M.D. ClassNotes



Fill Buckner, M.D. ’52, writes “Fill Buckner, Sam Tarica and Dave Wolter still stay in close contact and meet several times per year. All three keep in contact with their remaining class mate Jerry Baker on the East Coast.”


Donald E. Poage, MD ’55, writes, “My real news to relate for the last year, has been the loss of my wife on 7-30- 2018. We were together for 65 years. I am retired and have been for many years. I live in a nice retirement area in North Bend Oregon. Our 3 children and their families all live away from me. In August 2018 I did become a Great-grandfather. When you consider my age, I am doing quite well.”

Alan L. W. Gunsul, M.D. ’55, writes, “I survived endocarditis and the congestive heart failure this spring. There were a few complications, but I’m still up and going. I’m trying to regain enough strength to restart ballroom dancing. I will not be going to Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo after attending all from 1968 Mexico to 2016 Rio, interest Light Athletics (Track & Field).”


James Kauth, MD ’57, writes, “My wife Lee and I are still enjoying retired life here in Beaverton, OR after retiring from practice 22 years ago! Hard to believe that 61 years have passed by since graduating from the UW School of Medicine! Our local grandchildren (3) are all in college now and we see them less but are very pleased with their ongoing educational efforts. We do get to see them fairly often at family gatherings and hear about their collegiate endeavors—always interesting to hear their stories.

Lee and I are in good health and still trying to grow old gracefully—a real challenge! The dear Lord has blessed us both in so many ways. We are still able to carry out efforts to maintain our home and surroundings. At age 87 my physical efforts have been curtailed to a significant degree but I still enjoy puttering around the place as I am able.

My warmest regards to all my classmates!”


David C. Tinling, M.D. ’59, Res. ’60 (psychiatry), writes “I published a book of poetry, ‘45,’ last year about my response to the campaign and election of our current President.”



Eldon Bell, MD ’60, Eldon Bell, M.D. '60 with fiancee Mr.s Barbara Ann Knott.writes, “On 31 May I received a 50 year award for Medical Practice in the State of South Dakota. I am pictured here with Mrs. Barbara Ann Knott of Rapid City, South Dakota, to whom I became engaged in 2018.”



Melvin Freeman, MD ’60, wRussell Van Gelder, M.D., Ph.D., Chair, Department of Ophthalmology, Nanette and Mel Freeman, M.D., FACS.rites, “Melvin I. Freeman, MD, FACS (UW Med Class of 1960), Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, Emeritus, was recognized at the UW Department t of Ophthalmology’s Resident and Fellow’s graduation ceremony for his 50 years of active affiliation with the department.

Photo (L to R) Russell Van Gelder, MD, PhD, Chair, Department of Ophthalmology, Nanette and Mel Freeman, MD, FACS.”


Rollin Odell Jr., M.D. ’61, writes, “Clarice and I have been splitting our time between our home in Orinda, California and our beach house in Kingston, WA for almost 20 years now, but this year we have decided to sell our California house to live full-time here in Kitsap County. This is a move we have looked forward to for several years now, as we have strong and long-standing ties in the Puget Sound area This move will allow us more time to pursue our individual activities and travel more than we have in the past.”

Richard Price, MD ’61, Res. ’64 (pathology), Res. ’88 (psychiatry/behavioral sciences), writes, “Living in a remodeled and enlarged ski cabin we built in 1965 near White Pass. My office has been replaced by a woodworking shop. Saturday farmer’s market and yoga are my noteworthy activities.”


Frank Backus, MD ’62, Res. ’68 (psychiatry/behavioral sciences), writes, “My wife and I travelled to Romania for a wedding of a grand-niece. Also spent 2 weeks in Brittany and Normandy. Enjoying life at Aljoya senior residential congregate care facility at Northgate and keeping active with Thornton Creek Alliance. We spend summers in Bend, OR, to be with grandchildren and enjoy the outdoor life here. Life is good.”

Gary Odell, M.D. ’62, writes, “Probably the most remarkable achievement for me is I am still alive at 81, and in almost perfect health. Medically speaking I have just about forgotten everything.”


