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Clinical Trials

                                                       S U M M E R      2007

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                                                                                                                             FROM THE DEAN                                    2          10   THE BEST DEFENSE
                                                                                                                                                                                              With a new multi-million dollar grant,
                                                                                                                             COLLEGE NEWS                                     3               a UVM group studies infectious agents
                                                                                                                             A new gift funds loans for Vermont
                                                                                                                                                                                              that impact the health of millions.
                                                                                                                             Medical students, the College climbs                             by jennifer nachbur
                                                                                                                             in national rankings, Commencement 2007
                                                                                                                             coverage, and more.
                                                                                                                                                                                         16   THE PEOPLE BEHIND
                                                                                                                             HALL A                                        27                 CLINICAL TRIALS
                                                                                                                                                                                              Data drives new improvements in
                                                                                                                             PRESIDENT ’ S CORNER                          28
                                                                                                                                                                                              medications, devices, and therapies; but
                                                                                                                             CLASS NOTES                                   29                 the data of clinical trials comes from the
                                                                                                                             DEVELOPMENT NEWS                              31                 many people — from study participants
                                                                                                                                                                                              to administrators — who make the
                                                                                                                             OBITUARIES                                    38                 system work.
                                                                                                                                                                                              by edward neuert
A great university, and a great medical school, is a community of outstanding scholars and students supported
by the alumni and friends of the institution. This support has been shown concretely by the tremendous suc-
cess of the Campaign for the University of Vermont — only the second campaign in UVM history — which                                                                                     22   THE SURGEON WRITER
this year exceeded its goals for both the University and the College of Medicine. The more than $83 million                                                                                   For years, Professor of Surgery Frank
raised by the campaign at the College will greatly strengthen scholarship and faculty support, and has helped                                                                                 Ittleman, M.D., has shared his thoughts on
create new 21st Century facilities in which to educate the next generation of physicians and scientists. To                                                                                   the doctoring life, and life in general, with
everyone who helped the College surpass this important goal, we offer our deep and heartfelt thanks.                                                                                          his fellow surgeons.

                                                                University of Vermont College of Medicine
                                                         Medical Development and Alumni Relations Office
                                                                  (802) 656-4014
                                                                                                                on the cover:
                                                                                                                Photograph of clinical trail study participant Leon Strader by Raj Chawla.                                       MARIO MORGADO
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                         COLLEGE NEWS
                                                                                                              edward neuert
                                                                                                                                                          $6.8 Million Gift Funds Vermont Medical Student Loans
                                      As this issue of Vermont Medicine is going to press,                ASSISTANT DEAN
                                                                                                                                                          A generous estate gift from Burlington,                                     Rebecca Brakeley, a third-year UVM
                                      the College of Medicine and, indeed, the whole              FOR COMMUNICATIONS & PLANNING                           Vt. native Elinor Bergeron Tourville                                        medical student from Middlebury.
                                                                                                            carole whitaker
                                      UVM campus, are abuzz with the activity of                                                                          Bennett will establish a perpetual no-                                      “This loan fund will help alleviate the
                                      Commencement 2007. As we prepare to graduate                                     WRITER                             fee, no-interest loan fund for Vermont                                      financial stress medical students typical-
                                                                                                            jennifer nachbur
                                      97 new physicians and 14 new Ph.D.’s, I’m also                                                                      students at the College of Medicine.                                        ly face after graduation and allow us to
                                                                                                                   ART DIRECTOR
                                      mindful that, in a few short weeks, the members                  elise whittemore-hill                                 The Elinor Tourville Bennett                                             continue focusing on providing excel-
                                      of past classes will arrive back on campus to cele-                                                                 Charitable Trust will continuously pro-                                     lent care to our patients.”
                                                                                                                  DESIGN INTERN
                                      brate Reunion ’07.                                                    jessica anderson                              vide annual income to the College of                                            Mrs. Bennett was born in Burlington
                                         It is an interesting physical juxtaposition: to                                                                  Medicine that will be made available                                        on May 6, 1920, the daughter of the
                see the graduating class head out to the beginning of their careers and                                                                   specifically to Vermont residents                                           owners of a Cadillac dealership on
                                                                                                        UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Elinor Tourville Bennett
                then, so soon, to see earlier classes return to campus as a respite from                                                                  enrolled as students at the College as                                     North Avenue. A 1938 graduate of Bur-
                                                                                                         COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
                their busy lives. Many of those who return are, of course, familiar                                                                       loans with a minimum payback period of ten years after lington High School, she worked for years as a dental
                                                                                                                  INTERIM DEAN
                faces. And many are returning for the first time after long, successful                  john p. fogarty, m.d.                            the student has completed residency training.               assistant in the Burlington area. In 1960, she married
                careers in medicine. Those who have been away a long time marvel                                                                             “This loan fund — made possible by the extraordi- Wilfred Tourville, who passed away in 1969. Then in
                at the changes that have taken place throughout the medical campus.                                                                       nary generosity and foresight of Elinor Bennett — will 1976, she married Thomas Bennett, who died in 1979.
                But it seems to us that returning alumni are most interested, not in                                                                      impact the education of Vermont medical students in Her family had a camp on Appletree Point, which
                                                                                                            EDITORIAL ADVISORS
                the buildings, but in an experience. More than anything else, they                                                                        perpetuity,” said Interim Dean John P. Fogarty, M.D., became her main Vermont residence in later years. She
                seem to want to know the answer to this question: what is it like to                             rick blount                              when the gift was publicly announced in May. “This retained a strong affinity for Burlington and consid-
                                                                                                        ASSISTANT DEAN FOR
                be a medical student today? They realize as well as anyone the                    DEVELOPMENT & ALUMNI RELATIONS                          will allow students to more easily manage the burden ered Vermont her home. Mrs. Bennett endured sever-
                changes medicine has undergone since they graduated, and under-                                                                           of educational debt during their earlier years as physi- al serious health issues during the 20 years before her
                                                                                                   marilyn j. cipolla, ph.d.’ 97
                stand first-hand the reasons behind many of the important changes —                          ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR                          cians.” According to the Association of American death on June 25, 2006. The positive experiences and
                like our integrated curriculum — that have been instituted to address                           OF NEUROLOGY                              Medical Colleges, the average 2006 graduate indebted- relationships she developed with the physicians who
                the needs of the next generation of physicians. Having just graduated              christopher s. francklyn,                              ness at the College of Medicine is $134,306.                cared for her during that time inspired her to bequeath
                the first class of students to fully experience the Vermont Integrated                      ph.d.                                            “Mrs. Bennett’s gift is truly remarkable,” said most of her estate to the College of Medicine.
                                                                                                       PROFESSOR OF BIOCHEMISTRY
                Curriculum, we are committed to insuring that our students are fully
                prepared for those challenges.                                                        james c. hebert, m.d.’ 77
                                                                                                      ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR GRADUATE
                    Both the members of the on-campus community and our commu-                            MEDICAL EDUCATION                               College Climbs to 7th for Primary
                nity at large recognize the importance of the continuing innovation                      russell tracy, ph.d.                             Care in 2008 U.S. News & World Report
                that goes on at our campus from day to day. The clinical trial study            SENIOR ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR RESEARCH

                participants who appear in this issue are both patients of ours, and
                                                                                                        & ACADEMIC AFFAIRS                                Graduate School Guide
                active agents in the search for new treatments and therapies that will                                                                    The University of Vermont College of    tem in our state and across the
                make better outcomes for not only themselves, but for the patients of                                                                     Medicine ranked seventh for pri-        nation, and our curriculum provides
                the future. And the many researchers in our laboratories and clinics,                                                                     mary care among the nation’s 125        wonderful opportunities for med-
                just a few of whom are seen in the article about our latest Center for                                                                    medical schools according to the        ical students to understand the crit-
                Biomedical Research Excellence, focus their lives on the finding of            vermont medicine is published three times a                U.S. News & World Report 2008           ical role of the primary care physi-
                new knowledge that will translate into better care at the bedside.             year by the University of Vermont College of Medicine.     “America’s Best Graduate Schools,”      cian as well as gain experience in a
                                                                                               Articles may be reprinted with permission of the editor.
                    That spirit of constant improvement, committment to excellence,            Please send address changes, alumni class notes, letters   which was published in early April.     range of clinical settings.”
                and the continuing discovery of new pathways, are the things one               to the editor, and other correspondence to                 The College moved up from four-            Each year, U.S. News ranks pro-
                                                                                               University of Vermont College of Medicine Alumni
                always feels on this campus. It forges a community and creates a feel-         Office, Given Building, 89 Beaumont Ave., Burlington,      teenth last year, and has consistent-   fessional-school programs in busi-
                ing of new beginnings that lasts far beyond graduation.                        VT 05405. telephone: (802) 656-4014                        ly ranked in the top 15% of all med-    ness, education, engineering, law,
                                                                                               Letters specifically to the editor may be e-mailed to:
                                                                                                                           ical schools in primary care.           and medicine. These rankings are        of a school’s faculty, students and
                                                                                                                                                              “We’re proud to be recognized as    based on two types of data: peer        research activity.
                                                                                                                                                          providing top-quality medical edu-      ranking data from medical and              The College of Medicine received
                                                                                                                                                          cation and training for primary care    osteopathic school leadership and       nearly 5500 applications for the 107
                                                                                                                                                          physicians,” said Interim Dean John     residency program directors about       students in the Class of 2010 that
                                                                                                                                                          P. Fogarty, M.D. “Primary care is an    program quality; and statistical        entered in fall 2006, and has 425 total
                                                                                                                                                          integral part of the health care sys-   indicators that measure the quality     medical students in its four classes.

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             Sanders Earns
             Fulbright Scholarship
                  Recent graduate Justin Sanders, M.D.’07 has been
                                                                                                                                                      AWARDS          &      RECOGNITION
                                                                                                                                                      UVM College of Medicine Faculty Among
                                                                                                                                                      2007-2008 University Scholars
                                                                                                                                                                                                             tion’s 2007 Miller-Sarkin Mentoring Award at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Pediatric Academic Societies’ Annual Meeting in
                  awarded a Fulbright grant to study in the United                                                                                    Three faculty members with appointments in the         Toronto May 6th. According to the Ambulatory
                  Kingdom. A native of Utah, Sanders will be going to                                                                                 College of Medicine have been chosen as 2007-2008      Pediatric Association, the Miller-Sarkin Award rec-
                  University College London in England to conduct                                                                                     University Scholars, including Charles Irvin, Ph.D.,   ognizes the contributions of an individual who has
                  research on cultural barriers to the utilization of pallia-                                                                         professor of medicine and molecular physiology and     provided outstanding mentorship to learners or
                  tive care services and complete a master’s degree in                                                                                biophysics; Martin LeWinter, M.D., professor of med-   colleagues, both locally and nationally, and serves
                  medical anthropology.                                                                                                               icine and molecular physiology and biophysics; and     as a model to others who aspire to mentor others as
                     Established in 1946, the Fulbright Program is the          Fulbright scholar Justin Sanders, M.D.’07.                            Stephanie McConaughy, Ph.D., research professor        they mature.
                  largest United States international education exchange                                                                              of psychiatry and psychology. An awards
                  program. As a Fulbrighter, Sanders joins the ranks of         very elite group,” said Abu Rizvi, associate dean of the              ceremony and reception was held on May 15
                  more than 279,000 alumni of the program, many of              Honors College, associate professor of economics and                  in Memorial Lounge in honor of the new
                  whom have become heads of state, judges, ambassa-             Sanders’ advisor during the Fulbright application                     Scholars. The University Scholars program
                  dors, CEOs, journalists and professors and 36 of whom         process. “The United Kingdom is the most challeng-                    recognizes distinguished UVM faculty mem-
                  have received Nobel Prizes. He will work to fulfill the       ing country in which to win a Fulbright, and this year’s              bers for sustained excellence in research and
                  principal purpose of the program: to increase mutual          success rate is barely two percent. Justin will bring with            scholarly activities. The Scholars are selected
                  understanding between the people of the United States         him a passion for inquiry and service to the United                   by a faculty panel based upon nominations
                  and those of more than 155 countries currently partic-        Kingdom and bring back an understanding of palliative                 submitted by UVM colleagues.
                  ipating in the Fulbright Program. Notable recipients          care in a multicultural context that will enrich his resi-                                                               Community Rounds
                  of the Fulbright include the actor John Lithgow, com-         dency experience in the U.S.”                                         Johnson Receives Academic                          participants speak
                  poser Philip Glass, opera singer Renee Fleming and               After completing his master’s degree, Sanders plans                Medicine Executive Leadership Fellowship           with Research
                  economist Joseph Stiglitz.                                    to serve a family medicine residency and go on to spe-                Julia Johnson, M.D., professor of obstetrics       Technician Sandra May.
                     “By winning this grant, Justin places himself in a         cialize in palliative care.                                           and gynecology and vice chair of gynecology
                                                                                                                                                      at the College of Medicine/ Fletcher Allen
                                                                                                                                                      Health Care, has been accepted as a member of the Community Rounds Honored by AAMC
                          STUDENTS PRESENT SCHOLARLY PROJECTS                                                                                         2007-08 class of Fellows in the Hedwig van Community Rounds, a special program of the
                                                                                                                                                      Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic College of Medicine and Fletcher Allen Health Care,
                          With just weeks to go before offi-     coronary bypass survival to the         development of students as                   Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women. ELAM, a pro- has won a 2007 Award of Distinction from the
                          cially earning their medical           epidemiology of snowboarding            physician-scholars by gaining an             gram of the Institute for Women’s Health and Association of American Medical Colleges Group on
                          degrees, fourth-year students at       and skiing injuries. The Surgery        understanding of the processes               Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine Institutional Advancement. Four times each year,
                          the College of Medicine were           Senior Major Scientific Program is      and methods involved in scientif-            in Philadelphia, is an intensive one-year leadership Community Rounds brings a small group of commu-
                          looking forward to the beginning       now in its 37th consecutive year,       ic inquiry.” Scholarly projects pol-         training program with extensive coaching, network- nity leaders to the academic medical center for two
                          of their professional careers in       with the goal “to provide students      ish inquiry, analytical, and com-            ing, and mentoring opportunities. The program’s days where they witness such activities as open-
                          residency programs across the          with the opportunity, through           munication skills, and solidify the          aim is to expand the national pool of qualified heart surgery, neurology clinic, medical team
                          nation. Many members of the            library search, patient chart           foundation for lifelong learning             women candidates for leadership in academic med- dynamics, doctor-patient communication and cut-
                          Class of 2007 finished medical         review and/or laboratory investi-       by providing a background                    icine. Approximately 45 candidates are chosen each ting-edge medical research. Participants — called
                          school with substantive scholarly      gation, to complete a scholarly         against which critical evaluation            year through a competitive selection process; appli- “interns” — wear white coats and official-looking ID
                          research as a part of their accom-     project, assemble and prepare           of data can be carried out.                  cations for the 2007-08 class were more than double badges and participate in different clinical rotations
                          plishments; these students pre-        data in the form of a scientific        Fourth-year students performing              the number of available spaces.                        throughout the medical campus and off-site. They
                          sented their work to the academ-       article acceptable for publication      a research project may focus on                                                                     also tour facilities and listen to presentations that
    Suezie Kim, M.D.’07
                          ic health center community on          in a professional journal and           either the basic or clinical sci-            UVM/Fletcher Allen Pediatrics Chief Wins               provide them with grounding in medical and nursing
    presents her
                          May 3. Throughout that morning         present this research at a scien-       ences. This year, six students pre-          Prestigious National Mentoring Award                   education and research. Since 1993, more than two
    research on snow-
                          ten senior surgery majors pre-         tific seminar.”                         sented projects in the Reardon               The College of Medicine and Vermont Children’s hundred people have participated. Originally held on
    boarding and ski
                          sented on a range of topics in             The Vermont Integrated              Classroom, followed by a poster              Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care have an annual or semi-annual basis, the program has
                          Given’s Hall A — from the relation     Curriculum Scholarly Project was        presentation in the Medical                  announced that Chief of Pediatrics Lewis First, grown so successful it is now held quarterly and
                          between peptic ulcer disease and       conceived “to encourage the             Education Center Pavilion.                   M.D., received the Ambulatory Pediatric Associa- includes an annual alumni dinner.

