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Institutional Advancement and Alumni Relations Class Notes


Ruth Endicott, MD, WMC '53, a 102-year-old veteran of the Women's Army Corps, was presented in May with four medals she had earned 73 years earlier for her service in World War II: the Women's Army Corps Ribbon, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the Honorable Service Lapel Button. Endicott retired from practice as a family physician in Ogunquit, Maine, when she was 88. (Pulse Winter 2019/2020)

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Lawrence Lazarus, MD, HU '67, co-authored Insider's Guide to Quality, Affordable Healthcare (To Health and Life Publishing, 2019). He maintains a part-time psychiatric private practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A former president of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, he is a life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. (Pulse Winter 2019/2020)

Richard M. Satava Jr., MD, HU '68, professor emeritus of surgery at the University of Washington Medical Center, has joined the advisory board of Patient Innovations, a New York–based health care IT company. Satava was the surgeon on the project that developed the first surgical robot, which later became the DaVinci Surgical Robot. (Pulse Winter 2019/2020)

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Marylou Buyse, MD, WMC '70, joined Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island as chief medical officer and senior vice president. She has served in various clinical leadership roles at health plans, including Highmark, United Healthcare of New England and Scott & White Health Plan of Texas. She also served as the president and CEO of the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans and is a past president of the Massachusetts Medical Society. (Pulse Winter 2019/2020)

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Michael G. Holland, MD, MCP '81, was named medical director of occupational medicine and employee health at Saratoga Hospital and joined Saratoga Hospital Medical Group–Occupational Medicine. Most recently, Holland was in practice at the Glens Falls Hospital Center for Occupational Health. (Pulse Winter 2019/2020)

Barbara J. Dalton, PhD Microbiology & Immunology, MCP '83, was recognized by Global Corporate Venturing in the GCV Powerlist 2019 and received the GCV Lifetime Achievement Award from Global Corporate Venturing magazine. Dalton is vice president for worldwide business development and senior managing partner of Pfizer Ventures. (Pulse Winter 2019/2020)

Mark S. Codella, MD, HU '84; Internal Medicine Residency, HU '87; Gastroenterology Fellowship, HU '89, was featured on the list of Best Gastroenterologists in Philadelphia by Medical Health News. He practices at Fox Chase Gastroenterology in Philadelphia. He is president of the board of the College of Medicine Alumni Association. (Pulse Winter 2019/2020)

Dennis Haghighat, MD, HU '86, became chief medical officer at Avanti Hospitals, LLC, according to a LinkedIn update. (Pulse Winter 2019/2020)

Kurt Kaulback, MD, HU '88; Internal Medicine Residency, HU '91; Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship, HU '94, an interventional cardiologist, was named to Who's Who in Health Care by Kaulback is clinical director of cardiovascular services for Inspira Health in Mullica Hill, New Jersey. (Pulse Winter 2019/2020)

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Tami Mysliwiec, PhD Microbiology & Immunology, HU '92, was selected to be a judge for the Reading Eagle's list of "Berks' Best." She is an associate professor of biology at Pennsylvania State University Berks. (Pulse Winter 2019/2020)

Patrice Weiss, MD, HU '92, presented "The Second Victim: The Effect of Medical Errors on Health Care Providers" at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, at an event sponsored by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Weiss is the executive vice president and chief medical officer at Carilion Clinic and professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine in Roanoke. (Pulse Winter 2019/2020)

Joe Frangipane, PhD Microbiology & Immunology, HU '93, is senior director for customer success at Inscripta, a gene-editing technology company, which he joined in April, according to a LinkedIn update. (Pulse Winter 2019/2020)

Tahseen Shareef, MD, MCP '93, an internist in private practice in Loma Linda, California, since 2008, took over an existing medical practice in Lake Arrowhead, California, in June 2019 from a physician leaving the area. (Pulse Winter 2019/2020)

Kathy Elizeus, MD, MCP '95, an obstetrician-gynecologist, has joined Fisher-Titus Women's Health in Norwalk, Ohio. She sees patients at the practice's offices in Milan and Norwalk. She was previously with Penn Highlands Healthcare in Dubois, Pennsylvania. (Pulse Winter 2019/2020)

Kelly Pfeifer, MD, MCP '97, was appointed by the governor to be deputy director of mental health and substance use disorder services for the California Department of Health Care Services. Pfeifer has been director of high-value care at the California Health Care Foundation since 2014. (Pulse Winter 2019/2020)

Emily Rubenstein Engel, MD, HU '98, a neurologist, was promoted from associate director to director of the Scripps Dalessio Headache Center at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, California. (Pulse Winter 2019/2020)

Kristin Taylor, PhD Biochemistry, MCP '98, has been appointed vice president and head of clinical development at Escient Pharmaceuticals. Taylor has extensive clinical research, scientific affairs and regulatory development experience, including rare disease experience, and holds several patents. She was previously at Zafgen. (Pulse Winter 2019/2020)

Robert J. Winn, MD, HU '98, a family physician, opened his own medical practice, Real Wellness, in Collingswood, New Jersey, with a focus on prevention and overall wellness. In his approach, all appointments are at least 30 minutes long, and patients who call the office may speak with him directly. (Pulse Winter 2019/2020)