Alex Sytman, MD ’63, Fel. ’67 (cardiology), writes, “It was great to have been educated at UW Medical school. I became aware of my great education when I compared my training at UW to the interns and residents trained elsewhere. RHW as the first case reported in the NEJM in an article reporting the first use of a temporary pacemaker during an DMI in 1963 or 64 when I was an intern in NYC.”


James Margolis, M.D. ’64, writes, “I continue to practice child psychiatry one day a week in a Medicaid clinic. I teach at two medical schools and am active in ski patrol. I am the medical advisor for our patrol, Homewood and the medical advisor and recruitment advisor for Far Western Division of National Ski Patrol. I teach first aid (Outdoor Emergency Care) to ski patrollers and have had two publications in Ski Patrol Magazine: Stress Management for Ski Patrollers; Fall, 2015 and Psychiatric First Aid for Ski Patrollers; Winter 2019. NSP has awarded me a Purple Merit Star (saving a life), several Yellow Merit Stars; Leadership Commendation Award and Distinguished Service Award and I just received my 30 year Service Award. I continue to make wine and row. Retirement is being good to me.”


Raymond Vath, MD ’65, Res. ’69 (psychiatry/behavioral sciences), writes, “I have received thankyou letters from recipients of the scholarships initiated by our class of 1965. There are four letters from the 25th Anniversary fund that are credited to our class as it was started by Jack Pearce. There are four scholarship letters from the class of ’65 scholarships, and one from the Vath Family Scholarship for a total of seven scholarships from our class. That is more than any other class of our outstanding medical school. l want to thank all of you who have made this possible.”


R. Emil Hecht, M.D. ’67, writes, “My wife Tannia (speech pathology) & I participated in treating 75 kids via SmilesInternationalFoundation in Los Cabos México last year. SmilesInternationalFoundation is a non-profit volunteer group repair children suffering from cleft lip/palate nose & ear problems.”


Henry Kleinberg, M.D. '68Henry Kleinberg, M.D. ’68, at the helm of the Express 37.




Charles McElroy, M.D. ’68, writes, “I was appointed Director of the Neuropsychiatric Institute of Sleep Disorder Center. Left UCLA in 1985 and spent the rest of my years practicing Internal Medicine in Santa Monica and HAD A BALL. Regularly recognized as an Outstanding Internist in Southern California. Retired in 2011.”


Ward B. Buckingham, M.D. ’69, Res. ’72 (internal medicine), Chief Res. ’75 (internal medicine), writes, “My second book, titled Hope for Challenged Airline Pilots: an Untold Story, is out. It covers my father’s life as an alcoholic senior Pan Am captain. He achieved lasting sobriety in 1966 and was a key player throughout the 197s era transformation in how airline management, unions and FAA regulators dealth with pilot alcohol dependency.”



Paul Chrzanowski, MD ’70, writes, “I moved back east after graduation and have been in NYC ever since. I escape to Vermont pretty often to get some clean air and go skiing (winter ) do a little hiking and swimming (summer). My wife and I try to get our grandchildren up there too. I am still practicing medicine not quite full time (solo practice) to keep my mind active. Many interesting people on the upper west side of Manhattan these days, and they seem to like all my grey hairs.

I have been involved professionally over the years in pulmonary disease (emphysema research) , geriatrics (medical directing and teaching) and always some general IM which is what I always wanted to hold on to. I really liked the UW spirit and friendly students and nurses. I did find some of the professors kind of intimidating, but that was many years ago.”


Bruce Noonan, M.D., and his wife DeannaBruce D. Noonan, M.D. ’71, writes, “Retired from ophthalmology practice at Moses Lake Clinic (Confluence Health) 16 years ago. Playing golf, traveling abroad, volunteering with Boy Scouts of America. I’m in my final year as Grand Columbia BSA council president. See photo of my wife Deanna and me heading to Camp Fife for camp accreditation June 16.

Son Dan and daughter Deeanna both live in Mesa, AZ. Son Steven lives in Bellevue and is a programmer for Valve Corp.”