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                                                                                                                                                 Residency Matches for the College of Medicine Class of 2007
                                                                                                                                                 ANESTHESIOLOGY                                                          NEUROSURGERY
                                                                                                                                                 Olga Goldobine            Dartmouth Hitchcock Med Center                Adam Polifka              University of Maryland
                                                                                                                                                 Karla Greco               Maine Medical Center                          OBSTETRICS        & GYNECOLOGY
                                                                                                                                                 Thomas Harris             Ohio State Univ. Med Center                   Elizabeth Beaton          SUNY Upstate Medical Univ.
                                                                                                                                                 Mark Hoeft                Massachusetts General Hospital                Maria Carracino           UVM/Fletcher Allen
                                                                                                                                                 Nathan Orgain             Univ. of Utah Affil. Hosp (PGY1 – UVM/FAHC)   Lara Kingston             New England Med Ctr
                                                                                                                                                 EMERGENCY MEDICINE                                                      Katie Lackritz            LIJ/North Shore Univ. Hospital
                                                                                                                                                 Jack Chan                 Sparrow Hospital (Mich.)                      Ellen Solomon             Case Western/MetroHealth
                                                                                                                                                 Audrey Collins            Hennepin County Med Center (Minn.)            Kathleen Valenton         Cedars-Sinai Med Center (Calif.)
                                                                                                                                                 Gabrielle Jacquet         Denver Health Med Center                      OPHTHALMOLOGY
                                                                                                                                                 Alexander Lo              Univ. of Michigan                             Kurt Kelley               University of Michigan (PGY1-
                                                                                                                                                 Scot Millay               Baystate Med Center                                                     UVM/Fletcher Allen)
                                                                                                                                                 Joshua Parker             Univ. of Nevada at Las Vegas                  ORTHOPAEDIC SURGERY
                                                                                                                                                 Ryan Paterson             Denver Health Med Center                      Suezie Kim                NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases
                            MATCH DAY 2007                                                                                                       Stephen Phan
                                                                                                                                                 Eric Rosenthal
                                                                                                                                                                           Univ. of Nevada at Las Vegas
                                                                                                                                                                           Hennepin County Med Center (Minn.)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Brett Lewellyn            Orlando Regional Healthcare System
                                                                                                                                                 Matthew Schreiber         Baystate Med Center                           Mika Fujiwara             Stanford Univ. Med Center
                  Just after noon on March 15, senior medical students at the College of                                                         FAMILY MEDICINE                                                         Uyen Phuong Le            UVM/Fletcher Allen
                  Medicine had the answer to a burning question that had been loom-                                                              Benjamin Huerth           Eastern Maine Medical Center                  Maria Vergara             UC San Francisco
                                                                                                                                                 Brad MacKinnon            Tacoma Family Medicine
                  ing for weeks. At 11:55 a.m., Associate Dean for Student Affairs G. Scott                                                      Anjali Mahoney            Ventura County Med Center
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Sandra Cetl               Univ. of Nevada School of Medicine
                  Waterman, M.D., delivered the Match envelopes to the College of                                                                Jeff Newsom               Maine Medical Center                          Catherine Cho             Georgetown Univ. Hospital
                  Medicine post office, where, with Interim Dean John P. Fogarty assist-                                                         Sara Pope                 Naval Hospital – Bremerton, Wash.             Anne Coates               Univ. of Massachusetts Med School
                  ing, they were quickly stuffed into the mailboxes before the clock                                                             Amanjit Sekhon            UC Davis Med Center                           Gregory Connolly          Maine Medical Center
                                                                                                                                                 Inderjeet Uppal           O’Connor Hospital – San Jose                  Leah Costello             Univ. of Utah Aff. Hospitals
                  struck noon. Then, the envelope-ripping began, followed by shouts,
                                                                                                                                                 GENERAL SURGERY                                                         Heather Devlin            UNM Children’s Hospital
                  cheers, and relief. The national Match Day event is facilitated annu-                                                          Talia Ben-Jacob           UMDNJ – RW Johnson                            Rebecca Dixon             Univ. of Massachusetts Med School
                  ally by a computerized matching system designed to optimize the                                                                Kelly Huynh               UC Irvine                                     Heather Fremgen           Univ. of Utah Aff. Hospital
                  rank ordered choices of medical students and residency program                                                                 Sarah McPartland          Tufts-New England Med Center                  David Gordon              UC San Francisco
                                                                                                                                                 Rosiane Alfinito Roeder   Jackson Mem. Medical Center (Fla.)            Stephanie Joy             Maine Medical Center
                  directors at the institutions where students interviewed. Run by the National Residency
                                                                                                                                                 Jennifer Williams         Brown/Rhode Island Hospital                   Monica Kwan               UC San Francisco
                  Match Program, the Match includes more than 15,000 U.S. medical school seniors.
                                                                                                                                                 INTERNAL MEDICINE                                                       Meredith Mowitz           Univ. of Florida-Shands Hospital
                  Ninety-four College of Medicine students received match envelopes on March 15; three                                           John Chapin               Einstein/Montefiore Med Center                Charmaine Patel           VCU Dept of Pediatrics
                  students in the military received early notice of their residency assignments in January.                                      Matthew Coates            UVM/Fletcher Allen                            Payal Patel               Children’s Hospital at Montefiore
                                                                                                                                                 Maria Dunn                St. Vincent Hospital (Mass.)                  Renée Rickard             Connecticut Children’s Med Center
                                                                                                                                                 David Fishbaugher         Univ. of Iowa Hospital and Clinics            Keith Robinson            UVM/Fletcher Allen
                  VCC SYMPOSIUM HIGHLIGHTS NEUROBLASTOMA RESEARCH                                                                                Lisa Glass                Univ. of Michigan Health System               Erin Ryan                 Oregon Health & Science Univ.
                                                                                                                                                 Nadezhda Horchner         UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside                   Jennifer Soares           UVM/Fletcher Allen
                               The Vermont Cancer Center (VCC) hosted a              neuroblastoma patient, expressed his appreciation           Joe Huang                 Univ. of Washington                           Aimée Velasco             Baystate Children’s Hospital
                               conference on March 16 titled “Developments in        for the generosity of physicians and scientists             Arooj Hyat                Boston Univ. Med Center                       Katherine Weingartner     Yale-New Haven Med Center
                                                                                                                                                 Sahir Kalim               Mount Sinai Hospital (N.Y.)                   Kelly Weirather           UVM/Fletcher Allen
                               Neuroblastoma Research Symposium” in the              working to identify treatments for children with            Kevin Keet                UC San Francisco                              Leslie Young              UVM/Fletcher Allen
                               College of Medicine’s Medical Education Center.       neuroblastoma. Parent/author Syd Birrell provid-            Meghan McInerney          Maine Medical Center                          Julia Davis Hoover        Geisinger Health System
                               Chaired by pediatric oncologist Giselle Sholler,      ed closing remarks.                                         Chad Mitchell             UVM/Fletcher Allen                            PHYSICAL MEDICINE       & REHABILITATION
                               M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics, the event       Approximately 650 children, most of whom are             Runna Moussa-Pervane      New England Med Center                        Raiel Barlow              Boston Univ. Med Center
                                                                                                                                                 Minh Nguyen               Cedars Sinai Med Center (Calif.)
                               attracted over 100 attendees, including scientists,   less than 5 years of age, are diagnosed each year           Jordan Smith              Naval Medical Center – San Diego
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         James Rustad              Jackson Memorial Hospital – Miami
                               physicians, students and family members of neu-       with neuroblastoma. Hutchison and his wife                  Christina Trillis         Case Western Reserve                          S.E. Specter              UCLA/San Fernando Valley
                               roblastoma patients. Symposium presenters             Margot, along with parents John and Catherine               MEDICINE   – PRELIMINARY                                                Lari Young                UVM/Fletcher Allen
                               included investigators from UVM and the               London, have established The Penelope & Sam                 Ramin Raven               Henry Ford Hospital (Mich.)
                                                                                                                                                 Eric Suess                Maine Medical Center
                               Vermont Cancer Center, as well as physician-          Fund for Neuroblastoma Research at the VCC.                                                                                         Ryan Crete                Tripler Army Medical Center
                                                                                                                                                 MEDICINE   – PRIMARY                                                    Peter Assaad              SUNY Upstate Med Univ.
                               scientists from University of Pennsylvania/           Despite the current treatment of chemotherapy,              Benjamin Chan             Dartmouth Hitchcock Med Center                Sonya Edwards             Bridgeport Hospital (PGY1 –
                               Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Brown            surgery, autologous bone marrow transplant and              Mia Hockett               UVM/Fletcher Allen                                                      Einstein/Montefiore)
                               Medical School, Memorial Sloan-Kettering              radiation, survival remains below 30 percent for            Cristine Maloney          Yale/New Haven Hospital                       Jennifer Gillis           Univ. of Virginia Health System
Giselle Sholler, M.D.          Cancer Center and the University of California at     aggressive forms of neuroblastoma. Sholler and              NEUROLOGY                                                               Samuel Braff              UVM/Fletcher Allen
                                                                                                                                                 Sharon Yegiaian           University of Arizona
giving the opening             San Francisco.                                        several colleagues at the VCC are currently con-
remarks at the                    The symposium also offered insight into the        ducting basic science studies, as well as a Phase 1
Neuroblastoma                  patient family perspective. During the program’s      clinical trial, to identify new treatments for chil-
Symposium.                     opening remarks, Neil Hutchison, the father of a      dren with the most aggressive form of the disease.

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                                                                                                                                                         RESEARCH MILESTONES
                                                                                                                                                         UVM to Examine Potential New Parkinson’s Disease                  are critically involved in the process leading to premature
                                                                                                                                                         Treatment as Part of National Study                               birth. She will be looking at how two key participants in
                                                                                                                                                         UVM will participate in a large-scale national clinical trial     inflammatory processes — called macrophages and T cells

           Commencement                                                                                                                                  to learn if the nutritional supplement creatine can slow the
                                                                                                                                                         progression of Parkinson’s disease (PD). While creatine is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           — might interact to produce or suppress preterm birth.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Bonney and her team hope the results of this research will

                    2007                                                                                                                                 not an approved therapy for PD or any other condition, it is
                                                                                                                                                         widely thought to improve exercise performance.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           lead to a better understanding of preterm birth, help iden-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           tify possible ways to treat patients who experience prema-
                                                                                                                                                             The trial is the first large study in a series of NIH-spon-   ture labor, and increase understanding of how the immune
                                                                                                                                                         sored clinical trials called NET-PD (NIH Exploratory Trials in    system works in general.
                                                                                                                                                         Parkinson’s Disease). UVM has been affiliated with the pro-       Understanding Intracellular Genetic Communication
                                                                                                                                                         gram since 2002.                                                  Recent research published in the journal Molecular Cell by
                                                                                                                                                             According to UVM primary investigator Robert Hamill,          UVM biochemistry graduate student Ethan Guth and
                                                                                                                                                         M.D., professor and chair of neurology, “The team involved        Christopher Francklyn, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry
                                                                                                                                                         in our movement disorder program is very committed to             and microbiology and molecular genetics, sheds light on
                                                                                                                                                                             bringing new and novel therapies to citi-     how the accuracy is ensured in genetic events in which cells
                                                                                                                                                                             zens of Vermont and upstate New York          copy their DNA information into short-lived RNA messages,
                                                                                                                                                                             who have Parkinson’s disease and being        and then translate those messages into proteins. The focus
                                                                                                                                                                             part of this NIH consortium is an impor-      of the UVM team’s research was transfer RNA (tRNA), a spe-
                                                                                                                                                                             tant step forward in this regard.” In addi-   cial adaptor molecule that must be matched to each amino
                                                                                                                                                                             tion to Hamill, the UVM-based project         acid in the protein manufacturing process. The matching
                                                                                                                                                                             team also includes James Boyd, M.D.,          reaction is performed by one of a set of some 20 enzymes,
                                                          A member of the Navajo Tribe,                                                                                      assistant professor of neurology and          each of which is specialized for an individual amino acid
                                                       Dr. Alvord is the first Navajo                                                                                        study co-investigator; Shannon Lenox,         and a limited set of specific tRNA adaptors. Following the
                                                       woman to become a surgeon. She is                                                                Robert Hamill,       clinical research coordinator in neurolo-     matching reaction, the tRNA adaptor with its amino acid in
                                                       the author of The Scalpel and the                                                                M.D.                 gy; and Jeanette Baker, R.N., movement        tow “decodes” the RNA message with the help of a complex
                                                       Silver Bear, an autobiography that                                                                                    disorder nurse in neurology.                  molecular machine called the ribosome, using the chemi-
                                                       details her journey from a Navajo                                                                 OB/GYN Researcher Receives                                        cal rules of the universal genetic code. The accuracy of pro-
                                                       reservation to becoming a surgeon                                                                 March of Dimes Grant to Study Prematurity                         tein synthesis depends on the accuracy of the matching
                                                       and her work to combine Navajo                             his sister Anne both received UVM      Roughly half a million babies in the United States are born       reaction, and on the decoding process performed by the
                                                       philosophies of healing with west-                         medical degrees this year. The cer-    prematurely each year and 50 percent of those premature           ribosome. The paper by Francklyn & Guth addresses the
                                                       ern medicine. Her commencement                             emony also saw an M.D. degree          births have no known cause. With the percentage of pre-           fundamental problem of how the tRNA adaptors are select-
                                                       presentation, titled “Healing:                             awarded to Mia Hockett of              mature births up nearly 30 percent since 1983, the need for       ed by the matching enzymes.
                Interim Dean John P. Fogarty,          Wisdom from the Native American                            Burlington, a fourth-generation        treatments to prevent prematurity is at a critical level.         Modelling Intracranial Pressure
                M.D., officiated during the            World,” focused on what it means                           physician and the first female doc-    Thanks to a nearly $400,000 grant from the March of               UVM faculty members Paul
                College’s commencement ceremo-         to heal, from a Native American                            tor in her family.                     Dimes, Elizabeth Bonney, M.D., associate professor of             Penar, M.D., professor of sur-
                ny on Sunday, May 20, in Ira Allen     perspective, and how Native                                                                       obstetrics and gynecology at the College of Medicine, will        gery in the division of neuro-
                Chapel. Ninety-seven members of        American ceremonies and culture                                                                   have the opportunity to investigate what factors may play         surgery, and William Lakin,
                the Class of 2007 received their       provide a powerful vision of how to                                                               a role in causing premature births.                               Ph.D., professor of mathemat-
                medical degrees, and 14 people         be a healer.                                                                                          Three known risk factors, including multifetal pregnan-       ics and statistics, along with
                received their Ph.D. in areas             Among the graduates was                                                                        cies, a past history of preterm delivery and uterine and/or       Scott Stevens, Ph.D., a UVM
                including Anatomy and Neurobio-        Matthew Coates, (middle, right)                                                                   cervical abnormalities, are believed to have a role in pre-       graduate alumnus and assis-
                logy, Biochemistry, Cell and           who became the first graduate of                                                                  mature births. In addition, chronic health conditions such        tant professor at the Behrend
                Molecular Biology, Pharmacology        the UVM M.D.-Ph.D. program,                                                                       as diabetes, high blood pressure and clotting disorders, as       College at Penn State Erie, Paul Penar, M.D.
                and Microbiology and Molecular         the physician-scientist training pro-                                                             well as infections and smoking and substance abuse are            were issued a U.S. patent on
                Genetics. Lori Arviso Alvord,          gram that now accepts four students                                                               considered possible risk factors. Funded by this three-year       February 27, 2007 for a “Whole-Body Mathematical Model
                M.D., associate dean for student       per year. A native of Montpelier,                                                                 grant, Bonney’s research will focus on how infection or           for Simulating Intracranial Pressure Dynamics.” Penar and
                and multicultural affairs and assis-   Vt., Coates is the third child of                                                                 inflammation can cause premature births.                          his colleagues began developing their method of mathe-
                tant professor of surgery at Dart-     Washington County, Vt., physician                                                                     Bonney is interested in examining which specific cells,       matically modeling the pressure dynamics of the human
                mouth Medical School, delivered        John Coates, M.D., to attend the                                                                  either in the immune system or in the placenta or uterus,         body’s intracranial system in the 1990s.
                the commencement address.              UVM College of Medicine. He and

8   V E R M O N T   M E D I C I N E                           MIDDLE RIGHT: RAJ CHAWLA ; ALL ELSE : ANDY DUBACK                                         RIGHT: RAJ CHAWLA
                                                                 With a new multi-
                                                                 million dollar grant,
                                                                 a UVM group studies
                                                                 infectious agents that
                                                                 impact the health of
                                                                 millions of people
                                                                                                                      by JENNIFER NACHBUR

                                                                 In the dimness of an early 1900s lab-
                                                                 oratory, an immunologist peering into the lens
                                                                 of a microscope might be looking at a tuberculo-
                                                                 sis specimen squirming on the slide. Identified as
                                                                 the leading cause of death prior to the develop-
                                                                 ment of antibiotics, TB, as well as other out-
                                                                 breaks during the industrialization era including
                                                                 typhoid fever and dysentery, was closely linked
                                                                 to cramped living conditions and poor sanitation
                                    Ralph Budd, M.D.,
                                                                 and hygiene. The Centers for Disease Control
                                    Professor of Medicine and
                                    Director of the Center for   credits public health initiatives and modern mir-
                                    Biomedical Research          acles such as penicillin, chlorinated water,
                                    excellence in immunology     sewage disposal, and vaccinations, for bringing
     photography by MARIO MORGADO   and infectious diseases.     these diseases under control.

