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ALUMNI
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1975
 

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Susan Igdaloff
Greetings to all. I still work for Children's Medical Services Branch with the California Department of Health Services as the Southern California Regional Medical Consultant. For those in the know, that is CCS and CHDP. I no longer do any clinical work. My last international travel was in November 2005 when I went to Costa Rica with the Sierra Club. This past year, I took two trips with my 18-year-old son, Michael, to explore culinary schools in New England and Manhattan, and saw our classmate Jan Dutcher. My son will be starting at the Culinary Institute of America this fall. He was in a special high school program for two years, but is now home. While away in Chicago, he was fortunate enough to work as a student in a restaurant there that received the Gourmet Magazine Restaurant of the Year Award in 2006. My life partner moved out last fall after 23 years. We are on satisfactory terms and Michael spends time with both of us. That is the biggest change in my life. Hope all is well with everyone.

 

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Robert Mrak
The past few years have been exciting. We have developed a comprehensive Alzheimer's disease Center at Arkansas, based in part on our longstanding research program on glial inflammation in Alzheimer's disease. We have also started a new, open-access online journal, Journal of Neuroinflammation (www.jneuroinflammation.com). Now in its fourth year of publication, JNI's impact factor of 4.4 compares well with a number of top journals in the fields of both neuroscience and pathology. Best wishes to all.

 

Tim Koch
I'm enjoying the business end of medicine more and more. We're opening our fourth urgent care clinic - this one in Grants Pass, Ore. - to compliment our two in Medford and one in Klamath Falls. We have over 60 employees and have created an environment where people like coming to work and feel like one big family. Also I have branched out into real estate, mainly commercial, and find that fascinating and challenging. All in all, life always remains interesting and fun, and one can make a little money in the process. We go to the Met in NYC, Lyric Opera in Chicago, as well as season tickets to both Portland and Seattle, and some forays to San Francisco. Semi retired and only working about 60 hours a month - on my terms. Our daughter has graduated from college and living and working in NYC while she prepares for graduate school.

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1978  

Jim Lava
Things have been going "reasonably" well, as a surgeon/could-have-been-a-rabbi mentor of mine used to say. After all, the world is far too screwed up to feel things are actually going simply "well." Lois and I now have 5 of our 6 children through college, and one is a budding jazz guitarist here in Chicago. Lois left her hospital clinic after 18 years due to "corporatization" and is nearly a year into private practice in FP and it's going fine. After a few medical setbacks, I'm still planting tulips skyside of the grass and working parttime, doing Fast Track and Hospitalist medicine, having retired from the ER. Music is a big part of my life, and I continue to play several instruments badly. I take about two trips a year on my motorized two- wheeler, usually one on the West Coast where my folks live and I visit frequently. Give a call if you're in Chicago.

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1980 and 1983
 

David Bressler and Sue Adler Bressler
This July marks 19 wonderful years of life in Walnut Creek and Alamo. We became empty nesters in August 2006 when Julie fled the coop for college life at Washington University in St. Louis. She filled freshman year with an array of activities including some great community service, established a friendship that will last a lifetime, plus some interesting classes especially in women's studies. She follows in her parents' footsteps in her love of inorganic chemistry, which mercifully is over. Jason, 24, is two-thirds of the way through his second stint in college. Having graduated in May 2005 from Brandeis University in Boston with political science and history majors, he decided his parents were amongst the only people who truly love their work, so he shifted gears completely from law to medicine, and is in a post B.A. premed program at USC. If all goes well he'll start earning a living wage in 2014. Sue and Dave continue to practice in Concord in a now 120+ physician group with offices throughout central and East Contra County. We love our patients and practice, other than the paperwork and toooooo long hours. We remain active in our temple and enjoy gardening, hiking, traveling and hanging out with friends. We continue to struggle with the dichotomy between the very positive microcosm of our personal world and the horrendous state of our larger world. We do some political work and hope to get more involved with less direct parental- time responsibilities (although the economic demand of their schooling continues to expand). Enough rambling. Anyone coming through the Bay Area, give us a buzz.

