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QUARTERLY For Alumni, Friends, Faculty and Students of University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Disecting Gross Anatomy Medicine and Public Health In the inner city Volume 11 Number 3 Summer 2009 Calendar of Events October 2009 Sunday, October 4 1 p.m. White Coat Ceremony Union Theater OCTOBER 16 – 17 HOMECOMING WEEKEND Reunions for classes of 1969, ’74, ’84, ’89, ’94, ’99 and ‘04 Friday, October 16 4 p.m. Tour the Health Sciences Learning Center (HSLC) 6:30 p.m. Dinner at the Concourse Hotel Saturday, October 17 8:30 a.m. Tailgate party at the HSLC 11 a.m. Football game: Wisconsin vs. Iowa November 2009 Saturday, November 14 Resident Tailgate Party Football game: Wisconsin vs. Michigan Friday, November 20 Alpha Omega Alpha Banquet Health Sciences Learning Center February 2010 Friday, February 19 WMAA Winter Event Wisconsin Dells PHOTO: UW-Madison University Communications QUARTERLY The Magazine for Alumni, Friends, Faculty Contents and Students of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Summer 2009 EDITOR Volume 11, Number 3 Dian Land 4 ART DIRECTOR Christine Klann PHOTOGRAPHY 2 Todd Brown Inner-City Immersion Dean’s Message Chris Frazee Students learn medicine and C & N Photography Ernie Mastroianni public health in Milwaukee’s underserved neighborhoods. 3 Jeff Miller Marge Stearns Executive Director’s WISCONSIN MEDICAL Message ALUMNI ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Karen Peterson 14 EDITORIAL BOARD Student Life Christopher Larson, MD ‘75, chair 7 Kathryn Budzak, MD ‘69 Maureen Mullins, MD ‘79 Sandra Osborn, MD ‘70 Health Equity 21 Patrick Remington, MD ‘81, MPH Wade Woelfle, MD ‘95 Spotlight A new center addresses health 22 EX OFFICIO MEMBERS and healthcare disparities in Robert Golden, MD Dian Land Wisconsin’s minority populations. Marje Murray Alumni Profile: Karen Peterson Dennis Maki, MD ‘67 WISCONSIN MEDICAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2009—10 25 Kathryn S. Budzak, MD ‘69 Healer’s Journey 9 Renee Coulter, MD ‘79 Philip Farrell, MD, PhD Stephen Fox, MD ‘86 26 Donn Fuhrmann, MD ‘76 Calorie Restriction Research Advances Kay Gruling, MD ‘88 Rhesus monkeys help SMPH 28 Charles V. Ihle, MD ‘65 Susan Isensee, MD ‘83 researchers explore a possible Thomas Jackson, MD ‘67 antidote to aging and disease. John Kryger, MD ‘92 Alumni Notebook Christopher L. Larson, MD ‘75 Anne Liebeskind, MD ‘98 Johan A. Mathison, MD ‘61 40 Patrick McBride, MD ‘80, MPH Steven Merkow, MD ‘80 My Perspective William C. Nietert, MD ‘78 Sandra L. Osborn, MD ‘70 Steven Pizer, MD ‘85 Ann Ruscher, MD ‘91 Ann Schierl, MD ‘57 12 Sally Schlise, MD ‘76 Half-Century Milestone Wade Woelfle, MD ‘95 Ian Bird brings the Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology Quarterly is published four times a year by the Wisconsin Medical program to a special anniversary. Alumni Association (WMAA) and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. For editorial information, On the Cover: Medical student Theresa Umhoefer, center, admires potato call (608) 261-1034. plants cultivated by (from left) Gabriella Newson, Cameron Bond and For address corrections and to Tasha Gamble. The teens work at Walnut Way, one of several Milwaukee reach the WMAA, call organizations involved in TRIUMPH, the school’s new Training in Urban (608) 263-4915. Medicine and Public Health program. Photo by Ernie Mastroianni. Summer 2009 1 ■ DEAN’S Message soon. We already have fresh perspective (in fact, he is begun to build important the first McArdle leader from bridges to undergraduate outside Wisconsin) combined programs at UW-Milwaukee, with a longstanding McArdle UW-Platteville as well as connection. This is a home- Spelman College in Atlanta, coming of sorts for Jim, since which will provide an he completed part of his important opportunity to research training under the increase the diversity of our tutelage of Henry Pitot, who student body. served with distinction as The start of the academic McArdle’s second chair and year is also a time of remains an active participant welcoming new senior in the life of the department leadership at the school. and our school. In this issue, you will read Finally, the latest exciting about our inaugural associate news is that Paul DeLuca, our dean for public health, Pat vice dean and associate dean Remington. Pat is perfectly for research and graduate prepared to play a major studies, has been tapped to Robert Golden, MD Dean, UW School of Medicine and Public Health role in our school’s ongoing serve as the next provost and Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs, UW-Madison transformation. With his vice chancellor for academic unique combination of affairs at UW-Madison. I deep experience in public commend Chancellor Biddy A s we prepare for a new academic year, there is a feeling of excitement We are also delighted that this August we welcome 18 new medical students to health communities, both in Wisconsin and at the Centers for Disease Control, coupled Martin for her wisdom in selecting such a talented and experienced academic leader about new beginnings and the Wisconsin Academy for with his outstanding track for this vital role. While new areas of growth for the Rural Medicine, or WARM. record as an academic leader, Paul’s transition represents school. Building on WARM’s initial we feel he will dramatically a real personal loss for me This issue’s cover story success, we have accelerated facilitate our engagement as and the school, that loss is on our new medical student the growth in students we create our new model that greatly overshadowed by program, Training in Urban admitted to the program synthesizes medicine with the wonderful gain for all of Medicine and Public Health, in the past two years. Our public health. us as we welcome Paul into or TRIUMPH, is one original cohort of WARM We also are delighted to this incredibly important example. We feel that this students has just begun its welcome Jim Shull as our new senior leadership position for program represents a very clinical training at Rice Lake. chair of oncology and head the university. In the next strategic way to expand the To serve WARM and of the McArdle Laboratory Quarterly, we will describe supply of physicians who are TRIUMPH, we have also for Cancer Research. Jim has the smooth transition trained in and committed to started our new college been an extremely successful following Paul’s departure working with underserved pipeline program, Rural department chair at the and the successful completion populations in underserved and Urban Scholars in University of Nebraska in his of the search for his successor. urban sites in Wisconsin. Community Health, or home state. What makes him It is indeed a time of RUSCH, which you will so qualified for this new role exciting transitions. be reading more about is that he brings an outsider’s 2 QUARTERLY ■ EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S Message G reetings, medical alumni! It’s early June as I write this message and Convention Center for over 700 guests. The event was co-sponsored by the school Clinics residents. In our effort to do so, we are planning a tailgate party for residents the hallways of the Health and the Wisconsin Medical on November 14, prior to the Sciences Learning Center are Alumni Association (WMAA). Wisconsin-Michigan game. much too quiet. We’ve just Now we look to fall experienced a very successful with great anticipation and Winter Event I realize this is a bad word spring semester filled with enthusiasm. Following are the here in Wisconsin. But we many events and activities for highlights of what’s to come. need to start planning the alumni and students, so we miss the flurry of activity. But Fall Reunions Winter Event now! The Several class represen- WMAA events committee it gives us time to plan for fall tatives have made the is aiming to hold the 2010 2009 and winter 2010. decision to celebrate event in the Wisconsin Dells. Before I tell you about reunions in conjunction with This will be a kid-friendly, what’s in store for the future, Homecoming. As a result, family event and the date I’d like to reflect on the reunions are being planned has been set for Friday, recent past. for the classes of 1969, 1974, February 19. Details will be During Alumni Weekend, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999 and forthcoming on our Web site: we honored the Class Karen S. Peterson 2004, to be held October 16 www.med.wisc.edu/alumni. of 1959, acknowledged WMAA Exectuvie Director and 17. Your class reps will Feel free to contact me many award recipients and soon send details. with your ideas, issues celebrated five class reunions. and even concerns. You can It was heartwarming to see Homecoming contact me at kspeters@wisc. so many alumni gather to The WMAA will host its edu, (608) 263-4913 or reminisce and enjoy the annual tailgate the morning write to Karen S. Peterson, weekend. Student leaders of October 17. Since Union Assistant Dean for Alumni/ also were very involved South has been torn down, External Relations and and did a wonderful job of we will host this event in our Director, Wisconsin Medical introducing alumni to our Health Sciences Learning Alumni Association, 750 building. Alumni also had Center before the Iowa Highland Avenue, Madison, an opportunity to tour the football game. Tickets for WI 53705, phone: (608) new Wisconsin Institutes for medical alumni will be 263-4913, fax: (608) 262- Medical Research. The article available through the WMAA 0306. and photos beginning on office. Priority will be given I look forward to hearing page 28 tell the story. to WMAA and Middleton from you! The Class of 2009 enjoyed Society members as well as a spectacular graduation day. class reunion attendees. It began with a recognition ceremony at the Memorial Resident Event Union Theater and ended The WMAA continues to with a grand celebration strengthen its relationship at the Monona Terrace with UW Hospital and Summer 2009 3 ■ Q Feature Medicine and Public Health In the Inner City Standing with faculty director Cindy Haq (in green jacket) and Rick March (in hat) of the Wisconsin Arts Board, the first group of TRIUMPH students included, from left, Erin Marra, Hannah Gaedtke, Emily Fish, Liliana Kanu, Michelle Buelow and Brian Hilgeman. by Mike Klawitter use his training in a setting sciences at the SMPH. “On a school’s transformation that’s far different from his national level, we desperately into an institution that B rian Hilgeman, who recently completed his third year at the University comfortable hometown. Hilgeman and other third- year SMPH students recently need more physicians working in inner cities. Some students love urban combines both medicine and public health by engaging in addressing Milwaukee’s of Wisconsin School of completed a five-month pilot environments and are drawn health problems. Medicine and Public Health program called Training in to work with disadvantaged TRIUMPH supplements (SMPH), was raised in Urban Medicine and Public urban populations.” clinical experiences in Aurora Brookfield, Wisconsin, Health, or TRIUMPH. The new program— Health Care sites by adding an affluent suburb of “TRIUMPH prepares initiated by SMPH dean community and public health Milwaukee. The town physicians for urban health Robert Golden, MD; projects to a combined third- boasts superior schools, careers in medically- former senior associate and fourth-year curriculum. safe neighborhoods and a underserved areas like central dean for academic affairs A second-year summer booming commercial center. Milwaukee,” says faculty Susan Skochelak, MD, TRIUMPH internship is in Yet, when Hilgeman director Cynthia Haq, MD, MPH; and assistant dean the pilot stage. graduates from medical professor of family medicine for academic affairs Lynne “Students learn about the school next year, he hopes to and population health Cleeland—exemplifies the history, cultural traditions 4 QUARTERLY and conditions of specific neighborhoods,” Haq says. “They meet with community leaders and visit families to learn of their strengths and challenges.” Each student is matched with a local organization and its staff to focus on a major health issue impacting the community. Students work closely with leaders to address the issue of concern and promote better health. Working in and around downtown Milwaukee a The TRIUMPH students work in neighborhoods in and around downtown Milwaukee, engaging in medical and half-day per week, Hilgeman public health projects at a variety of health agencies and community organizations. and his fellow students visited cultural sites and area, yet they had little “Before I started medical “By exploring the engaged in projects with a knowledge of 99 percent of school, I worked at the economic challenges inner- variety of health agencies and what we saw and did,” says 16th Street Community city residents face and also community organizations (see Haq. “Together, we attended Health Center for a year as experiencing the unique and sidebar on page 6 for a list). clinics for the homeless and an AmeriCorps member,” diverse cultures found in the Patients in these neighbor- uninsured and confronted Hilgeman says. “From that inner city, I became more hoods usually are more the challenges of urban experience, I became very familiar with my patients as ethnically diverse and much poverty and lack of access to interested in working with people, not just diseases,” more likely to be uninsured healthcare. We also met many urban populations and Hilgeman says. or on Medicaid than the wonderful people who are people of different ethnic Michelle Buelow, also patients the medical students leading programs to address backgrounds. I thought from Brookfield, addressed typically serve in Madison these problems.” TRIUMPH would give me a teen pregnancy prevention or other training sites. Here, Hilgeman was responsible good idea of what it was like with girls and young women students can learn about for helping tobacco users to practice medicine in the between the ages of 11 and the sociologically complex stop smoking at the 16th inner city and help me clarify 21 at the 16th Street health situations patients deal with Street Community Health my future goals of working center. on a daily basis. Center—where generally one with inner-city residents.” Emily Fish of Reedsburg The learning experiences third of the clients have no Hilgeman says TRIUMPH offered guidance to Hispanic can be eye-opening. health insurance and over 60 was rewarding and clearly seniors over age 60 at the “Three of these students percent live below the federal will benefit his future medical United Community Center, grew up in the Milwaukee poverty level. practice. concentrating on how to Students Benefit in Many Ways After the first group of TRIUMPH • Enhanced communication, outreach • Gave students the chance to take students completed the pilot program in and research skills that will make them responsibility for a particular problem May 2009, they participated in a focus more effective and enthusiastic public and make a difference group to assess their experiences. The health practitioners • Made the challenges of urban health students unanimously agreed that the • Provided students the opportunity and pervasive public health issues program helped them in many ways to learn a great deal directly from seem less overwhelming on their path to becoming doctors. The patients and their sociologically • Reminded the students