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Beth Kirkpatrick,        Though many major infectious agents were                                                                                       (At left) Mariana Matrajt, Ph.D., Mercedes Rincon, Ph.D., and COBRE Co-Director Gary Ward,
M.D., and Ralph       controlled by the 1950s, a cascade of new                                                                                         Ph.D. (Above) Elizabeth Bonney, M.D., Jonathan Boyson, Ph.D., and Sally Huber, Ph.D.
Budd, M.D.            challenges have emerged over the past 20
                      years, among them bioterrorism, antibiotic
                      resistance to microorganisms, and an increase      ect grant and received it on the first try.              ular genetics, the COBRE grant funds the research       receptors that recognize myriad components of
                in the incidence of certain autoimmune diseases.             In explaining his program’s collaborative            of several junior faculty members chosen for their      microorganisms. Budd describes the system as
                Research teams like a new interdisciplinary group        approach, Budd says “We’ve done our best to              competitive expertise in immunology and infectious      “genetically expensive and wasteful,” but adds that
                led by Ralph Budd, M.D., professor of medicine           recruit other immunologists here. They haven’t           diseases. Each is mentored by two or more senior        it ensures that the body has a good armament
                and director of immunobiology, seek to address           always been in our department, but we’ve always          faculty members. In total, the grant involves faculty   against a wide array of pathogens. It is slower to
                these crises and gain a better understanding of sev-     included them in the Immunobiology Program.              from six separate departments and four colleges at      respond than the innate system, but becomes, over
                eral Centers for Disease Control-designated “prior-      That’s why it’s a program, not a division or a depart-   UVM and supports technology expansion in two of         time, more fine-tuned to a specific infection.
                ity pathogens” and their related immune responses.       ment.”                                                   UVM’s core facilities — proteomics, which allows                                4
                In recognition of their well-established expertise in        Over the past five years, faculty members with       for high-level protein analysis, and microarray,
                basic immunology and medically significant infec-        immunology expertise were recruited to the depart-       which allows researchers to look at as many as          Junior investigator Beth Kirkpatrick, M.D., associ-
                tious agents such as bacteria, viruses and parasites,    ments of medicine, surgery, and obstetrics and           15,000 genes simultaneously and zero in on those        ate professor of medicine, is conducting research on
                Budd and his colleagues recently received an $11.4       gynecology. All immunobiology researchers,               genes that are critical to the disease process. The     the body’s innate immune response to Crypto-
                million National Institutes of Health Center of          regardless of department, were invited to join the       research projects concentrate on four infectious        sporidium parvum, a water-borne parasite notably
                Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) award             weekly lab meeting. The lab meeting, Budd says, is       agents and the body’s immune response to them.          responsible for a 1993 outbreak in Milwaukee,
                to fund the Vermont Center for Immunology and            a collaborative and fun exchange. “It works well,           The COBRE research will focus on how the two         Wisconsin that infected over 400,000 people. An
                Infectious Diseases at the University of Vermont.        because I’m not everyone’s boss; faculty come            types of immune systems that humans possess func-       infectious disease clinician who has an NIH Clinical
                                         4                               because they want to.” The more the group met,           tion during different infections. Though they use       Scientist Development Award, Kirkpatrick is being
                                                                         the more they realized that they could now bring         different strategies, both systems are critical to      mentored by Budd, an expert in innate immunity,
                Ten years ago the UVM immunobiology group                their research to the next level, so they teamed up      combating infection. The innate immune system is        and Elizabeth Bonney, M.D., associate professor of
                needed a National Institutes of Health Program           with clinical and basic science infectious disease       the evolutionarily older one, and is the one that       obstetrics and gynecology, whose research interests
                Project grant in order to really grow; but in NIH        specialists and applied for a COBRE award.               responds quicker. It is also the type of immune sys-    include innate immunity at the maternal-fetal inter-
                terms, they lacked the critical mass required to qual-       “COBRE grants are hard to get,” admits Budd.         tem found in other life forms, including insects and    face. Cryptosporidium parvum is considered a major
                ify for these larger grants. Determined to get fund-     “But we thought we could be competitive, because         plants. It functions using a limited number of recep-   global problem, yet it is poorly understood. It can
                ing, Budd made a creatively bold move. He initiated      we had a very strong theme.” Though the group did-       tors that recognize a discrete repertoire of foreign    trigger massive outbreaks of water-borne disease,
                collaborations with the Trudeau Institute in Saranac     n’t succeed on their first try, they garnered strong     material in microorganisms. The innate system is        and causes persistent and chronic diarrhea in chil-
                Lake, N.Y., a world-renowned center with expertise       support from UVM and College of Medicine admin-          fast to respond, albeit rather limited in its scope.    dren and immunocompromised individuals.
                in mouse models of basic immune mechanisms and           istrators and their second application was successful.      The second category of immune response,                 Innate immunity is also the focus of research by
                infectious diseases. The new alliance clinched the           Led by Budd and co-principle investigator Gary       known as adaptive immunity, is found only in verte-     Jonathan Boyson, Ph.D., assistant professor of sur-
                deal; in 1999, the group applied for a program proj-     Ward, Ph.D., professor of microbiology and molec-        brate animals. It produces millions of different        gery. Boyson is examining T lymphocytes known as

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                                                                                                                                    ing an additional three or four new faculty,” says                                cians participating in the immunobiology group lab
                                                                                                                                    Budd. He also hopes their work will attract other                                 meetings, and exposing Ph.D. students and scientists
                                                                                                                                    grants, including another training grant, and also                                to clinical aspects of the diseases they are studying.
                                                                                                                                    plans to apply for another Program Project grant.                                 He looks forward to working more with Christopher
                                                                                                                                       “My job is to bring all these people together to                               Grace, M.D., professor of medicine and director of
                                                                                                                                    talk about their overlapping interests and to get                                 infectious diseases, and Sheldon Cooper, M.D., pro-
                                                                                                                                    their creative juices flowing, get us publishing                                  fessor of medicine and director of rheumatology and
                                                                                                                                    together and collaborating together,” explains                                    clinical immunology, on that effort.
                                                                                                                                    Budd, who hosted a mini-retreat last fall and anoth-                                 Budd himself is a good case study for this type of
                                                                                                                                    er larger retreat in April. The spring meeting fea-                               interaction. “I think about things more molecularly
                                                                                                                                    tured what Budd refers to as “challenge talks”                                    when I’m in the clinic, because of my basic science
                                                                                                                                    — each group member highlighted his or her area                                   research work,” he says. Budd started his post-med-
                                                                                                                                    of research and how it overlaps with what others                                  ical school career with an internal medicine resi-
                                                                                                                                    group members are doing. The goal of the ensuing                                  dency followed by a clinical rheumatology fellow-
                                                                                                                                    discussion was to create a bridge between fields and                              ship. Frustrated by a lack of clinical explanations for
                                                                                                                                    then propose experiments. Budd hopes to use                                       infectious and autoimmmune diseases and their
                                                                                                                                    money from the COBRE for start-up grants to fund                                  treatments, Budd switched to lab work and started
                                                                                                                                    these collaborative experiments, which in turn                                    conducting research.
                                                                                                                                    could develop into Program Project grants.                                           As the list of future COBRE-related goals gets
                                                                                                                                       The next step for Budd, which he describes as a                                longer — a seminar series, post-doctoral fellowships
                                                                                                                                    “work in progress,” is to increase discussion and col-                            and improving UVM’s position in the field of
                                                                                                                                    laboration between basic research scientists and clini-                           bioterrorism research — the momentum for the
Cory Teuscher, Ph.D.,     Natural Killer (NK) T cells. NK T cells        immune response in rodent models, and Markus               cians. Budd straddles those roles himself. Though he                              Center for Immunology and Infectious Diseases
Markus Thali, Ph.D.,      play an important role in a variety of         Thali, Ph.D., assistant professor of microbiology          spends most of his time in the lab, he has rheumatol-                             continues to build. In driving this effort, says Budd,
and Christopher           immune responses, including infectious         and molecular genetics, whose research examines            ogy clinic hours each Thursday afternoon and serves                               he’ll rely on the same approach that is central to a
Huston, M.D.              disease, anti-tumor responses, autoimmu-       the process of HIV fusion to host cells.                   on call every three months for two weeks at a time.                               COBRE grant — the spirit of collaboration among
                          nity, and inflammation. In particular, he is      Another parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, is the research    His vision includes getting access to clinical speci-                             a talented group of scientists, postdoctoral fellows,
                          focusing on the molecular activity that        project of Mariana Matrajt, Ph.D. This organism            mens for research, increasing the number of clini-                                students, and technicians.                          VM

               controls NK T cell interactions with CD1d — a mol-        infects approximately one-third of the United States’
               ecule expressed on the surface of cells involved in the   population and is the leading cause of neurological
               activation of NK T cells. Boyson’s mentors on the         birth defects, affecting about 3000 babies each year.                                        THE COBRE TRADITION :
               project include Budd, Professor of Pathology Huber,       An assistant professor of microbiology and molecular                                        Cross-College Research at UVM
               Ph.D., who has expertise in the role of CD1 in            genetics, Matrajt’s objective is to elucidate the genet-
               Coxsackie virus infection, and Bonney.                    ic basis and mechanisms underlying the transition          UVM’s Immunobiology Center of Biomedical                                          COBRE has supported the work of jun-
                  The third leading cause of parasitic death world-      between the two infectious stages of Toxoplasma            Research Excellence joins two other COBREs                                        ior faculty in several different aspects
               wide is Entamoeba histoytica. Through his COBRE           gondii, a dormant phase and an actively replicating        already in existence on campus that have forged                                   of neuroscience research.
               project, Christopher Huston, M.D., hopes to gain a        phase. She hopes to define how this parasite inter-        research alliances among different colleges on                                       Also in 2001, the National Center for
               greater understanding of the mechanisms involved          feres with immune response signaling. “We are try-         campus. In 2000, the COBRE in neuroscience was                                    Research Resources awarded $10 mil-
               in infections by this intestinal-based bug. Huston is     ing to understand that process so in the future we can     formed with an $11 million grant from the National                                lion to form a COBRE at UVM focused on Professor of Medicine and
               an assistant professor of medicine who currently          develop drugs against the parasite that would help         Institutes of Health. Under the direction of Rodney                               lung biology. The lung biology COBRE, Director of the Vermont
               also holds an NIH Clinical Scientist Development          manage the patient,” says Matrajt, whose mentors           Parsons, Ph.D., chair and professor of anatomy and                                led by Professor of Medicine and Lung Center Charles Irvin,
               Award. Common in developing countries,                    include Ward, a Toxoplasma gondii expert, and              neurobiology, and Cynthia Forehand, Ph.D., profes-                                Director of the Vermont Lung Center Ph.D.
                                                                                                                                    sor of anatomy and neurobiology, the neuroscience                                 Charles Irvin, Ph.D., has helped foster
               Entamoeba histoytica likes to reside in macrophages       Associate Professor of Medicine Mercedes Rincon,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the work of junior faculty on topics
               — tissue cells involved in the engulfment of bacte-       Ph.D., who specializes in the specific type of immune
                                                                                                                                                             Rodney Parsons, Ph.D., chair                             relating to asthma, cystic fibrosis, and inflammation
               ria and stimulation of the immune response.               response signaling Matrajt is studying.
                                                                                                                                                             and professor of anatomy and                             of the epithelial cells that line the body’s airways.
               Entamoeba possesses a unique ability to kill and                                                                                              neurobiology, and Cynthia
                                                                                                   4                                                                                                                     Both these initial COBREs have, since their incep-
               ingest its host epithelial and immune cells. Huston’s                                                                                         Forehand, Ph.D., professor of                            tion, received significant refunding.
               mentors are Professor of Medicine Cory Teuscher,          “This COBRE is designed to launch these junior fac-                                 anatomy and neurobiology
               Ph.D., a leading expert in the genetic basis of the       ulty and also allow us to immediately begin recruit-

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     behind Clinical
       Trials                                            by EDWARD NEUERT

     At the core of all scientific discovery is data: hard, factual infor-
     mation that can be reliably used to make well-reasoned conclusions — the
     information that, in the realm of medicine, drives the adoption of new
     drugs, novel therapies, and improved devices. Much of the data that brings
     about improvements in health care has its genesis on the laboratory bench;                                Leon Strader has traveled
                                                                                                               nearly 300 miles to Fletcher
     but it’s a long way from a discovery swirling in a beaker to a treatment
                                                                                                               Allen Health Care every
     making a difference in patients’ lives. For that crucial step, there’s the                                Thursday for the last seven
     clinical trial, where, every day, the contributions of thousands of people —                              months to participate in a
                                                                                                               clinical trial.
     patients, providers, and administrators — bring forth new data on the
     safety and efficacy of the latest discoveries in medical science.

                                                                                    photograph by RAJ CHAWLA

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               on a thursday in mid-april, a little                       I’m getting the most up-to-date care, so this is
               before dawn, Leon and Pat Strader begin their day          where I’m going to come, ride or no ride.”
               pretty much the way they’ve began every Thursday                                     4
               since last December, after Leon received his lung
               cancer diagnosis. They awake at 5 a.m., quickly get        Testing newly discovered therapies in humans is a
               washed and dressed, then start up the Camry and            critical step to bringing better care to the wider
               begin their long morning’s drive. From their               population. A carefully designed and conducted
               Hannawa Falls home in New York state, about 30             trial is the safest and quickest way to identify treat-
               miles east of the St. Lawrence Seaway, they travel         ments that really work, and to gauge the level of
               northeast along Route 11 in a broad arc over the top       their effectiveness; other observational trials allow
               of the Adirondack Park. Somewhere along the way,           medical scientists to address health issues in large
               as the morning light settles in, they stop for break-      groups of people in natural settings. Today, nearly
               fast at a roadside diner, and then head back out           50,000 clinical trials are in progress across the coun-
               toward the bridge at Swanton, and down the inter-          try, according to the Center for Information &
               state to Burlington. By the time they get to their         Study on Clinical Research Participation. At the
               ultimate destination, Fletcher Allen Health Care,          College of Medicine and Fletcher Allen, the work of
               where Leon will receive his chemotherapy at the            scientists and health care providers who are engaged
               Hematology/Oncology clinic, they have clocked              in approximately 1200 research projects is support-
               more than three hours and 150 miles on the road.           ed in full range of ways by the College’s Office of           Lt. Col. Lois Diggs fights
                  As Strader checks in at the counter of the              Clinical Trials Research (OCTR).                              her own private battle
               Hem/Onc clinic at the Vermont Cancer Center at                “We’re here to support the researchers, to help            against colon cancer.
               UVM/Fletcher Allen, he takes on more than just             frame the policies around clinical trials, and to work        She visits the medical
               the role of a patient showing up for weekly chemo.         with other entities on campus to help make sure our           campus about once a
               He is also one of the thousands of patients across         trials run as smoothly as possible and in full compli-        month to participate in
               the country who advance the cause of medical sci-          ance with all the appropriate rules,” says Kimberly           a clinical trial.
               ence by helping to test new treatments as partici-         Luebbers, who has directed the office for the past
               pants in a clinical trial.                                 two years. Luebbers, who is an R.N., has many
                  For Strader, the role of clinical trial study partic-   years’ clinical experience and originally joined the
               ipant began with the suggestion of his oncologist,         OCTR in 2003 as manager. The office itself has             caused by vitamin C deficiency, that at the time        ment on efficacy before a treatment is approved
               Professor of Medicine Steven Grunberg, M.D. “I             existed for the past six years, but clinical research at   caused the deaths of thousands of sailors on long sea   for general use.
               liked his attitude. He explained that there was a new      UVM has a decades-long history. For more than              voyages. Though it had been casually noticed that          “This is a complicated system, and with good
               drug being tested which might help me, in addition         forty years, UVM has been the site for one of the 80       sailors who ate citrus fruit had less of a chance of    reason,” says Luebbers. “The OCTR is here to help
               to the regular chemo,” Strader says. He did not hes-       General Clinical Research Centers supported by             getting scurvy, that knowledge was not widespread.      researchers and study participants come together
               itate. “I figured there was no harm in trying, and a       the National Institutes of Health.                         Lind conducted a very systematic experiment on          within this safe framework.” For researchers, that
               possibility it would give the cancer an extra kick.           “We have many, many stakeholders,” says Robert          several groups of sailors, rigidly controlling their    means helping them plan the protocol — the
               And it would help them learn more. Personally, I do        Shapiro, M.D., Ph.D., the OCTR medical director.           diets while onboard ship, and proved the effective-     document that describes the objectives, methods,
               feel sure it did some good.” He gestures with hands        “We serve the public, to make sure studies run cor-        ness of a citrus fruit-laden diet.                      and procedures of a study. One of the services the
               made rough by years of work as the superintendent          rectly, and that the public understands their value.          Today, medical researchers in the U.S. conduct       OCTR provides is to liaison with UVM’s Insti-
               of grounds at Clarkson College. Strader’s feeling is,      We help investigators pursue their research ideas.         their research according to the strict guidelines of    tutional Review Board (IRB). IRBs have become fix-
               of course, instinctive. The study he participates in,      We help the various sponsors of the studies. And we        the Food and Drug Administration and other gov-         tures on campuses across the nation in the past 30
               like most drug studies, is rigidly “double-blinded”        help the regulatory agencies, in that we make sure         ernment agencies. Most trials are organized by          years. The IRB is a committee of local researchers
               to prevent any unintentional bias in the administra-       things are running in compliance with their rules.”        the phase system, in which treatments are first         and lay people, appointed by the university’s
               tion of the drug — neither patient nor clinician              Perhaps the first clinical trial in medical history     tested on a small group for safety and tolerability     provost, who volunteer to review all studies in order
               knows whether they are receiving study medication          took place in the mid-18th century, when James             (Phase I), then in larger Phase II groups where         to ensure that the welfare and rights of human
               or the standard of care.                                   Lind, a surgeon with the British East India                clinical efficacy is determined. Phase III trials       study participants are thoroughly protected. For
                  And the three-hour car ride? “I wouldn’t have it        Company, tested the effect of citrus fruit consump-        involve the largest numbers of participants and         researchers it works with, the OCTR facilitates IRB
               any other way,” says Strader. “This is where I feel        tion on the alleviation of scurvy, the dread disease       are designed to give a much more definitive judg-       approval and helps turn a plan on a piece of paper

