Volume XXII, No. 1 Spring 2012 Alumni Connection A Legacy of Learning Marcella Fierro: Legendary Forensic Pathologist There was no way Marcella F. Fierro, MD (LMED’70), could have known that her career would take on such storied proportions. Literally. A gifted pathologist and a pioneering chief medical examiner, Dr. Fierro’s name still appears today on prestigious lists of the best of the best in her field. She has even been named among “The 25 Most Influential People in Forensic Science” by The Forensic Files, a reference work that chronicles practitioners dating back to the 1800s. While she has been an actual, hardworking pathologist for decades, some may best recognize Dr. Fierro as fictional medical examiner “Kay Scarpetta,” the main character in the best-selling crime novels by Patricia Cornwell. The novelist admits the role was patterned Continued on page 4 The first Cleveland Clinic Weston alumni soirée was held in Weston, Fla. recently, led by left, Mark K. Grove, MD, Conrad H. Simpfendorfer, MD, Jeffrey Cummings, MD, and Bernardo Fernandez Jr., MD. Rockstar of Science Featured at Weston Alumni Soirée Hailed in Vanity Fair and GQ magazines in 2009 as a “Rock Star of Science,” Jeffrey L. Cummings, MD, Director of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, was one of two special presenters at the first Cleveland Clinic Florida alumni soirée and brunch in January. The other – no less a star to those who know him – was Bernardo Fernandez Jr., MD (IM’90, VM’91), CEO of Cleveland Clinic Florida. Continued on page 2 INSIDE: AEDs in Schools 3 l Contacts 18–22 l In Memoriam 22 The event in Weston, Fla., was attended by more than 100 alumni and guests who gathered to network, share information and otherwise just catch up with colleagues. In the presentations, Dr. Fernandez spoke about plans for expanding patient services at Weston and Dr. Cummings connected the dots between Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss.