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Abraham J. Twerski, MD ’59, recently published A Formula for Proper Living: Practical Lessons from Life and Torah with Jewish Lights, Woodstock, Vt. Dr. Twerski draws from his extensive professional experience as a psychiatrist and spiritual counselor, as a life-long student of Jewish wisdom texts, and from his personal experience as the son of a Chassidic rabbi to present practical lessons for life in the book. Dr. Twerski is the author of 50 books and the founder and Medical Director Emeritus of Gateway Rehabilitation Center, based in Aliquippa, Pa. 


Eugene P. Sinclair, MD ’61, received the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Distinguished Service Award in October 2009. The award is the ASA’s highest honor, bestowed on an individual for lifetime achievements and service in the specialty of anesthesiology and the society. A member of the ASA since 1965, Dr. Sinclair served as an alternate delegate to the ASA House of Delegates from 1976-84. He served as an ASA delegate and director from Wisconsin from 1974-1994. He was then elected to the office of Vice-Speaker of the ASA House of Delegates in 1994 and climbed the leadership ranks until he was installed as ASA President in October 2004. Dr. Sinclair held a private practice position at Columbia Hospital in Milwaukee for 25 years, serving as chair of the anesthesia department for 21 years. He retired from clinical practice in 2006 and lives with his wife, Jean, in Elm Grove.


Alan A. Wartenberg, MD ’72, GME ’80, received a Nyswaander-Dole Award from the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependency in April 2009. The award is given to an individual who has made significant contributions to the care of patients with opioid dependency. In addition, Dr. Wartenberg received a Hero of the Field Award in the RX for Excellence program of the Massachusetts Medical Law Review for his work in assisting individuals facing incarceration who were drug dependent. He is semi-retired and working part-time with the Opioid Treatment Program of the Providence Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Class of 1973 alumnus earns lifetime achievement

Dr. Jay Menitove, Dr. Matthew Kuehnert, Dr. D. Michael Strong and Dr. Jerry Holmberg


Dr. Strong is pictured third from left with AABB President Dr. Jay Menitove and the other awardees, Dr. Matthew Kuehnert of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Dr. Jerry Holmberg of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

D. Michael Strong, PhD ’73, was one of three national recipients of the AABB (formerly the American Association of Blood Banks) prestigious President’s Award on Oct. 24, 2009, in recognition of his extraordinary public service and contributions in the health care arena. The award recognizes leadership in the championing of the United States Biovigilance Network, the first and only collaboration between government and the private sector focused on tracking and analyzing adverse reactions and incidents associated with blood collection and transfusion as well as organ and cell donation and transplantation. Dr. Strong is also a former president of AABB. He has received lifetime achievement awards from four separate professional associations.

John A. Weigelt, MD ’74, will serve as Director of a three-day General Surgery Review Course sponsored by the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Weigelt is the Milton & Lidy Lunda/Charles Aprahamian Professor of Trauma, Professor of Surgery, and Chief of Trauma and Critical Care Surgery at The Medical College of Wisconsin.

Carlyle H. Chan, MD ’75, has been appointed to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Residency Review Committee for Psychiatry. He was nominated by the American Medical Association, and his three-year term begins in April. Dr. Chan is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at The Medical College of Wisconsin.

Ron Kirschling, MD ’79, and his family were honored by Assumption High School recently as the entire family, including patriarch Melvin Kirschling, Dr. Kirschling’s father, received the school’s 2009 Alumni of the Year award. Dr. Kirschling practices at the University of Wisconsin Cancer Center at Riverview Hospital. He previously practiced at Mayo Clinic in Rochester and came to Wisconsin Rapids via Duluth.


Lincoln L. Berland, MD, GME ’81, has been named Professor Emeritus in the Department of Radiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine. Dr. Berland joined the UAB faculty in 1983 as associate professor and was named full professor in 1989. He help a number of clinical and administrative positions in the department, including most recently as Vice Chair for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety and Chief of the 3D imaging laboratory. He is internationally recognized for his research in ultrasound and computed body tomography.