Lawrence H. Tew, M.D. ’71, writes, “I attended the UW School if Medicine in 1971 and retired in 2014. In the interim, I was an emergency specialist for 8 years, in 7 hospitals in San Francisco Bay Area; a general practitioner for 18 years; surgeon for 14 years; saw and treated over 100,000 patients and performed over 10,000 surgeries; saved 9 people’s lives by stopping at freeway crashes; started the first Urgent Care center in the East Bay; started the first 2 medical air evacuation companies in Bay Area; was the founder and director for the Center for Comprehensive Healthcare and Well-Being; gave many lectures and wrote many articles; remained one of the few physicians who did house calls to patient’s homes; took 3 10 day vacations per year (prior to retirement); taught the first paramedics in the Bay Area; trained in acupuncture, hypnotherapy, auyervedics, nutrition, massage and phycical therapy, and yoga; wrote The Essence of Healing; and wrote my own Hippocratic Oath: Healing is a miraculous and universal experience of life. My responsibility is to assist you in that experience when requested and when appropriate to do so. Using the the techniques, understandings, and knowledge of disease and health given to me, I seek to encourage the disease-to-health recycle tp be a freely flowing and personally satisfying process for you. To let go, to learn, to love, to be conscious.

Thank you to UW Medical School and all my wonderful teachers and colleagues!”


Dan C. Henry, Jr., M.D. ’72, was honored by the American Headache Society in their Member Spotlight for improving the lives of those living with headache disorders. His connection to migraine inspired him to dedicate his life to headache medicine. He has been a member of the Society for 11 years and is a member of the Pediatric-Adolescent Headache, Procedural Headache Medicine and Primary Frontline Headache Care Special Interest Sections. Dr. Henry completed his residency in Family Practice at the University of Utah and has practiced in Salt Lake City for 41 years.

Richard A. Horvitz, M.D. ’72, writes, “I continue to enjoy retired life. I do not miss my work at all, and have no problem keeping myself busy. Besides the time I spend reading, running errands, and helping my wife with things around the house and taking care of our pets (3 Samoyed dogs, 3 Pomeranian “puffballs”, and 7 cats), I have two very different places outside of home which I visit regularly. One is an early 20th century mansion which houses the emeritus education program at a local college. The other is a very new YMCA building near where I live. I hang out with a community of scholars at the college and a community of athletes at the YMCA.

My wife and I have been doing a fair amount of traveling in our retirement years. Last year we went on a bus tour of the Maritime Provinces in Canada and a cruise in the Baltic. Halifax was an especially interesting city in our tour of Canada, with its connections to two historic disasters in the early 20th century: the sinking of the Titanic in 2012 (some 120 of the victims are buried there) and a catastrophic explosion of a shipload of munitions in 1917 which killed some 2000 people. On the Baltic cruise, Tallinn in Estonia was an interesting and well preserved medieval city, and St. Petersburg was spectacular, with the Hermitage Museum and the magnificent Catherine and Peterhof palaces. We have already signed up to go on a Danube River cruise this spring, and have further ideas for other travel.

I continue to do well, and am looking forward to another good year in 2019.”

Carole Jenny, M.D. ’72, is still working at Seattle Children’s Hospital with the Child Protection Team (i.e., child abuse and neglect). Husband Tom Roesler, M.D. (also class of ’72) teaches at UW/Seattle Children’s Hospital in Child Psychiatry. They returned to Seattle from the East Coast in 2013 intending to retire, but failed at retiring! Drs. Jenny and Roesler spend as much time as possible at their place on Decatur Island with kids and grandkids.

Rich Kirkpatrick, M.D. ’72, has been in practice in Longview since 1976. The clinic has been open every day for the past 22 years. Dr. Kirkpatrick was recently honored as the Washington Chapter of the American College of Physicians as “Internist of the Year.”

He is active as a sponsor and performer in many musical organizations in Longview and has been team doctor at Mark Morris HS and Lower Columbia College for 40 years. He served on the Longview City Council and Park Board for 12 years.

