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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

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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.

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“Cleveland Clinic Florida has grown from 28 physicians in 1988 to 215 physicians practicing in 35 specialties today,” said Dr. Fernandez. “This growth, coupled with more than 300,000 patient visits annually, has brought about the need for additional facilities, and we are diligently working on campus expansion plans to accommodate the needs of our patients. All of the residents and fellows who have trained here should be proud of the progress we have made. We have truly brought world-class care to South Florida and beyond,” he said.

Attending the award ceremony were (left to right): Mrs. Jeanne Zanettin; Wolf Stapelfeldt, MD; Maria Rica G. Inton-Santos, MD (CTA’02), the winner of the Zanettin Award; Mauricio Perilla, MD (AN’08), runner-up for the award; J. Victor Rykman, MD (AN’82); and Gabriella Rivera (Mrs. Zanettin’s daughter).

Zanettin Award Goes to Dr. Inton-Santos The 2011 Dr. Giorgio G. Zanettin Award was presented to Maria Rica G. IntonSantos, MD (CTA’02). The award was established in 2004 and goes to the anesthesiologist who best emulates the attributes of the late Dr. Zanettin. The 2011 runner-up was Mauricio Perilla, MD. Cleveland Clinic general anesthesiology staff votes for the recipients from among its peers. Every year until 2010, the recipient has been honored during a business meeting. In 2010 and 2011, a special event was held to honor the recipient and the runner up. Past recipients are: 2010: Andrew Zura, MD 2009: Michael deUngria, MD 2008: Michael deUngria, MD 2007: Andrew Zura, MD 2006: Robert Helfand, MD

Dr. Cummings told the audience that the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease is both high and rising. In 2010, approximately 5 million people in the United States had the disease, he said. By 2050, the number in America may stand at 15 million, with a $1 trillion cost associated with it. More than 100 million cases are expected worldwide by mid-century. Alzheimer’s has been shown to be less likely among those who are educated, exercise, are brain fit, follow an antioxidant diet and are heart healthy. The disease is more likely among those who are older, female, hypertense, diabetic, have high cholesterol or have had head trauma. Alzheimer’s is characterized by a cascade of events in the brain and includes characteristics such as plaque and tangles in the brain, mitochondrial dis-turbances, a loss of connectivity among nerve cells and actual nerve cell loss. Abilities to diagnose the disease are improving, and new treatments have been shown to slow the disease’s progression, or even delay its onset. Such treatments include current approaches, such as both transmitter-based therapies and emerging approaches such as disease-modifying therapies, he says. A steady growth in Alzheimer’s trials at Cleveland Clinic includes building a nationwide – even worldwide – care and research network, he says. Its work will allow more patients to be seen and treated more rapidly. Dr. Cummings’ accomplishments include being named the Andres and Joseph Hahn professor of neurotherapeutics of the Neurological Institute of Cleveland Clinic and holding a number of leadership positions and honors in his field. He is the author of the Neuropsychiatric Inventory, which has become the most widely used tool for characterizing behavioral disturbances in dementia syndromes, and has authored or edited 30 books and published nearly 600 peer-reviewed papers. Dr. Cummings completed his residency and a fellowship at Boston University, followed by a fellowship in Neuropathology and Neuropsychiatry at the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases in London. The event was organized by the Cleveland Clinic Alumni Relations Office and hosted by Bernardo Fernandez, MD, Mark K. Grove, MD (S’90, VS’911), and Conrad H. Simpfendorfer, MD (S’04, FIM’05, S/HEP’06).

2005: Michael Ritchey, MD 2004: Sara Spagnuolo, MD and Michael deUngria, MD


Dr. Gordon’s Mission: Provide AEDs to Schools A 15-year-old high school football player in Barberton, Ohio, died on the field in 2000 from cardiac arrest. That is when Terry A. Gordon, DO, FACC (CARD’87), made it his goal to get an automated external defibrillator (AED) into every school across the country. “Kids don’t have to die like that,” he says. As a heart specialist, Dr. Gordon is profoundly aware of statistics showing that more than 300,000 Americans collapse from cardiac arrest every year and only 3 to 5 percent of them survive. He says that’s because every minute someone remains in ventricular fibrillation, the chance of survival drops by 10 percent. And the average response time for emergency medical crews? About eight to 12 minutes. “But if CPR is performed, survival rates almost double,” Dr. Gordon says. “Coupled with CPR, if an AED is used quickly, the survival rate can be as high as 50 percent.” Dr. Gordon’s mission became clear to him after Josh’s death, and he has become a leader in state and national efforts to pass AED legislation to put defibrillators into every school in the nation. Many young lives would be saved this way, he says, and even more if AEDs were placed in every venue where large numbers of people congregate. “Every day, 20 percent of America’s adult and child population is housed in our schools, which are also often used as community centers at night,” he says.
 At the time of Josh’s death, Dr. Gordon was President of the Summit County (Ohio) American Heart Association. “I vowed that something like this would never happen again in our community. We placed AEDs in all of our middle schools and high schools, becoming the first county of our size in the nation to Terry A. Gordon, DO do so.” Dr. Gordon was named the American Heart Association’s National Physician of the year in 2002 for his efforts. In 2004 and again in 2006, Ohio legislators passed separate phases of the State of Ohio School AED Initiative. The initiative granted $2.5 million both times to place 4,470 AEDs in schools throughout the state, along with an allocation for training at least five people in each school in the use of CPR and defibrillators. “This was the first comprehensive statewide program of its kind in the nation, and, to date, at least 15 lives have been saved as a result,” Dr. Gordon says.

His push for AEDs is gaining traction nationally, though it has not yet succeeded in becoming a federal mandate. Federal legislation named The Josh Miller HEARTS Act (HR 4926), mirrored after the Ohio School AED program, was proposed by U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton and first passed the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously in June 2008. However, it did not make it through committee when U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) became ill. It was proposed again by then U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) and passed the House as HR 1380 in June 2009, but the measure, again, failed to emerge from committee. “Sadly, since the bill first passed the House in 2008, 206 children have needlessly died of sudden cardiac arrest in schools across America,” Dr. Gordon says. Most recently, U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton (D-Ohio) introduced AED legislation for the third time as HR 1377, and, as of press time, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) planned to propose the companion bill in the Senate. Organizations endorsing this bill include the American Heart Association, American Red Cross, National Education Association, National Safety Council, International Association of Firefighters, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition, American College of Cardiology, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association, Parent Heart Watch, American Academy of Pediatrics and the Heart Rhythm Society. “Our U.S. legislators have AEDs hanging on the walls of their office buildings,” says Dr. Gordon. “They are protected. This same protection must be offered to our most precious resource, our children.”


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after Dr. Fierro. Cornwell even gave Scarpetta the same position Dr. Fierro held until her retirement in 2007: Chief Medical Examiner for Virginia. Over the years, Dr. Fierro has become something of a celebrity in her own right. Many will tell you that it was her own involvement in many high-profile murder cases – including The South Side Strangler Case in Richmond, Va., and the Virginia Tech massacre – that triggered all those CSI-style shows, motion pictures and paperbacks. “Most people who go into forensics have a strong sense of justice,” she says. “They like to see things made right. There’s a degree of doggedness in people who do this type of work. They hang on like bulldogs until they get it figured out.” And it is Dr. Fierro’s determination to get to the truth and to “speak for those who cannot,” that has won her the admiration of those in medicine and in law enforcement across the country. Professionalism and compassion Regardless of the circumstances of death, Dr. Fierro says, anyone in her line of work always must seek to mix their professionalism with compassion. “Those of us who must deal with shattered or grieving families have to be empathetic. The upside is that you’re actually in a position to help. When something bad happens to somebody, most people can only feel sorry for them, but they can’t do anything for them. We can, by answering a lot of questions for their families. And they feel a whole lot better because we give them those answers. For those families that have experienced a violent death, we help to make the justice system work.” Dr. Fierro is a 1966 graduate of the University at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. She did her pathology residency at Cleveland Clinic and completed a fellowship in forensic pathology and legal medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University. In 1975, Dr. Fierro received her certification in forensic pathology, only the ninth woman in the United States ever to earn that honor. “I recall Cleveland and the Cleveland Clinic very clearly and very kindly,” she says. “My days there were the most inspiring and instructive of all my training. Great people. And the city was amazing, with its mix of culture and sports. I remember freezing at many Browns games.” Dr. Fierro became Deputy Chief Medical Examiner for Central Virginia, a position she held until 1992, when she accepted the position of pathology professor at East Carolina

Marcella Fierro, MD, has been a leading forensic pathologist throughout her years in the profession. She is known not only as a medical expert, but as a crime-solver, as well. University School of Medicine. In 1994, she returned to Virginia as Chief Medical Examiner. There she co-directed the Virginia Institute of Forensic Science and Medicine, offering courses on topics such as advanced death investigation to medical examiners, crime scene investigators, judges, law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, and others. Dr. Fierro has been a consultant to the FBI and has served on the board of editors and been a reviewer for The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology since 1979. She has made countless presentations and lectures before academic and professional organizations and has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals. Today, Dr. Fierro claims to be retired, but not entirely. She’s now a consultant, working under the name Fierro Forensics in east-central Virginia. She is married to Robert J. Fierro, MD (GL-1’69, S’70), an OB/GYN who retired at the same time she did. How did that happen? With her distinctive wit and humor, she explains: “I gave him a choice. I told him, ‘You can either retire when I do, or I’ll write to you when I have time.’ ”


Cuban Expatriate Pursues Successful Medical Career in United States Francisco Regueyra, MD, FACS, (S’67) of Perrysburg, Ohio, bears the distinction of being card-holder No. 491 in the “Asociacion de Medicos Cubanos en el Exilto, Colegio Medico Libre” – the Cuban Medical Association in Exile. The card is dated Sept. 30, 1961, the same year as the ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion in which the Communists solidified their hold of this small island nation only 90 miles from Florida’s shores.