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                                                                                    will oversee the administration of              would probably be fighting a different fight. “Oh,         lungs that can be life-threatening for children who,
                                                                                    Strader’s therapy, as well as talking to        I’d almost certainly be in Iraq, or have been there,”      like Emma, have cystic fibrosis.
                                                                                    potential participants for this study and       she says. Her son Sean is serving in the army in the           “I was told Emma was a good subject for this
                                                                                    others she is helping to manage.                Iraqi city of Ramadi.                                      study, because she hadn’t tested positive for
                                                                                       “Often a physician who is enrolling             “It’s been a pleasure and an honor getting to           pseudomonas yet,” says Carol Baker, Emma’s moth-
                                                                                    participants in a study will, if a patient      know Lois,” says Jim Fingar, clinical research coor-       er. When Emma’s doctor (Assistant Professor of
                                                                                    has shown interest in a study, ask me to        dinator on the study Diggs is enrolled in. Fingar          Pediatrics Thomas Lahiri, M.D.) told us about the
                                                                                    come into the examining room and                and his fellow research coordinators play a vital role     trial I said ‘sure, we want to do whatever will help
                                                                                    brief them on the details and review            in turning the protocol into a working study.              the research.’”
                                                                                    the consent document.” The consent              Coordinators help put together the consent docu-               Study participant William Patten is, at 68, old
                                                                                    document explains to the potential              ment and much of the paperwork needed for IRB              enough to have several grandchildren around
                                                                                    participant the purpose of the study, the       approval. Once the study is open, they work on             Emma’s age. The need to be there for those grand-
                                                                                    methods that will be used, and all the          patient recruiting, a task that sometimes literally put    kids is part of what led him into a clinical trial. After
                                                                                    potential risks and side effects that           them in the “hot seat.”                                    years of intense pain, Patten had knee replacement
                                                                                    might occur.                                       “That’s our term for the particular work station        surgery two years ago. He volunteered to be part of
                                                                                       Research nurses coordinate many              in the clinic that the physicians can visit or call with   a trial that is testing a new type of replacement joint
                                                                                    aspects of the clinical trial, in addition to   any research questions they have,” Fingar explains.        that will hopefully give recipients more lateral
                                                                                    providing the clinical skills for various       “Six research coordinators rotate this duty. This set-     movement. A few years ago, Patten could barely
                                                                                    procedures — EKG’s, phlebotomies,               up allows the doctors to quickly locate assistance to      walk. Now, he’s regained his range of movement
                                                                                    patient assessments and gathering of            get a patient enrolled in a trial. The person in the       and actively supervises getting his young grandchil-
                                                                                    vital signs — as well as the processing of      hot seat can locate any required study related infor-      dren off to school each weekday in his Vergennes,
                                                                                    blood samples and other lab specimens.          mation or forms. Typically we need to check the            Vt. home.
                                                                                    They also help in recruitment efforts by        patient's eligibility, gather information to help              Patten does not know whether he received the
                                                                                    coordinating advertising. “We’re kind of        advise the patient about potential studies, or to          new kind of replacement, or just the standard ver-
                                                                                    a jack-of-all-trades,” says research nurse      actually allow the patient to be consented for a           sion. His study is a relatively small one — just 50
                                                                                    Kathy Ferland, R.N. “As a nurse, you            study.” If the person in the hot seat is not able to       participants in all. He returns to the clinic every
                                                                                    have to know a little bit of everything,        provide all that is needed, the hot seat person tracks     two years now for a morning of testing, and a long
                                                                                    depending on the study. The variety             down the colleague who manages the relevant study.         questionnaire administered by Kathy Ferland. “We
                                                                                    makes it challenging.”                          “The physicians have found this system helpful for         ask him many questions to determine his quality of
                                                                                                        4                           getting patients enrolled,” says Fingar. “After all,       life, in addition to the physical data,” says Ferland,
                                                                                                                                    with more than 80 open trials in the Hem/Onc area          who has been a research nurse in the OCTR for
                                                                                    Lois Diggs’s journey to the clinic              alone, the physicians can’t possibly keep all the          more than three years that followed seven years
                                                                                    involves just a short drive, but it is part     details about eligibility in their minds. So it’s really   spent as a nurse in the General Clinical Research
                                                                                    of a long effort to fight the colon cancer      helpful that they can just come around the corner or       Center. “My research experience is very broad, and
                                                                                    she was diagnosed with five years ago.          call the hot seat and see a coordinator.”                  I really feel very connected in this position, a part
                                                                                    Fighting cancer is something this                  Fingar, who has been a coordinator for two years,       of everything that’s going on in a particular study.
               into an actual scientific clinical study.   William Patten could     Lieutenant Colonel does in her typically        find the position “very busy, but also very satisfying.    That’s very satisfying. And this study points out the
                                  4                        barely walk several      quiet, committed way. A veteran of 30           Coordinating the collection of data is a big thing.        broad nature of what we study. It isn’t just drugs,
                                                           years ago. Now, he is    years’ service with the U.S. Air Force,         You have to get a lot of things right at a lot of dif-     it’s also devices, and new techniques.”
               For Leon Strader, the familiar face helping to test new              Diggs, who lives with her family in             ferent times.”                                                                       4
               that represents his clinical trial is prob- replacement knee         Jericho, Vt., has been a member of the                                    4
               ably that of Laurie Chassereau, R.N., joints that may offer          Vermont Air National guard for the past                                                                    Back in the Hem/Onc clinic, as the Thursday after-
               the clinical research nurse who greets a better solution for         three years, where she is a detachment          Two other clinical trial study participants are exam-      noon light slants through the windows, Leon and
               him and Pat every Thursday morning patients with his                 commander.                                      ples of the age range of people who take part in tri-      Pat Strader begin to gather their belongings and
               after their long ride. “She’s become condition.                          “I wanted to do whatever I could to         als. Emma Baker, from Wallingford, Vt., is just 5          walk out to the parking garage to find their Camry
               almost like a sister to me over the past                             fight this cancer,” says Diggs. “So this        years old, and she absolutely hates having her blood       and begin the long drive home. But first they say a
               few months,” says Strader.                                trial seemed like the right thing to do. If I can get      drawn, but her visits every three months help study        warm goodbye to Laurie Chassereau. “I just can’t
                  Chassereau has been a research nurse for more one more thing to help me, well, then I’m going to                  whether two medications in combination will help           say enough about these people,” Leon says. “They
               than nine years. On a typical day in the clinic she try it.” If she was not now battling cancer, Diggs               combat pseudomonas, a bacterial infection of the           really do take things to heart.”                VM

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                                                      In his nearly three decades at the College of
                                                      Medicine, Professor of Surgery Frank Ittleman,
                                                      M.D., has treated thousands of patients, and
                                                      written many words that describe his experiences,
                                                      personal and professional, across the years. Every

                                                      season for the past several years, his essays have
                                                      appeared as the “Let’s Close” column in UVM
                                                      Surgery, the quarterly newsletter of the Depart-
                                                      ment of Surgery. Ittleman has used his column to
                                                                                                                                    eep       inside, I       several of my friends whose fathers had
                                                                                                                                     always knew that I       already made inroads into their psyches.
                                                                                                                                     would be a doctor.          As for Indian chiefs, the job market for
                                                      explore a range of topics — from a deeply                                      Knowing connotes a       this profession did not seem to be particu-
       Professor of Surgery Frank Ittleman, M.D.,     personal reminiscence of his recently deceased                                 certain degree of pre-   larly promising on the north shore of Long
     temporarily puts down the scalpel                                                                                               determination while      Island, circa 1960.
                                                      physician-father-in-law, to comments on the
              and picks up his pen.                                                                                                  wanting or needing          My father was an old-fashioned general
                                                      eternal rivalries of baseball. Most often, he delves      speaks to a void that demands to be filled.   practitioner. Old fashioned by today’s stan-
                                                      into a small but telling facet of the doctor’s life, as      As a young boy growing up on Long          dards, but probably very much up-to-date
                                                                                                                Island, I doubt that I wanted for much of     50 years ago. When he left our home to
                                                      in the two recent essays featured here.                   anything.                                     make house calls, which he did every day,
                                                                                                                   In our youth, my friends and I were        he would be carrying a large, worn leather
                                                                                                                guided into manhood in ever so subtle         bag in his left hand which made him list
                                                                                                                ways. Jokingly, the choices were simple. Be   ever so slightly to the port side. It had
                                                                                                                a doctor, a lawyer or an Indian chief.        pockets and compartments galore that held
                                                                                                                   Medicine, for me, seemed to be a settled   the secrets of his trade. There was the
             illustrations by lauren   simkin berke                                                             issue, while the law was the domain of        standard issue sphygmomanometer and

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               ophthalmoscope, an otoscope to extract the errant           motor vehicle accident and was in need of compan-           thrust. It read, “Dear Frank, see how many of these       be foolish to compare the ecstasy of an ecclesiastical
               fly from a child’s ear, bandages and tape and, my           ionship. A flat tire the day of the trip, my negligence     you know. Love, Dad.” It was one of the shortest,         dialogue with that of talking to a general practition-
               favorite, fine glass syringes wrapped in soft cotton        in getting the spare replaced and my blatant lie to         yet most poignant letters that I ever received from       er, but now, after years of practice, I know how
               cloth. There were pills, elixirs and salves inside for      my father that all was well with the car led to my          my father. Needless to say, I knew very few of those      comforting and reassuring just such a conversation
               anything that might ail you. He dressed as men did          downfall. As any psychic worthy of a crystal ball           words. I have long forgotten the list, but not the les-   can be.
               in those days, a starched shirt and tie, a sport coat or    would have predicted, at midnight, in the deepest           son that he wanted me to learn.                              There they are again, those words, some arcane,
               suit, an overcoat depending upon the weather and a          recesses of the west side, I suffered a flat tire and          Somewhere in these remembrances, I went from           some simple, all with meaning and nuance, the
               fedora covering his balding pate. In the driveway           was stranded with my sick friend. A phone call to           knowing to wanting. My father loved his work very         endless list waiting patiently to be plucked out of
               was an Oldsmobile 88 equipped with the latest rage,         my father was met with anger and disappointment             much and I thought that I would love mine, as well.       the air.
               whitewall tires. At the end of each month he would          and a plea to stay put, he would be there as soon as        My mother was told once that talking to her hus-                                            “Let’s Close” column,
               sit at the kitchen table tallying the finances. His bills   possible. Hours later, the tire was fixed, my father        band was like talking to a priest, only better. I would                     UVM Surgery Newsletter, Fall 2006
               were handwritten, addressed and stamped by my               was asleep, not having stayed up that late in many
               mother, and rarely did one exceed $25.00.                   years and I was standing in the glare of the kitchen
                   He wasn’t an imposing figure. Above average in          light facing the rancor of my diminutive mother. I
               height, thick in the chest and waist with slender           asked in my most contrite tone, “How bad was it?”,
                                                                                           and she replied, “pretty bad.” It
                                                                                           wasn’t the flat tire, but the fact that I
My mother was told once that talking to her                                                might have endangered my friend
                                                                                           and the lie, the easy deception, that
     husband was like talking to a priest, only better.                                    hurt my father the most. To ease my
                                                                                           obvious pain, she did let me in on a
                                                                                           little secret. Being the great mediator
                                                                                           that she was, she looked up with her
               legs. He always carried more weight than he want-           big, dark Irish eyes, pulled me a bit closer to her
               ed, but the postwar years were not ones spent on            face and in her best conspiratorial tone, whispered
               physical fitness. Lean body mass and low carb diets         that “before he went to bed, your father said it was
               had yet to be invented and cigarettes were ubiqui-          the best time that he has had in years.”
               tous even among those who should have known bet-               My father loved to read. As I was growing up, it
               ter. To me, he seemed bigger than he was. My meas-          was rare that there wasn’t a book from the local
               urement was somewhat subjective, my small arms              lending library sitting on the coffee table waiting to
               trying to encircle his bare chest for a hug before bed      be picked up between appointments. You see, my
               always seemed to be a very comforting challenge.            father’s office was in our home and it was very easy
                  My father’s stature was in his character. He was a       for him to intertwine his two lives. His taste did not
               gregarious man who made and kept friends easily.            run to the great books, those had probably been
               He was smart and inquisitive, an enviable combina-          read and discarded well before I came along, but
               tion that led to eclectic hobbies that never ceased to      rather to the latest detective novel whose literary
               surprise me. One month it was the accordion,                merit would barely measure on the Richter scale.
               another origami, only to be followed by building            Being your fairly typical full of oneself college                                                          ver the years, I             stretchers and wheelchairs. These vehicles,
               antique model cars and sailboats in bottles.
                  He had fine hands and I only learned years later
               that he had planned on being a surgeon until his
               mother’s illness brought him home. A sacrifice
               willingly made, but one that I am sure brought a
               tinge of regret to his life. He did not suffer fools,
               but he did put up with my youthful foolishness.
                  It was late spring and I was home from school to
               visit a childhood friend who lived on the upper west
                                                                           freshman home for the holiday, I was not about to
                                                                           let my father’s poor taste in literature go unnoticed.
                                                                           As I volleyed my disappointment at him, he accept-
                                                                           ed my gentle barbs with grace, never arguing that
                                                                           his Dashiell Hammett wannabes could measure up
                                                                           to the likes of Faulkner or Hemingway.
                                                                              Several weeks later, a letter arrived from my
                                                                           father which consisted of two pages of yellow legal-
                                                                           size paper covered with words that he had gleaned
                                                                                                                                                               O                    have gotten to know the
                                                                                                                                                                                    hospital painters quite
                                                                                                                                                                                    well. Not necessarily by
                                                                                                                                                                                    name, mind you, but
                                                                                                                                                                                    certainly by our mutual
                                                                                                                                                                                    acknowledgements dur-
                                                                                                                                                                  ing my daily walks through the hospital.
                                                                                                                                                                  They can be found almost anywhere and at
                                                                                                                                                                  any time, clad in their paint splattered
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   crowding the hallways, are maneuvered like
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   bumper cars at a county fair. The painters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   are friendly, always willing to stop their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   work and chat, with paint brush suspended
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   in air, as if the next stroke would finish
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   their masterpiece. They paint endlessly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   without a drop cloth, much like a high-wire
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   acrobat without a net.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       We talk about the chosen color because
               side of New York City. He had just been discharged          from his paperback novels. The greeting, in his                                        white coveralls, spackling, sanding and          it is forever changing and how this one, as
               from the hospital after suffering facial injuries in a      beautiful penmanship, was unmistakable in its                                          touching up the dents and dings of errant        opposed to all the others that came before,

