Class Notes

Fall 2020
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David J. Cullen (M.D. 1965) wrote an article that was included in the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation’s list of 10 most impactful articles in its 35 years of publishing a newsletter. The article, “Beach Chair Position May Decrease Cerebral Perfusion,” explains why some healthy patients undergoing surgery in the upright (beach chair) position suffered strokes or brain death during or immediately after the procedure.

Glenn Geelhoed (M.D. 1968) completed the 2019 Australian Outback Marathon following a medical mission trip to Africa. He is a professor of surgery and of international medical education at the George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences and founder of Mission to Heal, a nonprofit global medical missions agency that trains local practitioners in developing nations. 

Michael Schermer (M.D. 1969, Residency 1970), a longtime ophthalmologist in Sacramento, California, was awarded the 2020 Migel Medal, the American Foundation for the Blind’s highest honor, for his volunteer efforts. Schermer has served the Sacramento Society for the Blind for more than 40 years as a board member, volunteer, and donor. In 1989, he established “A Party for the Senses” at the California State Fair to help blind and visually impaired people enjoy socialization and sensory stimulation, and he helped develop a division for blind runners in the Sacramento Marathon.



Jack Armstrong (M.D. 1971, Fellowship 1978, Residency 1978), an internal medicine and infectious diseases specialist in Winchester, Virginia, published Lion in the Night (Wipf and Stock, 2019), a collection of short stories inspired by his career in medicine.

Susan Boiko (M.D. 1978), a dermatologist in San Diego, California, received two Presidential Citation Awards from the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) for her treatment of children with skin conditions, her volunteer work with the AAD’s Camp Discovery and the AAD’s Good Skin Knowledge program for Girl Scouts, and her efforts to conduct skin cancer screenings for agricultural workers through the AAD’s Latino Outreach Program.

Tina Iyama-Kurtycz (M.D. 1976), professor emerita of neurodevelopmental and behavioral pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, published Diagnosing and Caring for the Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Practical Guide for Primary Care Providers (Springer Press, 2020).

Daniel F.I. Kurtycz (M.D. 1976), a professor of pathology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, has been elected president of the American Society of Cytopathology.

Richard F. Lockey, M.D. (Fellowship 1970), an allergy, asthma, and immunology specialist in Tampa, Florida, published Allergens and Allergen Immunotherapy, 6th edition (CRC Press, 2020), which he co-edited with Dennis K. Ledford, M.D. Also, the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology established the Richard F. Lockey, M.D., M.S., FAAAAI & University of South Florida A/I Program Lectureship and Faculty Development Award in honor of Lockey.



Douglas S. Paauw (M.D. 1985), professor of general internal medicine at the University of Washington, received the Jane F. Desforges Distinguished Teacher Award from the American College of Physicians.

Cliff A. Megerian (M.D. 1988), chairman of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, will become the next CEO of University Hospitals Health System in Cleveland, Ohio, beginning January 2021.



Andrea Amalfitano, M.D. (Fellowship 1996), a professor of pediatrics, microbiology, and molecular genetics at Michigan State University, was appointed dean of the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Louito Edje (M.D. 1955), a professor of medical education and of family and community medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, was named associate dean of graduate medical education, effective December 3, 2019.

Ronald B. Kuppersmith (M.D. 1993), a professor of surgery at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, received a Presidential Citation from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery for his efforts to increase diversity in the academy’s membership and leadership.



Charles Binkley, M.D. (Residency 2005) was named director of bioethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. Prior to this appointment, he had practiced hepatobiliary and pancreas surgery for 14 years.



Rebecca Grossman-Kahn, MBA (M.D. 2019), a psychiatry resident at the University of Minnesota, won the Irvin D. Yalom Literary Award for her short story, “Cold Coffee and Histology,” about a medical student learning how to give patients bad news.

Jennifer Kendall Thomas, D.O. (Residency 2011, Fellowship 2012), a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist in St. Paul, Minnesota, was elected president of the American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Michael J. Paulsen (M.D. 2014), a cardiothoracic surgery resident and postdoctoral research fellow at Stanford University, won the 2019 Vivien Thomas Early Career Investigator Award from the American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia for his research on the biomechanics of cardiac surgical repair techniques.