M.D. ClassNotes



Doris H. Wilson, M.D. ’51, writes, “I’m just reporting that I have been retired for three years since age 88, when I retired from Shelton Family Medicine. We returned from about 19 years in Africa in the early ’80s and I have been living in my childhood home since then. Talmage was busy pastoring at Charleston Baptist Church during those years commuting from our family home in Skokomish Valley. He passed away 10 years ago and I continue on here with my oldest daughter, Becky, who is a nurse and currently works doing home care at night for a handicapped woman in Yelm, about 50 miles from us. I am 91 and handicapped by joint problems in both hips and knees. Use a cane in the house and a walker as needed. I’m always glad to hear about my classmates and friends.”


Gerald L. Baker, M.D. ’52, writes, “Kathryn (Tinker) and I are 91 years old and STILL HERE in our 25 year old Connecticut house. Hello to All!”

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.”

Walter H. Maloney, M.D. ’52, is a retired OBGYN in Colorado Springs.


Henry Kuharic, M.D. ’54, Res. ’60 (Internal Medicine), writes, “Henry Kuharic has a Croatian cousin in Jacksonville, FL, where she lives with her husband and has been named best Physician in Northern Florida for the last 6 years. Henry has traveled to visit his family on the Istrian Peninsula of Croatia where he witnesses the olive harvest, making of wine, eating truffles and prosciutto. The family always has an all-day barbecue for him at his father’s birthplace – a long stone house from the 1700’s with the family housed on the second floor and the cows, chickens, tools and equipment on the lower downhill side of the house. He is working hard with Health Care for All to be the first state to achieve it.”


Yukio Kumasaka, M.D.Yukio Kumasaka, M.D. ’55, Res. ’60 (Pediatrics), writes, “Our granddaughter, Allison, got married to Geoff Arakawa one year ago on September 4, 2016 at UW Mary Gates Hall.”


Eldon E. Lee, M.D. ’55, writes, “We are keeping the faith up here in B.C. My class members are all over 90 years and I will be 95 in May. I teach Attic Greek, ride my ATV and generally keep active with my wife of 65 years, 6 children, 11 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren. I think the U.W. has the greatest medical school in the world, and I am eternally grateful that they choose me to be a member of the fourth class.”


Orval Dean, M.D. ’56, writes, “At 90, I officially retired from position of pastor to the seniors at my church after 18 1/2 years. I’m leaving this position (volunteer) after closing medical practice at age 71. Remaining active, but at a reduced schedule.”


Richard H. Woods, M.D. ’57, Res. ’64 (Internal Medicine), Chief Res. ’65, writes, “No change, we still live in the same place. We have been unable to travel because I have Parkinson’s disease. I would love to have any of my classmates to stop by for a visit or dinner.”

Ed Hopfner, M.D. ’57, writes, “I’m still providing medical care at free clinics in Port Angeles and Sequim and for Veteran’s Stand Down across the Olympic Peninsula in addition to chairing Volunteer Hospice of Clalloum County. My wife Phyllis and six children are alive and well!”


Henry Kleinberg, M.D. ’58, writes, “Still going after 58 years of practice, presently as an IR radiologist at Kaiser Permanente Hospital, San Jose, California.”

Lawrence L. Knight, M.D. ’58, writes, “Larry and Kaye Knight are pleased to note that the glass is still mostly full — in our mid-eighties, we can look back on great lives, family and friends. Physical limitations have become apparent, but our brains still seem to function as necessary, and commitment to UW Medicine, especially Idaho WWAMI, is stronger than ever. Best to our classmates.”

Doug Thompson, M.D. ’58, Jackie Thompson, Bud Stavney, M.D. ’58, Res. ’67, Kathy Stavney, Sandy Tucker and Keith Tucker, M.D. ’58.Bud Stavney, M.D. ’58, Res. ’67 (cardiothoracic surgery), writes, “Dissection partners and lifelong friends.” Pictured: Doug Thompson, M.D. ’58, Jackie Thompson, Bud Stavney, M.D. ’58, Res. ’67, Kathy Stavney, Sandy Tucker and Keith Tucker, M.D. ’58.


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.”



Patrick L. Conner, M.D. ’61, writes, “I’ve been retired now for 20 years but loved general practice medicine – a most rewarding career for 35 years. Thanks!”

