Class Notes


Class Notes

Winter 2019
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Michael J. Schermer (M.D. 1969, Residency 1970), an ophthalmologist and eye surgeon, was the second recipient of the University of California, Davis’ Ernest Tschannen award, named for a major philanthropist in the Sacramento region. Schermer was also honored by UC Davis’ Cal Aggie Alumni Association with the 2017 Distinguished Achievement Award as part of its 44th Annual Alumni Award Gala.


Ronald L. Dalman II (M.D. 1984), the Walter C. and Elsa R. Chidester Professor of Surgery and chief of vascular surgery at Stanford Medicine, was elected vice president of the Society for Vascular Surgery. Dalman will rise to the position of president in 2020–2021. 

R. Scott Decker (Ph.D. 1982), retired FBI supervisory special agent, received the Beverly Hills Book Award for non-fiction by a new author and was a finalist in true crime for his book, Recounting the Anthrax Attacks (Rowman & Littlefield), published in 2018. 

Christopher Dechant Harner (M.D. 1981), professor of orthopaedic surgery, vice chair for academic affairs, and program director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of Texas McGovern Medical School, will serve as the 132nd president-elect of the American Orthopaedic Association in 2019–2020. Harner was also the 2018 godfather for the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Traveling Fellowship to Europe; the 2018 Siegling Visiting Professor and graduation speaker for the Medical University of South Carolina’s department of orthopaedic surgery; and the 2018 Frank and JoAnne Noyes Endowed Eminent Visiting Scholar in Sports Medicine and Bioengineering at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine’s department of orthopaedic surgery. 

Hilary McClafferty (M.D. 1986), associate professor of medicine, clinical assistant professor of pediatrics, and co-director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine Fellowship at the University of Arizona, published Mind-Body Medicine in Clinical Practice (Routledge/Taylor Francis Press) in 2018. McClafferty is also the medical director of pediatric emergency medicine at the Tucson Medical Center. 

Mary Lynn Moran (M.D. 1987), a double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Franklin, Tennessee, was elected by the American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery to the position of president-elect. Moran, the first woman president in the history of the organization, will take office in October 2019. 

David R. Rosenberg (M.D. 1988), chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience and director of the Translational Neuroscience Initiative at Wayne State University, was recognized as a 2017 Crain’s Detroit Business Healthcare Hero. Additionally, Rosenberg, also the psychiatrist in chief at the Detroit Medical Center, was nominated to the National Academy of Medicine. 

Peter S. Staats (M.D. 1989), chief medical officer of the National Spine and Pain Center and chair of the World Institute of Pain’s Board of Examination, received four lifetime achievement awards in 2018–2019, given by the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians; the West Virginia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians; the New York and New Jersey Societies of Interventional Pain; and the North American Neuromodulation Society. 


Louito Edje (M.D. 1995, MHPE 2017) was appointed to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s Family Medicine Residency Review Committee for a six-year term. Director of the residency program for the department of family medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital in Perrysburg, Ohio, Edje was also selected as the plenary speaker for the American Academy of Family Physicians’ 2019 Thomas Stern Lectureship series. 

Srini Tummala (M.D. 1995), a vascular interventional radiologist, was appointed vascular interventional services director of the Limb Preservation Program in the Department of Interventional Radiology at the University of Miami Health System’s Miller School of Medicine. 

Andrea Wendling (M.D. 1994), a family physician in Northern Michigan, was named Michigan’s 2018 Rural Health Professional of the Year by the Center for Rural Health. Wendling is a professor of family medicine and director of the rural medicine curriculum for Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. 


Lamont Jones (M.D. 2002, Residency 2007), vice chair of the department of otolaryngology–head and neck surgery at the Henry Ford Health System, was awarded a five-year, nearly $900,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the role exosomes may play in the formation of keloids.