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Class Notes

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The class notes below were received between Feb. 1, 2012 and Jan. 31, 2013.

MYRON COHEN, MD '74, professor of medicine, microbiology and epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has received the Herbert Pardes Clinical Research Excellence Award — the top honor of the inaugural Clinical Research Forum Top 10 Clinical Research Achievement Awards — for his study "HIV Prevention Trials Network 052." His research, published in a 2011 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, found that treating HIV-positive people with antiretroviral therapy leaves them virtually noncontagious..

WILLIAM F. GRAETTINGER, MD '75, of Reno, Nev., has been named professor emeritus in the University of Nevada School of Medicine's internal medicine department. He had been the school's vice chair of internal medicine for the past 19 years and was chief of the cardiology division. 

MARDGE COHEN, MD '76, of Jamaica Plain, Mass., traveled to Kigali Rwanda, with her daughter Davida in February 2012. The principal investigator of the Women Interagency HIV Study and medical director of Women's Equity in Access to Care and Treatment (WE-ACTx). Cohen had made the annual trip over the past several years to care for women and children with HIV, but 2012 was the first year her daughter, then a fourth-year medical student, joined her.

RICHARD PAWL, MD '82, GME, of Evans, Ga., was elected a fellow of the American College of Legal Medicine in February 2012. Pawl is an associate professor of emergency medicine at Georgia Health Sciences University..

CHRISTINE D. DARR, MD '83, is medical director of the pediatric division of CarePoint PC, an emergency physician private practice basedin Denver. Darr also has served as the medical director of Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children since its September 2011 opening. Darr lives in Englewood, Colo., with her husband, Glenn Sakamoto, MD '83, and they have three children: Derek, 24, Claire, 21, and Devin, 18.

STEPHEN L. ONDRA, MD '84, of Wilmette, Ill., has been chief medical officer at Northwestern Memorial Hospital since April 2012.

STEVEN M. MALKIN, MD '87, of Buffalo Grove, Ill., was named chair of the Illinois State Medical Society board of trustees. An internal medicine specialist, Malkin is a partner in the Arlington Heights, Ill.-based Medical Care Group and is on the medical staffs of Alexian Brothers Medical Center and Northwest Community Hospital.

GARY RUST, MD '92, has joined the staff of the San Francisco Ear Nose & Throat Medical Group, in addition to serving as vice chairperson of otolaryngology at California Pacific Medical Center and as surgery chairperson at the center's St. Luke's campus in San Francisco.

ERIC R. BROWN, PhD '94, MD '95, GME, of Springfield, Ill., has joined SIU HealthCare at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine as its chief medical officer after more than a decade on Rush's faculty and staff.

KATHY WEBER, MD '96, GME, Rush's director of primary care/sports medicine and women's sports medicine, co-chaired the February 2012 Girls in the Game gala. A board member of the nonprofit organization for almost 10 years, Weber is also the team doctor for the Chicago White Sox.

NAUREEN A. SHAIKH, MD '00, of Sausalito, Calif., founded the nonprofit organization Mobile Medical Team in 2006. The organization provides medical care, disaster relief and health education to underserved populations in the U.S., South American, Africa and Asia. She is also president and CEO of Soluna Health and Wellness Center in Sausalito, offering primary care, pediatrics, gynecology and podiatry, among other treatments and therapies.

MICKI (MI KYUNG) KO, MD '01, of La Crescenta, Calif., completed her radiation-oncology residency at the University of California, Irvine. She now works for Cancer Care Consultants Medical Associates in Santa Monica, Calif. She and her husband, Rui, have a 2-year-old daughter.

ANDREW ZLOZA, PhD '06, MD '09, has joined the Rush University Cancer Center as an assistant professor in the Department of Immunology/Microbiology and as a member of the center's Tumor Immunology Program.


JANIS ORLOWSKI, MD, GME, of Washington, D.C., is now the chief operating officer at MedStar Washington Hospital Center after more than 22 years at Rush, including time as the executive dean for operations at Rush Medical College. 

ROBERT JOHN ZAGAR, PhD, GME, of Chicago, was the editor of a special issue of Behavioral Sciences & the Law on "International Aspects of Adolescent Crime." The CEO of Dr. Robert John Zagar PC/Zagar Safety Group Inc., Zagar writes that he also helped Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle "save millions in fall 2011 by demonstrating the cost savings of electronic surveillance versus prison."