Rollin Odell, Jr., M.D. ’61, writes, “After 48 years living in the San Francisco Bay Area (Orinda), Clarice and I have decided to return to the PNW this summer to our waterfront home on the Kitsap peninsula. We are looking forward to being close to Seattle and the UW campus where so may good things are happening, and also to renew contacts with old friends, as well as making new ones. We are also looking forward to taking several trips to exotic faraway places.”

C. Gordon Strom, M.D. ’61, writes, “Still sailing, singing, skiing, and working for the Joint Commission.”


William E. Hardy, M.D. ’62, writes, “I enjoyed the class reunion last June 2017 – our 55th! Though we were a small gathering, we all had a good time reminiscing over our time at the UW. Our enthusiasm was tempered with the knowledge that we had lost a few classmates. I also add a sad note on the loss of my dear wife Alice of 54 years this past January. Best wishes to all as we move forward in 2018.”

Michael R. Smith, M.D. ’62, Res. ’67 (Obstetrics & Gynecology), writes, “We live in a wonderful life care retirement facility in Carmel Valley California called Carmel Valley Manor. Aside from hiking with the Half Fast Walker group, I spend a fair amount of time in the art room painting. I have had three shows and truly love it. Greetings to all — come and visit!”


Albert L. Jones, M.D.Albert L. Jones, M.D. ’63, writes, “One of the many wonderful things about retirement is your freedom to travel. Our own UW Alumni Association has an outstanding array of tours. My wife, Sussan, and I took one to Africa. Our group found in a village in Zambia where many of the children had severe cases of ringworm. Fortunately, our tour guide had a supply of anti-fungal ointment. If prepared, it is not difficult in some small way to make a difference as you travel.”


JJ. Donald Easton, M.D.JJ. Donald Easton, M.D. ’64, writes, “Here I am at nearly 80 and still having fun working (thanks to the NIH, i.e., you taxpayers) doing stroke prevention clinical trials here at the University of California-San Francisco. If this is work, I don’t need retirement.”


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.”


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.”


Lorin Lee, M.D. ’68, writes, “Been totally retired since 2011. Board certified in OBGYN. Married for 45 years to Barbara. Have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. Involved in 2 Bible studies, golf, and enjoy playing bridge. Our kids and grandkids all live in Indianapolis. We enjoy their sports activities.”

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.”

Thomas W. LaGrelius, M.D. ’69, writes, “Still in full time FP/ Geriatics/ Concierge practice at SPFC. Still running the Amerian College of Private Physicians. Get to DC couple times a year with NPCHCP. Still flying two planes (not at the same time), N83KL and N9787E. Stay in shape biking and a little jogging, I’m a lot slower at that. Patti and I fly to Mexico a lot, usually San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico. Love it there. Kids Piper, Mike, Kim doing well. Grandkids Ellen, Nora, Lydia and Barrett also doing well in SF. Life is good, health is good. Hope that continues, but at this stage we all know nothing lasts forever.”

Elizabeth Phillips, M.D. ’69, writes, “I’m still practicing Hematology/Oncology but am now employed by Montefiore Medical Center.”

Paul M. Worrell, M.D. ’69, writes, “Retired in Anchorage, AK. I don’t land my plane on ice glaciers anymore, but I did land in a few swamps. No landings on takeoffs in rivers or ponds with a 90 degree turn in the middle, lately. I was a STOL Landing/Takeoff Judge in Valdez Contest last May. I run a 501(c)(3) charity named Third World Missions if you have too much money.”



Terrance A. Chinn, M.D. ’70, recently won the most masterpoints (122.54) earned at the local club level in 2017 for Ruby Life Masters. He notes that lunchtime bridge in medical school with Dick Ferse M.D. ‘70, Stan Harris, M.D. ‘70, Bob Johnston, M.D. ‘70, and Gary Matsumoto, M.D. ‘70, is finally paying off!

Charles Maas, M.DCharles Maas, M.D., Res. ’70 (pediatrics), writes, “Graduation from the pediatric residency program was a long time ago: 1970! After three years in Okinawa, I pursued a dual career in public health and pediatrics. Since it seemed impossible to do justice to both, I settled on general pediatrics, practicing in Visalia, California, for 12 years and then for 9 years in San Luis Obispo. Thirty years later, I morphed into child psychiatry without a psych residency. For the last 17 years, I have worked in child psychiatry clinics in Sacramento and now in Yuba City. At nearly 78, I am working half-time and enjoying it still.”