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               really “brightens up” the venue. If I prod a bit, I
               might get a tip on how to repair the two-inch hole
               in the sheetrock of our family room that bore the
                                                                          that stairwell late at night from floor to floor put-
                                                                          ting my patients to bed. I was the chief resident on
                                                                          the cardiothoracic service and a few stairs ahead of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      HALL A
                                                                                                                                                                                                          P R E S I D E N T     ’   S   C O R N E R               28
               brunt of my fifteen-year-old son’s pursuit of Henry        me was the medical student on call. I had already                                                                               C L A S S    N O T E S                                  29
               Aaron’s home run record.                                   weathered over three years of residency and I was
                   Ultimately, we conclude with words about layers.       well versed in the hierarchal chasm that existed
                                                                                                                                                                                                          D E V E L O P M E N T          N E W S                  31
               The coats and coats of paint that hide the defects         between a senior resident and a junior student. As                                                                              O B I T U A R I E S                                     38
               and imperfections of age and seal in the memories          he neared the landing, the student turned and said,
               that have accumulated over decades. It has been said       “I am going to turn in now, but wake me if anything
               that the age and quality of a great tree’s life, the       really interesting comes in.” Needless to say, I was
               insults that it has had to bear over time, can be          taken aback by this sudden reversal in the order of
               determined by the concentric rings of its trunk; I         things. Too stunned to enunciate the appropriate
               dare say that the life of an old hospital room, hall-      rejoinder, my feeble reply of acquiescence was lost       In 1905, when the College of Medicine completed its third home at the corner of Prospect and Pearl streets
               way or surgical suite can be defined, metaphorically       in the stairwell. As mad as I was then at this inno-      in Burlington, the main lecture room where students spent so much of their time was named Hall A.
               speaking, by the number of coats of paint that cover       cently disrespectful request, I am now just as proud      The Hall A magazine section seeks to be a meeting place for all former students of the College of Medicine.
               its walls.                                                 of this student’s accomplishments as a Professor of
                                                                                                    Cardiothoracic surgery.
                                                                                                       The old operating
     . . . the life of an old hospital room . . . can be defined,                                   rooms on Smith 2 are gone
                                                                                                    now, having been reconfig-
metaphorically speaking, by the number of coats of paint                                            ured long ago into office
                                                                                                    space. The open heart
            that cover its walls.                                                                   room was number seven, if
                                                                                                    my memory serves me, and
                                                                                                    the walls were a combina-
                  The Baird stairwell is now painted beige. Not a         tion of light green tile and pale green paint. One
               particularly inviting color, but nowhere is it written     night, Jim Demeules and I were doing an emer-
               that stairwells need to be hospitable. I was descend-      gency bypass procedure. I was the faithful Sancho
               ing that stairwell twenty-five years ago when I was        Panza to his Don Quixote. While Jim was wielding
               greeted with music wafting up from the landing             his scalpel at imaginary windmills, the doors of the
               below. The singer was a patient of mine who still          OR suddenly opened and in ran a young woman
               goes by one name (I am not certain if it is his first or   wearing nothing but a trench coat (open, of course)
               last) and with guitar in hand, he was attempting his       that would have done Humphrey Bogart proud. She
               best Dylan imitation with a rendition of “Hey Mr.          was running, frantically trying to elude her pursuers
               Tambourine Man.” His shirt was off, exposing his           who were not far behind. She circled the pump and
               fresh incision, his hair was in a ponytail and his IV      the operating room table and our heads swiveled
               pole was precariously balanced on a step. His audi-        like owls pursuing a noiseless sound. She exited
               ence was a bevy of student nurses who obviously            from whence she came with Dick Pease, an anes-
               were enjoying the impromptu concert. I retreated           thesiologist, in hot pursuit.
               from where I came with a smile and a nod, a                   The silence that followed was eerie, as if this sur-
               moment of pleasure after a long day. I believe the         real moment had never occurred. Jim, with great
               walls were light green then.                               aplomb, leaned over and whispered, “If I told her
                  The Smith stairwell is a bit darker now and far         once I told her a hundred times not to visit me in
               less traveled than before. The walls are an off-white      the hospital.” The glint in Jim’s eyes was unforget-
               or beige, but the chips indicate that coats of paint lie   table. The surgical ICU was adjacent to these oper-
               beneath. The railings are solid oak, smooth and            ating rooms and the doors that marked the only
               secure to the touch. A hidden, but appreciated find        entrance received a fresh coat of red paint every
               amidst the plastic and steel of institutional con-
               struction. It was 30 years ago when I was walking up                                         continued on page 37

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PRESIDENT ’S CORNER                                                                                                                                                                                                                 M.D. CLASS NOTES
H A L L A                                                                                                                                                                                                                            H A L L A
                                                                                             UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT
                                                                                              COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

                                                                                                  DEVELOPMENT &
                                                                                                                                 If you have news to share, please contact your class agent
                                                                                                                                 or the alumni office at or        1950                             UPCOMING EVENTS
                                                                                              ALUMNI RELATIONS OFFICE            (802) 656-4014. If your email address has changed, please     Simon Dorfman
                                                                                                     ASSISTANT DEAN              send it to:                      8256 Nice Way                    Tuesday, June 19, 2007
                                                                                                     rick blount                                                                               Sarasota, FL 34238               Celebration of new McKay
                          On a recent visit to our medical school I couldn’t help but

                                                                                                                                 1941                           1946
                                                                                            DEVELOPMENT OPERATIONS MANAGER                                                                     (941) 926-8126
                          notice many obvious changes that have taken place; but I was            ginger lubkowitz                                                                                                              Endowment, Health Science
                          reassured to see that the school’s basic qualities remain the           DIRECTOR , MAJOR GIFTS                                                                                                        Research Facility – Gallery
                                                                                                   manon o ’ connor
                          same as they were 50 years ago when I was a medical student.
                          One change is that more than well over half of the current         DIRECTOR , MEDICAL ANNUAL GIVING
                                                                                                     sarah keblin
                                                                                                                                 John S. Poczabut
                                                                                                                                 62 Doral Farm Road
                                                                                                                                                                J. Bishop McGill
                                                                                                                                                                152 Sanborn Road               1951                             June 28, 2007
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Inaugural Shackford/Labow
                          students are women, compared to the two women out of the                                               Stamford, CT 06902             Stowe, VT 05672                Edward W. Jenkins
                                                                                           DIRECTOR , MEDICAL ALUMNI RELATIONS                                                                                                  Department of Surgery
                          50 members of my class. In addition, today’s medical cur-                 cristin gildea               (203) 322-3343                 (802) 253-4081                 7460 South Pittsburg Ave.
                          riculum has been totally and successfully revamped. No                  DEVELOPMENT OFFICER                                                                          Tulsa, OK 74136
                                                                                                   travis morrison                                                                                                              Davis Auditorium
                          longer are there familiar, distinct courses such as anatomy,
                          biochemistry, and pathology. Instead, today’s medical student
                                                                                                    jane aspinall
                                                                                                                                 1943                           R E U N I O N          ’ 0 7
                                                                                                                                                                                               (918) 492-7960
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                October 5 – 7, 2007
                                                                                                    james gilbert
     learns all those factors relating to the body’s normal and pathological functions
     as well as their treatments in a series of comprehensive, integrated units.
                                                                                                                                 Francis Arnold Caccavo
                                                                                                                                 (M.D. Dec. 1943)               1947                           R E U N I O N        ’ 0 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Campaign Celebration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                UVM Homecoming & Family
     Physical facilities for teaching, studying, and even for relaxing have been vastly
     improved and expanded. You have to see them to appreciate them!                          UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT
                                                                                                                                 51 Thibault Parkway
                                                                                                                                 Burlington, VT 05401
                                                                                                                                                                George H. Bray
                                                                                                                                                                110 Brookside Road
                                                                                                                                                                                               1952                             Weekend, UVM Campus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Saturday, October 6, 2007
                                                                                                                                 (802) 862-3841                 New Britain, CT 06052          Brewster Davis Martin
         But of course, in spite of these improvements, studying medicine remains a         MEDICAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Medical Alumni Executive
     real challenge for today’s students, much as it was when we were learning our           ALUMNI EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE          Carleton R. Haines             (860) 225-3302                 Box 128
                                                                                                      2006–2007                  (M.D. Dec. 1943)                                              362 VT Route 110                 Committee (Fall Meeting),
     profession’s fundamentals. I can’t tell you how impressed I was to meet two cur-                    OFFICERS                                               Porter H. Dale
                                                                                                    ( TWO -YEARTERMS )           88 Mountain View Road                                         Chelsea, VT 05038                UVM Campus
     rent medical students, Jesse Hahn ’08 and Justin Stinnett-Donnelly ’10, who                                                                                5 McKinley Street
                                                                                                        PRESIDENT                Williston, VT 05495            Montpelier, VT 05602           (802) 685-4541                   October 8, 2007
     took part in the most recent meeting of the Alumni Executive committee of the         marvin a. nierenberg, m.d.’60
                                                                                                                                 (802) 878-3115                 (802) 229-9258
     Medical Alumni Association. If they are at all representative of their classmates,            (2006-2008)                                                                                                                  American College of Surgeons
     the character, intelligence, dedication, and good humor of Jesse and Justin is                  PRESIDENT- ELECT
                                                                                               ruth a. seeler, m.d.’62
                                                                                                                                 Harry M. Rowe
                                                                                                                                 (M.D. March 1943)                                             1953                             Reception, New Orleans, LA
     living proof that the College of Medicine has superb people with whom to
     work. These students’ sincere enthusiasm for their education at UVM was pal-
                                                                                                                                 65 Main Street                 1948                           Richard N. Fabricius
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                October 27, 2007
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                American Academy of Pediatrics
                                                                                                                                 P.O. Box 755                                                  17 Fairview Road
     pable. It was clear to me that the medical school’s faculty and staff, as always,       paul b. stanilonis, m.d.’65                                        S. James Baum
                                                                                                     (2006-2008)                 Wells River, VT 05081                                         Old Bennington, VT 05201         UVM Reception: Saturday,
     are doing something right.                                                                                                                                 1790 Fairfield Beach Road
                                                                                                                                 (802) 757-2325                                                (802) 442-4224                   San Francisco, CA
         By the time you read this, some of you will have returned this month to                        SECRETARY                                               Fairfield, CT 06430
                                                                                              james c. hebert, m.d.’77                                 
     Burlington for your reunion. Those of you who have done so will probably have                                                                              (203) 255-1013                                                  June 6 – 8, 2008
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Medical Reunion 2008
     rediscovered for yourselves these and other aspects of the school to which we                 EXECUTIVE SECRETARY
                                                                                                john tampas, m.d.’54
     owe so much. One thing of which I am especially proud is the fact that a full 41
                                                                                                     (ongoing)                   1944                                                          1954                             UVM Campus
     percent of our alumni contributed financially to the school in the past year. This
     is a very high level of participation compared to all other medical schools, and it
                                                                                                   MEMBERS - AT- LARGE :
                                                                                                    (6-YEAR TERMS )
                                                                                                                                 Wilton W. Covey                1949                           John E. Mazuzan, Jr.             For updates on events see:
     is a tremendously important factor when major corporate, foundation, and gov-            leslie s. kerzner, m.d.’95         357 Weybridge Street           James Arthur Bulen             366 South Cove Road    
     ernmental entities decide which medical schools to lend their support to.                       (2002-2008)                 Middlebury, VT 05753           4198 North Longvalley Rd.      Burlington, VT 05401
         I thank all of you who have contributed to the College of Medicine, and I           frederick mandell, m.d.’64          (802) 388-1555                 Hernando, FL 34442             (802) 864-5039
                                                                                                     (2002-2008)                                                (352) 746-4513       
     want to encourage every alumnus to give some financial support, no matter the
                                                                                                 don p. chan, m.d.’76                                                                               (352) 378-1820
     amount, to improve our already stellar record of participation. It is an act of                 (2002-2008)                 1945                                                                             
     “paying back” that will go far, and I’m certain you will derive genuine satisfac-
     tion from it.
                                                                                              mark allegretta, ph.d.’90
                                                                                                     (2003-2010)                 Robert E. O’Brien
                                                                                                                                                                Joseph C. Foley
                                                                                                                                                                32 Fairmount Street            1955
         Have a wonderful summer!                                                               mark pasanen, m.d.’92            414 Thayer Beach Road          Burlington, VT 05401           Marshall G. London           R E U N I O N        ’ 0 7
                                                                                                     (2004-2010)                                                (802) 862-0040
                                                          Marv Nierenberg, M.D.’60          h. james wallace, iii, m.d.’88
                                                                                                                                 Colchester, VT 05446
                                                                                                                                 (802) 862-0394       
                                                                                                                                                                                               102 Summit Street
                                                                                                                                                                                               Burlington, VT 05401         1957
                                                                                                                                    Richard E. Pease               (802) 864-4927               Larry Coletti
                                                                                           naomi r. leeds, m.d., ’00 m.p.h.
                                                                                                     (2004-2010)                 H. Gordon Page                 P.O. Box 14                   34 Gulliver Circle
                                                                                               betsy sussman, m.d. ’81           9 East Terrace                 Jericho, VT 05465                                           Norwich, CT 06360
                                                                                                     (2007-2012)                 South Burlington, VT 05403     (802) 899-2543                                              (860) 887-1450
                                                                                            carleton r. haines, m.d. ’43
                                                                                                                                 (802) 864-7086                 Edward S. Sherwood             1956               
                                                                                                                                                                24 Worthley Road               Ira H. Gessner
                                                                                           jacqueline a. noonan, m.d. ’54
                                                                                                     (2006-2012)                                                Topsham, VT 05076              1306 Northwest 31st Street
                                                                                                                                                                (802) 439-5816                 Gainesville, FL 32605

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               1958                            H. Alan Walker
                                               229 Champlain Drive            1966                           Timothy John Terrien
                                                                                                             14 Deerfield Road
                                                                                                                                               1973                                     DEVELOPMENT NEWS
               Peter Ames Goodhue              Plattsburgh, NY 12901          Robert George Sellig           South Burlington, VT 05403        James M. Betts                                                 DAVIS LECTURESHIP              MCKAY TO BE HONORED WITH
               Stamford Gynecology, P.C.       (518) 561-8991                 31 Overlook Drive              (802) 862-8395                    715 Harbor Road                                                FUNDED                         PEDIATRIC ENDOWMENT
               70 Mill River Street                   Queensbury, NY 12804                                             Alameda, CA 94502
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Another lectureship in the    One of the foremost names in pediatrics in
                                                                                                                                               (510) 523-1920
               Stamford, CT 06902
               (203) 359-3340
                                                                              (518) 793-7914
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Department of Surgery         Vermont will be honored with an endowment

