Alumni House

Milestones, Class Notes and Alumni Achievements

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The 10s

Jennifer Donenberg, D.P.T. ’15, is completing a one-year pediatric physical therapy residency at the Children’s Hospital of Los Ange­les and University of Southern California.

Meghan McCloat, M.P.H. ’15, has spent the last year preparing her applications to medical school. She was appointed to the board of Norma Pfriem Breast Center at Bridgeport Hospital and continues her passion toward quality care and access through her work there.

Noelisa Montero, M.P.H. ’15, is an applied epidemiology fellow at the Centers for Disease Control Council of State and Territorial Epidemiol­ogists.

Christopher Meltsakos, M.D. ’14, an orthopedic surgery resident, was published in in-Training: Stories from Tomorrow’s Physi­cians, a compendium of peer-ed­ited narratives written by medical students on humanism, real-life patients and the challenges of being a physician-in-training. The book is a collection of 102 manuscripts published on in-Training, the online magazine for medical students, since its inception in July 2012.

Dana Deravin Carr, M.P.H. ’01, Dr.P.H. ’13, wrote a tribute to her late father, “My Dad said, ‘Man UP,’” that was published in the February 2016 issue of the Journal of Pallia­tive Medicine.

Tiffany Channer, M.P.H. ‘13, was honored by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) as one of the 40 ASCP members under the age of 40 whose achievements and leadership qualities are making a significant impact on the fields of pathology and laboratory medicine. She is a blood bank educational lead medical laboratory scientist and safety officer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Carolyn DeGoria (nee Kirkup), D.P.T. ’13, was married in May 2015.

Sierra R. White, M.P.H. ’13, serves as the senior research coordinator for two multi-center projects. She is currently researching the genetic and environmental factors for cra­niosynostosis, and the risk factors for cardiovascular disease among individuals with HIV.

London M. Muse, M.D. ’12, com­pleted her residency in the NYMC Phelps Family Medicine Residency Program where she is now a core faculty physician, teaching and mentoring future family medicine residents in addition to seeing patients in an underserved area at Open Door Family Medical Centers in Westchester County, N.Y.

U.S. Navy Lieutenant Natalie A. Schibell, M.P.H. ’12, competed in Season 7 of American Ninja War­rior. She was one of roughly 800 contestants selected out of 50,000+ applications to compete in qualify­ing rounds held across six cities. A member of the all-military cast, she competed on June 5, 2015 in the San Pedro Qualifiers held at the USS Iowa (BB-61) and was featured on NBC’s first American Ninja military special episode. Lt. Schibell is cur­rently serving as the Environmental Health Officer at Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn.

Eric L. Scofield, M.D. ’10, M.P.H. ’10, graduated from the hematol­ogy/oncology fellowship program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. His first duty station will be at Tripler Army Medical Center on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, and he is expect­ing his second child. 

The 00s

John-Ross Rizzo, M.D. ’08, founder and chief medical advisor of Tactile Navigation Tools, a company the develops assistive technologies for the visually impaired, was featured for “Rewriting Healthcare” as part of Forbes and KPMG’s The Great Rewrite project.

Rebecca A. McAteer, M.D. ’08, joined the faculty of the NYMC Phelps Family Medicine Residency Program in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., after serving for two years in a rural mis­sion hospital in Nepal’s Annapurna Himalayas. She is “glad to be back ‘home’ in New York again!”

Diane M.P. Banks (nee Price), M.P.H. ’07, writes, “I got married in September of 2014 on the beautiful island of the Dominican Republic and I received tenure as a lecturer at Bronx Community College in the Biological Science department effective September 2016.”

Bonnie J. McGuire Wreschner, M.D. ’07, received the presti­gious Albert Schweitzer Award for Humanitarian Endeavors at the Fairfield County Medical Associa­tion’s Annual Meeting in October 2016. Dr. Wreschner was recognized for her volunteer work to bring free medical clinics to those living in rural Mexico.

