Alumni Class Notes

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Spring 2019


Kenneth Baran, MD ’82, an interventional cardiologist, recently joined the Marilyn Covey Heart and Vascular Center at the Essentia Health–St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd, Minnesota, as part of a collaboration with the Minneapolis Heart Institute.

Neal Barnard, MD ’80, RESD ’84, FACC, adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, received the Medical Society of the District of Columbia’s Distinguished Service Award during the society’s 201st Annual Meeting and Reception.

Thomas Yetman, MD ’83, was appointed as chief executive officer for Providence Medical Group Alaska.


Anika Alvanzo, MD ’99, MS, FACP, DFASAM, was honored by the American Society of Addiction Medicine with a Distinguished Fellowship designation.

Sunil Budhrani, MD ’99, MPH ’99, MBA, adjunct associate professor of emergency medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, has been named as the new CEO of Innovation Health, a partnership between Inova Health System and managed health care company Aetna. Budhrani has served as the chief medical officer for innovation health for the past three years and will continue in the role while also serving as CEO.

Virginia Gurley, MD, RESD ’91, MPH, was named senior vice president and chief medical officer at AxisPoint Health.

Amy Hise, MD ’96, adjunct assistant professor of pathology and international health at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, was appointed president-elect of the International Endotoxin and Innate Immunity Society.

Thu H. Le, MD ’93, BS ’89, professor of medicine at the University of Rochester, has been jointly appointed the John J. Kuiper Distinguished Professor and chief of the Division of Nephrology in the Department of Medicine.

Ken Miller, MD ’90, PhD, has been appointed by California Gov. Jerry Brown to the Commission on Emergency Medical Services. Miller has served as medical director at the Santa Clara County Emergency Medical Services Agency since 2016.


Jeffrey Anderson, MS ’07, director of pharmacy services at Yavapai Regional Medical Center, was named fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Shabnam Shahabadi, MD ’03, BA ’99, was selected as a 2018 “Top Doc” by Washingtonian magazine.

Vijay Vanguri, MD ’03, was appointed vice chair of pathology and chief of anatomic pathology at University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center, where he also serves as director of renal pathology and chief of the Division of Anatomic Pathology.


Christine Boyer, PA-C ’14, CERT ’14, with One Medical, received her HIV Specialist certification from the American Academy of HIV Medicine.

Jason Brenner, MD ’11, was appointed as a part-time lecturer in ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School.

Dale Butler, MD ’12, assistant professor of surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune, received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat “C” insignia.

Amir Meiri, MD ’15, received the Citizenship Award from the Boston University Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Tracy Mitchell, MS ’15, system administrative director for population health at CoxHealth, was selected as the 2018 Health Care Champions Administrator by the Springfield Business Journal.

Fall 2018

Joshua D’Angelo, DPT ’13, was among this year’s nine George Washington University alumni honored with a 2018 Alumni Achievement Award for their significant career accomplishments and service to the university. D’Angelo, who received the Recent Alumni Achievement Award, is a physical therapist practicing at Inova Physical Therapy Center and is co-founder and president of Move Together, a nonprofit that increases access to quality rehabilitation medicine. The organization’s clinic development program fosters creation of sustainable rehab clinics in the places that need them most.

D’Angelo also co-created the first global physical therapy day of service, uniting more than 10,000 physical therapy clinicians and staff to help them give back to their communities, and recently co-founded MovementX, a mobile physical therapy company.

Presented annually, the Alumni Achievement Awards and Recent Alumni Achievement Awards are given to graduates who have contributed notable accomplishments in their fields. The awards were presented during Colonials Weekend, Oct. 26-28, an annual university-wide celebration for alumni, families, students, and friends.

Andrew T. Filak Jr., MD ’78, was appointed interim senior vice president of affairs and dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati (UC). He is the founding chair of the UC Department of Medicine and recently received the Daniel Drake Medal — the college’s highest honor. The annual award recognizes living faculty or alumni for their outstanding and unique contributions to medical education, scholarship, and research.
David E. Smalley, MD '76, published a book titled, The Miracle of Pain.
Charles F. Keller, MD ’98, was promoted to chief physician officer and vice president of medical affairs for Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.
Rachel A. Ruotolo, MD ’99, was honored as a Woman of Distinction by Nassau County Executive Laura Curran at the “Just Desserts” Mother’s Day event, which recognized women who make a difference in the lives of others. Ruotolo has been a partner at Long Island Plastic Surgical Group since 2010. A board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in pediatric craniofacial surgery, she also routinely participates in medical missions to treat adults in developing countries.
Shafkat Anwar, MD ’05, BA ’01, pediatric cardiologist at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University Heart Center, was named co-director of the 3D Printing Center at the Barnes-Jewish/Christian HealthCare Institute of Health at Washington University School of Medicine. He also serves as an assistant professor of pediatrics and of cardiology at the Washington University School of Medicine.
Jeremia D. Bernhardt, MD ’06, was elected president of the Washington Academy of Family Physicians in Bellevue, Washington. He is also the director of Swedish Cherry Hill Clinic and a practicing primary care physician at the Swedish Medical Center.
Tanika J. Miller, AA ’12, CERT ’11, was promoted to laboratory supervisor at Expertus Labs Inc. in Longwood, Florida.
Timothy C. Wagner, MD ’13, recently graduated from the Cleveland Clinic’s orthopaedic surgery residency and also received the Cleveland Clinic’s Excellence in Teaching Award.