Paul M. Puziss, M.D. ’71, writes, “I am still practicing office orthopedics, having retired from surgery in 2004. I have four children and four grandchildren ages 7 to five months and they are adorable! My wife and I enjoy some traveling and our family. Sherry is a retired dentist, and she enjoyed her profession very much. We still live in Portland.”

Phillip O. Haines, M.D. ’71, writes, “At least through ’17 working full time with Mercy Radiology Group Inc. in Sacramento, CA.”

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!”


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.


Kenneth Matcda, M.D. ’73, writes, “Still practicing!”


Harold B. Betton, M.D.Harold B. Betton, M.D. ’75, Res. ’78, Ph.D., writes, “I am in my 39th year and will start my 40th year this June. I remain in full-time family medicine in Little Rock, AR, where I moved after completing my residency at UW in 1978. I graduated from UW in 1975, entered in 1972. Every day I thank UW for an excellent education and preparation for my clinical practice.”

William R. Phillips, M.D.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.

Ben W. Sonnichsen, M.D. ’75, writes, “After 40 years of family medicine in Prosser, WA, I retired from active practice. Looking forward to lies ahead.”

Paul V. Williams, M.D. ’75, writes, “Elected to the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy & Immunology in 2018. Anticipating retirement in 2019!”


Marie Rusher Kelley, M.D. ’76, writes, “After 35 years of practicing general pediatrics in Los Angeles (residency at UCLA), my husband and I have retired and moved to beautiful Anacortes, Washington.”


Stephen G. Rice, M.D.Stephen G. Rice, M.D. ’77, MPH, was awarded a 2017 Citation Award by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) for his significant lifetime contributions and innovations to the fields of sports medicine and exercise science at the college’s annual meeting in Denver, Colo.

Jennifer H. Christian, M.D.Jennifer H. Christian, M.D. ‘77, writes, “Sorry to have missed the reunion and catching up with you all. I live in a Boston suburb, but was in Vancouver BC at a conference that weekend. I had planned to sneak away for a few hours between obligations — but realized I had forgotten the reality of the distances.

How y’all doin’? How many of us are still working in medicine? I am — and in fact recently made an affirmative decision to keep going and keep being “full of life” and staying true to my commitment to making the world a better place through the healthcare lens for a while longer. I had a bit of an existential crisis during the run up to turning 70 last November, but did decide that golf and travel just don’t hold much attraction for this particular dyed-in-the-wool Puritan ethic person. Nor for this “change the world and leave it better than you found it” hippie either! Nor for this daughter of a public servant physician father.

In the last few years, I’ve become very interested in patients who have unexpectedly poor outcomes — especially working people who end up losing their livelihoods due to gaps and dysfunctions in the healthcare, workers’ compensation and disability benefits systems. I have become more visible in Federal disability policy in Washington DC, by introducing decision-makers, policy wonks, government bureaucrats and disability rights advocates to the reality that doctors see: it’s often not the diagnosis that makes people withdraw from work, it’s the interplay of many non-medical factors in their situation. The “so what” is that loss of livelihood is a terrible health outcome AND that it can often be prevented!


(Jennifer H. Christian, M.D. ‘77 continued)
Am thrilled to say that the President’s 2018 budget includes $50 million dollars to test out an idea our team proposed as a way of reducing inflow onto Social Security Disability Insurance. We proposed the establishment of a nationwide capability (Community-Focused Health & Work Services) that would provide expert stay-at-work and return-to-work services to working people with weeks after their lives have been disrupted by illness or injury. Our proposal is modeled in part on Washington State’s COHE program for workers’ compensation.

On the personal front, David Siktberg and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary last week. We have worked together every day in Webility Corporation for 18 of those 20 years! David has been dealing with prostate cancer for the last 5 years; courtesy of excellent care at Dana Farber and experimental trials at NIH, he feels and acts entirely well. Bill Christian is a good role model; he has been living with the same disease for 20 years!

All three Christian kids are now married (the last one tied the knot in Anchorage Alaska on July 1 of this year). None are in Boston: Sam lives in Ketchum, Idaho, Peter in Oakland, CA, and Annie in Mahopac, NY (outside NYC). We have two grandchildren, ages 2 and 1.

