racing my Corvette. Ah, retirement from Florida at least is just around the corner as I have been able to limit my time to assist my wonderful wife in raising a 14-year old grandson maybe one of my biggest challenges in my life. In June 2008, we plan to relocate to the Sacramento area and may be seeing you soon. Florida has been fun, but no comparison to the West Coast.

 

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Geoffrey A. Smith, M.D., F.A.C.S.
I am continuing my work with disabled kids in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar. I also give update classes for the local doctors. Burma has been the country needing help the most and contrary to what you read in the papers, the military leaders were very receptive having us help. In my free time, I continue work in archaeology and keep fit. Note my photo.... I like retirement.

 




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1975  

Bruce D. Greenberg
I am writing while on vacation in Puerto Rico. In my spare time, I am working with my wife on an Internet travel business. It provides great travel discounts, as well as good tax deductions for professionals. If any staff or alumni want more information, they can go to www.AandBadventures.com or contact us at AandBadventures@ yahoo.com. Currently working on an article for the upcoming 60th anniversary edition of "California Family Physician" about "family medicine, then and now," which discusses events of med school at UC Davis, residency in Salinas, and nearly 30 years of practice in Southern Monterey County. Over the past year, several UC Davis med students have come to stay and work with us for a month as part of their family medicine clerkships. Looking forward to seeing what role our practice might play in accommodating students from the new Rural- PRIME program. Always happy to hear from the gang at UCD: kgreen2017@ sbcglobal.net.

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1976

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Mary Alice Kane
I graduated George Washington Law School on May 20, 2007, and returned home to Long Island and successfully passed the New York Bar exam. Next comes the search for a position combining law and medicine, hopefully with an advocacy group or other nonprofit. My son and daughter joined me on the walk past the White House to the Mall ceremony.




 

 

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1977

Scott P. Smith

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Well, I finally made the change. Time to "give back"! In January 2005, I retired as chief medical officer at First Health after 15 years. I went back to school full time to pursue a master's degree in teaching and an Illinois state teacher certification. I received both in December 2006 and am now certified in secondary science with an endorsement in biology. It was a great experience all around; I spent my student-teaching trimester being mentored by an outstanding teacher the same age as my eldest son! I in turn was able to teach him how to mentor. Throughout my training, I was drawn to middle school, which is a time that students can really be reached and influenced on behalf of the scientific endeavor. I was fortunate to obtain a position this past fall in my own village of Oak Park teaching sixth-grade science; the curriculum's major focus is the human body! I just finished my first trimester as a "real" teacher to positive reviews and great personal satisfaction. My wife, Janis, and eldest son, Joshua, are both teachers so in a way I have joined the family business. As I have for a number of years, I continue my medical work on a volunteer basis with Global Health Outreach in Africa. Last summer, I went back to Zambia with a team that included my youngest of three sons, Jonathan, who is a freshman at Illinois Wesleyan and wants to be a physician. With the nest now empty, Janis will go with me next summer. Otherwise all is well. Son number two, Joel, is a senior at Southern Illinois U. heading for an academic psychology career. My grandson, Ransom Scott, lives with his folks in Portland, Ore., and recently turned four big ones! Janis and I will celebrate our 35th anniversary next summer with an extensive tour of Turkey after the Zambia mission. Greetings to all!

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1980

Merrill Nisam

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Merrill & Marcia, still together after all these years, starting off at UC Davis Medical Center ICU. Merrill still enjoys pulmonary and critical care, but more so family, kiteboarding, windsurfing, skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, and swearing at the Bush cartel..;-) Marcia has been a school R.N., now looking for other work, with one son at UC Santa Cruz, one daughter in high school. Still think often of origins from the UCD School of Medicine...Love to hear from anyone back in those days...

 

Debra Wechter

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My family and I are still living on Mercer Island, only a mile or two from Russell Vandenbelt and his family. My son, Jacob, is now a freshman at the University of Washington, thinking about going to medical school. This decision came after years of denying any interest, and also without any overt pressure from either physician parent. He continues to have a great love of music, spending much time at home on the weekends, playing piano and guitar and composing songs. Rachel, my eighth-grade daughter, is actively involved in school band (percussion), piano and violin outside of school, and select volleyball. My husband, Andrew Bowdle, an undergrad alum of UC Davis, is chief of cardiothoracic anesthesia at the University of Washington, but finds time to indulge in his passion, cycling. I am still director of the Breast Cancer Team at Virginia Mason Medical Center where I continue to do general surgery full time with the majority of my practice devoted to breast cancer surgery.

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1981

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Heather Folsom
Here's the cover of my new novel, Romance of Romance, coming out in April with Cadmus Editions. Cheers!

 

 

 

 

 

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1983

Diane Tokugawa
I am Director of Cytology at TPMG Regional Laboratory in Berkeley, Calif.