Joshua D. Quick, M.D. ’06, completed his Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellowship at Tufts Medical Center in Boston and is now working as an attending anes­thesiologist at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System in West Haven, Conn.

David L. Ng, M.D. ’04, has been named chief medical informatics officer at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, N.Y., where he also serves as associate director of the Department of Emergency Medicine.

Dominic Hollman, M.D. ’03, works in pediatrics/adolescent medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Marc-Daniel Gutekunst, M.P.H. ’00, Ph.D., M.B.A., reports, “Since 2001, together with Prince Albert II of Monaco and Ambassador Andrew Young, I have co-chaired and served pro-bono as the CEO of both the ATLANTA 1996, the Legacy Institu­tion of the 1996 Olympic Games, and the Atlanta 1996 Centennial Foundation.” 

The 90s

Raphael M. Barishansky, M.P.H. ’98, was recently sworn in by the Penn­sylvania Governor as the Deputy Secretary of Health Planning and Assessment for the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Margaret E. Boyd, M.P.H. ’98, Ph.D., graduated from Nova South­eastern University with a Ph.D. in occupational therapy in 2014.

Randy A. Goldberg, M.D. ’97, M.P.H. ’13, was honored as a Care Champion at Westchester Medical Center. He was nominated by the family of one of his patients.

Arthur A. “Tony” Blain, M.D. ‘96, was appointed medical director of San Diego Family Care in San Diego, Calif.

Shari B. Gold, M.P.H. ’96, works for the Atlantic Health System as manager of organization effective­ness and is a Six Sigma Black Belt.

Gary J. Kaml, M.D. ’96, is assistant professor of surgery at Yale School of Medicine. He works at Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he is director of surgical services at the St. Ra­phael’s campus. He lives in Madison, Conn., with his wife and son.

Robert B. Lim, M.D. ’96, is the ed­itor of the recently published book, Surgery During Natural Disasters, Combat, Terrorist Attacks, and Crisis Situations.

James L. Januzzi Jr., M.D. ’94, is currently the Hutter Family Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and senior staff physician in the Cardiology Division at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he’s been since his fellowship in 1997. He is also working as a clinical trialist on the senior faculty Harvard Clinical Research Institute. His research focuses on the use of established and emerging bio­markers for cardiovascular disease, most specifically in heart failure and acute myocardial infarction and is involved in a broad range of cardiovascular clinical trials. Since 2005, he’s been one of the team physicians with the Boston Red Sox. Dr. Januzzi resides in Wellesley, Mass., with his wife Roberta, and their two daughters Caterina, age 18, and Julianne, age 15.

After completing a 20-year career and retiring from the U.S. Navy, Kenneth Wells, M.D. ’94, moved to South Australia to work for the Rural Doctors Workforce Agency. “As a locums family medicine phy­sician, I provide medical care in the rural towns of South Australia. It has been a great opportunity to live Down Under,” he writes.

Greta Olsson, M.P.H. 93, has worked for OSHA for more than 20 years and for the last six years worked in OSHA’s Voluntary Protec­tion Program.

Lance R. Bruck, M.D. ’93, was named the associate director, med­ical affairs at Westchester Medical Center/MidHudson Regional Hos­pital. Prior to that, he held senior executive positions at the Stamford Health System and the North Bronx Healthcare Network.

Albert W. Ritter, M.D. ’92, an emergency physician at Morristown Medical Center, and his wife Janis Joseph, were honored with a bench dedicated to them for their calm, swift, compassionate response to an 11-year-old boy being struck by a car while walking home from school. Dr. Ritter administered emergency care at the site, rode in the ambulance and stayed with the victim at the hospital. The bench, dedicated by the victim’s parents, is inscribed “Dr. Al Ritter and Janis Joseph, Our Angels Here on Earth.”