His eldest son Dr. Jim Kirkpatrick, is Associate Professor of Cardiology and Director of Echocardiography at UW. His youngest son, Scotty, graduated from UWSOM in May and is a first year IM resident at the University of Colorado. Another son, David, is a UW alum now practicing Internal Medicine in Bend as a PA. His youngest daughter, Christie, is a 2nd year medical student at WSU’s Elson S. Floyd School of Medicine. These 3 are 3rd generation internists, following in the footsteps of their grandfather, Dr. Neal Kirkpatrick, who practiced in Longview for nearly 60 years and passed away in 2017.


Fred R. Miranda, M.D. ’75, writes, “I am retired. I live in Pebble Beach, CA. I had a nice visit and dinner with Walt Hollow after his lecture at the Stanford University Medical Center. I look forward to seeing my old classmates. “

William R. Phillips, M.D. ’75, Res. ’78 (Family Medicine), was honored with the Distinguished Research Mentor Award by the North American Primary Care Research Group at its 2017 annual meeting in Montreal. Bill has retired from the Theodore J. Phillips Endowed Professorship in Family Medicine at the UWSOM and completed his term on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. He continues teaching and research at UW as clinical professor emeritus and serves as senior associate editor of the Annals of Family Medicine.

Paul V. Williams, M.D.Paul V. Willams, M.D. ’75, writes, “After working for Northwest Asthma & Allergy Center for 28 years, I will be retiring (mostly) this fall. I will continue teaching in the University Allergy Fellowship program and will remain on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology for another three years. I hope to spend more time with my 9 grandchildren and my boat.”


Suzanne Spencer, M.D. '76 and her husband in front of the Matterhorn.Suzanne U. Spencer, M.D. ’76, writes, “Retired, live on Mercer Island. Recent trip to Germany for a wedding and then a week long hiking trip in Switzerland. Winters in Mazama to cross country ski. Still keep in touch with a few classmates: Jeni James Bolen, Jan Suyehira, John Hruby, and Berdi Safford.”


Peter W. Bates, M.D. ’77, Res. ’80 (internal medicine), Chief Res. ’81, recently had an article published by Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society in our quarterly journal The Pharos, titled “Improving rural health and health care through medical education: The Maine Track.”


Jack Hickel, M.D. ’78,writes, “I was a medical missionary in Swaziland, Africa, from 1982 through 1997. I raised my four kids there. In addition to doing medicine and surgery, I was chief medical officer at the largest hospital in the country for several years. For four years, I was the only doctor in a remote bush hospital in northern Swaziland caring for over 20,000 very impoverished, very sick people. And I was the personal physician to the King of Swaziland for three years. In 2008, I co-founded and remain president of the Alaska Sudan Medical Project, which operates in South Sudan, Africa, a country wracked by years of civil war. We are working in the village of Old Fangak, one of the most remote and impoverished sections of the country. We’ve built a 20-bed health center, drilled 21 water wells in six villages, started an agricultural program consisting of 129 gardens/small farms, and trained local villagers in construction, agriculture, welding and well-drilling. Our programs are now run by people from South Sudan.”


Susan L. Blough, M.D. ’79, writes, “Retired! After 26 years in primary-care internal medicine, starting as the first woman in internal medicine in Boise, Idaho. I was also the co-founder of St. Luke’s Internal Medicine. Now, with our only grandchild living in Munich, we’re planning even more trips to see her.”

Headshot of Milton Curtis, M.D.Milton Curtis, MD ’79, writes, “I have retired from medical care in 2017. The computer killed me. I was spending more time working on the computer than seeing patients, and I was looking at the computer in the exam room more that looking at the patients. Not what I signed up for 35 years ago.

I have too much energy to actually retire. I am working on Senior Safety specifically developing a Falls Prevention program. I took everything I learned in practice and developed a 5 minute online Senior Safety Questionnaire which includes medical, environmental and personal safety concerns. I will use the Stages of Change model to assess readiness, If people have medical issues, I refer them back to their PCP where the STEADI program from the CDC can be used. I link then to resources such as contractors, Aging In Place Specialists, Geriatric Social Workers, Elder Law, etc. My website is DrCurtisSeniorSafety.com and is useful for anyone 65 or older.”

