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What Good Can I Do?
Genevieve L. Pagalilauan, M.D. ’00, Res ’03
“My grandfather wasn’t a daily presence in my life, but I understand his commitment,” says Genevieve L. Pagalilauan, M.D. ’00, Res ’03. “He made tremendous self-sacrifices. He was part of the Bataan Death March during World War II. I don’t think you can grow up with stories like that and not think: what is my purpose here? What good can I do?”
Pagalilauan, a UW associate professor of medicine, has asked and answered these questions. By becoming a doctor, like her grandfather.Read More >
Oh, the Places They’ll Go!
Meet two M.D. graduates as they head off to residency
In March 2018, the UW School of Medicine’s graduating class came together for Match Day to find out where they’ll be going for their residencies. We talked to two of them about their next phase.Read More >
Helping the Next Generation
David Greeley, M.D. ’89, FAAN
David Greeley, M.D. ’89, FAAN, is a third-generation doctor — but his father, a general internist, initially tried to talk him out of it.
“By the time I was applying to medical school, my dad was feeling the crunch and seeing the changes in medicine,” says Greeley. But his son was undeterred, finding happiness and intellectual fulfillment in his choice: the practice of neurology.Read More >
Heart and Soul
Jeff Hostetter, M.D. ’00, M.S., FAAFP
A math teacher, a coach and now a doctor in North Dakota: that’s alumnus Jeff Hostetter, M.D. ’00, M.S., FAAFP. “It’s all about service,” says Hostetter. “I taught high-school and college students, coached two varsity sports, and now I mentor residents. For me, teaching is very fulfilling.”Read More >
Lisa Sferra, M.D. ’97, Res. ’99
Beacon Avenue South is a major, trafficked street. Still, it doesn’t surprise Lisa Sferra, M.D. ’97, Res. ’99, to find someone parked on the side of the road near her property. It happens fairly regularly. One passerby told her, wistfully, “This looks like the place I grew up in Laos.”Read More >
Helping Kids Thrive After Cancer
Eric Chow, M.D., Res, ’04, Fel. ’07
“Fifty years ago, most kids didn’t survive cancer. Today, more than 80 percent of kids who had it are long-term survivors,” says alumnus Eric Chow, M.D., Res, ’04, Fel. ’07, UW assistant professor of pediatrics and adjunct assistant professor of epidemiology.
Making sure kids stay well is his job. And his mission.Read More >
Have Couch, Will Travel
Deanna Glassman, M.D. ’16
Fifteen interviews: it’s not unusual for a medical student to have that many in the process of applying for residency. This can mean having to find up to 15 places to sleep, often in cities or towns thousands of miles from home.
Deanna Glassman, M.D. ’16, remembers the challenges of the interview trail well. That’s why she now volunteers for Help Our Students Travel (HOST) by offering free accommodations to traveling medical school students.Read More >
A Beautiful Tapestry
Loren C. Winterscheid, M.D., Ph.D., Res. ’62 (surgery), FACS
“The aspiration to be a physician had been my desire as long as I can remember.” So wrote the late professor emeritus and alumnus Loren C. Winterscheid, M.D., Ph.D., Res. ’62 (surgery), FACS. Dr. Winterscheid died on Dec. 22, 2017.Read More >
A Call to Serve
Many eighth-grade girls cover their binders with pictures of pop stars; Kristel Hallsson covered hers with fighter jets. “The military was my passion in life,” she says of her 11-year career in operations intelligence in the U.S. Air Force. “I wanted to be a part of it to protect my country.”Read More >
The Magic Touch
Anita Hendrickson, Ph.D. ’64
Mentor, innovator, ceiling-breaker: that was the late Anita Hendrickson, Ph.D. ’64. When she graduated from high school in 1953, her father wouldn’t pay for college; instead, Hendrickson got a job and financed her own education. She graduated from Pacific Lutheran University, earned a doctorate in anatomy from the University of Washington and launched a groundbreaking career in vision science.Read More >