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John R. Angell, of Savannah, Ga., is enjoying retirement and would love to hear from his ’47 classmates.


Robert J. Ruben, of New York City, co-curated an exhibition, “Exceptional Women in the Physical and Medical Sciences: Four Centuries of Achievement,” at the Grolier Club in New York, a group devoted to books and the graphic arts. The exhibition’s material will be published as an educational book for middle and high school students. Ruben also has become chair of the Section on the History of Medicine at the New York Academy of Medicine. He continues to be the founding editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Pediatric Otolaryngology, and is board chairman of the Center for Book Arts, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting both contemporary and traditional artistic practices of bookmaking.


Sanford N. Cohen, of Fort Myers, Fla., has been elected the 2014 chairman of the board of directors for Lee Memorial Health System, the largest public health system in Florida. Cohen was chair of the pediatrics department at Wayne State University School of Medicine and chief of pediatrics for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. He served as associate dean and the university’s provost before retiring as a professor.


Dennis J. Zeitlin, of Kentfield, Calif., a renowned jazz pianist and psychiatrist, has marked the 50th anniversary of his first album, Flute Fever, recorded in October 1963, by issuing a first-ever CD edition of it last December. Zeitlin has served on the clinical faculty of the University of California, San Francisco, since 1968 and maintains a private practice in his home. At 75, he still performs jazz regularly and issued a new album, Both/And, a solo electro-acoustic disc, last summer.


Herbert B. Allen, of Cherry Hill, N.J., professor and chairman of the Department of Dermatology at Drexel University College of Medicine, was recently published in the online edition of JAMA Dermatology for his research that discovered the underlying cause of eczema. Allen and his research team found that staphylococcal bacteria, which are normally found on the skin surface, produce a slime-like substance called biofilm, which blocks the sweat ducts and thus activates molecules in the immune system known to create itching and inflammation.

A. Lee Dellon, of Towson, Md., has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons for his pioneering work on peripheral nerve surgery. He also has published the third edition of his book, Pain Solutions, first published in 2007, in which he applies creative problem solving to common pain problems, such as nerve compression in those with neuropathy, groin pain after hernia repair, or persistent joint pain after knee replacement.


Gerald Q. Greenfield Jr., of San Antonio, Texas, completed three years of service as chief of staff at Methodist Stone Oak Hospital and currently is serving a third two-year term as chief of orthopaedics at Southwest Texas Methodist Hospital.

Lisa A. Schirmer, of San Diego, Calif., a graduate of the medical and biological illustration master’s program and now a painter and graphic designer, recently developed an artistically innovative and pleasing fence-and-gate system for a new housing complex at California State University, San Marcos. Collaborating with well-known architect Taal Safdie and a metal fabricator, Schirmer blended both security and aesthetics to develop a system that employed wire mesh to create abstract images evoking local flora while providing protection for the residents.


Mark S. Schlissel, of Providence, R.I., has been named president of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He will assume office on July 1. A nationally recognized biomedical researcher, Schlissel has served as provost at Brown University since 2011, and prior to that, he was dean of biological sciences in the College of Letters and Science at the University of California, Berkeley, from 2008 to 2011 and held its C.H. Li Chair in Biochemistry.


Philip A. Cole, of Baltimore, was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) last February for his distinguished contributions to the field of chemical biology, particularly the development and applications of chemical approaches to understanding protein structure and functions. AAAS fellows are elected by their peers and honored for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. Cole currently is the E.K. Marshall and Thomas H. Maren Professor and director of the Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences at Hopkins. 

Steven L. Haddad, of Glenview, Ill., has been named one of North America’s top 26 foot and ankle surgeons by Othopedics This Week. He is the only surgeon in Illinois on the list. The publication praised Haddad as “a great inventor” who is “on the forefront as far as ankle replacement research.” He currently is president of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society.


Lia S. Logio, of Allendale, N.J., was been appointed vice chair for education in the Department of Medicine and director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Weill Cornell Medical College, where she is also the Herbert J. and Ann L. Siegel Distinguished Professor of Medicine.