why they group concluded that TRIUMPH: complex situations wanted to be doctors Summer 2009 5 5 understand, prevent and through the Bread of Healing manage diabetes. Clinic, investigated nutrition Milwaukee native Erin and food purchasing habits Marra spent her time at the of African Americans. Her United Community Center goal was to understand with substance abusers barriers that keep people from in recovery. She initiated accessing healthy foods that discussions on sexually could reduce their risk of transmitted diseases, mental serious medical conditions. illness and the effects of drugs Kanu’s investigations on the body, aiming to help led the students to Will clients lead healthier lives. Allen, who is promoting Medical student Hannah Gaedtke organized talks on reproductive Working at a Milwaukee urban gardening through an health at Milwaukee’s South Division High School. high school, Hannah organization aptly named Gaedtke, who comes Growing Power. to the vision of Sharon and or community is through from rural Tomahawk, The summer TRIUMPH Larry Adams. The ultimate interaction,” she says. “It all Wisconsin, organized talks internship consisted of goal, they say, is to provide starts with a conversation.” on reproductive health in seven SMPH students, residents access to quality Now a TRIUMPH an effort to reduce soaring all from Wisconsin. They education, healthcare, champion, Umhoefer is student pregnancy rates included Mark Kaeppler of technical assistance and helping spread the word. and help the youngsters Richfield, Ebba Hjerstedt investment support. Eight SMPH students have understand how having a of Shorewood, Caitlin The medical students already signed up to begin child can impact their lives. Wallach of Mequon, Theresa learned about Walnut Way’s TRIUMPH in their third “Medical school focuses a Umhoefer of Franklin, Diana Gardens to Market program, year. lot of attention on providing Dovorany of Racine, Matthew which introduces local teens The TRIUMPH program us with the knowledge we Augustine of Muskego and to horticultural knowlege and complements the school’s need to treat patients,” Steve Kidd of Whitewater. skills and teaches them about Wisconsin Academy for Rural Gaedkte says. “But it doesn’t Umhoefer and Augustine nutritious dietary choices and Medicine (WARM), created take long to realize that in immersed themselves in the growing their own food. three years ago to train order to truly help patients Walnut Way Conservation Umhoefer and Augustine future doctors for careers find health, you need to Corp, a community revital- presented talks on healthy in underserved rural areas. spend time learning about ization project that has eating and the dangers of Together, the two programs their culture and lifestyle as transformed a “disinvested” heat. It was an unforgettable contribute in important well. This is more difficult area northwest of downtown experience, says Umhoefer, ways to addressing serious and not something that can into a vibrant community and the lessons she learned physician shortages in all areas be found in a textbook.” of rehabilitated housing, were important. of the Badger State. Meanwhile, Liliana Kanu inviting parks and bountiful “The only way to really of Atlanta, who worked gardens, thanks in large part get to know about a culture Milwaukee Community Partners Abound Many organizations and individuals Community Center and Walnut Way associate dean for medical education at partnered with the school to host Conservation Corp. the SMPH Milwaukee Academic Campus; TRIUMPH students. The organizations In addition to faculty director Geoffrey Swain, MD, MPH, associate included Aurora Health Care, Bread of Cynthia Haq, MD, Milwaukee-based professor of family medicine and medical Healing Clinic, City of Milwaukee Health faculty who have been instrumental director of the City of Milwaukee Health Department, City on the Hill, Growing include John Brill, MD, MPH, associate Department; and Barbara Horner-Ibler, Power, Milwaukee Health Services, professor of family medicine; Marge MD ‘88, MDiv, MSW, medical director of Milwaukee public schools, 16th Street Stearns, MPH, clinical assistant professor the Bread of Healing Clinic. Community Health Center, United of family medicine; Jeffrey Stearns, MD, professor of family medicine and 6 QUARTERLY ■ Q Feature Health IS FOCUS OF NEW CENTER Equity by Dian Land W hat’s the best way to combat the childhood obesity that is so prevalent among Wisconsin’s Native Americans? How can we explain the high rates of hypertension, asthma and infant community partner sites in Milwaukee, health discoveries from academia to death that are so common in African will examine people’s opinions about Wisconsin communities that need it the Americans? And why are diabetes and participating in biomarker research. most. Alzheimer’s disease under-recognized and Incorporating the CCHE into the poorly managed in Hispanic populations institute was a logical decision for many in the Badger State? “The CCHE can contribute to reasons, says ICTR director Marc Drezner, The new Collaborative Center for the research process by helping MD, SMPH professor of medicine. Health Equity (CCHE) at the University of “We greatly value CCHE’s focus on Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public in forming and maintaining populations that are faced with inequities Health (SMPH) is poised to tackle such community partnerships, in healthcare,” he says. “All of our ICTR complicated questions. providing program evaluation administrative infrastructure and our six The center will connect partners from cores, including our pilot grant program, Wisconsin’s rural, urban, tribal and other and supplying technical assistance support investigators who want to diverse communities with university in data collection and assessment. conduct health equity research.” faculty, research staff and trainees so But there is so much we can learn Drezner says that the appointment of that together they can use or develop Alexandra Adams, MD, PhD, associate educational, training and research from our partners as well—they professor of family medicine, as the CCHE resources aimed at improving the health teach us about their communities director makes the creation of the new and wellness of Wisconsin’s underserved, and what will work in each center even more exciting. minority and immigrant populations. “Dr. Adams has a long history of A recently announced National situation.” conducting outstanding, community- Institutes of Health award of up to $7.5 based research with American Indian million will ensure that CCHE staff can The CCHE builds on the school’s partners,” says Drezner, also the SMPH begin significant training and community ongoing commitment to overcoming senior associate dean for clinical and engagement efforts, as well as work on disparities in health and health outcomes, translational research. “Her talent and two targeted research projects. replacing the former Center for the Study experience addressing health disparities One project, undertaken in of Cultural Diversity in Healthcare (CDH). in Native American communities make collaboration with two Wisconsin tribes, The new center is housed within the her an excellent choice to lead this will evaluate vitamin D supplementation Institute for Clinical and Translational important new initiative at the school.” in American Indian women. The other Research (ICTR), where the primary goal project, undertaken with multiple is facilitating research that rapidly moves V Continued on next page Summer 2009 7 and the Lac de Flambeau communities as for a staged approach to community well as the Great Lakes Intertribal Council engagement. (GLITC), a consortium of 11 tribes. “This means beginning with the Since 2000, Adams has worked research, service or education projects with the tribal communities to design that are most useful to the community, community-based interventions aiming for mutually beneficial preventing the childhood obesity that is outcomes and learning to share data such a significant risk factor for diabetes and resources,” says Adams. “It is and cardiovascular disease. essential that results are shared with “Our early collaborative research with the community and lead to community three Wisconsin tribes and the Great benefits early on in the process.” Lakes Intertribal Council indicated a need This deliberate process will help for additional knowledge and strategic establish and maintain long-term, measures to reduce obesity-related risks,” mutually respectful and trusting CCHE director Alexandra Adams has colla- Adams explains. partnerships, adds Adams. borated with Wisconsin tribal communities As a result, she and her American “Such relationships are essential for for a decade on research that aims to prevent Indian collaborators developed the successful health equity research to childhood obesity. Wisconsin Nutrition and Growth Study, occur,” she says. Creating new and lasting partnerships or WINGS. Through their additional data In addition to its community and reinforcing old ones will be a critical collection and analysis, the researchers engagement and research activities, focus of the CCHE, says Adams. determined that alarmingly high the CCHE will contribute to research “We’re looking to partner with numbers of the children were overweight education and career development communities that have identified and as many as 25 percent were efforts within ICTR, establishing training research or service projects with specific obese. Since then, a healthy lifestyles initiatives for health equity and health links to health equity issues,” she says. program—the Healthy Children, Strong disparity scholars and serving as a “We are concentrating initially on chronic Families and Supportive Communities critical resource for diverse students and diseases because many underserved Intervention—was designed using trainees. communities have a strong interest in WINGS data, community input and CCHE will also link with other prevention.” scientific evidence. In addition, many ICTR cores that address research The CCHE will build upon several of the communities have begun to implementation barriers campus community-academic partnerships experiment with interventions, including investigators often encounter. Center that were initiated through the CDH, healthy eating programs in schools as leaders plan to concentrate initially on and it will develop new relationships well as community gardens. enhancing the administrative research with emerging partners, particularly in “It’s important to use evidence-based procedures that are a part of conducting Milwaukee. approaches in these interventions,” research at a large university. Center partners currently include the says Adams. “The CCHE can contribute Christine Sorkness, PharmD, Urban Indian Wellness Consortium, the to the research process by helping in serves as the CCHE associate director. Milwaukee Birthing Project, the Center forming and maintaining community She is also the ICTR senior associate for Urban Population Health, the United partnerships, providing program director. Sarah Esmond, MS, is the Community Center and the House of evaluation and supplying technical center’s administrative director. Lisa Peace Community Center. Members of assistance in data collection and Tiger (Muscogee), MA, serves as the the Wisconsin Department of Health assessment. But there is so much we can CCHE research ambassador and Robbi Service’s Minority Health Leadership learn from our partners as well—they Strandemo provides administrative Council are helping to provide guidance teach us about their communities and support to the center. on the center’s programming priorities. what will work in each situation.” For more information, visit the center Adams also brings well-established Adams says that, based on her in suite 4230 of the Health Sciences partnerships with many of Wisconsin’s collaborative experiences on the WINGS Learning Center or call (608) 263-6982. American Indian tribes, including the and Healthy Children projects, she Oneida, the Menominee, the Bad River and her CCHE colleagues will strive 8 QUARTERLY ■ Q Feature Canto, 27, at left, is on a calorie-restricted diet, while Owen, 29, at right, eats whatever he wants. PHOTO: Jeff Miller, UW-Madison University Communications Antidote to Aging and Disease? TRY CALORIE RESTRICTION by Susan Lampert Smith and you’ll see the walls lined with Sommers might celebrity shots, including Alan Alda, who reconsider her C ould any health topic be hotter than aging? Signs are everywhere that the famously self-obsessed Baby interviewed Weindruch for a show on Scientific American Frontiers called “Fat and Happy.” methods. And soon, Weindruch Boom is hitting its Medicare moment. Weindruch, professor of medicine, will trade his Turn on the television and you’ll see is having his own celebrity year. The slightly grungy Suzanne Sommers telling a credulous 60 Minutes crew came to film his troop basement office Oprah about her 60-pill-a-day and of aging rhesus monkeys for a piece in the William estrogen-injection regime. On another on the anti-aging properties of calorie S. Middleton channel, there’s Morley Safer of the restriction and a substance found in red Memorial Veterans Richard Weindruch venerable 60 Minutes extolling the anti- wine called resveratrol. He and other Hospital for Lake aging properties of red wine. Boomers’ international aging researchers received Mendota views from the seventh floor of drugs of choice have become Viagra and cover story treatment in the German the sparkling new Wisconsin Institutes phytoestrogens. magazine Geo Wissen. for Medical Research. Wander into the office of University He published yet another major All of this seems deserved, because of Wisconsin School of Medicine and paper in Science this July showing that Weindruch, 59, was studying aging long Public Health (SMPH) anti-aging the monkeys on the calorie-restricted before aging was cool. researcher Richard Weindruch, PhD, diet were looking so good that Suzanne Continued on next page Summer 2009 9 HOW DOES IT WORK? In creatures ranging from yeast and roundworms to mice and monkeys, calorie restriction has been shown to reduce aging and slow the development PHOTO: Jeff Miller, UW-Madison University Communications of aging-related diseases. The studies suggest that eating less is the way to drink from the fountain of youth. Calorie-restricted animals don’t lose muscle and their brains don’t shrink as quickly as control monkeys. They develop less heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Richard Weindruch, PhD, who has studied the phenomenon for more than 30 years, says that on the cellular level, one theory is that fewer calories may reduce wear and tear on mitochondria, the energy-producing machinery in our cells, by reducing the amount of Weindruch (left) and colleague Ricki Colman dress in clean and protective garb before entering harmful free radicals formed when food is one of their monkey colony areas at the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center. converted to energy. Probing deeper, Weindruch, UW geneticist Tomas Prolla, PhD, and Back in the 1970s when Weindruch apply for graduate school. He was graduate student Cheol-Koo Lee were first joined the University of California- accepted into the UCLA pathology the first to show, in the late 1990s, that Los Angeles (UCLA) laboratory of program, where he met his mentor. they could identify the genetic changes researcher Roy