|M.D. CLASS NOTES
I've had two papers accepted this year, just finished two research studies, and here is a picture from the JDRF fundraiser. I'm still in solo practice in San Francisco and lecturing all over; two week-long lecture tours to England this year and a talk in Rome while attending the European diabetes meetings. Have a … joyful 2009!
Geoffrey A. Smith
The Americans Helping Asian Children organization's work is continuing in Cambodia, Laos, Burma and Vietnam. In January, our founder (a GI doc) will be in Vietnam for a ceremony for the various help organizations. In March, my team is setting up a school in Laos for the deaf and assisting the Mary Chapman School in Burma. We are able to include medical, audiology and speech pathology students and residents who have an interest in helping the kids in these countries. The Web site is: http://ahac.org/
This year marks my 30th in rural family practice in King City. We are suffering from a tremendous shortage of primary care providers and are hoping that some new grads might decide that our practice is right for them. We are also looking at how we might serve as a clinical site for the Rural Prime program at UC Davis. In October, I took a continuing education class at UC Davis, and it was the first time I had been to the new education building on the Sacramento campus. It's a far cry from our old Surge buildings in the 1970s. In November, Ana and I were able to make another trip back to Puerto Rico for a week. We enjoyed a family reunion with some of her cousins at an open air restaurant up in the mountains, a catamaran trip to a small off-shore island, a professional baseball game in the Puerto Rico winter league, and some time relaxing on the beach. Best of all we were able to visit our land on the farm. We have always been dreaming of one day building a vacation home there for family and friends to share. Ana found a model home for a humble farm cottage and was very emotional because it reminded her of the house she was raised in. Maybe, within a couple of years, we can get going on this. Both daughters are doing fine, and grandkids are growing.
I became emeritus professor of psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati July 1, 2008, upon my retirement after 26 years on faculty. I lucked out and received another four years service credit for my years of residency when the university owned University Hospital. I am enjoying the time off - reading for pleasure, doing more work around our 111-year old home, trying to recover some piano skills, and taking short-trips around the country.
Attached is a photo of me and my wife Sara Faulker (who did her residency at UC Davis). Sara and I still live on Bainbridge Island. Our kids are 28 and 25 years old. I am now the president of Group Health Permanente, the largest and best medical group in the state of Washington. We love to travel (especially Mexico), love each other, and still have passion for work.
I am still working at the Sacramento State Student Health Center where I have been appointed the medical chief of staff.
Evelyn Li helped to make the healthcare documentary, "Life for Sale." For those who are actively in practice and will be in practice, the documentary educates us about laws involving doctors and health care. It was aired in multiple theaters across the nation. It is endorsed by the Union for American Physicians and Dentists and Semmelweis Society and has won many awards.The DVD can be purchased at Amazon.com or go online to download or purchase at www.lifeforsalemovie.com or call (510) 659-0683.
I continue to thrive at Kaiser/ South Sacramento, in my 23rd year here. I am active on many committees, am the physician O.R. director, assistant chief of our orthopaedic surgery department, chair of our quality assurance program and am busy in the preparations for our hospital to become a Level Two Trauma Center next year! I continue to enjoy my very busy practice and the training of UC Davis orthopaedic surgery residents. My wife, Kerry, our OR manager, just retired and I hope to join her, in retirement, in seven years. My beautiful children, my proudest accomplishments, are doing very well. Sarah, born during my fourth year, will be 28 in December and works at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA. Heather, 20, is an extremely active junior at UCLA, studying art history. David, the "baby" at 18, started his freshman year at UC Santa Cruz in September. My personal and professional life could not be more fulfilling, and I am truly grateful for all that I have! I miss my old med school friends and hope to see you all at our 30th reunion, in 2011.