Francisco Regueyra, MD, before (left) and after his long route to freedom in the United States.

Dr. Regueyra’s stories of his life in Cuba and long route to freedom are many, but their theme is the same: “It was not easy to come to the States,” he wrote to Cleveland Clinic Alumni Association. “Thank God we did.” On this page are the before-and-after photos of himself that he submitted, one of which is from the medical association identity card that still holds such sentimental value for him.

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Merchandise with Cleveland Clinic Logo Offered on Website Retail products bearing the distinctive Cleveland Clinic logo are now available through the Alumni Relations Office’s new website at alumni. You can purchase polo shirts, neckties, coffee mugs, wristwatches, thermoses, messenger bags and more. These items are provided through The Image Group, a marketing and branding company that has been a preferred vendor to Cleveland Clinic for more than seven years, often supplying promotional products for special events. This will be the company’s first online program with Cleveland Clinic. The Image Group is allied with leading promotional products and marketing distributors throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. As part of its affiliations, The Image Group is able to offer its clients reliable service, creative ideas, competitive pricing and dependable delivery, says Brian Kingsmore, General Manager of the Cleveland office. Together with its associates, The Image Group works to develop industry advances in technology, product decoration and imprinting procedures, fulfillment and other services. “We want to offer high-end products to Alumni in keeping with the prestige of the institution,” said Marilyn Cancilla, Image Group account manager. “Working with Alumni Relations, we have come up with an assortment of items that we’re proud to offer and that we hope alumni will be equally proud to possess.”


Software Developed at Cleveland Clinic Now Used Nationwide For many years, Cleveland Clinic has focused on the patient experience, including ways to expand and improve healthcare outcomes. One of its most recent developments, now on the market, is receiving significant interest. It is a software set called Carefx, a product of Harris Corp. The software consists of a variety of dashboards – in general, these are management tools used to obtain an overview of the health of an enterprise. In this case, the dashboards act as medical tracking tools that graphically display various measures of patient care, clinical outcomes and even operational and financial performance. Developed at Cleveland Clinic over the past six years, Carefx helps to interpret large sets of data within a hospital or physician practice. Its proponents say it can identify and leverage best practices, support regulatory compliance and improve patient safety and quality outcomes. After receiving feedback at several national conferences, Cleveland Clinic entered into a long-term relationship in 2010 with Carefx to make the software commercially available to hospitals across the country. The software is evolving through innovation by Cleveland Clinic associates and several other early partners.

A major breakthrough for Carefx occurred in 2010, when an exclusive agreement was signed with University HealthSystems Consortium (UHC). Carefx agreed to supply its dashboards on top of UHC’s widely known, very broad database. UHC is a consortium of more than 100 academic medical centers and 200-plus affiliate hospitals in the United States, encompassing almost all of the top medical centers ranked by U.S.News & World Report. UHC members submit monthly information to the UHC Clinical Database, making it one of the most powerful comparative databases in the country, says Tom Wadsworth, a former key administrator for Cleveland Clinic Operations who now is Director of Business Intelligence for Harris. Mr. Wadsworth explains that with one Carefx offering, Physician Insight Plus™, physician benchmarking and reporting capabilities are available. It features a toolset that evolved from work at both Cleveland Clinic and UHC. Chief medical officers, service chiefs and hospital executives can drill down into case-level data to examine such performance measures as length of patient stay, hospital cost, patient safety indicators, readmission rate, mortality and more. Case attributions can be viewed by the discharging physician or the primary procedure physician. It also is possible to display only cases that a physician both admitted and discharged. Alter any of the choices and, seconds later, a new comparative view of the data is presented for additional insight.

Figure 1.  This system screenshot depicts comparisons of a provider to a department and to external benchmarks of similar organizations. Indicator lights and other universal symbols measure performance against benchmarks. Using simple point-and-click steps, the user can drill down to the details behind this summary screen to develop action plans and identify best practices.

In Figure 2, the user has selected a comparison of pacemaker implant cases for General Hospital (represented by the yellow circle) compared to the same category of cases across about 100 other academic medical


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centers (represented by the blue dots). In this scenario, costs for the General Hospital are high (cost index > 1) as is the readmission rate. By hovering over the blue dots, you can see the actual names of hospitals in the benchmark data set, making it easy to specifically identify best-practice hospitals. It is very easy (one mouse-click) to evaluate comparative mortality performance, as well. Another mouseclick will allow comparative quality and cost performance by physician at General Hospital. Ian Civil, MD (second from left), is shown while visiting Cleveland Clinic recently, accompanied by Daniel Clair, MD, (left), Dr. Civil’s wife, Denise, and Edwin Beven, MD.

Dr. Civil Comes to Town Cleveland Clinic and the Alumni Office was proud to host world-renowned surgeon Ian Civil, MBE, during his trip to Cleveland last September.

Figure 3 is a snapshot of a dashboard designed to compare costs of the host hospital (represented by the stacked bar on the far left) to the five hospitals with the lowest costs. The stacked bars display cost by category of charge (revenue codes). By comparing the color in the stacked bar to the legend, it is easy to identify “surgical services” as the primary source for high costs at the host hospital. Point and click on the stacked bar a few times and the pacemaker is identified as the source of the cost variation. Cleveland Clinic has developed many other dashboards that now are available through Harris. Early adopters include Cleveland Clinic Health System, University of North Carolina, University of Kentucky, New York University, Catholic Health Initiatives, Utah University Health System, Hartford Hospital and UW Medicine in Seattle. To learn more, please visit the Harris website at, or contact Tom Wadsworth, Director, Business Intelligence for Harris at, or 440.947.5038.

Dr. Civil recently was elected the next President of the College of Surgeons of The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, the unifying force for surgery in Australia and New Zealand. He is the seventh New Zealand surgeon to receive this honor. He is a vascular surgeon with particular interest in trauma epidemiology, injury scaling and trauma systems development. Dr. Civil was educated at the University of Auckland before coming to the United States, where he did specialist vascular training at Cleveland Clinic and trauma training in New Jersey. He returned to Auckland in 1987, followed by commanding the 1st New Zealand Army Medical Team in 1990-91. As President, Dr. Civil said he will make sure the voices of surgeons in Australia and New Zealand will be heard on matters of pressing medical importance. These include smart investments in health such as a shortage of hospital beds and the needs of aging populations. Hosting Dr. Civil during his visit were Daniel G. Clair, MD, Department Chair, Vascular Surgery, and Edwin Beven, MD (S’62, V’63). Dr. Civil was accompanied on his visit by his wife, Denise.


Roxanne B. Sukol, MD, MS, begins a physical exam on patient Kristine McGivney.

Putting Yourself First with the Executive Health Program Physicians need to be as vigilant about their own health as they are about the health of their patients. An Executive Health physical examination at Cleveland Clinic will put you in the best possible position to care for your patients. Cleveland Clinic Executive Health examinations are designed to uncover potential health problems and to target, reduce and eliminate risk factors. Wellness is an integral part of our program. Evaluations are tailored to meet the needs of individ足 uals whose time is at a premium. Visits take place on a single day and are streamlined by pre-scheduling individual consultations and confirming with a previsit call. Examinations include an in-depth history and physical, comprehensive lab work, cardiovascular health evaluation, auditory assessment, pulmonary health evaluation, vision screening, glaucoma testing and funduscopic photography, and vaccination review and administration.

Your examination also may include colonoscopy, bone densitometry, mammography, fitness assessment and a stress management consult.

