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William B. Hobbins, MD ’48, had his book, “Breast Cancer Boot Camp” published in June 2013. The book explores the medical rumors surrounding breast cancer, estrogen, PMS, menopause, and other medical myths and aims to arm women with real knowledge. Dr. Hobbins writes, “This book was five years in the writing, and a lifetime of dedication to breast cancer starting in 1968.”


William G. Thomas, MD ’50, writes that life is good in the small resort area of Northport, Mich. “Virginia and I stay active in community affairs, especially an area museum. Northport was a main port between Chicago and Detroit during the Civil War and thus has a rich history worthy of keeping for posterity. Vineyards now exceed cherry orchards in Leelanau County as the main fruit producer with about 20 wineries. We are part of the gentrification of the area. The number of school children has decreased steadily. The lake water level has dropped, impacting the several marinas and the economy.”

Wayne Wertz, MD ’53, of Glendale, Ariz., retired in 1992 yet continued to work, doing surgical assisting for 20 years. Dr. Wertz writes, “In 2004, I had coronary artery bypass grafting and in 2008, radiation (intensity-modulated radiation therapy) for prostate cancer and remain in good health. A radiation office uses me to cover once a week and I volunteer at a free clinic in central Phoenix. My wife and I still sing in the church choir; I also tell a joke in my church every Sunday, so as a retired general surgeon, I still keep them in stitches!”

Sam Di Bona, MD ’57, and his family visited Cliff Stiles, MD ’57 (at left in photo), and his family in St. John, Virgin Islands, in December 2012.

Perry T. Roberts, MD ’58, is currently serving as a missionary in the Latter Day Saints Temple in Santiago, Chile.


Larry Kretchmar, MD ’58, is a semi-retired urologist, still working one day a week. Dr. Kretchmar, the former chief of staff at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, Calif., writes, “There are four younger doctors in the office to take care of anything serious. I’ve been married 55 years to Bernis and we have three children and four grandchildren. I stay busy playing tennis three days a week, keeping track of grandchildren, and traveling occasionally. I’m frequently in touch with classmates Gus Karras, MD ’58, GME ’59, a retired radiologist, and Frank Bott, MD ’58, a retired internist. I live in Los Altos, about 40 minutes south of San Francisco, very near Palo Alto and Stanford. Go Giants!”

David Criswell, MD ’59, retired from Beloit Memorial Hospital in December 2012 in Beloit, Wis., after 50 years of OB-GYN practice and 8,000 babies delivered.

Jerrold Weinstock, MD ’59, of Key West, Fla., is retired from clinical psychiatry. He was a psychiatrist in the Monroe County School system for 40 years. Today, Dr. Weinstock is writing a book, along with editorials. He is an environmental activist and swims more than a mile daily. He enjoys fishing on his boat and even has some world records.

Joel West, MD ’59, of Laguna Woods, Calif., is still practicing part-time as a psychoanalyst. Dr. West writes, “The rest of that time is spent in a retirement community. My wife Joan Schain West died four years ago, and I am currently living with Jean Richland, doing appreciable traveling. My daughter Laura West graduated from Harvard and is a psychiatrist. She has two children. My daughter Anne West Greenfield is a lawyer. She also has two children and lives near Chicago.”


Maynard Poland, MD ’61, retired to Fort Myers, Fla., in 2001 after 35 years as an internist and diabetes specialist in Milwaukee. Dr. Poland writes, “I taught Anatomy and Physiology, and medical terminology at Edison State College for eight years. I have now finished teaching a pilot course in medical terminology in the Lee Memorial Health System in Ft. Myers and anticipate continuing and expanding that course, available to the 10,000 employees of Lee Memorial. I have been a reviewer for two medical terminology textbooks, and authored the memoir, “On Wings of Trust” about a woman who was a Navy officer and pilot and is now a commercial pilot. I enjoy writing and belong to Sanibel Island Writers Group 1.”

Donald Coder, MD ’62, and his wife Ann, have signed contracts to teach another year at Shenyang University. Dr. Coder writes, “This will take us into our tenth year. I have been teaching at Shenyang Medical School every year until this semester, and I have elected to end my regular teaching responsibility there. Our lives in China have been highly rewarding. We live in a dormitory at our university and our students are central to our lives.”