I'm working at the University of Rochester this year as an anesthesiologist and biomedical engineer. My wife and son, Aaron, are with me. My daughter, Eve, is working on a farm in Massachusetts and my daughter, Hannah, is an artist in Cleveland. I'm surviving the recession but it means I have more work, less pay and little time for research. On the upside, I still have a job, regular meals and a warm place to sleep. I hope everyone in the Davis community is well.
I am still fulltime at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. I am in the same division, still taking care of complex patients and inpatients. I have expanded my work with first- and second-year students in the medical school where I serve as an advisory dean. My kids keep growing: my older daughter is a sophomore at UC Santa Cruz and my younger daughter is a freshman in high school. They are both taller and more sarcastic than I am but delightful. I welcome hearing from classmates.
I joined the Palo Alto Medical Foundation in Fremont in October 2008. Enjoying not having to be a business person! For the first time since residency, I get the week of Christmas off as a PAID vacation!
Jeanne A. Conry
I am serving as the chair of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for District IX, the State of California. The United States is divided into 11 districts plus the armed services, and each district serves about 5,000 OB/GYNs. I have the opportunity to represent the concerns of physicians from California at the national level when we meet four times a year to discuss women's health care and the practice of medicine in our districts.
Loretta Howitt and Lela Emad
We had our own reunion at a beach house in Santa Cruz in '08. Loretta is a newly single mom of three teenagers and still doing C/L Psychiatry at Los Angeles Kaiser. Lela is chasing a two-year-old (see photo) and is taking OB Call three nights in her Santa Rosa practice. They'd love to hear from you.
Just bought a house in Manoa and trying to sell a couple of more places to finance. They never taught us this in school. My daughter is now in eighth grade and trying to get into Punahou (Obama's school) so we moved into the premium homes of that area. On a stream with a duck and koi pond (just had ducklings!), so not so different than Hilo. Hard to find a nice home on a nice stream on the leeward side. Trying to close down Hilo, so anyone who wants a nice start-up practice in Hawaii's rainiest town with the only snow skiing and active volcano lava viewing all within minutes of fine beaches give me a call. I want to be full time in Honolulu now. The patients are starving for doctors. I am not being cruel to leave them. I gave them 15 years and plenty of warning, but the doctor shortage is real and reimbursement is pretty good, I think.
The last few years have been eventful for me personally, and for my new blended family. I became a wife, stepmom (Weston and Tess) and a mom (Emily, aka "Hamster"), all in the same year. I adore my family and the challenges they throw my way! I was lucky enough to have as a running buddy Bo Preising (remember him from Neuroanatomy 23 years ago?) and to eventually marry him. We live in Palo Alto, and are in the process of tearing down and rebuilding my house to accommodate our family size. I have been with the Palo Alto Medical Clinic for 15 years now, and am still very happy with my job in urgent care, as the patients we see are fairly high acuity so I get to keep going on that learning curve. We have gone through a lot of changes with the changing times, and have merged with or acquired all the (non-Kaiser) large groups in our area, so we still feel like a smaller partnership but are trending toward a more corporate culture. I still see Janusz Smolenski, but have lost touch with everyone else. Would welcome hearing from any of you!
I graduated in 1989 as Stacey Moore and went into family practice. After residency in Santa Rosa, I went into private practice for 15 years. Then I closed my practice/business – it was not financially sustainable here in Sonoma County – and became a writer. I currently write a regular medical column for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, which is still owned by the New York Times. I also published a book this fall: Homebirth in the Hospital, published by Sentient Publications. Family-centered childbirth is still my passion, and this book is for both consumers and providers, encouraging both to practice "integrative childbirth" that combines the best of the midwifery model with the best of the medical model. Lots of juicy birth stories illustrating how this can be done. My daughters are doing well, one living in Maui and the other in Maryland, so I have many time zones to consider before picking up the phone to call. I remain in Sonoma County where I am able to write, garden, hike and ride my Harley Davidson through the gorgeous wine country that surrounds me. Life is good. Here is a photo of me unpacking my saddlebags during this year's motorcycle adventure with two other docs who ride. We rode up through Northern California and into Southern Oregon, along the Rogue River and then back down through the redwoods. Doesn't get much better!