Life has had ups and downs, and I am delighted to say that at this particular juncture, it is very good. But I sure don’t have the goal of living as long as possible. Courtesy of my courses from Landmark Worldwide, my intention is to keep creating a life that is fulfilling, satisfying, and enjoyable. Bodily health is not my main mission in life, especially because dementia runs in my family. My own doctor has a concierge practice. I keep reminding him that his job is to make sure I take advantage of any opportunity that presents itself to leave this plane of existence once I lose the capability to live an independent and interesting life!”


Michael S. Kennedy, M.D., Res. ’77 (Internal Medicine), Fel. ’85 (Allergy & Infectious Disease), writes, “Retired 5/31/2016, Med School 1974 U of New Mexico, UW Medicine res 1977, Clinical Pharmacology UCFS 1980, Fred Hutch 1985, Allergy Fellow UW 1986, Practice Summit Madison 1993, Northwest Allergy & Asthma. Golf, biking, skiing.”


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.”


Cheryl D. Adkinson, M.D. ’79, writes, “

I have been remiss at maintaining contact with my classmates. I am retired now and intend to fix that. So, here is my accounting for all those years. I hope to read yours.

I had a fabulous career in Emergency Medicine. I did my internship and residency at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) in Minneapolis, MN. There I found what I hoped for—a paradise of diversity, pathology, inspired teachers and state-of-the-art medicine. I finished training feeling prepared for anything, and a little restless.

My intention all along had been to do 3rd world medicine, but alas, training had changed me, I feared losing my ‘edge’ and I had debt to consider. So I took a job in the conservative Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, helping to update EM practice in a 300 bed hospital serving a predominantly an Arabic speaking, Muslim population. For a year and a half, I practiced side-by-side with Arabic physicians from other countries. It was a fun, hectic, demanding, frustrating and eye opening adventure, which left me with a much better impression of the Arab world than most Americans have, as well as many stories to tell.

When I returned to where my meager worldly goods were stored, I was very fortunate to join the Emergency Medicine faculty at HCMC. For the next 30 years, it was my privilege to work under great leadership, with a core group of EM colleagues who were all brighter, more dynamic and more progressive than me. Working with them provided daily CME. HCMC was an academic setting and I reached the expected milestones: Lifetime Fellow in ACEP, a 10 year stint as an Examiner for the American Board of Emergency Medicine, an academic rank of Associate Professor at the UMN, Board Certification in a subspecialty (Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine), and a leadership position as the Medical Director of the Division of Hyperbaric Medicine and its ACGME-approved fellowship for 25 years.

However, career highlights from my point of view were 1) Advocating for access of young women to our residency and faculty, and serving as a role model at a time when there were few women in medicine; 2) Raising awareness among medical students, residents and faculty of sexual assault and domestic violence before these topics became popular; 3) Providing public education to reduce deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning in Minnesota. 4) Playing the primary role in acquiring funds, designing, and overseeing the installation of a new $10M, ICU equipped, multi-place hyperbaric facility to serve Minnesota and bordering states

Less than a month after I retired, the Ebola epidemic in Eastern Africa hit the news. I was in a perfect position—no job, no dependents, no plan— to answer the call to help contain this devastating disease. It was finally my time to go to Africa. And so I went, and spent 3 months in the jungle of the second poorest country in the world, at the heart of the epidemic. Liberia. The experience was powerful, not as I expected, and left me stunned. It is a long story.
I will be grateful forever for the opportunity I had to practice medicine. Doing so was never easy, but was always challenging, enlightening, and gratifying. From the vantage point of an inner city emergency department, I saw the underbelly of the city, witnessed the failings of our institutions, and learned the random fragility of any one life. Just as often though, I saw astounding courage, extraordinary strength, and bountiful love that proved durable in the face of adversity. The only problem with such a fortunate career, as I see it, is that it is a hard act to follow. I expect that many of you have had similar experiences. I am looking for ideas from my ’79 colleagues! What now?”