Executive Health Physical examinations may be scheduled by calling 866.320.1385. For more information, call 866.382.8611 or visit

If any specific medical issues are identified, we facilitate prompt referral to our specialists. You may choose to see any of our Executive Health physicians: Richard S. Lang, MD, MPH, FACP Steven E. Feinleib, MD Raul J. Seballos, MD, FACP Roxanne B. Sukol, MD, MS


John (Jerry) Bartholomew, MD, Section Head for Vascular Medicine, shared his group photo of some of the more than 30 alumni who attended the Society of Vascular Medicine Conference in Boston, Mass., this past summer. He says, “Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with colleagues and share their news.”

Dr. Nadey Hakim Leads General Surgery Grand Rounds Prof. Nadey S. Hakim, MD, world-renowned for his skills in general, transplant and bariatric surgery, performed General Surgery Citywide Grand Rounds in December at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Hakim has numerous medical distinctions in addition to MD, including: GCSJ, PhD, FRCS, FRCSI, FACS, FINS, FASBMS and FICS (Hon). Dr. Hakim’s subject was the finger-assisted donor nephrectomy technique, which allows for removing a kidney quickly and safely. His presentation was part of Cleveland Clinic’s Digestive Disease Institute’s HPB/GENS Conference Series. During his visit, Dr. Hakim and his host, Gary Dworkin, MD (CATS’92), met with Cleveland Clinic transplant physicians, went on multidisciplinary renal transplant rounds guided by Richard Fatica, MD, and toured the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute with cardiologist fellow Amanda Vest, MD. Later, they attended a Transplant Selection Committee luncheon hosted by the Alumni Association, with more than 70 attendees. Following the lunch were liver transplant rounds, led by Cristiano Quintini, MD (S/MOAT ’07) and fellows. Dr. Hakim is the Surgical Director for the West London Transplant Unit at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. He received his medical degree from Paris Descartes University, his surgical training at Guy’s Hospital and his doctorate from University College London. His gastrointestinal fellowship was earned at the Mayo Clinic and his transplant fellowship was through the University of Minnesota. Dr. Hakim has published more than 150 peer-reviewed papers and written/edited 18 textbooks in the fields of general, transplant and bariatric surgery.

On a tour of Cleveland Clinic facilities are (from left) Gary Dworkin, MD, Amanda Vest, MD, and special invited guest Nadey S. Hakim, MD.

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Author’s Corner: Medical student writes poignant tale of music and wellness A Lasting Effect: Reflections on Music and Medicine is Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine student’s Bryan Sisk’s poignant tale of his experiences playing music for pediatric patients at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital. In addition to his medical training at Cleveland Clinic and his undergraduate degree in biochemistry from the University of Missouri, Mr. Sisk also is an avid musician and writer. His book chronicles his interactions with young patients and their families, while celebrating the resilience of the human spirit and the power of integrating art into healing. He is pursuing a career in academic pediatric medicine. Mr. Sisk’s book is available online at com/gp/product/1461025613 and at local Cleveland bookstores.

Of Organ Donors and Altruism The Organ Donor Experience: Good Samaritans and the Meaning of Altruism, by Katrina A. Bramstedt, PhD, staff researcher. As a clinical ethicist, she explores the lives of 22 people who have given a kidney, liver lobe or lung lobe to strangers. Using in-depth interviews and validated survey tools, the personal histories of those donors emerge, and the foundations of their generosity are analyzed. The result is fascinating data that helps shape a definition of altruism never before reported in medical or sociological literature. Also discovered were distinct traits and behavior patterns common among these donors. Currently, there are only about 100 Good Samaritan donations each year in the Unites States. Dr. Bramstedt believes this small number is due to fears and myths that

are preventing many transplant centers from accepting such donations. The Organ Donor Experience is intended to help calm these fears and shatter the myths, paving the way for more such donations. Dr. Bramstedt’s book is back-ordered at, but is also available through Dr. Bramstedt is one of the world’s few formally trained transplant ethicists. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Loma Linda University and her doctorate from Monash University Faculty of Medicine (Melbourne, Australia). She spent more than two years at UCLA as an ethics fellow. Recently, she served six years as Chair of the Ethics Committee for NATCO, the Organization for Transplant Professionals ( Currently, she works as an ethics consultant to the California Transplant Donor Network (CTDN) in the San Francisco Bay area, as well as for regional transplant centers and ABC television. She also has a private practice in Sausalito, Calif. Non-Neoplastic Hematopathology and Infections is now available. One of the textbook’s three authors is Ramon L. Sandin, MD (MB’91) a microbiology alumnus of Cleveland Clinic. The book describes the hematologic manifestations in tissue and blood of infectious agents, including many rare and exotic diseases found in both Western and Eastern hemispheres. The book is intended to assist pathologists and medical laboratory professionals all over the world in better diagnosing and treating such infections, according to the publisher’s review. Comprehensive and state-of-the-art diagnostic materials are described, as are the epidemiology, pathobiology, clinical and pathologic manifestations in blood and lymphatic organs, as well as approaches to treatment. The book is available through academic publisher John Wiley & Sons. Refer to this website for ordering information: productCd-0470646004.html (Editor’s note: Cleveland Clinic’s library keeps published books by Cleveland Clinic authors.)

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(Inset) Dr. Marcello Mellino, who captured this quiet scene in a small town in his native Italy.

Cardiologist’s Heart is in Photography When cardiologist Marcello Mellino, MD (CVD’80), isn’t concerned about someone else’s heart, he follows his own. He delves deeply into photography, fascinated by landscapes, nature, architectural design and what he calls the ‘Old World imagery’ he finds in his beloved Italy and in places all across the United States.. “I’ve been interested in photography forever. I got my first camera at age 8, and I’ve been shooting ever since,” he says. “Creating images provides me with a very personal satisfaction. I’d almost call it healing.” Dr. Mellino says his medical training has allowed him to develop the skill and patience to find just the right shot, the right angle, before he clicks the shutter. “I think my cardiology training and my work for more than 30 years in the cath lab have helped me to develop a very strong eye for the smallest, but often the most critical, detail,” he says.

“That’s what I look for instinctively, now, in my images. I’m not obsessed by taking pictures, but I do enjoy it.” And so does the public. Dr. Mellino has presented his photos at numerous personal and group exhibits over the past four years, and it gives him a sense of pride to see people smile at his work or purchase it. “It gives me a new sense of accomplishment when someone buys a photo I’ve taken. There is great joy in knowing that someone else truly derives pleasure or some other emotion from my work.” His two most recent shows as of press time are: “La dolce Vita: Images in Contrast,” at The Breen Center for Performing Arts in Cleveland; and, “DiversityFest,” at the Beachwood (Ohio) Community Art Gallery during March. He is also preparing his first book of photography, Vita di Paese. On the medical side, Dr. Mellino co-founded West Side Cardiology

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Associates in 2002. Today, it is an eight-person practice that counts itself among the largest private cardiology businesses in the area. Dr. Mellino was born in La Spezia, Italy. He attended medical school at Catholic University in Rome, then received internal medicine and cardiovascular disease training at Lutheran Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, and at Policlinic A. Gemelli, in Rome. Since 1980, he has been in private practice, specializing in cardiovascular disease. “I am still very close to several of my colleagues at Cleveland Clinic with whom I trained, such as Donald Underwood, MD (CARD ’80), Robert Hobbs, MD (CARD ’79), and Conrad Simpfendorfer, MD (CARD ’78)” he says. “I often go back for conferences and find it a great opportunity to share the incredible knowledge there and the latest techniques available in medicine.”

Program Directors to Receive New Alumni Welcome Packet

Beginning this year, a new Alumni Welcome Packet designed for Program Directors is being given to graduating residents, fellows and medical students. This material officially welcomes graduates, provides them with an alumni gift, highlights alumni benefits, and, more importantly, encourages members to “Stay Connected” through our newly designed website.

The website allows members to promote their practice as part of the Alumni Physician Search, provides easy registration at medical receptions and links to to CME offerings, and offers a lifetime of networking opportunities for personal and professional advancement. To take a look at our website, go to

Access to Care Provides Single Point of Entry Cleveland Clinic’s Access to Care can streamline the process of getting patients to the correct caregivers. Now under the direction of Deborah Lonzer, MD, (PED ’93) Access to Care includes the Appointment Center, Nurse on Call, Call Center Support Services and the Center for Systems and Training. These sections are working together to provide a unified approach to scheduling.

Neurology resident Raghav Govindarajan, MD, Cleveland Clinic Florida, was named the Best Abstract winner at the American Academy of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM). He also was selected for the Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Forum Award for 2012, sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN).

Dr. Lonzer says the size, scope and complexity of the organization – with same-day appointments, multiple locations and specialty care – demand standardization. Schedulers use templates created and vetted through staff to ensure accuracy. Dr. Lonzer is meeting with institute and department chairs for ideas and to resolve concerns. She also is establishing a physician action committee that will meet quarterly on an ad hoc basis to review progress. If you are interested in participating, please email Dr. Lonzer at, or Patty Nahra at

Cleveland Clinic rheumatologists, former and present fellows, other employees and friends and family all met to enjoy a picnic together in September. Among those who attended were (from left), Anna P. Koo, MD (IM’81, RH’83, RES’84), C. Julio Aponte, MD (RH’75), Rochelle Rosian, MD (RH’96), David Stadnick, MD (IM’84, RH’86), Ashwini Mhatre, MD (RH’11), Leonard Calabrese, DO (GL-1’76, IM’78, RH’80), Alexandra Vila-Forte, MD (IM’01, RH’04), Matilde Pioro, MD (RH’95),Rafael Arsuaga, MD (IM’82, RH’84), and Kimberly Stewart, MD (RH’91).

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Shown following a recent medical conference in Cleveland, from left, are: Gustavo Rincon, MD (CARD ’72), Khosrow Dorosti, MD (CARD ’74), Mehdi Razavi, MD (CARD ’67), William Proudfit, MD (IM ’43), Earl Shirey, MD (IM ’56), Fuad Jubran, MD (Staff), William Sheldon, MD (CARD ’62) and Donald Underwood, MD (CARD ’80).

Stethos Covers the Medical Humanities Stethos, a new journal emphasizing the medical humanities, has been launched by students of Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. Its purpose, according to Associate Editor Bryan Sisk, a fourth-year medical student, is: “to serve as a conduit for students to listen to the insights of our peers, as a channel by which we can better understand our colleagues, ourselves, the profession and the people we serve.” Begun last year, Stethos has produced one edition thus far. The publication is expected to come out annually, its pages filled with poetry, essays, reflective writing, artwork and photography. A majority of the works are from medical students, but others – including alumni – are invited to contribute, Sisk says. “We also solicit work from one professional artist/poet/writer from the community in each issue (nonmedical) which provides us with another set of eyes with which to see.” John Vanek, MD (DR’78), is one alumnus who reacted happily to the call for submissions. He is a physician, writer, and poet with works published in numerous literary journals. One of three poems he submitted to Stethos reads: Addiction Tanka “My last drag is so long and deep, the tip glows red as an angry eye, the smoke sears hot and hurtful like a love that never quits.” Stethos is distributed in hard copy to medical students at Lerner College of Medicine, to all medical school applicants on interview day, and to medical school alumni and faculty. Hard copies are available by calling the Lerner College of Medicine at 216.444.2333 and sent as gifts to donors who support medical humanities. An electronic version of Stethos is available for free online at: Submissions can be sent to The 2012 issue is due out in about two months. Editors will begin calling for submissions for next year’s issue around September of this year.

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CME Website Wins National Awards Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Continuing Education website ( won top awards from two respected health information organizations for the second straight year. Strategic Health Care Communications and the Health Information Resource Center bestowed awards for the site’s content, credibility and ease of use. The website has strived to present physicians with world-class medical content for more than a decade.

Memorable Moments What memories come to mind when you think about your Cleveland Clinic days? Here’s a chance to share those memories with others, perhaps to rekindle relationships, or simply to share with others the unique experience of working for Cleveland Clinic. William H. Isbister, MD (RES’70, S’70), I remember the generosity and friendship of Barney (Barney Crile Jr., MD), and others, who, amongst many kindnesses, allowed my family and me to travel 34,000 miles by car all over the U.S. to attend meetings and visit hospitals. We saw a lot of the country, visited all the major institutions, were introduced to the surgical legends of the time and saw many reservations and talked with many of the indigenous people. And I remember watching ‘Esse’ (Caldwell Essylstyn Jr., MD) on his return to Cleveland Clinic, in the OR, getting excited one day about finding an ‘ampullary carcinoma’ and calling for his father-in-law to look. Barney extracted a stone from the common bile duct and the tumor was ‘cured’! I remember Barney asking when I was going to sit for the ECFMG examination and I responded that ‘I did not really see why I should take an examination to prove that I could speak a language that was not even spoken correctly by the examiners!’ This explanation was accepted, and many years later, despite no ECFMG, I was appointed an adjunct professor of surgery at George Washington University. It was a wonderful 18 months and one that we will always remember with fondness. Now, it would probably be impossible to repeat the things that we did. It was a great foundation for my future as a colorectal surgeon and professor of surgery in Wellington and later professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital.

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Dr Ijaz Ahmad, MD (CLCH ’71). Thank you for asking me to share my memories with Cleveland Clinic alumni and others. When I was a fellow in clinical chemistry, our major analyzer for routine tests was SMA 12/30. Dr. Charles Willis (now deceased) assembled it, and he was expert in troubleshooting this instrument. We ran many biochemical profiles on this instrument, which were very helpful to the clinicians in treating their patients. Then, my teacher developed a coma profile for emergency patients. Dr. Lena Lois was the expert in lipoprotein electropheresis and ultra centrifugation. Dr. Price was expert in metabolic diseases of children. Sharad Deodhar, MD (FSPTH’93) (now deceased) was a very kind and excellent teacher. I loved those days. Whatever I am today, it is by the grace of Allah, good teachers and an excellent training institution, Cleveland Clinic. Carlos A. Azar, MD (RES/ HS ’82). I am proud of my training as a fellow in hand surgery at Cleveland Clinic. My hand surgery research paper was granted the E. Kaplan Award by the American Society for Surgery of the Hand in 1982, posted as the best scientific paper of the year. The father of the aortocoronary bypass surgery, Dr. Rene Favaloro, was one of my sponsors for my position at Cleveland Clinic. Neal E. Krupp, MD (IM ’57) I was an alumnus of the Department of Psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic, where my wife was in training to become a nurse anesthetist. At Mayo, I headed the Residency Training Program. I was recruited to Cleveland Clinic. Subsequently, I became Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, until I retired at age 65. Both my wife and I have practiced our specialties in Florida, allowing our age to reduce the workweek. She served at Cleveland Clinic in Naples until they sold out to a corporation for whom she has worked subsequently. I have practiced at a community mental health center. Both of us are considering re-retirement later this year when she will reach age 74 and I will be 81. We enjoyed our time in Cleveland. During the 37 years of our marriage, we have had 12 children and have accumulated (by various phenomena) 18 grandchildren. Moses Taghioff (NS ’73) I trained with Donald F. Dohn, MD, and I believe my neurosurgical career benefited greatly by my being his student.

Correction The surgeon shown performing robotic surgery at Cleveland Clinic Florida on page 11 of our December special edition was misidentified. He is Raul J. Rosenthal, MD.

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Education Program Offered to Healthcare Leaders Cleveland Clinic’s Samson Global Leadership Academy for Healthcare Executives will host two executive education programs – one in April and another in October – to prepare physicians, nurses and administrators to face the challenges of leading, managing and growing large healthcare organizations, both domestically and globally.

• Lessons, strategies and management techniques based on Cleveland Clinic’s successful business model • Mentoring relationships with a trained mentor (unlike other executive education programs)

The two-week program offers participants insights into the business of healthcare and the leadership skills necessary to drive excellence. “The world needs a lot of leaders in healthcare. The demand has never been greater,” says Delos M. “Toby” Cosgrove, MD, CEO and President of Cleveland Clinic. “We hope to share our expertise with those leaders who can then go back and lead their own healthcare institutions all over the world.” In October 2011, 16 executives from the United States and around the world, including the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bulgaria, France, Ireland and Japan, attended the inaugural session of the Samson Academy. Among their reviews: “It has been a phenomenal experience that has far exceeded my expectations. A wonderful balance between academics and practical application.” – Ilian Grigorov, Managing Director, City Hospitals & Clinics, Sofia, Bulgaria.

Attendees confer at a previous Samson Global Leadership Academy session. From left, Massimo Ferrigno, MD, Chair, Anesthesiology, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, UAE, and Patricia Vignetta, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, Denos Healthcare Management, Paris.

“It wasn’t just meetings. We saw how Cleveland Clinic practices and delivers the patient experience. Our roundtables with experienced leaders were very valuable.” – Omar Al Naqbi, Associate, Business Development, Mubadala Development Co., Abu Dhabi, UAE Sessions will be held from April 22 to May 4, 2012, and again from Oct. 7 to Oct. 19. The program involves didactic learning, leadership roundtable opportunities, a shadowing or immersion experience, and a mentoring opportunity that continues after the program is over. The competency-based curriculum is designed to develop skills among current and emerging healthcare leaders that will ensure a talent pipeline for organizational sustainability. The program is open to English-speaking healthcare executives throughout the world, including individuals who currently function, or aspire to function, as senior executives for a healthcare organization or in a related industry. Here’s what attendees can gain from the program: • Two-week immersion into the business of healthcare excellence, led by some of the best minds in healthcare and academia

• First-hand look at clinical and operational innovations through small-group shadowing sessions • Face time with Cleveland Clinic leaders during roundtable sessions • Networking opportunities with executives from Cleveland Clinic and from around the world • CME credit (available for physicians, nurses and administrators) • Realistic three-year leadership development plan The fee for the two-week program is $15,000 and includes all hotel and meal expenses. Attendees will stay at the InterContinental Hotel and Conference Center on Cleveland Clinic’s main campus. Attendees are asked to arrange their own air and ground transportation to and from the InterContinental Hotel and while on campus. For more information, please visit ExecutiveEducation, or contact Caryl A. Hess, PhD, MBA, at 216.445.8898 or

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Campus Clips Carol A. Burke, MD,(GE ’93) Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Taussig Cancer Institute and Department of Colorectal Surgery, was installed as the President of the Collaborative Group of the Americas on Inherited Colorectal Cancer (CGA-ICC) during the organization’s 15th annual meeting in Montreal, Canada, in October.

experience to SKMC. He most recently served as Group Senior Vice President of Asia Pacific Health Partners in China, where he specialized in business development, strategy and planning; healthcare systems design and integration; healthcare operations; and Joint Commission International preparations. Carol A. Burke, MD

Serpil Erzurum, MD, and Daniel Martin, MD, were elected to the Board of Governors, on which they will serve through Dec. 31, 2016. Dr. Erzurum joined Cleveland Clinic in 1993. She is a staff member in the Department of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine and the Taussig Cancer Institute, and Vice Chair for External Affairs in the Lerner Research Institute. Dr. Martin, Chairman of the Cole Eye Institute, came to Cleveland Clinic in 2008. He is an established leader in the development of new therapies for retinal disease. Tommaso Falcone, MD, Chairman of the Ob/Gyn & Women’s Health Institute, and Elliot Philipson, MD, Vice Chairman of Obstetrics, Ob/Gyn & Women’s Health Institute, recently directed the first International Symposium for Professors in Obstetrics and Maternal Fetal Medicine at Hillcrest Hospital, a Cleveland Clinic hospital, and at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus. Physicians traveled from Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Egypt, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Panama, Japan and Italy to participate in the event, sponsored by the Center for International Medical Education.

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Nestor Galvez-Jimenez, MD (’94 N), Chairman of Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Department of Neurology, holds the newly established Pauline M. Braathen Endowed Chair in Neurology. Dr. Galvez-Jimenez also is Director of Florida’s Movement Disorders Fellowship Program and recently edited a book, Uncommon Causes of Movement Disorders, published in June by Cambridge University Press.

Jeffrey Staples, MD, MBA, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer for Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC), an Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) facility managed by Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Staples replaces Baltej ‘Tej’ Maini, MD, who was appointed CEO in October 2009. Dr. Staples brings 15 years of healthcare management

Munir Tanas, MD (RES/MG ‘08), won the Bumpus award for the best presentation at a recent Lerner Research Institute retreat. His poster was titled, “Identification of a Disease-defining WWTR1/CAMTA1 Gene Fusion in Epithelioid Hemangioendothelioma.” His paper has been published in Science Translational Medicine. Michael Vogelbaum, MD, PhD, has been elected Vice President of the Society for Neuro-Oncology, the largest international scientific and professional multidisciplinary society focused on the science and treatment of central nervous system tumors. David Peereboom, MD, will serve as the organization’s medical oncology representative. Both are members of the staff in the Rose Ella Burkhardt Brain Tumor and Neuro-Oncology Center, part of Cleveland Clinic’s Neurological Institute. Bruce Hubbard Stewart Awards Winners Announced This year’s Bruce Hubbard Stewart Awards for Humanistic Medicine were presented at the annual staff dinner on Sept. 9. Recipients are Carlos Isada, MD (IM’90, ID ’92, CAID ’93), Infectious Disease; Ian Lavery, MD, (CF ’77, CRS ’76), Colorectal Surgery; and, Michael McKee, PhD, Psychiatry and Psychology. New Center of Excellence for Brain Tumor Research The new Center of Excellence for Brain Tumor Research, conceived by Gene Barnett, MD, MBA (S ’81, NS ’86), Director, Rose Ella Burkhardt Brain Tumor and Neuro-Oncology Center of Cleveland Clinic’s Neurological Institute, Gene Barnett, MD and Janet Houghton, PhD, Chair, Cancer Biology, will be directed by Steven Rosenfeld, MD, PhD. The faculty will focus on angiogenesis; dispersion, inflammation and signaling; stem cells; and experimental therapeutics. The program, based in the department of Cancer Biology, will extend to the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center and statewide in a consortium including The Ohio State University, Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus and the University of Cincinnati.

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Cleveland Clinic Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Center Now Open The new Cleveland Clinic Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Center opened Oct. 3 in East Cleveland, Ohio. The $25 million, 50,000-square-foot center is designed to reach beyond traditional healthcare services and link with community resources in one location to make it easier for patients and their families to access healthcare, social and financial services. The center will focus on the treatment of diabetes, hypertension, kidney failure, mental health, specialized care for women and children, primary care, preventive care, health education and specialty care. PLMI Completes New Facility Cleveland Clinic’s Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Institute (PLMI) is proud to announce its new leadingedge facility is complete. The following areas have been transitioned to the LL Building: • Central Processing Area for Cleveland Clinic Laboratories • Cleveland Clinic Laboratories Administrative Offices • Cleveland Clinic Laboratories Sales and Marketing • Continuous improvement • Immunopathology • Logistics Cleveland Clinic Richard E. Jacobs Health Center now open in Avon Lake

• Microbiology

The Richard E. Jacobs Health Center opened in Avon Lake, Ohio, on Dec. 12, bringing world-class healthcare to the area. Continuing Cleveland Clinic’s commitment to providing healthcare services across Northeast Ohio, the new center offers primary care and more than 30 specialty services, including cardiology, neurology, nutrition services, podiatry and urology. The building’s unique design offers a floor plan that makes it easy for patients to navigate.

• Special chemistry

Benefactors Donate $10 Million to Cleveland Clinic Innovations Cleveland Clinic Innovations, the commercialization and corporate venturing arm of Cleveland Clinic, has received a $10 million gift from West Virginia entrepreneur and philanthropist James C. Justice II and his wife, Cathy. This donation will support the process of bringing technology to market to improve and extend lives, enhance access to healthcare and support community economic development. An initial $5 million donation will establish the Justice Family Chair in Medical Innovation, with Cleveland Clinic Chief Innovations Officer Thomas J. Graham, MD, serving as the inaugural chair holder. Renowned for his career as a hand

• Molecular pathology In January, a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house was held to debut the new facility. Approximately 400 guests visited and had the chance to take tours of the labs and learn more about pathology and laboratory medicine. Kids even got in on the fun by looking through a microscope. Members of the PLMI held a time capsule dedication ceremony at the new LL Building. The capsule has been sealed within the building’s structure, to be opened on Nov. 8, 2111. The time capsule contained a photo album, the November edition of PLMI’s monthly newsletter, a copy of The Plain Dealer newspaper, small lab tools and more.

surgeon, notably for his care of professional athletes and entertainers, Dr. Graham also is a prolific inventor and holder of more than 30 patents. The Justices have committed an additional $5 million to implementing programs fostering creative thought and idea exchange in medical innovation.

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50s Frank E. Taylor, MD (IM’53), of Charlottesville, Va., retired from private practice in 1993 and worked part-time in Employee Health at Martha Jefferson Hospital (1993-2003). For more than six years after retirement, he also volunteered with the Free Clinic of Charlottesville. “During my training as a fellow, we had intramural touch football, basketball and baseball teams. Somehow, I still have a T-shirt that reads, “Cleveland Clinic Pill Chaser,” although it’s been worn to shreds.” Does anyone else remember participating on any of these teams? Moira L. Cooper, MD (PD’55). “I still enjoy receiving mail from Cleveland Clinic. I moved into a retirement home in Aurora (North of Toronto) in February to be closer to two of my daughters – both MDs!” 60s William L. Crooks, MD (ORS’62), of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, practiced general orthopaedics until 1994, when he began conducting disability assessments for legal professional insurance agents and Canadian Medical Insurance, finally fully retiring in December 2011.  Married since 1997, he and wife, Norma, have five children and nine grandchildren. For the past 15 years, he has enjoyed international travel. He wrote that he recalls his years in Cleveland with pleasure and appreciates the “great training with Dr. James I. Kendrick and others.” He adds, “I have liked your contact with the alums and congratulate you on your growth and work over the years.” Warren F. Johnson, MD (U’69). The growth of the urology unit in the 42 years since I trained has been absolutely amazing. Sadly, of the four staff urologists of the 1960s (all of them outstanding in their own way), only one is still alive – Bill Kiser, who remains a lifelong friend. 70s Thomas J. Schneider, MD, FACG (IM’70, GE’71), was the former President of the Florida Gastroenterological Society and the former Chief