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1984

Julie Quakenbush
After 20 years in private practice, it was time for a new adventure! I am now in fulltime night school (still working all day) at the Professional Culinary Institute! It's great, learning a ton, but studying and sleeping five hours a night is harder at 49. Come by for dinner – I graduate in May! P.S. I'm not quitting my day job yet!

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1986

Carol Coats
After 20 years in private practice, it was time for a new adventure! I am now in fulltime night school (still working all day) at the Professional Culinary Institute! It's great, learning a ton, but studying and sleeping five hours a night is harder at 49. Come by for dinner – I graduate in May! P.S. I'm not quitting my day job yet!)

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1988

Gary Li
I am the medical director of Good Samaritan Hospital Emergency Department in San Jose and have been since 2000. My wife Kathy and I have one daughter, Brigitte, 9 years old.

 

Shawn Aaron
Was recently voted the second best doctor in the Longview/Kelso, Washington area. He says he can whip the guy who's number one, any time, any place, any diagnosis!

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1989

Kris Stokersen

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I am still the director of Ophthalmology at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, and I continue to train Loma Linda University residents in ophthalmic surgery and trauma. I won the LLUMC teaching award two years ago. I am currently in my 13th year of practice in the same position. I love my job as I am able to treat patients from all walks of life and all ages. I treat everything from 24-week premature infants to my oldest patient of 107. I have been married to Monet for 12 years and have two beautiful daughters Kyra, 9, and Emma, 4. My wife and I built a home in Temecula Calif., and have been enjoying the rural life for the last seven years. I built the larger plane from 2000 to 2003. I had my maiden flight in March 2003. I built the second smaller plane from February 2003 until May 2005. Building and flying are great passions in my life. Our family travels often in the planes to Mexico and all over the U.S. I continue to enjoy whitewater rafting, the outdoors and fly-fishing. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to attend such a great medical school. I have many great memories of UCD School of Medicine. I am fortunate to work very closely with my best friend from medical school...Jeff Roberts. He is the director of ENT at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.

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1991

Esther Langmack
I am director of Faculty and Community Education for the Department of Medicine at National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver, Colo., where I also practice pulmonary medicine. My husband, Chen-Tan Lin, MD (former UC Davis resident in Internal Medicine 1992) is senior medical director of informatics at the University of Colorado Hospital. We have two children, ages 5 and 8. Thank you, and my best to everyone out there. We love Colorado but miss UCD and our old friends.

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1992

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Cheryl Lynn Tanguilig Rudy
This is a family picture taken this past Thanksgiving. Please forward a Big Aloha to all my friends and colleagues from Cheryl Lynn Tanguilig Rudy and her family – Michael, Makena, 5, and Emma, 2. I live in Honolulu. My partner and I are looking for an Ob/Gyn to join our exciting group practice here in paradise. They can contact me via my email at cltrudy@hotmail.com.

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1997

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Christina Lasich
Christina Lasich is anticipating her first book to be published by early 2008. Called "High Heels to Hormones: A Woman's Guide to Spine Care," it is a cartoon book meets self-help book. It offers gender-specific advice to women for improving spine health. This book will be available through Barnes and Noble online store. The author's website is www.christinalasich.com.

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2000

Allan Taylor

Loving work at CDC (HIV Prevention) and expecting our first baby in early 2008.

 

Thomas L. Allumbaugh
2008 promises to be as adventure-filled as the last year for the Allumbaughs. We've traded the rains of the southern Oregon coast for the "brisk" weather of Bend in central Oregon. For future reference, I highly recommend NOT giving nine-months notice as amazingly, my call schedule became increasingly painful towards my last days. Karin and Jake have enjoyed the wide range of opportunities for a 3 year old and his mom, while I'm enjoying sleep on a regular basis or the first time in a while. The uninterrupted sleeping will come to an abrupt halt sometime in March when we welcome our second son into the world. We've finally got a little piece of land to call our own and our orchard and organic chickens should be in by springtime. Again, if you ever find yourself in Central Oregon, please look us up, we've got plenty of space and would love to share the area with you. I wish you and yours peace and good health in the new year. Tom, Karin and Jacob Allumbaugh, karintom@communitybroadband.com

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2001

Karin Shavelson-Salim and Ali Salim

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My husband (Ali Salim – General & Plastic Surgery resident at UC Davis) and I went to Peru with Bay Areabased group called Rotaplast Plastic Surgery to help adults and children, primarily with cleft lips and cleft palates. Granger Wong from UC Davis Medical Center is very active in Rotaplast – it was actually started by Dr. Capozzi of Shriner's. There were three UC Davis anesthesiologists on the trip, too – Matt Rockey is an anesthesia resident who will graduate this June. I know the plastic surgery department at UC Davis generally sends a senior resident each year.

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2003

Jennifer Moranda
In June 2006, I finished a family practice residency in Redding and joined a private practice with two other physicians. In September 2007, I married Alan Parkinson and am enjoying my new life as a stepmother to 8-year-old Alyssa.

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