Everett J. Austin, M.D. ’79, Res. ’82 (Neurology), Fel. ’86 (Neuropathology and Neurophysiology), writes, “I spent many years at the UW: an undergrad at the UW from 1971 to 1975, the E-75 MD class at the UW School of Medicine, a neurology residency, and neuropathology and clinical neurophysiology fellowships from 1979 to 1986. I have been at Kaiser Permanente in Northern California since 1989 and am medical director of our level 4 epilepsy center in Redwood City. I am retiring this spring and would like to acknowledge all my much appreciated mentors from the UW: Ellsworth C. Alvord, Jr, Cheng-mei Shaw, Bob Wilkus, Gian-Emilio Chatrian, Martin Gouterman, Michael Copass and Phil Swanson. What a special group of teachers! My only regret is not staying in Seattle and becoming a real neuropathologist, but clinical medicine has been a great way to help people and improve lives, especially for patients with epilepsy.”

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.”

Nora Chestnutt Gerrity, M.D.Nora Chestnutt Gerrity, M.D. ’79, retired on December 31, 2017. Arriving in her hometown of Great Falls, MT, in the fall of 1983, Nora practiced outpatient pediatrics for 27 years with the Great Falls Clinic before transitioning to a pediatric hospitalist in 2010 with Benefis Health System. She was the Great Falls WWAMI site coordinator in pediatrics for 14 years. Benefis Health System recently recognized Nora as the Outstanding Physician for 2017. Nora and her husband Tom have a son, Michael, and a daughter, Meghan, and will remain in Great Falls traveling whenever and wherever the spirit moves them.

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




Denise S. Kraft, M.D. ’79, writes, “sold practice on 12/1/18 to be part of The Everett Clinic. Whole new adventure awaits!”



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.”


Janet S. Chinn Chu, M.D. ’81, Res. ’84 (Internal Medicine), writes, “I retired from my GI practice last fall and am enjoying resuming hobbies and reconnecting with friends. My husband continues his emergency medical practice. My daughter just started her clinical rotations in medical school. I still have my son at home but he’s a senior so the nest will be empty soon.”

Paula Ann Terhaar, M.D. ’81, Res. ’84, writes, “After a long and rewarding career as a family practice physician doing primary care for my Group Health (now Kaiser Permanente) patients, I retired on July 5, 2017.”


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.

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.


David Spiro, M.D. ’83, writes, “Still delivering babies and taking care of families in Edmonds, WA at Swedish Birth and Family Clinic.”


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.”

Randall S. Fowler, M.D. ’84, Res. ’88 (Family Medicine), officially retired from Emergency Medicine in 2015 after 25years with Rocky Mountain Emergency Physicians. He is employed part-time with Portneuf Medical Center as their Medical Director of Employee Health and Occupational Medicine.

He has been enjoying his free time with summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2015, Mt. Hood last month and a trip planned to Everest Base Camp in 2020. He and his wife Keri, celebrated her 60th birthday with a 60 mile trek through the Andes en route to Machu Picchu. The highlight of his retirement has been to become a grandparent to three awesome grandkids with another on the way!

The practice of medicine has been a blessing to him personally & professionally and he attributes this in large part to his education, training and mentors at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Randy sends his greetings and best wishes to all of you.

John S. Jarstad, M.D.John S. Jarstad, M.D. ’84, an associate professor at University of Missouri, had his paper, “High dose dietary riboflavin and sunlight treatment of keratoconus and post-refractive surgery ectasia,” voted Outstanding Presentation from 200 authors representing 44 countries at the International CXL Experts Meeting Zurich, Switzerland, on December 2, 2017.


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!”

Gabriel Yiu-Tong Lee, M.D. ’85, Res. ’88 (Internal Medicine), writes, “Working half time as a cardiologist for Washington Permanente Medical Group (Kaiser Permanente) and half time as Assistant Physician in Chief for Medical Specialties in Tacoma region. My main hobby is photography and love to travel within the U.S. as well as internationally. One of my entries won Honorable Mention in the upcoming Washington State Fair. The enclosed picture was my photography group in Guiyang, China in March 2016. I am wearing short sleeve red shirt to the right of the Chinese dancer (looking at the picture face on).”


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.”


Michael G. McNamara, M.D.Michael G. McNamara, M.D. ’87, writes, “Still practice orthopedic hand, elbow and shoulder surgery in Anchorage, Alaska! The WWAMI system really works!! I continue to work to pay for my passion of hunting, fishing and flying Super Cubs and a Cessna 206. My daughter Kirsten (27) is married and works in my office. Shannon (22) is engaged to a hunting guide/contractor, and my son, Jake (21), is completing his last year at Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash. My wife, Joanne, is helping with CPC in town and loves it. Life could not be better. God is good!”