John A. Perrotti, M.D. ’91, a plastic surgeon, has been selected 2008-2015 Top Doctor-New York Metro Area, Top Doctor RealSelf and Cosmetic Town Advisory Board Member. Dr. Perrotti, clinical as­sistant professor of surgery, enjoys working with, teaching and learning from NYMC students at Metropoli­tan Hospital Center.

Robin-Ann Klotsky, Ph.D. ’90, and her husband recently relocated near Dallas, Tex. “I am looking forward to finding new challenging opportuni­ties and a new home. Are there any GSBMS grads near me?,” she writes. 

The 80s

David B. Robbins, M.D., M.P.H. ’89, writes, “I retired to Highland Beach, Fla., and would enjoy meeting other NYMC alumni.”

Ronald H. Israelski, M.D. ’88, is the president and founder of Ortho­paedic Relief Services International (ORSI). He is self-funded and just returned from his 24th trip to Haiti. ORSI provides clinical, education­al and infrastructural support to Haiti’s largest hospital, Hopital Uni­versite D’Etat d’Haiti, home to the state medical/nursing school and all medical and surgical residency training programs in the nation.

Thomas A. Sharon, M.P.H. ’88, D.N.P., received the Norvo Nordisk Diabetes Research Grant for 2014 through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. He received a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree in 2015 from Brandman University in Irvine, Calif.

Louis Borgatta, M.D. ’86, is president/managing partner of Berks Cardiologist LTD, a 15-man single specialty cardiology practice. He lives on an 18-acre farm in Pennsylvania and has been married to Rosanna for 33 years. They have three children.

Mitchell S. Kramer, M.D. ’85, was appointed chairman of the Depart­ment of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Huntington Hospital in Hunting­ton, N.Y.

Classmates Mark J. Cerbone, M.D. ’84, Kevin C. Delahanty M.D. ’84, and Mario F. Tagliagambe Jr., M.D. ’84, teamed up early this past summer for a series of deep water dives in a bathysphere off the eastern sea coast looking for sunken U-boats.

Daniel J. O’Dea, M.D. ’83, is the new vice president of cardiovascular services at Health Quest, a group of non-profit hospitals and health care providers in the Hudson Valley.

Jonathan D. Kunis, M.D. ’82, served as the interim medical direc­tor and is currently the addiction medicine specialist at the Recovery Village, a residential treatment facility for chemical dependence in Umatilla, Fla.

Vincent S. Panella, M.D. ’82, was voted the number one New Jersey gastroenterologist by Healthgrades and was nominated as Top Doctor NY Metro Area by Castle Connolly for the sixteenth consecutive year.

William C. Reha, M.D. ’81, M.B.A., served as the 2015 president of the Medical Society of Virginia. 

The 70s

Robert A. Barish, M.D. ’79, was appointed vice chancellor for health affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Edmund F. La Gamma, M.D. ’76, who is professor of pediatrics, division of neonatology, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, director, fellowship program, and division chief of neonatology at NYMC, received the Eastern Society for Pediatric Research award for Mentor of the Year 2015.

Stephen G. Marcus, M.D. ’76, is the inventor of U.S. patent No. 9,271,999, issued on March 1, 2016, providing proprietary protection for a treatment of disorders associated with neutropenia or thrombocyto­penia. He is currently president and chief executive officer of Cantex Pharmaceuticals.

Stanley L. Rabinowitz, M.D. ’76, has been in private practice for 35 years in pulmonary medicine and is director of critical care director of medicine at St. Joseph Hospital, Bethpage, N.Y. His special interests include caring for first responders with World Trade Center syndrome and chairing medical ethics at St. Joseph.

Robert A. Stern M.D. ’76, reports, “I am currently doing office gyne­cology and gyn surgery part-time. I have seven grandchildren and have been married to Anita for 44 years. Everyone is doing well.”

Vincent J. Vigorita, M.D. ’76, continues to serve as a trustee at the Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn. The third edition of his textbook, Orthopaedic Pathology, was recently published. Dr. Vigorita is pleased to be serving on the NYMC Board of Advisors.