Theodore Houk, M.D. ’79, writes, “My son will be an attending neurosurgeon in just seven or eight years after U Rochester.”




Denise Kraft, M.D. ’79, writes, “It was great to see everyone at our 40th. Hoping to have everyone there in 10 years at our 50th. Perhaps I will still be working then- who knows.”



Headshot of Charlie Clements, M.D.Charlie Clements, M.D. ’80, writes, “As many of you know my career ended up at the intersection of human rights and public health. While Executive Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, I helped focus attention on a female judge in Venezuela who was jailed for a year without any charges brought against her, terribly abused by guards and other female prisoners when she was incarcerated for almost three years until our advocacy resulted her in being transferred to house arrest. I was pleased yesterday that an Op-Ed about her that I wrote with Noam Chomsky, one of my co-conspirators, was published in the NYT.”

Robert Grenley, M.D. ’80, writes, “I retired last year, May 2018, after 32 years in private practice in Plastic Surgery. It was absolutely the right time. We are spending more time at our Oregon beach place, and this fall we are having a family reunion in Umbria. Ongoing projects include painting, learning (hopefully) to play the bass guitar, and finally getting organized and ridding our house of over 30 years of accumulated stuff. So far, so good.”

E. Frank Livingstone, M.D. ’80, Res. ’83 (physical medicine and rehabilitation), MOT ’83, writes, “I am alive and well at 70, a paraplegic for 52 years, and Physiatrist for 35 years. Living and working in Lake Havasu City, AZ. I am doing primarily diagnostic work, electrodiagnosis and musculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment. I have developed an effective pathophysiology paradigm and treatment approach to myofascial pain syndrome, if anyone is interested. Jason, my oldest son is starting his 4th year of medical school at the U. of Texas, San Antonio. Life is good, Praise the Lord!”

Robert L. Bridges, M.D. ’80, writes, “2018 saw the premiere of the Netflix original documentary “The Bleeding Edge”, first at the Tribeca Film Festival and then released worldwide in July 2018. Dr. Stephen Tower (M.D. ’83) and I collaborated on the segment dealing with systemic cobalt toxicity from arthroprosthetics. This study highlighted in the documentary continues. Work in progress findings were also displayed at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery conference in New Orleans. The Bleeding Edge is an important documentary worth seeing.”

Robert S. Hurlow, M.D. ’80, writes “I just left my long term continuity practice on Bainbridge Island after being a full time family doctor for over 35 years. I am now working as a locum for Swedish Primary care to open up more personal time. Leaving my practice was emotionally challenging but what I did not expect was the reaction of my long term patients. Of course there were well wishes, bottles of wine, cards and even some tears. But the most surprising gift came from a patient who is a relatively well known classical composer, who wrote an extended piano work in my name, played and recorded it on a disc and presented it to me. I was the one with tears. What a privilege to have this job!”

James K. Rotchford, M.D. ’80, MPH, writes “In 2018 I published 3 books on Amazon.com: Opioids in Chronic Pain Management- A Patient Guide, Opidemic- A Public Health Epidemic, and Medical Cannabis- an Initial Medical Consultation. I also wrote a Case Report entitled: ‘Acute Suicidal Ideations Responsive to Hydromorphone’ currently under peer review by the British Medical Journal.”


Paula Terhaar, M.D. ’81, Res. ’84 (family medicine), writes, “I am happily retired having left my practice 2 years ago. I loved my career in family medicine but now am loving the freedom to create my own daily structures.”


Barbara J. Doty, M.D. ’82, was installed as the new Asst. Clinical Dean for WWAMI Alaska in 2017, overseeing the 20 WWAMI Alaska student clinical clerkships and WRITE sites in Alaska.