Jason Koh, of Winnetka, Ill., chairman of orthopaedic surgery and director of the NorthShore Orthopaedic Institute at the NorthShore Evanston Hospital in Evanston, Ill., has been named to the newly created, endowed Board of Directors Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery. An internationally renowned orthopaedic surgeon and innovative researcher, Koh has been at NorthShore since 2009. In addition to maintaining a busy clinical practice and ongoing clinical trials, he currently is team orthopaedic surgeon for the Chicago Fire soccer team and previously served as medical director for the Joffrey Ballet and orthopaedic consultant to the Chicago Cubs.


Phillip “Jay” Storm, of Philadelphia, has been appointed chief of the Division of Neurosurgery at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). He has been an attending surgeon at CHOP since 2004, as well as an associate professor of neurosurgery in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is recognized nationally for his research and surgery on complex brain and spine tumors.


Ricardo J. Komotar, of Miami, Fla., has been appointed an ex-officio member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Executive Committee at the request of the CNS president. Komotar is an assistant professor of neurological surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine. He also serves as director of the University of Miami Brain Tumor Initiative, director of neurooncology at the University of Miami Hospital, and co-director of neurooncology at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center/University of Miami Health Clinics.


Hannah K. Carter, of La Jolla, Calif., a bioengineer, has received an Early Independence Award from the National Institutes of Health for a project proposing the creation of network approaches to identifying cancer drivers from high-dimensional tumor data.  Carter uses computer modeling and technology to study genetic mutations in cancer to identify molecular signatures that could lead to novel ways of employing cancer therapies. 

Faculty, Fellows and House Staff

Robert W. Conway (HS and fellow, surgery, 1952-56), of Austin, Texas, is developing the website, for a nonprofit organization that will provide canes and walkers to those in need.

Edward H. Laughlin (HS, surgery, 1958-59), of Huntsville, Ala., a professor of surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Regional Medical Campus, has published the second edition of his book, Coming to Terms with Cancer: A Glossary of Cancer Related Terms Easily Understood. In addition to explaining the terms associated with cancer and providing detailed information about the most common adult and childhood malignancies, it includes information about 131 national support services that provide free assistance to cancer patients, their families, and friends.

Peter H. Wiernik (HS, hematology oncology, 1970-71; faculty, medicine, 1983-2007), of Chappaqua, N.Y., has a new book, Neoplastic Diseases of the Blood, 5th edition, published in 2013 by Springer. It integrates the history, epidemiology, pathology, pathophysiology, and therapeutics of modern neoplastic hematopathology.

John F. Beary III (HS, internal medicine, 1973-74 and 1977-78), of Cincinnati, Ohio, is serving as clinical professor of medicine in the Division of Rheumatology at the University of Cincinnati.

Dana H. Frank (HS and fellow, medicine, 1978-81; faculty, medicine, 2002-03) has been appointed chair of the Department of Medicine at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore.

Lisa W. Martin (HS, internal medicine, 1980-83), of Potomac, Md., is associate professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

William D. Schlaff (fellow, reproductive endocrinology, 1983-85; faculty, obstetrics and gynecology, 1985-89), of Bryn Mawr, Pa., has returned to the East Coast to become chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Thomas Jefferson University (TJU) after 22 years at the University of Colorado.  At TJU, Schlaff has reunited with Charlie Yeo ’79 and Julie Haller (HS, fellow and faculty, ophthalmology, 1980-2007).

Simon A. Mallal (fellow, allergy and immunology, 1994-95), of Franklin, Tenn., has become the Major E. B. Stahlman Chair of Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt School of Medicine.  Mallal also is the director of the Center for Translational Immunology and Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine.

J. Kellogg (Kelly) Parsons (HS, fellow and faculty, urology, 1999-2005), of La Jolla, Calif., an associate professor of surgery at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the UCSD Moores Cancer Center, has published his first novel, Doing Harm, described as a chilling and compelling medical thriller set in a hospital.