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Class Notes

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The class notes below were received between Jan. 1, 2015 and May 31, 2015.

Christopher G. Goetz, MD ’75, GME, director of the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Program and professor of neurological sciences and pharmacology at Rush, received the Movement Disorders Research Award during the American Academy of Neurology’s 67th annual meeting this spring.

Aaron Hamb, MD ’84, GME, medical director of Cook County Health & Hospitals System’s Provident Hospital, was voted “Doctor of the Year” for the system. Staff across the system recognized Hamb for his exceptional care, compassion for patients and commitment to the system.

Sushil V. Karmarkar, MD ’84, FACC, led a pilot program at Walnut Creek Medical Center to offer elective percutaneous cardiac intervention, or ePCI, without the hospital having an in-house cardiovascular surgery program. Results of the pilot, taken from Walnut Creek and five other hospitals, were used to change legislation in California, allowing other medical centers to offer ePCI without in-house cardiovascular programs. Karmarkar served on a six-member committee representing the participating hospitals to draft and submit the final report to the state government.

Nina Paleologos, MD ’85, GME, has been promoted to professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences at Rush.

John F. Sweeney, MD ’88, has been appointed the Joseph Brown Whitehead Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine. He will also serve as director of surgical services and surgeon-in-chief for Emory Healthcare and chief of the surgery section of the Emory Clinic.

Catherine Dimou, MD ’91, GME, has been appointed associate dean for medical services at Rush. She is responsible for developing policies that increase care coordination across all of Rush’s medical services departments. She will continue as chief medical officer of Rush Health, Rush’s physician/hospital organization.

Patricia M. Young, MD ’91, a physician for Franciscan Alliance in Munster, Indiana, lives in Northbrook, Illinois, with her husband, Jim. Young enjoys traveling to developing countries and going on photography safaris. Her son Patrick E. Young, MD ’08, completed an anesthesia residency and fellowship in pain management at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He now practices at Beaumont Health System in Royal Oaks, Michigan, and is raising a daughter, Anna, who was born in February.

Marvin A. Rossi, MD ’96, GME, has been promoted to associate professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences at Rush.

Mary C. Anderson, MD ’91, GME, has joined Valence Health, Inc. as medical director. Valence Health is a Chicago-based consultancy with special expertise in value-based payment models. She will continue to remain on medical staff at Rush. 

Kathleen M. Weber, MD ’96, GME, is the first woman physician to be named president-elect of the Major League Baseball Team Physicians Association. Weber, of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush and the director of Primary Care/Sports Medicine and Women’s Sports Medicine at Rush, will become president in 2016. She is a team physician for the Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Force Women’s Football team. She is also the head team physician for the DePaul Blue Demons and Malcolm X College and a physician consultant for Hubbard Street Dance Company.

Ericka D. Brown, MD ’00, has been named the new head of Ben Taub Hospital, a level-one trauma center in Houston.

Brian Stein, MD ’01, has been serving as the interim senior patient safety officer and assistant chief medical officer at Rush. He will continue in this role on a permanent basis, working with the quality and safety team.

Christopher E. Fundakowski, MD ’08, finished a neck oncology/microvascular fellowship at Vanderbilt University last year, got married in January, and moved to Philadelphia, where he is an attending surgeon at Temple University School of Medicine and Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Elizabeth M. Salisbury-Afshar, MD ’07, joined Heartland Health Outreach at Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights in Chicago last July as the medical director. 

Alison P. Sweet, MD ’07, has joined Rush as an emergency medicine physician and as assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine.

Jill M. Palko, MD ’10, has joined Aishling Obstetrics & Gynecology. In her spare time, Palko has volunteered at homeless shelters, tutored children and worked with Habitat for Humanity.

Lisa Feldman, MD ’10, has been selected for the William P. Van Wagenen Fellowship by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Feldman is the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine neurosurgery department’s first Wagenen Fellowship winner. With the award, Feldman receives a $120,000 stipend and $15,000 in research support. She traveled to New Zealand in July to study perfluorocarbon as a new oxygen delivery therapy in hopes of reversing the cell death that results from radiation treatment of brain cancers, working in collaboration with a researcher from Washington University in St. Louis on the project.

House Staff

Last year Texas Gov. Rick Perry appointed Michael R. Arambula, MD, GME, president of the Texas Medical Board. Arambula is the first Hispanic physician to preside over the Texas Medical Board.

Charles Bush-Joseph, MD, GME, Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush sports medicine physician and head team physician for the Chicago White Sox, was selected by the Major League Baseball Players Association and Major League Baseball to provide orthopedic coverage for its 11th annual All-Star Series tour in Japan. Bush-Joseph was the only orthopedic surgeon selected for the MLB All-Star Series tour that included games in five cities, including Osaka, Tokyo and Sapporo.

Laurel M. Clark, MD, GME, a psychiatrist, has joined Rush as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry.

Daniel J. Deziel, MD, GME, the Helen Shedd Keith Professor and chairman of general surgery at Rush, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, or SAGES. This award is given to a surgeon who has made a significant, long-term educational, research, clinical and/or technological contribution to the field of surgical endoscopy and has advanced the mission of SAGES.

Rush appointed Omar B. Lateef, DO, GME, the new chief medical officer. As the senior physician leader for the Medical Center, Lateef will develop plans and provide the leadership necessary to achieve Rush’s ambitious clinical quality and safety goals, as well as work to further the overall effectiveness, efficiency and perception of the care Rush provides to patients.

Rush appointed Anthony J. Perry, MD, GME, vice president of ambulatory care and population health. He previously served as chief medical officer, associate vice president of clinical affairs, director of the Johnson R. Bowman Health Center and as clinical transformation officer.

Michael Silver, MD, GME, vice president of medical affairs for Rush Oak Park Hospital, will continue in his current role in the chief medical office, where he has worked successfully on special projects and in oversight of quality and safety at Rush Oak Park Hospital.

Maria C. Reyes, MD, GME, a primary care physician, has joined Rush as an assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine.

Jennifer R. Rotskoff, MD, GME, a primary care physician, has joined Rush as an assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine.

Former Illinois governor Pat Quinn appointed Allison L. Weathers, MD, GME, to the Illinois State Medical Marijuana Advisory Board as the neurologist on the board. Weathers is associate chief medical information officer and associate professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences at Rush.

Robert J. Zagar, PhD, GME, presented “Safeguarding Organizations by Finding the ‘Outlier’ with Internet Sensitive and Specific Recruit Screening and Fitness for Duty Tests” to The Infrastructure Partnership with the Society of American Military Engineers in April 2014 in Colorado Springs. He demonstrated that Internet technology could be used to move nonviolent offenders within the court and prison systems to electronic bracelet, saving thousands of lives and tens of billions of dollars in resources by doing so. His research also has been outlined in the Monitor of Psychology in summer 2014 and in the Association for Psychological Sciences’ Observer in October 2014. Zagar also presented his findings in August 2014 before the National Guard Association of the U.S. National Conference in Chicago and previously presented before the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security in 2012.