Kevin R. Loughlin, M.D. ’75, was recently named chief medical officer of EBSCO Health’s DynaMed.

Lewis S. Coleman, M.D. ’74, writes, “I have discovered the mammalian stress mechanism that was postulated by Hans Selye and which was the subject of stress theory lectures to our class by Dr. Johannes Rhodin.” [Johannes A. G. Rhodin, M.D., Ph.D., chairman of the NYMC Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy from 1964 to 1974.] Visit for more information.

Mark W. Leitman, M.D. ’71, donated more than 800 copies of the ninth edition of the book he authored, Manual for Eye Examina­tion and Diagnosis, to students in the NYMC School of Medicine. 

The 60s

Norman A. Cagin, M.D. ’67, is now a small group leader in the Foun­dations of Clinical Medicine course for second-year medical students at NYMC.

Steven M. Weissberg, M.D. ’66, served as the chair for the 50th class reunion and was happy to recon­nect with his classmates.

Richard Allen, M.D. ’65, was elected to the American Medical Association Senior Physicians Sec­tion Governing Council.

Morton Meltzer, M.D. ’65, is a consultant for the Wake County Office of Public Safety in North Carolina and medical director of Children’s Hope Alliance, New Horizons, New Beginnings, Trust the Process, Johari Family Services, Be­havioral Counseling, Compassionate Counseling and Alliance Behavioral Healthcare.

Andrew Roth, M.D. ’64, is still practicing orthopedics, but no surgery, four days a week. He has four children, “all out and about,” he writes.

James K. McAleer, M.D., ’63, returned to the Cleveland Clin­ic Department of Urology upon returning from Mexico. He now works part-time, the first ten days of each month. He received the Humanitarian Physician of the Year Award from Medina Hospital. He and his wife, Sandee, director of Hearts of the World, will lead their 46th pilgrimage to Medjugorje. “We are not travel agents, just practicing Christians/Catholics doing the Lord’s and our Lady’s work,” he writes.

Charles P. Cavaretta, M.D. ’61, is a volunteer instructor of medical students in clinical skills at Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He established the El Paso Insights Science Center at the Alamo School.

After serving as a surgeon in the U.S. Marines in Vietnam and receiv­ing multiple commendations includ­ing a Presidential Medal, Malcolm E. “Skip” Drezner, M.D. ’61, practiced surgery for 35 years in Bucks County, Penn. He retired from a three-person practice and moved to Key West, Fla. He is now enjoying a second life as a playwright and his recent marriage to Sharron.

Howard D. Harrison, M.D. ’61, is enjoying life in Cape Coral, Fla., and Martha’s Vineyard.

Robert D. Hirsch, M.D. ’61, writes, “I am still alive and kicking and loving retirement in Sarasota, Fla., where the weather, the arts, the restaurants and the pace of life can’t be beat for this NYMC alumnus.”

John G. Ketterer Jr., M.D. ’61, recently moved to Aiken, S.C., after selling his horse farm in Orford, N.H. “I still ride horses here with my partner, Cynthia Steinmetz, but have given up riding to hounds for more sedate trail riding. Winters were getting too long up North,” he writes.

Robert Kirschner, M.D. ’61, is re­tired and moved back to Manhattan.

David L. Smith, M.D. ’61, reports he is now retired.

The 50s

William H. Klompus, M.D. ’59, is a five-year certified clinical docu­mentation specialist working with CDI and writing appeal letters. He is clinical professor of urology at the University of Louisville School of Medicine where he has been teaching for 50 years and he is the author of the textbook Urologic Acrostics. “Working helps neo-neu­rogenesis,” he writes.

Howard J. Kline, M.D. ’58, writes, “I still have strong purposes in life: my family and grandchildren, practicing and teaching cardiology at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine and swimming competitively.” 

The 40s

John L. Soelling M.D. ’46, is “still kicking after undergoing a TARV procedure followed by a pace­maker.” He has one granddaughter about to graduate from medical school.