Walford, MD, aging was Walford is a story in himself. As a brought on by aging. They used “gene considered about as exciting a field as medical student he figured out how chips” to study the activity of thousands watching paint dry. to beat the system in a Nevada casino. of genes to find those switched on and “Aging was a sleepy discipline back Before the casino caught on, Walford off during the aging process, as well then,’’ Weindruch says. “Roy was one of won enough to pay for medical school, as those affected by calorie restriction. just a handful of people in the country buy a boat and sail around the world. Their patented technique led to a focusing on the biology of aging.” As Walford’s graduate student, biotechnology company called LifeGen Today the effects of aging are being Weindruch went from the warehouse to Technologies. More recently, Weindruch and studied in more than 300 laboratories. Walford’s Venice Beach parties, which collaborators have looked at the influence Weindruch’s own interest in the featured Hollywood guests such as of resveratrol, a substance found in red science of aging began when he earned counter culture guru Timothy Leary. wine, on those aging genes. They found bachelor’s and master’s degrees in In the laboratory, Weindruch and that low doses of resveratrol mimic biology from the University of Illinois Walford were intrigued by a 1930s study the effects of caloric restriction on the and went on to the Northwestern led by Clive McCay, PhD, of Cornell hundreds of genes involved in aging University School of Dentistry. There, University, which found that laboratory of the heart. The finding suggests that he quickly discovered he wasn’t rats kept on a severely reduced-calorie caloric restriction and resveratrol may interested in spending his life peering diet lived almost twice as long as govern the same master genetic pathways into people’s mouths. expected, as long as they had proper related to aging. “I liked the basic science, but when nutrients. They duplicated and built Today, Weindruch, Prolla and Roz it came to clinical dentistry, I found on these results in a series of studies Anderson, PhD, are continuing to use myself skipping school and going to showing that mice also looked younger, the “gene chip” technique to understand Cubs games instead,’’ he says. were more active and showed delays in which human genes are affected by In 1974, he left dental school and age-related diseases. calorie restriction. They are using genetic returned to his native Rock Island, Their first really big paper together, arrays to study the activity of genes from Illinois, to work in a warehouse and published in Science in 1982, showed people who voluntarily restrict their diets. 10 QUARTERLY that even middle-aged mice benefited Salk Institute—who studies aging in a ate freely have died; 80 percent of the from going on a restricted diet. species of roundworm that goes through calorie-restricted monkeys are still alive. After earning his doctoral degree, its lifecycle in a matter of weeks—once So why don’t we all just start living Weindruch spent another decade at introduced Weindruch as “the most on 1,000 calories a day? Because it’s UCLA working with Walford on a patient researcher in the world.” difficult. series of studies as well as the book The But roundworms will never be able to Weindruch, who briefly tried calorie Retardation of Aging and Disease by dramatize the effects of aging to the lay restriction himself, says, “I think the Dietary Restriction. public. odds of millions of people adhering to a Walford practiced what he preached. The monkey photos that accompany calorie-restricted diet are zero.” He limited himself to so little food that this feature—and that appeared in the But a few hardy people have adopted his weight dropped to 130 pounds. latest Science article and a New York a lifestyle they call calorie restriction with A photo of him in Weindruch’s office Times page-one story—show a difference optimal nutrition (CRON). About 30 shows Walford looking like a pale anyone can see. On the right, a monkey of these so-called CRONies volunteered wraith after two years of living inside that ate all it wanted looks gray and to be studied at Washington University. the Biosphere 2 in the Arizona desert. weather-beaten—the monkey version of Weindruch and his colleagues are using Walford was the crew’s medical doctor, Brett Favre. On the left, a restricted diet their genetic techniques to study changes and the photo shows Weindruch talking produces a healthier-looking monkey, in the activity of the CRONies’ genes. with him via telephone. with glossy hair and a younger face—a “We think these genes hold the secret After leaving UCLA, Weindruch monkey Tom Brady. But unlike the NFL to how calorie restriction affects the spent three years at the National quarterbacks, these monkeys are almost aging process,’’ Weindruch says. Institutes of Health, learning what made the same age. The scientists are also looking for a successful grant application, before At least as stunning are the views substances—in addition to resveratrol— he was recruited to UW-Madison in inside the monkeys’ brains. Scans by that can mimic the anti-aging effects of 1990. This is where he began studying SMPH neuroscientists showed that calorie restriction without the diet. monkeys, to see if the anti-aging results the brains of the Brett Favre monkeys Aging Americans may raise a glass in mice could be duplicated in primates. are shrinking, but those of the calorie- of red wine to the hope that research Rhesus monkeys live up to 40 years, restricted Tom Brady monkeys are not. will show a way for them to have their with a median life span of 27 years, Weindruch and co-author Ricki cake—and age gracefully, too. so Weindruch’s monkeys are only Colman also showed in the Science now showing the anti-aging effects of paper that the restricted diet reduced calorie restriction. Howard Hughes cancerous tumors, cardiovascular disease Investigator Andy Dillin, PhD, of the and diabetes. Half of the monkeys that CALORIE RESTRICTION AND MUCH MORE Aging and calorie restriction are MD, the SMPH’s Duncan G. and Lottie H. With funding from the National among many age-related issues studied Ballantine Chair of Geriatrics. Institutes of Health, and in cooperation at the Geriatric Research, Education and In May, Asthana and colleagues with the UW Carbone Cancer Center, Clinical Center (GRECC) located at the landed a prestigious $6.8 million grant scientists in the Aging and Cancer Center William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans from the National Institute on Aging to study the biology of various age-related Hospital in Madison. create a national Alzheimer’s Disease cancers, and have developed animal Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and aging, Research Center (see page 26 for more models to examine the pathobiology falls, osteoporosis, sleep disorders in the information). of cancers common in the elderly. The elderly, older women’s health, transitional In addition to his work on the anti- center also supports various clinical care and health services research are aging properties of calorie restriction, studies involving older cancer patients other topics under investigation. Both Richard Weindruch, PhD, also leads and studies issues related to psychosocial the GRECC and the SMPH Section of a nationally recognized translational health and pain and palliative care. Geriatrics are headed by Sanjay Asthana, research program in aging and cancer. Summer 2009 11 ■ Q Feature ENDOCRINOLOGY AND REPRODUCTIVE PHYSIOLOGY PROGRAM Marking 50 Years of Graduate Education by Tiffany Bachmann hormones—remains a shining example of a broad-based interdepartmental degree- T he word innovation most accurately describes the vision held by University of Wisconsin-Madison granting program. Current faculty affiliated with the program represent a spectrum of disciplines, from obstetrics/ faculty members E.S. Gordon (of the gynecology to comparative biosciences Department of Medicine), R.K. Meyer and pediatrics to veterinary sciences. (zoology), L.E. Casida (genetics) and With training at both the master’s and W.H. McShann (zoochemistry) when, doctoral levels, the program produces on January 15, 1959, they wrote John graduates who typically pursue careers Willard, dean of the Graduate School, in basic, clinical and technical areas and formally proposed the creation of of endocrinology and reproductive an interdepartmental, interdisciplinary physiology. graduate training program in endo- Program leaders recently have Ian Bird, ERP’s sixth and current director, says crinology and reproductive physiology. reached out to physician trainees as that after 50 years there is much to be proud of The letter stated “that a major well, providing them opportunities for and even more to accomplish. objective of this proposal is to integrate structured graduate degree training in their fellowship years. they have the confidence to develop the program of study in such a manner The current ERP director, Ian their own programs and can make as to use the courses, personnel and Bird, PhD, professor of obstetrics important contributions as teachers and facilities already in the Colleges, without and gynecology at the UW School of researchers,” he said. the organization of a ‘Department of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH), Under Meyer, the program attained Endocrinology.’” assesses the program as it reaches this several grants from the Ford Foundation While Willard initially was skeptical milestone. to support pre- and postdoctoral that such an unusual administrative “This is a wonderful time in which to trainees. Early graduates of the program structure would work on a department- reflect on and celebrate our program’s went on to attain prominent positions in oriented campus, he couldn’t deny that past, present and future,” says Bird. academia and industry. the founders made a compelling case for “There is so much to be proud of and Leadership of the ERP program was support. And so, the graduate program even more to accomplish.” transferred to Meyer’s colleague Richard in Endocrinology and Reproductive A half century ago, Roland K. Meyer, C. Wolf, PhD, of the Department of Physiology (ERP) was granted degree PhD, served as the first ERP director Physiology, in 1968, who then served status by the UW System Board of from 1959 to 1968. At his retirement as director until 1986. The program Regents and admitted its first students in party, he reflected on his career, which continued to grow and remain a leader the fall of 1959. included training 78 PhD students and in the reproductive sciences, with Today, 50 years later, ERP—which publishing 290 articles. additional National Institutes of Health provides trainees an in-depth “The most rewarding aspect is seeing (NIH) training grants supporting both understanding of pregnancy, fertility, [students] learn to the point where pre- and postdoctoral students. Faculty infertility and related reproductive 12 QUARTERLY membership also continued to grow the challenges of the next 50 years,” Bird degree during his three-year fellowship during Wolf’s tenure. says. “I find it ironic that I have been period. Students described Wolf as “a commended recently for following this By all measurable standards of workhorse scientist who fully appreciated path that is considered on ‘the cutting excellence in graduate education, the the enduring value of carefully obtained edge,’ yet I am, in fact, just continuing ERP program is among the national data. He was also widely respected as a theme that the program founders leaders on an annual basis. It has seen an a mentor who viewed and treated his realized well ahead of their time.” increase in the quality of applications for graduate students as colleagues.” The innovative spark remains alive admission, a rise in participants’ scholarly By 1986, when Roy Ax, PhD, of and well within the ERP program. productivity—including both peer- the Department of Dairy Sciences, In response to the NIH vision to reviewed publications and presentations became director, the ERP program train more physician-scientists for careers at national scientific meetings—and was well established as a leader in in academic medicine, the ERP under placement in prestigious postdoctoral the reproductive sciences, with many Bird’s direction was the first degree positions at Ivy League institutions. illustrious faculty members on its roster. program to partner with a UW clinical These accomplishments would not Program directors Lewis Sheffield, department (obstetrics and gynecology) be possible without the dedication of PhD, also from dairy sciences, and Barry to provide structured graduate degree faculty members committed to providing Bavister, PhD, of the veterinary sciences training for MDs entering their and maintaining a truly interdisciplinary department, followed Ax. When Bird fellowship years. degree program, says Bird. assumed the directorship in 2000, he “With this we have created a fully He is confident about the future. sought to reinvigorate the program, integrated training environment that “I have every reason to believe refocusing on the original mission and connects both ‘bench to bedside’ and that ERP will continue to be a vibrant values that had been outlined in the ‘bedside to bench’ type 1 translational program that is well positioned to handle letter to Willard in 1959. research for our graduate students and the challenges of the future,” Bird says. “The interdepartmental alliances MD fellows,” says Bird. “This is a great position from which to forged back in 1959 not only have One maternal-fetal medicine fellow look forward to our next 50 years.” endured but have grown and now place has already earned his ERP master’s us in a very strong position to take on 2009 ERP PROGRAM FACULTY 2009 STUDENTS BY FACULTY ADVISOR BY ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT Pharmacology Surgery Biomedical Engineering Pharmacy Medicine Biochemistry Biomolecular Chemistry OB/ Gyn Medical Sciences (Vet Med) Pharmacology Surgery Pathobiological Sciences OB/ Gyn Dairy Sciences Chemistry Pediatrics Veterinary Sciences Animal Sciences Medicine Animal Sciences Anatomy Pediatrics Oncology Comparative Biosciences Dairy Sciences Comparative Biosciences Summer 2009 13 ion Graduat 2009 ■ STUDENT Life Reaching a Milestone T his past spring, on Friday, May 15, 2009, members of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public John Harting, PhD, anatomy senior lecturer in anatomy, and Layton Health Class of 2009 reached a milestone department chair, delivered an Rikkers, MD, professor of surgery. in their medical education: graduation. inspirational address, Chirantan Following a reception sponsored The day began with the Recognition Mukopadhyay was the class speaker and by the WMAA and after UW-Madison Ceremony in the Memorial Union John Kryger, MD ‘92, president of the graduation ceremonies, the day ended Theater, with school leaders, family Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association with the annual WMAA-hosted party. members and friends in attendance. (WMAA), welcomed the students. The graduates, listed below with their Robert N. Golden, MD, dean of The investiture, during which each residency locations and specialties, are the school, greeted everyone and student was draped with a hood, was already on their way to meeting another congratulated the members of the class. performed by Karen