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The class notes below were received between Jan. 31, 2013 and April 1, 2014.

Stephen Gitelis, MD ’75, GME, has been named associate dean of surgical services for Rush Medical College and associate chief medical officer for surgery at Rush.

Arvin Raheja, MD ’78, is an ob-gyn at Women’s Health Care in Simpsonville, S.C.

Stephen Korbet, MD ’79, GME, a nephrologist at Rush, has been named a master in the American College of Physicians. He is one of only five Rush faculty members who have received this honor.

In February, Julie Freischlag, MD ’80, became the new vice chancellor for human health sciences at the University of California, Davis, and dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine.

Barbara B. Loeb, MD ’80, GME, is vice president of primary care services and chief medical officer at Presence Health Partners, based in Chicago.

David Baldwin, MD ’81, has been promoted to professor in Rush’s Department of Internal Medicine.

Last August, Neal Devitt, MD ’81, marked 30 years spent as a family physician at La Familia Medical Center, a community health center in Santa Fe, N.M. “During that time, our four children have grown and left us to fend for ourselves,” he wrote. “Work in nonprofit primary health care has been very rewarding.”

John Hamby, MD ’81, GME, a general surgeon, has joined DuPage Medical Group. He is based in Elmhurst, Ill.

Cynthia Heckman-Davis, MD ’81, a family medicine doctor in Lakeville, Ind., has been named the Indiana Academy of Family Physicians’ 2013 Family Physician of the Year.

Paul Jones, MD ’83, has been promoted to associate professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at Rush.

Raymond Hohl, MD ’84, PhD ’93, is director of Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute in Hershey, Pa., and a professor in Penn State’s departments of medicine and pharmacology.

Cardiologist Sushil Karmarkar, MD ’84, was recently honored with the Permanente Medical Group’s 2014 Cecil Cutting Leadership Award. The award recognizes the achievements of physicians who have distinguished themselves as leaders within the Medical Group.

Keith Millikan, MD ’84, GME, is now vice chairperson for clinical affairs in the Department of General Surgery at Rush.

Stephen Ondra, MD ’84, has joined the Chicago-based health insurer Health Care Service Corporation — the nation’s fourth-largest health insurer — as its senior vice president and chief medical officer.

R. Jeffrey Snell, MD ’84, GME, director of interventional cardiology at Rush, has been named a co-director of interventional services. He also co-chairs the Interventional Services Executive Committee.

Sarah J. Schlesinger, MD ’85, senior attending physician and associate professor of clinical investigation in the Laboratory of Cellular Physiology and Immunology at Rockefeller University, has been named to ARIAD Pharmaceuticals’ board of directors.

John Jay Shannon, MD ’86, of Chicago, has been named interim CEO of the Cook County Health and Hospitals System.

Steven M. Malkin, MD ’87, an internist and partner in the Medical Care Group in Arlington Heights, Ill., was re-elected to chair the Illinois State Medical Society’s board of trustees.

Cynthia Waickus, MD ’88, PhD, GME, has been promoted to associate professor in Rush’s Department of Family Medicine.

Michael Martirano, MD ’89, GME, a general surgeon, has joined DuPage Medical Group, working out of Elmhurst Memorial Hospital.

Carrie Nelson, MD ’89, of Wheaton, Ill., has been named a senior medical director of Advocate Physician Partners.

Marylinn Markarian, MD ’92, has joined Health Quest Medical Practice’s Division of Behavioral Health, based in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Susan Thompson Hingle, MD ’93, a professor of internal medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, Ill., has been named interim chair of the school’s internal medicine department.

In December, Simon Lee, MD ’97, GME, a foot and ankle orthopedic surgeon at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush (MOR), helped organize an Our Hearts to Your Soles event, according to CBS2 Chicago. Along with other MOR doctors and medical students, Lee provided free foot exams for more than 100 homeless people in Chicago.

Bhaswati Bhattacharya, MD ’98, MPH, director at the DINacharya Institute, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant to lecture and conduct research in Ayurveda, a form of holistic medicine that originated in India. For the 2013 - 2014 academic year, Bhattacharya is based at Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Sam G. Pappas, MD ’98, has joined Loyola University Health System in Chicago as an associate professor of surgery at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and as section head of hepatopancreatobiliary surgery in the Division of Surgical Oncology.

Shannon Sims, MD ’98, has been named an associate chief medical information officer at Rush. He recently helped secure a grant from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to support further integration of electronic medical records.

Matthew Fleig, MD ’99, has practiced full-spectrum family medicine, including pediatrics and obstetrics, for two years as part of the University of Rochester Medical Center. “Being in a solo private practice has truly restored a much stronger, more professionally satisfying doctor-patient relationship,” he wrote. “My patients have been much happier, and I feel I am much more knowledgeable about their medical conditions. I am getting more involved in advocacy for primary care physicians at my hospital and plan to get more involved at the state government level as well.”

Jason Kane, MD ’99, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Rush, is the principal investigator at Rush Children’s Hospital for the international Sepsis Prevalence, Outcomes and Therapies (SPROUT) study.

Melissa Larson, MD ’00, has been promoted to associate professor in Rush’s Department of Internal Medicine.

Edward Hollinger, PhD ’98, MD ’01, is surgical director of cadaveric renal transplant and transplant quality at Rush.

Rebecca Kuo, MD ’01, an orthopedic spine surgeon, has joined MK Orthopaedics, based in Joliet, Ill.

Kimberly M. Tartaglia, MD ’04, is an assistant professor of clinical medicine and pediatrics at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) in Columbus, Ohio. She also serves as associate director for clinical curriculum for third- and fourth-year medical students at OSUWMC.

Johan Lane, MD ’05, is an internist and assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at Rush.

Nicholas Moy, MD ’06, GME, is a med-peds hospitalist at Adventist LaGrange Memorial Hospital in Hinsdale, Ill.

Tamara Pylawka, MS ’04, MD ’06, is an assistant professor of orthopedic medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

Jacklyn Hagedorn, MD ’07, GME, is a pulmonary/critical care fellow at Rush.

Emily Todd, MD ’07, of Aurora, Colo., has founded Comprehensive Adoption Medicine Consultants, LLC, to help families navigate the medical side of the adoption process. Drawing from her experience in pediatrics and medical genetics, she completes medical assessments of children around the world who have been placed for adoption.

Preeti Gurnani, MD ’08, GME, is a fellow in adult nephrology at Rush.

Maggie McNulty, MD ’08, a neurologist, has joined Rush.

Jonathan Cheponis, MD ’09, a neurologist, has joined Rush.

In November Elizabeth Marsh, MD ’09, joined Erie Family Health Center in Chicago, where she helped the center expand into prenatal care services. She also provides ob-gyn care and family planning services.

Amy Hooberman, MD ’10, an internist, has joined Rush.

Niraj Shah, MD ’10, GME, an internal medicine physician, has joined the medical staff at Silver Cross Hospital. He works at Primary Care Joliet (Ill.).

In June 2013, Jennifer Wicks, MD ’13, a pediatrics resident at Rush, received a Rush Founders Day award — the Henry P. Russe, MD, Humanitarian Award, given to members of the Rush staff who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the well-being of others in their work.

House Staff

Richard Abrams, MD, GME, has been promoted to associate professor of internal medicine at Rush.

Neelum Aggarwal, MD, GME, a neurologist specializing in dementia, has joined the Rush Heart Center for Women and the Section of Cardiology at Rush.

Kasra Ahmadinia, MD, GME, an orthopedic surgeon, has joined Eastern Oklahoma Orthopedic Center in Tulsa, Okla.

Mir H. Ali, MD, PhD, GME, is an orthopedic spine surgeon at Rezin Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.

Alexandru Barboi, MD, GME, has been named an associate professor of neuroscience at Rush.