of Staff (first chief elected by staff) at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., where he practiced with the West Palm Beach Medical Group until his retirement, May 1, 2005. Raymond S. Lord, III, MD (H/O’72), is working part-time managing National Cancer Institute (NCI) Clinical Trials and working with the West Michigan Cancer Center as Principal Investigator for Kalamazoo Community Clinical Oncology Programs (CCOPs) in Kalamazoo, Mich. He lives nearby in Portage, Minn., with his wife, Arija. The couple has three grown daughters. Yoshinori Mitamua, PhD (RES ’76). “On Sept. 8 through 10, I attended the Annual Conference of the International Society for Rotary Blood Pumps held in Louisville, Ky. From Cleveland Clinic, Leonard Golding, MD (TS’76, CF’76) attended the conference. He is one of the pioneers of rotary blood pumps. An old friend of mine, Dr. Paul Pennza, also came to Louisville all the way from Akron to see me. We worked together at Cleveland Clinic between 1974 and 1976. Although this time I could not visit Cleveland Clinic, it was my great pleasure to see old friends at the conference.” Stephanie N. Lynch, LP, PhD (PSYO’77), is a clinical psychologist in Londonderry, N.H., with an interest in Disaster Behavioral Health. In her spare time, she enjoys writing fiction and poetry. Martin Meisenheimer, MD (GE’78), traveled from Indiana, toured the campus, visited the Alumni Office and saw its many historic photos. He shared memories of his training at Cleveland Clinic. Recently retired, he also inquired about former colleagues, including Ed Ruszkiewicz, MD (IM’75, GE ’77). Gordon B. Hughes, MD (OTOCD ’79), writes that he enjoyed his first career of 28 years at Cleveland Clinic from July 1980 through his retirement from Otolaryngology and Communicative Disorders in June 2008. He enthusiastically adds that he also is enjoying his second career at the National Institutes of Health, where he is Program Officer, Clinic Trials, with the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders in Bethesda, Md.

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80s Thomas Weiss, MD (OPH’80), and his wife, Rhonda, of Miami Beach, Fla., proudly announced updates on their four children: Meredith graduated from Yeshiva University/Albert Einstein Medical School, Bronx, N.Y., and her husband, Joey Pick, is a PhD candidate in Neurosciences at New York University, in New York City. Abigail and her husband, Noah Weisz, and their three children moved to Israel. Alexander is a second-year medical student at SUNY-Downstate, and Jessica is in her second year of an Advanced Nurse Practitioner Program at Columbia School of Nursing in New York City. A.J. Clanflocco, MD (IM’77, BLB’82), has been named Director of Primary Care Sports Medicine in the Center for Sports Health at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Clanflocco joined the Orthopaedic Surgery staff in 1987 and has served as interim director of Primary Care Sports Medicine since 2009. He also is Director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. He holds additional appointments in the Departments of Family Medicine, the Center for Spine Health and the Asthma Center. Melinda L. Estes, MD, MBA (NPTH ’84), has been named as the new President and CEO of Saint Luke’s Health System of Kansas City, Mo.. Dr. Estes, brings extensive experience leading hospital systems, including Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt. (where she was President and CEO) and Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston and Naples, Fla., (2001-2003). A board-certified neurologist and neuropathologist, Dr. Estes also holds a master’s degree in business administration from Case Western Reserve University. In 2003, Dr. Estes was appointed President and CEO of Fletcher Allen Health Care, a $900 million academic medical center serving the state of Vermont and northern New York, where she guided the healthcare system back to financial health while expanding services, forging alliances and implementing an extensive strategic planning process. Her experience encompasses nearly two decades at Cleveland Clinic healthcare system, where she held a variety of positions of progressive responsibility Her career also includes serving as Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs and Executive Vice President of the MetroHealth System in Cleveland.

Thomas Haberkamp, MD (OTO’85). “I was happy to return to Cleveland Clinic after accepting the position as the Section Chief of Neurotology in the Department of Otolaryngology. My wife, Betty, also accepted a position as a dentist at Cleveland Clinic in the Department of Dentistry. We had previously been in Chicago for 13 years, initially at Rush University, and for the past three years at the University of Illinois, in Chicago.” David Gerard De Marco, SJ, MD, FACP (IM ’87), practices at The Jesuit Community at Red Cloud Indian School, 100 Mission Drive, Pine Ridge, SD, 57770. “I have had an opportunity to live and to practice in many different settings – largely as a result of being a Jesuit priest and a physician. My studies in ethics, theology and spirituality took me from Detroit to Chicago, Cincinnati and Boston. I was able to find a way to continue to practice medicine with the marginalized. Here in South Dakota on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, working among the Lakota Sioux (where the average life expectancy is 59 years), I am attempting to balance the practice of internal medicine with pastoral ministry as a Catholic priest. I continue to remember fondly my training at Cleveland Clinic. It prepared me well. May the institution continue to show the way forward in the care of the sick. And may you continue to find life in your work.” David Seifer, MD (GYN ’87), a clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at UMDNJ-Robert Wood and NYU Medical Schools, received the Inventor of the Year Award from the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame in October and a Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award from the Research & Development Council of New Jersey in November. These awards recognize scientists and inventors for their work and exceptional efforts that have resulted in a U.S. and/or worldwide patent representing the most important scientific breakthroughs and innovations originating in New Jersey. Dr. Seifer’s patents, “Mullerian Inhibiting Substance and Ovarian Response,” describe the use of a blood test measuring Mullerian Inhibiting Substance (MIS), also known as Antimullerian Hormone (AMH), for assessing the status of a woman’s egg supply. This test is widely used in reproductive medicine and research in over 50 countries worldwide for the purpose of assessing female fertility, predicting ovarian hyperstimulation, assessing egg supply of women prior to and following chemotherapy for

the treatment of cancer, and for predicting onset of menopause. Dr. Seifer’s co-inventor is David MacLaughlin, PhD, of the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass. It is their belief that in the near future, MIA/ AMH will become one of the primary methods by which women determine family planning. Jeffrey V. Rosenfeld, MD (NS ’88), served with the U.S. Army in Iraq in 2004-2005 and was promoted to Major General in 2009. His primary research interests are traumatic brain injury and developing a bionic vision cornea implant. David M. Smith, MD (PC/SM ’89) is the Director of Sports Medicine at the Lafene Health Center at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan., where he also is the university’s team physician. He is clinical assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Kansas. His wife, Robin K. Smith, RN, spent a year of her training working as a nurse at Cleveland Clinic. The couple has four children. 90s Gifford V. Eckhout, Jr., MD, MBA (AN’90), has been appointed Executive Vice President of Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, an integrated health system with a 230-physician multispecialty group and several hospitals located in Tyler, Texas. Dr. Eckhout has served as Chief of Anesthesiology for the system since 2005. He received his MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management in Cleveland and his medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine. He is certified in anesthesiology by the American Board of Anesthesiology and was named a Certified Physician Executive by the Certifying Commission in Medical Management. Dr. Eckhout lives in Tyler with his wife, Marlise, and their two children. John D. Leslie. MD (S ’93). Dr. Leslie spent a career in general and upper GI surgery spanning nearly 30 years in Melbourne, Australia, both in private practice in suburban Melbourne and in teaching hospital practice at Monash Medical Centre. “I retired from these activities December 2011. I now do remote area general surgery locum work, relieving rural surgeons in need of a recreational break or to do their CPD, and in some areas to provide a fly-in, fly-out consulting and operative service where none is otherwise available. This brings some big challenges at times, but also offers

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enormous rewards, satisfaction and appreciation by otherwise unserved communities. I have also had some opportunity to travel, and recently spent a little time with professor Randolph Steinhagen, MD (CRS’83) at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City and with Michael D. Last, MD (CRS’83) when he visited Melbourne as part of his round-the-world yachting odyssey. Col. Edward P. Horvath Jr., MD (former staff ’93-’00), currently is deployed in Iraq as Deputy Commander, Clinical Services, U.S. Army, 256th Combat Support Hospital. His wife, Joy, is at home in Bay Village.

