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Milestones, Class Notes and Alumni Achievements


The 10s
Dhara P. Patel, Ph.D. ’13
, was one of ten people nationwide selected by American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) for the 2015 Washington Fellows Program.

Monae Raphael, Dr.P.H. ’13, formerly Monae Johnson, was married in March 2014.

Edward H. Hurley, M.D. ’12, a third-year pediatric resident at Hasbro Children’s Hospital/Brown University, is happy to report his first paper was published in the August 6, 2014 issue of the American Journal of Medical Genetics. He got the idea for the topic “Differences in perspective on prognosis and treatment of children with trisomy 18” in medical school during his third-year pediatrics clerkship. “It took three years, more than 500 mailings and countless revisions but it was finally published,” he writes. He is also in the process of applying for a neonatology fellowship.

Carol Pak-Teng, M.D. ’12, started her second year of EM residency at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt. “This past year we welcomed our second daughter, Nadia Teng. Chelsea, Ed and I enjoy the new challenges and overwhelming joys that come with growing our family during residency,” she writes.

Angie C. Birnbaum, M.P.H. ’11, a biosafety program manager at Harvard University, became a registrant of the National Registry of Certified Microbiologists. She is certified as a specialist microbiologist in biological safety microbiology.

Patricia M. Raciti, M.D. ’11, was recognized by the College of American Pathologists Foundation with a leadership development award for her commitment to the specialty of pathology and patient care.

Karel R. Amaranth, M.P.H. ’10, recently traveled to Uganda to further the work of the women’s health project, Holistic Care for Mothers, that she co-founded with the Rotary of Makindye, Kampala. She visited several rural clinics and hospitals and met with women’s groups to provide community education on the use of birthing kits and safe deliveries. She also met with several Rotary Clubs, government officials and health providers to promote support for the project and initiate evaluation procedures.

The 00s
Hui Gong M.D., Pre-Internship Program ’08, finished his neuro- physiology fellowship in the Department of Neurology at the University of Southern California in June.

Kanwal M. Farooqi, M.D. ’07, is the recipient of the New York Academy of Medicine 2014-2015 Glorney-Raisbeck Fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases.

Gudrun E. Mirick, M.D. ’06, is currently working as an academic orthopedic surgeon specializing in trauma at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minn.

Teviah E. Sachs, M.D. ’06, M.P.H., was named assistant professor of surgery at Boston University School of Medicine and is an attending surgeon in the section of surgical oncology at Boston Medical Center.

Jeffrey J. Siracuse, M.D. ’05, is assistant professor of surgery and assistant professor of radiology at Boston University School of Medicine and an attending surgeon in the division of vascular and endovascular surgery at Boston Medical Center.

Julia M. Braza, M.D. ’04, and her husband Anthony Martyniak, welcomed their third son, Christian Lawrence to the family on January 7, 2014. He joins older brothers Anthony Joseph, age 3, and Thomas Francis, age 2.

Sachin Chopra, M.D. ’03, was recognized with a 2014 IPRO Quality Award for demonstrating a commitment to improving the quality care provided to Medicare beneficiaries.

Mill Etienne, M.D. ’02, was named a top doctor by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., and was featured in the June 2014 issue of Hudson Valley Magazine.

Marsha C. Nelson, M.D. ’02, moved to Fayetteville, N.C., and joined Village Surgical Associates, a group practice in her town. She and her husband, Kenneth, have four children, Joseph, Thomas, William and Michael.

Timothy M. McClung M.P.H. ’01, was appointed director of quality and patient safety at Westchester Medical Center. He also serves as commissioner of the Healthcare Quality Certification Commission of the National Association for Healthcare Quality.

The 90s
Roy H. Constantine, Ph.D., M.P.H. ’94, was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine, part of the Society of Critical Care Medicine that helps foster the Society’s mission by recognizing the highest achievements in multiprofessional critical care.

Marc D. Danziger, M.D. ’92, is a partner at NY Urological Associates in Manhattan, an attending urologist at Lenox Hill Hospital and a clinical instructor in urology at Weill Cornell Medical College.

After serving nearly 24 years in the Army Medical Department, Col. Roman O. Bilynsky, M.D. ’90, is currently overseeing medical readiness for the U.S. Army in the Office of the Surgeon General.