James C. Geyman, M.D.James C. Geyman, M.D. ’87, writes, “Hi classmates. I retired for just 6 months after working 27 years as an outpatient Internist at Kaiser in Denver. I am going back to work part time due to boredom, wife friction and need for more money. Hope you’re all doing well. I missed our recent 30 year reunion but hope to catch up if possible with my friends. The photo is of my recent purchase of a little experimental plane, an RV-12, as I recently got back into flying for fun.”


Peter J. Angleton, M.D. ’88, Res. ’89 (internal medicine), Res. ’93 (family medicine), writes, “Long time no see… I have been in Boise since 1989 and working for Idaho Emergency Physicians since 1993. My wife Jan and I have four children and our youngest graduates from college this spring. As of this June, Jan and I are moving to Maui, where I will be working at Kula Hospital, a small critical access hospital with a 3-bed ED on the slopes of Haleakala serving the upcountry population. Working only six 24-hour shifts a month should allow for some free time for a change! Look us up when in Maui. Aloha!”

Douglas L. Clark, M.D.Douglas L. Clark, M.D. ’88, is the head of radiation oncology at CHI Health Saint Francis in Grand Island, NE, and Shu-Ming Wang is Vice President of Medical Affairs at the hospital. They enjoy traveling in their free time, as this picture at the Cape of Good Hope will attest.



Steven Alberts, M.D. ’90, writes, “Education at the University of Washington provided all of us with a solid foundation to build on and allowed me to become chair of the Division of Medical Oncology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and to take on the role of deputy director for clinical research in the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. At the same time, I am able to spend part of my time in a rewarding, demanding practice focused on gastrointestinal oncology. I have also been able to maintain my ties to Alaska through research and practice education directed toward cancer care in the Alaska Native population.”

Erik Paul Gierke, M.D. ’90, Res. ’94 (Neurology), writes, “I am currently a neurologist in Seattle at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute.”

Martha Leigh, M.D. ’90, writes, “Last year I became board certified in obesity medicine in addition to IM. I’m now the proud mother of a newly graduated MD and the grandmother of three. Enjoying it all!”


Capt. Abhik K. Biswas, M.D.Capt. Abhik K. Biswas, M.D. ’91, writes, “Still working as a pediatric intensivist at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia, and at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Also getting some flight time in with the critical care air transport team at Cape Fear. Now to work on the pilot’s license!”

Thomas P. Welch, M.D. ’91, writes, “I continue to practice psychiatry, but I have added a second career as a spiritual director at the Franciscan Spiritual Center in Milwaukie, OR.”

Joseph C. Cleveland, Jr. M.D. ’91, writes, “Professor of Surgery, Vice-Chair Faculty Affairs, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center, Surgical Director, Cardiac Transplantation & MCS.”

Dennis R. Kinder, M.D. ’91, writes, “Fellowship in ACP Awarded 2016. Teaching at Rocky Vista University Osteopathic School of Medicine and oversees Internal Medicine Residents Continuity Clinic (all in Parker, CO).”


Michael A. Schwaller, M.D. ’95 and Mona L. Cuthbert, M.D. ’95, writes, “Mike (Pediatrics) and Mona (FamMed) are both practicing in Kalispell, MT where they are raising their 3 children and enjoying the great outdoors with skiing, hiking, backpacking, and camping.”

Sean P. David, M.D. ’95, writes, “SM Public Health (Harvard) 1999; DPHIL Pharmacology (Oxford) 2006; Ross, Dowey Family Medicine (Dartmouth) 1998.”


Randall T. Brown, M.D. ’96, Ph.D., was recently interviewed for the Wisconsin State Journal regarding opioid prescribing at University of Wisconsin health clinics. Read the full article.


Lisa L. Sferra, M.D. ’97, Res. ’99 (Internal Medicine), writes, “I enjoyed our reunion and really enjoy medical friends that make their way down to our farm for a visit. We live not too far from UW and KUOW did a story on our farm last fall. I’m also working at Seattle Indian Health Board. Thanks, UW!”