Daniel A. Shoskes, MD (U/RT’94) If Dr. Shoskes’, fingers aren’t performing surgery, there’s a good chance they are strumming a lute. Dr. Shoskes is both a surgeon in Cleveland Clinic’s Glickman Urological Institute and an accomplished musician. He is skilled at playing the lute, which is similar to a classical guitar. The 20-string instrument was popular during the Renaissance and Baroque eras. Dr. Shoskes’ interest is mainly in Baroque-era music. He recently released his first CD, “Lautenschmaus – Lute Feast,” and was invited by Paramount Pictures to share his musical talent for a film, “Fun Size,” recently shot in Cleveland and featuring his personal 11-course baroque lute. His CD can be found on both and He also has a YouTube channel:

Ather Siddiqi, MD (IM ’95), was voted “Doctor of the Year 2011” by St. Lukes Community Hospital in Houston. He has served as Chief of Medicine at the hospital since 2003 and as Chair of Critical Care at Memorial Herman Hospital in Houston. Chester H. Ho, MD (IM/PD ’96), is now an associate Professor for the Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary, Canada. He also is Division Head, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, for the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Calgary and Alberta Health Services. Previously, he was Chief of the Spinal Cord Injury Program at the Louis Stokes Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Cleveland, where he was instrumental in developing a highly successful telehealth system


for rehabilitation. His program is now the model for VA centers across the United States. He currently serves on the editorial board for the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and is also the Chairperson for the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals’ Clinical Practice Committee. 00s Orfeas Liangos, MD (IM’01). “Thank you very much for sending me the most recent Alumni Connection magazine in the mail. It is wonderful to keep abreast of new developments at Cleveland Clinic, and it makes me, indeed, feel connected with the institution.” Dr. Liangos is with the Klinikum Coburg in Coburg, Germany, and lives in Ahorn, Germany, with his wife, Agnieszka, and three daughters.

Raffi Gurunluoglu, MD, PhD (RES/MI’01), is now associate professor and Chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Denver Health Medical Center, and associate professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. After completing his microsurgery fellowship at Cleveland Clinic, he received his PhD in 2003 at Marmara University Institute of Health Sciences, Department of Anatomy, in his native Turkey. He also spent a year as a fellow in the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Clinical Leopold-Franzens University in Innsbruck, Austria. He has a personal interest in medical illustration and the history of surgery, plastic surgery and anatomy.

Bhamidipati V.R. Murthy, MD, DM (IM’00, H/N’01), is now Professor of surgery in the Division of Abdominal Transplantation at Baylor College of Medicine and Medical Director of the Pancreas Transplantation Program at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston, Texas. Takahiro Shiota, MD, PhD (CARD/I ’01), currently professor of medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, and clinical professor of medicine at UCLA. Roy F. Chemaly, MD, MP, FIDSA, FACP (ID’01, MB’02) is the Director, Infection Control Section, and Director, Clinical Virology, at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He also serves as an associate professor in the Division of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences at the University of Texas School of Public Health. Shekhar A. Ghamande, MD (PULMCC ’02), and his wife, Neelam Konnur, MD (PD-02), are now with the Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas, in Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine and Pediatrics. The couple has a son. Erik A. Bey, PhD (RES/CE’02), completed advanced research fellowship training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland. He received his doctorate in regulatory biology from Cleveland Clinic/Cleveland State University.  In August 2011, he joined the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center at the University of West Virginia in Morgantown, where he is focusing on the role that oxidative stress regulators play in lung cancer. Previously, he was with the Simmons Comprehensive Cancer  Center at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where he was part of a research team that determined how a substance derived from the bark of the South American lapacho tree kills certain kinds of cancer cells and eventually could be explored as a novel treatment for the most common type of lung cancer. Sunil K. Bhudia, MD (RES/TS’03), is an adult cardiac surgeon at the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery in Coventry, United Kingdom, since 2009. He has been a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England since 2000.

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Peter J. Embi, MD, MS (RH’04) appointed associate professor and Vice Chair of Biomedical Informatics and Chief Research Information Officer at The Ohio State University. Michael B. Lehman, MD (ACLPTH ‘04), recently was made a partner at St. Vincent’s Pathology Associates in Jacksonville, Fla., serving St. Vincent’s Medical Center and St. Luke’s Hospital. He lives in Jacksonville with his wife, Jenny, and their three children and reports that he enjoys not having to shovel snow any more. Siriorn Paritpokee Watcharananan, MD (ID ’04, MB ’05). “Dear all, Happy New Year 2012. I wish you health and the love of friends and family. I wish you happiness and joy and blessings for the new year. I wish you the best of everything that you so well deserve. Love from Thailand. Siriorn, Ittirat, Arthur and Andrew Watcharananan” Ahmed S. El-Azab, MD (IM’05), is associate professor of urology, Section of Female Urology & NeuroUrology, Assiut University Hospital,, Assiut University, Egypt. He writes: “Dear Dr.  Robert E. Hermann: Thanks for sending me a birthday card ... really it is a nice touch ...... thanks again.” Aman Ali, MD (IM’05). “I have completed my GI fellowship since graduation, got trained in advanced endoscopic procedures at Mass General in Boston and am now working in (the) Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Please give my best to Dr. Neilsen and Dr Hoogwerf.” Arthur Kendig, MD (IM ’06) completed his fellowship and will be practicing EP/cardiology at the South Carolina Heart Center in Columbia, S.C. Fares Masri, PhD (RES/PB ’06), completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in Pathobiology at Cleveland Clinic and is now the Chairman of the Biochemistry Department at the University of Kalamoon in Deratiah, Syria.

Amy A. Powers, MD (ACLPTH’06), joined Hawaii Pathologists Laboratory LLP in October to oversee blood product management at the Queen’s Medical Center, assisting with the development of a statewide cancer biorepository in collaboration with the Hawaii State Cancer Consortium and University of Hawaii Cancer Center, where she is on the faculty.

Gracie Almeida-Chen, MD, MPH (AN’08, ACTA’09), completed a Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship at The Children’s Hopsital of Philadelphia, in 2010 and is now assistant professor of anesthesiology in the Division of Pediatric Anesthesia at Columbia University in New York, where she lives with her husband, Cheng-Jin Chen, MD.

David Z. Rose, MD (IM’07), completed a neurology residency at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, followed by a fellowship in Stroke/Vascular Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania in his home town of Philadelphia. He is now assistant professor of vascular stroke neurology in the Comprehensive Stroke Center at Tampa General Hospital, affiliated with the University of South Florida.

Elizabeth A. Hartman, MD (N’09), was awarded the Humanitarian of the Year Award during neurology residency and completed multiple sclerosis/neuroimmunology fellowship training at the University of Chicago Medical Center, where she was involved in several MS clinical trials. Dr. Hartman’s MS Clinical Care Physician fellowship was supported by the National MS Society. Boardcertified in Neurology through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, she now is an assistant professor in the Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation, University of Illinois at Chicago, and the Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Center. She also volunteers with the Greater Illinois Chapter of the National MS Society.

Keiko Miyazaki, MD, PhD (RES/BE’07), worked in the laboratory of Linda Graham, MD, and is now at several hospitals in Nagoya, Japan, as a vascular surgeon. She was happy to report that she remains in contact with Dr. Graham and other lab members. Jonathan Kaplan, MD, MPH (PL/RSS’07), has developed an iPhone app to connect plastic surgeons and prospective patients. The Build MyBod™ iPhone app is available as a free download to consumers at the iPhone App Store and allows plastic surgeons to provide pricing information on plastic surgery procedures for patients interested in knowing if cosmetic surgery is within their budget – all before going in for their consultations. Dr. Kaplan recently was a Silver Level Sponsor at Cleveland Clinic’s Innovations in Plastic Surgery Symposium in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. More information can be found at Matthew F. McManus, MD, PhD, (ACLPTH’08) has been appointed President and CEO of PrimeraDx in Mansfield, Mass. He joined PrimeraDx in August 2010 after serving as head of Cleveland Clinic Laboratories and Chief Operating Officer of the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Institute. In his three years at Cleveland Clinic, he expanded the institution’s reference laboratory services and secured construction funding for a major new laboratory facility.

Dawn Wiese, MD (LCM ’09). “I am still living in Nashville, Tenn., with my husband, Mike. I just matched in gastroenterology at Vanderbilt and will be under a research training grant. I was extremely tempted to come back to Cleveland Clinic for a fellowship and hope to come back to the Cleveland area in the near future. Would be great to see everyone. Maybe we should plan a fiveyear reunion?” Arvind Bhimaraj, MD( CARD ’11) “I wanted to extend my sincere appreciation to all the faculty. The last year has literally been the icing on the cake in my training. My learning experience in the past 12 months has been an excellent journey. Mastering the field of heart failure and cardiac transplant is a lifetime ambition, but I am confident I am leaving here with a solid foundation. Prior to starting my fellowship, I thought that all these years of training had at least taught me to be an ideal physician and I could learn the science of heart failure and transplant, only to realize that every faculty member that I have interacted with has made me not only a better physician, but also a better individual. Thank

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Meredith Bond, PhD, is the new Dean of the College of Sciences and Health Professions at Cleveland State University. Since 2003, Dr. Bond has chaired the highly ranked Department of Physiology at the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine. She was a prominent heart researcher at Cleveland Clinic for 16 years, served on the faculty of Case Western Reserve University and has held various roles with the National Institutes of Health. She has been widely published and was an established investigator for the American Heart Association. She will expand CSU’s relationships with area hospitals while developing the university’s new medical school program with NEOMED (formerly NEOUCOM).

you again for your mentorship and contribution to my education. Thank you also for your patience in dealing with the fellows. I will be starting a position at Methodist Debakey hospital in Houston. I am sure I will see all of you at some point at some conference.” 10s Chad Gordon, DO (PL/RS ‘10), moved from Boston Mass General to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore to take on the positions of craniofacial and plastic surgeon, Clinical Director, Face Transplant Program, and assistant professor of plastic surgery. Jared Wachterman, MD, (LCM, ’10), recently began his residency in Urology at the University of Vermont in Burlington. Alida Gertz, MD, (LCM ’10), began her residency in Internal Medicine-Urban Health at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, joining Mark Tenforde, MD, (LCM ’11) in that program.