Gabrielle L. Shapiro, M.D. ’90, is working with Latino patients in East Harlem and is very involved in MSSNY, ACAP and NYPS on advocacy issues for physicians affiliated with Mount Sinai.

Nicholas G. Tsamparlis, M.D., Fifth Pathway ’90, left the Montefiore Medical Group and has been working with Lawrence Medical Associates since April.

The 80s
Deepak G. Azad, M.D., M.P.H. ’89, was elected president of the Indiana State Medical Association in September 2013.

Eugene A. Conrad, M.S., Ph.D., M.P.H. ’89, was highlighted by the Connecticut chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association for National Family Caregiver Month in November 2013.

Paul D. Corona, M.D. ’89, has been in private practice in Orange County, Calif., for more than 20 years focusing on treating psychiatric issues such as mood disorders and chronic physical problems related to stress and mood. He has a three- book series for patients and doctors regarding mind-body medicine covering recognition, diagnosis and treatment. Visit his website at www.

Robert M. Yacynych, M.D. ’88, is proud of his son Eddie who competed twice on the television show America’s Got Talent. He was part of a precision jump rope team called Flight Crew.

Shirley U. Salvatore, M.D. ’87, reports she has a new position as a physician at Innovage, a PACE Center, in Pueblo, Colo. She was associate director at Southern Colorado Family Medicine for 20 years. She is married to James Salvatore, M.D. ’87.

Randolph L. Trowbridge, M.D. ’86, was re-elected vice president of the Fairfield County Medical Association.

Mitchell S. Kramer, M.D. ’85, was named Castle Connolly top doctor for the 14th consecutive year. He was also in New York Magazine’s Best Doctors of 2014 issue in June.

Elaine M. Grammer-Pacicco, M.D. ’85, and Thomas J. Pacicco, M.D.’85, were excited to hood their son, Thomas A. Pacicco, M.D. ’14, at Commencement on May 22 at Carnegie Hall. He is doing his internship in Massachusetts and will do his residency in radiology in Dallas next year. Dr. Grammer- Pacicco, is a pediatrician and Dr. Pacicco is a gastroenterologist in Charlotte, N.C. Their son, Michael, is an associate producer in Los Angeles and their daughter, Elise, is a graduate student in dance at NYU Tisch School of Arts.

Mark J. Cerbone, M.D. ’84, Kevin C. Delahanty, M.D. ’84, and Mario F. Tagliagambe, M.D. ’84, travelled to the Greek isle of Kos to visit the temple of Asclepius and statue of Hippocrates and present their list of grievances.

Joseph S. Cervia, M.D. ’84, is proud to report his wife, Denise Blumberg, M.D., received her M.P.H. this past winter, and daughter, Lisa, earned her M.S. in biomedical engineering from Duke University, where she is continuing on for her Ph.D. He wishes all his classmates a happy 30th anniversary.

Andre A. Konski, M.D. ’84, was named among the 30 fellows of the American Society for Radiation Oncology.

Jeffrey N. Broder, M.D. ’83, closed his medical practice of 23½ years as of May 30. As of June 30, he is working at the Augusta VA OEF/OIF clinic taking care of veterans who returned from Afghanistan and Iraq.

Steven M. Cohen, M.D. ’83, is chief of ultrasound services, partner and chairman of the board at Advanced Radiology Consultants in Southwest Connecticut/Fairfield County. He also works at St. Vincent’s and Bridgeport Hospitals. “Best regards to my classmates from NYMC Class of ’83,” he writes.

Deborah Fried, M.D. ’83, writes, “I am loving teaching med students and residents!”

After spending the last 22 years of her career in Maine, Sue A. Mandell, M.D. ’83, recently started working as the medical director at the Tri-Cities Cancer Center in Washington State. “My husband Steve grew up in the Seattle area and with one son in college at the University of Washington and another heading west, it was time to move. I love it here in the desert part of the state, surrounded by vineyards and wineries. I do not miss all the Maine snow,” she writes.

George V. Tsimoyianis, M.D. ’82, continues to enjoy practicing adolescent and young adult medicine in Darien, Conn. His daughter, Christie M. Tsimoyianis, M.D. ’12, is a third-year resident in psychiatry at Mount Sinai/St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Medical Center in New York City.

