Ph.D., Residency and Fellowship ClassNotes



Howard A. YoungHoward A. Young, M.S. ’71, Ph.D. ’74, received the Honorary Life Membership Award from the International Cytokine and Interferon Society for his outstanding contributions to research in the field. Young is pictured with ICIS President Dr. Tadatsu Taniguchi.


Edward Kelly, Ph.D. ’96 (biochemistry), writes, “Since graduating from biochemistry, I completed a post-doc in molecular toxicology in the lab of our graduate-school dean (David Eaton). I then had a brief foray into the Seattle biotech scene (Targeted Genetics) before returning to the UW, where I am now an associate professor of pharmaceutics in the School of Pharmacy. My research is focused on preclinical biology and drug safety testing, developing ex vivo models as alternatives to animal testing. This includes a project jointly funded by NIH and NASA to send our kidney ‘chip’ to the International Space Station, highlighted at the Northwest Kidney Centers’ annual gala.” See the accompanying video featuring Dr. Kelly.

Residents and Fellows


John A. Liebert, M.D., Res. ’69, writes, “Just out of the war as a USAF Flight Surgeon, I had a start in military medicine. Circumstances in Seattle at the time engaged me in police psychiatry and then forensic psychiatry. We were trained in community psychiatry, a subspecialty that has pretty much faded with the collapse of public psychiatry, but we received a total of 2 hours of formal training in forensic psychiatry. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was not even considered in our patient population. I hope the books that I have written on forensic psychiatry and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder help advance education in these topics, because the destructive behaviors of murder and suicide are critical topics today. My latest medical textbook, Psychiatric Criminology: A Roadmap for Rapid Assessment is probably the broadest effort I have made to cover what I had to learn by experience in psychiatry and hopefully can expose students to before they hit the streets.”


Gordon W. Keating, M.D., Res. ’74 (Psychiatry/Behavioral sciences), writes, “After 44 years in private practice as a psychiatrist/psychotherapist in Seattle, I am retiring my practice at the end of this September. I, however am not retiring and intend to continue working to support the growth and development of people. We as Humans Beings are designed for growth and development our entire lives and this allows for us to thrive and forward life in areas we care about. I am looking for opportunities to use my skills and expertise in human communication and development in support of the University of Washington’s new Population Health Initiative which aims to support all people leading healthy lives.”


William L. Oppenheim, M.D., Res. ’74 (Orthopedic Surgery), director of the UCLA / Orthopaedic Institute for Children’s Cerebral Palsy Program, received the 2018 American Academy of Pediatrics Distinguished Service Award for orthopedics at their Annual Meeting in November 2018. Dr. Oppenheim is also a former recipient of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a past president of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine as well as the Western Orthopaedic Association’s Los Angeles chapter. He is in his 40th year at UCLA and continues as the Jones Kanaar Professor and Emeritus Chief of Pediatric Orthopaedics.


M. Michael Massumi, M.D., Res. ’88 (Physical Medicine & Rehab), is in private practice at Massumi Associates. He writes, “Our services in Rockville, MD, extend to the whole of the USA National Capital Area. We also remain in service to the Baltimore Metropolitan area — now in our 28th year through our office in Towson, MD, in physical medicine and rehabilitation, pain management, neuromuscular electrodiagnostics, and arthritis and related disorders. If you find yourself on Kenilworth Drive and West Rd. in Towson, Maryland on Monday or Friday, or on Shady Grove Rd and Research Blvd in Rockville, Maryland on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, please step in to say hello. Our sign is visible from the road — addresses of both clinics on our website,”


Thomas T. Sato, M.D., Res. ’91 (General Surgery), Fel. ’93 (General Surgery), is the CEO of Children’s Specialty Group, the 540 member pediatric specialty practice at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. He is a Professor of Surgery in the Division of Pediatric Surgery and the Senior Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs at The Medical College of Wisconsin.


Anne M. McTiernan, M.D., Ph.D., Res. ’92 (Internal Medicine), writes, “I recently published a coming-of-age memoir, Starved: A Nutrition Doctor’s Journey from Empty to Full (Central Recovery Press, 2016).”


Mahnaz Lary, M.D., Fel. ’95 (Hematology), writes, “Fellowship at UW Dept. of Hematology.”


Peter M. Rhee, M.D., Fel. ’95 (Surgical Critical Care), Fel. ’96 (General Surgery), writes, “New job as Senior Vice President and Chief of Acute Care Surgery at Grady Hospital in Atlanta Georgia.”


Jenn Zumsteg, M.D., Res. ’09 (Physical Medicine & Rehab), is the UW Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Residency Program director and holder of the Rehabilitation Medicine Residency Director Endowed Professorship. Readers can find out more about this residency program at


Brett G. Toresdahl, M.D., Res. ’13 (Family Medicine), Fel. ’13 (Family Medicine-Sports Medicine), writes, “I traveled to Korea to support Team USA as team physician for the U.S. biathlon at the PeyongChang Winter Olympic Games. I have worked with the team since 2014, when I moved to New York to begin my practice in primary-care sports medicine at the Hospital for Special Surgery.”

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