Spring 2018

Dennis Dimitri, MD ’79, vice chair of the Department of Family Medicine Clinical Services at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, was recently promoted in his clinical role to professor of family medicine.
Paul M. Colombani, MD, RESD ’81, chair of pediatric surgery at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, professor of surgery, pediatrics, and oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and the Robert Garrett Professor Emeritus of Pediatric Surgery, was named “Best in Medicine” by the American Health Council.
Walter Biffl, MD ’90, was appointed trauma medical director at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla in January 2018.
Michael Dacey, MD ’90, has been tapped to serve as executive vice president of Riverside Health System, based in Newport News, Virginia. He will serve in a dual capacity as system chief operating officer and chief clinical officer of the seven-hospital group, leading more than 600 physicians and 10,000 employees.
Robin Hemphill, MD ’91, chief quality and safety officer at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Health, has been appointed to serve as associate dean of safety and quality and the Dr. Gene N. Peterson Professor of Quality, Safety, and Service at the VCU School of Medicine. She will also serve as clinical professor of emergency medicine.
Thomas Yackel, MD/MPH ’96, RESD ’96, was appointed president of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Physicians, the faculty practice plan of VCU Health. He will also serve as senior associate dean for clinical affairs at VCU.
Brett Grebing, MD ’97, was elected to serve as president of the Madison County Medical Society. Grebing is an orthopedic surgeon with the Centers for Advanced Orthopedics. He previously served as the president of the society in 2013.
Scott A. Falk, MD ’00, BA ’96, was recently appointed to the Physician Advisory Council of Lumere, a health systems data analytics company. Falk serves as director of performance improvement, quality, and safety at Penn Medicine and as associate professor of clinical anesthesiology and critical care at the University of Pennsylvania.
LaPrincess Brewer, MD ’09, MPH, assistant professor of medicine in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, received the 2017 Community Service/Volunteerism Award from the Minnesota American College of Physicians.
Elizabeth Theriault, MD ’12, recently joined the pediatric service at the Highland, California, offices of Dignity Health Medical Group-Inland Empire.
Jill Simon, MD ’13, recently joined Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory, North Carolina. Simon, an OB/GYN, will perform a range of advanced women’s health services including prenatal and postnatal care, annual examinations, and minimally invasive surgery.

Fall 2017

Christine Edry Seidman, MD ’78, received the 2017 Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Distinguished Medical Alumni Award from her residency alma mater. Seidman serves as the Thomas W. Smith Professor of Medicine and Genetics at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and a senior associate member of the Broad Institute.
Susan H. Senft, MD ’79, FRCOphth, FAAO, board certified ophthalmologist, was recently featured in the International Association of Health Care Professionals (IAHCP) publication The Leading Physicians of the World. Physicians are nominated by IAHCP on the basis of data collected from a variety of different resources, such as medical affiliations and consumer reviews.
Neal Barnard, MD ’80, RESD ’84, FACC, adjunct associate professor of medicine at SMHS, presented a lecture on music’s effects on the brain, at the Historic Fargo Theatre in July.
Mary F. Campagnolo, MD ’82, MBA, BS ’78, was recognized for the eighth consecutive year as a Top Doctor for 2017 by Inside Jersey. Campagnolo also served as a New Jersey delegate at the 2017 Congress of Delegates at the American Academy of Family Physicians, and as a delegate to the American Medical Association’s House of Delegates meeting in 2017.
Timothy Carman, MD ’89, was named to the 2017 Board of Directors for the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery (ABHRS) and the 2017 ABHRS Ethics Committee. Carman also serves as faculty member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery.
Jeffrey Gorodetsky, MD ’87, primary care physician, joined the SMG New England Family Practice of Andover, Massachusetts.
Harlan Dorey, MD ’99, was appointed chief medical officer at the Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River in October 2017.
Matthew Feinsod, MD ’96, board-certified ophthalmologist, was recently named interim chief medical officer for biotechnology company Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation.
David Laughrun, MD ’90, joined the faculty of the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine in July 2017 as assistant professor of clinical medicine with an emphasis on adult congenital heart disease.
Stephan I. Lee, MD ’98, was recently promoted to clinical professor of medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of California – San Francisco School of Medicine.
Vanila M. Singh, MD ’97, MACM, was named chief medical officer for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In that capacity, Singh will serve as the primary medical advisor to the assistant secretary for health on the development and implementation of HHS-wide public health policy recommendations. For the past 13 years, she has served as a clinical associate professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine, at Stanford University School of Medicine.
Lisa Laws, MS ’08, recently joined Duke Clinical Research Institute as an audit coordinator in Quality Assurance and Regulatory Services, supporting investigators in identifying regulatory requirements.
Sylvia Gonsahn-Bollie, MD ’10, RESD ’13, received her diplomate certification from the American Board of Obesity Medicine. Gonsahn-Bollie practices in Richmond, Virginia, at West End Internal Medicine, a Bon Secours Medical Group.
Daniel Gerscovich, MD, RESD ’16, recently joined Carolina Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Associates in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where he will serve as a total joint specialist employing operative and non-operative treatments for all joint conditions. Previously, Gerscovich completed a fellowship in joint reconstruction at the Anderson Clinic.
Hope T. Jackson, MD ’09, RESD ’16, CERT ’14, Minimally Invasive Surgery Foregut/Bariatric Surgery Fellow, University of Washington Medical Center, was selected to the 2017 class of 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health. The select group, chosen by the National Minority Quality Forum, represents the next generation of thought leaders in reducing health disparities.