Krabbenhoft, PhD, milestone in their medical careers. The 2009 Graduating Class Oluyemisi Adedoyin Michael Leo Boisen Adeyemi University of Pittsburgh Baylor College of Medicine Medical Center Houston, Texas Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Obstetrics and Gynecology Transitional Year University of Pittsburgh Foye Adeyelu Adeyemo Medical Center Emory University School of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Medicine Anesthesiology Atlanta, Georgia Emergency Medicine Michelle Marie Boockmeier Brittany Joyce Allen University of Pittsburgh McGaw Medical Center of Medical Center Northwestern University Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Chicago, Illinois Obstetrics and Gynecology Pediatrics Krista Ann Bowman Carissa Janette Bauer Medical College of University of Wisconsin Wisconsin Affiliated Layton Rikkers drapes the symbolic hood on Christopher Webb, who will study Hospital and Clinics Hospitals anesthesiology at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Madison, Wisconsin Waukesha, Wisconsin Psychiatry Family Medicine Sean Michael Bruggink Alexandra Cameli Ariel Chairez Jacob Marshall Behrens Rushin Dilip Brahmbhatt University of Wisconsin Marshfield Clinic-Saint Texas Tech University University of Wisconsin Mayo School of Graduate Hospital and Clinics Joseph’s Hospital Affiliated Hospitals Hospital and Clinics Medical Education Madison, Wisconsin Marshfield, Wisconsin El Paso, Texas Madison, Wisconsin Rochester, Minnesota Anesthesiology Transitional Year Pediatrics Psychiatry General Surgery Marshfield Clinic-Saint Brittany Kaylyn Busse Joseph’s Hospital Ahmed Abdal Cheema Sherrie Lynn Bencik Rebecca Marie Broeckert University of California-Davis Marshfield, Wisconsin University of Oklahoma Michigan State University University of Wisconsin Medical Center Dermatology College of Medicine Kalamazoo, Michigan Hospital and Clinics Sacramento, California Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Emergency Medicine Madison, Wisconsin General Surgery Dustin Allan Carlson Neurological Surgery Anesthesiology McGaw Medical Center of Stephen John Bloechl Analisa Maria Calderón Northwestern University Elliza Marie Chen Universtiy of Minnesota Swedish Medical Center Chicago, Illinois Oregon Health and Science Medical School Seattle, Washington Internal Medicine University Minneapolis, Minnesota Family Medicine Portland, Oregon Pathology Anesthesiology 14 QUARTERLY Ngozi Ogbuehi has headed to the University of Florida College of Medicine for her pediatrics residency. Erin Luann Chinnock Allison Jo Derrick Teresa Ann Diaz Aaron Anthony Fearday DeAnna Jo Friedman Medical College of Indiana University School of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center University of Utah Affiliated University of Minnesota Wisconsin Affiliated Medicine Los Angeles, California Hospitals Medical School Hospitals Indianapolis, Indiana General Surgery Salt Lake City, Utah Minneapolis, Minnesota Milwaukee, Wisconsin General Surgery Loma Linda University Internal Medicine Pediatrics Obstetrics and Gynecology Loma Linda, California Irisa Melita Devine Diagnostic Radiology Elizabeth Ann Felton Bernard David Fula Anna Berkvam Corey University of Florida College Johns Hopkins-Bayview Michigan State University Entering Master in Public of Medicine Melkon DomBourian † Medical Center Kalamazoo, Michigan Health degree program Jacksonville, Florida University of Colorado Baltimore, Maryland Emergency Medicine Pediatrics School of Medicine Internal Medicine Trina Marie Daniels Mayo School of Graduate Aurora, Colorado Johns Hopkins Hospital Sarah Elizabeth Medical College of Medical Education Pathology Baltimore, Maryland GaleWyrick Wisconsin Affiliated Jacksonville, Florida Neurology University of Wisconsin Hospitals Child Neurology Odinakachukwu Ann Ehie School of Medicine and Milwaukee, Wisconsin Conducting research Nicholas Jon Frame Public Health Emergency Medicine Erin Nichole Dhennin Ochsner Clinic Foundation Madison, Wisconsin University of Illinois-Saint Rebecca Renee Faber New Orleans, Louisiana Family Medicine Nikhila Deo Francis Medical Center University of Wisconsin Internal Medicine University of Virginia Peoria, Illinois Hospital and Clinics Louisiana State University Dane Larsen Gehringer Medical Center Emergency Medicine Madison, Wisconsin New Orleans, Louisiana Children’s Hospital Charlottesville, Virginia Obstetrics and Gynecology Ophthalmology Oakland, California Pediatrics Pediatrics Summer 2009 15 Lisa Lynn Hamilton Jason Edward Jagodzinski Christopher Britt Kolar Mary Imogene Bassett Loyola University Medical Michigan State University Hospital Center Kalamazoo, Michigan Cooperstown, New York Maywood, Illinois Emergency Medicine General Surgery Orthopedic Surgery Agnes Kecskemeti Kresch Dorrie Marie Happ Luke Allen Jakubowski George Washington Conducting research Medical College of University Wisconsin Affiliated Washington, District of Luxme Hariharan Hospitals Columbia State Univiersity of New Milwaukee, Wisconsin Internal Medicine- York Health Science Center Otolaryngology Primary Care Brooklyn, New York Pediatrics Jennifer Rebecca Jenkins John William Kunstman University of Pennsylvania University of New Mexico Yale-New Haven Hospital Philadelphia, Pennsylvania School of Medicine New Haven, Connecticut Ophthalmology Albuquerque, New Mexico General Surgery Family Medicine Casey Elizabeth Herrforth Paul Francis Laeseke Guest speaker John Harting, chair of the SMPH University of California-San Megan Elizabeth Jensen Maine Medical Center Department of Anatomy, inspires and amuses the crowd. Francisco University of Wisconsin Portland, Maine Fresno, California School of Medicine and General Surgery Emergency Medicine Public Health Stanford University Adam David Gepner Tonia Marie Greenwood Madison, Wisconsin Programs University of Wisconsin University of Wisconsin Emiliano Sol Higuera Family Medicine Stanford, California Hospital and Clinics Hospital and Clinics Phoenix Children’s Hospital Diagnostic Radiology Madison, Wisconsin Madison, Wisconsin Phoenix, Arizona Matthew David Johnson Internal Medicine Internal Medicine Pediatrics University of Wisconsin Elizabeth Ann Larson McGaw Medical Center of Hospital and Clinics University of Wisconsin Angela Lee Gibson Northwestern University Griselda Higuera Madison, Wisconsin School of Medicine and University of Wisconsin Chicago, Illinois Phoenix Children’s Hospital Otolaryngology Public Health Hospital and Clinics Anesthesiology Phoenix, Arizona Appleton, Wisconsin Madison, Wisconsin Pediatrics Malinda Marie Jorgensen Family Medicine General Surgery Michael Orrin Griffin Jr. University of Minnesota Wheaton Franciscan David Matthew Hirsch Medical School Candice Marie Leach Brad Michael Gillman Healthcare Aurora Health Care Minneapolis, Minnesota Naval Medical Center Louisiana State University Milwaukee, Wisconsin Milwaukee, Wisconsin Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Portsmouth, Virginia Health Sciences Center Transitional Year Obstetrics and Gynecology General Surgery Shreveport, Louisiana Medical College of Luke Emeil Kamel Orthopedic Surgery Wisconsin Affiliated Stacy Lee Hitt Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Vanessa Monique Leblanc Hospitals University of Wisconsin Bronx, New York University of Illinois College Eleanor Ruth Goetsch Milwaukee, Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics General Surgery of Medicine Medical College of Diagnostic Radiology Madison, Wisconsin University of Connecticut Chicago, Illinois Wisconsin Affiliated Pathology School of Medicine Internal Medicine Hospitals Morgan Eileen Groth Farmington, Connecticut Milwaukee, Wisconsin Entering Master in Public Allison Rebecca Hotujec Anesthesiology Elliot Randolph Lee Pediatrics Health degree program University of Wisconsin University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Julia Marian Kasprzak Hospital and Clinics Ashley Christine Goodwin Emily Jean Guerard Public Health Marshfield Clinic-Saint Madison, Wisconsin Sutton Medical College of Madison, Wisconsin Joseph’s Hospital Psychiatry University of North Carolina Wisconsin Affiliated Family Medicine Marshfield, Wisconsin Hospitals Hospitals Transitional Year Thomas Christian Leece Chapel Hill, North Carolina Milwaukee, Wisconsin Bryan Thomas Hotujec Stroger Hospital of Cook Indiana University School of Pediatrics Internal Medicine-Geriatrics University of Wisconsin County Medicine Hospital and Clinics Chicago, Illinois Indianapolis, Indiana Nathan Donald Grabher Kristie Miran Guite Madison, Wisconsin Dermatology Internal Medicine University of Wisconsin University of Wisconsin Obstetrics and Gynecology Hospital and Clinics Hospital and Clinics Shannon Michelle Koehler Adebanke Latifat Lesi Madison, Wisconsin Madison, Wisconsin Anna Jeanette Igler University of Hawaii Children’s Hospital of Anesthesiology Diagnostic Radiology William Beaumont Hospital Honolulu, Hawaii Orange County Royal Oak, Michigan General Surgery Orange, California Lindsay Jeanne Graham Jacques Henri Hacquebord Obstetrics and Gynecology Pediatrics University of South Florida University of Washington Anne Maureen Kolan College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals Amber Lynn Jaeger University of Wisconsin Jesse Lloyd Tampa, Florida Seattle, Washington Wake Forest Baptist Medical School of Medicine and McGaw Medical Center of Pediatrics Orthopedic Surgery Center Public Health Northwestern University Winston-Salem, North Madison, Wisconsin Chicago, Illinois Maryam Hamidi Carolina Family Medicine Pathology Conducting research Obstetrics and Gynecology 16 QUARTERLY Micah Thomas Long Ruth Ann Masciarelli Kirstin Andre Matthew James Oberley Christopher Scott Platta University of Michigan University of Kentucky Muehlbauer Nackers University of Wisconsin University of Wisconsin Hospitals Medical Center University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Hospital and Clinics Ann Arbor, Michigan Lexington, Kentucky Hospital and Clinics Madison, Wisconsin Madison, Wisconsin Pediatrics Anesthesiology Madison, Wisconsin Pathology Radiation Oncology Pediatrics Rachel Uttech Loomans Kyle James McCarty Ngozi Christie Ogbuehi Erin Leah Polczynski Saint Luke’s Medical Center Maricopa Medical Center Grace Nam University of Florida College Medical College of Milwaukee, Wisconsin Phoenix, Arizona Entering Master in Public of Medicine Wisconsin Affiliated Transitional Year Emergency Medicine Health degree program Jacksonville, Florida Hospitals Barnes-Jewish Hospital Pediatrics Waukesha, Wisconsin Saint Louis, Missouri Rachel Lynn McKenney Timothy McElvenny Family Medicine Diagnostic Radiology Gundersen Lutheran Nardine John Charles O’Horo Medical Foundation Entering Master in Public Aurora Health Care Niki Linn Popp Christopher Michael Luty La Crosse, Wisconsin Health degree program Milwaukee, Wisconsin Saint Louis University School Broadlawns Medical Center Internal Medicine Internal Medicine of Medicine Des Moines, Iowa Rebecca Cailen Nause- Saint Louis, Missouri Transitional Year Dawn Michelle McNamee Osthoff Jasmine Bahar Parvaz Anesthesiology University of Iowa Hospitals University of Tennessee University of Michigan University of Michigan and Clinics College of Medicine Hospitals Hospitals Pamela Rochelle Portschy Iowa City, Iowa Memphis, Tennessee Ann Arbor, Michigan Ann Arbor, Michigan University of Minnesota Diagnostic Radiology Pediatrics Anesthesiology Family Medicine Medical School Minneapolis, Minnesota Veronica Makhija Amy Ann Meier Andrew Donald Navarrete Danielle Abra Paster General Surgery McGaw Medical Center of National Naval Medical University of Wisconsin Swedish Medical Center Northwestern University Center Hospital and Clinics Seattle, Washington Philipp Werner Raess Evanston, Illinois San Diego, California Madison, Wisconsin Family Medicine University of Pennsylvania Internal Medicine General Surgery Plastic Surgery Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Luke Nuzum Peterson Pathology Nasuh Mahmoud Malas Brenton Michael Meier Amy Mildred Neeno- University at Buffalo School University of Pittsburgh University of Wisconsin Eckwall of Medicine Veronica Rejon Medical Center Hospital and Clinics Postponing postgraduate Buffalo, New York Mercy Health System Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Madison, Wisconsin training Otolaryngology Janesville, Wisconsin Pediatrics-Psychiatry-Child Neurological Surgery Family Medicine Psychiatry Matthew Christian Niesen Hillary Wynne Petska Sarah Elaine Meister University of Wisconsin University of Wisconsin Daniel Joseph Repp Katie Jo Malcore Albany Medical Center Hospital and Clinics Hospital and Clinics Gundersen Lutheran Wheaton Franciscan Hospital Madison, Wisconsin Madison, Wisconsin Medical Foundation Healthcare Albany, New York Orthopedic Surgery Pediatrics La Crosse, Wisconsin Milwaukee, Wisconsin Emergency Medicine Transitional Year Transitional Year Michelle Lynn Pickett Mayo School of Graduate Oregon Health and Science Christopher Allen Miller Children’s Mercy Hospital Medical Education University Indiana University School of Kansas City, Missouri Rochester, Minnesota Portland, Oregon Medicine Pediatrics Ophthalmology Anesthesiology Indianapolis, Indiana Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Amanda Campbell Maltry MacNeal Memorial Hospital R. Eric Minnihan Berwyn, Illinois Synergy Medical Education Transitional Year Alliance University of Iowa Hospitals Saginaw, Michigan and Clinics Emergency Medicine Iowa City, Iowa Ophthalmology Christopher Aloysius Mueller Sarah Elizabeth Mandigo Medical College of University of Kansas School Wisconsin Affiliated of Medicine Hospitals Wichita, Kansas Milwaukee, Wisconsin Family Medicine Internal Medicine Nicholas Louis Marinelli Chirantan Mukhopadhyay Wheaton Franciscan Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Healthcare Milwaukee, Wisconsin Milwaukee, Wisconsin Transitional Year Transitional Year University of Wisconsin State University of New York Hospital and Clinics Health Science Center Madison, Wisconsin Brooklyn, New York Diagnostic Radiology Ophthalmology Dean Golden congratulates Adebanke Lesi, who has begun her pediatrics residency at Children’s Hospital of Orange County in California. Summer 2009 17 Jason Alan Ricco Colleen Anne Sherkow University of Minnesota Medical College of Medical School Wisconsin Affiliated Minneapolis, Minnesota Hospitals Family Medicine Milwaukee, Wisconsin Internal Medicine Jennifer Amanda Roedel University of Michigan Glenn Guangyu Shi Hospitals Medical College of Ann Arbor, Michigan Wisconsin Affiliated Pediatrics Hospitals Milwaukee, Wisconsin Michelle Denise Roth-Cline Orthopedic Surgery Ethicist Office of Pediatric Adam Philip Siegel Therapeutics University of California-San MD/PhD student Steve Almasi and grad Anne Kolan share a fun moment with Bucky. U.S. Food and Drug Francisco Administration San Francisco, California Adam G. Sternberg Pamela Lynn Tushoski Joseph John Weber Silver Spring, Maryland Internal Medicine Postponing postgraduate Eisenhower Army Medical Pitt County Memorial training Center Hospital Frances Mary Russell Sibyl Christine Siegfried Fort Gordon, Georgia Greenville, North Carolina University of Connecticut Group Health Cooperative Aaron Frank Struck General Surgery General Surgery Health Center Seattle, Washington University of Wisconsin Farmington, Connecticut Family Medicine Hospital and Clinics Jose Andres Vasconcellos Crystal Ann Weis Emergency Medicine Madison, Wisconsin