 

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Kathleen Fitzgerald
I am still practicing neurology in Lane County, Oregon. I can't attend the Anniversary Celebration because my husband and I will be attending our son's graduation from high school on June 9th, but will think of you all. Earlier this year I made my third trip to Washington, D.C., with the American Academy of Neurology to advocate for a number of issues, and hope to continue to be able to work for better patient care. Have a great celebration.

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1984
 

Sara McIntire
I am sorry I will miss the 35th Anniversary but it falls on the same weekend that my oldest daughter graduates from high school. I am proud to report that she will enter UC Santa Cruz in the fall for her first year of college: yes that makes me the mother of a UCSC banana slug! While it is strange to have landed in the eastern frontier of the Midwest, after growing up in California, it's a great place to live and work. Best regards to all.

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1985
 

Suzanne Nash
I continue to live in Winters, married for 22 years to my farmer husband. We have almonds, cherries, apricots and wine grapes. Our son Joshua is attending UC Santa Cruz. I continue to work at UC Davis in Employee Health Services, for five years now and enjoy my practice. Now that I am working in Davis I have rejoined Davis Aquatic Masters and have started competing. We now own a vacation home in Ireland and have been going there for three weeks most summers to escape the Central Valley heat.

 

Brian Schilperoort
Practicing general surgery in Prescott, Ariz., for 10 years after spending seven years working in Portland, Ore. I have one partner, and several other docs and I opened a surgery center in fall 2006. Check out our Web site at tricitysurgerycenter.com. I am happily married to Catherine Pedigo, M.D., (family practice) and have three wonderful, talented children: Troy, 16, Kelsey, 15, and Adam, 12. Kelsey placed sixth nationally in the 2006 National Geography Bee and had her picture on the second to the last page of the November 2006 National Geographic. Hey, a proud papa has to brag sometime!!

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1986
 

Greer Murphy
Dr. Murphy has been promoted to Professor (with tenure) in the Neurosciences division of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. His laboratory studies the biology of microglialcells and their role in the cerebral inflammatory reaction in Alzheimer's disease. His research also focuses on pharmacogenetics, seeking to identify DNA predictors of response to antidepressant medications for mood disorders and addictions (http://med.Stanford.edu/profiles/Greer_ Murphy). He lives on the Stanford campus with his wife and two daughters, and still enjoys biking to work daily.

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1989
 

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Isabella Ryan
I left UCSF and joined Pacific Fertility Center in 2000, and have been growing a thriving practice since. My husband Frank also is busy with his private GI practice. Our three girls are growing and spreading their wings: Rachel, 24, is a Peace Corps volunteer in Peru, assisting in health education projects; Serina, 21, is graduating from college this May; Elana, 9, is enjoying school, sports and drama. We went to Peru this summer to visit the country and Rachel. Here is a photo of the family at Macchu Picchu!

 

Joseph Mele
I moved my office about a block to a larger and brighter space!

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1991
 

Peggy (Margaret) Moore
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Mark Packer
I've been selected to serve as a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) Cataract Clinical Committee and continue to represent ASCRS on the Council of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. My wife, Jennifer H. Smith, M.D., F.A.C.S. (Clinical Assistant Professor, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University) is serving as the Chair of the Young Ophthalmologists' Committee of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. We share a long-distance marriage, maintaining households in Eugene, Ore., and Glenview, Ill. Mark's children, Jefferson, 16, and Jordan Rose, 11, attend the Menlo School in Menlo Park, Calif., where Mark's ex-wife, Barbara Brown, is head of the middle school. Jennifer's children, Charlie, 8, and Henry, 6, attend Science and Arts Academy in Des Plaines, Ill. Life is not short of challenges, but a constant source of inspiration and mystery. Best wishes to all, come and see us sometime! Mark celebrates his 49th birthday on July 7th – that's 7-7-07 – at Luna, a jazz club in Eugene. Feel free to stop by!

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1991
 

John M. Lewis
No major changes for me. I'm still doing vitreoretinal surgery for Kaiser in Santa Clara. I'll have been here for 9 years as of August. My wife Akiko still manages the home front. My kids are growing; Maya 13, Emika, 10, Kimie 7, and little Samuel is now 2-and-a-half. God Bless!