Jon Porter, M.D. ’82, writes, “For the past eighteen months I have been engaged in developing a program using integrative therapies to improve comfort and function for individuals experiencing chronic pain. As founding medical director of the University of Vermont Medical Center’s Comprehensive Pain program, I have worked with colleagues from family medicine, anesthesiology, and psychiatry to implement the program. Utilizing a framework of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Self-Compassion, the program optimizes traditional allopathic therapies while providing access to integrative therapies which include acupuncture, massage therapy, Reiki, integrative PT and OT, nutrition, yoga, Feldenkrais, nutrition, and culinary medicine. A recent collaborative agreement with Vermont Blue Cross/Blue Shield allows subscribers access to integrative services not normally available to them along with ongoing support after the program’s completion and educational/support offerings for individuals who serve in a primary support role for the participant.”

Margaret R. Wacker, M.D. ’82, is Assistant Program Director for the Riverside University Health Systems Neurosurgery Residency in California, which received ACGME accreditation in 2018. It has also has had American Osteopathic Association accreditation for about 20 years.


Dale Abbott, M.D. ’84, writes, “Hi Everybody, Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend the 35th E-80 Class reunion this year. Michele and I are spending another year on the South Island in New Zealand where I have been working as a locum tenens general practitioner since early 2016. I am happy to say that I have found my cure for American medicine burnout.

Headshot of Captain Dana Covey, M.D.Captain Dana C. Covey, M.D. ’84, was presented the 2019 William W. Tipton, Jr., MD, Leadership Award by The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). The Tipton Leadership Award recognizes Academy members who have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities which have benefitted the orthopaedic community, patients, and/or the American public. Dr. Covey is the former chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Naval Medical Center, San Diego and is currently Clinical Professor at the University of California San Diego. He has held multiple senior military leadership roles, including the senior orthopaedic consultant for the U.S. Navy, and has led hundreds of medical personnel overseas.

John Jarstad, M.D., ’84, associate professor, University of Missouri, Columbia Department of Ophthalmology, was awarded best Paper of Session and “Best of the Best” as the top research paper presented during the 5 day American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons Annual Meeting May 4-9 2019. His research solved the top two post op complications in Cataract surgery – high post op pressure and cystoid macular edema of the retina by immediately adjusting the intraocular pressure at the conclusion of cataract surgery to a normal level of 16-21 mmHg while the patient is still in the operating room.


George Birchfield, M.D. ’85, writes, “I stepped down from my Heme-Onc practice in late June 2018. The non friendly EMR and the hours needed to document a busy clinic day took their toll. I now work part time for EvergreenHealth at the Hospice Inpatient Unit there. I am also busy volunteering for various NPOs such as FoodLifeline, and the UWSOM Admission Committee (doing so makes me more incredulous I ever got into Med School). Best wishes to all my E81 classmates!”

Doris S. Mugrditchian, M.D. ’85, writes, “I’ve settled on the shores of Lake Leman in Switzerland. Classmates and friends, be sure to stop by and say hello on your way to the Montreux Jazz Festival or to the slopes in Zermatt and Verbier!”


Brian E. Harrington, M.D. ’86, writes, “In practice for nearly 30 years at the Billings Clinic Hospital in Billings, Montana. Currently serving on the American Society of Anesthesiologists Board of Directors. Career highlights include hosting the annual meeting of the Anesthesia History Association and presently acting as a senior oral board examiner for the American Board of Anesthesiology.”

Atsuko J. Ohtake, M.D. ’86, writes, “Retired as internist Kaiser Permanente Colorado after 291/2 yrs practice.”



Dr. Afrassiabi with his family at NASAAli Afrassiabi, M.D. ’90, writes, “Life is so short. Amazing changes are happening in our lives and society. We are almost 30 years out of medical school. We have lost a few accomplished classmates and there are many good and heartfelt memories to be shared. I hope to hear some of those from my fantastic classmates. How about we start working on a great 30 year reunion party, and maybe give back a little to the school. I am already working on the t-shirts!