Baystate Medical Center Oregon Health and Science Nyama Mariama Sillah Internal Medicine Springfield, Massachusetts University Sonali Saluja University of Wisconsin Emergency Medicine Portland, Oregon Providence Medical Center Hospital and Clinics Julie Rebecca Sullivan Emergency Medicine Portland, Oregon Madison, Wisconsin Saint Luke’s Medical Center Christopher Edward Internal Medicine Plastic Surgery Milwaukee, Wisconsin Vaughn Jason Michael Wells Transitional Year University of Wisconsin Hershey Medical Center Ryan Carl Schenning Willam Thomas Nels Medical College of Hospitals and Clinics Hershey, Pennsylvania Legacy Emanuel Hospital Simonson Wisconsin Affiliated Madison, Wisconsin Pathology and Health Center University of Washington Hospitals Emergency Medicine Portland, Oregon Affiliated Hospitals Milwaukee, Wisconsin Paul David Weyker Transitional Year Seattle, Washington Diagnostic Radiology John Edward Vickman New York Presbyterian Oregon Health and Science Pathology Wilford Hall Medical Center Hospital University Srinivasu Ammisetty at Lackland Air Force Base New York, New York Portland, Oregon Joseph Howard Skalski Sunkara San Antonio, Texas Anesthesiology Diagnostic Radiology Mayo School of Graduate Entering PhD program Psychiatry Medical Education Brian Scott Williams Melanie Ann Schmitt Rochester, Minnesota Karen Caperton Swallen † Robert Keith Vincent University of California-San William Beaumont Hospital Internal Medicine University of Wisconsin Virginia Commonwealth Diego Medical Center Royal Oak, Michigan School of Medicine and University Health System San Diego, California Internal Medicine Brigitte Kristin Smith Public Health Richmond, Virginia Internal Medicine-Pediatrics William Beaumont Hospital University of Wisconsin Baraboo, Wisconsin Internal Medicine Royal Oak, Michigan Hospital and Clinics Family Medicine Alison Christine Wing Ophthalmology Madison, Wisconsin Aimee Cunningham Walsh University of Minnesota General Surgery Michael James Swift University of Wisconsin Medical School Abigail Marie Schuh University of Iowa Hospitals Hospital and Clinics Minneapolis, Minnesota Medical University of South Daniel Keith Spangenberg and Clinics Madison, Wisconsin Internal Medicine Carolina Saint Joseph’s Hospital Iowa City, Iowa Internal Medicine Charleston, South Carolina Health Center Internal Medicine James Jerome Wu Pediatrics Syracuse, New York Laura Lesley Walters Sutter Medical Center of Family Medicine Jonathan Robert University of Michigan Santa Rosa Christopher John Seebruck Thompson Hospitals Santa Rosa, California Saint Luke’s Medical Center Alexandra Elsa Universtiy of Nebraska Ann Arbor, Michigan Family Medicine Milwaukee, Wisconsin Stanculescu Affiliated Hospitals Pathology Transitional Year Tulane University School of Omaha, Nebraska Philip Nathanael New York Eye and Ear Medicine General Surgery Michael Andrew Ward Zimmermann Infirmary New Orleans, Louisiana University of Chicago University of Wisconsin New York, New York Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Sara Helena Tikkanen Medical Center Hospital and Clinics Ophthalmology University of Iowa Hospitals Chicago, Illinois Madison, Wisconsin Jill Marie Stein and Clinics Emergency Medicine Internal Medicine John Adam Shepler Colorado Health Foundation Iowa City, Iowa University of Wisconsin Denver, Colorado Obstetrics and Gynecology Christopher Allen-John † Degree Conferred Hospital and Clinics Transitional Year Webb December 2008 Madison, Wisconsin University of Utah Affiliated Erin Lynn Turner New York Presbyterian Anesthesiology Hospitals University of Wisconsin Hospital Salt Lake City, Utah Hospital and Clinics New York, New York Diagnostic Radiology Madison, Wisconsin Anesthesiology Pediatrics 18 QUARTERLY ■ S T U D E N T Life William Aughenbaugh (‘97) examines a patient while medical student Julia Kasprzak (left) and dermatology resident Rosemarie Liu look on. Dermatologists MAKING A DIFFERENCE by Julia Kasprzak, MD ’09 serve the uninsured of the Madison knowledge to provide care to an area. It was an experience that involved underserved population. He started the W hen I tell family, friends and acquaintances that I am going to enter a residency in dermatology, I often much more than “pimple popping” and definitely no hand massages. This free walk-in dermatology clinic when he joined the SMPH faculty. Today, the clinic serves 10 to 12 patients on the first Saturday of every month am playfully called a “pimple popper clinic was started in 2004 by for a variety of conditions, from acne to MD” in reference to the infamous Jerry William Aughenbaugh, MD ’97, the erythema nodosum, an inflammatory Seinfeld episode “The Slicer.” I also UW-Dermatology Residency Program disorder characterized by red nodules get asked if a career in dermatology director, as a specialty clinic associated under the skin on the legs and shins. is anything similar to the recent with the Southside MEDiC Clinic. He My interest in dermatology was Grey’s Anatomy episode in which the started working in the MEDiC clinic as a piqued when I met Dr. Aughenbaugh dermatology residents received regular UW medical student when he noted that while working as the medical student spa treatments and hand massages. a fair number of patients who were seen clinic coordinator at Southside MEDiC In response, I like to tell them there had dermatologic concerns. during my second year. Every month Dr. about my inspiration to become a As a dermatology resident at UW, Aughenbaugh and other dermatology dermatologist, working at the School of Dr. Aughenbaugh became interested in faculty and residents dedicate their time Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) sharing his knowledge of dermatology on Saturday mornings to the free clinic MEDiC Free Dermatology Clinic to with medical students and using that to serve individuals who otherwise Summer 2009 19 opportunities with the attendings and residents. Dr. Rosemarie Liu, one of the current chief dermatology residents and a future attending, has dedicated a significant amount of time to the clinic and the education of students. Before residency, she volunteered at a clinic for the underserved in Virginia and wanted to continue that work in Madison. She has found that she enjoys working with patients of different socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. She often prepares mini-presentations about common dermatologic conditions for all the Many dedicated doctors, residents and students volunteer at the Free Dermatology Clinic at the clinic student volunteers, which really Southside MEDiC Clinic in Madison on Saturday mornings. builds their enthusiasm for the field of dermatology. could not have afforded care. Working because of its unknown origin. In the The dermatology attendings and with these physicians was not only a end, after all the testing, he was greatly residents at UW-Madison have been stimulating educational experience, it relieved to finally understand that the some of the most compassionate, also opened my eyes to the huge need rash was caused by various chemicals humanistic physicians I have known for dermatologists among the uninsured. in the materials he used in his job as a in my four years of medical school. I witnessed them provide in-depth mechanic and that he could control it. Working with them at this free clinic care and follow-up to patients with Overall, it was striking to see was my inspiration for entering the field complicated, sometimes debilitating how physically and psychologically of dermatology, and it is my goal to dermatologic conditions. challenging some dermatologic follow in their footsteps and continue One attending physician, Dr. George conditions can be for each individual to provide care for the underserved in Reizner, diagnosed and treated scabies in patient—and how grateful patients are my future career. They demonstrated a whole family, including two adorable for the care they receive. Even during to me the true meaning of serving children who were miserable from the visits in which we can only reassure others selflessly and showed me the art constant itching. For patients with patients about conditions such as drug of troubleshooting the socioeconomic conditions requiring more complex eruptions or benign nevi, it is incredibly barriers to healthcare that our patients care than can be provided at the rewarding to see their relief. are faced with every day. Saturday free clinic, UW general and In addition to providing care to the My training at the clinic has prepared subspecialty dermatologists as well as underserved, the clinic enhances the me well for my future dermatology dermatopathologists graciously volunteer academic and clinical skills of the medical residency at Cook County Hospital in their services during normal clinic hours students. The attendings and residents Chicago, where I will be working for at their 1 South Park Street office. are remarkable educators and mentors. underserved and uninsured patients For example, contact dermatitis First- and second-year medical every day. My experience with the free specialist Dr. Rita Lloyd volunteered her students learn how to perform skin dermatology clinic has given me the expertise to find the source of a patient’s examinations and then write progress initial skills and determination to serve contact dermatitis by doing thorough notes using proper dermatologic terms, this patient population. I am sure the patch testing. This particular patient such as differentiating between macules UW dermatologists will continue to had lived with a rash on his hands and and papules and vesicles and bullae. This inspire future generations of medical forearms for over 12 months. For him, often is the students’ first introduction students to dedicate their time and not only was it painful because of the to dermatology. The clinic setup allows talents to working with the underserved. fissures it created, but the dermatitis also them to have one-on-one teaching caused a great deal of emotional stress 20 QUARTERLY ■ S P O T Light Remington Appointed Associate Dean for Public Health P atrick L. Remington, MD ’81, MPH, who has spent his entire career at Public Health Researcher of the Year. Remington will play a will require the active, daily leadership of someone with a special perspective,” says the interface of public health pivotal role in advancing Golden. “Dr. Remington is and medicine, recently was the school’s historic that person. His background appointed the first associate transformation into an in the practice of public dean for public health at institution that combines health and in academic the University of Wisconsin both medicine and public medicine, coupled with his School of Medicine and health, says Robert Golden, outstanding reputation in Public Health (SMPH). MD, the school’s dean. The Wisconsin’s public health He is a professor of SMPH is the first school of community, will serve us and also served as the state’s population health sciences medicine and public health extremely well.” chronic disease and injury at the SMPH and director in the country, a model that Remington was chosen epidemiologist. of the UW Population seeks to improve health and following a national search. “Dr. Remington has Health Institute. In 2007, healthcare through synergies Before joining the SMPH been a tireless champion for the Wisconsin Public Health in the two approaches. faculty in 1997, he was a improving the health of the Association named him the “Integrating public chief medical officer in the people of Wisconsin through health into all our missions Wisconsin Division of Health, evidence-based population Continued on page 39 Shull Appointed Oncology Chair, McArdle Director J ames D. Shull, PhD, will become the next chair of the Department of Oncology Genomics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He completed his and at the cancer center. He has a distinguished record of accomplishment as a and director of the McArdle PhD in biochemistry at scientist, teacher, mentor and Laboratory for Cancer UW-Madison, followed by administrator. His research Research at the University of a postdoctoral fellowship in focuses on the genetics of Wisconsin School of Medicine the Department of Oncology breast cancer susceptibility. and Public Health (SMPH). (under the mentorship of “We are thrilled to The appointment takes effect Henry Pitot, MD, PhD, the welcome Dr. Shull back to September 1, 2009. second chair of the McArdle UW-Madison and McArdle,” Shull is currently the Laboratory/Department of says SMPH dean Robert to lead it forward into the Ardith and Anna Von Housen Oncology). Golden, MD. “The Depart- future.” Professor of Genetics; chair of Shull then returned to ment of Oncology has a Shull succeeds Norman the Department of Genetics, his home state of Nebraska, remarkably rich tradition of Drinkwater, PhD, who Cell Biology and Anatomy; where he joined the faculty academic excellence and is a served as oncology chair and director of the Center at the medical school. He lustrous jewel in the crown for more than 16 years, for Molecular Genetics and has served in a series of of our school and university. beginning in the early 1990s. leadership positions there Jim is extremely well suited Harold Rusch, PhD, was the Continued on page 39 Summer 2009 21 ■ ALUMNI Profile 22 QUARTERLY DENNIS MAKI, MD ’67 DEEPLY CONNECTED TO Infectious Diseases by Toni Morrissey the pathogen of the moment, H1N1, about the disease but a plethora of other or swine flu. His wealth of knowledge things of cultural, societal, political, D ennis Maki, the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) infectious disease has made him a highly sought-after consultant for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), philosophical and historical value,” Grossman marvels. “And everything he says, every story he tells, comes to bear researcher, physician and professor who National Institutes of Health, Food and on the patient’s care.” just won the Wisconsin Medical Alumni Drug Administration and Department of Grossman and Maki first met during a Association’s top award, has a very Health and Human Services. rotation in the intensive care unit at the personal and emotional connection to a “Whether it’s a meeting in the old Wisconsin General Hospital. At the deadly infectious disease. Maki’s aunts Midwest, a hospital on the Arabian time, there were no critical care training died in their mother’s arms of diphtheria Peninsula or a conference in Europe, programs at any hospital in the country. at ages three and four, years before the all you need to generate extraordinary But it was clear to Maki that intensive disease was virtually wiped out by an interest is to mention that Dr. Maki care medicine was going to become a effective vaccine. will be a speaker,” notes colleague discipline of its own. His face is pained as he recounts his Nizar Jarjour, MD, SMPH professor “To be a good critical care doctor, family history. of medicine and head of the allergy, you have to be an excellent, excellent “My mother, who was eight or pulmonary and critical care division at internist and know medicine and nine when two of her three sisters were UW Hospital and Clinics. pathophysiology in great depth,” Maki stricken with diphtheria, told me how But Maki’s strong preference has says. “I thought it would be a good they cried and begged for water. But always been to shun the limelight and blend with infectious disease medicine.” they couldn’t drink. They choked to stick