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1993
 

Roy Holeyfield, Jr.
Greetings from Nebraska. Life is going well. Still loving private practice. Still not married yet but closer than ever to a wonderful woman named Kena Perez. I'm also serving as the vice chairman of the Bellevue Medical Center, which is breaking ground on May 17th, 2007. The Nebraska Medical Center is the major financial partner. Steve Eulau and Faith Fitzgerald have both frequented Nebraska for lectures over the past year or so. Dr. Hubert and his wife also live here in Bellevue. I've only really kept in touch with the Woodman who is doing well in PA. Would love to hear from any of my old classmates. Rafa, where you at man?! Abdul, put down the scalpel for a second and give your old roomie a call!

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1995
 

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Van Huynh
I am so happy to have finally found the love of my life. I recently got married in March 2007 to a wonderful, loving, caring and smart woman. It was really good seeing old friends, Rick Hoang, Dominic Dizon, Charles Lu, Sam Liang and Deborah Greer. Also thank you to Herbert Wang, Eric Lee and Adam Bock for your generosity, but who couldn't be there. I am still working and loving my job at Kaiser Oakland since finishing my residency there. Hope everyone is doing well.

 

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Yan Chin
Just back from visiting family and friends in Sydney, Australia, and Wellington, New Zealand. Hope everyone is well. Come visit!

 

 

John Stowers

Hi to all! My wife Enid, 3-year-old son Colin and I are enjoying the outdoors in Montana. Enid and I met in our last year of Emergency Medicine Residency in Michigan. We now practice together at a level II trauma center in Great Falls, Montana. P.S. Has anyone seen Walter Wu?

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1998
 

Arun K. Gradre
Awarded the Heuser Hearing Institute Endowed Professorship For Otology/Neurotology. Appointed medical director of The Heuser Institute and associate professor of Otolaryngology, University of Louisville.

 

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Kimberly Milhoan
I am still a pediatric cardiac anesthesiologist at University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio. My husband, a pediatric cardiologist, has been deployed to Iraq since January and I am anxiously awaiting his arrival home in May. Before he left, we had a fun time skiing in Vail, with dermatologist to the rich and famous Karen Nern (Class of 1998) and her family. Our son graduated from high school last year, so we are, amazingly, empty nesters. We stay very busy with our non-profit organization For Hearts and Souls. In the last year we've done medical mission trips to Kosovo, Mongolia, Mexico and Zambia. Our next planned trip is to Mongolia this September, where, for the third year in a row, with a team of up to 50 people, we will do pediatric cardiac surgeries. Here's a picture of me, my husband Kirk, and my son Drew in Israel on vacation last year. And there's also a picture of me and my husband in the operating room in Mongolia.


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2000
 

Kelly Culwell
Kelly is moving with her husband, Kent, and little dog, Jackson, to Geneva, Switzerland in August. She will be starting her new post working for the World Health Organization with the Team for Promoting Family Planning in the department of Reproductive Health and Research. Kelly also will finish her two- year Fellowship in Family Planning at Northwestern University this summer and will officially receive her M.P.H. degree from Northwestern in December.

 

Miel Vallejo-Brooks
Ob/Gyn attending physician at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose. Married Ted Brooks, (also Class of 2000) in 2006. Ted is attending physician in Internal Medicine at the same medical center.

 

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Corey J. Wallach
I am finally finishing my training, though all of you have long since had real jobs. I am completing my orthopaedic spine fellowship at UCLA, and am returning to Virginia to begin practice this summer. Stacey and I are very excited and cannot believe how long a haul this has been since meeting everyone at Dos Coyotes some 11 years ago... A very enjoyable ride nonetheless. We have quite a large family these days – 3 kids in 2 years – and couldn't be enjoying them more. Please look us up if you are every in DC or Northern Virginia. Hope all is well.

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2001
 

Matt Arnold
After one year in Inglewood practicing neurology, moving back to the Bay Area to practice in Berkeley/Oakland area together with my wife, Kate (formerly Justison) class of 2002, who will have just finished her ID fellowship.

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2003
 

Danielle Wall
I was married in March to Seth Hosmer. We honeymooned in the Caribbean, and are now back in Portland, Ore. I am finishing up my first year of fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine. Seth is finishing up chiropractic school.

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2005
 

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My Kha
President of Northern Nevada Psychiatric Association, secretary/treasurer of the State Nevada Psychiatric Association, resident physician, PGY2, University of Nevada.

 

 

 

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