John Langell, MD, MCPHU '99; PhD Microbiology & Immunology, MCPHU '98; MPH, was appointed president of Northeast Ohio Medical University effective October 1. He has held senior leadership positions in academic health care, industry, nonprofit organizations and the federal government. Most recently, he was vice dean of the University of Utah School of Medicine and founder and executive director of the university's Center for Medical Innovation. (Pulse Winter 2019/2020)

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Christopher Bloss, MD, MCPHU '00, is an ob-gyn with Capital Region Women's Care in Troy, New York. In January, he was appointed associate director for the St. Peter's Health Partners Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery. (Pulse Winter 2019/2020)

Ian B.K. Martin, MD, MCPHU '00, was installed as president of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine for 2019–2020 at the society's annual meeting in May. He is a professor and system chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine and professor of medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. (Pulse Winter 2019/2020)

Christopher M. Notte, MD '03, was appointed chief medical officer of Abington-Lansdale Hospital. Notte originally joined the Abington community in 2003 as a family medicine resident at Abington Memorial Hospital. In 2006, he became a member of the medical staff in the Department of Family Medicine. (Pulse Winter 2019/2020)

Sahmon Fallahian, MD '07, a family medicine physician, joined the medical team at Providence Health & Services in Anchorage, Alaska, in April. He sees patients at Providence Medical Group Primary Care. (Pulse Winter 2019/2020)

Ryan Sobel, MD '07, a head and neck surgeon, became director of head and neck cancer services at Broward Health Medical Center, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Pulse Winter 2019/2020)

Daniel Kyuyoung Choi, MD '08, joined the medical group at Advocate Children's Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois, as a pediatric hematologist/oncologist. He was with the University of Illinois at Chicago from 2014 to 2019. (Pulse Winter 2019/2020)

Michael Tressler, MD '08, an endocrinologist, joined University of Minnesota Physicians, according to a LinkedIn update, after six years as a staff endocrinologist at HealthPartners in St. Paul. He is an assistant professor of medicine at the university. (Pulse Winter 2019/2020)

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Michael Mirmanesh, MD '14, and Lisa Hwang, MD '08, General Surgery Residency '15, posed for a fellow-alumni-and-plastic-surgeons picture at the Aesthetic Meeting 2019, the annual meeting of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, held in New Orleans in May. Mirmanesh is chief resident in the UC Davis Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Residency program and will be starting a solo private practice in the Philadelphia area in 2020. Hwang, who completed her residency in plastic surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has finished a fellowship in aesthetic surgery at The Plastic Surgery Center in Sacramento and joined the practice of Creasman Aesthetics in the San Francisco Bay area. (Pulse Winter 2019/2020)

Edward Schleyer, MD '12, an orthopedic surgeon, joined the medical team at Coastal Orthopedic Associates in Beverly, Massachusetts. Following his residency at the University of Buffalo, he completed a fellowship in pediatric sports medicine at Boston Children's Hospital, and a fellowship in adult sports medicine at the University of Buffalo. (Pulse Winter 2019/2020)

Mack Joe Arroliga, MD '14, a board-certified anesthesiologist specializing in pain management, joined the Cabell Huntington Hospital Pain Management Center in Huntington, West Virginia. He is a 2010 graduate of the Drexel Pathway to Medical School program. (Pulse Winter 2019/2020)

Geraldine McWilliams, MD '14, a geriatric psychiatrist, joined the medical team at the VA Medical Center in White River Junction, Vermont. She completed her residency in adult psychiatry at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, where she also completed a fellowship in geriatric psychiatry. (Pulse Winter 2019/2020)

Aliah Molczan, Postbaccalaureate Certificate Medical Science '14, a forensic accountant, joined the Matrimonial Litigation Department of Savran Benson LLP, a certified public accounting and consulting firm, as an associate. (Pulse Winter 2019/2020)

Hollisa Rosa, MD; MS Interdisciplinary Health Sciences '14, is a resident in obstetrics and gynecology at NYU Winthrop Hospital. She earned her medical degree from Stony Brook University School of Medicine in 2019. (Pulse Winter 2019/2020)

Nina Samuel, VMD; Postbaccalaureate Certificate Pre-Med/Pre-Vet '15, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2019 and is an intern at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. (Pulse Winter 2019/2020)

Brielle Ferguson, PhD neuroscience ’17, now a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, is helping to organize Black In Neuro Week. This unique professional development program highlights Black contributions to neuroscience, neurology and related fields. The week is organized by and for STEM graduate students, postdocs, and professionals, and took place the week of July 27, 2020.

Lindsay Kleinwaks, PhD Microbiology & Immunology '18, is the author of “The ABCs of HCT/Ps,” published in Orthopaedic Design & Technology magazine (May/June 2019). Kleinwaks is a regulatory affairs associate at MCRA LLC, primarily focused on developing regulatory strategies and submissions for the FDA and international regulatory agencies. (Pulse Winter 2019/2020)

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Former Residents and Fellows


Jordan Glaser, MD; Drexel/Hahnemann Orthopedics Residency '11, is in practice with Novant Health Orthopedics & Spine in Supply, North Carolina. He completed his fellowship in orthopedic spine surgery at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. (Pulse Winter 2019/2020)

Andrea Russo, MD; Internal Medicine Residency, MCP '88, a cardiologist and director of the electrophysiology and arrhythmia service at Cooper University Health, was inducted as president of the Heart Rhythm Society. She was also named to Who's Who in Health Care by (Pulse Winter 2019/2020)

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