Alumni Updates & Accomplishments

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1970s

LEONARD WEATHER, JR., MD ’74/RMC, was appointed to the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners.

 

SANDRA CAVALLO MIILLER, MD ’75/RMC, self-published a book (Only Rock is Real) that was picked up by the University of Nevada Press and is now available as The Color of Rock.

Her novel is about a young woman physician practicing family medicine at the clinic on the south rim of the Grand Canyon.

 

GARY W. HLADY, MD 76/RMC, worked with the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1989 to determine why Bangladesh had one of the highest rates of neonatal tetanus.

 

RUTH M. WINGEIER, CON ’77, retired from her independent midwifery home birth practice in Long Prairie, Minnesota and is looking forward to traveling more, not being on-call, and spending time with her husband and family.

W. IAN LIPKIN, MD ’78/RMC, received an award from the Chinese government in recognition of his many years of dedicated work to improve the country’s public health and disease outbreak efforts.

 

ROBERT H. ROTERING, MD 78/RMC, returned to his home state of North Dakota where he is Medical Director of the Tioga Medical Center following an international career serving in Grenada, Saudi Arabia, Brunei and Dubai.

 

JUAN A. ASENSIO-GONZALEZ, MD 79/RMC, was elected as a distinguished member of the Royal National Academy of Medicine of Spain.

 

LINDA P. FRIED, MD 79/RMC, GME, was named the recipient of the New Work Academy of Medicine Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation 2019 Alma Dea Morani Award.

1980s

RANDY J. EPSTEIN, MD 80/RMC, GME, was named a 2019 top doctor by the National Keratoconus Foundation.

 

JOHN P. LUBICKY, MD 80/GME, is a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery & Pediatrics & Chief of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at West Virginia University Medicine in Morgantown, WV. After 39 years in practice, he will be retiring in the foreseeable future.

 

CONSTANCE A. BENSON, MD 81 & 86/GME, joined NDA Partners LLC as an Expert Consultant.

 

ROBERT J. ZAGAR, PHD 81/GME, published “Implications of Machine-Learning, Internet-Tests to Save Lives and Money: “7-Point Violence Profile.”

 

PAMELA L. ARNOLD DUNLEY, 82/CON, joined the board of directors at Planetree International.

 

KATHLEEN R. DELANEY, PHD ’83/CON, RN was honored with the Heart Award from Heartland Health Centers in Chicago.

 

RONALD JON ANDRO, 85/CHS, was elected to the Pennsylvania Trauma System Foundation Board for the State of Pennsylvania.

 

MICHAEL J. YOUNG, MD ’85/RMC, was recognized with praise by the U.S. Review of Books on his published book, The Illness of Medicine: Experiences of Clinical Practice.

 

MARK NENOW, MD ’86/RMC, will lead a new clinic providing a full spectrum of ear, nose and throat services to residents of the Mid-Ohio Valley at WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg, West Virginia.

 

MARTIN JAMES CALIENDO, MD 89/RMC,  joined the women’s health department at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

 

ELAINE CARROLL, MD ’89/RMC joined OSF Medical Group in Bloomington, Il as a maternal-fetal medicine specialist.

 

CATHERINE D. CATRAMBONE, 89 & 00/CON, was elected as chair of the American Academy of Nursing, Global Nursing and Health Expert Panel for 2019.

 

ANNE CORLEY BAUM, MS ’89/CHS, has published a new book Small Mistakes, Big Consequences: Develop Your Soft Skills to Help You Succeed through Momosa Publishing, LLC in Bethlehem, PA.

1990s

BARBARA A. SWANSON, DNSC 91/CON, received the 2018-2019 Rush Faculty Excellence Award for Excellence in Research.

 

FLORENCE C. ROQUE, BS 94, MS & DNP ‘96/CON, is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner at her private practice, Southwest Pediatric Care, in Deming, New Mexico.

 

MARGARET FAUT CALLHAN, PHD ’97, CRNA ’76, FNAP, FAAN/CON, was named senior vice president for strategy and innovation at Loyola University Chicago.

 

SUE WU MARR, 97/CHS, joined Plante Moran as principal in healthcare practice.

 

MASAKO NAGAMATSU MAYAHARA, 97 & 98/CON, was named Associate Chairperson for the Department of Community, Systems, and Mental Health Nursing at Rush University Medical Center.