David Gregg, MD ’82, GME ’87, has been appointed Assistant Professor of Radiology at The Medical College of Wisconsin. Triple board certified in diagnostic radiology, pediatric radiology and vascular and interventional radiology, Dr. Gregg’s clinical interests are in interventional radiology techniques, vascular imaging and neuroradiology. He has been a staff radiologist for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin since 1987 and for Infinity Healthcare in Milwaukee since 2007. He was director of the radiology residency program at Children’s Hospital for 18 years.

David C. Warltier, MD ’82, PhD ’76, GME ’88, received the inaugural Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research Mentoring Excellence in Research Award from the American Society of Anesthesiologists. The award recognizes the outstanding contributions and commitment of an individual who epitomizes the ideal mentor and one who has significantly advanced the science and specialty of anesthesiology. Dr. Warltier is Chairman and Professor of Anesthesiology at The Medical College of Wisconsin.

Tom P. Aufderheide, MD, GME ’86, was selected by the American Heart Association’s Council on Cardiopulmonary, Critical Care, Perioperative and Resuscitation to receive the 2009 Resuscitation Best Abstract Award for his abstract titled Ventilation Rate and the Use of the Impedance Threshold Device Are Correlated with Hemodynamics during CPR in Humans. Dr. Aufderheide is Professor of Emergency Medicine and Associate Chair of Research Affairs for Emergency Medicine at The Medical College of Wisconsin.

Gary R. Seabrook, MD, Fel ’89, has completed a one-year term as President of the Midwestern Vascular Surgery Society. He also delivered the Presidential Address at the organization’s annual scientific meeting on Sept. 11, 2009. His address, The Carotid Bifurcation – Intrigue and Passion, reviewed the diagnosis and treatment for carotid artery disease that has developed over the last 50 years. Dr. Seabrook is Professor of Surgery and Chief of Vascular Surgery at The Medical College of Wisconsin.


Asriani Chiu, MD ’92, GME ’95, Fel ’97, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Sixteenth Street Community Health Center for her work with its asthma and allergy patients. The center provides health care, health education and social services to low-income residents of Milwaukee’s south side. Dr. Chiu is Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Allergy) at The Medical College of Wisconsin.

Mark Slovenkai, MD, Fel ’93, has been appointed Chief of Foot and Ankle Surgery at New England Baptist Hospital. Dr. Slovenkai also serves as Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Tufts University School of Medicine. He is a long-standing member of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society and is active on its Humanitarian Committee and volunteer efforts in Vietnam. He is a partner at Boston Sports and Shoulder Center and a consultant to the Boston Celtics.

Matthew Goldblatt, MD ’97, GME ’04, has been appointed Assistant Professor of Surgery (General Surgery) at The Medical College of Wisconsin and to the medical staff of Froedtert Hospital. His expertise is in laparoscopic procedures including surgical management of gastroesophageal reflux disease, complex abdominal wall reconstructions and hernia repairs, and bariatric surgery. Before joining the Medical College, he was assistant professor of surgery at Wright State University and a general laparoscopic surgeon at Wright-Patterson Medical Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.

James K. Fullerton, MD ’99, was recently elected to serve on the Board of Directors at the Springfield Clinic, a multi-specialty group in Springfield, Ill. He also serves as Chairman for the clinic’s Department of General Surgery, and he is Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Dr. Fullerton specializes in advanced surgical endoscopy and pancreatobiliary surgery. He lives in Springfield with his wife, Sarah, and three children.


John Houle, MD ’00, and Kourtney Bradford, MDJohn Houle, MD ’00, was married Sept. 5, 2009, to Kourtney Bradford, MD, a graduate of Southern Illinois School of Medicine who is finishing her family medicine residency at University of Minnesota-St. Cloud. The couple married in St. Louis and honeymooned in Italy.

Jonathan M. Bock, MD ’01, has been appointed Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences at The Medical College of Wisconsin and to the medical staffs of Froedtert Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the Zablocki VA Medical Center. Dr. Bock’s clinical emphasis is laryngology, professional voice care and head and neck surgery and oncology. His research has focused on head and neck molecular oncology and molecular laryngology.

Brandon Barton, MD ’03, finished a fellowship in movement disorders in July 2009 and started two part-time positions effective that date: 1) Assistant Professor at Rush University Medical Center Department of Neurological Sciences, Movement Disorders Section; and 2) Neurology Attending Director in the National VA Parkinson’s Disease Consortium Center at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center.

Erin Dawson, MD ’03, has moved to Port Orchard, Wash., after doing locum tenens work for three years after finishing her family practice residency.

Matthew Hayat, PhD ’03, is currently a faculty member at Johns Hopkins University. A biostatistician, Dr. Hayat holds the rank of assistant professor.

Amitpal S. Johal, MD ’03, is working as a gastroenterologist at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa. He specializes in endoscopic ultrasound, Barrett’s ablation and Spirus enteroscopy.

Michael T. Werner, MD ’03Michael T. Werner, MD ’03, was one of only 13 family medicine physicians in the United States to receive a 2009 Pfizer Teacher Development Award from the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation. The award recognizes community-based physicians who teach family medicine on a part-time basis and provides funding for each recipient to attend an activity of choice to further their professional development and teaching skills. Dr. Werner practices family medicine in Kaukauna, Wis., at the Kaukauna Clinic and serves as a part-time clinical assistant professor with the University of Wisconsin Fox Valley Family Medicine Residency Program in Appleton.

Alexandra Harrington, MD ’04, GME ’08, Fel ’09, has been appointed Assistant Professor of Pathology at The Medical College of Wisconsin and to the medical staff at Froedtert Hospital. Dr. Harrington specializes in diagnosing diseases of the blood, bone marrow and lymph nodes, and her research is focused on application of flow cytometry to the diagnosis of bone marrow disorders, such as myelodysplastic syndromes, and ancillary studies.

John Rhee, MD, MPH ’04, has been named Deputy Editor-in Chief for the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, a semi-monthly professional medical journal published by the American Medical Association. Dr. Rhee is Professor of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences at The Medical College of Wisconsin.

Saeyeal K. Lee, MD ’05, has joined The Medical College of Wisconsin’s Primary Care Initiative as a staff obstetrician and gynecologist. He also has been appointed to the medical staffs of Froedtert Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. He practices at the Westbrook Health Center in Waukesha, Wis.

Lindsay A. Schmidt, MD ’05, will begin her new position as Assistant Professor of Pathology at the University of Michigan in July 2010 following the completion on her fellowship in pulmonary pathology, also at the University of Michigan. Dr. Schmidt is married to Michael Schmidt, MD ’04, who is currently a member of a trauma and emergency surgery group at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Toledo, Ohio. The couple plans to move to Ann Arbor in the spring.

Avi Bernstein, MD ’06, GME ’09, has been appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine Hospitalist) at The Medical College of Wisconsin and to the medical staff of Froedtert Hospital. His clinical interests are quality improvement, patient safety and medical education.

Bulent Cetindag, MD, Fel ’06Bulent Cetindag, MD, Fel ’06, has joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine as Assistant Professor of Surgery. He specializes in trauma and critical care and general surgery. He is a member of the Southern Illinois Trauma Center and belongs to the American College of Surgeons.

Jonathan M. Fritz, JD, MS ’06, has joined the Madison, Wis., office of law firm of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP. Dr. Fritz is a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property, Life Sciences and Venture Best Practices. Dr. Fritz, who holds a degree in bioinformatics from the Medical College, practices all aspects of intellectual property law with a focus on patent prosecution in the areas of life sciences and information technology. He has provided counsel to independent inventors and Fortune 500 companies. He is also the President-Elect of the Wisconsin Intellectual Property Law Association.

Kuruvalli Vaishnavi-Muqeet, MD, GME ’07, Fel ’08, has been appointed Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at The Medical College of Wisconsin and to the medical staffs of Froedtert Hospital and the Zablocki VA Medical Center. Dr. Vaishnavi-Muqeet has subspecialty expertise in spinal cord injury medicine.

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