to his work. The decision to combine specialties death,” recounts Maki. “I choke up In 1969, after graduating from UW was clearly the right one—Maki is every time I talk about it.” medical school and completing an gratified almost every day. His mother and her youngest sister internship at Harvard University Medical “We’ve just come off an exhilarating never became ill. No one knows why. School, Maki began studying infectious week in the TLC [Trauma and Life The native of Edgar, Wisconsin, diseases during a stint as an Epidemic Support Center]!” he exclaimed recently. grew up wanting to understand his Intelligence Service officer at the “We saved five patients, even though I family’s grief-filled past. The tragedy CDC. He then returned to Harvard to was worried that none of them would helped form his passion for identifying complete his residency and an infectious make it. That’s really satisfying.” pathogens, finding effective treatments disease fellowship before being recruited Taking the term “24/7” to a new to fight infectious diseases and caring to Wisconsin in 1974. level, Maki gives patients with even compassionately for people who suffer Maki brings much more than simply run-of-the-mill problems his cell phone from diseases of all kinds. a disease focus to patient care, says number. He says not one patient has Forty years later, Maki, the Ovid Jeffrey Grossman, MD, SMPH senior abused the unconditional access. O. Meyer Professor of Medicine and associate dean for clinical affairs. “The buck stops with me,” says Maki, Public Health, has studied, diagnosed “When you make rounds with who juggles patient care, teaching and and treated everything from AIDS to Dennis, you’re apt to hear not just facts Summer 2009 23 research with the agility of an Olympic blastomycosis, the first case seen at gymnast. University Hospital. Maki and his teams Even though Jarjour and Maki have devised a very aggressive treatment plan been colleagues for almost 20 years, based on the new information. A month Jarjour is still fascinated by Maki’s later, the patient walked out of the clinical acumen and his consistent drive hospital—and Maki still takes care of him to excellence. today. “Whether it’s three in the morning The doctor leans forward in his chair or two in the afternoon, Dennis has when asked if he’s all right with being the same level of intensity, curiosity wrong. and involvement in patient care,” says “I very much want my assumptions Jarjour. challenged,” he says. “Nothing gives The very same qualities that make me more fulfillment than a very smart Maki a top-flight clinician also make medical student or resident saying, ‘Are him a sensitive colleague who keeps his you sure that’s what is going on with the Maki holds his two children at the time, Kim and Sarah, during his internship at Harvard co-workers’ needs in mind at all times. patient?’ It’s especially satisfying if they University Medical School in 1969. “Dennis has offered to cover for me show me where I’m wrong and we can in the TLC on Christmas morning so do better.” Maki’s research for decades has that I could stay home with my then While his colleagues praise Maki’s revolved around preventing catheter- young children while they opened breadth of knowledge, resilience despite related bloodstream infections and presents,” Jarjour says. a demanding and diverse schedule other hospital-acquired infections. His Maki opens presents every day—they and his care for both patients and newest project is the development of a are the gifts of learning something. He co-workers, Maki says he most values disinfecting “bomb” to clean all surfaces spends hours online or in the library the ability to foresee and extrapolate in a hospital room in eight minutes keeping up with the latest information in problems and complications. It’s or less with a non-toxic aerosolized his field. And he states that he invariably something he calls “anticipatory disinfectant. He is planning to study it learns from residents and medical medicine.” He laughs when he’s likened as a novel approach to containing the students who are curious, smart and bold to a canary in a coal mine. inexorable spread of Clostridium difficile enough to challenge him. And there’s no “It’s not enough to ask patients about and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus question that he loves to be challenged. their symptoms and problems. You have aureus (MRSA) in hospitals. Maki recalls a favorite story from 27 to ask yourself what those symptoms Despite a dizzying work life, family is years ago, when he was teaching medical could turn into,” Maki notes. the center of Maki’s world. Sharing time students how to do gram stains to look Over his 40-year career, Maki has seen with family members is not so much one for secondary bacterial pneumonia for infectious diseases evolve along with an of those challenges that he craves, but patients on ventilators. A 50-year-old increasingly mobile society. Most of the a labor of love. Maki says he has been man who was terribly ill had very low infectious diseases he now encounters on fortunate to fall in love several times with oxygen levels. It appeared to be a a daily basis didn’t exist when he began one woman, his wife Gail. Their love has powerful pneumonia. in the late 1960s. changed and reblossomed several times “After I had concluded that it was “It amazes me to think that I have during the many stages of their 46-year an overwhelming viral pneumonia and been successfully treating an AIDS marriage, he says. we needed to add high-dose steroids, patient since 1980,” he says. “At the “We’re as close today as we were a very good medical student pointed time, we never dreamed that people when we got married in our early out objects on the gram stain that he could live with AIDS for decades.” twenties,” says Maki. couldn’t identify,” says Maki. Maki’s satisfaction is evident in his The pictures of his grandchildren and When Maki double-checked the gram smile as he announces the AIDS patient children that cover virtually every square stain, he discovered budding yeasts. The is now more than 70 years old and has inch of his office door give fair warning patient had overwhelming pulmonary outlived many of his friends. that this is the space of a proud grandpa. Continued on page 39 24 QUARTERLY ■ H E A L ER ’ S Journey Sammy The Unit Quiet There was, we knew, something wrong. we fear death A shadow on the ultrasound at least avoid it Leaving a hole, a question using medicines and hope Unspoken but very present In the troubled eyes and clasped hands still it comes Of mother and father and family. noise and tears eyes down Then, finally, born. A boy. unit quiet The face, cleft, obvious to see, A gut-wrenching beauty. despite science I look closely, worried— old man prevails A third have other problems. courage withstanding Heart and lungs are good… does dying I breathe again. mean wires and vents and gasses and rhythm-strips Five fingers, five toes, trying Stomach feels OK, Penis and testes normal, or love of man Ears OK, feeling better. character of life rivers running Then try to open his eyes inspiring And the world falls down. Nothing there. Lids partly fused, by Nathan Patrick Brown, Med 3 And only pale pink skin below. Dear God, Dear God, Dear God— How can this be? What will I say? Somehow, we tell them. Disbelief. Horror. Why? How? What now? Seeking Submissions Healer’s Journey showcases creativity originating from And, somehow, it is accepted. members of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health Stronger than they or I knew, family reflecting personal experiences in our world of healing. Loving him. He is their son. We seek prose, poetry and photographs that are moving, humorous or unusual. by John Brill, MD, MPH Our guidelines are as follows: Associate professor of family medicine Manuscripts, subject to editing, can be no longer than Director, SMPH Primary Care Clerkship 1,200 words. Photos must be high resolution. Subject matter should relate to any aspect of working or studying at the SMPH or in the medical field generally. Send submissions to: Quarterly Health Sciences Learning Center Room 4293 Madison, WI 53705 Or e-mail email@example.com. Summer 2009 25 ■ RESEARCH Advances Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center Created Governor Jim Doyle made Geriatric Research, Education the Wisconsin Registry for the announcement at a press and Clinical Center (GRECC) Alzheimer’s Prevention. conference on May 1, 2009. of the William S. Middleton The registry is a National The mission of the new Memorial Veterans Hospital. Institutes of Health-funded center will be to develop “The grant is a testament longitudinal study of middle- novel strategies to diagnose to the preeminent status aged, asymptomatic children and treat Alzheimer’s disease and remarkable resources of Alzheimer’s disease at a stage when patients have and expertise of geriatric patients. The program has no symptoms. Development programs at UW,” says Sanjay enrolled more than 1,300 of such strategies will help Asthana, MD, the Duncan G. participants for research identify individuals at risk for and Lottie H. Ballantine Chair on risks, causes, diagnosis, Alzheimer’s and give patients of Geriatrics at SMPH. treatment and prevention T he National Institute on Aging recently awarded the SMPH a five-year, $6.8 treatments that can either slow or stop the progression The ADRC will build on the work of the geriatrics of Alzheimer’s disease, and has provided scientific of the disease. program at the UW-Madison evidence that underscores the million grant to create an The ADRC will be based in Alzheimer’s Institute, whose significance of family history Alzheimer’s Disease Research the SMPH Section of Geriatrics innovative programs include as a pivotal risk factor for Center (ADRC). and Gerontology and the Alzheimer’s disease. Institute for Discovery Big Ideas to Fill Wisconsin Over Red Standard Over Black C apping an intensely competitive process, five proposals from UW-Madison the new interdisciplinary research facility now under construction in the 1300 Biology and Medicine,” a mathematical approach to minimize or maximize the faculty have been selected block of University Avenue. variables of a given subject, to form the intellectual heart The four other research led by Michael C. Ferris, areas that PhD, professor of the Wisconsin Institute for Y OF WISCONSIN-MADISON will be featured at the UNIVERSIT Y OF WISCONSIN-MADISON of computer at the UNIVERSIT at the UNIVERSIT Y OF WISCONSIN-MADISON Discovery (WID). in WID include tissue science; and an integrated, A proposal by the SMPH’s engineering scaffold research, “system level” understanding John M. Denu, PhD, professor led by Lih-Sheng Turng, of living organisms, spear- of biomolecular chemistry, on PhD, professor of mechanical headed by John Yin, PhD, epigenetics, or how genes are engineering; a new laboratory professor of chemical and activated or inactivated, was aimed at accelerating the biological engineering. one of the five. development of personal care The successful faculty WID is the public half of diagnostic and therapeutic proposers, chosen from a the Wisconsin Institutes for technology, led by Patricia final pool of 12, will occupy Discovery, complemented Flatley Brennan, PhD, space in the new WID facility Standard by the private Morgridge professor of industrial and and lead their own research Institute for Research. systems engineering and initiatives. Both entities will occupy nursing; “Optimization in Over Red Over Black 26 QUARTERLY Doctor’s Empathy May Help Cure Colds Faster the journal Family Medicine. with discussion of medical The 84 patients who gave “Out of everything history and present illness, or their doctors perfect scores that’s been studied so an advanced interaction in got over their colds a full day far—zinc, vitamin C, anti- which the doctor asked more sooner than patients who viral medications—nothing questions and seemed to gave their doctors lower has worked better at fighting show more concern. scores. a cold than being kind to Patients indicated if the A measurement of immune people,” says study author doctor made them feel at cells in nasal secretions also David Rakel, MD, associate ease, allowed them to tell revealed that patients who professor of family medicine their story, listened to what gave doctors perfect survey and director of integrative they had to say, understood scores had built up immunity medicine at UW Health. their concerns, acted to their colds within 48 hours P eople recover from the common cold faster if they believe their doctor The study involved 350 patients who had different positively, explained things clearly, helped them take after their first visit. types of encounters with control and helped them shows greater compassion, doctors: no interaction at create a plan of action. according to an SMPH study all, a standard encounter published in the July issue of Culture, Not Biology, Underpins Math Gender Gap T he primary cause for the gender disparity seen in math performance same countries that have the greatest gender equality.” The study, which analyzed In the U.S., girls at all grade levels now perform on a par with boys on the at all levels is culture, not and summarized recent data standardized mathematics biology, Wisconsin researchers on math performance at all tests required of all students. reported recently in the levels in the United States Among the mathematically Proceedings of the National and internationally, set out gifted, there are still more Academy of Sciences. to answer three questions: boys being identified than “It’s not an innate Do gender differences in girls in the U.S., but the gap difference in math ability math performance exist in is narrowing and will likely between males and females,” the general population? continue to close as broader says co-author Janet Mertz, Do gender differences exist issues of gender inequity are PhD, professor of oncology. among the mathematically addressed in American society. “There are countries where talented? Do females exist the gender disparity in math who possess profound performance doesn’t exist at mathematical talent? either the average or gifted The answers, according to level. These tend to be the the Wisconsin researchers, are no, no and yes. Summer 2009 27 Alumni Weekend ■ ALUMNI Notebook 2009 Minnesota-based Charles Horwitz (at left) and Larry Polacheck, of Milwaukee, both members of the Class of 1959, exchange memories of 50 years ago. 28 QUARTERLY During guided tours and the Dean’s Reception that kicked off Alumni Weekend, guests enjoy the new Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research. by Dian Land of gratitude for the many who still works part-time in “In our time, most people opportunities their medical private practice and part-time went on to specialize, unlike T he fondest memories from half a century ago dominated the talk at a education at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) has as a faculty member at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He was happy to today,” Safer says. Safer, who worked for the Baltimore County Health special luncheon that took provided them. learn the whereabouts of most Department for 21 years, place in the Memorial Union “It was touching to hear of his classmates, and thanked says he’s pleased with the Main Lounge on May 8. people talk about their Gordon “Gordy” Lang, MD, direction the school has gone, That’s when 24 members of favorite memories from for his efforts in tracking combining medicine and the Class of 1959 gathered for 50 years ago,” says Karen down so many of them. public health under one roof. their 50th reunion during a Peterson, executive director of At the luncheon, Safer He and others were busy Alumni Weekend 2009. the Wisconsin Medical Alumni caught up with fellow impressed with the other Sprinkling their comments Association (WMAA). psychiatrist Evan Pizer, MD, developments at the school with amusing stories, several It was the first medical and sought out a few of the as well—including the new class members stood up school reunion ever for Daniel general practitioners in the Wisconsin Institutes for and described their feelings Safer, MD ’59, a psychiatrist class. Medical Research (WIMR), Summer 2009 29 Dean Golden welcomes guests to Alumni Weekend, inviting them to marvel at the school’s newest research facility and enjoy themselves. where the Dean’s Reception “It started to rain, so we California, who has attended Not so for retired internist was held Thursday evening, took cover in the outhouses,” four class reunions since and tropical fruit grower the Health Sciences Learning he recalls. Even though graduating from the SMPH Marvin Royce, MD, who Center and the American nobody else was around and and completing an internal traveled from Hawaii for the Family Children’s Hospital, all they could have waited out medicine residency at reunion, nor for Johnson and of which alumni were invited the weather together, “She UW Hospital, then called his wife, Barbara, who have to tour. went into the women’s and Wisconsin General Hospital. recently traveled throughout Safer also took a jog/walk I went into the men’s. We Along with class repre- South Africa and up the Nile to Picnic Point. laughed about it later.” sentative William Semler, MD, River to Egypt and value “It was further than I Class of ’59ers weren’t the Johnson shared news from opportunities to attend family thought it would be!” he says. only ones who reconnected several classmates who were events in all corners of the He was surprised to find and shared memories after unable to participate, but with United States. no outhouses at the end, many years. Seven members whom he corresponds. Johnson expressed not that he needed one. of the Class of 1949 also “I was thrilled to see so gratitude for the experiences But he wanted to re-create came to campus for their many of our class members at his medical degree has made an experience he and his 60th reunion—an impressive this reunion,” says Johnson, possible. Interspersed among girlfriend, who later became turnout. adding that travel has become his five decades as an internist his wife, shared there many Among them was Everett difficult for some of his fellow in Turlock, Johnson also has years ago. Johnson, MD, of Turlock, octogenarians. been a hospital examiner 30 QUARTERLY Clockwise from above: Daniel Safer (left) of the Class of ‘59, visits with classmate Fredarick Gobel. Jim Angevine, ‘59 class representative, congratulates his class at the 50th reunion lunch. Charles Larkin and Everett Johnson, both of the Class of ‘49, reminisce about their training at the medical school some 60 years ago. with the California Medical The WMAA board of of the weekend (see pages students as well as other Association and the Joint directors met during the 32-33 for details). Adding alums and SMPH faculty Commission on Accreditation weekend as well. Board to the festivities, two award at the brunch. They also of Healthcare Organizations, members heard from Christine recipients—Harvey Wichman toured the American Family and a member of the Medic Seibert, MD, the SMPH (’65), who won the WMAA Children’s Hospital. Alert Foundation board of associate dean of medical Service Award, and Dennis “The new hospital is directors. education, who outlined the Maki (’67), who won the impressively designed He held a community major changes that have been Medical Alumni Citation and equipped to care for medicine faculty position at made to all four years of the Award—had birthdays to children,” says Johnson, Stanford University School of MD curriculum. And medical celebrate. reflecting upon the days when Medicine, training medical student Ben Weston described Students were also the original, much smaller students and residents in the the Healthy Classrooms an important part of the facility, the Mary Cornelia highly agricultural San Joaquin Foundation that he and other weekend. Alumni had a Bradley Hospital, was the Valley surrounding Turlock. students have created to chance to meet with many main children’s hospital—not He remained in locum tenens incorporate health education of them during the Saturday many years before he enrolled practice until 2006. into local schools. Brunch in the HSLC Atrium. in medical school here. The classes of 1954, ’64 The Awards Banquet, Johnson and his wife and ‘79 also held reunions. of course, was a highlight enjoyed visiting with the Summer 2009 31 Awards ■ ALUMNI Notebook 2009 Winners Honored DENNIS G. MAKI HARVEY M. WICHMAN DOROTHY M. BARBO SHARON L. HAASE RENEE REBACK FRANK L. MEYERS JOHN F. FOWLER KEVIN T. STRANG A s always, the annual Awards Banquet hosted by the Wisconsin Medical Harvey Wichman, MD ’65, was given the Medical Alumni Service Award, which than 10 years. He completed his internship at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee 1999, Barbo has worked in mission and government hospitals overseas. She Alumni Association (WMAA) honors an alumnus who and his orthopedic surgery trained in obstetrics and was a highlight of Alumni has exhibited exceptional residency at the University gynecology at the Lutheran Weekend. On Friday evening, commitment to the WMAA. of Louisville Hospitals. He Hospital of Milwaukee and May 8, 2009, friends and A lifetime member since joined Milwaukee Orthopedic did a gynecologic oncology family members gathered 1970, he served as president Specialists in 1970. fellowship at the Medical to honor alumni and others from 2000 to ’02 and was a Dorothy Barbo, MD College of Wisconsin, where who have made exceptional board member from 1992 ’58, received the Ralph she later served on the faculty. contributions in several areas. to 2006. He led the effort Hawley Distinguished Service While a faculty member The WMAA’s top honor, to create the first WMAA Award, which honors an at the Medical College of the Medical Alumni Citation strategic plan and to establish alumnus who has made Pennsylvania, she established Award, was presented to an affiliation agreement outstanding contributions the Center for the Mature Dennis Maki, MD ’67. between the WMAA, the to the local community. Woman. At the UNM, she For our in-depth “Alumni medical school and the UW Since retiring from the was medical director of Profile” of Maki, please go to Foundation. Wichman was a University of New Mexico the University Center for page 22. class representative for more (UNM) Medical School in Women’s Health. 32 QUARTERLY Sharon L. Haase, MD An ophthalmologist at The Distinguished Awards has been recognized with ’85, was given the Sigurd Davis-Duehr Eye Associates for Clinical Teaching honor numerous teaching awards. Sivertson Medical Education in Madison from 1968 to clinical teachers from the Yale is director of the Award. This award recognizes 1995, Myers was a faculty school’s four major teaching Clinical Research Center outstanding preceptors who member in the Department locations. The awards went and of the Department of offer medical students rich of Ophthalmology & Visual to Cheng Her, MD, of La Internal Medicine at the educational opportunities in Sciences until becoming Crosse; Michael L. Bentz, Marshfield Clinic. He is small communities. Based at a professor emeritus in MD, of Madison; Steven H. regularly honored for his Beaver Dam Hospital, Haase 1997. His research interests Yale, MD, of Marshfield; and excellence in teaching medical began mentoring fourth-year included diabetic retinopathy, Barbara Horner-Ibner, MD students and residents. He UW students in the Preceptor macular degeneration, ocular ’88, of Milwaukee. earned his medical degree at Program in 1988. The melanoma and clinical trials. Her is a family practice Albany Medical College and next year she became the He was especially dedicated physician at Gundersen completed his residency and a sole preceptor and she has to medical student education. Lutheran Clinic in La Crosse. fellowship at Mayo Clinic. continued to take on medical Since retiring, Myers remains He is a mentor/preceptor Horner-Ibner is the students for apprentice-type involved in a free rural eye in the SMPH Primary Care medical director of the teaching for their preceptor clinic in the Philippines. Clerkship Program. With Bread of Healing Clinic at rotations. In 2003, the A professor of human an MD degree from the Cross Lutheran Church in SMPH awarded her its Max oncology and medical University of Minnesota Milwaukee. A graduate of the Fox Preceptor Award. physics, Fowler was based at Medical School, he completed SMPH, she did her residency The WMAA honored the SMPH for two five-year his family medicine residency in internal medicine at Renee Reback with an periods between 1988 and and earned an MS in Aurora-Sinai Medical Center. Honorary Life Membership, 2004. Before that, he spent population health at UW. She also has master’s degrees which recognizes a person 19 years in medical physics Bentz is chair of the in social work and divinity. who has been particularly in the United Kingdom SMPH Division of Plastic Anna Ibele, MD, a supportive and helpful before moving to the Gray and Reconstructive Surgery. general surgery resident at to students and alumni. Lab of UK Cancer Research He earned his MD at Temple UW Hospital and Clinics, Executive director of the Campaign. Fowler is University and completed was given the Outstanding Wisconsin Medical Society internationally recognized as residencies in general surgery Resident Teaching Award. Foundation, Reback and her a leader in radiation oncology. and plastic and reconstructive She completed a pediatrics staff have initiated the White He is widely admired for surgery as well as a fellowship residency at Duke University Coat Campaign, developed his enthusiasm, insight and in microvascular surgery after earning her medical the Operation Education humility. He lives in London. research. Frequently named degree from Wake Forest program and increased Kevin T. Strang, PhD, a best doctor in America, he School of Medicine. scholarship awards. won the Basic Science The 2009 Emeritus Teaching Award, which Faculty Awards for a clinical recognizes the most scientist and basic scientist distinguished basic science were presented, respectively, teacher in the first two to Frank L. Myers, MD, years of medical school as and John (Jack) F. Fowler, identified by second-year PhD, DSc. The awards are medical students. With a given in recognition of long PhD in physiology from and effective service to the UW-Madison, he has been SMPH in teaching and/ a member of the physiology or research or noteworthy department since 1994. He administration, including teaches human physiology CHENG HER, MICHAEL L. BENTZ, program development. courses. BARBARA HORNER-IBNER AND STEVEN H. YALE Summer 2009 33 1959 Reunions ■ ALUMNI Notebook Front row, left to right: Eugene Krohn, Martin Janssen, Evan Pizer, James Angevine, George Bogumill, Martin Rammer and Charles Johnson. Middle row: Daniel Safer, Jordan Fink, Thomas Monfore, Fredarick Gobel, William Schoenwetter, Earl Kendall, Michael Baumblatt, Frederick Melms, Charles Horwitz, Burton Friedman, John Fry, Ward Olsen and Larry Polacheck. Back row: George Kaftan, Gordon Lang, Leroy Rhein, John Larsen and Ronald Rosandich. 1949 Front row, left to right: Charles Larkin, Claude Schmidt and Clayton Haberman. Back row: Marvin Royce, Everett Johnson, Ben Washburn and Bill Semler. 1954 Front row, left to right: David Morris, William Rabenn, Edward Pezanosk and Ivan Sletten. Back row: Ralph Olsen, Warren Otterson, Charles Picus, Elton Eastwood and Donald Wood. 34 QUARTERLY 1964 Front row, left to right: Mark Mergen, Gordon Tuffli, Robert Heinen and Thomas Fung. Back row: Frederick Fosdal, Thomas Mockert, Gerald Gehl and William Flader. 1979 Front row, left to right: Maureen Mullins, Renee Coulter, Jill Harman, Jean Thierfelder and Sandra Petersen. Back row: John Strohm, Charles Schmitt, James Klamik, Joseph Drinka and F. Martin Brutvan. Summer 2009 35 ■ ALUMNI Notebook THE IDITAROD by Kathe Budzak, MD ’69 to veterinarians, pilots and residents of remote villages along the trail. A diphtheria epidemic in Nome, Alaska, endangered the lives of countless children in January of 1925. A charity auction offers the opportunity to be an IditaRider in the Ceremonial Start. In 2008 our The only hope was to get antitoxin daughter, Lynn Budzak, MD ’90, won to them from Anchorage. A carefully the privilege of riding with musher insulated parcel of serum was sent to Allen Moore. She found the experience Nenana by rail and then carried on to so inspirational, she again invited me Nome by a relay of 20 sled dog drivers to join her on the trip to Alaska this and their teams. year. To expand our knowledge of the The Iditarod Sled Dog Race, known sport and the event, we enrolled in an as “The Last Great Race on Earth,” Elderhostel on the Iditarod as well. This was started in 1967 to commemorate year I would be the IditaRider! that life-saving 1925 serum run. Teams In considering which musher to travel along the historic Iditarod Trail bid on, we discovered that Robert 1,149 miles from Willow to Nome Bundtzen, MD, an infectious disease through 22 checkpoints. Nearly specialist in Anchorage who had done 1,800 volunteers are involved with his internal medicine residency and the race each year in every imaginable ID fellowship at UW, had entered the capacity, from office staff and security Iditarod. As luck would have it, I won Lynn Budzak, an “IditaRider” and sponsor of the opportunity to ride in Bob’s sled. local Alaska racers, handles handsome sled dogs eager to begin. 