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John E. Sonneland, MD, GME ’48, of Spokane writes about his “wonderful life.” A general surgeon, he had 31 published papers. He and his wife, Holly Frost Sonneland, raised five children (the eldest is deceased), and they have 16 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.


Garry L. Porter, MD, of Wichita, Kan., practices general psychiatry at McConnell Air Force Base. He writes, “Plan to stay with it at least until 50th Northwestern University medical school reunion next year.”

Dr. Sandra Weber with her former Northwestern mentor and professor, Dr. George Shambaugh


Rebecca Traut, BSN, of Libertyville, Ill., recently retired from nursing at the Lake County Health Department. She is planning a 2012 reunion for the Evanston Hospital School of Nursing class of 1962.


Michael A. Love, MD, of Chattanooga, Tenn., specializes in cardiovascular diseases and internal medicine. He joined the University of Tennessee Erlanger cardiology practice, part of the Erlanger Health System.


Lanny F. Wilson, MD, of Hinsdale, Ill., an obstetrician and gynecologist has been a member of the medical staff at Hinsdale Hospital for the past 30 years. He is also a clinical instructor at Hinsdale Family Medicine Center. In April he was re-elected to the Illinois State Medical Society board of trustees at its annual meeting in Springfield.


George M. Bridgeforth, MD, MPH, & John Cherf, MD ’84, MPH ’86, MBA, of Bartlett, Ill. and Chicago, respectively, were selected to author a textbook educating physicians on radiological trauma by America’s oldest medical publisher, JP Lippincott. Dr Bridgeforth, center medical director at Chicago West Loop Concentra, was the principal author of 51 of 53 chapters of the book, “Lippincott’s Primary Care: Musculoskeletal Radiology.” Contributing authors included some of the nation’s leading orthopedic specialists, one of which was spine specialist, Mark Nolden, MD, GME ’01.

Carlo Contreras

Carlo Contreras, MD


Ralph J. Duda, Jr., MD, of Tulsa, a clinical lipidologist and hypertension specialist, relocated from Springfield, Mo., where he had a private practice, to assume directorship of the Regional Diabetes Center, the Lipid and Wellness Clinic, and the Hypertension Clinic at the Oklahoma Heart Institute.


Evan Kharasch, MD, PhD, of St. Louis, instructs medical students at the Washington University School of Medicine as the Russell D. and Mary B. Sheldon Professor of Anesthesiology and vice chancellor for research.


Diana Henry, PT, of Silverton, Ore., is pleased that her daughter is a first-year student at Northwestern. Dr. Henry writes, “She had many offers and was most impressed with NU. Great place to visit also.”


Sandra Weber, MD, of Greenville, S.C., is chief of endocrinology at the Greenville Hospital System University Medical Group. As a fellow and board member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology (AACE), she recently bestowed her former Northwestern mentor and professor, George Shambaugh, MD, (professor emeritus ’99), with the honor of AACE Fellow.

Paul A. Greenberger

Paul A. Greenberger, MD, GME


Arthur Ollendorff, MD, GME ’97, and his wife, Candace Ireton, MD ’93, relocated from Cincinnati to Asheville, N.C. Dr. Ollendorff took on new positions as the medical director of the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) OB/GYN practice and a clinical faculty member at the University of North Carolina.


Eliza Shin, MD, GME ’97, of Chicago starred as Mu Chang in the Chicago Dramatists’ spring production of Jade Heart, written and directed by Northwestern graduates Will Cooper and Russ Tutterow. Dr. Shin has also had roles in Ballet Entre Nous’ production of The Nutcracker and the Neo Futurists’ productions of Patriots and Voyaging. She sings at St. Vincent de Paul Parish, with the children’s band Super Stolie and the Rockstars and in coffee-houses throughout the city. Her latest gig is a Blockbuster video commercial where she says, “Just relax, the doctor will be with you in 28 days.”


Carlo Contreras, MD, of Mobile, Ala., accepted a faculty position at the University of South Alabama as assistant professor of surgical oncology. He is interested in hepatobiliary and pancreatic cancer, and also treats patients with melanoma, sarcoma, and stomach cancers. Dr. Contreras recently completed a surgical oncology fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Jennifer Kurth

Jennifer Kurth, MD, GME

GME Programs

Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Paul A. Greenberger, MD, GME ’78, professor of medicine in the division of allergy-immunology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, was appointed to the Food and Drug Administration’s Pulmonary Allergy Drug Advisory Committee. His term will run through 2013.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Jennifer Kurth, MD, GME ’07, of Chicago, co-authored a mental health book, “Challenging Depression: The Go-to Guide for Clinicians and Patients,” explaining the causes, diagnoses, and wide variety of treatment options for depression.