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News From and About Graduates

Date: February 18, 2011

William Fritz, of Baltimore, a retired internist and assistant professor of medicine at Hopkins, published his first novel, Thy Will Be Done, a murder mystery.    

Frank Jackson, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., is founder of Jackson GI Medical and Chek-Med Systems and GI Supply, manufacturers of a plant-derived fiber product called Prebiotin that is made of chicory root. According to the Harrisburg, Pa., Patriot-News, it is garnering international attention for its effect on digestive disorders. Jackson retired from his gastroenterology practice five years ago but is keeping busy as a “low-tech inventor,” creating not only Prebiotin but medical supplies used in gastrointestinal surgeries.

Richard Bransford, of Kijabe, Kenya, received the 2010 ACS/Pfizer Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Award from the American College of Surgeons. 

Kenneth Ludmerer, of St. Louis, Mo., was installed as the inaugural Mabel Dorn Reeder Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine at the Washington University School of Medicine. He continues as professor of medicine at the school and professor of history on the faculty of arts and sciences. His new book, Let Me Heal: The Development of Residency Training in the United States and the Struggle to Preserve Excellence in American Medicine, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2012.

David Griesemer, of Needham, Mass., has become director of pediatric neurology at the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts University in Boston.

Jill Hackell, of New City, N.Y., is studying to be a rabbi after 22 years of clinical research in the pharmaceutical industry, where she developed new vaccines for children.

Ingram Roberts, of Southport, Conn., was elected to the board of directors of the American College of Physician Executives.

Mary Blair Yamashita, of Minneapolis, Minn., retired from medicine and embarked on a new career as a sound designer for a Hollywood post-production studio, earning a Los Angeles drama critics’ award in sound design for a play that went on to win an NAACP Image Award.

Jerome Granato, of Pittsburgh, Pa., recently left Allegheny General Hospital to become senior vice president and chief medical officer for the Excela Health System in Greensburg, Pa. He will be responsible for clinical services and quality improvement for the organization and will continue to practice clinical cardiology at Westmoreland Hospital.

Gary Firestein, of Del Mar, Calif., is dean and associate vice chancellor of translational medicine at the University of California at San Diego. He still sees patients in the rheumatology clinic and does research on the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis. 

Kevin Fox, of Broomall, Pa., is medical director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Rena Rowan Breast Center. He has been practicing medical oncology at Penn since 1984.

Richard Pomerantz, of Baltimore, has been named chairman of the department of medicine at Saint Agnes Hospital.  He spent two decades at the University of Rochester Medical Center, most recently as clinical chief of the cardiology unit. He serves on the American Heart Association’s Council on Clinical Cardiology.

Mae Tighe, of Wilton, Conn., is president-elect of the New Haven County Medical Association.

Nathan Rudin, of Madison, Wis., is the new president of the Midwest Pain Society and vice president of the University of Wisconsin Medical Staff Board. He continues directing the pain and headache clinics for the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was named Madison Magazine’s “Top Doc” in pain management for 2010.

Alan Stein, of Honolulu, Hawaii, is director of the Epilepsy, Neurophysiology, and Neurohospitalists Program at The Queen’s Medical Center.  He is also president of the Hawaii Neurological Society.

Jennifer Arnold, of Houston, Texas, is starring in a television show on TLC called The Little Couple.

Lisa Guardabascio Cannon, of Boston, Mass., has completed her pediatric chief residency year and relocated to Massachusetts to accept a faculty position at Children’s Hospital Boston.

Jessica Ghaferi, of Ann Arbor, Mich., completed a residency in dermatology and began a fellowship in dermatopathology at the University of Michigan.

Justin Lappen, of Shaker Heights, Ohio, just finished his Ob/Gyn residency and joined the academic faculty at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine as assistant professor.

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