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Marshall Sparberg, MD ’60, has retired after practicing gastroenterology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for 45 years. He is planning on traveling, playing more music with his cello, and enjoying all that Chicago has to offer.

Michael L. Friedman, MD ’67, of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., is “still alive and kickin’,” he writes. He continues to work full time as a gynecologist and obstetrician and spends the rest of his time with his girlfriend and his six grandchildren.

Robert Kotler, MD ’67, of Beverly Hills, Calif., is the inventor of the “almost, not-quite-yet world-famous Kotler Nasal Airway.” A new medical device, a pair of soft silicone tubes, is inserted by a nasal surgeon at the end of any nose or sinus operation. It allows patients to breathe immediately after surgery, and throughout the first one-to-five-day post-operative period. The device is now used in the United States and many foreign countries.


Fred M. Levin, MD ’68, of Chicago, is an associate professor in the department of psychiatry at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. In addition to his private practice work in psychiatry and psychoanalysis, Dr. Levin is also on the faculty of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, where he has taught a course on neuropsychoanalysis for more than 10 years. He has written more than 12 books, including one in Japanese. Among his many collaborators, Dr. Levin has worked closely with Olivier Ameisen of Paris, who began use of the drug baclofen in patients addicted to “heavy,” dangerous drugs, such as heroin, cocaine or alcohol, to end their addiction.


Howard Kornfield, MD ’75, of Mill Valley, Calif., is the founding medical director at the Alameda County Medical Center, Pain Management and Functional Restoration Clinic, where he practices with the area’s most at-risk patients. He maintains a private medical practice in Mill Valley and founded and directs Recovery Without Walls, which specializes in the treatment of chronic pain, chemical dependency, prescription medication management issues, and problems with alcohol.

Mark Nolan Hill, MD ’77, professor of surgery at the Chicago Medical School and president, North Shore Surgical Associates, has taken the time to talk to the anatomy and physiology class at Highland Park High School for the past 30 years. This past December 2012, he took his operating room to their classroom, complete with scrubs for each student, real gallstones, and simulations of scalpel incisions. Dr. Hill said he has a personal belief in fostering a passion in young people. He said, “I want them to see the reality of the operating room as compared to what they see on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and television.”


Over the past three years, Ukeme I. Umana, MD ’85, of Carbondale, Ill., has volunteered with medical missions to Nigeria and Liberia. An ophthalmologist, Dr. Umana returns to Nigeria every three months to attend to eye-related diseases.

Albert Pisani, MD ’88, of Redwood City, Calif., is an assistant clinical professor of gynecologic oncology at Stanford University School of Medicine. He and his partner, Jay McCullough, have an 11-year-old daughter and a 10-year-old son.

Jesse Fann, MD ’89, of Seattle, is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and an adjunct professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health. Dr. Fann serves in the clinical research division of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and as the director of Psychiatry and Psychology Service at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. His two sons are now seven and nine and he writes that he would welcome hearing from any old classmates!


Richard S. Pollenz, PhD ’91, was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  Dr. Pollenz was recognized for distinguished contributions to the field of molecular toxicology, particularly for advances in understanding aryl hydrocarbon receptor signal transduction at the protein level. The awards were presented at the AAAS annual meeting in Boston in February 2013.

Booker T. Evans, MD ’93, completed an internship and residency in pediatrics at the University of Chicago and a residency in psychiatry at the University Hospitals of Cleveland. Since that time, Dr. Evans has practiced psychiatry all over the United States, including Alaska, Utah, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and North Dakota. He is shown in 2011 at Lake Sakakwewa in North Dakota.

Anne Lipton, MD/PhD ’95, and her husband, Lee Lipton, MSJ ’94, recently relocated from Dublin, Ireland, to Vancouver, British Columbia. Dr. Lipton’s fourth book, The Common Sense Guide to Dementia for Clinicians and Caregivers, has recently been published by Springer Science and Business Media.

Kerry Drain, MD ’96, of Chattaroy, Wash., welcomed her second son, Maxwell, in July 2012.

Geraldine E. Menard, MD ’97, GME ’00, was named associate chair of internal medicine for clinical services at Tulane Medical Center and chief of the Section of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at Tulane Hospital in December 2012.

After graduating from the HPME program, Anuj Steve Narang, MD ’97, completed his pediatrics residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital and earned a master’s degree in healthcare management at Harvard University. In 2011, he was named chief medical officer for Banner Health’s new Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Phoenix. In April 2013, Dr. Narang was selected to be the next chief executive officer for Banner’s flagship hospital, Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, in Phoenix.

Following seven years of private practice in cardiology in the north shore suburbs of Chicago, Micah J. Eimer, MD ’98, GME ’06, returned to Northwestern to serve as the medical director of the Northwestern Medicine Glenview Outpatient Center and practice non-invasive cardiology with the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute. “I am delighted to be back at Northwestern, working with truly wonderful people to bring the Northwestern brand to our communities.”


Shirley Chi, MD ’01, GME ’02, and Howard Lee, BSC ’98, of Arcadia, Calif., welcomed their son, Miles Theodore, on November 4, 2012. They hope he will follow in his parents’ footsteps and become a Wildcat!
Gregory A. Cote, MD ’01, GME ’02, ’08, and wife Renee of Zionsville, Ind., welcomed Vincent Joseph, born on June 16, 2012. He joins big brother Anthony Patrick.