                                               1964                           G. Millard Simmons             Susan Pitman Lowenthal
                                                                                                                                               Philip L. Cohen
                                                                                                                                                                                                               has been fully funded,
                                                                                                                                                                                                               thanks in large part to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             named in his behalf by colleagues and friends. A
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             June 19 reception at the
                                                                                                                                               483 Lakewood Drive
               1959                            Anthony P. Belmont
                                               211 Youngs Point Road
                                                                              3165 Grass Marsh Drive
                                                                              Mount Pleasant, SC 29466
                                                                                                             200 Kennedy Drive
                                                                                                             Torrington, CT 06790
                                                                                                                                               Winter Park, FL 32789
                                                                                                                                               (407) 628-0221
                                                                                                                                                                                                               generosity of several
                                                                                                                                                                                                               alumni of the College of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             College of Medicine will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             showcase progress on the R.
               Jay E. Selcow                   Wiscasset, ME 04578               (860) 597-8996
                                                                                                                                                                                       Medicine. The John H.         James McKay Jr., M.D., Green
               27 Reservoir Road               (207) 882-6228                                                susan_w_pitmanlowen
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Davis Lectureship in Sur-     & Gold Professor. The first
               Bloomfield, CT 06002                                           R E U N I O N         ’ 0 7
               (860) 243-1359                                                                                                                                                                                  gery honors a former chair    McKay professor will be
                                                 1967                                                             1974                                                            of the department. Dr.        announced at the reception.
                                               1965                           John F. Dick II                1970                              Douglas M. Eddy
                                                                                                                                                                                        John H. Davis, M.D.    Davis was chair of surgery
                                                                                                                                                                                                              for nearly 20 years before
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Dr. McKay came to the Uni-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             versity of Vermont in 1950 as
               1960                            George A. Little
                                               97 Quechee Road
                                                                              P.O. Box 60
                                                                              Salisbury, VT 05769
                                                                                                             Raymond Joseph Anton
                                                                                                             1521 General Knox Road
                                                                                                                                               5 Tanbark Road
                                                                                                                                               Windham, NH 03087                        his retirement in 1990. The lectureship has been     the first full-time pediatric
               Marvin A. Nierenberg            Hartland, VT 05048             (802) 352-6625                 Russell, MA 01071                 (603) 434-2164                           permanently endowed through the leadership           faculty     member,      and
               15 West 81st Street             (802) 436-2138                                                (413) 568-8659                                   of James Hebert, M.D.’77, Richard Gamelli,           became the first chair of the
                                                                              Donald P. Goldsmith won
               New York, NY 10024              george.a.little@                                                      Cajsa Schumacher                         M.D.’74, and Richard Hubble, M.D.’80. Their          Department of Pediatrics in James McKay, M.D.
                                                                              the Joseph Lee Hollander,
               (212) 874-6484                                                         John F. Beamis, Jr.               78 Euclid Avenue                         donations have been matched by funds from the        1951. In the course of his 33
                                                                              M.D. Award, given for
                 Joseph H. Vargas III                                          24 Lorena Road                    Albany, NY 12203                         Department of Surgery. The department thanks         years as chair, Dr. McKay recruited the core of
                                                                              excellence and achieve-
               Melvyn H. Wolk                  574 US Route 4 East                                           Winchester, MA 01890                          the many other donors and continues to seek          the department faculty, and taught, mentored,
                                                                              ment in the field of
               Clinton Street                  Rutland Town, VT 05701                                        (781) 729-7568                                                             additional support. The Davis lecture will be pre-   and inspired scores of medical students and
                                                                              rheumatology. He writes
               P.O. Box 772                    (802) 775-4671                                      
               Waverly, PA 18471     
                                                                              that “Paul Dumdry and I
                                                                                                                                               1975                                     sented starting this September.                      pediatric residents, who learned to memorize

               (570) 563-2215
                                               Wooly Doane is now semi-
                                                                              recently visited with our
                                                                              classmate Mike Armstrong
                                                                                                             1971                              Ellen Andrews                            CALDWELL FAMILY CREATES
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             his acronym GRUSK, which stood for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             “Gentleness, Respect, Understanding, Sym-
                                               retired with the ability to    in Anchorage, Alaska. We       Wayne E. Pasanen                  195 Midland Road                         ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP                                  pathy, and Kindness.” Still an active member of

               1961                            telecommunicate from
                                               Florida during the winter
                                                                              were there as part of a trip
                                                                              to see the Iditarod. It was
                                                                                                             117 Osgood Street
                                                                                                             North Andover, MA 01845
                                                                                                                                               Pinehurst, NC 28374
                                                                                                                                               (910) 295-6464
                                                                                                                                                                                        A noted alumnus from the Class of 1960 and his
                                                                                                                                                                                        family have recently created a future endowed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             the College community, Dr. McKay will cele-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             brate his 90th birthday this October.
               Wilfrid L. Fortin                                                                             (978) 681-9393          
                                               months so his wife Pat can     a bit of a pre-reunion; all                                                                               scholarship at the College. The Richard G.
               17 Chapman Street                                                                             wpasanen@lowell
                                               be warm. During the rest       of us are planning to                                            Alan Kanter was granted                  Caldwell, M.D. Family Endowed Scholarship is a
               Nashua, NH 03060                                                                    
                                               of the year they enjoy         attend ‘the 40th’.” Myer                                         “Fellow membership sta-                  planned bequest that will establish a need-
               (603) 882-6202                  being near their children      Rosenthal writes: “Well,                                         tus” in the American                     based scholarship in perpetuity at the medical
                                               and grandchildren in           this year was time to          R E U N I O N             ’ 0 7   College of Phlebology in                 school. Dr. Caldwell’s distinguished career

               R E U N I O N           ’ 0 7
                                               Maine. Dorothy Indick
                                               Eisengart writes: “I am
                                                                              become and Emeritus
                                                                              Professor at Stanford,
                                                                                                             1972                              recognition of his clinical
                                                                                                                                               and academic contribu-
                                                                                                                                                                                        spans more than four decades of service in
                                                                                                                                                                                        medicine. He has served as a clinical instructor
               1962                            still practicing pediatrics
                                               in Waterville, Maine and
                                                                              although I will continue to
                                                                              work part-time for a few
                                                                                                             F. Farrell Collins, Jr.
                                                                                                             205 Page Road
                                                                                                                                               tions to the field. He was
                                                                                                                                               also named an Honorary
                                                                                                                                                                                        of surgery at the University of Illinois Research
                                                                                                                                                                                        and Education Hospital, and clinical assistant
               Ruth Andrea Seeler              my husband, Marvin, is         years. I still love teaching   Pinehurst, NC 28374               Fellow by the Australian
                                                                                                             (910) 295-2429                                                             professor of surgery and associate professor of
               2431 North Orchard              practicing neurology. Our      students, family is great                                        college of Phlebology as
               Chicago, IL 60614                                                                                                                                                        surgery at the University of Chicago. Currently
                                               son, Charles, is a colorec-    and I am looking forward       John Bassett received a           well.
               (773) 472-3432                                                                                                                                                           he is director of student surgical education at
                                               tal surgeon practicing in      to our 40th reunion!”          renal transplant from his                                                                                                       Allison Collen and Scott Millay, Class of 2007 agents
                                                                                                                                                                                        Lutheran General Hospital in Chicago. Dr.
                       Trenton, N.J. Our daugh-                                      sister, Elizabeth, on April
                                                                                                                                               1976                                     Caldwell has deep roots in the Vermont medical
                                               ter, probably the truly sane
                                                                              1968                           18 at the University of
                                                                                                                                                                                        community. He comes from a family of Vermont
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             NEWEST CLASS AGENTS
               1963                            member of the family, is a
                                               film editor in Los             David Jay Keller
                                                                                                             Wisconsin. He hopes to
                                                                                                             miss singing only one con-
                                                                                                                                               Don P. Chan
                                                                                                                                               Cardiac Associates of                    physicians, two of who were alumni of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             At the Class of 2007 Dinner this March the two
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             newest class agents for medical alumni were
               John J. Murray                  Angeles.”                      4 Deer Run                     cert of the Minnesota             New Hampshire                            College of Medicine. His father, George
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             named. Allison Collen and Scott Millay will
               P.O. Box 607                                                   Mendon, VT 05701               Chorale (since 1977) —            Suite 103                                Caldwell, and uncle Spencer B. Caldwell gradu-
                                                                                                                                               246 Pleasant Street                                                                           help keep their fellow class members connect-
               Colchester, VT 05446                                           (802) 773-2620                 aptly to the music of                                                      ated from the College of Medicine in 1924 and
               (802) 865-9390                                                                                                                  Concord, NH 03301                                                                             ed during the next phase of their careers —
                                                                                   Blake’s, ‘Songs of                                                         1921 respectively. Dr. Caldwell and his wife,
                                                                                                                  (603) 224-6070                                                                                residency, and beyond.
                                                                                                             Innocence and Experience.’                                                 Carol, live in Northbrook, Illinois.

30   V E R M O N T   M E D I C I N E                                                                                                           CLASS AGENTS : UVM MEDICAL PHOTOGRAPHY
H A L L A                                                                                                                                                                                                          CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   2007 CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
               Matt Zetumer writes: “I
               am still in full time private
                                               Frederic E. Shaw writes:
                                               “After three years at the
                                                                               (304) 691-1094
                                                                               1982                            sons continue to grow and
                                                                                                                                             explore the world and
                                                                                                                                                                            Barbara Angelika Dill                  Vermont Summer Pediatric Seminar
               practice of adult and ado-      Texas Department of             Richard Powell writes: “I     David Wlody is completing       bring joy to our lives.”
                                                                                                                                                                            120 Hazel Court                           June 14–17, 2007, The Equinox, Manchester, Vt.
               lescent psychiatry in San       Health, I came back to          hope that classmates are      a busy year in which he
                                                                                                                                                                            Norwood, NJ 07648
               Diego. I have a wonderful
               wife and watching three
                                               CDC in 2001. I worked in
                                               global hepatitis B control
                                                                               doing well. I’m keeping
                                                                               busy in Brandon, Florida,
                                                                                                             served as president of the
                                                                                                             Society for Obstetric
                                                                                                                                             1984                           (201) 767-7778
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Advanced Dermatology for The Primary Care Physician
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     September 6-9, 2007, Samoset Resort, Rockport,
               children grown and mature       for three years and then        in a five-doctor pulmo-       Anesthesia and Perina-          Richard C. Shumway                                                      Maine
               — Siobhan is a fashion          moved to CDC’-s Public          nary/critical-care/sleep      tology, the major specialty     34 Coventry Lane               Claudia Goulston writes:
                                                                                                                                             Avon, CT 06001                                                        Dementia & Geriatric Neuropsychiatry Conference
               editor at Allure, Josh is a     Health Law Program,             medicine practice. Thank-     organization devoted to the                                    “My husband and I have
                                                                                                                                             (860) 673-6629                                                          September 14-16, 2007, Stoweflake Resort, Stowe, Vt.
               screenwriter, and Sam is        where I did research on         fully I have six wonderful    anesthetic care of the preg-                                   returned after a two-year
                                                                                                                                             rshumway@                                                             Primary Care Sports Medicine
               Princeton class of ’09. I am    the legal aspects of quar-      grandchildren.” Jim Jarvis    nant woman. “Since 2002 I                                      working sabbatical in New
               still mountain climbing         antine, immunization, and       writes: “I am still here as   have been vice chair for                                       Zealand, China and                        September 26-28, 2007, Sheraton Hotel, Burlington,
               with Steve Lampert              injuries. In January 2007, I    director of pediatric         clinical affairs in the SUNY-                                  Namibia and we are now                    Vt.
               M.D.’76.” Lee H. Rome
               writes: “After my two-year
                                               became Editor of CDC’s
                                               publication, MMWR: The
                                                                               rheumatology at the
                                                                               University of Oklahoma.
                                                                                                             Downstate Medical Center
                                                                                                             Department of Anesthesi-
                                                                                                                                             1985                           embarking on a return to
                                                                                                                                                                            academia at the University
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   21st Annual Imaging Seminar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      October 12-14, 2007, Stoweflake Resort, Stowe, Vt.
               tour of duty as Mental          Morbidity and Mortality         My lab has been a leader      ology, where I have recent-     Vito D. Imbasciani             of Utah. So many stories
               Health Authority and            Weekly Report. Classmates       in applying systems biolo-    ly been promoted to the         1915 North Crescent            to tell…” Katherine M.                 5th Annual Northern New England Critical Care
               Director of Psychiatry at       can find it at     gy approaches to rheumat-     rank of professor with          Heights Blvd.                  “Trina” Hikel’s first book,            Conference
               the Wayne County jail in        mmwr/. I see Rick Wild,         ic disease in children. I     tenure. I am looking for-       Los Angeles, CA 90069          Dr. Trixie’s Prescriptions is             October 18-20, 2007, Stoweflake Resort, Stowe, Vt.
                                                                                                                                             (323) 656-1316
               Detroit, I’m now living the     Class of ’77, regularly.        work with and for wonder-     ward to our 25th reunion                                       just out this May.                     Northern New England Neuroimmunology Symposium
               life of a clinical and pro-     Rick and his wife live just     ful people but still miss     and can’t wait to see old                                                                               October 26 -28, 2007
               gram consultant. Currently      a few miles up the road.        New England and               friends.” Michael N. Pierce
                                                                                                                                                                            1991                                     Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe, Vt.
               I’m consulting at the W.J.
               Maxey Boys’ Training
                                               Best regards to classmates
                                               and old friends — please
                                                                               Vermont especially.”          is an internist and director
                                                                                                             of HIV Medicine for a
                                                                                                                                             1986                           John Dewey                             College of Medicine alumni receive a special 10% discount
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   on all UVM Continuing Medical Education conferences.
               School (Michigan’s main
               delinquency treatment
                                               visit if you are in Atlanta.”
                                                                               1980                          large community-based
                                                                                                             multispeciality practice in
                                                                                                                                             Darrell Edward White
                                                                                                                                             29123 Lincoln Road
                                                                                                                                                                            15 Eagle Street
                                                                                                                                                                            Cooperstown, NY 13326
                                                                                                                                                                                           For information contact:
               program), Wayne County
               Jail and the Michigan
                                               1978                            Richard Nicholas Hubbell
                                                                               80 Summit Street
                                                                                                             New York City. David M.
                                                                                                             Maccini is “looking forward
                                                                                                                                             Bay Village, OH 44140
                                                                                                                                             (440) 892-4681                 MaryAnn Montemale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       University of Vermont
                                               Paul McLane Costello            Burlington, VT 05401                                                                                      Continuing Medical Education
               Department of Cor-                                                                            to catching up with every-                                     LoMonaco writes: “I’m
               rections. If any of my          Essex Pediatrics, Ltd.          (802) 862-5551                one at the June reunion!”                                      busy with private practice                 128 Lakeside Avenue Suite 100
                                               89 Main Street                  rich.hubbell@                                                                                                                           Burlington, VT 05405
               classmates are so inclined,                                                                                                   R E U N I O N          ’ 0 7   in internal medicine.
                                               Essex Junction, VT 05452                                                                                                                            (802) 656-2292
               I can be reached at my
               email address (Lhrome@
                                               (802) 879-6556                                                1983                            1988                           Enjoying live in “paradise”
                                                                                                                                                                            in Naples, Florida. I wel-       
     ” Michael P.
               Crandell writes: “I am no
                                               Nancy Collins is still work-
                                               ing half-time doing child
                                                                               1981                          Diane M. Georgeson
                                                                                                             2 Ravine Parkway
                                                                                                                                             H. James Wallace III
                                                                                                                                             416 Martel Lane
                                                                                                                                                                            come any classmates to
                                                                                                                                                                            come and visit. I am mar-
               longer in practice. I am        and adolescent psychiatry.      Craig Wendell Gage            Oneonta, NY 13820               St. George, VT 05495           ried to Robert, and hard
               now the medical director        She is supervising a clinical   2415 Victoria Gardens         (607) 433-1620                  (802) 872-8533                 to believe, we have a           shuttle four kids around      Republic. “We took all our
                                                                               Tampa, FL 33609               james.wallace@
               of Sanford Health Plan,         nurse specialist who has a                                                                                                   teenage son, Alexander.         and am busy learning          children with us, which
                                                                               CraigGage@                    Anne Marie Massucco   
               the insurance division of       caseload similar to her. Her                                                                                                 When did we get old?”           Italian and exploring this    was a great experience for
                                                                                     15 Cedar Ledge Road             Lawrence I. Wolk
               the State’s largest health      son, Dan will be a freshman                                                                                                                                  diverse and rich country.     them as well as us.”
               system. The hours are bet-      at Marquette University in      Jacques Larochelle writes:    West Hartford, CT 06107         5724 South Nome Street         R E U N I O N         ’ 0 7     Ciao! Buona giornata!” Lucy   Kirsten Wolff writes:
                                                                                                             (860) 521-6120                  Greenwood Village, CO 80111
               ter but the work is just as
               hard in its own way.”
                                               Milwaukee; daughter
                                               Meredith will be a senior at
                                                                               “We had a great time at
                                                                               our 25th reunion last June
                                                                                                              (303) 771-1289
                                                                                                                                                                            1992                            and Dave Holmes are both
                                                                                                                                                                                                            enjoying their four chil-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          “Well, we are getting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ready for another big
                                               Marquette and Katie will        at Bruce and Anne             Michael Narkewicz writes:                                      Mark Eliot Pasanen              dren, ages 4, 6, 9, 12 and    adventure in our lives.
               R E U N I O N           ’ 0 7   be a third-year medical stu-    Leavitt’s home. Looking       “I have taken on new chal-                                     1234 Spear Street               their work. They are both     Peter, our son Alden and I

               1977                            dent at Loyola Medical          forward to the next one.      lenges in the past year.                                       South Burlington, VT 05403
                                                                                                                                                                            (802) 865-3281
                                                                                                                                                                                                            on faculty at SUNY-           are leaving Seattle after