Christopher Bruti, MD, GME, is an internal medicine hospitalist at Rush and works part time at Lifetime Medical Associates.

Charles Bush-Joseph, MD, GME, a surgeon and sports medicine physician at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, has received a Special Recognition Award from the Illinois Athletic Trainers Association. Bush-Joseph is the head team physician for the Chicago White Sox and an associate team physician for the Chicago Bulls.

Richard Byrne, MD, GME, chairperson of the Department of Neurosurgery at Rush, is the first holder of the Roger C. Bone, MD, Presidential Chair of Rush University.

Rabeea K. Choudhary, MD, GME, a nephrologist, has joined the staff of the Sanford Health Aberdeen Clinic in Aberdeen, S.D.

Bradley Cutler, MD, GME, has joined Linden Oaks Medical Group’s behavioral health team, based in Naperville, Ill.

Craig Della Valle, MD, GME, a hip and knee surgeon with Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, received the Hip Society’s 2013 Frank Stinchfield Award for his research, finding that a small femoral head implant causes more dislocation in hip replacement revision surgeries.

This January, surgeon Edward J. Donahue, MD, GME, was named chief medical officer of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix.

Linda Gruenberg, DO, GME, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Rush, has been elected president of the Illinois Psychiatric Society and was named a Chicago Medical Society delegate to the Illinois State Medical Society House of Delegates.

Mary Hayden, MD, GME, has been promoted to professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at Rush.

In March 2014, Joshua Jacobs, MD, GME, chairperson of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Rush, completed a one-year term as the 81st president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and assumed duties of the immediate past president.

Anthony Granata Jones, MD, GME, a radiologist, has joined the medical staff at Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center in Haines City, Fla.

Joel B. Krier, MD, GME, is completing a clinical genetics fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

Omar Lateef, DO, GME, has been named associate dean of medical services for Rush Medical College and associate chief medical officer for medical services at Rush.

Erin Malone, MD, GME, is a med-peds primary care physician at Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center in Chicago.

Eileen Martin, PhD, GME, is a professor of psychiatry at Rush, where she researches the effects of substance abuse and HIV infection on brain function.

Earl Norman, MD, GME, has been named chair of the surgery department at Western Michigan University School of Medicine in Kalamazoo, Mich., where he has been program director for the general surgery residency since 2009.

Temitope Oyedele, MD, GME, is an attending in the Section of Infectious Diseases at Rush and works part time in Rush’s med-peds program.

Suzanne Pham, MD, GME, is a med-peds hospitalist at Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago, while also serving as the team physician for the Chicago Sky women’s basketball team.

Joy S. Sclamberg, MD, GME, director of the diagnostic radiology residency at Rush, is president of the Chicago Radiologic Society.

Alisa Seo, MD, GME, is a med-peds attending at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County.

Ami Shah, MD, GME, has joined Rush as a pediatric surgeon.

Amol Soin, MD, GME, of Xenia, Ohio, has been named to the State Medical Board of Ohio for a term that runs until 2018. Soin is the medical director at the Ohio Pain Clinic.

In September, Joel Spear, MD, GME, became chief medical officer at both Presence Saint Joseph and Saint Francis hospitals in Chicago.

Michael Uzer, MD, GME, a gastroenterologist, has joined Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon, Ill.

A.J. Valenson, MD, GME, leads the Hamilton Vein Center in Clear Lake, Texas. He is an interventional radiologist.

E. Mike Vasilomanolakis, MD, GME, is an interventional cardiologist in Long Beach, Calif. Named five consecutive times to Los Angeles magazine’s “Super Doctor” list, Vasilomanolakis is chief of staff and director of cardiology at Community Hospital Long Beach. He is also the executive producer for New Age music artist Omar Akram. The duo received a Grammy Award for Best New Age Album in February 2013.

Allison Weathers, MD, GME, associate chief medical information officer at Rush, is one of 14 people named to the American Academy of Neurology’s inaugural Emerging Leaders Forum.

William Luke Whittier, MD, GME, has been promoted to associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at Rush.