IN MEMORIAM Neal C. Chadwick, MD (PULM/D’80), 62, of Verona, Pa., died Aug. 13, 2011, from complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). In 1980, Dr. Chadwick served as a fellow in Pulmonary Disease Medicine at Cleveland Clinic. He served as Fairview Hospital’s Chief of Staff, Chief Medical Officer, Vice President of Medical Operations, Section Chief of Pulmonary Diseases and Credentials Chairman. Dr. Chadwick won Fairview’s Physician of the Year Award in 2007 and Physician Nurse Champion in 2009. In 2010, he earned a Pillar of Medicine Award from the combined board of Fairview, Lakewood and Lutheran Hospitals in Ohio. He is survived by his wife, the former Susan Gillis, and three daughters Donations in Dr. Chadwick’s honor may be made to: ALS Association, c/o Team Chadwick, 2500 E. 22nd St., Suite 102, Cleveland, OH, 44115, or web.alsa. org/goto/chadwickfamily. Sharad, D. Deodhar, MD (LPATH’93), 81, of Pune, India, died at his home in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 15, 2011, after an extended illness. Dr. Deodhar received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1960. He served as the Chief of the Immunopathology Section, Department of Clinical Pathology, at Cleveland Clinic for 20 years. A professor of pathology at CWRU School of Medicine, Dr. Deodhar published more than 375 manuscripts, received numerous awards and was inducted into the Cleveland Medical Hall of Fame in 2002. A volunteer with the American Cancer Society, he served as President of the nonprofit’s Ohio Division from 1994 to 1995. Dr. Deodhar is survived by his wife, Glee Deodhar, six children, and 11 grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made in Dr. Deodhar’s honor to: Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge Fellowship Fund or Employees Education Fund, Office of Development, 250 Pantops Mtn. Rd., Charlottesville, VA., 22911. Stephen B. Feinberg, MD (S’77, NS’78, RO’80), 61, of Aventura, Fla., died April 8, 2011, after a brief bout of cancer. Dr. Feinberg was trained in neurosurgery in 1977 and radiation oncology in 1980 at Cleveland Clinic. In addition to his clinical achievements, he was deeply in the development of cancer centers, rehabilitation centers and mobile x-rays across the United States. Dr. Feinberg is survived by his wife of 29 years, Phyllis B. Feinberg.

Donations in Dr. Feinberg’s honor may be made to: Cleveland Clinic Florida; 2950 Cleveland Clinic Blvd., Weston, FL., 33331. Craig R. Irish, MD (GL-1’77, DR’80), 61, of Rocky River, Ohio,, died in October 2011. Dr. Irish attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 1976 and trained in diagnostic radiology at Cleveland Clinic in 1980. He served on staff in the Cleveland Clinic health system for years. He is survived by his wife, the former Kimberly Rhein, two daughters, two grandchildren, and his mother. Donations may be made to: The Craig R. Irish Memorial, Fairview Hospital Radiology Department, c/o Community West Foundation, 20545 Center Ridge Rd., Suite 448 Rocky River, OH, 44116. Fredric J. Pashkow, MD, 66, died on Dec. 2, 2011. Dr. Pashkow earned his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He served as Chief of Cardiology in the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army from 1974-1976. He was a cardiac care physician at Cleveland Clinic from 1989 to 1999. Since 2007, Dr. Pashkow had served as Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Cardax Pharmaceuticals. A champion of healthcare technology and cardiac rehabilitation, he trained medical professionals throughout his career in Colorado, Ohio, Hawaii and Singapore, appeared on television, and published more than 100 articles. He is survived by his wife, Peg, two children, and four grandchildren. Donations can be made to: FasterCures, Yukihiko Nose, MD, PhD (RES’66), 79, former staff at Cleveland Clinic, died on Oct. 13, 2011, after a long battle with colon cancer. Professor Nose attended Cleveland Clinic for training in research in 1966. He served as the Chairman of what is now Biomedical Engineering (formerly the Department of Artificial Organs) at Cleveland Clinic for 25 years prior to leaving for Texas in 1989. His experimental and developmental research was deeply rooted in work with artificial kidneys and hearts. He is survived by his wife and three children. Ali Mahmut Kenter, MD (OTO’55), 84, of Istanbul, Turkey, died on May 1, 2011, of cardiovascular disease at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut. Dr. Kenter earned his medical degree in 1951 from Ankara University, Turkey. From 1953 until 1955, he received ear, nose and throat specialty training

at Cleveland Clinic. He completed his residency at Boston City Hospital two years prior to moving to Danbury, Conn., in 1958, where he worked in his ENT specialty until he retired in 1998. Dr. Kenter is survived by his wife of 55 years, the former Grazina Knystautas, and three children. Edward L. Hoffman, MD (IM’64), 75, of Atlantic City, N.J., passed away on Aug. 18, 2011. A graduate of Hahnemann Medical School, Dr. Hoffman completed internal medicine training at Cleveland Clinic in 1964. Dr. Hoffman served for years as a physician in the United States Army before practicing in the Atlantic City, N.J., area. Dedicated to his work and patients, he knew much of the community by name and was a truly “old-fashioned” doctor. He is survived by his wife, three sons, and seven grandchildren. Charitable donations may be made in Dr. Hoffman’s memory to: Bacharach Hospital Foundation, 61 West Jimmie Leeds Road, Pomona, NJ 08240. Frank Monforton, MD, (OPH’70), 74, died on May 10, 2011, in Windsor, Ontario. Dr. Monforton completed training in ophthalmology at Cleveland Clinic in 1970 after receiving his medical degree from the University of Ottawa. He served as the Chief of Ophthalmology at Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital for a number of years and practiced ophthalmology in Windsor for 30 years. Dr. Monforton is survived by his wife, Ginny, and his children. Donations in Dr. Monforton’s honor may be made to the Hospice of Windsor & Essex County or the charity of your choice. Porter F. Crawford, MD (DERM’51), 89, of Cleveland, died in Palm Harbor, Fla., on Sept. 17, 2011. A medical school graduate of Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Crawford specialized in dermatology at Cleveland Clinic and completed training in 1951. He completed his residency at Duke Hospital and later went into private practice in South Carolina. Dr. Crawford retired as a physician in 1987 after serving as the head of the Dermatology Department at the Upjohn Co. in Michigan and later worked at the Mease Clinic of Dunedin in Florida. Dr. Crawford and his wife of 59 years, Hilda Marie McNeil, were world travelers together. He is survived by his wife, three daughters and two grandchildren. Donations may be made in Dr. Crawford’s honor to the Suncoast Hospice; Continued on page 23

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Juan Manuel (“Manny”) Palomo, MD (RES’10), 36, of Bahia Blanca (Argentina) died Nov. 12, 2011, in New York City. After completing medical school in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2001, Dr. Palomo moved to Cleveland to work as a post-doctoral fellow at the Brain Tumor and Neuro-Oncology Center at Cleveland Clinic’s Neurological Institute. While completing his training in research at Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Palomo published two papers, three abstracts and a poster presentation and received Cleveland Clinic’s Innovator Award in 2008. He is survived by his wife, Amy Irvine Palomo.

Carl E. Wasmuth, MD (AN’51), 95, died on Dec. 22, 2011. Dr. Wasmuth completed a fellowship in anesthesiology at Cleveland Clinic in 1952 and was appointed as a physician here that same year. In 1959, he obtained a law degree. Prior to being named Chairman of the Board of Governors (1969-1976) at Cleveland Clinic, he served as the head of Anesthesiology, President of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, and head of the American College of Legal Medicine. Cleveland Clinic named its first endowed chair in anesthesiology for Dr. Wasmuth in 1992 due to his exceptional contributions in anesthesia patient

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care. He is survived by his wife, Wilhelmina, and his son, Carl Erwin Wasmuth Jr., Esq. Iva Dostanic, MD (CCLCM’11), 34, of New Haven, Conn., died Dec. 27, 2011. A member of the Lerner College of Medicine’s Class of 2011, Dr. Dostanic came to Cleveland Clinic with a PhD in Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. A brilliant individual with the heart of a volunteer, she matched as a resident into the Internal Medicine/Physician Scientist Track at Yale-New Haven Hospital in March 2011.

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