 

LEO KANEV, MD ’98/RMC, was appointed medical director of The Moorings of Arlington Heights.

 

BRIAN G. LANE, 99/CHS, 98/CERT, was named president and CEO of The Center for Health Affairs.

2000s

MICHAEL A. MCGEE, MD 00/RMC, MPH, FACEP, co-founded Premier Urgent Care & Occupational Health Center, the first black-owned urgent care center in South Chicago.

 

JACK W. BAILEY, MS 04/CHS, was named senior vice president for clinical services at UMass Memorial Medical Center.

 

DEBORAH CURRY, ND ’04/CON, was selected as a recipient of the 2019 Chancellor’s Awards from Gadsden State Community College, where she is the dean of health sciences.

 

JENNIFER L. FISCHER, 04/CON, was named Chief Experience Officer at Holyoke Medical Center.

 

DEANDRE L. JAMES, 06/CHS, was named Executive Director at Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust.

 

NICHOLAS M. MOORE, PHD 09/CHS AND 17/GRAD, was awarded the 2019 Member of the Year at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science – Illinois on April 19, 2019 in Peoria, IL. This award serves to recognize an ASCLS-IL member who has contributed significantly over the past year or who has a long history of contribution, to the field of MLS and to the society and who has, by outstanding example, inspired others.

2010s

SIMENDEA S. CLARK, DNP 10/CON, was named president of the Chicago campus for Chamberlain University.

 

IRENA KARANETZ, MD 12/RMC, joined Long Island Plastic Surgical Group. 

 

ADAM BASLER, MD ’13/RMC, joined St. James Hospital as a full time general surgeon.

 

ERICA L. SHAVER, MS, RD, LDN/CHS ’13 is a bariatric dietitian at Wesley Woodlawn Hospital and ER in Wichita, Kansas.

 

KYLE W. KORTH, MD 14/GME, joined the Orthopedics Department at Medical Associates of Dubuque Iowa.

 

TIFFANY MORGAN, MD ’14/RMC, has joined the practice at New Hanover Regional Medical Center Radiation Oncology in Supply, North Carolina.

 

ROBERT J. THORSNESS, MD 16/GME, joined Hinsdale Orthopaedics as a Sports Medicine-Orthopaedic Surgeon.

 

WILLIAM D. JONES, 17/CON, was named the Assistant Unit Director of 14 West at Rush University Medical Center.

 

KATLYN M. BOWMAN, DNP 18/CON, joined the staff at Sanford Health Behavioral Health Center in Bemidji, Minnesota.

GME (House Staff)

STEPHANI D. CHRISTENSEN, MD, GME, was recognized in 40 under 40 in the Las Vegas Sun for her work as a hematologist and medical oncologist at Comprehensive Cancer Centers.

 

MICHAEL HOEH, MD, GME, has joined Elmhurst Clinic’s urology department in Naperville, Il.

 

JOSHUA J. JACOBS, MD, GME was elected as vice president of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) for a one-year term.

 

ANMAR KANAA’N, MBBS, GME, joined Cleveland Clinic Akron General as a cardiologist.

 

GINA GAIL PRICE LUNDBERG, MD, GME, was selected by the Hearth and Stroke Foundation of Barbados to speak at the Heart of a Woman Medical Symposium.

 

STEPHEN TRZECIAK, MD, GME, was named Chief of Medicine at Cooper University Health Care and chair of the Department of Medicine for Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.

 

ADAM M. YOUNG, MD, GME, joined the Illinois Bone & Joint Institute as a board-certified anesthesiologist and pain management physician.

Abbreviations
  Colleges and programs
AUD Speech & Hearing Science*
CON Rush University College of Nursing
GRAD The Graduate College at Rush University
HSM Health Systems Management*
OT Occupational Therapy*
PSL Presbyterian-St. Luke’s School of Nursing
PRES Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing
RMC Rush Medical College
ST. LUKE’S St. Luke’s Hospital Training School of Nursing

*programs in the College of Health Sciences at Rush University

  Degrees/certifications
BS Bachelor of Science
BSN Bachelor of Science in Nursing
CERT Certificate
CRNA Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
DNP Doctor of Nursing Practice
GME Graduate Medical Education
(House Staff Alumnus)
MD Doctor of Medicine
MS Master of Science
MSN Master of Science in Nursing
PhD Doctor of Philosophy