Frederick Ewald, MD ’62, GME ’66, of Edwards, Colo., retired as an orthopedic surgeon at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and associate clinical professor of orthopedic surgery at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ewald was honored in 2011 as a North Park University Academy Distinguished Alumnus. Throughout his career, he authored 71 original reports, 39 abstracts, six scientific exhibits, four surgical films, and designed 14 total joint prostheses which were tested and implanted in patients.

Charles Mahan, MD ’64, of Tampa, Fla., is retired from the University of San Francisco College of Public Health. Dr. Mahan writes, “My wife Carolyn died in 2011, a week before our 50th anniversary, after a ten-tear battle with Alzheimer’s. Six months ago, I retired and married a colleague from USF, Dee Jeffers. We spend most of our time in Tampa or our place in the North Carolina mountains where we have linked up after many years with Peter Gentling, MD ’64, and his wife Jasmin. Peter was in my class at Northwestern, also a NU Sig, and is now a retired surgeon in Asheville.”

Josephine Taraska Colbach, MD ’64, is retired from emergency medicine and husband Ed Colbach, MD ’64, is nearing retirement in psychiatry. They live outside Portland, Ore., and are involved in many Pacific Northwest outdoor activities, especially hiking.  They spend much of their time in Minneapolis with two grandsons and pathologist daughter Christine Colbach, MD ’93, and radiologist son-in-law Brian DeMichaelis, MD ’94.


Michael Gonzales, MD ’75, is chairman of the Department of Pain Medicine at Sanford Health in Fargo, N.D. Sanford Health is a multi-state health care organization covering several states in the upper midwest. Dr. Gonzales writes, “I work in Fargo and live in Glydon, Minn. I live (to quote “The Big Lebowski”) ‘on a farm outside Moorhead, Minn. We have dogs, cats, goats, chickens, an iguana, a red-bellied African parrot, and a Gouldian finch, as well as some of the largest mosquitoes known to science.’ Yes, it does get cold here in the winter, but it really does not feel much worse than walking east on Superior Street in Chicago in February. The summers here are delightful and rarely as muggy and miserable as Chicago. I have no plans for retirement any time in the next 15 years.”

G. Klaud Miller, MD ’75, GME ’78, ’80, is finishing up five years as the associate editor of the Journal of Arthroscopy and Related Surgery. Dr. Miller writes, “I just married off my last kid! Freedom! Life is good. I’d love to talk to old friends.”


Michael Barratt, MD ’85, GME ’88, 89, and Michelle Barratt, MD ’85, MPH ’87, GME ’88, live in Texas with their family. Michael continues to work at NASA and is hoping to be assigned to another long duration mission to the International Space Station (to add to his 199 days in space in 2009 and his Shuttle mission in 2011). Michelle is a professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. Michelle writes, “This year our second oldest, Joseph, married a delightful young lady in March. It was great to share with family and friends, including fellow classmates Elaine Cheng, MD ’85, GME ’89, and Brian O’Leary, MD ’85, GME ’88 (pictured at center and left in photo). May brought three graduations at University of Texas- Austin for our family:  Angela, 25, received her master’s from the School of Information, Joseph, 22, received his undergraduate degree in computer science, and Susan her undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders. Our 20-year-old Meeta is still on a journey seeking her way (and living in our garage apartment until the way appears), Prasad, 18, is working and saving money (not sure for what), and Anthony is a happy 6th grader in our district’s science magnet program.”

Christina Clay, MD ’85, of Narberth, Penn., recently traveled with the Northwestern Alumni Association to Istanbul. Dr. Clay writes, “It was a great trip but even more fun to go with other alums. Looking at the Peru trip if anyone wants to join me!”

Karl J. Sandin, MD ’86, GME ‘87, MPH, returned to Chicago in May to take the positions of senior vice president and chief medical officer at Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital and chief of physical medicine and rehabilitation for Sinai Health System. The first rehabilitation hospital in the Midwest, the 102-bed Schwab provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient medical rehabilitation to children and adults with disabling conditions. Sinai Health System, a private, safety-net organization, leads the nation in provision of urban health care. Since 2007, Dr. Sandin led Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn., where his work focused on achievement of meaningful and durable rehabilitation outcomes and high patient satisfaction, culminating in the merger of Sister Kenny with Courage Center.


