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Milestones, Class Notes and Alumni Achievements

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The 10s

Zachary Ehrlich, M.P.H. ’17, works for the New Jersey Department of Health as a registered environmental health inspector and manufactured food regulatory program standards coordinator and worked on the COVID-19 emergency team during the global pandemic. He was inducted into the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health in May 2020 and received the Vincent R. Zurawski Award for meritorious contributions to the field by the New Jersey Environmental Health Association in March 2020.

Lieutenant Junior Grade Taquanta Feely, M.P.H. ‘16, was commissioned in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps as an environmental health officer. She graduated from the USPHS Office Basic Course on July 19, 2019 and was assigned to the Indian Health Service in Phoenix, Arizona.

Simone E. Edwards, M.P.H. ’10, Dr.P.H. ’15, was named director of Healthcare Management and Transformation, Special Projects at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. Dr. Edwards is a member of the board of the Empire State Medical Association, the state affiliate for the National Medical Association. She is a devout healthcare strategist, Master’s level professor, and mentor who works to champion diversity and inclusion in the healthcare field.

Sean D. Maddock, M.D. ’15, is completing a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He is currently doing research on vaping-related lung illnesses and published a paper on the topic in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Tiffany Channer, M.P.H. ’13, recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award at the 2020 Virtual Founder’s Dinner, is proud to announce the arrival of her son Preston Chadwick Telemaque on November 24, 2020.

Gavin Stern, M.P.H. ’13, is director of communications at the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, a nonprofit responsible for developing medical device safety standards and best practices used around the world.

Oscar Alleyne, Dr.P.H. ’12, was promoted to chief of programs and services for the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) where is he responsible for membership and meetings services in addition to steering NACCHO’s four programmatic portfolios:  community health, environmental health, public health infrastructure and systems and public health preparedness.

Cassandra Matney, M.D. Pre-Internship ’12, was named senior medical director of Premier Research which pairs oncology development expertise with wide-ranging rare disease experience in the largest areas of unmet need, including new treatments in monoclonal antibody, bispecific T cell engagers, cell and gene therapies, and immuno-oncology.

Tsion Firew, M.D., ’11, M.P.H., special advisor to the Minister on Emergency Care and Strategic Partnerships, Federal Ministry of Health, Ethiopia, and assistant professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center, participated in the World Health Assembly at the World Health Organization in Geneva in May 2019, proposing a new resolution on Emergency Care which she co-wrote. The resolution was adopted with no amendment.

Akshat Jain M.D., (GME ’11), M.P.H., a faculty member at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and School of Public Health, established the first treatment program for sickle cell and hemophilia patients in the Inland Empire of Southern California. He is the recipient of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin 2020 Presidential Young Physician Award and a 2020 recipient of a 9th Principals and Teachers Award sponsored by Thar Sarvoday Sansthan, Simply Jaipur and Rajasthan Foundation.

Robert Donnarumma, M.D. ’10, M.P.H. ’20, was named chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Saratoga Hospital in Saratoga Springs, New York, responsible for care at the hospital's Alfred Z. Solomon Emergency Center and urgent care centers in Wilton and Queensbury. He also serves as medical director of the COVID-19 testing tent, the stroke program and the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners Program at Saratoga Hospital and serves as its representative on the Regional Medical Advisory Committee.

The 00s

Philippe Douyon, M.D. ’07, wrote Neuroplasticity: Your Brain’s Superpower, a motivational guide to inspire people to better understand their brains, improve their health and create the life they were meant to live.

Judith M. Watson, M.P.H. ’07, was appointed chief executive officer of Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center, Inc., a federally qualified health center comprised of eight sites.

Eric Presser, M.D. (GME ’04), published An Empowering Guide to Lung Cancer: 6 Steps in Taking Charge of your Care and Life.

Jesse Pelletier, M.D. ’03, is a founding team member of Halodine, an FDA-registered OTC drug designed by a team of physicians experienced in antiviral research to help prevent the transmission of infectious virus aerosols. Halodine has proven efficacy against SARS-CoV-2 and is administered to the nose and mouth before and after masking or other PPE physical barriers and is applicable for broad use as an additional layer of chemical protection at the source of COVID-19 infection whenever there is increased risk of exposure. It has been designated as a core intervention in the COVID-19 reduction efforts.

The 90s

Scott T. LeRoy, M.S. ’97, M.P.H., is health officer for Caroline County, Maryland, where a new Mobile Health Care Services provides important addiction treatment to individuals in some of the most rural parts of the county, where there is limited transportation and access to care.

Gigi Weiss, M.S. ’97, director of rehabilitation services at RVNAhealth, received the 2019 Innovation Award by the Connecticut Association for Healthcare at Home, given each year to an association member agency or individual who embraces change and consistently strives to use new methods and technologies to optimize home health, hospice or personal care delivery.

Shari B. Gold, M.P.H. ’96, is vice president of Quality and Patient Safety, at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, in Paramus, New Jersey. She leads all aspects of quality and performance improvement, regulatory compliance, clinical risk management, and patient/resident safety for the 1,070-bed organization.

Roy H. Constantine, M.P.H. ’94, Ph.D., is an editor of the second edition of Integrating Advanced Practice Providers into the ICU published in 2019. He is also an author of  Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants in Acute and Critical Care: A Concise Review of the Literature and Data 2008–2018 published in Critical Care Medicine.

The 80s

Victor Sloan, M.D. ’89, and his daughter, An-lin, each received the New Jersey State Governor’s Award for Public Service. Dr. Sloan was recognized for serving as a volunteer faculty member in a rheumatology teaching clinic, at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School for the past 21 years. His daughter’s award was for raising $62,000 for enrichment programs for an orphanage in China.

Sam Stea, M.D. ’89, a physician and climate activist, wrote The Edge of Elsewhere, published in September 2020. It is set in a world reeling from ecological collapse and lacking color where a young trio discover a notebook that takes them back to New York City 1971. The group rediscovers the beauty of the natural world and fights to restore that beauty before time runs out.

Elizabeth M. Jaffe, M.D. ’85, the Dana and Albert “Cubby” Broccoli Professor of Oncology, Department of Oncology, and deputy director, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, was elected to the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

David Bleich, M.D. ’83, published his first book, The Diabetes LIFEMAP.

Philip R. Cohen, M.D. ’83, created a memory aid to assist clinicians in recalling the 25 different conditions that can present as a painful tumor of the skin. The acronym, "CALM HOG FLED PEN AND GETS BACK," was inspired by the children's book, Charlotte's Web, and the paper he co-authored was published in Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology.

Jesse S. Greenblum, M.D. ’80, joined the clinical faculty at Florida State University College of Medicine full time in July 2019. Previously he was the medical director of Halifax Care for Women in Ormond Beach, Florida, following more than 30 years of private practice in obstetrics and gynecology on Amelia Island, Florida.

The 70s

Myles Pensak, M.D. ’78, received the Daniel Drake Medal, the highest honor awarded by the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine. The Drake Medal honors living alumni and faculty for outstanding achievements in biomedical science as evidenced by major significant contributions to medical research or for a distinguished career as a clinician-teacher. Dr. Pensak is the Helen Bernice Broidy Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the UC College of Medicine. He also is a professor of neurosurgery and holds additional leadership roles as senior associate dean for clinical affairs at the College of Medicine, CEO of UC Physicians and chief of physician services at UC Health.

John T. Repke, M.D. ’78, was honored by the Penn State University College of Medicine with the establishment of the John T. Repke, M.D., FACOG, Annual Lectureship in Maternal and Fetal Medicine. Dr. Repke was chair of Penn State’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology from 2002 until his retirement in 2017. He was the 1999 recipient of the New York Medical College Alumni Medal of Honor.

Douglas A. Byrnes, M.D. ’77, writes, "I retired in August 2019 and Kathleen and I moved from Huntington, New York, to The Glen, a 55+ community in Ridge, New York, still on Long Island. I still keep up by reading journals but miss seeing my colleagues. Solo cardiology practice in Huntington would have been much more difficult had I not retired when I did. Never expected a pandemic! Golf is good here. I still remain licensed but not intending to go back to working again.”

Dan K. Morhaim, M.D. ’75B, wrote Preparing for a Better End: Expert Lessons on Death and Dying for You and Your Loved Ones, a practical guidebook to planning your own end-of-life care, published in November 2020. 

The 60s

Glen Joshpe, M.D.  ’69, published a book, The Pack, an action-packed tale with suspense, murder and romance when an ex-SEAL comes across a stash belonging to the mob.

In 2019, Steve Berger, M.D. ’67, M.P.H., published 430 books, 120,000 single-space pages, three million words, 229,000 linked references, 35,000 graphs in a series electronically generated from a massive database that follows the field of infectious diseases. All volumes are indexed (ISBN) and are updated yearly.

Richard Lefleur, M.D. ’66, retired from NYU Langone as professor of surgery and radiology after 45 years. He is married with children and grandchildren. “I miss all my med school friends. It was a great four years from 1962 to 1966. I got a great medical education. It was tough at times, but a wonderful life afterwards,” he writes. “I just turned 80....imagine that! What an autobiography I could write.”

Robert Harwood, M.D. ’62, is retired and living in Scottsdale, Arizona, and still enjoys the outdoors and hiking in the desert.

Michael Schlossberg, M.D. ’62, writes "I have been fully retired for 19 years and live in Atlanta. My wife and I are still avid art collectors and specialize in master drawings and sculpture of the 18th, 19th and and early 20th century. We have been included in the top 100 art collectors in the United States six times by Art & Antiques magazine. We spend one month in Paris every year, except this year due to COVID-19. We enjoy spending time with our children and grandchildren. My son is an M.D. and has a large medical practice in Athens, Georgia, a chip of the old block."

Carl M. Marchetti, M.D. ’60, was recently honored by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America with the naming of the training room at the new National Scouting Museum at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.  The room contains a display of significant events in his life both in scouting and as a medical leader. Dr. Marchetti recently retired as president of Meridian Practice Institute, a partner company of Meridian Health.  He served as senior vice president of Medical Affairs at Jersey Shore University Medical Center for 26 years.

The 50s

Andrew Dadagian, M.D. ’59, finally retired after 31 years of solo practice. He was also chief of ENT at St. Luke’s Hospital in Massachusetts. “Now I can fully enjoy my 11 grandchildren and my 40 plus years as a New England Patriots Season ticket holder. I’m not as fleet of foot but getting by with my wonderful wife, Barbara Davison, R.N., whom I met during my senior year at Flower and Fifth Avenue Hospital,” he writes.

Ronald J. Pion, M.D. ’56, a pioneer in telemedicine and telehealth, offers strategic assistance to companies involved in the virtual practice of medicine and serves as an advisor to Zoom as well as to several healthcare investment capital firms. Having recognized at an early stage the benefits technology and new media bring to the practice of medicine, he became a pioneer in medical telecommunications and has worked in that area for more than 30 years. He served as a full-time medical correspondent for KNBC television in Los Angeles and founded the Hospital Satellite Network, the nation’s first daily satellite-delivered television service providing programming for hospital-based health professionals and patients. He co-developed and hosted a nationally syndicated, daily television series, “Group One Medical” and was host of “Milestones in Medicine,” a regular Sunday night feature of Lifetime Medical Television. Dr. Pion remains dedicated to facilitating learning on the part of patients and their families, assisting in disease prevention, health promotion and wellness enhancement.

The 40s

Jerrold Wheaton, M.D. ’47, celebrated his 99th birthday and the publication of his autobiography, The View From The End Of The Road." “My publisher’s comment was that it reads more like fiction,” he writes.