Hello. I am living in Great Falls, Mont. My wife, Enid, and I are practicing emergency medicine in a Level II Trauma Center. We have two children: a son, Colin, age 5, and a daughter, Laurel, age 18 months. When we're not working, we enjoy raising turkeys, game birds and miniature donkeys and various other animals on our small ranch. Yes, I still hunt, collect guns and do various other politically incorrect things. The current state of medicine is depressing, to say the least, and I am currently looking to change careers. My wife still enjoys working in the ER and is planning on continuing. Please e-mail me and say hi!
Reprinted with permission from Vail Daily, edited for space
It was June 2004 when the director of the Shaw Regional Cancer Center called Dr. Karen Nern to ask if she might volunteer her time to help with a cancer screening. Although she was living and practicing in Denver, Nern agreed. It was Nern's decision to make that two-hour drive that eventually led to the creation of Vail Dermatology.
"Everyone kept telling me (they) needed a full-time dermatologist, who took insurance, and was female," Nern said. "Initially I expected to have a part-time practice. My husband and I talked to Denis Page, of Vail Vision, who rented us a space. By October, it was full-time." Nern said
Vail Dermatology's focus has always been comprehensive medical care. Its cosmetic line, Skin, was developed in 2008 in response to patient need. Vail Dermatology provides what Nern described as a "onestop shop for anything," and the staff is made up of board-certified dermatologists, certified physician assistants and licensed medical and cosmetic staff. Nern is a Colorado native, and attended the University of California, Davis. She is a board-certified dermatologist and a dermatologic surgeon. She's the only person that she knows of in the area who does the innovative Mohs micrographic surgery, which uses "blue" light to destroy developing skin cancer cells.
Nern described most of her patients as "dynamic and healthy people with a lot of sun exposure." The most common things her patients come in for are cancer screenings and acne care.
My husband and I were blessed with our first child, Maya, born April 18. She's a lot of fun, keeping us on our toes as she learns to do something new every day. She already has quite a personality. I'm still working at Kaiser in Redwood City as a generalist OB/GYN. I've also taken on the dubious honor of being chief of the department. It is mostly rewarding and inspiring. Cindy Ng also works here in dermatology, so occasionally we're able to get together for lunch breaks.
I completed a residency in psychiatry at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco and then a fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. I have been at Western State Hospital in Lakewood, Wash., for almost three and a half years, working primarily with patients who have a dementing illness.
Still love my job at Stanford as a part-time pediatric hospitalist, part-time computer geek, and expect I will be staying here for many years to come. Had a great trip to east Africa this summer with my family, and am looking forward to visiting my best friend in Tokyo this coming year. Hello to everyone from "the Davis days," – wishing you all the best in 2009!.
All relevant info is contained in the cumbersome and stupid ivy-league signature below. It really does get tedious.
Brian D. Work, M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Director of ICU Quality Improvement
Department of Medicine, Medical Intensive Care Unit
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
University of Pennsylvania Health System.
I'm living in San Francisco. I'm working as an endocrinologist with Associated Internal Medicine Medical Group.
I practice general ophthalmology and teach USC residents full time at the VA in Los Angeles. I spend a lot of volunteer hours helping the American Academy of Ophthalmology develop health IT standards. I enjoy singing in a church choir, and I help with stewardship of land conservancy preserves near my home. My husband, Lowell, is still in his solo law practice. Our daughter, Michelle, is in the midst of an M.D./ Ph.D. program at UC Irvine. Our daughter, Rebecca, is an industrial construction project manager. Our daughter, Loretta, taught English in China for a few months after graduating from college, and is now dealing with some health issues for which we needed to bring her home from China. We live happily in a little house in Palos Verdes, with lovely ocean views and a warm friendly neighborhood.