After eleven years at  Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation, Michelle Luthringshausen, MD ’96, GME ’00, went into private practice with WomanCare, PC in suburban Arlington Heights, Ill. She was appointed the medical director of Robotics at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights in October 2011 and was designated an epicenter surgeon (a teaching surgeon) by Intuitive Surgical, the makers of the daVinci robotic surgical system. One of only 22 such epicenters in the U.S. for gynecology, and the only one of its kind in the tri-state area of Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana, the center has been named the Robotic Gynecologic Surgery Institute. Surgeons and surgical teams from all over the country visit the Institute to observe Dr. Luthringshausen perform complex robotic cases and learn how to start safe and efficacious GYN robotic programs at their own institutions. Dr. Luthringshausen maintains her clinical faculty appointment of assistant professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and resides in Hinsdale, Ill., with her husband, Kelly, and three sons, ages 14, 12, and 9.


Sandra McCabe, MD ’00, recently relocated to Indianapolis with her husband, David, and two sons, Colton and Maxwell. After working for six years in rural Wisconsin, Dr. McCabe is now a clinical professor of urology with Indiana University Health Physicians.

Alpesh Patel, MD ’00, recently joined the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine as an associate professor specializing in cervical spine surgery, minimally invasive surgery, and spinal cord injury. He is also the director of the spine surgery fellowship.

Andrea Clark, MD ’02, and Phillip Perez of Washington, D.C., welcomed a new son, Alexander James, on September 3, 2012.

Christian Herrera, MD ’04, GME ’08, and Tina Wang, MD ’04, MPH ’06, both completed emergency medicine residencies in Chicago, at Northwestern Memorial and Cook County hospitals, respectively. They married in 2007 and have two daughters, Audrey Marie and Abbey Sophie. They work together in the emergency room in Christian’s hometown of Burbank, Calif.

After completing a fellowship in hematology/oncology in North Carolina, Gabriel Lopez, MD ’04, has moved back to her hometown of Houston. She is now practicing integrative medicine in the Department of General Oncology at the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Joshua Meeks, PhD ’04, MD ’05, GME ’11, completed a fellowship in urologic oncology at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Dr. Meeks returned to Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in January as an assistant professor in urology. He splits his time between research and clinical duties at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. Dr. Meeks lives with his wife Melissa, and their twin girls, Greer Ann and Elliot Mary, in the suburbs of Chicago.

David Kattan, MD/MPH ’07, and wife Laura welcomed son, Luke Bjorn, on February 24. Dr. Kattan completed a fellowship in family planning at Boston University/Boston Medical Center in June and began a new position as the section head of family planning in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass.

Nicole Mohlman, MD/MPH ’07, of Petaluma, Calif., works at a busy community health center, a forward-thinking Federally Qualified Health Center that offers a wide range of wellness services in addition to medical care. Dr. Mohlman writes, “Approximately 50 percent of my patients are monolingual Spanish speakers and another large percentage are uninsured. I have become certified in acupuncture and am honored to be able to provide acupuncture to this patient population, as well as shared medical visits for chronic disease management. In my free time, I enjoy all of the beauty northern California has to offer, as well as nurturing my growing medicinal herb, flower, and vegetable garden. This photo is a passionflower in my garden, a beautiful vine and bloom but also makes a calming tea!”

Michelle Lin, MD/MPH ’09, of Cambridge, Mass., recently began a fellowship in health policy research in emergency medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health.


June marked David Berman’s, MD, GME ’83, 30th year in private practice in Lowell, Mass. He writes, “We have expanded from three to seven urologists; from open surgery to robotics; from a significantly uninsured to an almost universally insured population. My oldest son will be chief resident in internal medicine at the University of Washington; my middle son works at the Perkins School for the Blind; and my youngest son is a guitarist in Brooklyn. My wife and I recently welcomed an 8-week-old yellow lab to our home and life is good.”

In January 2012, Anita Lane, MD, GME ’94, and her colleague started a direct-pay practice called Touchstone Internal Medicine in Colorado Springs, Colo. They have enjoyed making house calls and providing a more intimate office setting to their patients.


D. Andrew Parker, MD, GME ’04 (right), has served as the team physician for the Washington Redskins since 2011.


Stephen Wolters, PT ’84, earned a DPT from Hardin-Simmons University in December 2012. He continues to practice at Texas Health Fort Worth where he is the outpatient physical therapy coordinator.