I always thought I would do medical research later in life but private practice and family life have left little time. Is it too late to go back to school? I do not feel old but last time I was in Iran, I got on a city bus and a young kid got up and offered his seat to me. I guess I looked tired, or maybe it was the white hair.

Our twin 14 year olds are set to start at Gig Harbor High School this year. Last year Nick Kahlstrom and a few friends and I did a 390 mile bike ride over a week from Santa Barbara to near Big Sur, CA and back. It was a blast and I highly recommend it. There are many wineries along the way. 🙂 Lately, I have been biking to work. It is very refreshing to cross the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in early morning, although I am cheating a little on an E bike.

About 20 years ago, I started an endowment to support Persian Studies at the UW. Look at the NELC UW website. It has had amazing impacts. We had 750 people and a waiting list to attend this year’s fundraiser in the HUB at the equinox of spring and the start of the Persian new year. If you are in Seattle you are all invited to next year’s event. It will be on the weekend before or after March 21st, 2020.”

Steven Alberts, M.D. ’90, writes, “The years have gone by quickly since graduating. I have been fortunate to have a lot of opportunities at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and have now risen to chair of Medical Oncology, interim chair of the Department of Oncology, and Deputy Director of Clinical Research in the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. I still see GI cancer patients several days a week. Mayo has been a great place to be, but I do miss the Pacific Northwest.”

Sam Salama, M.D. ’90, Res. ’93 (general surgery), writes, “24 years in practice after residency; I work at CHI Franciscan doing Advanced Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery and bread and butter General Surgery. I have one child in college and one child starting senior year in high school.”


Gwenyth McConnell, M.D. ’91, Res. ’95 (psychiatry and behavioral sciences), has temporarily closed her private practice in Pike Place Market. She is working with the fledgling TelePsychiatry program at Providence. Her intention is to bring the art of medicine to the new world of technology, and to bring mental health treatment to rural areas nationally. She would appreciate getting together with other UW alums who want to stay connected during these changing times in our field.


James Li, MD and his wife James Li, MD on a boatJames M. C. Li, MD ’93, writes, “A warm hello to all my former classmates. Full circle fun fact: my dad just had both his hips replaced by Christopher Cannon who I remembered from our UW class. I retired from emergency medicine last year after 20+ years, including a stint teaching and doing clinical research at Harvard Medical School as at the assistant professor level. Duck hatchling on Dr. Li's farm.My wife and I live off-grid and off the coast of Maine on a primitive island, enjoying a very physical life. (For a taste of this life, read this story that James wrote.) After countless hours doing clinical writing, I now enjoy writing for the fun of it and am working on my third book about our adventures in wilderness living.”


Larry Deal, M.D. with his father and son in front of the Grand Canyon.Lawrence “Larry” D. Deal, M.D. ’95, recently celebrated turning 50 by hiking the Rim to Rim at the Grand Canyon in one day with his son Bruce. Larry’s dad, Edson “Fred” Deal M.D. ’65, dropped them off at the North Rim and drove around to meet them at the South Rim. Larry has been practicing family medicine in the Twin Cities since 1998 and Fred (retired orthopedic surgeon) continues to enjoy family and friends from his home in Wenatchee WA.


Wesley Leigh, M.D. and his wife (closeup). Wesley Leigh, M.D. and his family at the beach. Wesley Leigh, M.D. ’96, is an active Emergency Physician and author of “Ligature” (available in paperback and e-book format on Amazon).


Raymond Nejeres, III, M.D. ’98, published his first novel. Tortugas is a young adult science fiction with the inspiration of a modern-day Frankenstein, filled with adventure, suspense, and life’s lessons.

Shannon Stromber, MD ’98, writes, “Got married in Croatia 2 years ago to Kara Martinez, M.D. Returning this September to the Balkans for a 3 week motorcycle trip. Made Full Professor in Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico and then left to become Director for the Behavioral Health Program (Chief of Psychiatry) for the Presbyterian Healthcare System overseeing 9 hospitals throughout the state. Still skiing and loving the 300 days of sunshine per year in New Mexico.”