William C. Reha, M.D. ’81, was installed as president of the Medical Society of Virginia on October 25, 2014, in Williamsburg, Va.

Jeffrey J. Silbiger, M.D. ’81, was promoted to associate professor of medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Jill S. Hirsch, M.D. ’80, and her husband, Randolph, are very proud of their three daughters. Allison is a postdoctoral fellow at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., Jessica is a postdoctoral fellow at University of Massachusetts Medical Center, and Larissa is a high school chemistry teacher at Monticello High School. They enjoyed a family vacation to Greece last summer.

Richard F. Wagner, M.D. ’80, is professor of dermatology and dermatology program director at the University of Texas Medical Branch. He has been the university Mohs surgeon since 1988. His son, Keith Wagner, has applied to NYMC for the School of Medicine Class of 2019.

The 70s
Richard H. Becker, M.D. ’79, has accepted a position as vice president at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. He is the now the physician administrator in charge of Phelp’s multi-specialty group.

Jack A. DiPalma, M.D. ’78, was recently honored with the American College of Gastroenterology Weiss Award for Exemplary Service.

Matthew C. Frankel, M.D. ’78, received Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition for using evidence- based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term, participative relationships from the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

William Zarowitz, M.D. ’78, was named a best doctor by Westchester Magazine.

Neil T. Choplin, M.D. ’76, is happy to report the publication of the third edition of his textbook, Atlas of Glaucoma. “It is lots of
work but feels great to hold it in my hands,” he writes.

Stephen G. Marcus, M.D. ’76, was awarded U.S. Patent 8,734,804, for inventing methods of attenuating myelosuppressive side effects of treatment regimens, and increasing efficacy of treatment regimens.

Catherine L. Dunn, M.D. ’75, is looking forward to the 40th year reunion in 2015.

Neil S. Silber, M.D. ’75A, retired from his practice of internal medicine, wound healing and hyperbaric medicine. He retired two years ago and now travels extensively. He winters in southwest Florida and summers at the New Jersey shore. He enjoyed practicing, having never participated in managed care.

Vincent F. Mileto, M.D. ’74, retired from ob/gyn practice in December 2013.

Alan S. Sacerdote, M.D. ’74, has a book chapter in press, Treating Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia by Addressing Insulin Resistance and Neurocyticercosis-Induced Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome in Gynecologic Practice.

John Boyer, M.S. ’73, received a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award for his contributions to affordable health care access. He is married to Sarah Pursglove Boyer, M.S. ’73.

Frank P. Bongiorno, M.D. ’70, is now in Catholic ministry in Murfreesboro, Tenn., which includes a medical ministry to Haiti. He lives at the Carriage Lane Inn in Murfreesboro and is in charge of community relations. “If you are in the Nashville area check us out,” he writes.

Robert E. Crootof, M.D. ’70, is retired and he and his wife, Linda, divide their time between Wolfeboro, N.H., and Sarasota, Fla. They still own the 310-year old home in Norwich, Conn. where they worked and raised their children who are now scattered in different time zones. Dr. Crootof enjoys photography, plays tennis and is president of a 100 member tennis club. “Despite some serious illnesses, I am on the court about five or six days a week in the summer, less in the winter when I throw in some bad golf, and try to go on one ski trip. We travel to see our kids, and have been to Venice, Barcelona, southern France, and to Peru in the last three years, the latter two with my college roommate. In 2016, I will chair my Wesleyan class’ 50th reunion, my eighth and final time as chair,” he writes.

Ian A. Gale, M.D. ’70, will be retiring in December 2014 after 37 years of practicing urology in Los Angeles. He and his wife, Lisa will be moving to the Phoenix area. They plan to travel the world extensively even though they have already visited 60 countries in the last five years. They will have time to see their seven children and four grandchildren. He is looking to seeing everyone at the 50th reunion in 2020.

The 60s
Lewis M. Feder, M.D. ’68, presented two lectures at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine in November in Las Vegas. Both lectures concern new advances in facial aesthetic surgery. Dr. Feder has been named one of the organization’s esteemed researchers.

Craig Allen Fenton, M.D. ’68, retired from the practice of radiology and nuclear medicine in June 2009.