               Mark A. Popovsky
                                               College in Chicago.             Very busy as usual with my
                                                                               practice and helping my
                                                                                                             Director of pediatric G.I.
                                                                                                             fellowship and clinical
                                                                                                                                             1989                           mark.pasanen@
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Buffalo, Lucy in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Deptartment of Pediatrics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          my nine years of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          OB/GYN practice and we
               22 Nauset Road
               Sharon, MA 02067                1979                            wife, Carolyn. Three sons
                                                                               in college and three in
                                                                                                             director of pediatric G.I.
                                                                                                             at the University of
                                                                                                                                             Peter M. Nalin
                                                                                                                                             13216 Griffin Run              Jennifer Woodson writes:
                                                                                                                                                                                                            and Dave in the Depart-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            ment of Family Medicine.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          are moving aboard our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          recently purchased sail-
               (781) 784-8824                  Sarah Ann McCarty               high school this coming       Colorado and med staff          Carmel, IN 46033               “We continue to live in         They recently returned        boat, now in Newport,
               mpopovsky@                      1018 Big Bend Road                                                                            (317) 962-6656
                                                                               year.”                        president at Childrens.                                        Naples, Italy. I am still a     from a medical mission        R.I., to set off on a year or
                      Barboursville, WV 25504                                                             
                                                                                                             More importantly, my two                                       stay-at-home doctor and         trip to the Dominican         two of cruising! We think

32   V E R M O N T   M E D I C I N E                                                                                                                                                                                                                       S U M M E R    2007   33

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   of you all often and hope
2 0 0 7 M E D I C A L A LU M N I A S S O C I AT I O N AWA R D S                                                                             Service Medal; Expert Field Medical
                                                                                                                                            Badge; and membership in the Order
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Matthew A. Conway,
                                                                                                                                                                                                        M.D. ’92                   to catch up with some of
 At this year’s Medical Reunion, eight physicians will be honored for their                                                                 of Military Merit. He most recently                         Dr. Conway is a gener-     you while the East coast
                                                                                              pital and Medical Center, and Clinical
 service to their community and academic achievement.                                                                                                                                                                              this summer.”
                                                                                              Professor of Anesthesiology and Medi-         served as Commanding General of the                         al surgeon in Rutland,
         A. BRADLEY SOULE AWARD                 Officer of the American Red Cross, New        cine at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine.         North Atlantic Regional Medical                             Vt. As a Major in the
          Ruth A. Seeler, M.D. ’62              England Region, and has also served as                                                      Command, where he oversaw the                               U.S. Army Medical          1993
          Dr. Seeler is Professor of Pedia-     Director of Transfusion & Intravenous                                                       largest region in the U.S. Army Medical                     Reserve and a member
                                                                                              AWARD FOR SERVICE TO                                                                                                                 Joanne Taplin Romeyn
          trics at the University of Illinois   Services of the Mayo Clinic. In recogni-      MEDICINE AND COMMUNITY                        System, encompassing over 15 medical        of the 947th Forward Surgical Team he      22 Patterson Lane
          College of Medicine at Chicago,       tion of his contributions to medicine and     John F. Dick II, M.D. ’67                     treatment facilities in a 21-state area.    has twice in recent years been called      Durham, CT 06422
          and a pediatric hematologist/         blood banking, he was awarded the 2005        Dr. Dick is a physician with                  In 1989 he became the 82nd Airborne         away from home and practice to serve:      (860) 349-6941
          oncologist at the University of       Elmer DeGowan Lectureship at the              certifications in internal                    Division surgeon and served with them       to Afghanistan in 2002, where he
                                                                                                                                            during Operations Just Cause and            earned a Combat Medic Badge; and to
          Illinois Medical Center. Since her
 introduction to the UVM College of
                                                University of Iowa. Dr. Popovsky sits on
                                                the editorial boards of several journals of
                                                                                              and critical care medicine.
                                                                                              Following in the tradition                    Desert Shield/Storm, and more recent-       Baghdad in 2003-2004, where he             1994
 Medicine as the only woman in the class        transfusion medicine, and has published       of his physician father and grandfather,      ly oversaw medical care in a combat         earned an Army Commendation                Holliday Kane Rayfield
 of 1962, Dr. Seeler’s dedication to the        extensively in that field. Dr. Popovsky is    Dr. Dick practices in his hometown of         zone as Commanding General of the           Medal. Closer to home, Dr. Conway is a     P.O. Box 819
                                                                                                                                            3rd Medical Command (Forward) and           member of the board of directors of        Waitsfield, VT 05673
 College and its mission has never waned.       an Associate Clinical Professor of Path-      Brandon, Vt., and for the last 35 years has
                                                                                                                                            as Coalition Forces Land Component          the New England Division of the            (802) 496-5667
 She has been a longtime class agent, and       ology at Harvard Medical School and an        been an integral member of the Rutland-
 has served multiple terms on the Alumni        Adjunct Clinical Professor of Pathology at    area medical community. At Rutland            Command Surgeon for Operation Iraqi         American Cancer Society; member of
 Executive Committee, currently as its          Boston University School of Medicine, as      Regional Medical Center he has served on      Freedom. Dr. Weightman’s military           the board of directors of Rutland
 President-Elect. She has been a generous
 philanthropic supporter of the College
                                                well as Medical Director and Vice
                                                President of Haemonetics Corporation.
                                                                                              numerous committees and held posi-
                                                                                              tions including Chair of Medicine,
                                                                                                                                            service has also included tours in
                                                                                                                                            Panama, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait.
                                                                                                                                                                                        Regional Medical Center; has served as
                                                                                                                                                                                        Vermont state chair/liaison to the
                                                                                                                                                                                        American College of Surgeons Com-          Allyson Miller Bolduc
 and its students, establishing the first                                                     Director of the Intensive Care Unit, and
                                                                                                                                                     RECENT ALUMNI AWARD                mission on Cancer; and is a member of      252 Autumn Hill Road
 endowed Medical Alumni Association             Aryeh Shander, M.D. ’77                       member of the board of directors. In                                                                                                 South Burlington, VT 05403
 Challenge Scholarship, naming a room in        Dr. Shander is an anes-                       2006, in recognition of his contributions               L. Lucy Boulanger, M.D.’92        the Barstow Elementary and Rutland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   (802) 863-4902
 the new Medical Education Center, and          thesiologist in Engle-                        to the health and well-being of the com-                Dr. Boulanger is trained in       Northeast Supervisory Union school         allyson.bolduc@
 becoming a member of the Wilbur                wood, NJ, and an expert                       munity, RRMC honored Dr. Dick with their                internal medicine, infectious     boards.                          
 Society. In addition to her direct support     in the field of “bloodless”                   “Physician of the Year” Perkins Com-                    diseases, and epidemiology,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Brian Levine’s handbook,
 of the College, Dr. Seeler has led by exam-    medicine and surgery—                         munity Health Award. Dr. Dick served for                and practices in Santa Fe,                          David M. Holmes,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Antibiotic use in the
 ple as an accomplished physician who           the practice of minimiz-                      two decades as a consultant to the for-                 N.M. She was inspired to                            M.D. ’92
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Emergency Department was
 has contributed greatly to her local and       ing patient blood loss during medical         mer Brandon Training School for the                     become involved in renew-                           Dr. Holmes is a family
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   published in November by
 professional communities. In 1998, she         procedures in an effort to eliminate or       Mentally Retarded, and he is currently in     able- and clean-energy issues after                           physician in Buffalo,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the Emergency Medicine
 was awarded the MAA Service to Medi-           reduce the likelihood of the patient need-    his 21st year as the Medical Director of      serving as a clinician on a Navajo reser-                     NY. He played a major
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Residents Association and
 cine & Community Award for her role in         ing a blood transfusion. Dr. Shander is       Haven Health Care Center nursing home         vation, where she observed negative                           role in establishing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   is distributed to all emer-
 founding Camp Warren Jyrch, one of the         Executive Medical Director of the New         of Rutland. He continues to be a Clinical     health effects in the population attrib-                      Good       Neighbors     gency residents nation-
 first summer camps in the nation for boys      Jersey Institute for the Advancement of       Instructor of the UVM College of Medi-        utable to the local history of uranium      Health Center, a clinic in inner city      wide.
 with hemophilia.                               Bloodless Medicine and Surgery, which is      cine, a role in which he utilizes house       mining and contamination. Dr.               Buffalo that provides free medical care

                                                recognized as one of the nation’s leading
                                                providers of bloodless surgical services.
                                                                                              calls to educate students on the proper
                                                                                              care of patients.
                                                                                                                                            Boulanger and her husband, physician
                                                                                                                                            Dr. John D. Fogarty, are both board
                                                                                                                                                                                        to an underprivileged population. He
                                                                                                                                                                                        currently serves as the organization’s     1996
         ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT                   For his pioneering work in this area, Time                                                  members of Physicians for Social            medical director. Dr. Holmes has won       Anne Marie Valente
           Mark Popovsky, M.D. ’77              magazine featured Dr. Shander as one of       George W. Weightman,                          Responsibility, and are co-directors of     awards for student mentoring and           66 Winchester St., Apt. 503
                                                                                                                                            New Energy Economy, a renewable/            humanism in medicine from SUNY             Brookline, MA 02446
           Dr. Popovsky is a pathologist in     their “Heroes of Medicine” in 1997. He has    M.D. ’82
                                                                                                                                            clean energy advocacy organization.         Buffalo School of Medicine, where he is    anne.valente@cardio.
           the Boston area who has focused      lectured extensively, nationally and          Dr. Weightman is certified                                                                                                 
           his career on improving transfu-     internationally, on topics related to blood   in family medicine. He                        Dr. Boulanger has also served as a          a Clinical Assistant Professor of Family
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Patricia Ann King, M.D., Ph.D.
           sion medicine and blood bank-        conservation and surgical blood man-          achieved the rank of Major                    member of Governor Bill Richardson’s        Medicine and Director of Family
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   832 South Prospect Street
           ing. He is a leading expert on the   agement, and has written numerous arti-       General in the U.S. Army,                     New Mexico Climate Change Advisory          Medicine Clerkship and Electives. In
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Burlington, VT 05401
 transfusion reaction known as TRALI            cles and book chapters on these subjects.     and has earned numerous                       Group.                                      June 2007 he will receive the Family       (802) 862-7705
 (transfusion-associated acute lung             Dr. Shander is the Chief of the depart-       honors for his lifetime of service to coun-                                               Physician of the Year award from the       patricia.king@
 injury), the most common life-threaten-        ments of Anesthesiology, Critical Care        try and medicine, including the                                                           New York State Chapter of the    
 ing complication of transfusion therapy.       Medicine, and Pain Management and             Distinguished Service Medal; Legion of                                                    American Academy of Family
                                                                                                                                                                                        Physicians.                                Cassandra Garcia and Vu
 He is former CEO and Chief Medical             Hyperbaric Medicine at Englewood Hos-         Merit; Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Tran are doing well in

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M.D. CLASS NOTES                                                                                                                                                                                        the surgeon writer
                                                                                                                                                                                                        continued from page 28
               Santa Rosa, California. Vu
               is practicing Pulmonary           1999                          Joel W. Keenan
                                                                               Greenwich Hospital
                                                                                                             practice and is keeping
                                                                                                             busy with resident teach-
                                                                                                                                            Florida. They are keeping
                                                                                                                                            busy with their beautiful
                                                                                                                                                                           wild man and another
                                                                                                                                                                           Riney is on the way! We
               Critical Care and Sleep           Everett Jonathan Lamm         Five Perryridge Road          ing, inpatient consults and    daughter June Anne and         look forward to seeing       year. Recently, I turned to face Patrick 2
               Medicine. Cassandra is in         11 Autumn Lane                Greenwich, CT 06830           outpatient electrophysiol-     are making frequent trips      everyone in June!”           and they, too, were nowhere to be found.
                                                 Stratham, NH 03885  
               private practice in Family                                                                    ogy studies among other        to Disney when possible.       Jonathan and Laura Dunn         The new ambulatory care center is
               Medicine. Their five year         (603) 929-7555                JoAn Louise Monaco            things. His wife is a neu-     Emily enjoys being a           Goldberg welcomed a baby
                                                  Suite 6-F, 5E                                                                                                            shrouded in glass and full of sunlight. At
               old son, Zachary is enjoy-                                                                    ropsychologist at the Ohio     “baby” in Venice where         girl, Sophia Rhea
                                                 Deanne Dixon Haag             4618 Warwick Blvd.                                                                                                       night, it brightens like a lightbulb. When
               ing kindergarten.                                                                             State University Rehabil-      the mean population age is     Goldberg, born February
                                                 4215 Pond Road                Kansas City, MO 64112
                                                                                                             tation Hospital and is         68 and her FP practice is      9, 2007.                     you drive up to the front entrance, you
                                                 Sheldon, VT 05483             (816) 753-2410                                                                                                           might, in a moment of fantasy, expect your
               R E U N I O N           ’ 0 7                                                                 enjoying her work on the       keeping her very busy. She
                                                 (802) 524-7528      
               1997                                                            Heather M.P. Smith’s
                                                                                                             TBI inpatient team.
                                                                                                             Steve’s daughter just
                                                                                                                                            evens runs into the occa-
                                                                                                                                            sional Vermont snowbird
                                                                                                                                                                           2003                         bags to be checked for a midnight flight to
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Paris. In fact, the walls are all painted an
               Julie Clifford Smail
               10 Proctor Street                 2000                          twins, Kathryn and
                                                                               Mackenzie just turned 3.
                                                                                                             turned 5 and he is working
                                                                                                             hard at making her as
                                                                                                                                            and enjoys hearing updates
                                                                                                                                            on life in Vermont. Good
                                                                                                                                                                           Omar Khan
                                                                                                                                                                           33 Clearwater Circle
                                                                                                                                                                                                        institutional beige and, if you look closely,
                                                                                                                                                                                                        you can tell that they are adorned with just
               Manchester-by-the-Sea,            Jay Edmond Allard             Heather became board          goofy as he is. Adam and       luck to the Ryan family!       Shelburne, VT 05482
               MA 01944                          USNH Yokosuka                                                                                                             (802) 985-1131               one coat. In some hallways, another is
                                                                               certified in the Fall of      Jodi Kanter and their kids     As for myself, JoAn
               (360) 240-8693                    PSC 475 Box 1757                                                                                                       already needed. The dents and scrapes are
                                                                               2006, and is in her 3rd       have safely returned from      Monaco, I will be heading
               jsmail@                           FPO, AP 96350                                                                                                             Scott Goodrich               multiplying and my friends are spackling,
                                                                               year as a hospitalist at      a year away in New             home to NYC this June
                                                                               Rutland Regional Medical      Zealand and are in the         after completing a plastics    13 Mountain View Blvd.       sanding and painting. The walls have little
                                                 Michael Jim Lee               Center in Vt. JoAn Monaco     process of finishing up        residency in Kansas City.      South Burlington, VT 05403   or no memory. Absent are the bumps and
                                                                                                                                                                           (802) 864-7787
               1998                              71 Essex Lane
                                                 Irvine, CA 92620
                                                                               gathered news from her
                                                                               classmates, and sends this
                                                                                                             neurosurgery at UVA.
                                                                                                             Adam will start a spine fel-
                                                                                                                                            I’m looking forward to
                                                                                                                                            starting an aesthetic fel-
                                                                                                                                                                                                        ripples and coats and coats of paint that lock
                                                                                                                                                                                                        in the collective images of an institution.
               Halleh Akbarnia                   michael_j_lee1681@
                                                                               report: “Greetings to the     lowship at UCSF in July        lowship in the city and                                     They lack the patina, the variegated burnish
               4700 Bromley Lane       
                                                                               Class of 2001! Time has       of 2007 and then plans on      hopefully finding a job on
                                                                                                                                                                                                        that only comes with the passage of time
               Richmond, VA 23226
               (804) 204-2595
                                                 Monica Fiorenza married
                                                 Greg McCormick (Class of
                                                                               flown since graduation but
                                                                               I’m glad that many of us
                                                                                                             moving the Kanter clan to
                                                                                                             Pittsburgh for a position
                                                                                                                                            the east coast somewhere.
                                                                                                                                            Life is great on my end!
                                                                                                                                                                           2004                         and the dutiful work of the hospital
                                                 ’01) in June of 2006.         are still in touch. Here’s    as Director of the Mini-       Thanks very much for           Jillian S. Geider            painters. Like the Velveteen Rabbit, only
               Scott Musicant writes: “I         Monica is enjoying pedi-      the latest from our class….   mally Invasive Spine           your emails and glad to        jillian.geider@              when your fur is rubbed off, can you know
               finally finished training         atrics at Timber Lane         Karine Ekmekji Mouradian      Center at the University       hear that everyone is                 that you are really loved.                  VM