Carl Wigren, M.D. ’01, Res. ’05 (pathology), writes “Recent move from downtown Seattle to new office in Renton courtesy of a small business administration loan. Presenting workshops in pediatric injury analysis for American Academy of a forensic Sciences and American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. Currently working with the King County Medical Society to draft legislation to move 33 of the state’s 39 counties from a coroner system to a state medical examiner system. The goal is to provide consistency in death investigation within our state.”


Blair Washington, M.D. ’02, writes, “On a mission! I had the privilege of returning to Rwanda for my 8th fistula mission with the International Organization for Women and Development (IOWD). This year UWSOM classmate and dear friend, Christine Price joined our anesthesia team.”


Zachary Weber, M.D. ’06, writes, “Entering my 8th year of pathology practice at Glacier Regional Pathology in Kalispell, MT, I recently assumed the role of laboratory medical director for Kalispell Regional Healthcare. My wife (Mindy) and sons (Clayton and Wesley) love the outdoor adventures that Northwest Montana has to offer. Mindy and I have also joined other parents in starting proactivelivingfacility.org, a 501(c)(3) non-profit to build a home for adults with severe autism in Ronan, MT. Our 15-year-old son, Clayton, suffers from severe autism and has limited ability to communicate. We are excited to help provide a home for Montana adults with autism who are unable to live in their own.”



Louis Poppler, M.D. in a field holding up a bike.Louis Poppler, M.D. ’10, graduated hand surgery fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN in 2019 and plastic surgery residency at Washington University in St. Louis, MO in 2018. He will be returning to his hometown, Boise, ID, where he is establishing the only reconstructive microsurgery and hand surgery program at St. Luke’s Hospital in the Boise area. He is excited to bring his experience with reconstructive microsurgery home and expand treatment options available to residents of southern Idaho. This will spare patients with complex trauma, wounds, or cancer the need to travel to out of state for treatment.

Hana Smith, M.D. ’10, is now the Medical Director of the Young Mother’s Clinic at the Children’s Hospital of Colorado.


Lane Squires, M.D. ’11, assistant professor of clinical otolaryngology at UC Davis Medical Center and staff surgeon at VA Northern California Healthcare System, has published his first textbook. Rapid Audiogram Interpretation is a clinician’s manual that provides a methodical, step-by-step approach to interpreting audiograms for training and experienced clinicians, as well as non-audiologists in related fields.


Elizabeth A. Clark, M.D. ’14, writes, “Nathan Furukawa (MD E-09) and Elizabeth Clark (MD E-09) wed on May 26, 2018 in Seattle, at the Pacific Tower. They were married by their friend and classmate, Libby Loft (MD E-09) and joined by several UW friends. They have since moved to Atlanta, GA. Nathan is working at the CDC as an Epidemiology Intelligence Service office and Lizzi is a first year Fellow in Family Planning at Emory University.”

Elizabeth Embick, M.D. ’14, just took a job as a general surgeon at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage and is excited to start in September!

Philip K. Louie, M.D. ’14 and Derek A. Khorsand, M.D. ’14, write, “we developed and implemented a text-messaging bot and digital health assistant to coach patients through their entire surgical episode. The messages offer pre- and post-operative content that are specifically tailored to their physician’s preferences. We are part of a team that started a company to deliver this service to patients (STREAMD), and have found the experience incredibly rewarding!”

A tall island in American Samoa.Derek Weyhrauch, MD ’14, writes , “I graduated from UWSOM-14 into pediatric residency at the Mayo Clinic, and this upcoming June 2020 will be finishing pediatric cardiology fellowship at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. I’ll be staying on for an additional year as an American Heart Association SFRN research fellow working on advanced cardiogenomics. This past fall I went to American Samoa on a pediatric cardiology outreach trip focused on Rheumatic Heart Disease and I’m excited to continue that work.”


Dr. Gersten on a bike in front of fall leaves.Oren Gersten, M.D. ’15, writes, “After graduating from Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency I started Portland Direct Primary Care. I’m a solo PCP, I ride my bike to work a lot, and my main interest is providing great primary care outside the insurance based system.”

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