Richard J. Fogler, M.D. ’68, retired from practice and from Brookdale University Hospital. He is now senior associate director of case management at Coney Island Hospital Center.

Richard K. Stone, M.D. ’68, senior associate dean at NYMC and former medical director at Metropolitan Hospital Center, was recognized at the New York College Podiatric Medicine commencement exercises in May. He received a special recognition award for distinguished service to the college. Dr. Stone was also honored at this year’s NYMC Founder’s Dinner on October 26. He received the Jackson E. Spears Community Service for exceptional service and commitment to the community.

Victor G. Ettinger, M.D. ’67, retired from private endocrinology practice in March 2014. He continues to consult for a local hospital, developing an inpatient diabetes program and works in the field of telemedicine doing endocrinology care for several underserved and needy communities. He is working with a FNP-CDE to develop a local diabetes outpatient education service for the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles. He is the medical director of Diabetes Inpatient Program for Life Extension at San Jaoquin Community Hospital in Bakersfield, Calif. “I’m very much enjoying my new life and expect to move back to Southern California sometime after June 2015,” he writes.

Marc Lowen, M.D. ’67, works at a private gyn practice one day a week and works 20 hours a week for the State of Maryland. His wife Elaine, is busy with their 13 grandchildren, 8 boys and 5 girls—9 of them live within a mile of their home. “I would love to hear from the Class of ’67,” he says.

Tony Cohen, M.D. ’66, is re- enjoying biochemistry and physiology with his new hobby (meta-profession), beekeeping.

Morton A. Meltzer, M.D. ’65, still works 50-plus hours a week in psychiatry.

Richard Besserman, M.D. ’64, serves as an operations executive for the Center for Emergency Management and Homeland Security (CEMHS). He has more than 25 years of experience as a surgical specialist and more than 15 years as an executive in bioengineering and software development.

William Glatt, M.D. ’64, and his son Daniel J. Glatt, M.D. ’92, are partners in their internal medicine and addiction medicine practice in Burlingame, Calif. “The San Francisco area has been a wonderful place to raise our family,” writes the elder Dr. Glatt. “My wife Florence and I celebrated our 50th anniversary with our three children and four grandchildren at Club Med in Florida.”

Joel Kupersmith, M.D. ’64, recently stepped down as chief research and development officer of the VA, directing its large medical research program nationally. “My eight year run, the longest ever, was very successful including numerous transformational advances such as the Million Veteran Program, on its way to becoming the world’s largest genetic database, groundbreaking research, development of new ways to do research, numerous congressional testimonies and a winning the prestigious Presidential Baldrige Award,” he writes. He had previously had an academic career culminating in the deanship of Texas Tech University School of Medicine and is now on the faculty of Georgetown University. Read more about Dr. Kupersmith at wiki/Joel_Kupersmith.

Francis P. MacMillan Sr., M.D. ’64, enjoyed the 50th reunion. “It was great to see so many old classmates. I am looking forward to the 55th,” he says.

Louis A. Privitera, M.D. ’64, writes, “I am 78 years old and still in the O.R. Keeps me off the streets and out of trouble.”

John J. Healy, M.D. ’63, is retired and living on Cape Cod. He spends lots of time boating and gardening.

Stuart F. Mackler, M.D. ’63, is serving on the board of directors of the Virginia Board of Medicine for the sixth year. He just completed his term as board president. He also formed and now runs a 501(c)(3) that provides prosthetics to victims of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and serves on the board of the Virginia Medical Society and as a consultant for Operation Smile. “My wife tells people that I am retired and in fact, I have not done any surgery since 2010 in Haiti,” he writes.

Robert A. Harwood, M.D. ’62, is finally retired. He and his wife, Gwendolyn, are now permanent residents of Scottsdale, Ariz., after 39 years in Los Angeles. “We’ve always enjoyed the outdoor life and are now active in this beautiful desert community,” he says.

Michael Schlossberg, M.D. ’62, reports he is happily retired and living in Atlanta. He was a major lender to the exhibition, David d’Angers- Making the Modern Monument, held at the Frick Museum in New York City from September 17 to December 8, 2013. It was the first exhibition of David d’Angers held in the U.S. Dr. Schlossberg and his wife, Lana, were joined by William F. Bierer, M.D. ’62, and his wife, Beverly, at the exhibition.