               after eight years in Oregon.      Pediatrics in S. Burling-     is keeping busy with her      of Pittsburgh. Jodi is cur-    doing well. All the best to    Emily A. Hannon                                       “Let’s Close” column,
               I am now in San Diego             ton. Greg has joined Dr.      husband Ara and their two     rently pregnant with twins     the class of 2001              emily.hannon@                                   UVM Surgery Newsletter,
               practicing vascular surgery       Tom Carin and is staying      beautiful boys, Alek and      and all are excited about      and…until next time! 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Spring 2006
               with my father. Carrie and        busy with ophthalmology,      Ayk. Karine is enjoying       expanding their bunch of                                      Steven D. Lefebvre
               I are expecting our first         corneal and refractive sur-   her work as a pediatrician    three to FIVE kiddies.         R E U N I O N         ’ 0 7    fabulous5lefebvre@
               child in February. Life is
               good. Let us know if you
                                                 gery. “We love being back
                                                 in Vermont!” Christine
                                                                               in sunny Los Angeles.
                                                                               Jenny and Loren Majersik
                                                                                                             Actually, Adam wrote
                                                                                                             “God help us!” when

               are ever visiting San Diego
                                                 Waasdorp writes: “After
                                                 four years in S. Korea I
                                                                               and their handsome son
                                                                               Max are living in
                                                                                                             describing the arrival to
                                                                                                             two more little ones! We
                                                                                                                                            Jonathan Vinh Mai
                                                                                                                                            15 Meadow Lane                 2005
               Erika T. Fellinger is living in   eagerly head to Denver,       Michigan where Jenny is       know Adam and Jodi can         Danville, PA 17821             Julie A. Alosi
               Somerville, Mass., with her       Colorado to start my peds.    in her second year of a       handle anything. Good          (570) 275-4681       
               husband Eric and 17-              G.I. fellowship at Denver     stroke fellowship at the      luck to all of the Kanters!                                   Richard J. Parent
               month-old son, Zachary.           Childrens. After traveling    University of Michigan.       Ladan Farhoomand is            Kerry Lee Landry     
               She is doing general and          much of Asia we look for-     Jenny recently returned       enjoying life in southern      (919)732-9876
               laparoscopic surgery at
               Cambridge Heath Alliance,
                                                 ward to being near family
                                                 and friends in the U.S.”
                                                                               from a trip to Japan pre-
                                                                               senting her research as a
                                                                                                             California where she is
                                                                                                             working for a private anes-    Mary O’Leary Ready             2006                                                  Professor of Surgery
               caring for the underserved                                      neurotoxin expert after       thesia group in gorgeous               William C. Eward                                    Frank Ittleman, M.D.
               of Northern Boston region
               and teaching Harvard
                                                 2001                          seeing some interesting
                                                                               stuff walk through the ER
                                                                                                             San Diego. She sends an
                                                                                                             open invitation to anyone
                                                                                                                                            Maureen Crosby Sarle
                                                                                                                                                                           Deborah Rabinowitz
               Medical students and resi-        Ladan Farhoomand              doors at U of M. Nice         in southern California to      Pearl Riney writes: “I         debbie.rabinowitz@
               dents. “We are enjoying           1481 Regatta Road             work!! Steve Simensky is      visit. Ladan is doing great!   joined a private practice in
               life in the big city.”            Carlsbad, CA 92009            doing well in Columbus,       Emily June Ryan and her        Cambridge, Mass., in
                                                 (626) 201-1998                Ohio where he joined a        husband Tim are having         August, and I love it! Our
                                                                               three-person neurology        fun in sunny Venice,           son Penn is a 2-year-old

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               RAYMOND C . DENSMORE , M . D.’39          urology practice in Oak Ridge, Tenn.       After retiring from surgery, he         JACK E . FARNHAM , M . D.’57             JOHN H . BLAND, M . D.
               Dr. Densmore died in Copley               Because of his surgical skills and war-    became the first medical director of    Dr. Farnham died on Wednesday,           Dr. Bland, who was an emeritus professor of medicine, died
               Hospital in Morrisville, Vt., on Nov.     time experience, Dr. King was often        St. Joseph’s emergency room.            Jan. 3, 2007 in Mt. Dora, Fla. He was    March 15, 2007, in Cambridge, Vt. Dr. Bland had lived in
               27, 2006, at the age of 92. He was        surgeon of last resort for serious                                                 born on Sept. 26, 1931, in Rutland,      Cambridge since 1970. He was born on Nov. 7, 1917, in
               born in Burlington on June 14, 1914.      injuries in the Oak Ridge Hospital         ROBERT K . WARD, M . D.   ’51           Vt., and spent his youth in Benning-     Globe, Ariz. He graduated from Earlham College and
               After grammar school, he attended         emergency room. When he retired in         Dr. Ward died February 24, 2007 on      ton. He graduated from Bennington        Jefferson Medical College. He served as a captain in the U.S.
               Burlington High School, graduating        1995, he had charts on 26,000              his 82nd birthday, in Greenwich,        High School in 1949. Dr. He              Army from 1946 to 1948 in Fort Hood, Texas. Dr. Bland’s
               in 1932. He received his bachelor of      patients and had performed an esti-        Conn. Born in St. Albans, Vt., Dr.      received a B.A. from the University      career elevated him to world recognition in rheumatology; he lectured in 17
               science degree at the University of       mated 10,000 surgical procedures           Ward was a summa cum laude gradu-       of Vermont in 1953 and an M.D. in        countries and was published in every major medical journal. In 1958-59, he
               Vermont, where he became a mem-           over his career. An aviator his entire     ate of the University of Vermont and    1957. Dr. Farnham served his intern-     was an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Manchester in England.
               ber of Delta Psi, in 1936, and his        adult life, Dr. King was rated a com-      a member of Phi Bet Kappa before        ship and residency at Henry Ford         He was awarded several National Institutes of Health grants for his research in
               medical degree cum laude in 1939.         mercial instrument multi-engine            receiving his medical degree in 1951.   Hospital in Detroit, Mich. His inter-    the 1960s. In 1989 he was named a Master of Rheumatology by the American
               His internship was spent at Stamford      pilot with some 3,000 hours of flight      Dr. Ward served in the U.S. Army as     nal medicine fellowships were com-       College of Rheumatology, and was also a Fulbright Visiting Senior Scholar in
               Hospital in Stamford, Conn., after        time. He would use his small, private      a Japanese interpreter during World     pleted at Lahey Clinic in Boston,        Sydney, Australia. Dr. Bland wrote 14 books, many of which were medical
               which he opened a practice in 1941 in     airplane to fly to the more remote         War II with the Armed Forces Radio.     Mass., and at the University of          textbooks. His popular Live Long, Die Fast was a best seller.
               Hardwick. On June 2, 1942, he mar-        parts of East Tennessee to provide         He then practiced medicine in Rye,      Vermont. He was a captain in the
               ried Sarah Peck of Hardwick, and on       medical services to those in need.         N.Y. for many years and was recently    U.S. Air Force Medical Corps from        KENNETH R . CUTRONEO, PH . D.
               Aug. 18, joined the Army Medical                                                     honored as a 50 year Distinguished      1957 to 1962. He was the Chief of        Dr. Cutroneo passed away unexpectedly in his Burlington
               Corps with the 36th Division, serving     JOSEPH CABANZO, M . D.’43                  Life Fellow of the American Psychia-    Medicine at the USAF Hospital from       home on April 11, 2007. He was born in Providence, R.I., on
               in Naples, Foggia, Rome, Arno, the        Dr. Cabanzo passed away at his             tric Association.                       1960 to 1963. Dr. Farnham practiced      Oct. 9, 1943. Dr. Cutroneo received his undergraduate degree
               Northern Appennines and Southern          Florida home on January 4, 2007. He                                                internal medicine at Chelmsford          from Providence College. He received his master’s and doc-
               France. He was later assigned to hos-     was the son of Jose N. Cabanzo and         BENJAMIN H . MAECK JR ., M . D.’54      Medical Associates in Massachusetts      torate degrees from the University of Rhode Island. Dr.
               pitals in Italy, France and North         Amelia Laborde, who came to this           Dr. Maeck was born in Shelburne,        from 1963 to 1969. He founded            Cutroneo was a member of the faculty of the Department of
               Africa. He received the EAME rib-         country from Santander, Spain, a city      Vt., on January 6, 1927, the son of     Allergy Immunology Associates in         Biochemistry for the past 31 years and was posthumously made an emeritus
               bon with four battle stars, the bronze    where his paternal grandfather built       Benjamin Harris and Hannah              1969 in Chelmsford. In 1990, Dr.         professor of biochemistry. According to his family, Dr. Cutroneo would often
               arrowhead, the victory ribbon and         the famed Banco De Santander. Born         Edgerton Tracy Maeck. He died           Farnham retired from practice to         be seen driving around town in his convertible, listening to his favorite artist,
               the combat medic badge. He                in Montpelier, Vt., he graduated           peacefully in his San Francisco home    attend the Harvard School of Public      Bruce Springsteen. Dr. Cutroneo spent many hours researching and develop-
               returned to Hardwick on Feb. 6,           from Spaulding High School and             with his family on January 22, 2007.    Health, specializing in occupational     ing a new therapy to prevent inappropriate deposition of connective tissue.
               1946 and for the next 35 years made       attended the University of Vermont         Dr. Maeck was a graduate of North-      medicine. In 1992, he earned a mas-
               house calls throughout the area, visit-   for both his undergraduate and med-        wood School, Lake Placid, and           ter’s of public health from Harvard      JOSEPH B . PATLAK , PH . D.
               ing nearly every home in the nearby       ical degrees. While at school, he was      Dartmouth College, before earning       University where he was named Class      Dr. Patlak died on May 10, 2007 at his home in Underhill,
               towns. For several years he was a         a member of the Lambda Iota Society        his medical degree at the College of    Orator. In 1994, he accepted a posi-     Vermont. He earned his Ph.D. from UCLA in 1977, and then
               regional medical examiner for the         which was founded in 1836. He              Medicine. He interned in surgery at     tion at the University of Texas Health   did his postdoctorate with Nobel Laureate Erwin Neher. He
               state of Vermont.                         served his country as a captain in the     St. Luke’s Hospital, New York, and      Center in Tyler, where he cared for      published numerous articles on the molecular basis of mem-
                                                         U.S. Army in World War II and, after       completed his orthopaedic surgery       patients and taught medical students     brane electrical activity and pioneered some of the most inno-
               AVERY P. KING , M . D.’42                 the war, while stationed in South          residency at New York Orthopaedic       and residents. Dr. Farnham retired       vative technologies for measuring and analyzing data from
               Dr. King, a native of St. Albans, Vt.,    Florida, became the personal surgeon       Hospital, Columbia Presbyterian         from the university in 2000.             single ion channels in both muscle and nerve. He was an
               died Jan. 4, 2007, at his home in         for Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower. As a        Medical Center, New York, followed                                               emeritus professor of molecular physiology and biophysics,
               Roswell, Georgia. He was born May         surgeon in Tampa, he had privileges        by a fellowship at the Royal National   HARVEY RUBIN , M . D.’58                 and had been a member of the faculty since 1980. He was made an honorary
               28, 1919, the son of James Samuel         at Centro Asturiano and St. Joseph’s       Orthopaedic Hospital, London. He        Dr. Rubin died Jan. 19, 2007, at         member of the class of 2007 at commencement. Dr. Patlak believed that every
               King, M.D., and Harriet C. (Hill)         Hospital. While at St. Joseph’s, he        served as a medical corpsman in the     Treasure Coast Hospices in Stuart,       student was special and deserved the best, and he was known for his informal
               King. He married Mary Agnes Burke         was chief of staff, chief of surgery and   United States Navy during WWII.         Fla. He was 74. He was born in           classroom style. He led the charge in bringing the Internet to the College of
               of Winooski, in 1942. A veteran of        the credentials committee. Dr.             In 1960, Dr. Maeck began his            Waterbury, Conn., and, after earning     Medicine. As his friend and colleague, Professor and Chair of Molecular
               World War II, Dr. King served in the      Cabanzo envisioned the tremendous          orthopaedic surgery practice at         his medical degree, served in the U.S.   Physiology and Biophysics David Warshaw, Ph.D. recalls, “Over the last sev-
               U.S. Army from 1942 to 1956 includ-       growth the city of Tampa would             Franklin Hospital, now Davies Medi-     Navy as a surgeon, holding the rank      eral years, Joe taught us how to embrace and manage a fatal disease such as
               ing the Monte Cassino and Anzio           undergo, and he served as the liaison      cal Center in San Francisco. He is      of lieutenant commander. Before          Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Although the outcome of this disease was cer-
               Beachhead battles with duty in a for-     between the Sisters at St. Joseph’s and    remembered as a caring and dedicat-     retirement he was a thoracic surgeon     tain, Joe constantly informed us of its progression. He described its toll from
               ward surgical field hospital, one of      the acquisition of the land where the      ed physician, for his warm, ready       at Stamford Hospital in Stamford,        a scientific viewpoint, as only a physiologist could, while infusing his light-
               the first MASH units. In 1956, Dr.        present hospital is situated. During       smile and his quick Vermont wit.        Conn.                                    hearted persona.” Dr. Patlak is survived by his wife, Elke Pinn, M.D.’89, and
               King retired from the military as a       those years, he developed the first                                                                                         sons Johanne and David.
               lieutenant colonel and opened his         medical condominium in the area.

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                                                                                                                 Profiles i                                                            giving

                                                                                                                                           oing what must be done
                                                                                                          When Bellows Falls native Patricia A. Fenn, M.D.’65             Soule Award, the highest alumni honor bestowed by the
                                                                                                          arrived to study for her undergraduate degree at UVM in         College of Medicine’s alumni association. By then, the
                                                                                                          the mid-1950s, the path to earning an M.D. was anything         thousands of patients she had helped over the course of
                                                                                                          but easy. As she recalled years later, she had wrestled with    four decades’ practice in rheumatology could also attest to
                                                      may 2, 2007
                                                                                                          the question of whether the struggle to gain one of the few     Dr. Fenn’s deep personal qualities as a healer.
                                                       12:45 p.m.                                         seats available to a female medical student was really worth       When she passed away this winter, Dr. Fenn left
                                                                                                          the extreme effort. Finally, a good friend spelled it all out   behind a substantial estate bequest to the College. Her
                                                                                                          for her: “Pat,” she said, “You know you don’t really have a     undesignated bequest will allow the College the freedom
                        Medical students in the hallway of the Student Assessment Center prepare          choice. You have to be a doctor. You just have to do this.”     to support the most pressing needs — the things that
                     for their next session with standardized patients in the center’s examining rooms.      Dr. Fenn publicly recounted that exchange more than          must be done. It was a gift, and a way of giving, that was
                                                                                                          40 years later, when she was the recipient of the A. Bradley    so typical of this generous, caring physician.

                                              photograph by Mario Morgado

                                                                                                                                    medical development and alumni relations office

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                                                                        Caring for the future

               For decades, David M. Babbott, M.D., served as a role model        affinity for people throughout her clinical rotations. As one of
               for students and residents he taught as a faculty member at the    her faculty evaluators wrote, Cristine “understands the impor-
               College of Medicine, before retiring in 1993. Dr. Babbott was      tance of staying connected with both patients and colleagues
               known throughout the medical community for his deep com-           through sensitive and empathetic interaction.”
               mitment to listening to and connecting with each patient as an         Your gift to the College of Medicine can, as the Babbotts’
               individual, and for his desire to teach that kind of approach to   has, shape medical careers in positive ways for years to come.
               every student and resident with whom he came in contact.           Donors have two new options for creating a named scholar-
                  In 2003, Meredith Babbott established the David M. Babbott      ship at the College — either a currently-funded or an
               Caring and Seeing Award to honor the career of her husband,        endowed scholarship that leverages matching dollars provided
               through a generous gift that was matched by the Medical            by the Medical Alumni Association.
               Alumni Association. Since then, every spring, a fourth-year stu-
               dent who, during their clinical education, has demonstrated a           For more information on scholarship support, contact:
               deep commitment to seeing the patient as a whole human being            university of vermont college of medicine
               receives scholarship support from the Babbott fund.                     medical development and alumni relations office
                  Cristine Maloney is this year’s Caring and Seeing award              (802) 656-4014
               winner. A native of Bristol, Vermont, Cristine showed her     

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