|M.D. CLASS NOTES
Geoffrey A. Smith
I am just back from Laos and Myanmar [Burma] where we are helping to integrate the disabled kids into a learning environment. We are providing hearing aids, funding surgery and medical treatment, and teaching their teachers as well as their local doctors. We are work with the host countries to facilitate a continuation of the programs for the disabled once we are finished. As a side project, members of our group – Americans Helping Asian Children – are paying for bridges and class facilities. We have been doing this since 1993 in Vietnam and are expanding the program.
Randall L. Stenson
After 29 years as co-owner of Bi-Valley Medical Clinic, providing opiate recovery services for Sacramento County, our company will divide. I will become the sole owner of C.O.R.E. Medical Clinic, Inc. providing these services at 2100 Capitol Ave. in the heart of downtown Sacramento. Ironically, this was the clinic where I took my first moonlighting job in 1973, when the university ran this clinic. Though this is a little late in one's professional career to start a venture like this, it will be a familysupported venture with both sons involved and my daughter-in-law, a UC Davis anesthesiology grad, as the other physician for the clinic.
Daughter Emily entered our alma mater last summer. Emily reports that the faculty continues to be as supportive of the students as they were when we were there. In fact, two of her professors were also teaching us when we started.
All is well with the family. This is Patrick Jr. (22), Hilary (27), my husband Kenny and I during the previous Holidays! Still practicing pediatrics in my hometown "Straight in Compton" but morphing into some new directions, non-profits etc. Hilary's young brilliance and IT skills certainly are making the transition easier!
Nicole and I held our second annual Ft. Lauderdale reunion with Anthony (George Johnson) Terrace '77 and John McCordle in February. Had fun exploring more of Florida, but way too much sun for us Californians. They're still enjoying retirement, and I'm still finding ways to enjoy practice. I've started focusing more on outpatient family medicine and avoiding what nonsense I can. Moving my practice into a large group/HMO helped on many levels. New challenges keep it interesting. Now there's more time for us, especially with our sons out on their own – one a social worker in psych and the other exploring the brave new world of the music industry. We still love Long Beach; Nicole keeps us connected to arts and the community. Regards to all.
Scott P. Smith
Off to Zambia again this summer for my eighth African medical mission with Global Health Outreach. Finishing up my second year as a middle school science teacher. All is well!
Steven V. Edelman has received the 2009 Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award of the American Diabetes Association. As recipient of this award, Dr. Edelman will give the Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Lecture, "Impacting Diabetes Care at the Community Level: Making The Connection Between Patient And Provider," on Saturday, June 6. He is a clinical professor at UC San Diego and the Veterans Affairs (VA) Healthcare System of San Diego, and the director of the Diabetes Care Clinic VA Medical Center.
Robert B. Miller
Practicing in the Davis and Woodland area for 23 years (has it been that long?), I have finally bought my office from my previous partners, and enter the world of a completely solo practice. What a challenge! The finances, the schedule, the demands - and the wonderful satisfaction of it all. It's been a wild ride. Of course, I'm active in our cataract surgery mission trips. Taught in Vietnam last year, and we operate in Mexico every six months. Still living in Davis and have a fabulous girlfriend with two cuddly dogs, one 90 pounds and the other at 12 pounds.
Condessa M. Curley is a practicing family physician and co-founder of Project Africa Global, a nonprofit organization that provides medical and humanitarian services to improve the health of underserved populations in the United States and in Africa. Dr. Curley recruits physicians and health-care providers to serve as medical mission volunteers. She is a mentor to high school, college, medical students and residents and prepares volunteers for work in cross-cultural settings by developing courses, lectures and CME programs for PAG medical missions. Dr. Curley's desire to further the work of the medical and humanitarian organization she founded and her work in underserved communities was the impetus behind obtaining a master's in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Physician Executive Program (PEMBA). She was awarded the CMA 2007 Robert Sparks Leadership Award, UC Davis School of Medicine 2008 Humanitarian Award and the 2008 California Academy of Family Physician of the Year. Dr. Curley was one of five speakers at the UC Davis Centennial Celebration in September 2008. Dr. Curley was recently chosen as a member of the board of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. This organization provides vital testing and treatment of thousands of people in 22 countries throughout the world. She is supported by her husband, Reginald Haley, and is the adorning fan of her three grandchildren: Kameron, Haley and Symone.
Our international medical mission work continues with For Hearts and Souls, the nonprofit that my pediatric cardiologist husband Kirk Milhoan and I founded. This past September, we did our fourth annual Mending the Broken Hearts surgical trip to Mongolia, where we performed 10 surgeries and 10 cardiac catheterizations on children with congenital heart disease. We took a small team of six to Mongolia in April to perform surgeries on adults with congenital heart disease, as well as to perform some diagnostic caths in anticipation of our fifth annual Mending trip this Fall. We are also planning our first congenital heart surgical trip to Kosovo this July. I left the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio a year ago February and joined the pediatric division of a local private practice in San Antonio. I do 100 percent pediatric anesthesia (with the exception of adults with congenital heart disease) and probably over half of my practice is congenital heart disease-related. My husband and I just spent a lovely weekend in Colorado visiting and skiing with Karen Nern and her husband Tom and their two beautiful daughters.
My daughter Sydney was born four weeks ago. After being a pediatrician for some years, now I get to put on the mommy brain! She is a good baby; I am feeling very lucky.
After completing my primary care sports medicine fellowship, I was named team physician for Yale University (don't ask me how that happened, as I'm still not sure of that myself...), so now I get paid to take care of really smart athletes and watch sports. It certainly has been an adjustment moving to the East (I'm a California girl through-and-through), but I'm really enjoying it, and I honestly cannot imagine a better job. So things are great.
Completed residency at UC San Francisco and now in private practice in San Francisco. Married with two boys, Brenton and Lyndon.