Elizabeth (Betty) Muffet Craven, M.D. ’61 and Wales Craven, M.D. ’63, are happily retired in sunny Florida. They enjoy swimming, biking, croquet, bridge, making model boat and painting in water colors.

Ronald W. Dreyer, M.D. ’61, has retired after 53 years of pediatric practice.

Howard D. Harrison, M.D. ’61, is past president of the Scientists Society of Southwest Florida.

Robert D. Hirsch, M.D. ’61, has been fully retired for seven years and living an active post-medicine life in sunny Florida. He attends grand rounds at Sarasota Memorial Hospital to keep up with medical developments.

Robert Kirschner, M.D. ’61, writes “I’ve never been to Valhalla.”

Carl M. Marchetti, M.D. ’60, continues as president of Meridian Practice Institute, a physician enterprise of Meridian Health in Wall, N.J. He takes 26 weeks of vacation per year to serve on national board of the Boy Scouts of America, visit grandchildren, ski and travel. He is travelling to Russia this year with classmate, Robert E. Fabricant, M.D. ’60.

James M. Rubin, M.D. ’60, retired from private practice but remains chief of the Division of Allergy at Mount Sinai/Beth Israel in New York City. He lives on Long Island and spends time on the North Fork.

The 50s
Richard J.R. Byrne, M.D. ’59, reports his wife Maryanne died in June, 2012. He met Barbara at a Catholic singles/widowers meeting in December 2012 and they got married on June 15, 2013. She has four children and eight grandchildren and he has five children and eight grandchildren, the youngest Hunter Campbell Rennie born on August 28, 2014. They live near several of their children and grandchildren in Roswell, Ga. and welcome classmates to call or visit when in Atlanta.

Howard J. Kline, M.D. ’58, received special recognition for his contributions as a member of the clinical faculty at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. He still practices and is a clinical professor of medicine and an attending cardiologist for cardiology fellows. He is a member of the University of San Francisco masters competitive swim team.

Martin H. Floch, M.D. ’56, is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology.

James B. Leach, M.D. ’56, reports his family is still growing—13 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and more marriages on the way. Everyone is healthy and he is moving up to the gold tees, 6,000 yards.

James P. Mooney, M.D. ’56, writes he is “still sitting up and taking nourishment.”

David I. Stein, M.D. ’56, resides in Jerusalem and would like to hear from members of the Class of ’56 who travel there. He helps patients with rare diseases obtain information on the condition and what treatments are available worldwide.

David Werdegar, M.D. ’56, still practices medicine, mainly administration as consultant to Kaiser in California. He is married 52 years to Kathryn (Kay), a justice of the California Supreme Court. They have two married sons and five grandchildren. They live in Ross, a town ten miles north of San Francisco, across the Golden Gate Bridge. “I am grateful to NYMC for a wonderful career,” he writes.

Anita Smith, M.D. ’55, M.P.H., is retired but very active in her townhouse community. She is chair of the recreation committee, a member of the environmental committee, a member of the book club, and plays bridge and Pinochle. She enjoys photography and just had her 85th birthday.

Gabriel Gregoratos, M.D. ’54, has been retired for four years and is professor emeritus at UCSF. He continues to teach student electives in cardiology and does consulting work on the wards.

Paul D. Fuchs, M.D. ’51, writes, “Had a bad year. I fell and fractured my left femur and recovered. Then my wife, Rhoda, and I were vacationing in Puerto Vallerta and got hit by a bus. I smashed my left leg and had four surgeries and two skin grafts. I am lucky to be alive and my recovery was called “awesome.” I will be back in New York City this summer to celebrate my wife’s 85th birthday with our two children, seven grand children and four great- grandchildren. I am still getting stronger and would like to hear from classmates at

Mrs. Isabelle Whelan is sorry to report, “My husband, Joseph R. Whelan, M.D. ’50, is not doing too well. He has lost most of his vision due to complications of glaucoma and diabetes.”

The 40s
Lesley M. Warshaw Sr., M.D. ’46, writes, “Still kicking!”

J. Conrad Greenwald M.D. ’45, was recognized at a special presentation for his many years of service to Eisenhower Medical Center and for his dedication to the health and well-being of women in the Coachella Valley.


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