Andrew O. Smith, M.D. ’97, writes, “Sorry to miss everyone at our 20th class reunion this summer! We moved to Hood River, OR, last year after dreaming about living there since graduation. It’s so great to be windsurfing in The Gorge right in my back yard. My two sons, Tristan (13) and Aidan (11), love it, as does Corrie. I’ve joined Oregon Anesthesia Group, and am practicing at Legacy Mt. Hood Medical Center in Gresham, commuting through a simply beautiful National Scenic Area every day. It’s a great change, and we love the new lifestyle.”


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.



Karin Harp, M.D. ’01, Res. ’04 (Dermatology), Fel. ’05 (Dermatology), writes, “We have celebrated our second anniversary of Apex Dermatology in Westlake Village, CA. I am very much enjoying building a thriving private practice where we can take great care of our community’s Medical, Surgical, and Cosmetic Dermatology needs. I am grateful to have added an associate and a certified PA. As a family, my children are loving all that the region offers. We miss our friends and colleagues in Washington but have transitioned well to Southern California. Still using lots of sunscreen!”


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.”


Wendy Hofman, M.D. ’04, writes, “My husband, Eric, and I have been full-time missionaries at a nonprofit hospital in Gabon (Africa) for the last eight years. I run the ophthalmology department and he runs the hospital accounting. Our hospital has other departments as well, has 159 beds and sees 40,000 patients a year. We do 70 percent of all the cataract surgeries done annually in Gabon. I have started an ophthalmology residency program (so far with one graduate and one current resident). Patients come from all over Gabon to see us, often traveling for days. We received a $600,000 grant from USAID to construct a new building, recently completed. The predominant language here is French. We raise our own support and often need donations of ophthalmic medical equipment and supplies. You can find us online at bongolohospital.org. When we first arrived in 2009, we had no kids; now we have three children, ages 6, 5 and 2, whom we homeschool.”

Julian Cecilio Perez, M.D. ’04, writes, “Still working at my dream job, as director of sports medicine with Sea Mar Community Health Centers in the newly remodeled White Center clinic. Teaching, catching babies, admitting. Go, family medicine!!! Celebrating 10 years of marriage to my wife, Antoinette. The light of our life is Solea (5), our daughter. Living in Seattle, cultivating community, celebrating our culture and still dancing with Bailadores de Bronce Mexican Dance Company.”


Angela Sparks, M.D. ’05, writes, “Moved to Seattle, working 1/2 time Medical Director at Group Health, 1/2 time Burien Group Health Medical Center.”


Kathryn B. Watts Jones, M.D ’06, is an ER doctor in Billings, Montana.


Melissa Lofgren Molsee, M.D.Melissa Lofgren Molsee, M.D. ’07, Res. ’10 (internal medicine), writes, “Two-and-a-half years after opening our mission hospital in northern Togo, we have seen over 30,000 new patients from 10 different countries across West Africa. It has truly been a roller coaster ride with high highs and low lows. We have experienced two outbreaks of Lassa fever, which killed our surgeon last year and necessitated the medical evacuation of one of our nurses. While it is challenging to continue to provide good medical care in the face of a deadly viral hemorrhagic fever, we count it a privilege to live among and serve the people of Togo.”

Melissa Shein, M.D. ’07, writes, “I work as family physician at Southcentral Foundation in the Anchorage Native Primary Care Clinic in Anchorage, AK.”


Meghan McGarry, M.D. ’09, married Jobe Danganan at Trentadue Winery in Napa Valley before honeymooning in the Maldive Islands. Amanda Shepherd, M.D. ’09, Chief Res. ’13, was a bridesmaid. Dr. McGarry is a pediatric pulmonologist at UCSF. She was recently awarded a K23 Career Development Award from the National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute to study heath disparities in Latino children with cystic fibrosis.

Elizabeth C. McGuire, M.D.Elizabeth C. McGuire, M.D. ’09, and husband Shaun welcomed their second son, Brendan, last July 2016. He joins his older brother Cillian and two cats. Elizabeth is practicing child and adolescent psychiatry at a community mental health center in the Los Angeles area. (Photo is of Brendan wearing his UWSOM bib!)