Carina Yang, MD ’03, GME ’08, ‘09, and Benson Yang, MD, GME ’07, had their second daughter, Sarelle Zhi-Zhen Yang, on March 27, 2013. She is very easy going and her big sister Kelise loves the new addition!

Lyjia Strachan, MD ’06, completed her residency in OB/Gyn at the University of Minnesota and is currently practicing general OB/Gyn in La Porte, Ind., at Indiana University Health La Porte Hospital. In September 2011, Dr. Strachan married Juan Carlos Gonzalez Novo in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.


Gene Saltzberg, MD, GME ’74, writes that his career has come “full circle.” After finishing his pediatrics residency at the former Children’s Memorial Hospital, Dr. Saltzberg changed specialties to emergency medicine in 1980 and came back to Northwestern as a clinical instructor in the emergency medicine training program until 1985. Now he has joined the Northwestern Medicine Physician’s Group as a staff doctor in the newly created Urgent Care facilities in Lakeview, Evanston, Deerfield, and Glenview.

Gary Martin, MD, GME ’81, ’82, the Raymond J. Langenbach, MD, Professor of Medicine and vice chairman for faculty affairs, Department of Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, revisited a high school hobby in 2008. He started speed skating again for exercise and fun, formally training and competing in local and regional meets and aiming to eventually qualify and compete in the national meet. In March 2013, Dr. Martin went to his first national age group championship and ended up getting the gold, winning the 500/777/1000 and 1500m races in his age group. When he’s not skating he is also a mentor for the Class of 2013.

Rajani Katta, MD, GME ’98, lives in Houston with her husband, Samir P. Desai, MD, GME ’99, and their two children. She is a professor of dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine, and has co-authored four books for medical students, one of which, The Successful Match, is listed as suggested reading by the AAMC. She remains active in medical student education and serves on the Program Committee of The Health Museum.

Prerak D. Shah, MD, GME ’98, is an otolaryngologist at the Andover Ear, Nose and Throat Center in North Andover, Mass. Dr. Shah recently joined the medical staff at Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary and is a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School.


Teresa Smethers Maciejewski, PT ’87, of Ft. Wayne, Ind., organized a 25-year Class of 1987 reunion during Northwestern University Homecoming Weekend in October 2012. Classmates who made the weekend festivities included Robert Mayo, PT ’87, Joanne Bastian, Tonya Hansen, PT ’87, Doreen Lipon, PT ’87, Carmelo Tenuta, PT ’87, Lissa Shea, PT ’87, Kathy Navarro, PT ’87, Traci Heller, Sheryl Hilbert, PT ’87, Maureen George, and Julie Junkins, PT ’87.

Chandi White Edmonds, MPT ’00, PT ‘02, of Chicago, participated in an eight-day medical mission trip in Port au Prince, Haiti, in September 2012 with Project Medishare with the University of Miami. Edmonds assisted in a “Train the Trainer” program for PT techs at the city’s critical care hospital. She is now planning a supply drive for Hospital Bernard Mevs in Port au Prince. Please contact her (ckwhite28@yahoo.com) if you would like to know more.

O’Real Cotton, PT ’05, of LaVerne, Calif., met with first- and second-year students on October 11, 2012, and shared his PT journey. “Since I graduated, I’ve worked at Athletico, moved back to Calif., worked for a few years and opened my own clinic about two years ago. I was hoping to let students know what my path has been like over the past seven years; how different markets (Ill. vs. Calif.) offer different things and also how I progressed from a treatment standpoint.” Thank you, O’Real!

Jennifer Henry, PT ’05, of Chicago, supervised third-year students Jeff Martini and Erin Murray during the students’ three-week program at Hillside Health Care International in Belize in December 2012, the first PTHMS international learning experience. During their time at Hillside, which already has an affiliation with the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Center for Global Health, the students provided rehabilitation services to rural residents.

Elizabeth Moeykens Hoobchaak, PT ’06, of Barrington, Ill., recently published her first PT book, Taking Control: Ways to Minimize Lower Back Pain by Changing How You Move. It is meant for the patient that does not have any medical knowledge and covers the areas of anatomy, diagnosis, conservative care, sleeping positions, medications (written by a clinical pharmacist), ergonomics, exercises, minimally invasive pain management, and understanding surgery. The book is available now on Amazon.

Kendra Maple, PT ’08, of Houston, worked with second-year students Travis Minniear and Brittnay Klaus in Haiti during the students’ volunteer work in an outpatient clinic as part of Medical Missions of Memphis in December 2012. The students brought PT supplies and equipment to the clinic.

PTHMS faculty members Lois Deming Hedman, MPT ’87, and Jennifer Hilb Kahn, MPT ’00, PT ‘02, met up with Britney Freiberger Rorrer, PT ’12, and Courtney Freiberger, PT ’12, at a continuing education course. Lois and Jen were teaching in Louisville, Ky., while Britney and Courtney were working at Louisville’s Frazier Rehab Institute in an outpatient SCI unit.