36 QUARTERLY Bundtzen (PG ’80) grew up in Rivers, Alaska (to learn more, go to Anderson, Alaska, having moved there www.aliyzirkle.com). in 1960. Fifteen years ago, he was The IditaRide was indeed an encouraged to start running sled dogs unforgettable experience. Snuggled by another physician, Jim Lanier, MD, a into the sled, sitting on a comfy foam retired pathologist who has competed in cushion, I was transported into another the Iditarod since 1979. Robert has run world. The beauty of the fir trees, blue and completed the Iditarod 12 times in sky and snow-covered mountains in the addition to other long-distance dog sled distance was exhilarating. Both Lynn races in Alaska and the Yukon Territory. and I were amazed at how peaceful An all-around outdoorsman, Robert also and quiet it was in the sled behind a enjoys hiking, fishing and hunting in team of 12 dogs. As Bob and I rode addition to mushing. along, we reminisced about med school Lynn and I first met Robert at the faculty members at UW that we both IditaRider pizza lunch two days prior remembered. In less than an hour, the to the Ceremonial Start. Bob graciously ride was over but the memories will last invited us to visit his dog yard the forever. following day in the beautiful foothills The following day, Bob was the 51st just outside of Anchorage. What a treat of 67 mushers to leave the starting line it was to meet and pet some of the in Willow. One of 52 to complete the handsome, enthusiastic 20-plus dogs in race, he arrived safely in Nome 12 days, his yard! 13 hours, 24 minutes and 30 seconds Tucked in the sled of Bob Bundtzen, #51, Kathe So, following in Lynn’s footsteps, later, with 13 of his 16 starting dogs. Budzak finds the 11-mile ceremonial start of the Iditarod “the thrill of a lifetime.” I was an IditaRider in the 11-mile What an experience! Ceremonial Start from downtown The majority of the dogs are Anchorage through the city streets and Alaskan huskies, a mixed breed bred for Storms can be treacherous and blinding, park trails to Campbell Air Strip. It was endurance, attitude, desire to run and forcing mushers to break their own trail. the thrill of a lifetime on the day prior to the ability to eat on the trail. During Many mushers run at night, guided only the “Restart,” the actual beginning, of the actual race, mushers begin with 16 by their dogs and a headlamp. On the the 2009 Iditarod in Willow. dogs but a dog can be “dropped” at any trail for 10 to 17 days, the dogs and On that morning of the ceremonial checkpoint if the musher has concerns mushers are the ultimate endurance ride, Anchorage was alive with activity. about a dog’s weight, enthusiasm, athletes. Snow had been trucked in overnight possible injury or illness. Dropped It was the love of dogs that sparked to cover Fourth Avenue along the dogs are safely conveyed to Anchorage Lynn’s interest in sled dogs a few years route. Dog trucks lined the side streets or Nome by a volunteer air force, ago. Fellow resident in the UW Eau as mushers snacked their dogs, then where they are cared for by additional Claire Family Medicine Residency, Ron harnessed, bootied and lined them up volunteers until a member of the Cortte, MD (PG ’95), had run the for the start of the ceremonial race. musher’s kennel can retrieve them. At Iditarod. While he was a physician’s The excitement in the air was each checkpoint, veterinarians examine assistant in Bethel, Alaska, Ron ran and palpable along with the cacophony of the dogs, as each animal’s welfare is the finished the race in ’80, ’82, and ’84 eager barking dogs. Each dog had a musher’s prime concern. prior to medical school and again in team of handlers to walk it to the start The Iditarod mushers must take 2006 while practicing in Tomahawk, and to hold it back, as they all are so care of supplies for themselves and Wisconsin. eager to run. Lynn was excited to be a their team as they journey through the To follow the 2010 race online next dog handler—after being a sponsor for rugged terrain of two mountain ranges, year, go to www.iditarod.com. several years—for Aliy Zirkle and Allen the frozen Yukon River and the brutal Moore of Skunk’s Place Kennel in Two windswept coast of the Bering Sea. Summer 2009 37 ■ ALUMNI Notebook Class Notes compiled by Barbara Lukes Class of 1944 urologic practice in 1972. He then did charity care and now works Disease Control cooperative agreement to increase (DVT) and vascular medicine. He has a National Institutes of Mary Helen Chamberlin, part-time at a medical clinic. He immunization rates in family Health-funded laboratory that who lives in Westfield, N.J., has travels, studies World War II and medicine. investigates mechanisms of DVT been writing blank verse since has audited history courses at the resolution and vein wall injury. 2002. At age 89, she still writes University of Texas, Dallas. Class of 1982 Troy La Mar remained in a poem every day. Her hobbies San Gabriel Valley, Calif., after are physics and cosmology. Her Class of 1969 Robert Lebel recently completing his residency at joined the faculty of the State Huntington Memorial Hospital husband, Earl, is 94 years old and Carol Rumack, a professor University of New York Medical in Pasadena. He focused on has Alzheimer’s disease but she of radiology and pediatrics at the Center in Syracuse. He is chief advanced laparoscopic surgery, says he still knows her! University of Colorado, Denver of the medical-genetics section, and in 2001 helped start the first Class of 1949 School of Medicine, is a recipient of the American Roentgen Ray a lecturer in bioethics and a professor of pediatrics, internal laparoscopic bariatric program in Los Angeles. Since then, Everett Johnson of Turlock, Society’s highest award, the Gold medicine, pathology and he has performed over 1,000 Cal., did more than practice Medal for Distinguished Service obstetrics and gynecology. laparoscopic gastric bypass and medicine in a career spanning to Radiology. She is a pioneer band procedures. He practices more than 50 years. He was in neonatal brain imaging with Class of 1984 in a group with three surgeons. also a teacher and served as ultrasound and still practices Le Mar enjoys working out, neonatal imaging in the high-risk Lori Ann Deitte has been an examiner to make sure gardening, movies and learning neonatal intensive care unit. inducted as a fellow in the California hospitals were up to about wine. He and Michelle American College of Radiology. standard. He is the recipient of Jovanovic are finally engaged. the 2009 John Darroch Award Class of 1976 She is a clinical associate professor of radiology at the University of for Outstanding Physicians. The Thomas Luetzow was Florida College of Medicine in Class of 2000 award goes to physicians who elected the Wisconsin Medical Gainesville. Gerlyn Brasic, who lives have shown dedication to patient Society’s president-elect for 2010. in Bangor, Wisc., recently was care, education and community Class of 1989 certified by the American Board of involvement. Class of 1979 Internal Medicine in hospice and Jonathan Fliegel and Class of 1958 Kevin O’Connell, who his wife, Tammy Greco, love palliative medicine. lives in Merrill, Wis., has been watching old movies, spending John Weiss, who lives in the program director of the UW time with their large extended Other Oakland, Cal., recently celebrated Department of Medicine’s Wausau families and walking all over Albert L. Wiley, PhD ’72, his 75th birthday. Among those Family Medicine Residency Madison. He recently became the lives in North Carolina and serves present at the party were two Program for the past 16 years. division director of the Pediatric as director of the Radiation classmates, Drs. Bry Wyman He spearheaded a $3 million Hospitalists at the American Emergency Assistance Center and Claude Burdick. All three campaign for the construction of Family Children’s Hospital. and the U.S. World Health physicians are still active in the medical educational center, Organization Radiation Medical medicine. Harry Wong is a retired which celebrated its one-year Class of 1990 Emergency Assistance Network at anniversary March 10, 2009. Oak Ridge, Tenn. professor emeritus at the William McIvor was O’Connell also serves as vice University of Utah School of promoted to associate professor Medicine. He has recently been president of the medical staff at of anesthesiology by the In Memoriam Aspirus Wausau Hospital. honored with the naming of the University of Pittsburgh in John Petersen ‘54 Harry C. Wong, MD, Presidential Endowed Chair in Anesthesiology. Class of 1981 November 2008. June 2009 Wauwatosa, Wisconsin Herbert F. Young, who lives Class of 1992 Class of 1965 in Leawood, Kan., is director of the Scientific Activities Division Peter Henke is chief Allen Plotkin is wondering of surgery at the Ann Arbor of the 94,000-member American where his fellow classmates are. Veteran’s Hospital. His research Academy of Family Physicians. He lives in Dallas with his wife, interests are in peripheral artery Young also is a principal Diane. Plotkin retired from active disease, deep vein thrombosis investigator on a Centers for 38 QUARTERLY Remington continued from page 21 health strategies throughout and Prevention (CDC). As training and support to In addition to his medical his career,” says Karen E. an SMPH faculty member, more than 500 public health degree, Remington earned Timberlake, secretary of the he founded and has directed practitioners statewide. his undergraduate degree at Wisconsin Department of the Master of Public Health The appointment draws UW-Madison. He completed Health Services. “This new (MPH) degree program and praise from many other public an internship in Seattle and role will allow him to shape the UW Population Health health leaders, including a residency in preventive the way new healthcare Institute, both of which are Bevan Baker, commissioner medicine at the CDC, where professionals are trained, and supported by the Wisconsin of the City of Milwaukee he also served as an Epidemic will further strengthen the Partnership Program, and Health Department, and Tim Intelligence Service officer. UW’s leadership in forging served as associate director at Size, executive director of He earned a master of public that critical connection the UW-Madison Carbone the Rural Wisconsin Health health from the University of between the healthcare and Cancer Center. Cooperative. Minnesota. public health sectors.” Remington has worked “Remington’s appoint- The appointment took Prior to working for the tirelessly with the UW ment sends a clear signal that effect July 1, 2009. state health department, Population Health Fellowship the SMPH is reinforcing its Remington served as a Program and Healthy commitment to public health medical epidemiologist at the Wisconsin Leadership in Wisconsin,” says Baker. Centers for Disease Control Institute, which has provided Shull continued from page 21 Maki continued from page 24 McArdle founder and first that has without a doubt Maki says the blessing “While we see them only director. contributed to its many of six grandchildren has a couple of times a year, The McArdle Laboratory successes,” says Shull. “As brought him and and his we’re constantly keeping in for Cancer Research was the new director, I will work wife even closer together. touch on the Internet,” says established in 1940 as one of closely with the faculty to One daughter and two Maki. the nation’s first basic-science shape the evolution of the of her children live with the With Maki’s rich research laboratories focused McArdle culture in a manner Makis during their son-in- professional and personal on cancer. It is renowned that promotes many future law’s third deployment to history and the impact for its groundbreaking and successes.” Iraq. Some parents dread he’s had on detecting, innovative research, including Shull says that, like other when their kids suddenly controlling and treating the Nobel Prize-winning major scientific centers, boomerang back home, but infectious diseases, one work of the late Howard McArdle will face challenges not Dennis Maki. wonders how he’d like to Temin, PhD. in the next decade. Yet, he “It’s great having my be regarded when future “Over the nearly 70 sees great potential and many daughter and grandchildren generations learn and read years since its founding, the opportunities. around,” he says. “The about him in history books. McArdle Laboratory has “We will exhibit boldness bond with the grandchildren His humble answer: “All established itself as one of the as we work to seize each of has become even stronger I want on my tombstone is: world’s preeminent centers the opportunities available to because of the experience.” ‘He was a good and caring for cancer research. During us,” he says. At the other extreme doctor.’” the same time frame, the are another child and two laboratory has developed a grandchildren who live in strong and unique culture Australia. Summer 2009 39 ■ MY Perspective The HSLC Atrium, Five Years Later closely with school leaders, Several Med Is and IIs school home. Anyone using Schuck led the project with attended the event. They the piano will remove and a philosophy of creating an shared their impressions fold the quilted cover before esthetically and functionally of the HSLC and how the playing, replacing it carefully appealing place. Atrium provides a place for when finished. The keyboard Anyone who has been to relaxation, contemplation, is never locked. the HSLC to visit or attend study and enjoyment. Allie commented that ceremonies, receptions or Med Is Kyle Pauly, Linda when someone is playing, she other events knows that Longwirth, Allie Pratt and frequently “checks to see who the heart of the building is Joel Woods, who were it is” and is surprised that the Atrium. Designed with available to give us tours of so many fellow students are a certain “wow factor” to the HSLC and the American piano musicians. capture the attention of Family Children’s Hospital, Med II Sonya Raaum users and visitors, it features joined us for the buffet. was the pianist for our plenty of natural light and a Our conversations Saturday morning gathering. comfortable and welcoming included a discussion of the She played several Chopin, environment fostering music that began soon after Debussy and Scott Joplin many opportunities for we arrived. It was coming pieces, as well as some interdisciplinary learning. from the Atrium’s grand ’30s cabaret favorites. She Christopher Larson, MD ‘75 Editorial Board Chair Susan Skochelak, MD, piano, a gift from Rolliana described how the music MPH, former senior associate and William Scheckler, MD soars throughout the Atrium dean for academic affairs, (mentor to the classes of ’04 when she plays. One piece, I was quoted in the article. Of and ’05), Gordon Tuffli, MD Debussy’s “Clair de Lune,” is t’s hard to believe that the the Atrium, she said, “[It] ’64 (mentor to the class of “perfect for a grand piano,” five-year anniversary of provides opportunities for ’01) and other class mentors. she said. Sonya is one of many the dedication of our Health interaction around the cafe The students told us that appreciative medical students Sciences Learning Center for students, faculty and the piano has contributed who can’t imagine what (HSLC), the centerpiece staff. We knew we hit it right greatly to everyone’s classes must have been like of the medical school that when one of our students enjoyment of the Atrium. The in the old Service Memorial represents a new integrated was giving a presentation to generous gift bears a plaque Institute. approach to healthcare alumni and described it as the with the following inscription: After five years, it was teaching, is upon us. ‘students’ living room.’” “Dedicated to the medical indeed rewarding to see that The building was Alumni Weekend this year students of the University of the HSLC is a facility with featured in a recent issue of included an opportunity to Wisconsin and all who find such beauty and utility. TradeLineInc., an online visit the HSLC. Many of healing in music.” journal. The article credited us attended the Saturday The piano is still beautiful the staff of Kaher Slater of brunch held in the Atrium, and treated respectfully by all, Milwaukee and the design and I took a moment to with the alumni association team leader, Larry Schuck, reflect on the excitement that providing safekeeping, tuning with the planning and grew during the planning and maintenance. Students foresight necessary to make and construction of our new and faculty who use it are the building the wonderful medical school. from diverse disciplines, but success it is. Working they all consider the medical 40 QUARTERLY New Web Site Up and Running H ave you visited med.wisc.edu lately? If not, we invite you to take a look at the School of Medicine and Public edu and uwhealth.org clearly highlight this relationship. 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