Sean Ackerman, M.D. ’10, writes, “Before medical school I went to NYU film school. For the first time I have combined my interest in film and medicine and made a documentary about psychiatry titled ‘The Madness & The Mandolin.’ It played at festivals last fall, screened at the national conference for The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and is now on Amazon.”

Camille L. Connelly, M.D. ’10, writes, “I completed my residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Cincinnati in 2016 and a Fellowship in Foot and Ankle Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in 2017. I will be starting practice at Skagit Northwest Orthopedics serving Skagit and Island Counties. I am thrilled to be back in the beautiful PNW!”

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


Neetu Singh Cheema, M.D. ’11, writes, “After finishing my OB/Gyn residency at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, I returned to my third year OB/Gyn clerkship site as an attending physician in 2015! I am now practicing at the UW Medicine Valley Medical Center in Renton, Washington. I am very proud to announce I have been elected as chief of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department!”

Jacqueline Malekirad, B.S. ’07 (Medical Technology), M.D. ’11, writes, “I finished my residency in internal medicine at Greenwich Hospital Yale New Haven Health and currently am a 3rd-year hematology/oncology fellow at Scripps clinic/Green Hospital in La Jolla, San Diego, looking forward to eventually starting my real job in July 2018 as an oncologist! I love San Diego and love my cancer patients! I have started my job search and look for a position in CA or Seattle. My area of interest is solid tumors, especially sarcoma and neuroendocrine tumors. I am currently working on a research project on non-pharmacological treatment of cancer-related fatigue. A very exciting phase in my career life!

Also a very happy time in my family life! My son has just started his journey in medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School. He is engaged and his wedding will be next summer in Seattle. My daughter is returning to UW this fall to continue her studies in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations after one year of community service in South Seattle. She is pre-med too.”

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.

Andrew Tegeder, M.D. ’11, writes, “Since 2015, I have been practicing general dermatology in Missoula, MT.”


Alexandra Y. Hunt, M.D. ’12, writes, “Living in the gorgeous Sierra Nevada mountains of California and practicing at a 14-bed critical access hospital. Getting to provide old-fashioned family medicine, cradle-to-grave care with inpatient and obstetrics. It is at times harrowing, but extremely rewarding. I enjoy being a part of such a rich community. Last month I had four generations of women in an exam room. I feel so grateful for the excitement and challenges that rural family medicine brings to healthcare providers.”


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.”

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!”

Derek L. Weyhrauch, M.D. ’14, writes, “through excellent mentorship at the UWSOM I ended going into pediatrics and am now in pediatric cardiology fellowship. During training I’ve had the opportunity to join medical humanitarian trips to the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Nepal. I recently had the chance to join OHSU’s pediatric cardiology group on a site visit to American Samoa as a pediatric cardiology fellow and it was incredibly rewarding. It was the first time I was helping guide and direct care (still with appropriate oversight given the nuances of the field). I’m very excited for future opportunities to work and learn overseas.”


Jessica Herrera, M.D. ’15, completed her internal medicine residency in the primary care track at Highland Hospital in Oakland, CA. She now works as a lead physician at Los Angeles Department of Health Services in correctional health where she is helping to implement one of the first medical homes within the correctional health system. She married her husband, Jose Ramos, an Army Veteran and Boalt Hall Alumni, in 2016. They are settling into the Southern California life.


The Las Vegas Emergency Medicine Residency E16 Class. (Left to right) Top Row: Emerson Posadas, Samuel Bergin, Cameron MacAdams, Perry Lee, Robert Bechtel, Devin Thompson. Bottom Row: Randy Bess (and daughter), Gina Sun, Travis Marshall, Elliot Welder.Travis Marshall, M.D. ’16, writes, “Elliot Welder and I, Montana WWAMI M.D. ‘16 graduates, both matched into emergency medicine at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. We both worked on October 1, 2017, the night of the Route 91 shooting that claimed the lives of 58 people and injured more than 500. No amount of training could have prepared us for that night and the days to follow. But I know we made a difference in many lives that night and I couldn’t help but think back to the people who trained us and determined that we were ready to be physicians just a year and half earlier, our UW family. I couldn’t imagine the devastation had I not received the training that we did from the UWSOM and hope that all faculty and staff know that the education they provide is saving lives in very real ways. Keep up the great work.”

Amy Newton, M.D. ’16, married Brandon Malloy on 7/8/17.

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